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Saturday, April 2, 2011

FIRE TRUCK CRASHES INTO BUS

BLUE OREGON

Respecting All Riders Revisited

20 DEAD IN PERU BUS CRASH

You thought you had infrequent service?

British bus runs only 4 times a year (the 5th Tuesday of the month, and only a few months will have that many Tuesdays).

Suddenly my lack of TriMet bus service on weekends doesn't look so bad...

WHATS' WRONG WITH THIS SCHEDULE

NEIL MACFARLANES HAND GIVES A SPEECH

NEIL MACFARLANE ANNOUNCES NEW SIP POLICY PUNISHMENT FOR DRIVERS THAT ARE NOT SAFE

FRED HANSEN PREACHING HIS RELIGION

A slow start for transit strategy | Adelaide Now

THE JOY OF PAYING TAXES


3-D

TRI Met Bus, in Portland, Oregon by lancewaveman - Google 3D Warehouse

AMERICANS LOVE WAL-MART

Discrimination and the Supreme Court: Wal-Mart case could undermine workers' rights | OregonLive.com

HARRY SAPORTA ACTUALLY GIVES ME A DECENT ANSWER ABOUT MY SAFETY ISSUE

MAYBE THIS GUYS WILL ACTUALLY BE GOOD!

Al,
Thank you for bringing this issue to my attention.  I will look into the time allocation for relief operators.  I will also be placing this issue in the Request for Safety Assessment (RSA) system.  I will be sure to get back to you next week with an update.
Harry
-----Original Message-----
From: Margulies, Al
Sent: Friday, April 01, 2011 2:59 PM
To: Saporta, Harry
Subject: Safety concern
I am aware that you have now started in your position as the safety director.
I want you to know that road reliefs that have no time built into the relief so a bus operator can properly set up a bus (adjust seat, mirror, etc)are a definite safety hazard. Operators that are forced to leave the relief late will feel pressure from schedule and operators that do not take the time to do the proper adjustments risk increased chance of accident.
Maybe you can do something about this.
Al Margulies
2387

REMEMBER JOSE MEJA POOT?

I sure do, like it was yesterday. This whole tragedy started over a fare on one of our buses, if i remember correctly, was 25 cents short.
It turned into a police call, they hauled him off to jail, then to the mental hospital, where he was killed by the police which then closed down the hospital.
I was very embarrassed that one of our bus drivers created this mess over chump change.

http://blogtown.portlandmercury.com/BlogtownPDX/archives/2011/04/01/somber-anniversary-a-decade-since-the-police-shooting-of-jose-mejia-poot
First Read - WI Dems say they have the signatures to recall GOP state senator

HOW WAS YOUR TRIP TODAY?

Rantings of a bus driver-April 1

RANTINGS OF A BUS DRIVER-APRIL 1 from al m on Vimeo.

CLUB ORLOV

Nuclear Meltdown 101
Plundering the middle class-video
Financial Totalitarianism

YOUR THE BUS DRIVER

BUS DRIVER from al m on Vimeo.

HAPPY FRIDAY

Italian transit workers in 24-hour strike

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2011/04/01/Italian-transit-workers-in-24-hour-strike/UPI-81421301683865/

Dispelling the Myths of light rail

 Light rail transit (LRT) has become a fad among urban planners in mid-sized North American cities. They argue that LRT is a happy medium between buses and subways. In reality, LRT combines the disadvantages of both. LRT is slow, inflexible and expensive. Moreover, the CTrain has exacerbated the very problem it is meant to fix: rampant urban sprawl.

http://www.fcpp.org/publication.php/3704

The high cost of Calgary’s low-cost transit

The episode, aside from the awfulness of the accident, highlighted one of the costs of a city grown dependent on commuter rail. When serious disruptions occur, the repercussions can be enormous: tens of thousands of people can be made late for work or appointments when a train crashes into an automobile, as happens occasionally, or when a pedestrian is seriously injured or killed on the track, which, sadly, seems to happen nearly as often. It makes it all the more urgent to consider a report put out this week by the Frontier Centre for Public Policy providing a critical analysis of the costs of Calgary’s widely celebrated C-Train system and recommending that its expansion be halted in favour of more flexible, responsive and affordable alternatives. It’s something other cities, most of which these days seem to be fixated on LRT build-outs, should seriously consider, too.

http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2011/04/01/kevin-libin-the-high-cost-of-calgarys-low-cost-transit/ 

Gallup poll finds more support for unions than the governors seeking to curb them

http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-gallup-labor-poll-20110401,0,641609.story

Friday, April 1, 2011

EL GRAN EVENTO!

TRIMET CONSIDERED FOR THIS AWARD

http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/politics/6927-obama-receives-transparency-award-at-secret-meeting

Another cost-effective Streetcar stop

Who says streetcars are great in traffic?


Yes, that's a streetcar...way, way back there. And there's still another dozen or so cars lined up for a traffic light behind me.

