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Monday, March 7, 2011

Reversal of fortune in Wisconsin

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/03/07/6210669-reversal-of-fortune-in-wisconsin

900 BUS DRIVERS FIRED

http://www.iol.co.za/business/business-news/samwu-to-challenge-900-dismissals-1.1037419

PORTLAND-THE ENVY OF THE WORLD (sic)

http://seattletransitblog.com/2011/03/07/mcginn-tours-portlands-transit-system/

RON PAUL

The costs of trying to run the world are unsustainable, and we simply don't have the money. Morally, it is inexcusable for the US to pick sides in such conflicts overseas, no matter how odious either side may be. Financially, it is no longer possible. The 2012 budget request from the administration for "international affairs," which is code for "foreign aid", is two and a half times larger than it was just nine years ago! As our economy shrinks at home, our obligations increase abroad. As our infrastructure crumbles at home, we continue to spend billions expanding infrastructure in places like Afghanistan and Iraq. If the interventionists have their way, no doubt we will be soon pay to reconstruct the infrastructure we destroy in a Libyan military operation. It does not take a genius to see that we are going broke, but Washington remains in denial and intent on business as usual. I fear that if we continue this way we may soon be out of business altogether.

http://www.thedailybell.com/1834/Ron-Paul-Buying-Friends-Creates-More-Enemies.html 

SO THESE PEOPLE, NONE OF WHOM ACTUALLY DRIVE A BUS OR TRAIN...WILL CHANGE THE CULURE HUH?

CLICK HERE!

TRIMET THROWS MONEY AWAY WITH IMPUNITY

Job posting for the Director of Safety position:
http://agency.governmentjobs.com/trimet/default.cfm?action=viewclassspec&classSpecID=765399&agency=1292&viewOnly=yes
Notice the salary range: $85,986.00 - $128,977.00 Annually

Now go back to Joe Rose's story about Saporta's hire, which is now updated with Mary Fetsch's quote on his salary:
"Saporta will be paid $155,00 annually. He begins work in late March."

So... that's an extra $26k/year they're paying this guy over what was listed as the top of the salary range.  What strings were pulled to make that deal happen? 

Farmers Launch Tractorcade in Solidarity with Wisconsin Public Employees

Farm Tractors to descend on Madison Click here for full story

This Time We’re Taking the Whole Planet With Us

Civilizations rise, decay and die. Time, as the ancient Greeks argued, for individuals and for states is cyclical. As societies become more complex they become inevitably more precarious. They become increasingly vulnerable. And as they begin to break down there is a strange retreat by a terrified and confused population from reality, an inability to acknowledge the self-evident fragility and impending collapse. The elites at the end speak in phrases and jargon that do not correlate to reality. They retreat into isolated compounds, whether at the court at Versailles, the Forbidden City or modern palatial estates. The elites indulge in unchecked hedonism, the accumulation of vaster wealth and extravagant consumption. They are deaf to the suffering of the masses who are repressed with greater and greater ferocity. Resources are more ruthlessly depleted until they are exhausted. And then the hollowed-out edifice collapses. The Roman and Sumerian empires fell this way. The Mayan elites, after clearing their forests and polluting their streams with silt and acids, retreated backward into primitivism. 

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/this_time_were_taking_the_whole_planet_with_us_20110307/
u will like this 1...some passenger thot Rico had been smoking weed so they sent the supervisor to btc to check him out!...wut a bunch of idiots! haha..

A recommendation being overlooked?

A quick observation about today’s announcement by TriMet that they’re creating a new citizens’ safety committee: TriMet says the the new committee was a recommendation of last year’s safety task force. This isn’t true.

http://portlandafoot.org/2011/03/a-recommendation-being-overlooked/ 

TRIMET SAFETY STUFF

Might as well participate in this process, trinet account holders only.

https://trinet.trimet.org/expressline/posts/close-calls-tracking-system-additional-operator-supervisor-feedback-sought

FAMOUS QUOTES

“Harry is the right person to help make safety the focus throughout our organization and transform the organization’s culture where safety is not just a priority but a value,” said TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane. “We are very fortunate to have such a gifted and dedicated professional join us.

