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Saturday, February 12, 2011

"This is some stuff about the bridge"

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Jan 2011 TriMet Board Meeting

TriMet won't post the audio from the meetings and now they say Al's not allowed - so I guess I have to do it.

Jan 2011 TriMet Board Meeting from Don't Worry Robert Romo, It's Not Al M on Vimeo.

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LET'S TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS #1 RATING FROM US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT

Criteria #1- per capita spending on public transportation
I certainly have no problem believing this statistic! Portland and Trimet spend wild amounts of money on transit “investments”. The debate would be “is it money wisely spent?” Other services are ignored while transit is the main focus of government spending. Is it money well spent? Time will tell.

2-number of safety incidents per million trips
This was a shock to me. Our management has been spending thousands of staff hours and tens of thousands of dollars to transform our culture to a “culture of safety”. So who’s mistaken? US News and World Report or Trimet executive management? If Trimet executive management has been using safety as a control method or propaganda tool then I we have a real problem with who’s running Trimet right now. If US News is wrong then the entire article can be disregarded as faulty research methodology.

3-the number of trips taken per capita
No problem believing this either. Trimet’s methods of collecting data along with its fare less square, and its bogus transfer system (which is basically unenforceable)which  allows riders to travel in any direction for as long as the transfer is good would definitely make this a believable statistic.

All in all, these ratings mean nothing. The only statistic that is of any value is the safety statistic.And that means our management is seriously deluded or just plain liars if the statistic is indeed accurate.

AC Transit Drivers Demand Safer Routes

KVTU

UNIONS/MANAGMENT CAN GET THE JOB DONE-JUST NOT AT TRIMET

"It's been several months in the works, but with some hard work and diligence by our respective negotiating teams, we've arrived at a settlement that's been well supported by the membership," said Davies.
Terms of the agreement include a seven-per-cent increase in wages over three years for the 241 transit workers, including bus operators, mechanics and support staff.

Leader Post 

Trimet's rail system is supposedly one of the best in the country, I find that hard to believe

The best thing about these systems is that they ARE FAST, REALLY FAST, no mingling with the automobile/bicycle/pedestrian traffic

Lake Oswego ready to GO BY STREETCAR

A final decision on a transit option connecting Lake Oswego to Portland continues to  roll along. The Portland Business Journal has a story today on the latest with the Lake Oswego to Portland Transit Project. This week kicked off a series of recommendations scheduled to be handled down over the next few months that will lead to the Metro Council making a final selection sometime this summer on one of three transit options. The streetcar proposal gained a victory on Monday when the alternative took 16 of 23 votes from the project’s community advisory committee. The other options on the table are an enhanced bus service and an alternative that calls for no transit improvements.

San Francisco Supervisors Demand Better Service of Transit system

Recently San Francisco supervisors Carmen Chu and John Avalos were not pleased with the explanations transit authorities gave in January for the increasing practice of leaving riders stranded

Digital Journal

Transit executive ready to sacrifice his exorbitant pay

San Mateo

Kansas City starts MAX service

Troost MAX bus route is off to a good start - KansasCity.com

Let's Strike!

We need to stop following the rules and strike this place!
No more business as usual!

Rantings of a man who works for a repressive government agency

February 11, 2011

Untitled from al m on Vimeo.

The internet greatest threat to the elites since Gutenberg

The Daily Bell

New driver at beaverton transit center spotted


Friday, February 11, 2011

ADRON HALL'S TRANSIT BEER CONFERENCE RESUMES IN SEATTLE!

punkrawker blogs on: Save the Date - Adron Halls Transit Beer: Seattle Edition

No board meeting!

I have the Audio of the january Trimet board meeting but internal Trimet rules prohibit me from posting it for public viewing!
Sorry but I work for a government agency that has a grip around my throat.

Labor problems at Mt Hood community college

The Advocate Online - May 28, – Volume 45, Issue 30

I SENT THIS VIDEO TO ROBERT ROMO , HAYDEN TALBOT, SHELLY LOMAX

Apparently Evelyn Minor-Lawrence can't receive email.
I sent it via company mail.

HOW REASONABLE IS THIS TURNING PROCEDURE?

(hopefully I won't be fired for posting this, not sure anymore about what I can and can't post)

THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT

http://www.nlrb.gov/national-labor-relations-act

IS THIS THE HILL I WANT TO DIE ON?

That's the statement of an attorney who has just given me the short answer without detailed investigation into the actual Trimet HR policies and viewing my letters of reprimand.


A comprehensive answer will require a lengthy interview with an attorney and all the supporting documents.

Some folks say to me, “why do you even care about any of this”?
It’s not that I couldn’t live without doing these particular activities, but its symptomatic of a larger problem going on not only in our little corner of the world here at Trimet, but the whole country!