Cost-Effective Streetcar


This is a Streetcar stop (also referred to as light rail) in Toronto. Notice some of the cost-savings measures:

1. Bus shelter is IDENTICAL to that of a TriMet bus shelter.

2. No schedule information or even much signage - just that little cylinder item.

3. No art.

4. No crosswalk/pedestrian safety improvements.

5. The "platform" is extremely minimal - just enough space as is needed for people to stand.

What's not pictured is that they also used rebuilt 1940s/1950s era PCC cars, not new-build cars. And that concept works - San Francisco has an entire streetcar line that runs nothing but "heritage streetcars" and is among their most popular routes; they can even get away by charging a surcharge to ride it!

TRIMET FIRES ME!





TriMet says MAX bike hooks can be used for dry cleaning, ignoring cries of 'bicycle rights!'

http://blog.oregonlive.com/commuting/2011/04/trimet_says_max_bike_hooks_can.html

TriMet to expand rail service north, east, and south

 TriMet announced this morning that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the rail and facilities of the Union Pacific Railroad.  TriMet will electrify the lines and convert them to light rail service, to be integrated with the existing system.  The Yellow Line will be extended from the Expo Center to run north through Vancouver and Olympia, to terminate at the Seattle's King Street Station, with service planned to start in 2015.  By 2018 the Blue Line will be extended from Gresham to run east through Pendleton, Ogden, and Denver to terminate in Kansas City, and by 2021 the Green Line will provide service south through Eugene, Sacramento, and Oakland to end in Los Angeles.

http://isaac.blogs.com/isaac_laquedem/2011/04/trimet-to-expand-rail-service-north-east-and-south.html

All WES all the time!

WES is TriMet’s commuter rail system, running weekday rush hour between Beaverton and Wilsonville. The first WES cars – three powered diesel multiple units (DMUs) and one unpowered coach car – arrived in 2008, all from Colorado Railcar which TriMet bailed out for a total of about $22 million to get the cars before Colorado Railcar went out of business.

http://maxfaqs.wordpress.com/2011/04/01/all-wes-all-the-time/ 

Our future with Loot Rail.

Clark County Politics : "."

PORTLAND THE SECOND MOST MISERABLE PLACE IN USA (after Phoenix)

http://graphicsweb.wsj.com/documents/DJFX/slugged/MISERY20110329/index.html

Transportation? Ask the true experts.

http://bojack.org/2011/04/transportation_ask_the_true_ex.html

TRIMET BUS RIDERS FACEBOOK GROUP

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=89442253401

Unconventional service animals do provide aid, owners say

KATU.com

CHILD LABOR COMING BACK IN THE LAND OF THE FREE

In Maine, Republican lawmakers are pushing two bills that would roll back parts of the state’s child labor laws. The first measure would let employers pay workers under the age of 20 a full $2.25 less per hour than Maine’s minimum wage for their first 180 days on the job. The bill would also eliminate the maximum number of hours a minor 16 years of age or older can work on a school day. The second would allow 16- and 17-year-old teenagers to work one hour later on school nights.

RANTINGS OF A BUS DRIVER-MARCH 31

RANTINGS OF A BUS DRIVER-MARCH 31 from al m on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

GOODBYE JANET

GOODBYE JANET NELSON from al m on Vimeo.

GE LOGO TOPS WASHINGTON MONUMENT

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Union Loses the Battle but Wins the War


The Union filed an unfair labor practice against TriMet over TriMet's unilateral implementation of the SIP customer complaint policy. The judge in that case is recommending that the complaint be dismissed. That is the battle that was lost. The judge's opinion, however, establishes that the Union won on all major points. The findings of the judge are important for you to know about because YOU are the eyes and ears of the Union and when the principles below are violated by TriMet, you need to sound the alert. So here are the important wins:
  1. TriMet claimed that union members had no history of rights with regard to how customer complaints were handled -- the judge said that was not true.
  2. TriMet claimed that it did not have to bargain over how it handled customer complaints -- the judge said TriMet must bargain.
  3. TriMet claimed it did not have to give employees rights with regard to how TriMet handled customer complaints -- the judge said TriMet must give the employees due process rights.
  4. TriMet claimed it could question employees about a customer complaint without a union officer present -- the judge said the employees have a right to request that a union officer be present. Thus, you should ask for an officer and not answer any questions about the complaint until an officer arrives.
  5. TriMet claims that people cannot grieve the issuance of a SIP -- the judge says the Union should grieve SIPs that might impact promotion, bonuses, and job security [this means every SIP since TriMet retains them to show future arbitrators in discipline cases] RECOMMENDATION: Regularly request a printout of all customer complaints in the TriMet data base that are attached to your name or employee number.
  6. TriMet is bound by the testimony of its witnesses, under oath, that many of the protections employees had under the 1996 customer complaint policy are incorporated into the "just cause" provisions of the labor agreement. The Union has a list of these protections that TriMet's witnesses testified were part of just cause.

