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Saturday, February 19, 2011

WE ARE HAVING SERIOUS EQUIPMENT PROBLEMS ON THE WEST SIDE!

GRIEVANCES HAVE BEEN FILED OVER THIS!

StopID Numbers

The stop ids actually _do_ have some sort of order to them. It looks like some time ago they took all of the stops, put them in alphabetical order and then numbered them accordingly. Stops on A Ave, Abernethy, Alberta tend to have very low stop ID numbers (< 75) while stops on Woodstock, Yamhill, Yeon tend to have high numbers (~6400). MLK stops are located in the "U" section (5885 = Umatilla then 5886 = MLK & Ainsworth) because it used to be named "Union Ave." Numbered stops are after the alphabetical stops. New stops are generally at the end, but sometimes inserted in random places in the middle.

Go see for yourself

TriMet System Map

What do you think this looks like?



Full post here (it's a little old)

Why the Protests in Wisconsin Matter





The Nation's Chris Hayes laid out very plainly why the protests in Wisconsin matter. This move by Gov. Scott Walker is one of a series of power grabs by Republicans with the intent of achieving some of their long time goals; destroying unions and the middle class and getting rid of our public education system.

And as Chris noted, it's a reminder of the fact that when our political institutions fail us, people mobilizing outside of those institutions through the process of peaceful protests as we've seen in Wisconsin have brought about some of the greatest moments of progressive transformation in the United States.

Chris' fellow contributor to The Nation, Naomi Klein discussed how what Walker doing is a classic example of the Shock Doctrine, where politicians create a crisis and then using that crisis as an excuse to push through horribly unpopular economic policies. And as Hayes and Klein both explained, what ends up happening in Wisconsin is not only going to have local implications, but national as well.

(I wonder whether the drivers who are Tea Baggers and vote republican are getting the message yet.)

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RIDE TRANSIT FOR FREE IN CORVALIS

http://www.gazettetimes.com/news/local/e6ae31e0-2e8e-11e0-9a07-001cc4c002e0.html

TRIMET KNOWS HOW TO GET THE $$$$$$

Portland's Federally Funded Rail System - Seattle Transit Blog

World in chaos

Strikers stone local drivers - Worldnews.com

Lives of bus drivers..

Councillor appeals for more tolerance after bus driver bust up

Lives of bus drivers

Woman Smacks Broward County Bus Driver In Face - West Palm Beach ...

Best Bus Driver In New York Sings Happy Birthday On The Intercom

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/18/best-bus-driver-in-new-yo_n_825337.html

911 callers report theft aboard Seattle bus, denied help by dispatch

http://www.kboi2.com/news/local/116481273.html

Bus driver nightmare

Boy struck by bus in Wilmington

Court pares $27.5M award to woman hit by NYC bus

Wall Street Journal

JUDGE SAYS KING COUNTY WINS

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2014271060_busads19m.html

WALKERS MOVE AGAINST UNIONS MY BACKFIRE ACROSS THE COUNTRY!

For three decades Wall Street - and the top 2% of Americans -- have sopped up every dime of economic growth that has resulted from the increased productivity of American workers. Often those in that top 2% don't even work for a living - or if they do, they don't produce a good or service. Instead they speculate for a living - they gamble with other people's money - they spend their time scheming about how they can get richer, not how they can produce a better product.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-creamer/wisconsin-governors-attac_b_825487.html 

Bus drivers injured more than cops!

 Local transit and inter-city bus drivers had a higher rate of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses requiring time off from work than did police and firefighters, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Department of Labor.
(Thanks Neil for adding to our stress)

Washington Post

February 18

Untitled from al m on Vimeo.

Working in America: Public vs. Private Sector

ABC NEWS

The Assault on the American Worker: Wisconsin Is the Beginning

FIRE DOG LAKE

GREECE COMES TO AMERIKA

CBS NEWS

And another $1.5 million!

Earth Times

Money money everywhere...just not for buses or benefits

KGW

No more streetcars!

