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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Jack says Trimet "brilliant!"

Tri-Met makes major discovery (Jack Bog's Blog)

BUS NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD-updated 4:04pm

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUS NEWS REPORTS

Could this happen in Portland? (2)

Bus operator temporarily withdraws Barry service after stone-throwing attack (From Barry And District News)

Could this happen in Portland?

In 2008, Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) bus driver Sunil Tambele of Ambegaon, conductor Madhukar Nande of Ghorpadi Peth and other PMPML employees allegedly beat up a family, including a six-month pregnant woman on Pune-Satara Road.
The family was heading to Shivapur in their tempo. The BRTS bus forced the tempo dangerously close to the Katraj zoo wall. After the tempo brushed against the wall, its driver Deepak Salunke (24) abused the bus driver. He left the bus behind and was near the Katraj junction when the bus hurtled towards the tempo at high speed and tried to ram it. The bus overtook the tempo at Katraj bus depot and forced it to halt. Three men, including the bus driver, alighted from the bus and began beating up the tempo occupants.

Here's an idea for all those students who can't get a student pass

Montreal transit accused of ‘age discrimination’ – - Macleans OnCampus

West Linners leery of streetcar plan

West Linn Tidings

SANDI DAY'S TESTIMONY-(joe rose)


Sandi Day is under direct questioning from defense attorney Michael Greenlick. She said she worked for six years as part-time bus driver before going to work for TriMet in November 2007.
The majority of her life, Day said she has worked in the “hospitality industry.”
During her training, she said she received no specific training that indicated left turns were any trickier than right turns. She also said bus drivers were “strongly encouraged to do courtesy stops.”
There was no specific training about which speed to take turns, she testified. A typical turn, she said, turn is 7 to 15 mph, depending on how much maneuvering is required.
11:40 a.m.
Day says she has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, which has affected her memory. She has started to break down and cry three times while trying to remember her shift before she struck the pedestrians.
12:10 p.m.
Greenlick: “Do you remember what you did?”
Day: “I began braking.” She begins to sob heavily. She says something that is hard to understand. Prosecutor Chuck Sparks asks her to repeat her statement. “I thought,” she said, “of hard braking over bodies.”
Day: “I stopped the bus. I remember someone on left side window, someone yelling and screaming for me to move the bus. I tried to think if I should move the bus.”
At that point, she said, the man screaming at her through her open window then punched her in the head, shoulder, neck and ribs. (Ryan Hammel has testified that he punched Day in the shoulder to get her attention after seeing his sister trapped under the rear wheels.)
Day: “I remember moving the bus. I don’t remember how far. I had a hard time remembering if I had made my emergency call. I remember talking to the dispatcher, asking for a supervisor. I remember thinking while the bus is running I might be burning them.”
11:59 a.m.
Day said she had worked the Line 14 until 2 a.m. on April 24. She returned to work at 3 p.m. and started the Line 9 at 5:55 p.m.
Just before midnight, she was making her last swing through downtown.
She recalls Peter Leiss, the security guard that she had picked up, requesting a courtesy stop. (Leiss has testified that he didn’t ask for her to stop off her normal route).
Greenlick asked why she chose the Line 17 stop on far north corner of Northwest Glisan Street, about 20 feet away from Broadway. “The only thing I remember is something that it was closer to his home. I really don’t know.”
She has begun to sob.
“Stops are the safest place to stop,” she said. Asked why unscheduled courtesy stops are important, she said: “Service to the community. It’s part of my job.”
She said she can’t remember turning from Northwest Sixth and Flanders onto Glisan before the courtesy stop.
By habit, she knew to “angle out” a bus at stops. She believes she left a little bit of the bus in the adjacent lane on Glisan, based on her view of bus surveillance video.
“I believe I saw people on the far corner during my scan” On a diagram at the front of the courtroom, she points to the southwest corner of Broadway, across the intersection.
Greenlick: “What do you remember after that?”
Day: “I remember seeing people in front of my windshield. … Right in front of me. A shadow here. A shadow with hair in front of me. And movement.”
The parents of Sale and Hammel are in the front row, sobbing.
Tears are streaming down Day’s cheeks. Her lip is quivering heavily. It’s hard to make out some of her statements.