What we learned, which was not clear from prior unilateral change cases, is that:
  1. If it walks, quacks and flaps like a duck, it still might not be considered a duck, therefore, everything must be in writing. What management says across the bargaining table is meaningless -- Rose Jordan, Sam Schwarz, Bruce Hanson, Sandra Guengerich and myself all testified, under oath, that the parties talked about the fact they were bargaining over the customer service policy. Peggy Hanson, however, testified that she thought that the parties were just "talking" and not bargaining. The judge found that because one of the parties at the bargaining table, Hanson, testified she didn't think she was bargaining, the parties weren't bargaining. In essence the judge ruled that a union must get a written confirmation from the employer that the parties were bargaining.
  2. A union must file an unfair labor practice unless the employer puts in writing that it is bargaining. It is not enough that the employer walks, quacks and flaps like a duck.
  3. If the employer has excuses for not being timely in following through on promises it makes in bargaining, a union should ignore those excuses and hold the employer to strict timelines. A union should move a matter to interest arbitration at the end of 90 days of bargaining, regardless of the employer having excuses and asking for delay.
  4. If a lower level manager makes incorrect statements about a TriMet policy or practice, repeatedly puts those statements in writings to the union and sends it to upper management and upper management fails to correct the station manager, upper management is not bound by that station manager's incorrect statements. Thus upper management can know a lower level manager is lying, do nothing to correct the lie and get a pass. Another way of saying this is that, if an employer’s operation is in chaos, it is the union’s responsibility to straighten it out, not management’s.

Documents subpoenaed during the course of this legal proceeding revealed that TriMet’s legal department was secretly involved in this process from the beginning. The Union interacts with 19 different employer groups. Of these, ONLY TriMet engages in such hostile, deceptive and dishonorable tactics calculated to harm the well-being of the people who actually provide the service.

Fraternally,



Jonathan J. Hunt
President – Business Representative

How Lane Transit District honors (and respects) its Operators

For the other 1,498 places we go, call. The way to go.

Oregonian devotes lead story to 2 percent increase in crime on MAX

http://portlandafoot.org/2011/03/oregonian-devotes-lead-story-to-2-percent-increase-in-crime-on-max/

Hillarious

A visitor from the Bronx (Jack Bog's Blog)

Brutal Honesty over at King County Metro

http://metro.kingcounty.gov/am/reports/monthly-measures/

MAX crime and TriMet's position on fare enforcement: A few more thoughts

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

What's up with new signs on MAX near bike hooks?

http://bikeportland.org/2011/03/31/ask-bikeportland-whats-up-with-new-signs-on-max-near-bike-hooks-50472

TOP HYPOCRITE JOB OPEN...APPLY TODAY

QUALIFICATIONS HERE!

When the Portland metro area runs out of transit money...

STEVE FUNG ON THE GOLF COURSE (AND IN THE NEWS!)

TriMet and golf from Steve Fung on Vimeo.

A brief 2 week recap of my life as a driver and part-time hacker.

WHY IS THIS HAPPENING IN THE LAND OF THE "FREE"?

New York state lawmakers have approved a $132.5 billion budget that will cut more than $2 billion in healthcare and education spending, while granting millionaires a tax break. Despite a budget shortfall, Gov. Andrew Cuomo opposed extending a tax surcharge on New Yorkers with personal earnings of more than $200,000 year. The new budget has drawn criticism from advocates of increased education aid, who say the cuts will disproportionately impact students in low-income and middle-class districts. The budget was approved after a raucous day of protests from hundreds of activists who converged on the Capitol from across the state. Karen Scharff of the group Citizen Action of New York spoke out at the protest.
Karen Scharff: "We’re here today because the budget that the Governor has proposed, that the legislature is passing, is giving $5 billion away in tax cuts to millionaires, $5 billion that we need for our schools, for K-12 education, for early childhood education, for our universities, and for basic public services that low-income and middle-class New Yorkers need. But instead of funding those services, we’re throwing $5 billion out the window in a tax cut for millionaires, who don’t need it and haven’t asked for it. It’s not only irrational, but it’s immoral. This immoral budget cannot stand."

BATTLE BEING WAGED AT CITY HALL

Amanda vs. Randy -- pass the popcorn (Jack Bog's Blog)

THE JOB OF BUS OPERATOR ABOUT TO GET MUCH WORSE AT TRIMET

CHRIS DAY

ULP on SIP Conclusion:

                While we found that the District had an obligation to bargain over some of the changes related to the implementation of the SIP, ATU failed to make a timely demand to bargain or to diligently pursue bargaining over those changes. As a result, the District did not make a unilateral change in violation of ORS 243.672(1) (e). In addition, since the District then had no obligation to bargain, it also did not bargain in bad faith under ORS 243.672(1) (e). Finally, since ATU failed to make a timely bargaining demand under ORS 243.698(3), the District did not fail to comply with the fargaining or interest arbitration provisions of ORS 243.698 in violation of ORS 243.672(1) (f). Therefore, we will dismiss the complaint.
 
We need to know why did ATU fail to make a timely demand to bargain. Who failed us here? Is this going to be the same outcome with our ULP about our contract?