Reasons to oppose streetcar seem pretty clear

The troubled mind of Ellen Fox

From her latest attempt to liable me:

Cyber Stalkers hide behind FREEDOM OF SPEECH as permission to bully, intimidate, control and abuse others when in fact they're using it as an excuse to promote hatred and acting out behaviors.   Cyber Bullying/Stalking can take many forms but all through the internet.  In previous postings I've provided links to sites that compare the characteristics of online abusers vs perpetrators of domestic violence.precarious situations. He doesn't understand personal violations and he doesn't care. If he get's terminated he'll enjoy his 15 minutes and that'll be the end of it. His behavior is revolting, beyond abominable! His conduct is on purpose which makes him criminally liable. Cyber Stalking laws will be enforced in the near future and when they are he will spend time behind bars with his buddy Jim Stenger. His conduct is blatant disregard for other people. This is not a civil situation but criminal!

Poor thing, thrashing wildly  like  a wounded animal.
Ellen, you really need to seek out help, there are many physicians  available to help you with your problem.
 


My history with Ellen Fox here!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Koch Brothers Behind Wisconsin Effort To Kill Public Unions



As the nation focuses on the efforts of Governor Scott Walker to take away collective bargaining rights from public employees in Wisconsin, new information is coming to light that reveals what is truly going on here.
Mother Jones is reporting that much of the funding behind the Walker for Governor campaign came from none other than uber-conservatives, the infamous Koch Brothers.
What’s more, the plan to kill the unions is right out of the Koch Brothers play book.
Koch-backed groups like Americans for Prosperity, the Cato Institute, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and the Reason Foundation have long taken a very antagonistic view toward public-sector unions. Several of these groups have urged the eradication of these unions. The Kochs also invited Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, an anti-union outfit, to a June 2010 confab in Aspen, Colorado;
If you are reluctant to believe that this is a coordinated attack, consider this-
This afternoon, Marty Beil, executive director of the Wisconsin Public Workers Union, sent a message to the Governor’s office agreeing to the cuts to pension & welfare benefits sought by Walker in his bill.  The governor’s response was “nothing doing.”  He wants the whole kit and kaboodle – the end of the collective bargaining rights of the public unions.
As noted in my earlier post, this is, indeed, the first shot in the final battle to end unionism in America.
UPDATE: The Americans for Prosperity group, a Tea Party group that is a Koch Brothers front, has put up a website and petition called www.standwithwalker.com. The website attacks all collective bargaining – not just for public employees’ unions. Americans for Prosperity is also organizing a rally tomorrow in Wisconsin to support Gov. Walker.
Why are the Koch Brothers so interested in Wisconsin? They are a major business player in the state.
This from Think Progress:
Koch owns a coal company subsidiary with facilities in Green Bay, Manitowoc, Ashland and Sheboygan; six timber plants throughout the state; and a large network of pipelines in Wisconsin. While Koch controls much of the infrastructure in the state, they have laid off workers to boost profits. At a time when Koch Industries owners David and Charles Koch awarded themselves an extra $11 billion of income from the company, Koch slashed jobs at their Green Bay plant:
Officials at Georgia-Pacific said the company is laying off 158 workers at its Day Street plant because out-of-date equipment at the facility is being replaced with newer, more-efficient equipment. The company said much of the new, papermaking equipment will be automated. [...] Malach tells FOX 11 that the layoffs are not because of a drop in demand. In fact, Malach said demand is high for the bath tissue and napkins manufactured at the plant.
You really have to wonder how long it will take for Tea Party devotees to realize just how badly they are being used.

Bus on Shoulder

To battle congestion and reduce travel times, transportation officials will begin a long-awaited test of an innovative "bus-on-shoulder" express service on the Stevenson Expressway (Interstate Highway 55) in November, officials said.

The new service will be an expansion of existing Pace express bus service between Plainfield and downtown Chicago, with the goal of getting commuters out of their cars and into mass transit, said Leanne Redden, senior deputy executive director of the Regional Transportation Authority.

Read more here.

Erik's Entries for Worst TriMet Bus Stops

(in no particular order...)

#1:  Highway 99W outbound, south of Tualatin River bridge - there are two very large apartment complexes just across the highway, but to get from this bus stop to the apartments requires sprinting across four lanes of a divided, high speed highway with no safe crossing anywhere nearby.

#2:  Barbur Boulevard outbound, north of I-5 - a bus stop sits on the north side of Barbur with no crosswalk whatsoever.  The nearest traffic signal doesn't have a crosswalk signal or a crosswalk, since the sidewalk on that side of the road doesn't extend onto the I-5 overpass - or, anywhere except for the bus stop.