It is very curious indeed how they actually think that hiring an executive will change a "culture"!
Unless of course this new safety guy plans on spending his days with the rank and file, not in an office talking to other white collar honchos.
The only true way to change a culture is from the minute a new employee walks in the door.
It starts at the screening process, continues with the training, and is nurtured by the management.

So far Trimet has failed at all three levels.

PORTLAND AND TRIMET GET HONORS

Smarter Cities, Feb. 23, 2011
U.S. News & World Report, Feb. 8, 2011
Sunset Magazine, February 2011
As Gas Prices Rise, Transit Riders Save Up To $825 A Month-CLICK HERE

DART TRANSIT MOVES ROUTES TO PROMOTE SAFETY

http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110307/NEWS/103070326/-1/NEWS01/Bus-route-redo-leads-safety-concerns?odyssey=nav|head

Hit-and-run driver uses bus to flee accident, police say

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/03/hit-and-run-driver-uses-bus-to-flee-accident.html

Another bus driver beat up, this time in Milwaukee



Original here!

Who needs good health insurance in a job like this?

TRIMET HIRES BACK THE SAME GUY WHO CREATED THE ORIGINAL SAFETY PROGRAM HERE

Hmmmm?
Seems a little odd that Trimet would hire back the same guy who put together our "unsafe" system doesn't it?

http://trimet.org/news/releases/mar7-harry-saporta.htm

Left-hand Turns and Buses

There is a 2008 federal study that found bus-pedestrian collisions are more than twice as likely to happen during left turns. The danger is so much greater that several transit agencies have eliminated left-hand turns including Des Moines,Iowa and Cleveland, Ohio.
Rantings of a Regular C-Tran Rider

GRIEVANCE HEARING MOVED

The lords of the Trimet have canceled today's hearing and have rescheduled it for the 17th.
They originally wanted it this Friday but I am off and I want to be there!
This warning letter I have received is so bogus, so full of distortions and downright falsehoods it is hard for me to actually believe I have to appeal it.


<-----Trimet policy as applied to me

EMPLOYEE PENSIONS ARE NOT BANKRUPTING STATES

Anti-government, anti-union elected officials and interest groups have exaggerated the problem to score political points. Click here for the full story.

Pictures from Al & Max's Big Adventure

Here they are. Mostly just a bunch of odds and ends from the weekend.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

MICHAEL MOORE'S TRIP TO MADISON

The scene in Madison is nothing like what they are showing you on TV or in the newspaper. First, you notice that the whole town is behind this. Yard signs and signs in store windows are everywhere supporting public workers. Click here for the full story.
NEWS ONLY AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET: MICHAEL MOORE ON WISCONSIN

ELITE OF OHIO DESTROY PUBLIC UNIONS BRINGING BACK SERFDOM TO AMERICA

TRIMET YOUTUBES

Arriving on TriMet's MAX Red Line at PDX
Trimet and pedestrians
TriMet MAX at PDX
Arriving at SW Mill on TriMet's Yellow Line
TriMet's MAX Green Line and the Portland Streetcar at the corner of SW 5th Ave ...
Arriving at Gateway/NE 99th Transit Center on TriMet's Red Line
Arriving at Gateway/NE 99th Transit Center on TriMet's Green Line
YouTube - trimet
Boarding TriMet's MAX Red Line at PDX
Arriving at Clackamas Town Center on TriMet's Green Line
Boarding TriMet's MAX Yellow Line at NW Hoyt
Pilot of New Pedestrian Safety Feature
Bus Pushes into BIke Lane, Hillsdale, Portland, Oregon, USA
Walking from the NW Glisan MAX Station to Portland's Union Station
Transfering from MAX Yellow Line to MAX Red Line at Rose Quarter Transit Center
Transfering from MAX Blue Line to MAX Yellow Line at Rose Quarter Transit Center
YouTube - trimet

SHIT HAPPENS/FECAL MATTERS

Snooz118

Amtrak shelters in Albany


Several of these shelters were installed along the Amtrak station platform in Albany.

There are six trains a day - two Cascades trains in each direction, and the Coast Starlight in each direction. Albany's station, in Fiscal Year 2010, served 38,359 passengers (both boarding and alighting) - that's just 18 passengers per train, per day - and nine of them are getting on the train, and nine of them getting off the train.

