Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Randy Stedman presents the union contract to the board


HOW MANY EXECUTIVES DOES IT TAKE TO RUN TRIMET?

76 or 1 executive for every 19 union employees. Figure does not include, managers or supervisors.

Proof that Trimet OPEB numbers are suspicious

The numbers are changed at the will of the Trimet executives!

Joe Rose gets tour of the Trimet type 5 train

Lots of yellow vested people crawling around. (a train is a train is a train, is there gonna be any legroom for riders is the only question that needs answering)

ATU/TRIMET CONTRACT VOTE MAY NOT BE A LANDSLIDE

I've been communicating with quite a few operators who have been communicating with quite a few of their peers and the assumption that all the newbies will be voting for this contract may not be a correct assumption after all.

What I thought was going to be a landslide is starting to look more like a neck and neck horse-race.

At this time from the people that I have talked to its an even split, 1/2 will vote in favor and 1/2 will vote against.

We here at blog central recommend a

NO
vote
I can live with it if it passes
(there better be some impartial monitoring of the vote counting)

Trimet employees are getting assaulted and its not getting reported

Trimet gets yet another pork barrel grant

 What a load of crap. Money always around for this sort of stupidity at Trimess the leader of stupid transit nonsense

A $108,000 state grant awarded in August and $19,000 from TriMet will let the regional transit agency hire a consultant to gather best practices from around the world and make recommendations to TriMet about bike parking, how best to carry bikes on trains and buses, how to build transit lines with bike access in mind and other issues.
“We can’t think of everything ourselves, and outside ideas are really beneficial and powerful,” Owen said. “A lot of it might be things that we’re aware of, of course, but they could really bring some new ideas and creative thinking into it.”
TriMet scores grant to study the world's best bike + transit ideas - BikePortland.org

Health insurance premium costs for Trimet employees/retirees

This figure is just the premium cost, the deductibles and co-pay are an additional expense
click on pic for better view

37% down-23% to go

Joe Rose reports from the Trimet board meeting that Mcfarlane and his henchmen have  succeeded (pending union members approval which looks pretty certain) in trimming the OPEB by 37% with this ATU757 concessionary contract. 

As we've reported right here the goal of the  Trimet executives is to cut 50% of the OPEB. They are off to a pretty good start.
(I bet this is gonna translate to nice fat raises or bonuses for Mcfarlane and his henchmen)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Class action update-part 3

How Trimet cheats its employees out of wages
Shelly Lomax deposition

Q-Is there a section of Trimet operator training program on:
a-under what circumstance you time slip?
b-when do you time slip?
c-how do employees complete the time slip?

(not one employee that I know can remember any such topic during training)


SCORE THREE FOR THE PROSECUTION

Another assault reported

CLASS ACTION UPDATE PART 2

How Trimet cheats you out of your  wages!
Shelly Lomax deposition
Q-Why are there no time slips available in the Trimet route pouches that each route has?
Q-How do drivers who have been relieved on the road time slip when they are late?



There are no time slips in the driver pouches...ever!
Score 2 for the prosecution.

Class action update

How Trimet cheats employees out of  wages.  

Shelly Lomax deposition 

Q-Why is there no mention of time slips in the Bus Operator Standard Procedures?



Score one for the prosecution!

Trimet adds more noise pollution to MAX trains

"The doors are closing, train is moving please hold on" at every single stop? Whoa!
You've gotta have good headphones to be a successful Transit rider!

Dan the bus driver man


Why didn't Trimet totally crush the union?

Trimet got what it wanted, that is they will only pay for the 80/20 health insurance till 2016. When 2016 gets here they have made it clear that all bets are off. 

So why didn't Trimet push the union back into another arbitration where they could have exacted even more brutal cuts against its union workforce? 

Don't forget that in the last arbitration Trimet placed into its proposal all sorts of nefarious items some that were clearly illegal and courts ruled as much.

With this Oregon idiotic arbitration law 'winner takes all' you can really stick it to your union workforce when you are victorious. 

We may live in a blue state but we have an anti union governor. 

