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Saturday, March 5, 2011

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES AND VIETNAM BECOME READERS!

Anatomy of an Ejection

http://pstransitoperators.wordpress.com/2011/03/03/anatomy-of-an-ejection/

A LITTLE MORE HUMOR

That's Life BBC 1986 soda water dogs

LIL HUMOR PLEASE

A SENIOR CITIZEN SPEAKS

http://mystuff-alvin.blogspot.com/2011/03/senior-citizen-speaks.html

Also, why do TriMet bus drivers seem to treat "runners" differently in downtown Portland?

JOE ROSE

IN MEMORIAM

Life is eternal, and love is immortal,
and death is only a horizon;
and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.
~Rossiter Worthington Raymond

TRANSIT BEER ADVENTURE-RAW FOOTAGE (last chapter)

http://vimeo.com/20459341

Confessions of an Accidental Bus Driver

PART 3
PART 4

KEVIN HANSEN HATES BUS DRIVERS

http://www.malessence.net/2011/03/01/trimet-blunders-again/

TRUCK SLAMS INTO TRANSIT BUS-DOZENS INJURED

http://www.postindependent.com/article/20110305/VALLEYNEWS/110309953/1083&ParentProfile=1074

C-Tran could delay vote on funding for MAX light rail extension to Clark County

http://www.oregonlive.com/clark-county/index.ssf/2011/03/c-tran_could_delay_vote_on_funding_for_max_light_rail_extension_to_clark_county.html

I GET MY VERY OWN HR LETTER RE:ELLEN FOX

READ MY HISTORY WITH ELLEN FOX HERE

In paragraph 1 it is stated that I wanted to file a complaint against Ellen. That is untrue, I filed this complaint because I was dragged into Mr Romo's office during yet another investigation and the topic of Ellen came up from Mr Romo, not me! In my own defense I said I wanted to file a complaint against her! 

The reference to Mr Wallace is unknown, it must be a mistake.

ATU International President Larry Hanley Meets with Global Labor Institute

Global Labor Institute project focuses on jobs, mobility and environmental impacts

MARCH 4

MARCH 4 from al m on Vimeo.

TRIMET ROLLING IN DOUGH

http://agency.governmentjobs.com/trimet/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=303155
Mayor says music at MAX stops is working

Friday, March 4, 2011

ATU 757 PRESIDENT JON HUNT RESPONDS TO CHRIS DAY

Dear Brother Day:

I am in receipt of the email you sent to a number of ATU members. In response, I am not going to engage in a he-said-he-said debate. I do note that your email failed to inform the recipients of the following:

1.    The Union offered mediation between yourself and Sister Fox. The Union even went as far as contacting a well-respected mediator, while he was on his vacation, to get his agreement to perform the mediation. Unfortunately, mediation is a voluntary process and both parties did not agree to mediate.
2.    The disputes between you and Ms. Fox have persisted for years. Each of you has charged the other with wrongdoing. Each of you has published those charges of wrongdoing to the Union, distributed them in the workplace and posted them on publically-read internet blogs. The word “charges” was used in its general sense, “To make a claim of wrongdoing against; accuse or blame.”
3.    The Union NEVER gives a member’s address to another member. Had you asked and, you did not, the Union would have mailed your charges to Sister Fox.

Your most recent charge, which was filed too late for the March membership meeting, will be heard by the membership in April. The person against whom the allegations are being levied, as well as the membership, are entitled to receive all of the material you submitted not just those pages you identified (3 pages out of 7 total). If you do not want the entirety of your submission circulated to Sister Fox and the membership you must withdraw it and re-submit only those pages you do want circulated.

I stand by my letter of February 2, 2011. I believe it is an inappropriate use of my time, the Union’s resources and the memberships’ energy to deal with disputes between members–particularly when we are in the middle of contentious negotiations. Where does it stop? At any one time, we have members involved in personality disputes, divorces, custody battles and other conflicts which involve charges and counter-charges of wrongdoing. The Union cannot and, should not, involve itself in these types of disputes except in the context of providing representation to both parties to insure fairness should the employer elect to involve itself by threatening discipline.

Finally, your dispute with Ms. Fox arose because you both work in the same place. As such, the matter is more appropriately settled by the workplace human resources mechanisms or through a personal lawsuit. And, as stated previously, federal law prohibits the use of union resources to reprimand or punish a member for exercising his or her free speech rights.

