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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

BEATING THE TSA!

Passenger cleared after TSA checkpoint stare-down • The Register
THE IDENTITY PROJECT

Station agent Janet picture of the day

VICE PRESIDENT SAM SCHWARZ ADDRESSES THE TRIMET BOARD OF DIRECTORS

ATU 757 PRESIDENT JON HUNT ADDRESSES THE TRIMET BOARD-2 PARTS


RICK VAN BEVEREN GOES STALIN ON LYN LERBACH!

Latest worldwide bus news

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EVEN AS UNION MEMBERSHIP IS SLIDING---OFFICERS ARE GETTING MORE AND MORE!

This chart is for ATU 757
Compensation for the office of president has increased more than 100% since 2000! 

ORIGINAL HERE! 

ELLEN FOX WATCH BLOG?????

Just another WordPress.com site

PORTLAND BUS SLIDE: TRI-MET

EBAY

Bus drivers get thrown under the bus all over the world

'Fault on both sides' when bus crushed pedestrian against railings - Manchester Evening News

British bus driver jailed for rape

Story here!

Here's what the new HC transit pass id will look like

(From Joe Rose)

Footage from today's demonstration

January 25

January 25 from al m on Vimeo.

Pictures from the board meeting today




TRIMET FINDS MORE MONEY TO PLAY WITH

TRIMET'S TOUGHEST STILL FIGHTING

JOE ROSE

Robert Scheer says hogwash

 The speech was a distraction from what seriously ails us: an unabated mortgage crisis, stubbornly high unemployment and a debt that spiraled out of control while the government wasted trillions making the bankers whole. Instead the president conveyed the insular optimism of his fat-cat associates:

Robert Scheer: Hogwash, Mr. President - Robert Scheer's Columns - Truthdig

The swine keep feeding at the trough

Dow Briefly Climbs Above 12,000 - Money News Story - KPTV Portland

ATU Mascot

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Streetcar not so popular

Views on streetcar divides public during Lake Oswego to Portland Transit Project hearing | OregonLive.com

Barbara Hart

Catholic Sentinel

Hair fetish gets 26 months

Clackamas judge sentences man who snipped, glued women's hair to 26 months in prison | OregonLive.com

Using cell phones increases bus crashes 2X...accourding to this anyway

DriveCam Releases New Insights Into the Transit Industry | DriveCam

I asked via comments for an explanation of the methodology. 

Meanwhile, the criminals had a record profit making year!

Common Man News: Wall Street celebrates record profits

Moscow!

Video Shows Aftermath of Explosion at Moscow Airport - NYTimes.com

While America sleep walks, the rest of the world has had enough!

Protests in Egypt - NYTimes.com

WHO IS FAILING THIS MEMBERSHIP

 Original post here!
1) Retaliation via public attacks through printed postings about my character,
2) Accused as anti-union and a plant brought in through TriMet Management to break the union,
3) Horrible graphic attacking my sexuality and accusations of being a pedophile,
4) Our Union President asking me to “Take The High Road” and ignore it while I lose an election and not allowed to return to the open position I was in,
5) Having to except this member’s actions as unstoppable.
The other members who have been exposed to similar type actions have not addressed it because union officers advise against protecting yourself from other members for fear the membership will view the member taking a stance will be viewed as turning on a member. I have been advised it would be poor to address this and just try to do my best around it if I would like any chance of getting voted in to office. I have been advised that I must find a very clear statement in our bylaws, constitution or contract the she has violated or not only would I not get support of the membership I will risk any possible chance of holding any office position.
So the above are pressures I have against me. One member has been able to take away my civil right to not fear persecution for bearing witness, to have to except a bulling, hostile and uncomfortable work environment and to except Libel and Slanderous postings each time I would like to advance in this membership. One member has gone out of her way to welcome me to this union in such a way.
On page 104 of ATU Constitution and General Laws 21.6 Membership in Good Standing it states “No member shall be allowed to injure the interests of a fellow member by undermining him or her in place, wage, or in any other willful act.”

Chris Day

EVER WONDER WHAT HAPPENS ON THE MAX AFTER A GAME?

Lack of oversight on membership secret votes!-Chris Day

Lack of oversight on membership secret votes!

Any organization that wants to maintain strong moral and morals within its membership has very clear protocols in place that protects its members from opportunities of corruption. Putting full trust in leadership without oversight and accountability opens the doors to allow the leadership to control the membership and puts the members as victims to the leaders will.