They could have easily won another arbitration, there's no doubt about that, even our own union admits they didn't have a chance.

So why didn't they totally break the union?

There is only one reason---THE ORANGE LINE OPENING
This new light rail line needs every one of the major players to fall into line, including the union.

(and the fact that Trimet and union need each other in the same way as Democrats need  Republicans)

WE WERE DECEIVED


I'm using myself as the example but the numbers are relevant to any retiree who uses the Blue Cross insurance.
This is another part of the story that the useless mainstream media won't cover.

1-My Gross pension is $930/mo

 Taxes equal 18% or  $167 (rounded off). Taxes are paid on the total pension BEFORE the health insurance is taken out

2-That leaves $763.

For me to continue with the last arbitration award (my spouse and myself) will now cost of out pocket $187/mo. That supplies me with 90/10 coverage. I believe the maximum out of pocket is $3000 per person  (I could be wrong however. I could also sign up for the 80/20 insurance for $100 less but if I or my spouse actually got sick it would actually end up costing significantly more out of pocket in the end)

3-That leaves $576/mo. or $6,921 a year to live on.

If I actually get sick enough to have to spend that $3000 (and its not that hard to spend lots of money when it comes to Amerika's sick health care system) that would leave me with 
4-$3,912 for the year to live on or $326/mo.

We retired thinking that our health care would be paid since that is what was promised.

What has happened to  retirees  (because we retired after 1992) is that our pensions were stolen by Neil Mcfarlane and his demolition crew.

This affects 900+ retired union employees and the bottom line is this, and its quite simple:



WE WERE DECEIVED
BY THE UNION AND THE COMPANY
(Mcfarlane and his handpicked staff of destroyers will all get nice fat pensions, evil people always seem to be rewarded in the world we live in.)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Mcfarlane may have out smarted the union but he's still the fool on the hill

'MAD MAX' MCFARLANE from al m on Vimeo.

TRIMET EMPLOYEES HIRED BEFORE 1992 ARE JUST AS SCREWED AS THE REST OF US

If you are not "retired" as of 1992 you ain't getting 100% of your medical covered.
Some of the old timers thought they were in a protected class but they were wrong

Readership back up to 1000+ views a day thanks to mainstream media

Thanks to mainstream media's total blackout of news regarding the Trimet/Union contract readership on this blog is back up to 1000+ views per day.

We've have our share of detractors just praying 'we'd' (i say 'we'  because even tho my name appears on the posts this blog is a collection of lots of folks material) go away.

But as we saw during the Lane Jensen false prosecution, this blog is vitally important for the flow of information that would not be found anywhere else if this blog did not exist.

This blog covers plenty of news that will not be found in the puppet media and I can assure readers we will continue to exist. We maintain the blog as a labor of love, not for profit, and completely unaligned to any existing institutions

The 'church of light rail' begins

These are pictures from the opening of the Blue line Gresham to Portland. Light rail has since become a federal priority and is being funded to the tunes of BILLIONS all around the country.

There was 'light rail' long before it started in Portlandia but somehow Portlandia became the face of light rail. "transit oriented development" started right here in puddle town

For the first time in who knows when I am actually looking forward to the Trimet board meeting

The next board meeting is THIS WEDNESDAY and I for one can't wait to hear how Trimet management spins this 'victory' over the union. It should be fascinating to say the least.

Oh MCFARLANE you dirty dog!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Clean Buses or Dirty Deacon?

A spotter once told me a grand total of three (out of 200+) buses at our garage get "cleaned" each night. This would entail wiping down every surface and washing the floors. Normally, a bus is emptied of garbage and sent back out into service the next day. But "cleaning" a bus at this rate, it takes about 10 weeks to get to each of them. Given that, you could say each bus is in-service nearly three months before it gets cleaned again. Taking it even further, that would mean each bus is cleaned an average of four times a year. Considering the personal hygiene habits of many of our riders, that just adds to the "yuck factor".
Questioning my fellow drivers, however, revealed there are a grand total of six bus cleaners district-wide. Each is reportedly given eight minutes to clean a bus. When doing so, they are dressed for it, unlike the operators who spend 8-12 hours driving the germy monsters. Most buses seem to make it through the wash rack on a regular basis, so they appear clean. But that's only aesthetics; the interiors are often mold-infested, bug-crawling germ factories.
One driver reports, "The sickening reminder comes as I'm walking back to my car, after a long day's work, and I see the brother and sister cleaners wearing full gloves, respirator masks, and practically dressed in hazmat suits just to get, safely, though their eight minutes!"
Read the full essay at: Clean Buses or Dirty Deacon? 