Beaverton Civic Theatre's production of 'Bus Stop' opens Friday

http://www.oregonlive.com/beaverton/index.ssf/2011/03/beaverton_civic_theatres_production_of_bus_stop_opens_friday.html
My Turn: Vote in favor of proposed Lake Oswego streetcar is a head-scratcher

Is it getting warm in here?

I am a very open and public person. Transparency is the only way for the truth to be seen. It is easy for a bully to hide if there are very few witnesses. When things are public the truth has a way of shining through. The “situation” I have created is that I have finally stood up and said enough is enough. I will not stand by and allow you to bully me anymore. Every attack you send towards me I will address very publicly and proudly. Union members are not being asked to take sides against another Union member. I am showing Union members the information I have, how it makes me feel, areas of our constitution and ways they can help. Our members want to make sure that all Union members have equal rights and privileges. All I am doing is presenting information and demonstrating that each member is able to stand tall and proud without worrying about being bullied.

GOING BACK TO TRUE UNION VALUES-CHRIS DAY

ANOTHER OPERATOR GETTING CRUCIFIED

JOE ROSE ARTICLE HERE
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Colin Maher, TriMet March 04, 2011 at 11:43AM
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We are meeting with the operater about encroaching into bike lanes when someone is riding there. The operator should have held back and waited for the person to clear the bike lane before serving the stop.

Please report any incidents like this to TriMet at 238-RIDE or customerservice@trimet.org and include time, location, direction, line #, 4-digit bus #, and description of operator.

Colin Maher
TriMet
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AltheDriver March 04, 2011 at 12:07PM (AL M)
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Well, not so courteous maybe but lets understand something here:
The bus most likely did that because he/she did not want the bike to go between the bus and the curb as the passenger was de-boarding, potentially causing a collision between bike and person.
Most bicyclists go around buses on the left in this situation.
I vote NOT GUILTY due to extenuating circumstances!

Wisconsin Protesters Leave Capitol After Judge's Ruling

MAX FAQs

SOPing an intersection

DON'T MISS THE PEOPLES COURT CASE-COMING SOON, TO A TV SET NEAR YOU!

Watch as both Ellen Fox and I embarrass ourselves!
While I and some of my closest pals know the actual date, The rest of you have to figure it out by yourselves!

HR CONCLUDES ITS INVESTIGATION INTO ELLEN FOX'S COMPLAINT

ORIGINAL POST HERE!

MESSAGE FROM PEGGY HANSON

I have been tracking the Wisconsin news on your site Al, had to tell you.

Very sorry to learn Josh is leaving TriMet..he is a bright guy and will do well in his next adventure.

Sunshine on the Sound today and our buses are running on time...cannot ask for anything better than that!

Best regards..
Peggy Hanson

DOG SHIT BUS DRIVER SPEAKS!

TriMet feces fugitive caught, charged with wiping poop on bus driver's seat

http://blog.oregonlive.com/commuting/2011/03/trimet_feces_fugitive_caught_c.html

Streetcar supporters, critics spar over proposed transit option for Lake Oswego and Portland

http://www.oregonlive.com/lake-oswego/index.ssf/2011/03/streetcar_supporters_critics_spar_over_proposed_transit_option_for_lake_oswego_and_portland.html

MERCURY-BEST COMMENTS

http://blogtown.portlandmercury.com/BlogtownPDX/archives/2011/03/03/feces-smearerbusted

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Charlie White, Indiana Elections Chief, Indicted On Voter Fraud Charges

A REPUBLICAN?.....I NEVER WOULD HAVE GUESSED

FECES FUGITIVE....SOON TO BE FECES FELON?


I had the opportunity to speak with the Transit Police Officer this afternoon who arrested Gloria Soto at her home on Wednesday night. She was charged with criminal mischief and interfering with public transportation, both felony charges. On February 21, 2011 she allegedly smeared dog feces on the drivers seat and steering wheel of a TriMet bus which was on a layover at the Sunset Transit Center.


Since she was eighteen years old, she was transported to jail and has since been released. The officer told me that she had been "dared" by a friend to vandalize the bus in the above manner. The officer also wrote her a 90 day exclusion from TriMet property.


My personal message to Ms. Soto: " If you are going to do something this stupid, do it as a juvenile, not as an adult. You are now in deep doo doo."

