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Monday, January 10, 2011

Downtown bomb was kids science project!
Bomb scare dowtown. Sorry cannot re-route our light rail! TAKE THE BUS!

Spring sign up available! must have TRINET account to use this link

Spring sign up available! must have TRINET account to use this link

Transit may work (relatively) in Portland, but critics say we need new highways, too

OregonLive.com

Consultants rake in the $$$ on light rail boondoggles

WFAE 90.7 FM

Amerika loves Sarah Palin and her message of hate

SANDY GUENGRICH PUTS PART TIMERS IN HER CROSS HAIRS


As much as I respect Sandy's work with the union I have to disagree with her stance on this issue! 
Don't penalize your part time union brothers and sisters for Trimet's misdeeds!

Trimet trial of the century

from Joe Rose blog

What to do about Neil?


How much was wasted on this contraption?

This little electronic device is supposed to change traffic signals so the buses can stay on schedule more effectively.

Only one problem, they don't work!   

How many millions were wasted on this little idea?

Cleared of criminal intent

OregonLive.com

Boregonian Roundup of the Bus crash horror

OregonLive.com

Coverage of Sandi Day trial at Joe Rose blog

Joe Rose

IT'S THE MAX!

Suck it, Tri Met


Bliss and Chaos blog    

I guess she wasn't happy with the attention, blog entry has magically disappeared!

NATION OF HATRED

Via Bojack.org

JOE ROSE COVERING SANDI DAY TRIAL!!

pdxcommute Joseph Rose
Covering the trial of #TriMet driver Sandi Day in #PDX today. She is fighting tickets from 10 crash that killed two. Live blog coming.
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Two seats, one seat, oblivious to tired feet | OregonLive.com

Joe Rose

Sunday, January 9, 2011

PROOF POSITIVE THAT NEIL MCFARLANE IS LYING



THIS IS THE LANGUAGE THAT IS IN THE ADOPTED BUDGET PAGES 8&9 OF THE ADOPTED BUDGET PDF FILE!!!
IT IS CLEAR THAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO CONTINUE THE OLD CONTRACT UNTIL THE NEW ONE IS APPROVED:

ADOPTED BUDGET DOCUMENT HERE!

NEIL, YOUR BUDGET DOCUMENT TELLS THE STORY OF GIVING UNION WORKERS THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE! YOU PULLED A POWER PLAY AND YOU LIED TO US!


Oh mercy mercy me! from al m on Vimeo.
Things aint what they used to be!

Is health care sinking Trimet?

Notice how they combined debt service with operations?
Why would they do something like that?

ARE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES REALLY THE PROBLEM WITH GOVERNMENT?

SARAH PALIN REPRESENTS THE HATE MONGERS OF AMERIKA

She had a "target" on that Arizona congresswoman.....

Right wing fanatics always quick to kill anyone who disagrees with them

Arizona Shooting Sets Off Debate on Violent Political Rhetoric
Shooting of Jewish Congresswoman Giffords Is Not Just a "Tragedy"

Routing the future

Vancouver Voice (Marcus Griffith)

Some pictures of space

Here!

Workers all around the world under pressure from capitalists

Fiat union head repeats January 28 strike call | Reuters
Union deals sidestep Govt's 90 day law - National - NZ Herald News
BBC News - Hundreds join Royal Mail protest in Cameron's Witney
Local Teachers' Unions not pleased with Governor Rick Scott's education reform ...
Breaking unions using class warfare around the country

Who's looking this week?

YouTube - Bill Gates, Sam Harris and the Superstition of State Education

Free Domain Radio

Dispatch calls available for download-will be available for 24 hours from posting

Jan 5/12pm-12:33am

January 5/12:40am-11:37am

Steve Fung's New Years week!

DAN CHRISTENSEN

YouTube - Year Without Fear Week One Poem.m4v

Punkrawker in Seattle

YouTube - A Ride on Sound Transit D60LFR 9557

Trimet HR 202 violation? Nope, not an employee of this transit agency

YouTube - Metro TV: Crazy Woman Freaks Out On MTA Bus

Don't miss Evette Farra's scalding editorial on Neil McFarlane

ATU 757 Treasurer says Neil Mcfarlane is a liar!

Another blast from the past-staring Dave Stubblefield

YouTube - ANOTHER DAY

Blast from the past-Staring Bob Foster

YouTube - MARCH 11 2009

Before the hysteria-request denied to move this stop...IT'S A SAFETY ISSUE!