It’s called the extinguishing of ideas.
It’s the method that the management is using to get me to comply with their “orders”.
It’s the entire organizations complete disregard of our rights as employees and citizens.

Allowing Trimet to rule what I do off the job is dangerous precedent, for everybody that works here.

Each victory for the management emboldens them to take further liberties in regards to their employees.

The fight is really about freedom, not dispatch calls.

I am writing a response to this letter from Romo, I will send it out when it is complete.
At that time I will request a meeting with Hayden Talbot to discuss this matter.
There is no rush to complete the task.

After that step is complete, I will decide if “this is the hill I wish to die on”.

In the meantime, obviously I have to comply with the restrictions put on my freedom.

TRIMET MANAGERS TORTURE SANDI DAY

Rage against the machine (trimet)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZ5wnOVBMlo

BULLYING YOUR EMPLOYEES INTO SUBMISSION

Companies that have a history of poor treatment of employees or those companies with bullying aggressive work environments are discovering that social networks are their worst enemies

HIGH TALK 

Another bus hit and run

New Jersey

Father of 10 run down by transit bus

New York

Bus drivers under the gun

Toronto

Bus driver charged in hit and run

Miami

I SUBMIT A REQUEST FOR REVIEW TO THE ACLU

FASCISTS IN CONTROL-no identification necessary to comment

Due to the fascist nature of our management, it is now permissible to leave anonymous comments on posts to prevent management identification and undue retaliatory  punishment against employees.

TYRANNY AT TRIMET-EMPLOYEES WILL BE PENALIZED EVEN IF THEY ARE PERFORMING LAWFUL ACTIVITIES

§ 165.540¹
Obtaining contents of communications

Except as otherwise provided in ORS 133.724 (Order for interception of communications) or 133.726 (Interception of oral communication without order) or subsections (2) to (7) of this section, a person may not:
(a) Obtain or attempt to obtain the whole or any part of a telecommunication or a radio communication to which the person is not a participant, by means of any device, contrivance, machine or apparatus, whether electrical, mechanical, manual or otherwise, unless consent is given by at least one participant.

7) The prohibitions in subsection (1)(a), (c), (d) and (e) of this section do not apply to any:
(a) Radio communication that is transmitted by a station operating on an authorized frequency within the amateur or citizens bands; or
(b) Person who intercepts a radio communication that is transmitted by any governmental, law enforcement, civil defense or public safety communications system, including police and fire, readily accessible to the general public provided that the interception is not for purposes of illegal activity.

I MISS FRED HANSEN

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8biUjQGdMLg

MANAGEMENT BY LIES AND DISTORTIONS

Read the following closely, as it was the basis of my punishment today:






Now read this, from the original letter of expectations:






As should be obvious, the first counseling is very clear that the purpose of that meeting was to help my on the job performance.
In the second letter, all of a sudden these liars that make up our management have decided that the purpose of the first meeting was to deal with my recording behavior!

IT’S A CLEAR LIE!
AN OBVIOUS DISTORTION!
They make it up as they go along!
There is no consistency in the management team whatsoever!

MANAGEMENT BY HYPOCRISY

Interesting that if any member of the general public had posted this nothing would have happened.

But I posted it, and they can fire me for doing that apparently.
It’s also interesting that my state of mind gets no consideration.
I wonder if anybody reading this understands just how upset I was over being penalized for doing something that I thought was entirely legitimate!
It never occurred to me, even for the slightest second, that I would be subject to these recording rules!
When they talked to me about “recordings” these were recordings I was making  in person, as a party to whatever was going on.
The dispatch “recordings” are actually CAPTURES, I am “capturing’ the audio, I am not an observer or participant in these conversations.
The law specifically calls them “intercepts”.
It is not the same activity! And I bet they know it!
When I left that meeting I was pretty damn upset, and had to make sure I kept my emotions in check in order to continue operating a bus!
 We are all dealing with a very abusive management now, a management that lacks all standards of ethics and decency.
Beware operators, be very aware.

THREATS ARE THE WAY OF TRIMET THESE DAYS

WASTING MY TIME

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oO8opAQdV6A

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Time to head to the attorneys

Obviously I am dismayed that the management would write me up for capturing&posting over the air communications. I have no choice but comply but now i actually have something in wrtiting that i can show an employment law attorney.
Can i beat them in a court of law? Who knows, given the recent ruling by the labor board it might be possible.
That will be for a qualified attorney to find out.
Robert Romo has assured me that everything that is currently posted on the blog will not subject me to any retroactive discipline so the current blog will not be wiped out which had been past practice.
I have been informed that i am violating HR202 when i post dispatch calls without getting permission from all persons involved in the call!