Our current secret voting structure:
    Currently we have close to 5,000 members and when a membership secret vote is required the vote must be cared over ten (10) different meetings that last close to seven (7) days. Because of the different locations and the time period involved it appears our Secretary/Treasurer is the main person in charge of the security of member’s votes. With one person in charge and no oversight what safety measures are in place to prevent this officer from controlling the outcome of a vote?
    •    Is the total membership attendance taken from the sign in sheets?
    •    If retiree’s are not able to vote can a retiree sign in sheet be created so the total of attendees vs. votes match? (this will allow for the correct percentage to be posted)
    •    When blank ballots are handed out they are not counted and the total blank ballots that are out at that time are unknown. Maintaining a strong inventory of ballots that go out vs. ballots that come back will help assure members from saving a ballot of an issue the do not feel strong on then using that ballot plus the other one they got for an issue they feel strong on. This would give the member two votes on one issue. Inventory of Ballots will prevent this type of abuse.
    •    As a meeting comes to an end all ballots have been collected, sealed in labeled envelopes and place in a large briefcase. Also in this briefcase are other blank envelopes and blank ballots. Keeping all these items together in such a manner can allow votes to be altered upon transportation and being out of sight of the membership.

So at the end of the meeting that is the last the memberships sees of their ballots and are later told the outcome from an announcement from the Secretary/Treasurer or another full time officer. Our current process has NO OVERSIGHT and gives the opportunity for a small number of people to control the outcome of the entire membership.

Currently or Constitution and Bylaws allows our Executive Board officers the ability to call an emergency board meeting to address this. It requires the majority of Executive Board officers to make this happen. There is a total of fourteen (14) Executive Board Officers. This means a least eight (8) officers need to request a special meeting. This is our opportunity to see if the majority of our Executive Board officers are in support of protecting our members rights or if the officers have banded together to protect each other. If an emergency meeting is called about this issue it will be a clear indication that our officer’s care about the members they represent and will do everything in their power to protect us. If this is held off until the scheduled Executive Board meeting it is a clear indication that this is not an important issue to the officers. Find out where your Executive Board Officer stands on this issue.

THE FUTURE OF LIGHT RAIL IN PORTLAND

Sombody lost their shoes on Max

Yfrog Photo : yfrog.com/h75r7kkj - Shared by pdxhadey

Suspicious shit everywhere! (post is a couple days old)

Update, 11:12 a.m.: Trimet has tweeted that Quatama station is now open and trains are running, but riders should expect delays.
TriMet light-rail traffic has stopped near the Quatama MAX station in Hillsboro as police respond to reports of a suspicious package found on the tracks, according to Washington County dispatch.
TriMet said via Twitter that shuttle buses are transporting riders between stations in place of MAX.
More details to come.

ATU INFORMATIONAL PICKET TOMORROW

CLICK HERE!

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January 24

JANUARY 24 from al m on Vimeo.

Guess who?

Back to Blogger...

Monday, January 24, 2011

EXTEND FARE LESS TO PGE PARK , nah, end fare less square would be better

NWDA to Make Recommendation on PGE Parking Plan Tonight | Neighborhood Notes

ELLEN FOX STOLE PUNKRAWKERS PHOTO AND HE DOES NOT WANT IT USED FOR THESE PURPOSES!

punkrawker4783 said...
HEY! That photo is mine, she does not have permission to use my photo in the matter being expressed here.

HEY BUS DRIVERS


Trimet is implementing its new safety structure and wants comments.
You don’t have to be paranoid to speak your mind about this!
So far I am the only person to comment!
We need to be active in this safety structure that is about to be imposed on us!
Trimet has now implemented a system that alleviates the need to go and “meet” with a group or a person.
We can put our comments in writing on express line!
So far I am the only person to comment, we need more participation in this process.
This safety structure is going to happen!
At least there is an opportunity here to influence its structure.
Make some real life suggestions:

CHARGES FILED AGAINST ATU 757 PRESIDENT HUNT?


Well that’s the rumor now.
I knew there was talk of it, but this is the first time I have heard that someone has actually filed “real” charges.
I have no verification of this event, but it came from a credible source.

Ellen Fox lives in a state of constant paranoia!

Her latest post:

Margulies and Day are fostering an atmosphere of hatred and fear against me in my work place, the community and ATU.  At this point, I have serious concerns regarding my personal safety, the safety of my family and home.




This is the same nonsense she tried to pull at the court hearings, pretending that she is "threatened".