YouTube - 67stop

Uh oh, crazy asses may be on transit today

Portland / Global “No Pants Day” Max Ride | January 10 « Portland Events: Music, Art, Entertainment, Sustainability | PDXPIPELINE.com

The wonderful lives of bus drivers

Anthony D. Davis, Stinky Man, Charged With Spitting All Over Seattle Bus Driver - Seattle News - The Daily Weekly

Max Faqs

Restricted Speed

TRIMET CODE

LOCATED HERE!

ON THE BUS

ON THE BUS from al m on Vimeo.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

THE PERIL OF BEING A BUS DRIVER

YouTube - Bus driver escapes jail sentance

ATU TREASURER SAYS MCFARLANE IS A LIAR

HERE!

Forecast 2011 - Gird Your Loins for Lower Living Standards

Clusterfuck Nation

JANUARY 7


January 7 from al m on Vimeo.
RANTS OF THE WEEK:



January 7
January 6
January 5
January 4
January 3

BUS NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD-updated 7:30pm

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUS NEWS REPORTS

CTTransit reaches tentative agreement with bus drivers

Connecticut Post

Union denies deliberate delays on light rail system

Post Gazette

Attacked transit passenger says no one helped him

CNN.com

Jack Bogdanski keeping an eye on things for us

Pictures of Lily
It *can* be done
Portland police alum busted on kiddie sex crime charges
The dream of the '90s is alive, cont'd
Edlen now getting big no-bid work from Portland school district
Transportation Sue is packing it in
A new woman in Bernie's life
Another sour note from the White House

Guy likes to steal transfers! (dispatch)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDkH8N40uhM

BANKERS BASK IN LUXURY WHILE WORKERS EAT SHIT

 Mr Crow said: "With £7 billion about to be shovelled over in bonuses to the bankers, there will be anger on the streets as people realise that the same people who created the UK financial crisis are still living in the lap of luxury while the rest of us are told to take the hit.

The Press Association: Union chief Crow in pay deals call

BRITISH GETTING READY TO RUMBLE!

The Liberal Democrat-Conservative coalition is aiming to push through some of the steepest spending cuts in living memory to reduce the budget deficit. So far, few measures have taken effect but they will begin to soon.
Union chief sees growing movement against cuts | Reuters

NEIL SAYS:

"These negotiations are hard because TriMet is at a pivotal point – we have no choice but to get our benefit costs aligned. As nice as I’d like to be to TriMet employees – I can’t lead TriMet down a pathway of $10 million in additional service cuts in FY 12, and $30 million in FY 13, with more to follow every year – if we don’t get our house in order. That would mean literally hundreds of layoffs."

This may be true, and I believe that it is, however, "forcing" the issue by making decrees that everyone has to follow is not the correct process to follow. How can Mr McFarlane say he cares about his union employees but then throws the entire process in which to negotiate with his employees out the window?
Mr. McFarlane, it’s about ethics, process, and methodology!
How can you, with a straight face, tell us that waiting for an arbitrator to decide which side is closer to the truth will “ruin” our agency, which hopefully we all care about?
You have no problem finding money for your beloved projects, like light rail, safety committees, etc, but you have nothing but problems coming up with the funds to follow the process that all the general managers  of Trimet have honored until you took over?

~ When we abolish the slavery of half of humanity, together with the whole system of hypocrisy it implies, then the "division" of humanity will reveal its genuine significance and the human couple will find its true form ~
Simone de Beauvoir
 

NO PEACE FOR NEIL

ATU TREASURER SAYS MCFARLANE IS A LIAR


During my time as your financial secretary/treasurer, I have never written about the general manager of any property who’s member ship this union represents. It is my hope that this fact will lend some credence to the gravity of what I am about to write to you.

Trimet’s general manager, Neil McFarlane, is consciously and continually lying. He’s lying to the public, he’s lying to the media, and he is lying to this membership.

During a recent meeting, McFarlane, Beth de Hamel (Trimet’s CFO) Ron Heinzman, Jon Hunt, Sam Schwarz and 757 arbitration attorney, Mike Tedesco, I asked Neil McFarlane “if we had not filed the ULP and were still waiting on the original contract binding arbitration, would you be implementing this new insurance structure on our members?”
He responded “No I wouldn’t be”.

