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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Public Workers Face More Upside Down Politics | Labor Notes

“We can no longer live in a society where the public employees are the haves and taxpayers who foot the bills are the have-nots,” crowed Scott Walker, Wisconsin’s newly elected governor, in a recent speech.
Forget about the fact that it was out-of-control bankers and greedy CEOs—the real haves in this country—who derailed the economy three years ago.
Walker and his ilk are treating public sector workers like America’s Most Wanted, letting the corporate class slide out of the limelight and get back to fattening their bank accounts.

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While Egyptians Take To The Streets, Americans Accept Their Enslavement

PRISON PLANET

MAX FAQS ON THE DEATH TODAY BY LIGHT RAIL

Safety redux | MAX FAQs

Jack Bogdanski covering the real news

How a troubled life ended
Wheeler stumbles in ethics probe
I can't even look any more
Your gas tax at work: a "green" palace for bureaucrats
The latest from Dave Hunt: the finger
City says leaf tax raked in $335,000
Step 1: Find the IRS
Port guy: No coal through Hayden Island

MARY FETCH DOES KXL RADIO

AUDIO HERE!

IT ALL GOES BACK IN THE BOX

DEDICATED TO MY PAL TIMOTHY WHO IS NOW IN THE ARMY-A BLAST FROM THE PAST

GREAT QUOTES

Dan Schenck Another way of divorcing responsibility from authority. Authority stays at the top, and responsibility remains at the bottom.

Better make a law against texting and walking too!

YouTube - Texting And Walking FAIL

Transit buses killing people all over the place too!

CBC News - Toronto - TTC bus hits, kills pedestrian

People getting killed by trains all over the place!

Plainfield man is critical after stepping in front of NJ Transit train | NJ.com

HARRISON HUT GETS HIS NEW ID CARD

FORGET TRANSIT-STREETCARS ARE AMERIKAS FUTURE

Streetcar Projects Advance Nationwide Thanks to Local Initiative « The Transport Politic

HOMELESS MAN KILLED BY TRANSIT BUS

San Jose: Homeless man walking in traffic killed by bus along busy East Capitol Expressway. - San Jose Mercury News

BONUSES? JEEZ....TRIMET NEVER EVER GAVE ANYTHING LIKE THIS!

Muni workers may not get annual bonuses this year - San Jose Mercury News

MAN HITS HIS HEAD ON BUS-DIES

Man Who Banged Head in Bus Friday Dies - Fairfield, CT Patch

WOMAN UNDER MAX TRAIN DEAD!

The woman caught beneath a Yellow Line MAX train Friday night as it was leaving the TriMet station at Northwest Sixth Avenue and Davis Street has died, TriMet reported Saturday morning.

Officials are not releasing her name pending notification of family.

The woman slid beneath the northbound train about 9:20 p.m. Friday after her cane made contact with the train as it pulled into the station, throwing her off balance, TriMet said. She reportedly fell between the two ends of of the train's cars.

Portland Fire & Rescue responded, extricated the woman and transported her to OHSU Hospital.

January 28

Untitled from al m on Vimeo.

Bus news from around the world

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUS NEWS REPORTS

BUS DRIVING THE MOST STRESSFUL JOB IN THE WORLD

Bus Driver Appreciation Day: A fitting tribute to one of the most stressful jobs in the world. - By Tom Vanderbilt - Slate Magazine

TRIMET NOT ON THIS LIST OF BEST TRANSIT SYSTEMS FOR SUSTAINABILITY

INSTITUTE FOR TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT POLICY

JUDGE REFUSES TO HALT LIGHT RAIL

Judge criticizes light-rail planning, but won't halt it | StarTribune.com

IN THE CROSSWALK AND HIT

CCT bus driver charged in accident that severed woman's leg  | ajc.com

TARGET THE BAD DRIVERS, NOT ALL THE DRIVERS!

Muni drivers can stay employed despite accidents | Katie Worth | Transportation | San Francisco Examiner

TRANSIT EXECUTIVES GONE WILD

Bus agency’s finances in turmoil - The Daily Astorian: Free

THE WAR AGAINST BUS DRIVERS

TTC bus driver: Do you often see your local drivers texting? - Point of View

WOMAN DROPS CANE AND FALLS UNDER MAX

OREGON LIVE
KPTV

IN THE MATTER OF TRACY JONES

Bus driver pleads guilty

THE JIM STENGER INTERVIEW


ELLEN FOX ADMITS IMPERSONATIONS TO INTIMIDATE CHRIS DAY

ELLEN FOX WATCH

NEXUS FOR JERSEY COMES UP WITH HIS OWN TRANSIT PLANS

Tri-Met Long Term Transit plans and my proposals -- 2040 plan - Portland - Oregon (OR) - City-Data Forum

MARY FESTCH ON KXL RADIO

AUDIO UPDATE: Woman Hit By Max Train - NewsRadio 750 KXL

THE WAR RAGES AGAINST BUS DRIVERS WORLDWIDE

TTC to passengers: Don’t snap texting drivers - thestar.com

SPOTTED IN SUNSET MAG

I wonder who wrote this? The word "seamless" seems quite familiar doesn't it!