THE BEAUTY OF ON STREET RAIL SERVICE

MAX Yellow Line

Due to a collision between an auto and a northbound Yellow Line train at Interstate and Albina, MAX service is disrupted. Shuttle buses are carrying riders between the Interstate/Rose Quarter and Expo Center stations. Riders should expect delays.

EVERYTHING I DO OFF THE JOB IS A LAWFUL ACTIVITY

I had no problem with Trimet regulating my on the job behavior, such as no filming when driving, no taking pictures of employees/passengers with out permission etc.
But they are currently trying to stop me from completely lawful behavior OFF THE JOB!
And that is NOT LEGALLY ENFORCEABLE!

I MIGHT HAVE TO ASK FOR FEDERAL INTERVENTION!

CHRIS DAY

Going Back to TRUE Union Values: Private vs. Public

GOT MY PAPER WORK FOR BIG MEETING WITH TRIMET HONCHO ROBERT ROMO

number of safety incidents per million trips

That's right, Trimet has scored #1 in the nation and one of the criteria most important is the number of safety incidents per million trips! 

Our own management combined with the lying press coverage of our transit system disagrees with US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT!

It's possible that people don't understand the definition of safety, let's elaborate:


–noun, plural -ties.
1.
the state of being safe; freedom from the occurrence or risk of injury, danger, or loss.
2.
the quality of averting or not causing injury, danger, or loss.
3.
a contrivance or device to prevent injury or avert danger.

Should we contact US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT and have them interview our management?  

GO BY STREETCAR!

LAKE OSWEGO REVIEW

DISNEY HIRES LAID OFF TRANSIT WORKERS

STORY HERE!

SEATTLE METRO "SKINNY"

SEATTLE PI

TRIMET SELLS ME A BLANK CD!

MEDIA CONVEYS TRIMET'S PROPAGANDA WITHOUT QUESTION

KPTV

CONFIDENTIAL 'EYES ONLY' NO MANAGEMENT ALLOWED BLOG BEING STARTED

With the new rulings by the Labor Relations Board, a new blog is being formed that will be restricted only to people who are NOT PART OF THE TRIMET MANAGEMENT TEAM!

People will be able to post and discuss any audio, video, document, etc away from the prying eyes of the management.

February 9

February 9 from al m on Vimeo.

PORTLAND'S TRIMET RANKS #1 IN AMERICA

This is why I love being a bus driver

PORTLANDS TRIMET RANKS #1-WAIT A MINUTE HERE!

The rankings take into account per capita spending on public transportation, number of safety incidents per million trips, and the number of trips taken per capita.

number of safety incidents per million trips

number of safety incidents per million trips

Our esteemed general manager has informed us that we need a "culture transformation"!
We need to create a "culture of safety"!
But US News and World Reports has just examined the factual data and ranks Portland #1 City, in the ENTIRE US of A!
And part of that rating is number of safety incidents per million trips!

Could our general manager be wrong about our "culture of safety?"
I have been saying all along that there was nothing wrong with our culture!
And now it appears that I have been proven right by none other than US NEWS AND WORLD REPORTS!
Is it possible that a minor blogger could know more about the culture of  Trimet than a guy who has worked in capital projects for 2 decades?
Nah, can't be possible right?
I only made $35k last year.
Neil Mcfarlane made $240k, thats more than 10 times what I made.
He must know 10 times as much stuff about Trimet than me right?

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Trimet driver passes out from exhaust fumes and hits tree!

NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD SAYS EMPLOYERS BETTER WATCH OUT TRYING TO REGULATE OFF DUTY ACTIVITIES

TAKE HEED TO BLOG DISCLAIMER UNDER ITS TITLE TRIME...
NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD WEB SITE
NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD NEWS RELEASE
Feds settle case of woman fired over Facebook site...

Boring residents find TriMet situation a dilemma

ESTACADA

TAKE HEED TO BLOG DISCLAIMER UNDER ITS TITLE TRIMET MANAGEMENT!

THE PURPOSE OF THIS WEB SITE IS TO PROMOTE COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN UNION AND NON UNION EMPLOYEES TO IMPROVE OUR WORK ENVIRONMENT.(under the national labor relations act it is ILLEGAL for an employer to monitor or survey these communications!) NOT A TRIMET PRODUCTION, BLOG OWNER DOES NOT NOW OR EVER REPRESENTED TRIMET, ATU 757, OR BUS DRIVERS! READ TERMS OF SERVICE BEFORE VISITING! (all rights reserved)

UNION VICTORY IN GERMANY!