ATU-Trimet contract will pass easily

We here at blog central have polled various union members after they attended today's Informational meeting.

We predict that the contract will pass  easily. It appears that the fear of going to another arbitration is enough to convince union members that  is to their advantage to accept this contract.

Are they right? I have no idea.
(my information tells me that going into arbitration and losing will result in the exact same contract so voting yes or no wouldn't result in any actual difference in the end. The union painted itself against the wall, no right to strike,  a 'winner take all' arbitration procedure and an extremely passive union workforce have combined to hand this victory to Mr Mcfarlane. As I said in a previous post, you have to hand it to Mcfarlane for pulling this off. You have to remember who the players are in this game. Very sophisticated, well educated Trimet executives vs a bunch of people who were basically 'bus drivers'.  Who knows if they have any advanced education at all yet they become  union officers by winning popularity contests.  Is the union even worth belonging to as a retiree? I'm having my doubts. All that extra money that was collected from members last year is down the drain, and the union 'officers'  continue receiving their nice fat six figure paychecks. The motto of today's working man is 'be happy you're getting anything'. Time will tell how long the 'anything' will last.  ) 


Trimet/ATU contract timeline is suspicious

Nobody saw it coming, not a hint of a deal until the deal was announced.

Remember when these negotiations started there was a call for real transparency.

We all know that was all just talk and hoopla, neither the union or Trimet were serious about that.

I want to take a  look at the timeline of the events related to the contract:

Saturday, October 18, 2014

How much will this contract deal really cost you?

Remember, click on pics for better viewing
This chart shows how the concession on wages has  will affect  each union employee. We are not talking about the increase in health related payments that has been passed on the union members but only the wage concessions here. (Active employees only).

The 'new' contract is costing active employees REAL MONEY. So Trimet walked away with not only the health plan it wanted but they also walked away with wage concessions.

I've been watching all the transit disputes from around the country and how they were resolved. I honestly think that Trimet workers got the worst deal from their management in terms of real givebacks of any transit workers in the entire USA

What really surprises me about the Trimet workers is how eager they are to give away their wages and benefits.

(actually, after spending 15 year of my life in that culture I'm not really that surprised)

What union members can expect when this contract expires

The area inside the yellow highlighting gives us a pretty good idea of where Trimet will be heading in the future.
We already know FOR SURE (the union leaders will not speak to this  even after I have directly asked them to comment) that Trimet leadership has as its goals to 'reduce the OPEB by 50% either by raising the amount employees pay or restricting coverage'. This has been stated several times by David Auxier in public meetings and documented on this blog.

So those of us who follow this material know this is just one stop along the way to greater goals that the Trimet management has.

Now look at the the area inside the  yellow circle. 'the possible utilization of a private exchange for 2016'.

What they are saying there in not so obstructed words is that they are intending to find more ways to cut the health insurance program.

So if union employees think with this contract they are done 'giving back' they are sadly mistaken.

The only ones smiling at the signing appears to be Bruce Hansen and Randy Stedmen


TRIMET BUS DRIVER GETS 'SLAPPED'

DISPATCH HERE!

Who's the biggest winner if the contract is approved?

Trimet general manager Neil Mcfarlane would be the biggest winner if the contract is approved.
This would be his 'crowning' achievement. 

It would validate everything he has done to date, including the hiring of union buster Randy Stedmen, his public union baiting, his illegally withholding of union wages, his attempt to make union employees 'pay him back' for health insurance already provided. In short every single unethical thing that has been done by Mr Mcfarlane and his staff will become 'legitimized'.

