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Sunday, December 4, 2016

To split or not to split? THAT is the question



I've done my homework before writing this final post on where we should go regarding our union and its future.

 I've followed this material on a daily basis for over ten years now so I think I have a pretty good understanding of the topic. 
I am not aligned to any factions, I operate completely independently from Trimet and ATU757.

 I have nothing to gain by supporting one point of view over the other. This post is from my point of view as a Trimet retiree and only from that point of view.

The first thing I want to do here is examine the current leadership.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Chris Day gives his thoughts on starting a new local

I happen to have a great deal of respect for Chris Day so I called him up and got his opinion on this issue.

Tom Hortons argument in favor of splitting with the union


I have no dog in this show, I am basically neutral but I have been very disheartened by the never ending bickering that has been going on at ATU757 for the 20 years I have been involved with it.

I can't remember one instance where there was actual solidarity at this local. 
 
With that said, Tom makes some excellent points.
Tom Horton is a superior writer , if only it was a simple as he puts forth.
 The complications of forming a new unit would be HUGE! 
He makes it sound so easy. 

Vote for a new union and everything will be fine. 
His entire argument is basically "our current leadership is 100% corrupt so we need to do this." What he totally leaves out of his piece is that the leadership WAS DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED! And not once, but twice. 
I know there are a lot of things at the union that are not helpful to the members.
The lack of transparency and the iron fisted rule is contemptible.
BUT, I do not believe that making a brand new union, at this time, a Time where the Republicans have control of the federal government is a good idea.
Unions are on their last gasp right now, this would only hasten the demise of our union if a Federal "right to work" rule comes into existence, which is what the Republicans want.
A shitty union is better than no union.
I have posted his piece in total but I have made notes with my comments 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Stop dragging all of us down! End the internal bickering!

I gave considerable thought on this issue and cannot see even one advantage of breaking up the union right now. 
We have a democratically elected leadership who was elected not once but twice.
This never ending internal bickering is literally killing us.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

RE: splitting the union

 If the union splits apart the pension fund for Trimet would strictly be in Trimet's hands and would be the directive probably of the Trimet board. 
This because the pension is a contract between Trimet  and ATU 757.
 And that would be the easiest way to fund more rail expansion.

Trimet cash machine

Most people are under the impression that Trimet is a transportation service.
 Well the truth of American public transportation, and Trimet, is that it's actually a cash machine for the segment of the public employed in it or contracted with it.And the money is HUGE! The information is from last fiscal year ending July 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

ATU757 blues

Always been infighting at this local for as long as I've been a member. That's democracy for ya I guess.

https://twitter.com/alyourpalster/status/803649963985092610

Monday, November 28, 2016

Trimet's Randy Stedmen makes " Jobs with Justice" Scrooge of the year

 And Stedmen  beat out the guy from Wells Fargo so you know he's REALLY REALLY bad.
This is the kind of people that Trimet's evil leader, Neil Mcfarlane, hire to deal with the employees, you know, the people doing the work.
So, good people, get out of your mind that there is any sort of "benevolent" management at The Trimet transportation system. 
The company is run by a gang of greedy technocrats that despise their employees and hold the public in contempt.
2. Randy Stedman, Trimet Director of Labor Relations: Before taking his current job at Trimet, Stedman cut his teeth as a union buster at Mt. Hood Community College. Since moving to Trimet he has run a campaign to expand "management rights" and a unilateral, top-down management culture at Trimet. He has vigorously fought ATU Local 757 on reasonable grievances, has negotiated in bad faith, and has consistently frustrated union access to the workplace.

Mulligans stew

Trimet confustion leaves riders stranded

We had a situation where a Trimet driver was attempting to inform dispatch that there is something wrong with Trimet scheduling.

 Dispatch was adamant that the bus driver was wrong.

This involved the bus 19 and the union manor loop. Dispatch insisted the bus didn't go there on Sunday  while the bus driver insisted that the schedule said it does.

Well guess what, the dispatcher was wrong.


Sunday, November 27, 2016

The shit that Trimet bus drivers have to put up with

I've been fascinated by the lives of public transit drivers and riders for over a decade now. 
It's my opinion that USA public transportation operates inhumanely, for the riding public and the people that deliver the service.

This incident that I am discussing in the video below illustrates some of the brutality of American public transportation and Trimet specifically

If I had my way I would halt all expansions of Public transit across this country until they find a way to deliver the service without torturing the riding public or the people doing the work. 

The technocracy that runs Trimet (public transportation)  is responsible for these inhmane working conditions.
Unions have become impotent in stopping this brutality.

Saturday, November 26, 2016