12:15 p.m.
Day continues: “There was a lot of screaming.”
Asked if she recalled someone coming on the bus, she testified, “I do now remember someone coming on the bus.”
She says it was Stephanie Rilatos, whose earlier testimony was challenged because it was discovered Wednesday that her sister and boyfriend work at TriMet and she has applied for a job at TriMet.
Greenlick: “Do you remember what she said to you.”
Day: “I believe she told me to stay calm and I assume she told me they had been running in front of my bus.”
Greenlick: Why do you assume that?
Day: “Because I stated it to police.”
“I don’t remember anyone running in front of the bus.”
“I wasn’t even speculating” about how it happened.
Greenlick: Do you understand now how it happened?
Day: “No sir.”
12:25 p.m.
Greenlick asks Day to recall what happened after she was taken back to the TriMet Powell Street Garage after the crash.
Day says she was put in a room with four TriMet managers. She said they told her to give a verbal statement and to fill out written paperwork about what happened. She said she had trouble.
Sobbing, Day recalls,  “I told them I couldn’t … and one of them demanded that I do it now.”
“I realized I couldn’t say what really happened. I asked for my union rep.”
“All I know is that I saw them at impact, and I realize that’s all I should put on my paperwork.”
For days after the tragedy, she says she couldn’t sleep.
12:30 p.m.
Defense attorney Michael Greenlick asks if the sweeping left turn across a lane on Glisan and left onto Broadway was “consistent” with what she learned in her weeks of TriMet training.
Day says yes. In fact, she says, she did a very similar thing regularly while driving the Line 96, with a stop at Southwest Commerce Circle and 95th Avenue (TriMet moved that stop after the April tragedy).
She says she took that turn, moving across a full lane before turning, during he probationary period, when trainers and supervisors would ride with her. No one told her it was wrong, she said.
Greenlick: Did that experience factor into why you thought you could do that safely?
Day: Yes. And, she says, the fact that she is trained to use space as needed to keep a 4-foot cushion around bus as it turns.
Greenlick: So the turn from westbound Glisan onto Northwest Broadway was consistent with your training.
Day: “Yes, sir.”
12:32 p.m.
The questioning has barely started before she breaks down crying. Day: “I didn’t know that a lot of the things we were asked to do weren’t legal.”
12:40 p.m.
Sparks to Day: It’s apparent, you don’t know what happened. Day says that’s right.
Day says she habitually scanned every 5 to 8 seconds while driving buses. She tried not to get “into a fixed stare.” While turning, she says she scanned for “movement, risks, cars, bicycles, more things.”
Sparks: “You were trained to look around obstacles. It was your responsibility to scan around them before you proceed forward.”
“Yes sir.”
On the courtesy stop, Sparks asks if it’s her understanding that she needs to make sure a stop is safe and legal -- in and out -- before a driver makes it?
Day: “Yes, sir.”
Day said she knew the Glisan stop because she had driven the Line 17 before. She said she had to pull close to the right lane curb because Leiss appeared elderly.
Sparks: “Realistically, don’t you think 12 to 14 mph was a little fast to be turning into that crosswalk?”
Day: “I don’t know how fast I was going. I assume it was a safe and reasonable speed.”
Sparks asks Day if she thinks it’s her responsibility to know what is in a crosswalk? Wouldn’t driving that fast toward a crosswalk with pedestrians be unsafe at the speed?
Day: "Yes."
Sparks: “It’s true then that you didn’t know what was in that crosswalk?”
Day: “I thought I did.”
12:45 p.m.
Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Chuck Sparks has finished the cross-examination of Sandi Day.  No further questions.

KATU latest report on Sandi Day trial

Sandi Day takes the stand

Debunking the Trimet Ministry of Propaganda

Bus doen's make it past the snow plow

January 12

JANUARY 12 from al m on Vimeo.

TriMet trainer Stewart Jolliffe clears up some lies put forth by managment

The management has been lying (as usual) about Trimet bus drivers being trained to take turns at 5 mph.

Stewart Jolliffe was subpoenaed as a witness at the Sandi Day trial.
Here is what he had to say:


He also disagreed with TriMet training manager Morgan's testimony that drivers are trained to make turns at 5 mph. He said he trains drivers to make turns at a "slow and reasonable speed. There is no number."

He further clarified how professional bus drivers are supposed to take turns, also disputing the lies put forth by our beloved managment:

He said a good turn requires three lanes to make turn -- two on the street from which a bus is turning and the one in which they are continuing.