Mr Mcfarlane will be widely known as the man 'who took on the union and won'. His status within the transit industry will be canonized forever. 

He can brag about his bridges, his trains, and how he took on the union and came out ahead.

He will most likely get a HUGE bonus or raise from the Trimet board.

In short, union members can turn him from a goat into a hero.

That would be a sad day indeed.

But if he wins my hat will be off to him. This is a brilliant man, even more so than I originally thought.

 He (and his handpicked staff) has masterfully manipulated public opinion, the union and the union employees.

I sat on the sidelines from day one of his appointment watching  and have to say, I am indeed impressed.

You have to respect brilliance, even if it is against your self interest.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Every day we hear about that damn bridge

Ya ya its wonderful, its stupendous, there will be no cars allowed, it changes colors, the tourists will go wild over it, the bike crowd will be in bicycle heavan,   its the greatest invention since sliced bread, and its all here in the land of enchantment Portlandia.
(The whole project was only  $1.5 billion of your tax dollars to build.)
(Always read the fine print) 

People are so clueless as to how their minds are being influenced by this constant barrage of pro trimet propaganda.

After this bridge everybody will support anything that the Trimet does.

(Now if only they could get their system to actually be reliable now that would be a real achievement.)

Latest "Best of the Trimet tweets"


Transit riders of  Portlandia take to twitter to express their  feelings about  Portland's 'world famous' transit system  (Known to the locals as THE TRIMESS )
And if you want to know what's REALLY going on at Trimet check out TRIMETSCANNER

TRIMET BUS DRIVER GETS ELBOW TO THE HEAD

WES RIDERSHIP DOWN 5%- BUS UP 10%- LIGHT RAIL STAYS FLAT

  WES ridership has actually declined 5%. I think that is the first drop in WES ridership in a long long time.

Bus ridership is up across all the subcategories, 10.9% for 'bus other' and 10.6% for 'frequent bus'. So the 'frequent bus' is not actually used more often than the non frequent after all. 

The biggest disappointment has got to be the light rail figures, they have been dismal for quite awhile now, over two years I think. MAX is unreliable, operates like a police state, and riders are constantly held up for fare inspections thereby missing connections. Trimet has actually chased people off the light rail system in my opinion.

If it wasn't for the bus service Trimet would be losing riders right now. The Trimet system as a whole is up 5.6% from last year all as a result of the increase of bus usage.

Up or down ridership numbers are of no concern to the Trimet executives, they keep getting raises despite their years long failures. It's great to be an unaccountable Trimet executive.



Mcfarlanes threat to cut 70% of service should be moot now.....right?

 TriMet general manager warns of 70 percent service cuts by 2025 if union doesn't budge on health benefits | OregonLive.com



TriMet is enroute to cutting 63 bus lines and 70 percent of service by 2025 without more changes to union health and retirement benefits, the agency’s general manager said Wednesday.

 At the heart of TriMet’s contract proposal is a call for union employees to switch to the same health plans as non-union employees, including McFarlane, resulting in what he said would be significant savings.

So Trimet (and Mcfarlane) have somehow convinced the union executives of the validity of his argument as they have conceded to the management demands. So that should be the end of it right?

This is what President Bruce Hansen said at the time:

TU President Bruce Hansen returned a call for comment.
Filled with rhetorical hits, McFarlane's speech appeared to be a response to Amalgamated Transit Union 757's new campaign to sway public opinion.
With negotiations on a new contract expected to rev up soon, the ATU is using revenue from a recent $25-a-month increase in union dues to maintain a website and buy advertising to expose what it says are shifty TriMet management practices.
McFarlane's latest comments underscore why the marketing offensive is needed, said Hansen. "He's blaming the workers for everything," he said. "Why isn't he talking about how irrational management has been with spending?"

The math of McFarlane's predictions of service cuts and budget shortfalls was based on a long list of "assumptions," including no fare increase over the next two years, health-care cost increases of 9.5 percent a year and the growth of Lift paratransit as the population ages.
Given the teetering state of public transit in America, not to mention TriMet's shaky business model and spending habits, several transportation economists said it's not too hard to imagine the agency wasting away.
But far more than a lavish union contract would be at fault, they said.