I followed up by stating, “based on the time-lines that (attorney) Mike just gave us our case wouldn’t have even been heard by an arbitrator before January and then the arbitrator would have the case for months.”

Mr. McFarlane did not disagree with this statement. In absolute contradiction to this verbal exchange, McFarlane wrote in an article posted on Trinet December 8 2010 “although I am disappointed with the unions unfair labor practice (ULP) is blocking the arbitration and preventing us from resolving the underlining issues of salary and benefits, we would have frozen wages and benefits…regardless of whether the ATU had filed the ULP.”

Really Mr. McFarlane? Because that is not what me and five other people heard in that room that day.

Neil McFarlane and Beth de Hamel will be a facing a judge and court reporter in 3rd party unfair labor practice proceedings in the coming months. Because of the statements that were made in that room during that meeting, McFarlane and De Hammel will have to either perjure themselves or admit that Trimet committed and unfair labor practice and that McFarlane made false statements in his recent articles and statements to the media and this membership.

Personally my respect for Beth de Hamel will ride solely on her testimony. She’s not out there writing BS like McFarlane but she will definitely have a decision to make when she gets in front of a judge and court reporter.

The sole reason I got involved with the union was because of my passionate stance against dishonesty and abuse of power.

Corporate dishonesty and abuse of power turns my stomach…and right now, Neil McFarlane turns my stomach! For me, this is personal, and you should be taking it the same way. He has essentially gone on record and printed a statement that conveniently avoids THE FACT that I asked that question and he responded the way he did. He has since gone on and glossed over that contradiction with lies, while conveniently implementing a new insurance policy that pulls YOUR PAYCHECKS.
 How personal can things get?

Transparency improving at TriMet?

Portland Afoot

TRIMET INNOVATIONS!

Friday, January 7, 2011

If your furniture needs instructions, you need new furniture.

Rantings from a Regular TriMet Rider

Shutting up the WES

TriMet: News Release - Shhhhh...Train horns silenced in Tualatin starting Jan. 11

Will the New Assaults on Public Employee Unions Undermine All Workers?

U.S. News -- Sott.net

Holy sheep shit-call out the marines!

Envelope Ignites At DC Postal Facility - Portland News Story - KPTV Portland

ATU PRESIDENT JON HUNT REMINDS US

Although we do not agree with the implementation of the new insurance policy, we want to remind you to save all receipts and documents. As you know, we are fighting this. Our first hearing is in April, and when we prevail it will be essential to identify how and what you should be reimbursed.

Thank you for your continued patience as we move forward and please do not allow this implementation to interfere with the quality of your medical care.

Fraternally,

Jonathan Hunt
President – Business Representative

BUS NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD-updated 1:11pm

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUS NEWS REPORTS

Woman Hit By Bus Dies Day After Birthday

Honolulu News Story - KITV Honolulu

Driver in fatal RTD bus crash in Denver gets probation

The Denver Post

Canby Area Transit's plan for disabled riders up for review

OregonLive.com

Dealing with Trimet eqiupment

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nr4RCqGMCA

Herb has no spotter!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AK_fLtIcLWk

Lexus driver messes with bus operator

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNinchoSoi4

Driver uses ball point pen to punch transfers

YouTube

NEIL MC(the knife)FARLANE LATEST (warning post uses profanity, prudes should avoid!)

TRIMET NEWS REPORTS FULL STATEMENT HERE!

As we begin preparation of next year's budget, I wish I could paint a picture of restoration of service and growth, but I cannot. When you look at the projections, it appears now that it will be another four - five years before we reach pre-recession levels of employment in our region. That's news none of us wants to hear.
Translation-We are fucked!

Although the FY12 budget plan does not currently include any major service cuts or across-the-board cuts, we will keep a close eye on economic trends and must be prepared to make adjustments if necessary. The budget also assumes a sustainable health care benefit structure as reflected in TriMet's union contract proposal. If these benefit changes are not made, we are looking at another $10 million in cuts in the coming fiscal year.
This "status quo" budget means any proposed new expenditures or areas where services may need to be restored must come from reallocation of existing funds. When making these final budget decisions, I will keep four priorities in mind:

Translation-WE ARE REALLY FUCKED!