"We do it at 100 intersection; we do it everywhere," Jolliffe said.


Greenlick asked the defense witness if he was aware that such maneuvers are considered illegal for other motorists. "Is it illegal? No," Jolliffe responded. "Because that's what we have to do."
 

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

TRIMET ROLLING IN $$$$$$$$$ (for what upper managment wants that is)

    * Administration Coordinator
      Closes Fri., Jan. 21, 2011; non-union, full-time; external/internal opening

 * Engineer II - Lead Inspector
      Open until filled; non-union, limited term; external/internal opening

    * Engineer III - Office Engineer (2 openings)
      Open until filled; non-union, limited term; external/internal opening

    * Engineer IV - Resident
      Open until filled; non-union, limited term; external/internal opening

    * Light Rail Vehicle Operator
      Closes Mon., Jan. 17, 2011; union, full-time; internal opening only

    * Operations Analyst
      Closes Fri., Jan. 21, 2011; non-union, full-time; external/internal opening

    * Real Property Specialist
      Open until filled; non-union, limited term; external/internal opening



    * Systems Engineer II - Voice
      Open until filled; non-union, full-time; external/internal opening

WHAT THE HELL? BUT I AM PROHIBITED? WTF?

TriMet: Filming and Photography on TriMet

Light rail is SO cost effective

(Of course the capital costs are NOT included in this lovely little graph.)

If you missed the blow by blow Sandi Day trial...here are the updates (joe rose)

Updates here!

Live update: Not clear if fired TriMet driver Sandi Day will take stand today | OregonLive.com

Joe Rose

TRIMET MINISTRY OF PROPAGANDA

 It should be obvious just what our management's agenda is. 
The headline tells the tale of the  CAPITAL PROJECTS DOMINATION OF OUR AGENCY!

TriMet: News Release - December ridership report with MAX and WES rides increasing

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUS NEWS REPORTS: BUS NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD-

updated 2:34pm

Top Ten Union Corruption Stories of the Year

National Legal and Policy Center

Ezra Klein - Who can replace labor?

Washington Post

California takes care of transportation

California budget: Transportation - San Jose Mercury News

Funny how nobody complains about pro sports unions

Ten things to know right now about the labor situation | ProFootballTalk

Check out King County's transit performance site

Welcome - Monthly Performance Measures - King County Metro Transit

Diesel buses: Los Angeles County MTA to retire the last one, meaning its whole fleet will be powered by alternative fuels -

latimes.com

Live update: Witness who said bus crash victims weren't in crosswalk is dating TriMet driver, applied for job, according to official

Joe Rose

Witness testifies about attack on TriMet driver-KGW.COM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xap60as6bSE

Whining rat bus drivers (dispatch)

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

Jack Bogdanski's most excellent coverage of the DISASTER OF JANUARY 2011

 http://bojack.org/2011/01/it_has_begun_3.html
http://bojack.org/2011/01/city_remains_paralyzed.html
http://bojack.org/2011/01/storm_coverage_continues.html

High school kids abuse bus driver (dispatch)

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

Passengers won't get rid of beer! (dispatch)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e55KcYTv_WA

On board camera in Sandi Day trial

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQZCCxKycn4

ATU 757 BATTLES THE INTERNATIONAL

I personally don't like this, don't like it at all!

Documents here!

ATU 757 A FAMILY AFFAIR?

Jon Hunt..................$126,562.00
Jeff Hunt.....................$23,721.00
Catherine Hunt.......$58,536.00

Hunt family and our union............................ $208,819 

Interesting huh?
From Going Back to True Union Values Blog

LM-2 Jul, 1 2009 to Jun, 30 2010

Going Back to TRUE Union Values: "Remember this is only pay from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010(We don't know July 1, 2010 to current.)Also remember Florida did not happen unt..."

TRIMET 'LIMITED' SNOW EMERGENCY-CHAPTER 2

 (from about 3pm-midnight Jan 11)

Dispatch Audio download here

JANUARY 11

JANUARY 11 from al m on Vimeo.

"They" wouldn't intentionally ruin Trimet bus service, would they?

From a fellow blogger:


Apparently they didn't get all the chains off last night & are still doing that this morning, which is what my 43 driver said when they were 17 minutes late.

Making people late for work is one sure way to get people to stop using Trimet.