FASCISTS SLOWED DOWN

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) will sign the bill curbing union rights into law Friday afternoon.
Under Ohio law, the law goes into effect 90 days after being signed.
During that 90 days, Ohio unions plan to file language for a ballot referendum repealing the law with the Ohio Secretary of State and will try to collect the required 231,000 signatures from at least half of Ohio's 88 counties.
If they succeed, the law would not take effect, pending a statewide referendum on the November ballot.
It would undoubtedly be a huge political campaign, the main battlefront for the issue.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Wisconsin: Law put on hold
AP reports: “A Wisconsin judge ruled Thursday the state's divisive new collective bargaining law had not taken effect, and officials in Republican Gov. Scott Walker's administration say he plans to comply with the ruling and to halt preparations to begin deducting money from public workers' paychecks. … Two Walker administration officials who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the governor hadn't publicly announced his plans said he would announce later Thursday that he would comply with [the judge’s] ruling.”

RANTINGS OF A BUS DRIVER-MARCH 30

RANTINGS OF A BUS DRIVER-MARCH 30 from al m on Vimeo.

Plan to build $458 million streetcar from Portland to Lake Oswego raises questions

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

Crime on Portland-area MAX trains increases; did TriMet cut too many patrols?

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2011/03/crime_on_portland-area_light_r.html

TriMet Adding Cameras To 10 MAX Stops

KPTV

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

If it's news to Oregonians, it's NOT in The Oregonian

http://www.kgw.com/news/Investigators-Trimet-Bus-Driver-Attacked-and-Punched-in-the-Face-118956269.html

http://www.kptv.com/news/27369506/detail.html

But, ace Oregonian reporter/opinion blogger Joe Rose has time to applaud one of his pro-TriMet, pro-light rail cronies and report on all of the latest light rail developments.

Surprisingly...a report showing light rail crime is up...that's just not like the Oregonian to have a negative story about light rail. Guess we gotta keep the quota in check so the "fair and balanced" claim can be maintained.

ATU LOSES UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICE



Michael Moore Speaks With Roseanne Barr on HLN, 3 parts



HR RESPONDS TO MY REQUEST FOR MY FILE

Talked to Lucy Shipley and she offered me viewing or copies of my complete file, I decided to take the copies.
Apparently they should be mailed by the end of this week!
Not bad service at all!

STATEMENT BY CHRIS DAY ON THE AGENDA FOR NEXT CHARTER MEETING

STATEMENT FROM CHRIS DAY ON THE NEXT MEETING:


I want to go on record here and make a very clear statement. Though I do not like the slanderous attacks Ellen Fox has been stating about me, I am not asking our membership to put a stop. All I am asking from our membership is to allow a Trial Committee to investigate the preferring of charges. The only thing our membership is being asked to do is two (2) things.

1. Is there warrant in the preferring of charge? Members need to ask themselves if the charges I am stating can be viewed as constitutional violations.
2. Is a single member’s constitutional right worth protecting? If we are only worried about the group as a whole and ignore the individuals with in that group then it will not take long for that group to fall apart.

If you say YES it appears there are some constitutional violations and if you say Yes all members are equal and deserve equal constitutional protection then allowing the preferring of charges would be the action that would assure that to happen.

To not allow this preferring of charges to be heard by a Trial Committee is making a clear statement that you either feel there are no constitution violations or it is too expensive to worry about each member’s constitutional rights.

So ATU757’s April Charter meeting is not about stopping Ellen Fox. It is about assuring that Sister Ellen Fox and Brother Christopher Day have an equal opportunity to present their case to a Trial Committee.
March 30, 2011 2:12 AM

TRIMET ATU 757 MEETING LOCATIONS


3645 SE 32ND AVE

211 NE 18TH

1801 NE COUCH

Would you vote for this guy?

30% bonuses for losing the state's money

http://bojack.org/2011/03/30_bonuses_for_losing_the_stat.html

Portland auditor: City spending water, sewer bill money illegally

http://bojack.org/2011/03/portland_auditor_city_spending.html

JUDGE TRIES TO REIGN IN FASCISTS IN WISCONSIN

A Wisconsin judge has blocked Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s anti-union law from taking effect for the second time this month. On Tuesday, Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi reissued a temporary restraining order blocking the measure’s implementation. Sumi had earlier ruled Republican lawmakers were likely in violation of state open meeting laws when they pushed the legislation through. Despite the initial ruling, Republicans and some state officials have claimed the measure has taken effect. The state’s Supreme Court is expected to rule on whether the measure has become law and on whether it can be appealed.

TriMet Driver Punched During Break

http://www.kptv.com/news/27369506/detail.html

NO SURPISES HERE OF COURSE

Fed's are top rated for handing out money that won't help average citizens.

FTA gives green light to Milwaukie rail line final design

RANTINGS OF A BUS DRIVER-MARCH 29

RANTINGS OF A BUS DRIVER-MARCH 29 from al m on Vimeo.