Nobody has ever threatened Ellen Fox, EVER!
She doesn’t like that charges are pending against her, and finds herself  in a box, so of course she resorts to her paranoid delusions that somebody actually wants to harm her.
Sorry Ellen, nobody wants to hurt you.
 We want to stop your slanderous, libelous behavior.
Behavior that has been going on for years now!
Behavior that has gone without challenge for years now!
In my particular case, I have had two court hearings and one lawyer mediated settlement, all for nothing.
You continue slandering me with impunity.
At least Chris Day has more balls than I and is willing to put forth this effort to stop you!

The United States of Shame

Portland AFoot

No dancing allowed

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Whjy can't we do stuff like this at the trimet board meeting?

WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--A rowdy group of about 200 union protesters shut down a Mortgage Bankers Association conference for about 10 minutes Wednesday, taking over the stage to protest against homebuilder PulteGroup Inc. (PHM) before leaving peacefully.
The protest led to some head-scratching among attendees, who wondered why a mortgage-banking conference was targeted. The protest appeared to be triggered by the presence of Debra Still, chief executive of Pulte's mortgage unit and chairman of the mortgage bankers' newly created council on residential mortgage servicing issues.

Unions sue the governor!

South Carolina governor sued over hostility to unions | Reuters

TSA GOING UNION

Federal Eye - TSA union vote tentatively set for March/April

TRIMET DEBT SERVICE

ADRI CHANGES THE NAME OF HER BLOG

http://trimetrider.blogspot.com/

Have you seen this new show called "Portlandia?"

Pretty sad if you ask me!

http://www.ifc.com/portlandia/

Two of my favorite Trimet people!

EVA
HERB

Two suns will be visible?

Click here!

Something nice to look at

http://www.dump.com/2010/11/30/highest-waterfall-in-a-kayak-189-ft-video/

THE BULLSHIT LIES OF ELLEN FOX- QUOTES FROM HER SLANDER BLOG

I don't know anything about flame-wars. Not interested in participating. Not interested in negativity, name-calling, character assignation or anything else to belittle, degrade or hurt another human being. I'm more interested in supporting, nurturing and loving the human spirit. 

On the same page this pathological liar says the following:
Everyone's pretty much aware of the damage he's caused our Union over the years. His connections to the conservative anti-union,  anti- tax, anti-rail people. Publishing numerous videos over the years  bragging about our benefits when in reality we have far less benefits then the City or County.  This guy's twitter followers and followers on his other blogs were/are people from Common Cause Oregon (Golden Fleece Award), Lars Larson and others. In fact, according to Jon Hunt a couple years ago, he called the guy into his office on three different occasions to ask him to quit talking about our benefits and contract on his blog.  After one of those talks he came out with this video admitting and apologizing for his involvement. The apology lasted less then four days and he was back at it saying he had "Freedom of Speech" and so it went... 
All complete delusional lies made up by an unstable personality!
She's a liar with no conscience CLICK HERE!

Not so sure I would ride on this bus route!

video

BUS NEWS REPORTS: BUS NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD-updated 1:53pm

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Here's an idea!

Personal rapid transit in Newport News? - Daily Press

Chris Parker advocates for the disabled!

Chris Parker advocates for the disabled! from al m on Vimeo.

30 transit veteran comes to work drunk and gets busted!

Story here!

LETTER TO ATU PRESIDENT HUNT

Dear President Jon Hunt,
 
As I think about the voting process I have witnessed it has brought up many security questions about the true outcome of our members voting.

I have witnessed blank ballots handed out to members before a vote. I don’t recall if a count of the total ballots is taken. Once the issue at hand is presented to the membership then members are asked to place their vote and turn it in.

I have witnessed some ballots not filled out or turned in and just held by a member for the next vote. It is not clear if a total count of returned votes match the number of ballots put out.

For the next issue any member that kept ahold of their blank ballot has an opportunity to receive another blank ballot and vote twice on that issue or more on another.

After all issues are addressed and ballots are returned and sealed in a labeled envelope they are placed in a large briefcase along with blank ballots and blank envelopes. Upon the ending of the meeting I lose sight of the briefcase and I am not aware of how many chances officers have to get access to these votes.

I am in need of a detailed security breakdown about how our voting process is handled and what opportunities there are for tampering. I have already pointed out a few and the security of our membership is important.

A timely response would be deeply appreciated. -Chris Day

Who's looking?

