Lane Jensen returns

Lane Jensen returns

Saturday, January 8, 2011

THE PERIL OF BEING A BUS DRIVER

YouTube - Bus driver escapes jail sentance

ATU TREASURER SAYS MCFARLANE IS A LIAR

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Forecast 2011 - Gird Your Loins for Lower Living Standards

Clusterfuck Nation

JANUARY 7


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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!