WTF IS THIS?

We have just learned that TriMet is requesting Union members in various positions to sign confidentiality agreements that could result in termination. The Union suggests that you sign this agreement and put "under protest" in parenthesis after your name. Please send a copy of this to the Union office. This is a change to the status quo and therefore we have sent a demand to bargain notice to TriMet.
ALAN EISENBERG COMMENTARY HERE! 

Friday, January 28, 2011

Woman got stuck under a max train in downtown!
Reliable sources report progress in talks between mcfarlane&hunt. They will meet again next week. No specifics were available.

JIM STENGER HEADS TO JAIL FOR 30 MONTHS

THE WAR IS OVER

OREGON SINGLE PAYER CONFERENCE

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Saturday, January 29, 2011
First Unitarian Church
1211 SW Main Street
Portland, OR

January 27

January 27 from al m on Vimeo.

the Portland-to-Milwaukie pointless light rail line

Bojack.org

BOREGONIAN EDITORIAL BOARD DOES ITS USUAL HATCHET JOB ON OUR UNION

Needed: Enlightened union leaders who understand what's fair -- and what's possible | OregonLive.com

REBELLION IN EGYPT!

Guardian Journalist Arrested and Beaten Alongside Protesters in Egypt Secretly Records Ordeal
Guardian Reporter Jack Shenker on Egypt Protests: "Fear Barrier Seems to Have Been Broken"
Egyptian American Activist: Hillary Clinton Forgets to Mention Tear Gas, Tanks, Concussion Grenades Used Against Egyptian Protesters Are Made in the U.S.

Station agent Janet picture of the day

Thursday, January 27, 2011

KATU STORY ON CRAZY GUY ON 33 BUS

video

TRIMET TRIES TO STEAL BIKE MONEY FOR LIGHT RAIL

BikePortland.org

ATU 757 PRESIDENT JON HUNT STARTING TO PLAY HARDBALL!

JANUARY 26

January 26 from al m on Vimeo.

GUY GOES NUTS ON BUS 33

DISPATCH CALL HERE!

Ken Zatarain responds to my comments on the new safety procedures coming on line

YOU CAN STILL COMMENT HERE!  (MUST HAVE TRINET ACCOUNT) 

Thank you for your comments. You make a lot of good and valid points. Our proposed safety assessment will include some of the things you suggest and fix some of the shortcomings you note. If our safety assessment works well, we'd like to look at using a similar system for yellow cards (scheduling and road conditions) in the future.

Our goals are to:
• ensure that requests don't get lost or misplaced,
• provide the operator a simple form to fill out,
• have a single point of contact from submittal to conclusion (Kimarie Webber), make sure the Operators gets a complete answer,
• have transparency by posting status of all requests on TriNet, and
• have Operations Support (department with Safety staff and Operations Training staff in it) be in charge of conducting the review and recommendation.

We will use an online from (front page of TriNet, no login required) , at least initially, to help ensure all comments get recorded. Paper forms could get lost.
We will acknowledge receipt of the form and have a single point of contact for Operators regarding status of their request (Kimarie Webber). The time needed to come up with a solution and getting the solution done will vary, depending on the severity of the safety condition.
There will be a summary chart available to all on TriNet to track all the safety assessments including status and conclusion.
Will consider using categories such as you suggested once we see what types of comments Operators submit. Intent of these categories is to make it easier for Operators to fill out.
We agree, keep it simple as 1-2-3:
1. Give us your name and badge
2. How you do want us to get back to you
3. Describe you safety concern and, if you have one, your suggested remedy.

SOME GREAT PICTURES OF THE NEW "OLD" WES

POLAR BEAR EXPRESS 1
POLAR BEAR EXPRESS 2

(i wonder how much they spent on this?)

VIDEO COVERAGE OF YESTERDAYS TRIMET BOARD MEETING BY UNION MEMBERS

GARY NELSON SAYS THE TRIMET BOARD DOES NOT CARE ABOUT EMPLOYEES AND MCFARLANE WON'T CALL BACK
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JON HUNT EXPLAINS THAT THE TRIMET MANAGERS ARE ALL NEW AND TRYING TO BALANCE THE BUDGET ON EMPLOYEES BACKS
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EVETTE FARRA SAYS THE TYPE 4 MAX CARS ARE DANGEROUS AND NEED MIRRORS

THE PRESIDENT OF THE TRIMET BOARD OF DIRECTORS THINKS HE IS JOSEF STALIN

THE PRESIDENT OF THE TRIMET BOARD OF DIRECTORS THINKS HE IS JOSEF STALIN from al m on Vimeo.

Portland firefighters union chief arrested for DUII

TRIBUNE

PASSENGERS DEFEND BUS DRIVER!

STORY HERE!

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

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUS NEWS REPORTS: BUS NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD-updated 3:06pm

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

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NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUS NEWS REPORTS

Bus news from around the world updated 10:24am

January 24

JANUARY 24 from al m on Vimeo.

Guess who?

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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