"Feces menace" arrested


As far as nicknames go, that's pretty good.


Ark Hotel Construction time lapse building 15 storeys in 2 days

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ps0DSihggio&feature=player_embedded

ADRI'S BLOG!

MERCURY ON DOG SHIT CRIMINAL-READ THE COMMENTS!

http://blogtown.portlandmercury.com/BlogtownPDX/archives/2011/03/02/feces-smearer

JUST GOT OFF THE PHONE WITH JAY JACKSON

Very cordial fellow, said witnesses are allowed on step 3 but not step two hearings.


He assured me that I would receive a fair and impartial hearing and that “he doesn’t have a dog in this fight” and wants to hear “my side of the story”.
I take him at his word, seemed reasonable enough, so in the words of JACKIE GLEASON,
AND AWAY WE GO!

Papantonio: The Koch's - It's All About Privatizing Everything

SEATTLE TRANSIT BEER-CKING OUT THE BUS TUNNEL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QbIi7UH4kY

Don't be railroaded into myths about trains and transit: They're essential to the future

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/soundeconomywithjontalton/2014387244_ridership_may_go_up_and.html

BUSES OCCASIONALLY HIT PEOPLE

http://www.cbsatlanta.com/news/27053183/detail.html

LATEST BUS NEWS

http://busemergencynewsarchive.blogspot.com/

Is President Jon Hunt Fit?

  I question President Hunt’s ability to represent our membership. He has demonstrated that he will not assure that a document is factual and not misleading before signing it. He will take measures to “side step” or avoid issues that he is not interested in. He has handled two preferring of charge cases and both are handled differently. He will only send mail to some of the members who signed and not all. He will not preserve the security of a list of members. He will interfere with a member trying to protect himself/herself in place, wage, or any other willful act.
            President Hunt has violated our constitution in section 13.15 pages 58-59, section 21.6 pages 103-104, section 21.7 on page 114 and He is interfering with section 22. Our membership is in need to look at his actions closely. With the above facts does our membership feel comfortable while he represents us during so many contract negotiations?

Going Back to TRUE Union Values

Firm will try to unravel mistakes at transit mall

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20110228/NEWS/102280336/Firm-will-try-unravel-mistakes-transit-mall?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|News

Bus Stop Shelters Going Green....and Growing

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/bus-stop-shelters-going-greenand-growing-117152408.html

FARE EVADERS MAP

http://portlandafoot.org/w/Fare_jumping#On_buses

SERFS LOSE INSURANCE COVERAGE IN PENNSYLVANIA-WASHINGTON-ARIZONA

Efforts to slash social spending in the name of budget deficits continue across the country. In Pennsylvania, more than 40,000 people have been dropped from a state-subsidized insurance program for the working poor. Newly elected Republican Gov. Tom Corbett cut the program adultBasic, citing a $4 billion budget deficit. The New York Times describes the move as "one of the largest disenrollments in recent memory." Before it closed, the program had been unable to keep up with massive demand. More than 505,000 people had been on its waiting list for enrollment. Meanwhile, in Washington state, Democratic Gov. Christine Gregoire has dropped 17,500 adults from a state-funded program for the working poor. Arizona Republican Gov. Jan Brewer has proposed eliminating Medicaid coverage for some 250,000 people.

OHIO NOBILITY READY TO SMASH ITS PUBLIC SECTOR WORK FORCE INTO SERFDOM

The Ohio State Senate has advanced a measure that would end collective bargaining rights for state employees. On Wednesday, the Republican-controlled chamber approved the legislation on a 17-to-16 vote. Six Republicans joined with Democrats in opposition. The measure is even more far-reaching than a similar bill in Wisconsin because it would also affect police officers and firefighters. The vote came one day after some 20,000 people rallied at the State Capitol in Columbus to oppose the bill. The Ohio House is expected to approve the measure next week. If enacted, Ohio would become the biggest state so far to curb the rights of public sector unions.

OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK

Nine Afghan boys have been killed in a U.S.-led NATO attack in Afghanistan. The boys were gathering firewood in the northeastern province of Kunar when a helicopter opened fire. On Wednesday, U.S. commander, Lt. Gen. David Rodriguez, issued a public apology.

JAY JACKSON RULES ME OUT OF ORDER

 Picture by PDXJEFF!