#3:  Barbur Boulevard inbound, at Parkhill Drive - a bus stop on the east side of Barbur where the only destination is on the west side of Barbur.  No crosswalk whatsoever, no safe boarding place except the shoulder of a high speed boulevard, just minutes outside downtown Portland.

#4:  Naito Parkway inbound at Harrison - this barely paved bus stop frequently is muddy and offers nothing for riders - yet, it's in the heart of downtown right next to the most unnecessary Portland Streetcar stop, yet the Streetcar stop has a full paved platform, lighting and shelters, as well as Transit Tracker signs.

#5:  Harrison outbound at 2nd Avenue pedestrian path - absolutely nothing.  Barely ADA accessible - and this is next to one of Portland's prized apartment-turned-condo developments.  But the Streetcar stops are awfully nice.

#6:  Barbur Boulevard/4th Avenue inbound at Carthurs - this bus stop is located IN a driveway.  Does it make sense to have waiting passengers wait in a place where cars will drive into them?

#7:  N.E. Broadway inbound at 17th - At least this stop has a shelter, but it's in a tiny location requiring the buses to block a driveway.  It'd make more sense to have the bus stop across the street to the west, where bus riders could at least wait in front of businesses that should be bus rider/pedestrian friendly, instead of in a parking lot.

#8 and #9:  Broadway and Grand.  The worst place for a bus stop is at a gas station - why would a bus rider need anything at a gas station?  And here's two bus stops - the #9 stop doesn't even have a shelter.  On the plus side, transfers should be a breeze...for the huge number of riders transferring from the #9 to the #6.

#10:  Front Avenue at 15th.  You'd think they could extend the sidewalk another 40 feet...this is the edge of the Pearl District, after all...

#11:  Front Avenue at 19th.  This bus stop is marginally better, now that the railroad spur between Front and the Dockside Saloon is abandoned and paved over, but seriously - TriMet expected riders to stand on a railroad track to wait for a bus.

#12:  Front Avenue at 21st.  Here the railroad tracks are still there (although disconnected). But very ADA inaccessible.

#13:  Front Avenue, 3800 block.  Yes, you are expected to stand next to an active railroad track.  Did TriMet not think that Operation Lifesaver actually means something besides around WES?

#14:  T.V. Highway at Cornelius Pass, eastbound.  This one is interesting, considering that Rick Van Beveren owns the Reedville Cafe just behind this view.  Oh, and he's a TriMet Board Member.  I guess he must not ride the bus often to see this bus stop across the street from his own business.

#15:  S.W. Watson at Broadway and Farmington, southbound.  This is in downtown Beaverton yet it's a very plain jane stop - hardly "welcoming" or inviting to people who might want to walk around the pedestrian oriented downtown core.

#16:  Scholls Ferry Road inbound at 88th Avenue.  Passengers are expected to wait right at the intersection; there's no sidewalk and thanks to the guardrail, must stand literally on the roadway.  This isn't no residential side street.

#17:  Hall Boulevard nortbound at 217 offramp.  This is the bus stop for the Hall/Nimbus WES station.  It's in the middle of a driveway for an ODOT storage yard.  While TriMet finally built an improved bus stop on the other side of the WES tracks, the #43 still has to stop here because there isn't enough safe distance for the #43 bus to make a safe lane change and turn left at Nimbus.

#18 (and probably 20 others):  Garden Home Road.  Many stops on Garden Home served by the #45 bus are in locations with no sidewalks or shoulders.  This one at least has some sort of a shoulder, but definitely not ADA accessible.  Sucks when it rains.

#19:  S.W. Troy Street at 35th outbound, Multnomah Village:  There's no way a bus can get to the sidewalk, so bus riders are forced to board/deboard in the middle of the street, once again at a driveway.

#20:  Taylors Ferry Road inbound at 74th Avenue.  On a corner of an intersection in a drainage ditch; riders are forced to stand on the roadway with no shoulder.

#21:  12000 block S.W. Lesser Road.  There's a bus stop for the #78 bus on both sides of the road here.  Exactly where do you safely wait for the bus?

Get your job!