KXL RADIO COVERS THE OPENING TESTIMONY AT SANDI DAY TRIAL

Testimony at the Sandi Day trial-KXL radio broadcast from al m on Vimeo.

Jeff has something to say

Chuck offers up some advice, and safety first at Trimet

Witness says TriMet driver 'in hysterics', 'did not see' victims-KGW.COM

Video here!

Witness in fired TriMet driver's trial claims pedestrians acted drunk, 'were not in the crosswalk' | OregonLive.com

Joe Rose

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

No snow of course but everything went surprisingly well on my 88!
88 willow to BTC on time. Ear plugs change everything! And a 40ft bus!
48 bus running normal! With chains!
Live update! Flakes r falling in Beaverton! Very sparse however!

Trimet moves according to these reports

AccuWeather.com - Beaverton Weather Advisories - Weather Warnings & Watches for Beaverton, OR

FOLLOW PORTLAND'S BEST SOURCE FOR SNOW UPDATES!

Special Report: It might snow (Jack Bog's Blog)

WARNING WARING! THE END IS NEAR!

CLICK HERE FOR LIVE MAP!!!!!!!

ATTENTION TRIMET DRIVERS TORTURE IS IMMINENT! TAKE STEPS TO MINIMIZE YOUR DESTRUCTION!!

TRIMET MANAGEMENT IS ABOUT TO ADMINISTER THE TRIMET TORTURE TREATMENT ON ITS FRONT LINE TROOPS! WE CAN MITIGATE THE TORTURE TREATMENT USING THIS METHOD, WHICH LAST TIME I WAS UNPREPARED FOR!

WARNING!! WARNING!! WARNING!!

The exalted high rulers of Trimet have decided that all buses will now be chained, snow or no snow!
We've all been through this before!
What that means for riders is that your bus may or may not show up and it will be unknown when it will show up!
Do not count on making any connections smoothly, or making them at all.
If you can limit your riding to  MAX service alone you will increase your chances of actually getting to where you are going in a timely manner!


BUS SERVICE IS EXTREMELY UNRELIABLE AT THIS POINT UNTIL  THE TRIMET GODS DECLARE AN END TO THIS EMERGENCY, REAL OR IMAGINED!
 (You heard it hear, from a real bus driver who does not mince words about the reality of our situations!)

David Sale makes some insightful comments in this interview with KXL radio

Video Here!

Vancouver boots anti light rail councilor

Stewart cut from C-Tran board | The Columbian

Oh my heavens, this is priceless

"Synergy" on the bridge construction

Bike Portland

David Sale gets it

KPTV coverage of Sandi Day trial

Video Here!

Don't be a bus driver unless you like to be abused!

Phoenix bus driver recovering after being punched, kicked

Portland Pictures: Global No Pants Day | 175 People, 36 Degrees

PDXPIPELINE.com

We are broke, but got plenty of money for pencil necks

TriMet: Jobs - TriMet Career Opportunities

Sandi Day trial: TriMet video from tragic night silences Portland courtroom | OregonLive.com

Joe Rose

PLACE YOUR BETS ON NO SNOW

Trimet is chaining all its buses at 4pm!
Since they have virtually a perfect record of getting it wrong, I would put my money on no snow today!

JANUARY 10

JANUARY 11 from al m on Vimeo.

Former TriMet driver goes on trial in fatal bus crash

KATU.COM

Sandi Day can't watch

VIDEO HERE!

Roundup of days events-from Joe Rose

TRIMET NEWS REPORTS: Trimet trial of the century-from Joe Rose blog

Now we know what really happened in the Sandi Day incident

She made the following comments to the officer that was attending to her immediately after the crash:

 “I did not see them” and
“I was paying attention to the other people in the crosswalk.”

I find that statement to be the most likely cause of this accident, and very believable!

Sandi Day on trial!

Video Here!

Let’s talk about Part-Time operators

As I looked around at many forms of documents, that label is placed all over the place (TriMet postings, signup sheets, websites, and many other documents including our contract). Full-Time operators are not called Maxi-Runners and when the term Mini-Runner is used around customers or the general public it has to be explained that it is in reference to Part-Time operators and not in reference to the operators that drive the lift vans or smaller busses.
Going Back to TRUE Union Values

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.
1 hour ago Favorite Retweet Reply

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

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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

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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!
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