NEIL GETS A TATOO

ATU 757 CHARTER MEETING OF THE DECADE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsU-3aWk6Js

The Collapse of Globalization

The last people who should be in charge of our food supply or our social and political life, not to mention the welfare of sick children, are corporate capitalists and Wall Street speculators. But none of this is going to change until we turn our backs on the Democratic Party, denounce the orthodoxies peddled in our universities and in the press by corporate apologists and construct our opposition to the corporate state from the ground up. It will not be easy. It will take time. And it will require us to accept the status of social and political pariahs, especially as the lunatic fringe of our political establishment steadily gains power. The corporate state has nothing to offer the left or the right but fear. It uses fear—fear of secular humanism or fear of Christian fascists—to turn the population into passive accomplices. As long as we remain afraid nothing will change.

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_collapse_of_globalization_20110328/ 

CRIME IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

REQUEST TO EXAMINE PERSONNEL FILE

I made a phone call to an HR person requesting to set up an appointment to view my personnel file. I also sent an email to Robert Romo asking for a copy of my personnel file under the Oregon Revised Statutes.

No call back from HR and no response from Robert Romo either.

Strange huh?

MICHAEL MOORE ON THE COLBERT REPORT

Michael Moore on the Colbert Report -- March 28th, 2011 from MMFlint on Vimeo.

Watching Scotty Go

Seattles King County Metro looks to keep Trolley Buses

Metro wants to invest more in their BUS system: Initial findings say Trolleys should Stay!

Truth hurts, Lies kill. Real truth behind the phony wars

ATU 757 MEETING OF THE DECADE

MY SOMETIMES PAL-JOE ROSE

He comments, he aggregates, he defends TriMet with critical thinking: Blackfloydphish is Hard Drive's supercommenter of the day
As gas prices head up, Portlanders driving more, not less
A streetcar trestle was once part of an iconic Portland Heights scene
TriMet loses free speech case over bus, train ads -- again (poll)

TRIMET GOLF FANATICS-MARK YOUR CALENDARS

   Mark it on your calendars. The Stone Creek Individual Golf Tournament hosted by Doug Tilson will be on August 6th 2011. Shot Gun start at 1:30pm with a Barbeque Dinner to follow. Watch for flyers in the bull pins in June and July. Callaway Scoring will be the format.

1 BILLION FOR THIS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAHofNhe95U

The Afghanistan Slaughters

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

$550,000,000? NO PROBLEM...WE GOT LOADS OF MONEY...JUST NOT FOR OUR CITIZENS

http://www.aolnews.com/2011/03/29/pentagon-libya-mission-has-cost-us-550-million-so-far/?icid=maing-grid7|main5|dl1|sec1_lnk3|52743

MUNI BOGGING DOWN

http://www.sfexaminer.com/opinion/editorials/2011/03/runaway-transit-fares-fueled-pay-benefits

LIGHT RAIL FAIL

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/metro/view/20110328-328151/4-hurt-as-panic-hits-LRT-passengers

DRIVERS REFUSE TO WORK OVERTIME IN PITTSBURGH PUTS MANAGEMENT UNDER THE GUN

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11088/1135462-147.stm

REQUEST TO VIEW PERSONNEL FILE

I have just left a message for a (Robin Ruger?)HR person to schedule me an appointment so I can view my file. Obviously I am very interested to view what kind of records Trimet is keeping on me. We are allowed the right to view our files according to the union.

THAT'S BULLSHIT!

Bus vandalism closes Lapeer schools

| Detroit Free Press | freep.com

OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK

The U.S. Army has issued another apology to the people of Afghanistan after Rolling Stone magazine published more photos of U.S. troops posing with the corpses of Afghan civilians. Similar photos appeared last week in the German magazine Der Spiegel and were broadcast on Democracy Now! The Pentagon said, “The photos published by Rolling Stone are disturbing and in striking contrast to the standards and values of the United States Army." The photos include images of a group of U.S. Army soldiers accused of killing unarmed Afghan civilians in cold blood. Rolling Stone also published a graphic video of U.S. soldiers shooting and killing two Afghans on a motorcycle. The video was taken on patrol with a helmet-mounted camera. Soldiers later shared the video with others in clear violation of Army standards.

Papantonio: The Alternative Reality of the Koch Brothers

Woman with squealing baby kicked off bus

Northern Territory News

Driver being crucified by media, though some commenters get it:

I agree 100% with the bus drivers decision. She was thinking of the other passengers trapped in the confined space of a bus forced to endure the ear piercing squeels of a toddler. Some parents are so in love with their "little darlings" that they lose all sense of social etiquette. A screaming kid is NOT cute to anyone else but their parent. What if the bus driver had had an accident due to the distraction? How cute would her childs squeels of delight have been then? Get a grip parents!!!!

Final segment of Portland Transports interview with Mac(the knife)farlane

Nothing to earth shaking here, pretty much the answers I would expect. He surprised me in an earlier segment when he actually talked sense on some of the subjects that Dave threw at him.

http://portlandtransport.com/archives/2011/03/your_questions_5.html

Rantings of a Bus Driver/MARCH 28


MARCH 28 from al m on Vimeo.