Frankfurt

Fake bus passes spark police investigation

Seattle

Metrobus drivers go on strike

Johannesburg

UNION MEMBERS DO NOT LET UNION MEMBERS VOTE REPUPLICAN

Click here!

EGYPTIANS FIGHTING HARD FOR THEIR BENEFITS!

Washington Examiner

THE MINISTRY OF PROPAGANDA!

THE REALITY:
Bus, MAX & WES
  • Weekly trips were 1,903,650, down 1 percent
  • Weekday trips were 318,300, down 1 percent
  • Weekend trips were 312,100, down 0.7 percent  
  •  
  • THE PROPAGANDA:
    Bus
  • Weekly bus trips were 1,145,900, down 4.5 percent
  • Weekday bus trips were 194,700, down 4.4 percent
  • Weekend bus trips were 172,400, down 5 percent
MAX
  • Weekly MAX trips were 750,850, up 4.8 percent
  • Weekday MAX trips were 122,200, up 4.7 percent
  • Weekend MAX trips were 139,700, up 5.2 percent
MAX Green Line
  • Weekday trips averaged 21,500, up 18.8 percent
  • Weekend trips averaged 23,400, up 13.6 percent
WES
  • Weekly WES trips totaled 6,900, up 12.2 percent
  • Weekday/rush hour trips were 1,380, up 12.2 percent

This is a masterful depiction of propaganda!
You have to respect it for that quality.
What the layman sees is
 bus service is really not what is needed in Portland, everybody loves the rails!
The reality is that both the bus service and the rail service is decreasing in equal proportions!


    NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD WEB SITE

    http://www.nlrb.gov/

    Click here to file a complaint against your employer!

    NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD NEWS RELEASE

    Feds settle case of woman fired over Facebook site

    TRIMET MANAGEMENT-PAY HEED TO THIS!

    WASHINGTON – Employers should think twice before trying to restrict workers from talking about their jobs on Facebook or other social media.
    That's the message the government sent on Monday as it settled a closely watched lawsuit against a Connecticut ambulance company that fired an employee after she went on Facebook to criticize her boss.
    The National Labor Relations Board sued the company last year, arguing the worker's negative comments were protected speech under federal labor laws. The company claimed it fired the emergency medical technician because of complaints about her work.
    Under the settlement with the labor board, American Medical Response of Connecticut Inc. agreed to change its blogging and Internet policy that barred workers from disparaging the company or its supervisors. The company also will revise another policy that prohibited employees from depicting the company in any way over the Internet without permission.
    Both policies interfered with longstanding legal protections that allow workers to discuss wages, hours and working conditions with co-workers, the board said.
    "I think it certainly sends a message about what the NLRB views the law to be," said Jonathan Kreisberg, the NLRB regional director in Hartford who approved the settlement.
    "The fact that they agreed to revise their rules so that they're not so overly restrictive of the rights of employees to discuss their terms and conditions with others and with their fellow employees is the most significant thing that comes out of this," Kreisberg said.
    Terms of a private settlement agreement between the employee, Dawnmarie Souza, and the company were not disclosed, but Kreisberg said the parties reached a financial settlement. Souza will not be returning to work there.
    Souza declined a request for comment. A representative for American Medical Response did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
    Souza posted the Facebook comments in 2009 from her home computer, hours after her supervisor said a customer had complained about her work. The expletive-filled posting referred to her supervisor using the company's code for a psychiatric patient. Her remarks at the time drew supportive posts from colleagues.
    Chuck Cohen, a labor and employment lawyer and former NLRB member during the Clinton administration, said the case will have employers around the country re-examining their Internet policies
    "It clearly has resonance because we know the NLRB's general counsel is going to take this position," Cohen said.
    But Cohen warned that the case doesn't give employees free rein to discuss anything work-related on social media.
    "The line can go over to disloyalty or disclosure of truly confidential information," Cohen said. "This is not without boundaries, but we just don't have a good sense yet of where the boundaries are."
    Millions of Americans use Facebook, Twitter and other social media. Kreisberg said the board is looking at a growing number of complaints that explore the limits of corporate Internet policies. The board is an independent agency that supervises union elections, referees labor-management disputes and works to prevent unfair labor practices in the private sector.
    Sara Begley, a Philadelphia-based employment lawyer, says image-conscious companies may be taken by surprise that the law protecting employees who want to discuss working conditions extends to social media sites, which can potentially be viewed by thousands or even millions of people.
    "I think it's a natural evolution that the law is being broadly interpreted to include social media considering that it's become one of the most prevalent methods of communication," she said.
    ___
    Associated Press writer Dave Collins in Hartford, Conn., contributed to this report.

    February 8

    February 8 from al m on Vimeo.

    TRUCK SLAMS INTO TURKISH BUS

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