Hansen said he couldn't take McFarlane's S.O.S. seriously after TriMet recently paid $1.4 million on new office furniture and is spending $9.5 million to renovate the Center Street administrative building.
"Do I think he's being truthful?" he said. "Not at all." 

So Bruce all of a sudden decided that Trimet was correct about those 70% cuts?

C-Tran+Trimet perfect together?

Not everybody agrees
Last night, the CTran Board of Directors chose to INCREASE their monthly costs by $46,000 per month for “passenger convenience” and with unknown cost savings.
Here’s the deal, the majority of the CTran Board voted to spend $1,727,000 of your money to develop an eFare system with TriMet. They will make 24 monthly payments of $46,000, plus pay $623,000 for “equipment”. The “hope” is that the eFare system will become operational in 2017, but the contract requires it to be operational NLT Dec 31, 2019.
Once the system is operational, CTran would then pay TriMet $46,000 per month as an ongoing “operational cost”. That cost would adjust with the CPI each year.
The duration of the contract is 7 years, or 5 years after it goes operational, which ever is later.
Are they upgrading to this eFare system, so they can save money elsewhere? No.
When asked about savings, the staff said that was to be determined. Board member Bill Ganley said: “I hope there will be some cost savings. . . .”
So with no known or identified cost savings, the CTran Board just agreed to increase their cost of operations.
Here’s my testimony at the beginning of the meeting during citizen communications

Today is the one year anniversary of the Lane Jensen arrest

One year ago Trimet executives concocted a story about Lane being 'dangerous' after he sent Public Information Officer Roberta Aldstadt numerous text messages asking a question about safety.

It was one of the greatest abuses of governmental power I have seen in the Portland area.

Trimet sent in 3 fully  armed police in flak jackets  into Lane's place of work and arrested him.

Mainstream media didn't bother to cover this outrage.

Only one reporter, Aaron Mesh of the Willamette Week, covered the story.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Remember when the union leadership wasn't afraid to take on Trimet leadership?

I sure do!

THE BRIDGE! THE BRIDGE! THE BRIDGE!

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RETIRED TRIMET DRIVERS! NEED A JOB TO HELP PAY FOR YOUR UPCOMING HEALTH INSURANCE?

I was doing an internet search for Trimet Retirees and came across your blog.
 
We are the folks that drive shuttle buses between the PDX airport and nearby parking lots. We are currently looking for part-time drivers (CDL with passenger endorsement), all seven days of the week, to work 7:00pm to 12:30am. Do you know if there is a way to get the word out to retirees looking to supplement their income? Any ideas would be appreciated.
 
Thanks,
 

 
Laura Burgess
Human Resources

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The BRIDGE! THE BRIDGE! THE BRIDGE!

Isn't it wonderful? Isn't it stupendous? Are we Portlander's indeed not the luckiest people in Amerika?

The argument AGAINST the Trimet/ATU contract

Vote no on TriMet’s Tentative Agreement
and go to arbitration
The 1985-88 contract between TriMet and ATU 757 was
the biggest loss for union members in the history of the
parties, until now. In addition to many take-aways in the
1985-88 Agreement, members took a 5% wage rollback. A
few months later, management increased their wages by
10%. ( I imagine that if this goes through Mcfarlane will either get a big wage boost or a big bonus)

The Trimet master plan


This latest affront to Trimet operators (the new sign up procedure) is just more of the same since Mcfarlane has been the dictator here.

This new sign up procedure is helpful for low seniority operators but its horrible for drivers that have accumulated seniority.

So what's the deal? Why would Trimet want to piss off their long term operators?

I'll tell you why......THEY WANT THEM TO LEAVE!
Trimet officials have been trying to get rid of all the higher seniority drivers since day 1 of the Mcfarlane junta!

So if you don't like that new 'block sign up'? 
You have two choices:
1- shut up and drive your bus 
2- get the hell out of here!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ron Heintzman speaks to the contract!