Monday, March 28, 2011

MAX CLEANUP-SLIDE SHOW

http://www.flickr.com/photos/portlandafoot/sets/72157626302167230/show/

One Nation Under Godzilla

Vexed by the Nuclear Egregore
I think it was last August I was reading a periodical that was investigating the reality of a nuclear conflagration and the possibility of terrorist attacks on nuclear power plants. I vaguely remember some interesting statistical data that angered me about how unsafe and unguarded our nuclear power plants were but what angered me the most was the attitude the majority of Americans have about the use of nuclear weapons on other countries. A poll was conducted about the atomic bomb and its use on the Japanese at the end of World War II. Americans that were surveyed believed that dropping atomic bombs on Japan during World War II was the right thing to do. 61% of the more than 2,400 American voters questioned believe the U.S. did the right thing. Twenty-two percent called it wrong and 16% were undecided. That means that 1 in 5 Americans believe that it was a mistake.
http://http//www.groundzeromedia.org/one-nation-under-godzilla-vexed-by-the-nuclear-egregore/

STEVE FUNG DOES A DOWNTOWN ROAD RELIEF

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

London: Hundreds of Thousands Protest Austerity Cuts

The British know how to stick together. What's happening there with the cuts is heading here next. American's better wake up before its too late.

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/3/28/headlines#11

Preferring of charges on Ellen Fox to be heard

At the April 4, 2011 Charter meeting and continuation meetings, ATU members will consider whether charges preferred against Sister Ellen Fox are worthy of being further entertained and considered.

http://www.atu757.org/

Below are some examples of Ellen Fox's outrageous behavior. In my particular case she sued me TWICE, that's right, twice, and was not happy with either verdict, so she started a blog all about me calling me a cyber stalker. That's about as disrespectful as you can get towards a co worker. Trimet lets her get away with it of course, I am the only employee ever charged with disrespectful workplace based on my off the job behavior,  a complete distortion of HR rules and a disgrace to TRIMET management who have now decided that fascism is perferable to reason when it comes to their front line employees.
picture was stolen from Punkrawker without his permission
And here are some of the lies she spreads about Chris Day, who is the person preferring charges against her:
Ellen Fox mocks Chris Day's sexuality

Ellen Fox slanders Chris Day

In the second photo Ellen Fox's slander campaign cost Chris Day the election and has damaged his reputation irreparably.

I support the action by Chris Day and salute him for his courage to pursue this through the union which has been less than helpful in facilitating his complaint.

Somebody has been keeping a blog about all this called Ellen Fox Watch, which has a chronology of the events surrounding this vindictive viscous woman:

https://trimethr202.wordpress.com/

My history with Ellen Fox is HERE!

THANK GOD WE STILL HAVE A UNION AROUND HERE!

Little doubt that I would be outta here by now if not for the union!

LATEST FALL OUT MAP

http://www.weatheronline.co.uk/weather/news/fukushima?LANG=en&VAR=euradsfc&HH=0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKfN9ptwOPE

FAREWELL TO THE GREAT AMERICAN WRITER...JOE BAGEANT

Joe Bageant, 1946-2011

Sunday, March 27, 2011

PUNKRAWKER

Bus AD Fail

What Does a 'Sustainable Community' Actually Look Like?

Like THIS, supposedly anyway.

TRUTH IN ADVERTISING....BUT NOT FOR THE NEWS

Click here for the story

HIPSTERS RIDING TRIMET-(relax fascists, not mine, gotta put this in each time guess)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chinapix/5565059430/

(Every citizen can take pictures like this, but since I work at Trimet, I can't! Makes sense huh!)

RALLY UP IN WASHINGTON STATE

WE ARE BROKE.....except for managers, coordinators, supervisors, assistants etc

SPECIALIST
EXECUTIVE
ASSISTANT
COORDINATOR
DIRECTOR
Manager
ADMINISTRATIVE SPECIALIST
YouTube - US west coast fears tsunami disaster:

FREIGHT TRAIN CREW KILLED BY FREIGHT TRAIN

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2011/03/freight_train_hits_crew_shuttle_at_longview_wash_killing_three.html

NO PROOFREADING AT TRIMET


ATU 757 ARBITRATION LIST

http://www.atu757.org/arbcorrespondence030711.pdf

WES and Wilsonville

CLICK HERE!

TriMet's old 2400s

CLICK HERE!