*       Implementing the Safety and Service Excellence Task Force and K&J Assessment
        Recommendations. Work is already under way to begin implementation of a bus operator recertification program this year and suggestions for additional safety investments are at the top of my list.  
*       Purchasing new buses to reduce the age of the bus fleet. Even though the ballot measure failed, we still need to replace part of our seriously out-of-date fleet.  In the coming fiscal year, we will receive 55 grant-funded buses and then plan to purchase 40 buses per year with payroll tax backed bonds.
*       Advancing work on the Portland Milwaukie Light Rail Line (PMLR). Although no TriMet dollars will be allocated to PMLR until 2013, the federally funded work needs to continue to ensure a 2015 completion.
*       Providing a sustainable healthcare benefit structure. Health care reform is both a national and local issue. With TriMet's health care costs increasing eight percent per year, it is essential we find a way to provide high quality coverage that aligns with other public agencies and strikes the appropriate levels of cost-sharing between TriMet and employees, and our retirees.

TRANSLATION-we are fucked so bad it might be time to start looking for work waiting tables or delivering pizza's, two distinctly American career growth opportunities. 

This is good news?

Fewer people said they were out of work last month. The number of unemployed fell by more than 500,000 to just under 14.5 million, the lowest since April 2009.

103K New Jobs In Dec. Point To Slow, Steady Growth - Money News Story - KPTV Portland

The ministry of propaganda doing what it does

Soooo Sweeeet......
We are nirvana!
Boondoggles are us and we love them!
How smart are you?
"Mac" the knife
Porltand, a great place to visit, but don't try to get a job here
Patting ourselves on the back

We are #1!
We are #1! 
We are #1!
We are #1! 
We are #1!
We are #1! 

January 6

January 6 from al m on Vimeo.

The life of a bus driver

The life of a bus driver from al m on Vimeo.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

- Stefan Molyneux of Freedomain Radio on the Alex Jones Radio Show, January 3 2011

YouTube

THE NEXT PICKET IS NOW SCHEDULED!

Need a scapegoat? Just blame the unions!

Why is our economy in the predicament that it’s in today? High unemployment, sluggish growth…who’s to blame? The unions, of course. The unions are the enemies of the working man. The working class must destroy unions for their own good.
Unions are the perfect scapegoat: an organization that benefits a relatively small number of actual members, which a mass of disgruntled outsiders can be easily convinced to blame for their own problems. (Immigrants are another good scapegoat!) Like the push to convince the public that our national debt is the fault of a few politicians’ pet earmarks—expenditures that grab attention easily, but that make up a laughably small portion of the spending we actually need to cut—blaming unions for unemployment is a brilliant stroke of political jujitsu, because it appeals to the very people that would naturally be allies of organized labor: the working class.

REPUBLICANS CONTRACT TO WIPE OUT AMERIKA--and we voted em in!

Wall Street Journal: GOP Jeopardizes Roads and Transit Funding | PubliCola - Seattle's News Elixir

What can Trimet learn from this?

As for expenses, it cost $2.1 billion more to run the mass transit system in 2010 than it did in 2005 including inflation--that's a 23 percent increase over 2005 levels. While many are quick to say that labor costs are the culprit, the reality is that other costs are rising much more quickly. Labor costs have increased 16 percent since 2005, but non-labor costs have increased at twice that rate. Particularly troublesome for the MTA is the cost of past borrowing, the payments for which have increased by 54 percent since 2005.
John Petro: A New Year and a New Fare, But MTA Budget the Same Old Mess

WES DEBACLE EATS MONEY AND MORE MONEY AND MORE MONEY

Shuttle Buses Used For Some WES Train Trips - Traffic News Story - KPTV Portland

We Move America.

TRANSPORT WORKERS UNION.

TWU Presents: The Powers of Congress

YouTube

Talking Trimet with Chris Day and Al M-part 4

TRIMET TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT HAS CREATED INSTITUTIONAL DISCRIMINATION AGAINST ITS PART TIME EMPLOYEES WITH THE UNION AS ACCOMPLICES

 The District will not propose run cuts unless they are able to increase the number of full-time operators with weekends off by 10% within the first two sign-ups and by 20% by the end of the first experimental year.

TRIMET TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT ABUSES ITS PART TIME OPERATORS-PART 3

ALL THE WORK YOU HAVE DONE AS A PART TIMET COUNTS FOR NOTHING:


Mini-run operators shall accumulate seniority as mini-run operators only and shall not accumulate seniority as regular operators except that when additional regular operators are to be employed by the District, notice of intent shall be posted by the District.