Ron Heintzman speaking at rally when he was international president

Before anybody gets excited it needs to be stated that I DID NOT VOTE FOR RON in the last election.
I have no connection with Mr Heinztman  whatsoever other than receiving his statement of opinion on the Trimet contract proposal.

In the interest of FULL INFORMATION TO MEMBERS we MUST hear what he has to say.
The current union leadership should have no problem in allowing Mr Heintzman to have his say.
Mr Heinztman is no  'rookie' to these sorts of negotiations, he has extensive experience to say the least.

I want to thank  Ron for allowing us to 'hear' what he has to say.....

The Trimet/ATU contract which was sent to members

The entire contract just 'appeared' at my doorstep today and as far as I know its the real thing.
This is how it affects me specifically, a retired union employee and my spouse.

I can make one of three selections for my promised health.

1-The current plan that was imposed after the last arbitration by Mr Gaba but it will cost me $178/mo and provide me with 90%/10% coverage under Blue Cross. I was under the impression that the difference in monthly premium between the 90 and 80 coverage was several hundred dollars, according to this contract the difference is only $100/mo. (which is a lot when you have a small pension)

2-I can choose the 80%/20% coverage with Blue cross and that will cost me $78.32/mo (which is what Trimet wanted in the first place)

3-"high deductible plan" not really certain as to what this is but I don't want it.

Remember we had full medical coverage before these cuts started.
We have had significant give backs since Mcfarlane started his union busting.

The rest of the contract doesn't affect me so I have no opinion one way or the other.

Trimet  strong armed the union proposing 224 'negative financial impacts' changes but apparently Trimet 'withdrew all but a few' when it got its way on the 80/20 insurance.
Remember Trimet packed the last contract with all sorts of illegal things (including trying to make employees pay them back for past health insurance) knowing full well that its 'all or nothing' arbitration in this silly state of Orygon. 
When Gaba sided with Trimet he was obviously disgusted that Trimet  had packed that contract with things that were illegal and he said as much in his decision.

What do I  think now that I have seen the whole thing?

NO OPINION EITHER YES OR NO

Trimet is finally going to give us back the money it stole from employees including the $3.6 million January 2011/August 2012(and they defied 2 court orders using our tax money to tie it up in appeals) , $500k from all of 2011, and $425k from Jan1, 2013-Oct 31 2014

Do I trust Trimet to keep its word? Of course not!
They will be back next year for more givebacks as detailed by Dave Auxier in his presentations to the board in which he stated Trimet will reduce OPEB by 50% one arbitration at a time.

The Trimet executives as a group have proven to be very proficient liars and manipulators, I expect more of the same unless they get a whole new management in there. 
(If Kitzhaber wins nothing will change)

The executives probably figured out that the public is starting to catch on that they are liars and thieves, putting this behind them will give them more of a chance to get people to believe all that pro-trimet propaganda they foist on the public.

Positive public perception about Trimet has PLUNGED from 77% to 66% (I'm sure its even worse than that) and the executives have grandiose plans they want to implement which will be impossible if they lose public support. 
Will things get better at Trimet when this is behind everyone?
They can't get much worse. 
The life of a Trimet bus driver is pretty harsh, Trimet needs to figure out some way to make that place a 'kinder and gentler' work environment.
Good luck to all the current employees, I am SO GLAD to be gone from there.

(the pages are numbered correctly but out of order in the folder)

The full ATU-Trimet contract with revisions



Travails of a Trimet bus driver

Stock Photo of Trimet bus driver
Audio Here!

Classic Tweets!

No voting allowed for Trimet retirees

Trimet union employees good deeds

It's no secret that Trimet reliability has gone down the tubes in the last few years.
While the Trimet executives stay  sequestered in their nice offices behind locked and guarded entrances Trimet union employees have the honor of dealing with a disgusted public who are on their last nerve using the Trimet system.

There are many examples like the one below of union employees going out of their way to lessen the blow of a disappointing transit experience.