TriMet: Making a Difference - Liza Mitzel: Bus Operator Extraordinaire

http://trimet.org/difference/liza.htm

SOME BLASTS FROM THE PAST BROUGHT BACK FOR PUBLIC VIEWING

http://rantingsblasts.blogspot.com/2011/03/updated-march-27.html

LIAR IN CHIEF

COUPLE OF INSERVICE SUPERVISORS CAUGHT BY GOOGLE....haha,,,not me fascists!

http://maps.google.com/maps?layer=c&cbll=45.522583,-122.675409&panoid=Xh-TXWIbvav9uObf_9d07Q&cbp=12,271.73,,3,3.28&z=16

US Uncut Ohio Visits Verizon March 26th

US UNCUT DC

Man accused of groping Bieber bus driver after putting bag over her head

http://pottsmerc.com/articles/2011/03/27/news/srv0000011255770.txt

ODE TO THE MAX, FROM BOJACK

The Max Is Back in Town
Oh, the shark, babe, has such teeth, dear
And it shows them pearly white
But if you want scary, try a Max stop,
That's what's giving us a fright.

When that shark bites, with his teeth, babe
Scarlet billows start to spread
But the light rail and these street cars
Also put our budget in the red.

Now on the sidewalk … early mornin’
Lies a body just oozin' life …
And someone’s sneakin' ‘round the corner
Near a Max Stop with a knife.
Now … Jenny Diver … yeah..Sukey Tawdry
Ooh … John Q. Public and old Lucy Brown
Oh, the line forms on the right, babe
Yes, the Max is back in town.

WEEKLY READERSHIP REPORT

London hosts largest protest since Iraq war as workers and public demonstrate against government spending cuts

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/26/anti-cuts-march-swells-400000

RESPECTFUL WORKPLACE?

I find it very strange indeed that TRIMET  has the audacity to put forth the argument that conduct out of the workplace can create a disrespectful workplace.

A disrespectful workplace can only be in the workplace, no where else! 

How does my publishing an over the air radio transmission, which is perfectly legal, violate this:
Policy
It is TriMet’s policy that all employees be able to work in a productive, respectful atmosphere, free from harassment by co-workers, supervisors, managers, independent contractors, or other individuals. Harassment on the basis of gender, pregnancy, race, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, gender identity, military/veteran status, political affiliation, or any other group protected by law is strictly prohibited under this policy. Retaliation on the basis of a complaint or report of harassment is also strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated.
Employee conduct on and off the job is expected to continuously comply with the requirements set forth in essential functions and selection criteria of the job description.

Moving Beyond Money

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sr7-Qbbrwyw

Billionaires Flourish, Inequalities Deepen as Economies "Recover"

According to the annual report of the business magazine Forbes there are 1,210 individuals – and in many cases family clans – with a net value of $1 billion dollars (or more). There total net worth is $4 trillion, 500 billion dollars, greater than the combined worth of 4 billion people in the world. The current concentration of wealth exceeds any previous period in history; from King Midas, the Maharajahs, and the Robber Barons to the recent Silicon Valley – Wall Street moguls of the present decade.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27766.htm 

Saturday, March 26, 2011

ALTHOUGH MACFARLANE AND TRIMET HAS GONE PYSCO OVER SAFETY-THIS CHART PROVES BUS TRANSPORTATION IS SAFE

http://nats.sct.gob.mx/nats/sys/tables.jsp?i=3&id=12

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION RIDERSHIP REPORT

http://www.apta.com/resources/statistics/Documents/Ridership/2010_q4_ridership_APTA.pdf

23Share Honolulu Transit Chair Says He Has Serious 'Concerns' About Rail

Too bad the Portland people can't stand up like the man in Honolulu.

http://www.civilbeat.com/articles/2011/03/23/9830-honolulu-transit-chair-says-he-has-serious-concerns-about-rail/

Third MAX line stabbing reported in 5 days

http://www.kgw.com/news/local/Man-stabbed-on-Eastside-MAX-train-platform-118715429.html

Should The Government Stop Dumping Money Into A Giant Hole?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnX-D4kkPOQ&feature=player_embedded

Macfarlane gets booted out of this event-here is what he says about it

http://www.thoughts.com/HR202/macfarlane-gets-booted-out-of-this-event-here-is-what-he-says-about-it

OPAL BEGINS ORGANIZING FOR BUS PROJECT!

http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/671428/17f6320f0d/1527506891/0112740493/

OUR TAXES GOING TO MAKE RICH DEVELOPERS EVEN RICHER...AMERIKA

Yet the project is unlike any in the United States, in both price and ambition, to link a big city and suburb by streetcar. As Portland and Lake Oswego leaders prepare to endorse the project, it remains steeped in unanswered questions: Does privileged Lake Oswego need a streetcar line to Portland? Should a publicly funded transit project be so closely tied to benefiting developers?

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

BUS RIDERS GET WHACKED HARD IN LA

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-bus-cuts-20110325,0,2110781.story

PEGGY HANSON QUITS AT JEFFERSON COUNTY-HEADS TO DC TO EXPLORE OTHER OPPORTUNITES

http://www.ptleader.com/main.asp?Search=1&ArticleID=28890&SectionID=36&SubSectionID=55&S=1
http://www.ptleader.com/main.asp?SectionID=36&SubSectionID=55&ArticleID=28921

TRANSIT "NERD" CONFERENCE IN SAN FRANCISCO

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/transportation/detail?entry_id=85745

LETTER TO THE EDITOR IN CANADA THAT IS RELEVANT EVERYWHERE

I would suggest that, before any members of the transit commission be allowed to make decision on transit routes, they should make a commitment that they and their families will only use OC Transpo for business and personal transportation for at least two months.
In addition, OC Transpo boss Alain Mercier and all his senior officials who contribute their advice to the routes and usage, should also make the same commitments.
Only when the people and their families have experienced the same trials and tribulations as regular OC Transpo users can they make informed decisions about what is needed by those users across the city.

