Lane Jensen returns

Lane Jensen returns

Friday, February 4, 2011

ERIK HALSTEAD COMMENTS ON THE SANDI DAY TRAGEDY

CLICK HERE!

JOE ROSE ARTICLE ON SANDI DAY CONVICTION

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2011/02/judge_convicts_trimet_driver_s.html

All the attention is focused on bus drivers because of the media sensationalism of this case, making bus drivers out as the enemy of the public safety.

The truth is exactly the opposite, the facts are that the public is very safe around buses and bus drivers.
And don't believe me, believe the FARS ENCYCLOPEDIA

LAST DAY IN PHOENIX-CAR TOUR

 (pretty boring scenery)

CHECKING OUT PHOENIX BY CAR-PART 1
CHECKING OUT PHOENIX BY CAR-PART 2
CHECKING OUT PHOENIX BY CAR-PART 3

SUNSET BOB THINKS DISPATCH NEEDS TO GROW UP

REMEMBER THIS?

One of my very first public "appearances" HERE!

MY HERO APPEARS IN THE LABOR PRESS!

http://nwlaborpress.org/

CLICK HERE TOO!

VISITING PHOENIX-PART 4

VIDEO HERE!

FURTHER CLARIFICATION OF TRIME'TS CONTRACT POSITION

On February 2, 2011, TriMet and the Amalgamated Transit Union, Division 757 (“ATU”) completed a second day of mediation without reaching an agreement. During mediation, many proposals were made and certain elements of those proposals were accepted, rejected and/or changed.  Receiving proposals and counter-proposals is helpful because it both narrows issues and helps clarify the “gap” between the respective parties It is also a challenge because each element that is introduced or changed has a cost impact that must be assessed.
Although we have not successfully resolved our differences, we want to outline the elements of what TriMet believes was the best proposal offered to the ATU. With this failure to reach a settlement, the contract remains the same as it is today, with union employees paying the increased costs of benefits and no COLA.
TriMet began the mediation asking about the possibility of a short-term or “bridge” agreement that would get us to the end of the year and an agreed upon schedule for further negotiation.  This short term approach was proposed as a way to avoid further service cuts and layoffs in the coming fiscal year and to outline an orderly process for entering into a longer term agreement.
Below, I have listed the key elements of what I believed to be our best and reasonable short-term agreement.   It was proposed that the changes would be effective immediately after contract ratification by the ATU and approval by the TriMet Board.  We were confident that this could have been done in February.  Even with TriMet’s priority to avoid service cuts and layoffs, the proposal we offered did not achieve the full savings necessary, nor did it meet the Board’s objective of financial sustainability.  However, we felt that reaching a bridge agreement was in the best interest of all concerned and would be just enough to help us avoid service cuts and layoffs.
Summary of TriMet’s Best Offer to ATU
Term -   The agreement would expire on December 31, 2011
Health Insurance- There would be two health care plans - Kaiser and Regence
Deductible – There would be no deductible for either Regence or Kaiser
Monthly Insurance Premium Payment Paid
Active Employees: 2% monthly premium contribution for Regence only (effective immediately upon ATU ratification and TriMet Board approval; no monthly premium contribution for Kaiser.
Retired Employees: No monthly premium contribution for Kaiser.
Co-pays
Regence: $15 for office visit. RX - $5 generic, $15 formulary brands, $25 non-formulary brands
Kaiser: $10 for office visit. RX - No change to $5 co-pay
Emergency Room - $50 co-pay for both Regence and Kaiser
Wage Increase – There would be no COLA in 2011.  (Union employees received 3% COLA in June 2010.)  Wages would be frozen in 2011.
Back Premium Payment for Pre-65 Retirees – TriMet would reimburse all pre-65 retirees for up to two months of their actual premium contributions upon ratification of the agreement.   
Pending Unfair Labor Practices (ULP) – Pending ULPs would be withdrawn.
New Contract & Binding Arbitration - Negotiations for a new contract between TriMet and the ATU would commence March 1, 2011. If the parties were not able to reach agreement before August 1, 2011, mediation would commence.  If the parties are not able to reach agreement during mediation, then binding arbitration would commence in November 2011.

Good Faith Cooperation - The ATU would encourage all members to submit any required open enrollment forms in a timely manner.  TriMet’s open enrollment would be streamlined.  Employees that are currently in Regence or Kaiser (and their dependents) would remain in Regence or Kaiser, at the premium contribution levels stated above, unless they return a signed open enrollment form with a different election. The target date for implementing the new plans was May 1, 2011.

SANDI DAY FOUND GUILTY AS CHARGED!

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RON HEINZTMAN TO BE NEXT 757 VICE PRESIDENT?

With the announcement that Sam Schwarz is retiring some folks are saying that Ron will be appointed by Jon to the post!

Death by Medicine, Part I 11/26/03

RESEARCH HERE!

MCFARLAND IS VERY CLEAR WHERE THE PRIORITIES LIE

In his statement below:

Frankly, our best offer Wednesday did not even meet that standard and would have required us to push off essential capital and make deeper management cuts to keep our service at current levels.

He clearly states the growing Trimet and holding on to managers is far more important than giving his employees decent health care.

Glad you cleared that up so nicely for us Neil. 

NEGOTIATIONS

 THE UNION SIDE
Once again, Neil McFarlane' description of negotiations last Friday and yesterday was "fiction" as usual. TriMet's position is the same as it has been: “take-away after take-away." One thing he didn't write about is what time talks ended last Friday. Since TriMet management doesn't work past five o'clock, that is when they ended talks. Goes to show how important employees are to TriMet, doesn't it?
 It’s clear that TriMet is not getting it. I encourage all of you to show up at the next Board of Directors’ meeting February 23rd, and please keep an eye on upcoming Tracking Fasters, our website, and follow us on Facebook as we will be looking for opportunities to visit the homes of TriMet management, and the Board of Directors. As we’ve stated before, we will use every legal method available to us in order to put pressure on TriMet’s illegal implementation of health insurance and send a strong message that without a good working relationship and somebody that understands labor management this system will not run smoothly.

MCFARLANES SIDE: 
I wanted to let you know our attempt to mediate our contract dispute with the ATU failed. We will share with you more details of our offers to settle soon. I believe our offers were fair and showed great flexibility in addressing specific issues. Last Friday, we began negotiations asking about a short term ‘bridge’ agreement – just to the end of this calendar year – together with a defined schedule for negotiation/mediation/arbitration of a follow-on agreement. The ATU offered back a two year agreement – but that required us to deal with some tough issues on retirement health care. Ultimately, that ‘track’ was dropped to work on an agreement just through this year’s end. We exchanged a number of proposals, but in the end could not reach an agreement. In the context of our short-term bridge agreement, our financial 'compass' was to seek an agreement that simply avoided service cuts and layoffs in the next fiscal year. Frankly, our best offer Wednesday did not even meet that standard and would have required us to push off essential capital and make deeper management cuts to keep our service at current levels. We have indicated to the state conciliator our willingness to continue conversations with the ATU. I am disappointed, but will continue to work hard to achieve a fair agreement. Neil

Believable?

US Unemployment Rate Drops To 9% - Money News Story - KPTV Portland

KATU/RYAN HAMMEL COMPLAIN ABOUT BUSES CROSSING LANES

VIDEO HERE