These shelters are in addition to the station itself (a fully enclosed, heated, air conditioned, and staffed station with restroom facilities, and several covered, outdoor areas as well.) Surely, nine passengers - even if they all have two people accompanying them, plus two people for the nine people who'll get off the bus (total of 45) can be easily accommodated within the station.

One of these shelters is nearly 400 feet south of the station. One more is over 500 feet north of the station.

Most Amtrak trains, at little used intermediate stations, only open one or two doors near the center of the train. Even in the case of the Coast Starlight in which a door must be opened in both the sleeper car and coach car sections, the passengers will still wait inside or near the station until the train has arrived. The total time to be exposed to rain is just a minute or two.

And the biggest problem...notice the difference in height between the platform and the concrete pad of the shelter. There's no ADA access to this shelter.

But what's remarkable is how ideal this design is for a bus stop. Plenty of shelter, room for a bench or two, a garbage can, and there's even a place to put a full schedule board - or in windy areas, glass wind/rain shields. For aesthetic purposes, the roof can be altered or have a "station sign" (like old trolley stops or train stations) that prominently identify the bus stop. The roof could be wood instead of metal, or even glass. Decorative lighting adds a nice element plus provides light for security; a loud speaker (in this case controlled by the station master) could be used to announce bus arrivals or play music - I once suggested that TriMet create some type of a radio station that would provide various announcements about the transit system. Of course, conventional Transit Tracker or NextBus signs would work just as well here.
Real U.S. unemployment rate may be 22.1 percent for February ...

America's union story: Blood, struggle and bargaining for good and bad

The country's first union, formed in 1794, ended in disaster. Philadelphia shoemakers, then called cordwainers, were earning barely enough to feed their families, so they went on strike demanding higher wages.
The state government responded by indicting the union, alleging criminal conspiracy, and bankrupting it. Though the trial wasn't documented -- historians have only shorthand notes from a young printer -- most reports say union members had to pay a fine ($8 each) and pick up the cost of the trial, both of which were devastating blows to the workers.
The experience scared Americans away from unionizing for decades, historians say.

http://us.cnn.com/2011/US/03/04/unions.history/index.html?hpt=Sbin

Golden Years?

Public pensions may be attracting the headlines, but the unraveling of private-sector pension security poses a much greater long-term challenge, even if it lacks a pyrotechnic confrontation to galvanize the media.

http://www.nationaljournal.com/columns/political-connections/pensions-at-risk-in-both-private-and-public-sectors-20110305

Sunday, March 6, 2011 Reader poll: Should Texas secede from the United States?

VOTE YES HERE CORRECTED
GET RID OF TEXAS!
Bitch I'm a Bus | Know Your Meme

MARCH 2-full

http://vimeo.com/20716041

Union Voices from Madison: "We Will Be Out Here Marching Until Justice is Served"

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2011/2/25/union_voices_from_madison_we_will_be_out_here_marching_until_justice_is_served

PORTLAND SHOULD VOTE NO ON FEDERAL TERRORISM TAKS FORCE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xTX1FKY41M

MARCH 3-full

http://vimeo.com/20689769

MICHAEL MOORE AT WISCONSIN

John Kitzhaber makes lean union offer but says Oregon is no Wisconsin

CHRIS DAY RESPONDS TO JON HUNT

Hunt's Clarificaiton letter Part 1 - My Reply
Hunt's Clarification Letter Part 2 - My Reply
Hunt's Clarification Letter Part 3 - My Reply

U.S. Gets a Lesson From Developing Countries on Buses

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/07/business/global/07green.html?src=busln
Michael Moore thanks Wisconsin protesters, Trump compares him to Castro
The Wisconsin union fight isn't about benefits. It's about labor's influence.

AMERICA IS NOT BROKE

The 3 biggest lies of the decade: 1) Wisconsin is broke 2) There were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq 3) The Packers cannot win the Super Bowl without Farve

Rainbow Bridge

I would like to say thank-you to everyone that expressed their sorrow and condolences.Your support has lessened my grief and sadness at this moment.Time heals all wounds.

Steve


Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown...

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?