WISCONSIN FASCISTS WANT TO IGNORE THE COURTS!

http://www.sfexaminer.com/news/2011/03/wisconsin-union-law-published-despite-court-order-0

Demonstrations across U.S. express solidarity with Wisconsin protesters

Slide show here!

All eyes are on Wisconsin

The GOP agenda, “we want to do whatever is necessary to keep our money, make more money and protect it from taxes, and any other responsibilities such as paying workers fair wages, providing health benefits and safe working conditions. And then we want to protect OUR rights (money) by being allowed to fire workers, when it doesn’t benefit us for any reason that we want (right to work laws).

http://milwaukeecourieronline.com/index.php/2011/03/26/all-eyes-are-on-wisconsin/ 

Walker Sued by Wisconsin Unions as Law ‘Published’ in Defiance of Court

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-03-26/wisconsin-s-walker-sued-by-unions-as-labor-law-published-1-.html

PDX UNCUT PICKET AT MILWAUKIE BANK OF AMERICA BRANCH

PDX UNCUT Picket was held at the Bank of America Branch on SE McLoughlin on Saturday March 26.  I forgot to charge the batteries in the camera, so I only got a couple of pix.  For more information on the US UNCUT movement go to the website http://usuncut.org

BRITS DON'T MESS AROUND!

Protesters break into bank, clash with cops as London march turns violent

Video of thousands in London protest march as paint bombs, flares fly

Out in Force: 300,000 to march in London anti-cuts protest

SOME PRANK HUH?

Noxious school- bus prank ends with shooting threat, panicked students

Sting Puts Brake on 11 Bus Drivers

(couldn't happen here could it?)

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704517404576223090686590766.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

TRANSIT BUS KILLS DELIVERY MAN IN NY

http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011/03/26/2011-03-26_city_bus_fatally_strikes_biker.html

IN SERVICE FILM---(stay calm fascists, not my stuff)

Trimet WES Commuter Rail (Portland, OR)
Trimet WES Commuter Rail (Portland, OR)
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Trimet WES Commuter Rail (Portland, OR)
Trimet WES Commuter Rail (Portland, OR)
Portland Streetcar (Portland, OR)
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Portland Streetcar 1

TRIMET MARCH BOARD MEETING

TRIMET BOARD OF DIRECTORS-MARCH 2012 from al m on Vimeo.

(aka sock puppets meeting)
A 2LonelyGuys Production

RANTINGS OF A BUS DRIVER-MARCH 25

MARCH 25 from al m on Vimeo.

TOM CHAMBERLAIN TALKS WITH JON HUNT

LYN LERBACH-THE VOICE OF SANITY ON THE TRIMET BOARD

Portland flunks disability standards in the transit mall

DARLA STURDY

LIGHT RAIL ELECTRIFICATION-traction power simulation in Portland

http://viewer.zoho.com/api/urlview.do?url=http://trb.org/publications/circulars/ec058/14_05_Porter.pdf

Oregon Rail Heritage group gets more funding for historic-trains center

http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2011/03/25/historic-locomotives-closer-to-getting.html

Friday, March 25, 2011

MAC (the knife) FARLANE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rzRqxytUvc
http://portlandtransport.com/archives/2011/03/your_questions_4.html

Ex Tri Met Flxible New Look # 361

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

TriMet Ticket Box 1

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bergek/5433642195/

TRIMET IN SERVICE MOVIE (not mine fascists!)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/theoldadventurer/5539936321/

Information Picket March 23, 2011

http://www.flickr.com/photos/atu757/sets/72157626335610274/

MEMBERS ONLY BLOG

IS BEING UPDATED EACH DAY THAT I AM AT WORK.
FYI

THE BULLSHIT KEEPS PILING UP AROUND HERE

THE BULLSHIT KEEPS PILING UP AROUND HERE from al m on Vimeo.

Here's something to laugh about...

http://oldtownperspective.blogspot.com/2011/03/it-is-amazing-what-amuses.html
http://bojack.org/2011/03/he_gets_more_like_bush_every_d.html

EXTEND BUS TRANSFER TIME AND GIVE YOUR EMPLOYEES A DECENT CONTRACT

EMAIL SENT TO ROBERT ROMO

ROBERT;

I cooperated with management about the video in question but was disciplined anyway.
If this is the case then why should I not put the video right back where it was.
You have no right to tell me what I can do with my personal stuff that was obtained on my personal time on my personal equipment and was obtained legally.

al margulies

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