From Jay:

Al I typically do not allow witnesses at Step II hearings; just the ATU rep and the employee attend. I do not plan on veering from that practice. I believe the paperwork is all in order.

RANT ON THE WAY TO WORK

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

ANOTHER DEAD TRIMET BUS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKf6I_frzT0

SAME PLAYBOOK? BREAK THE UNIONS?


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Bureaucrats can't change the way we drive ... but they keep trying

POLL SAYS NO TO TALKING BUSES

Online poll reveals TriMet riders are skeptical about experiment with audible ...

A POSTER BOY FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY...This guy is a real jerk

ATU International President Larry Hanley Interviewed by Mike Papantonio, Ring of Fire Program

JEFF ACKERSON ATTEMPTING TO CHANGE TRIMET'S 'OPEN DOOR' POLICY


Due to several incidents, the last being the dog poop incident, Merlo’s 757 representative has petitioned through the grievance process to have all buses close their doors at layovers.

In a past incident, there was a pipe bomb discovered on the bus and the driver was written up for not performing a bus inspection! (Trimet true to form always blames the operators)

In another incident, the driver returned to his open bus to find someone rummaging through some personal property which then lead to a physical attack on the operator. The operator ended up in the hospital.

With all the interest in security nowadays, the open door policy when the bus is at layovers without the operators present is completely self defeating to the concept of security.

It’s too bad that the few rotten apples among us ruin things for the majority of us!

I SEND OFFICIAL COMMUNICATION TO JAY JACKSON-HEARINGS OFFICER-STEP 2 GRIEVANCE

Mr Jackson;

I have been informed that you will be the hearings officer for my step two grievance petition.

I request you subpoena Josh Collins for this meeting or verify that I had a conversation with him at a Trimet board meeting about my recording dispatch communications and that he did not inform me it was against Trimet policy to do so.

I further request that you are familiar with the response that was sent to all the management staff about this.

If those documents are not available to you you can review them here:

http://rantingsofatrimetbusdriver.blogspot.com/2011/02/letter-to-robert-romo-hayden-talbot.html

I plan to call several witnesses in my defense.

Al Margulies

END OF SHIFT RANT

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NofbvHRpK0Q

THERE IS A METHOD TO MY MADNESS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9q9HKjNKxSw

THE DOG SHIT CRIMINAL'S PICTURE SHOULD BE ON ALL THE BUSES!

BAD NEWS AT PIERCE TRANSIT

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qH4XDcGAepI

JOSH COLLINS LEAVING TRIMET!

JOSH COLLINS TO LEAVE TRIMET from al m on Vimeo.

Right-Wing Media Ignore The Facts To Bash Mass Transit

http://mediamatters.org/research/201103020022

PUNKRAWKER CHRONICLES MY VISIT TO SEATTLE

Seattle and Portland are so different it is hard to compare them.

JEFF WELCH WRITES NOVELLA ABOUT HIS LIFE

Confessions of an Accidental Bus Driver Part 1: From Drifter to Divorcé
Confessions of An Accidental Bus Driver Part II: Veteran to Veteran
(PART 3 TO FOLLOW)

JEFF POSNER

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5SrLKdKkOE

BUS IS TURNING YOU MORONS!

Chris Day drove one of these buses recently and he pointed out that these  "buses for moron's" actually talk inside to the moron (driver) something completely different than what is being said to the moron's outside!

In the inside above drivers head “Caution look both ways” (this is said only once)
On the outside “Pedestrians, bus is turning
only the outside will say first in English then in Spanish then again in English.

http://betrueunion.blogspot.com/2011/02/caution-look-both-ways.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a71zZ0qs040

RANT ON THE WAY TO WORK

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4LVMJYm1C8

OH MY GOD, CAN THIS BE TRUE? MINISTRY IS NOT COMMENTING?


The latest performance statistics are out!
And if you look at the chart, it appears that BUS RIDERSHIP IS INCREASING FASTER THAN RAIL RIDERSHIP!
The Ministry of Propaganda is strangely quiet this month?

NOT SURE WHERE THIS COMES FROM BUT IT SURE IS INTERESTING!

TRIMET 17

Top 10 Other Things Tri-Met Buses Should Say

BOJACK.ORG

PORTLAND A FOOT'S MICHAEL ANDERSON RESEARCHED THE US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT RANKINGS

Michael is one of the best transit related investigative reporters.
He is not beholden to any corporate structure so he has independence that most of our more familiar news people do not have.