TRIMET TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT ABUSES ITS PART TIME OPERATORS-PART 2

YOU CAN BE ABUSED WITHOUT PENATLY!

Par. 2. A Mini-run Operator’s work must be completed within thirteen (13) hours from starting time; spread-time penalty provisions shall not apply to mini-runs.

TRIMET TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT ABUSES ITS PART TIME OPERATORS

1-Demeaning job title  MINI RUNNER
MINI-
—adj
1.      (of a woman's dress, skirt, etc) very short; thigh-length
2.      (prenominal) small; miniature
—n , minis
3.      something very small of its kind, esp a small car or a miniskirt

RUNNER-
–noun
1.
a person, animal, or thing that runs, esp. as a racer.
2.a messenger.
3.a messenger of a bank or brokerage house.
4.Baseball. base runner.
5.Football. the ball-carrier.
6.a person whose business it is to solicit patronage or trade.
7.a person acting as collector, agent, or the like, for a bank, broker, etc.
8.something in or on which something else runs or moves.
9.either of the long, bladelike strips of metal or wood on which a sled or sleigh slides.
10.the blade of an ice skate.
11.the rotating system of blades driven by the fluid passing through a reaction turbine.
12.the rotating member of a pair of millstones.Compare bed stone.
13.a roller on which something moves along.
 











January 5

January 5 from al m on Vimeo.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

COMMENTS NOW ACTIVE AT A TRIMET EXPRESS LINE SUBJECT

Teams have been formed and a work plan developed to implement the recommendations of the General Manager’s Safety & Service Excellence Task Force. Critical to work plan implementation is gathering employee input.  Collecting this input has already begun with “close calls”.  Denis Van Dyke, interim director of operations support, visited Beaverton and Clackamas Town Center transit centers, and the Center St report area this past week. Accompanied by trainers and field operations supervisors, he spoke with several dozen operators about better ways to identify--and do something about--locations prone to "close calls."

Denis said, "This was a really positive and valuable experience. A lot of people wanted to jump right in to talking about specific locations, but we also heard support for the concept of a better flow of information about close calls. One idea we're considering is a button that operators could push to indicate their willingness to report close call locations. With that kind of data," he says, "We could do a better job of identifying hot spots and sharing that information with employees in the field."

·         What do you think?
·         What's the most realistic and useful way for a rail or bus operator to report a close call?

For the next couple of weeks, the comments section in this Express Line item will host an employee discussion of this question. To participate, click the "read comments" link in this item. In the coming months, other Task Force implementation teams will visit work areas to gather input on other safety related topics.  The data will be analyzed to determine locations where we’re seeing high numbers of reports and then what resources we’re deploying to deal with the reports.  Watch for fliers.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUS NEWS REPORTS: BUS NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD-updated 2:53pm

Bus Emergency News Archive

How would you classify this bus crash?

YouTube - Madhya pradesh bus accident

Luke Norris: Protecting Worker's Rights

Huffington Post

Beaver Journal slams union members, as usual

Beaver Journal » Trimet health care changes to go into effect by end of month

West Linn residents hope concerns over Lake Oswego to Portland Transit Project aren't lost in the shuffle

OregonLive.com

CONTESTING THE ATU INTERNATIONAL ELECTION

Although I was not at the union meeting, I have gotten plenty of feedback from folks that were there.
And EVERY SINGLE person I have talked to at work has been appalled that our union is picking a fight with the international right now.


The vote was 372 for Hanley and 272 for Heinzman.  Is it reasonable to assume that all or most of those 372 Hanley supporters were corrupted therefore their vote should be disputed?

When Ron Heinzman is asking for our money to support his appeal but then doesn’t make it a top priority to show up at our meeting is that something that should be supported?

With all the other locals is it reasonable that our local be the one that puts its name on the lawsuit given the fact that Jon Hunt and Ron Heinzman have a long history together?

East coast vs. west coast is how this dispute is being portrayed,   Should we get involved in something so trite?

When so many forces are gathering steam to attack and destroy union labor do we really want to engage in a fight with ourselves right now?

Just wondering!!

56th Convention: Day Four from Amalgamated Transit Union on Vimeo.

A look back at Thursday, September 30, 2010 -- day four of the Fifty-Sixth International Convention of the Amalgamated Transit Union.

Sunset Bob gets no breaks!

Stop the Lies

YouTube

January 4

January 4 from al m on Vimeo.

(absofuckinglutely nothing)

UNFUNDED LIABILITY