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GRIEVANCE FILED DUE TO UNSAFE BUSES-3 INCIDENTS IN TWO WEEKS


In the last two weeks we have had 2 operators transported to the hospital with inhalation problems and another operator had respiratory damage that had to be seen by a physician.
 What’s going on with Trimet buses?
We can’t even drive them without fear of hospitalization?
I thought safety was important at Trimet?
I guess safety only applies to operator conduct not equipment or management malfeasance.

RECORDING?

I really wish Trimet management would step into the modern day and begin recording as a matter of procedure all its meetings with employees. I asked Robert Romo if I could record the meeting I had with him then GIVE HIM THE FILE so he could keep it on the Trimet computer. That would allow referencing things that were said in prior meetings. He said no, now basically everything that was said in our last meeting is gone and forgotten.


The Trimet managment will not entertain the notion of recording the meetings we have with them!


Why not? What are they afraid of?

CHRIS DAY TESTS OUT THE "TALKING" BUS!

This is a total nightmare as far as I am concerned!

“CAUTION LOOK BOTH WAYS”

WAR IN WISCONSIN LIVE!

CLICK HERE!

GLIMMER OF HOPE?

I just had a very positive communication with a management representative, unfortunately I can't comment on the context of this communication but it reminded me of the Fred Hansen, Steve Banta, Peggy Hanson days!

An open and honest communication between two people who are trying to work together to find a solution rather than DO IT MY WAY OR ELSE  which is the  normal operating procedure since Neil Macfarlane took over!

THANK YOU FOR THAT TRIMET MANAGEMENT REPRESENTATIVE!

BUT DO YOU REALLY, TRIMET?

I found this, this morning on the 51, bus 1624:

Sorry that this one is blurry, but you get the gist.

I ACCUSE TRIME MANAGEMENT OF CREATING A HOSTILE WORKPLACE

YOUR GONNA HAVE TO RECKON WITH AL THOMAS "FARLAND"

Workers are rallying in my hometown







Fri Feb 18, 2011 at 11:40 AM EST.

Not just Wisconsin: Ohio workers rally
by Laura Clawson




The Ohio legislature is considering its own version of Scott Walker's attacks on state workers. Senate Bill 5 would:

abolish collective bargaining rights for state employees. It would also affect state agencies, commissions and boards, state institutions of higher education and set new restrictions on school districts.
Additionally, the bill required merit-based pay for most public employees, including teachers, and it removes seniority from decisions regarding a reduction in work force for certain public workers.

The bill would also give cities the ability to "opt out" of collective bargaining.

And as in Wisconsin, thousands of Ohio workers are jamming the statehouse to make their voices heard.

Proposal for new TriMet Contest WORST BUS STOP IN THE SYSTEM


I have a idea for the TriMet marketing department.  Citizens can nominate the worst bus stop in the TriMet System.  Some great prizes could be offered like a free ride on the WES, lunch with Mary Fetsch at a Center Street food cart, or priority seating at the ribbon cutting for the Milwaukie Light Rail Line.  Submit your suggestions today!

LATEST WISCONSIN NEWS

WAR IN WISCONSIN

February 17

Untitled from al m on Vimeo.

REMOVE ELLEN? HELL NO!

I was asked by one of my confidants if I would consider removing references to Ellen Fox from my blog?

I responded:
“What? Are you on drugs? Why would I do that? This is a woman who has been in court with me twice and maintains a slander blog about me! I have no intention of removing any information about Ellen from my blog. When she gets rid of her blog and stops harassing me I will stop referencing her on my blog.”

My history with ELLEN FOX IS HERE!

For the record, I would be happy to remove all the material about Ellen Fox that I can find and never mention her again, if 
she removes her slander blog about me and stops making up stories about me! 

BLOGGING TEACHER SUSPENDED-GETS FAMOUS!

http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/local/courier_times/courier_times_news_details/article/28/2011/february/17/blogging-teacher-gains-support.html

MY COMMUNITY ASSET

Let me show you it.

Here's a bus stop I had the fun experience of waiting at yesterday, which is pretty typical for a west side bus stop, though this one I have to give props to for having the stop ID# posted since many stops do not. My options of where to stand were the bike lane, muddy grass, or a leaf-filled ditch. Not knowing how deep the ditch was I opted for the muddy grass. When my 20+ year old bus showed up, I had the pleasure of climbing into it from street level, which if you've never done before on one of those old buses, its a fairly steep step. Sucks for people who have difficulty with steps!
So I guess since the bond measure failed which was supposed to fix stuff like this, any kind of stop improvement is now totally off the priority list, especially when there's a rail line to Milwaukie to build?