In any scientific study the results must be able to be duplicated by other people to be valid.
Michael is unable to duplicate US News results using their exact same  criteria.

Something stinks. It turns out Portland is #7, not #1.

https://spreadsheets.google.com/a/portlandafoot.org/ccc?key=0AtsiMKlWupv0dFZSV1N0cmlULUpodU5jY2lRQUdIUkE&hl=en&ndplr=1#gid=0

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Take our poll: Are TriMet's 'talking buses' a good idea?

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2011/03/take_our_poll_are_trimets_talk.html

Another Trimet blog

http://one-third.feedle.net/

PALM TREES IN WISCONSIN?? FOX LIES!!

WISCONSIN HAS ELECTED THEIR VERY OWN COL. GHADDAFI

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has cracked down on protesters in the state’s Capitol building while issuing a new ultimatum to Democratic lawmakers. On Monday, demonstrators were barred from re-entering the Capitol, the site of 24-hour protests over the past week. Thousands of people have demonstrated and slept inside the building since Walker unveiled his plan to remove the collective bargaining rights of public workers. The American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin has protested the move, calling the barring of protesters during business hours unconstitutional. The Wisconsin State Employees Union and the Wisconsin Employer Relations Commission also filed an unfair labor practices complaint against Walker yesterday, alleging he failed to negotiate in good faith. While the Capitol building remained in lockdown, Walker issued another statement threatening to send layoff notices to 1,500 state workers unless Wisconsin Senate Democrats return to vote.
 According to the New York Times and CBS News, Americans oppose curbs on public employees’ collective bargaining rights by a margin of 60 to 33 percent. A majority of both Republican and Democratic respondents said public employees are currently paid appropriately or not enough, a rebuke of ongoing attempts to slash their salaries and benefits. A new poll in Wisconsin meanwhile shows Gov. Scott Walker would not be elected if the 2010 gubernatorial race were held again today. According to Public Policy Polling, 52 percent of Wisconsin voters say they would vote for Walker’s opponent if they could re-do the election.

MEETING UP WITH THE TRANSIT BEER FOLKS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c__9YTFc9VQ

END OF SHIFT RANT

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gX9MDcwztoY

A LOOK AT THE NEW MERLO BUS ENTRY POINT

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5CtvMd0BAY
Gas prices push commuters to public transit

HOW STUPID IS THIS?

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

GREAT COMMENTS

Regarding the talking bus announcements:

Why not an internal announcement, "Driver, there are pedestrians in the crosswalk"...? 

http://www.kptv.com/news/27039571/detail.html

Report from the 9th Annual Faith/Labor Breakfast 03/1/11

CLICK HERE

This morning ATU representatives attended the annual Faith/Labor breakfast. There were about 120 attendees, half labor, half religious leaders. The topic was “Reclaiming the American Dream for the Common Good.”  The topic of discussion in the small table groups was how American community values differed from the prevailing global corporate values. A short film on the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist fire was also screened. The factory employed 166 women. To make sure, the women stayed at their machines, the employer locked the exit doors. A fire broke out and only 20 women escaped with their lives. The owners ended up having to pay only $75 per dead worker. In 2008, a fire broke out at a Thailand toy factory where U.S. sold toys are made and 188 workers died. The factory’s exit doors were locked. Currently there are 11,000 sweatshops operating in the U.S. and U.S.-based global corporations are moving factories to countries that outlaw unions.
            Some interesting facts and statements were made at the breakfast:
·         One out of every six American workers is currently unemployed. CEO wages increased 17% last year. In the last few years, 80% of all income growth went into the pockets of 1% of the people.
·         “Whatever you do to the least of us, you do to me.” Jesus C. (Spiritual Leader)
·         “When I rise, it will not be from the ranks, it will be with the ranks.” Eugene D. (Labor Leader)
·         “We need a shift in our common conscience, we need to become more selfless.” Fernando H (Portland, Unemployed Worker )

NEXT IMP0RTANT LABOR EVENTS

1.     March 7, 2011, in Salem, Jobs Rally
2.     March 11, 2011, in Salem, Single Payer Rally
3.     March 19, 2011, End the War Economy Peace Rally
4.     April 16, 2011, in Portland, Jobs/No Cut in Benefits Rally.