The employee stayed in service so as not to inconvenience Trimet riders for a third time, kudos to this Max Operator

Nothing like a fragile transit system


The joy of Trimet

C-Tran might as well disband

And become part of Tri-met, apparently that what they really want anyway
Another TriMet Contract - See where they take Clark County Citizens:

Tuesday’s C-Tran action agenda item# 3 authorizes C-Tran to pay $1.727 million to turn over all C-Tran fare collection tasks to Portland TriMet and buy all new fare collection equipment that is only compatible with TriMet's system.

The contract gives TriMet through the end of the year 2020 to finish the project. C-Tran will need to determine how to pay for the service once the transition is complete.

Once control has been transferred to TriMet, the contract states that any future fare system change requests by C-Tran can simply be denied by TriMet. The contract does not allow for termination for convenience. Once signed, the transfer of control is permanent.

The 40 page contract starts on page 80 of this pdf file:
http://c-tran.com/about-c-tran/c-tran-board-information/board-meeting-documents/item/download/417_1b66932e57725264ec1d26ddefe0fa93

Why would C-Tran turn over all fare system control over to a financially failing out of state transit agency that is not accountable to the citizens of Clark County?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

New Trimet signup has operators MAD AS HELL


MAD AS HELL from al m on Vimeo.

After 40+ year of handling operator assignments in one way Trimet  has unilaterally made the decision to change it.
Apparently with the approval of the union officers

Let me try to explain as best as I can. 

Joe Rose goes ballistic over a tweet I made about Jarrett Walker

Transit 'Guru' Jarrett Walker
I made this TWEET  about Jarrett Walker being on the Trimet payroll. For some reason I don't clearly understand Joe Rose of all people took me to town over it. You'd think I had insulted one of his children the way he stood up for Walker.

 My point in making that tweet was to illustrate for people that there is a solid connection between Mr Walker and Trimet. Furthermore its not possible to be truly objective when you're dealing with someone who pays your salary. (then again it is possible but it might end up costing you your job).

Jarrett Walker (who's work I cross post occasionally because some of it is excellent) is the closest thing to a guru that the transit industry has. Nobody ever criticizes Jarrett Walker, because , in the words of Joe Rose "he's the most brilliant transit mind in Portland". 

I don't know about the most brilliant, but I do know he is just a human being like every other human being  therefore is not perfect.

His vociferous defense of the Trimet secret raises burst my bubble of admiration for the man. And when I talked about him on my blog he hit back with the usual defense that powerful people use all the time to preserve their control of the  agenda.
 "all negativity does is bring everyone down".
Never respond to the criticism, just call whoever is saying it 'too negative'
 This sort of defense is an obvious attempt to 'marginalize' whoever is slinging the criticism.
 It always has amazed me how much of a reaction some people have to the power of words.
It's "the pen is mightier than the sword" indeed. 

I did attempt to meet with Mr Walker once and sent him what I thought was a very  generous invitation. He didn't even bother to answer me with a no. 
Nope.
 Now why would he do that? 
He 'devalues' my humanity or my point of view? 
Or he's fearful of me? 
Or maybe Trimet officials don't want him to have any contact with me? 
This is exactly what Trimet does, ignore the critic as if they don't exist.

Whatever the reason, it casts suspicions on his close connections to Trimet officials

NOW THE ST CAR CRASHES

Stock photo
DISPATCH HERE!

KOIN REPORT ON SNAFU



Latest Trimet snafu

Monday, October 13, 2014

CLASS ACTION UPDATE


for forcing employees to perform functions without adequate compensation such as ROAD RELIEFS, MEETINGS, YELLOW CARDS, REVIEWING HR POLICIES, COMPLICATING TIME SLIPS,   ET AL  is progressing with tomorrow being the date that Trimet will be deposing witnesses for the prosecution!

TOP TRIMET STORIES: TRIMET DRIVER CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT-Mult Cty Case No. 1301-00923.

Interesting checkbook items

From the Trimet checkbook, money flows out of Trimet like its water
Intersting that Trimet pays for so many employment agencies and property management agencies 

Trimet 'checkbook'

Alphabetical, all sorts of strange things being purchased
Who's making $$$ off Trimet?
From last July-September 
Trimet's real power and influence come from the money they hand out