TRANSIT IS A COMMUNITY ASSETT-mary fetsch

When you gonna come ride the decrepit "community asset" out here on the West Side Mary?

http://www.muninetguide.com/articles/top-transit-systems-are-a-community-asset-411/

TRIMET'S MONEY SUCKING PRIDE AND JOY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-uOKYiCDZM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSN28n2tes8

Mary Priester, Public Art Manager for TriMet.

I froze my ass off tonight in my unheated bus, but Trimet can afford Public Art Managers.
Wonderful isn't it?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Here is the real reason Trimet wants to slash our benefits

TriMet: Jobs - TriMet Career Opportunities

Brevi Bus in the Boonies 2

HOW TO REDUCE A WORKERS COMPENSATION BY 10% (NEIL MACFARLANE WOULD LOVE THIS)

Possible impact on Wisconsin state workers by the numbers

Eau Claire (WQOW) - A number of you reached out to us Wednesday, wanting to know how Governor Walker's budget plan would affect state workers by the numbers.
Here's an example we saw in a memo from UW-Eau Claire Chancellor to staff. Right now, a full-time employee at UW-Eau Claire who makes $40,000 a year contributes about $7 a month toward their pension. That would go up to more than $190 a month under the governor's plan. The current health care contribution is about $90 a month. Under the bill, it would go up to $235.
So, if you do the math, that employee would pay $330 a month more towards health care and their pension or about $4,000 more a year.
How much a UW-Eau Claire staff member pays for health care coverage and into a retirement fund does depend on the classification of that employee and what insurance plan they've selected. This above example gives an idea of what a staff member might pay into the system.

ON TOP OF THIS, GOVERNOR WALKER WANTS TO TAKE AWAY BARGAINING RIGHTS FOR MOST STATE UNION MEMBERS, BASICALLY BUSTING THEIR UNIONS.  LET'S HOPE ALL UNION MEMBERS WALK OUT AND SHUT DOWN THE STATE.  LET GOVERNOR WALKER CLEAN HIS OWN TOILET IN THE EXECUTIVE WASHROOM. 

Limbaugh Calls Union Workers "Freeloaders" As Opposed To "Real Working Non-Unionized People"

Another operator has gotten carbon monoxide poisening supposedly

A Time for Resistance

http://ht.ly/3YDnZ

TRIMET RETIREE GARY NELSON BUSTS SOME CHOPS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Od2rKpr6SpY

COURT SAYS BUILDING RAIL IS NOT DISCRIMINATION

CLICK HERE

WAR IN WISCONSIN

CLICK HERE!

BUS DRIVING WILL KILL YOU!

“Bus drivers are exposed to a lot of force and vibrations when they are driving,” said Karen Jacobs, clinical professor at Boston University’s College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College and former president of the American Occupational Therapy Association. “The next time you are on a bus, take a look at the driver. They are ... exposed to a lot of whole-body vibrations, which can be very detrimental to the body.”

Jobs you didn't know were so dangerous






While there’s no doubt being a cop or firefighter is a dangerous job, being a farmer is even riskier. Many jobs, bus driver and dental hygienist included, are surprisingly more dangerous that you might expect.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/jobs-you-never-knew-were-dangerous-2011-02-14
they said ppl. be patient cuz buses would b a little late due to chains!
ya...they even had sanding trucks ready...city of portland is just as bad
will love this......Trimess had some buses chained this morning!!..they had only predicted a lite dusting in some places!hahaha..they crazy!

February 16

Untitled from al m on Vimeo.

ELITE SUCCESSFUL IN TURNING AMERICANS AGAINST EACH OTHER

YouTube - Thousands Protest Wisconsin Gov.s Union Benefit-Cuts Plan

(all you republican bus drivers this is what you voted for)

R A Fontes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrLcuFKtf9Q

LIGHT RAIL SCREWED UP AGAIN TODAY

JOE ROSE

Jobs with Justice

News and Updates

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Fox News Giddy Over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's Union-Busting




Stuart Varney is getting tingles up his leg over the fact that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is ramming through legislation to strip Wisconsin workers of their bargaining rights. He's practically breaking open the champagne over it.