THIS IS THE KIND OF BULLSHIT THAT WE HAVE TO PUT UP WITH AT THE HANDS OF ELLEN FOX


ELLEN FOX OBVIOUSLY HAS THESE SYMPTOMS:

Paranoid schizophrenia is a schizophrenia subtype in which the patient has false beliefs (delusions) that somebody or some people are plotting against them or members of their family.  The individual may also have delusions of personal grandeur - a false belief that they are much greater and more powerful and influential than they really are.


An individual with paranoid schizophrenia may spend an extraordinary amount of time thinking about ways to protect themselves from their persecutors. 

MEDICAL NEWS TODAY 

The Influence Ellen Has on Some People.

And I thought I was slandered by Ellen Fox !

Going Back to TRUE Union Values

Preferring of Charges

Well everything is in motion now. I have done my part and now for our union officers to do their part. I do have some concerns about how much control union officers have over voting. The fact that ballots are sealed in an envelope than are taken from our sight does not sit well with me.

Going Back to TRUE Union Values

Guess where this door leads?

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Fun at Disptach

Trimet bus dispatch call library

Max discusses the Trimet bike and rides


Max Campos discusses the Trimet Bike and Rides from al m on Vimeo.

Forget transit, give us development

Same as it ever was (Jack Bog's Blog)

Downtown Portland Oregon

Do they really think this?

TriMet: Testimonials

BUS NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

UPDATED 5:01PM

Faking injuries on transit

T to fakers: We’re watching - BostonHerald.com

Seattle bus tunnel security firm cited

Seattle Times Newspaper

Our constitutional right to cheap public transit | Full Comment

 During a recent meeting of the Toronto Transit Commission to discuss cutting service on under-performing bus routes, Councillor Maria Augimeri declared: “We’re not here to run a business. We’re here to be a social service. We are a service provider. We can’t just cut routes because they don’t perform. Wheel-Trans doesn’t perform, it costs us $35 per ride. Do we cut all those routes? It’s a ridiculous proposition. People who say a political venue should offer a business-like approach really don’t know what they’re talking about. We are not a business. We are not here to make money.

 National Post

Portland 23rd worst commute

Survey: How Portland's commute ranks in U.S. | kgw.com | News | Portland, Oregon

Transit buses collide!

Broward County Transit bus crash: Two Broward Transit buses collide in Lauderhill injuring three riders - OrlandoSentinel.com

JANUARY 21

January 21 from al m on Vimeo.

RACHELLE "ROCKS"

Feedback needed on new way for Bus Operators to raise safety concerns

Posted by Peggy LaPoint at Jan 20, 2011 09:00 AM | Permalink
Small teams of managers are working to implement the recommendations of the General Manager’s Safety & Service Excellence Task Force. This winter, some of these teams are making ‘Safety Exchange’ visits to frontline employee work areas to gather input on decisions they’re weighing. An Operations team is creating an additional way for bus operators to request assessment of a safety concern and would like to hear your thoughts about:
* A draft of the "Request for Safety Assessment"
* Process for the review of requests and responses to operators.
Look for this group conducting a Safety Exchange at the Center report area during bus operator signup:
* Thursday, January 27: 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
If you can't make it to the Safety Exchange gatherings, you can talk with an assistant manager or add your comment here.

TRINET ACCOUNT HOLDERS CAN CLICK HERE 

This was my comment:
It seems to me that safety concerns fall into several categories,
 For example:

a-bus stop safety
b-right or left unsafe turns
c-equipment causing safety issues
d-schedules that defeat safety
e-passenger loads creating safety hazards
f-road reliefs that create safety hazards
AND ANY OTHER CATEGORIES,
My suggestion is that a form be created and placed in the pouch that is only for
safety issues with categories such as those listed above.
Then an area for explanation of safety issue.
DO NOT OVER-COMPLICATE IT AS  THE BREAK TIME REQUEST FOR EVALUATION FORMS!
It needs to be easy to fill out!
Obviously if management is serious about safety then these forms would need to
be addressed in a timely manner, say 24 hours at most.
If the operator request is rejected there needs to be a thorough and concise
explanation as to why this request is rejected.
The safety request needs to be scanned and placed in a data base that is
available for all operators/staff to review as needed, both rejected and approved requests.
These issues need to be tracked accurately and openly.
The yellow cards are a complete and miserable failure as answers would come back
that were disrespectful and then there was no way to track whether or not other
operators were making the same requests.
Management does not drive buses, making rules can only go so far.
Words on a piece of paper do not always translate into real life actions.
Having meetings does not make anything safer.
Listening and responding to those behind the wheel will allow operators to "own" the safety structure at Trimet and will genuinely create a 'CULTURE OF SAFETY'!