I guess he hasn't seen the images I'm seeing, of thousands gathered at the State Capitol in Wisconsin, protesting Walker's attempt to strip them of all bargaining rights. Meanwhile, Walker is doubling down on his promise to call out the National Guard if there's a walkout, while dismissing the protests.

Today is the second day of demonstrations. These people are not going anywhere. Scott Walker would do well to look at what happened in Egypt when the government dismissed protesters and threatened them. I am not saying he is the equivalent of Hosni Mubarak, but I am saying that when thousands gather outside your office to let you know they object to your strong-arm tactics, risking their health and possibly having to face down the National Guard, they're not doing it for fun and giggles. They're as serious as he is.

I highly recommend Talking Points Memo's wonderful slide show.

Update: Looks like Governor Walker has moved on to the negotiation stage of grief. Something tells me the protesters aren't going to accept any erosion of their right to bargain. Soon, anger. Then acceptance.
Just talked to an operator who says he's worked 24 out of the last 27 hours! Safety first at trimet!

Follow-up: TriMet to get $4.5 million in ODOT Flex Funds

http://bikeportland.org/2011/02/16/follow-up-trimet-to-get-4-5-million-in-odot-flex-funds-48009

TRIMET RETIREE WAYNE JOHNSON SAYS TRIMET DISFUNCTIONAL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXpp-L0zE4A

ALBERT ROUSE SAYS TRIMET WASTES MONEY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luYBSsS6lAg

KEEP PORTLAND WEIRD

TriMet considers 'sonic bike path' idea for new bridge

NEIL MACFARLANE-MAYBE YOU SHOULD APPLY FOR THIS JOB

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_17386098

(maybe we can get rid of him this way!)

Man hit, killed by AC Transit bus on Grand Avenue in Oakland

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_17396990

MINISTRY OF PROPAGANDA

http://trimet.org/towork/index.htm

LIGHT RAIL SHUTDOWN (again)

Due to police investigating a fatal fall under the Vista Bridge, MAX service in both directions is disrupted. Shuttle buses are carrying riders between Kings Hill/SW Salmon St and Sunset Transit Center stations. Riders should expect delays.

Thousands protest, close schools to oppose Wisconsin governor’s plan

CLICK HERE!

Transit Workers Petition for New Contract

CLICK HERE

OBAMA SAYS GO BY RAIL

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

Want to watch your bus money being spent on things other than buses??

Follow @PMLRProject to see your bus dollars turned into Light Rail dollars!!! Not a Twitter user? Not to fear, track your Bus dollar conversions on Facebook too!!

TRIMET MANAGERS TRYING TO LIMIT INTERNET FREEDOMS OF ITS EMPLOYEES SHOULD LISTEN TO HILLARY

Trimet is using it's HR rules in its attempt to limit employees freedoms of broadcast via the internet

Kitsap Transit plans to contract out some bus drivers positions

Story in the Kitsap Sun

NEWS ONLY AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET: FREEDOM MATTERS

CLICK HERE

TRIMET SWIPES $13 MILLION FROM BUS AQUISITION FUND FOR LIGHT RAIL

REPORT HERE!

Campaign for a fair transfer!

WES ADS RUNNING ON TELEVISION!

That's correct! Reliable witnesses have reported seeing WES ADVERTISMENTS  running on TV!
No money for buses or bus service, no money for our health care, but money to run TV ads for Westside rail?

GET THE HELL OUTTA HERE!

February 15

Untitled from al m on Vimeo.

Oregon City man wins $75K while waiting for the bus

Tribune

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Global Technology Resources, Inc. (GTRI) announced that it has won a contract to supply TriMet, Portland, Oregon's Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District with Cisco Systems hardware, software and a broad range of professional services to maintain, upgrade and/or replace current networking infrastructure. GTRI's contract will run through December 31st, 2013 with 3 additional 1-year options available.
The TriMet contract is worth $1.5 million over 3 years. GTRI will provide Cisco Systems hardware, software and professional services and the contract is available to any Oregon state agency that will need Cisco Systems products.

Obama drives platinum spike for Milwaukie MAX

Bojack.org

Kicking off the Campaign for Fair TriMet Transfers

Mercury

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Chris Day summond to HR!

Chris Day informs me that HR has requested his presence for some sort of investigation!
Always something around here!

Scapegoating Public Employees

CLICK HERE!

Ron Swaren of Portland Transport says go double decker!

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

ALL ABOARD RETRO WES!






Al M was not involved in any way shape or form in the recording of these videos. I recorded them, and since I do not work for TriMet and have no affiliation with TriMet other than being a fare-paying rider, any and all HR policies about getting the permission of the riders and WES conductors shown are not applicable.

CAMERON JOHNSON

CAMERON JOHNSON from al m on Vimeo.

One of my hero's!

Listening to board meeting

Man oh man, the money going out with this light rail project is just unbelievable!
Contract after contract approved with virtually no discussion.
Funny how bureaucrats are so free with our tax money isn't it.

TriMet Throws Bus Replacement Funding Under the Bus

http://www.cascadepolicy.org/2011/02/14/trimet-throws-bus-replacement-funding-under-the-bus/

Cards-only TVM not accepting any cards


So what are you supposed to pay with? (seen at Galleria)

NW LABOR COUNCIL


AFL-CIO

ATU ACTIVISTS PLAN PICKET

ear ATU Activist,

Once again we will be holding an informational picket before the TriMet Board meeting Wednesday February 23rd. We will picket from 8:00 am - 9:00 am and then move inside to address the Board. I encourage everyone that is not working to attend. I also suggest you sign up to address the Board, let your opinions be heard, tell the Board how these insurance costs are affecting you. The Board needs to know their lack of action is affecting real live people. I have attached a flyer. If you can, please print and distribute or forward this e-mail to anyone that may be interested.

I would also like to give you a quick update. We continue to work with the Governor’s office. I encourage you to call the Governor’s office and respectfully let him know that what is happening at TriMet and the Board meetings is unacceptable. You have the right to be heard and meetings should not be closed before everyone has spoken, especially other Board members . We have opened dialogue with Attorney General John Kroger and several State Senators and Representatives. Initial talks prove hopeful that we will gain more momentum in applying political pressure to the TriMet Board, General Manager Neil McFarlane and management. We also have received letters of support from The Northwest Oregon Labor Council And the Oregon AFL-CIO. I have also attached copies of those letters.

If you have not already done so, please visit:  www.atu757.org and watch the videos of previous board meetings.
Fraternally,

Jonathan J. Hunt
President-Business agent ATU 757

February 14

Untitled from al m on Vimeo.

OBAMA SAYS BUILD MILWAUKIE LIGHT RAIL

So he is going to make the Fed's pay what they were going to pay at the start of this?
http://portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?story_id=129771615500113700

DIRECTOR OF TRANSPORTATION HAYDEN TALBOT AGREES TO MEET WITH ME OVER THE LETTER

Hopefully Hayden will see how off the mark my warning letter was and throw it out!

Picture by Robert Whitaker 

AND THE WINNER IS

http://www.kptv.com/news/26867583/detail.html

IF YOU SEE THIS ON THE BDS YOU HAVE JUST SET OFF THE SILENT ALARM

I SET OFF THE SILENT ALARM+CREATE A DISRESPECTFUL WORKPLACE

Monday, February 14, 2011

BULLYING UNION EMPLOYEES

Workers say it's about union rights, not money
Public Worker Unions Get Ready For A Showdown Over Wage, Pension Cuts

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IS TRIMET HEADED IN THIS DIRECTION?

The drivers’ demands include fewer split shifts, a cap on part time help and a repeal of what Fouts called “predatory management” — managers’ allegedly in search of driver misconduct by reviewing an entire day’s worth of video captured by on-board surveillance

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STUPIDITY CONTINUES ITS GRIP ON TRIMET MANAGERS!


Trimet dispatch has been bombarding us with messages about lane merges for over a week now!
I guess our managers are so confused, so disconnected from reality, that they just do not understand that it is impossible to measure our lane merges!

Hey, you desk jockeys, I have a suggestion.
Why don’t you just paint lines in the lanes showing us EXACTLY where the 100 foot mark is from any given stop?

Or even better, why don’t you do your jobs properly and eliminate all merges that are from spots less than 150’ from a turn?

Oh yea, that would be too much to ask, I forgot.
It’s easier to blame us for not carrying our tape measures in our back pocket so we can measure our turns!