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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

C-TRAN

C-Tran hires bus rapid transit planning manager
Shedding light on light rail
C-Tran board OKs 20-year transit plan
Fourth Plain group to host meeting on bus plan
In Our View: The BRT Solution

RANTINGS OF A BUS DRIVER-APRIL 5

RANTINGS OF A BUS DRIVER-APRIL 5 from al m on Vimeo.

WES TELL A FRIEND WEEK

PortlandAFOOT

Portland employers that subsidize TriMet passes - PortlandAfoot

Best Portland employers for low-car commuters - PortlandAfoot

Legislature may axe school bus passes, employer TriMet subsidies | Portland Afoot

I GET MY COMPLETE PERSONNEL FILE FROM TRIMET

Joe Rose tows the line for the Boregonian



Is TriMet's budget-crunched bus service at risk of taking a Milwaukee turn? | OregonLive.com

Chris Day and Al M talk about the union proceedings

CHRIS DAY&AL M DISCUSS THE UNION PROCEEDINGS from al m on Vimeo.

ATU 757 PRESIDENT JON HUNT CLEARS UP SOME MISINFORMATION ON A PAST FILING


CHRIS DAY CONCEDES BASED ON POINT OF LAW

The question is why didn't the union officials make this clear in the beginning so we could have avoided all this?
I asked that question and Yvette (treasurer) said that we don't investigate this until we are "pushed" into it.
Personally I find that a rather odd way to conduct business, but I am not in her (or others) shoes.


As you can see from the above "libel" is protected under the labor rules.
So Ellen, or anybody for that matter, is free to liable anybody else in the union.
The union cannot penalize a member for liable.
The union it appears agrees that Ellen has indeed been engaging in libelous activities, but there is not a damn thing they can do about it.
However, these cases can be settled in civil courts.
---------------------------
Chris Day comments:

Al,
You continue to use the word liable when you talk about this. I feel by just saying liable is creating the illusion that there are forms of speech that is protected. Within our Union all and any speech is protected. Unions are not permitted in any manner to discipline any member for almost any type of speech. The only type of speech that our Union can address is if the speech harms the welfare of the organization. This means if a member attempts to promote a different Union to fellow members our Union can discipline that member. Any other form of speech is protected from Union intervention.

What this means is any member including officer can say anything they want (as long as it is not trying to break the union). Our members and officers do not have to be honest with each other and can give false information as they please. Our union cannot protect us from any type of speech. Any violation of civil freedom of speech laws can only be handled by local, state and federal courts.

So say whatever you want to say about whoever you want, our Union is not able to do anything about that and it can only be handled in court.


OFF TO UNION MEETING

Iconic Brooklyn café closes after 60 years SEMAPHORE RESTAURANT

http://www.thebeenews.com/features/story.php?story_id=130188142257887100

MAX plans are dooming Brooklyn’s flowering trees on S.E. 17th

http://www.thebeenews.com/news/story.php?story_id=130186351611407200

Man Claims Robbery, Attack On Bus



STORY HERE!

Monday, April 4, 2011

RANTINGS OF A BUS DRIVER-APRIL 4

RANTINGS OF A BUS DRIVER-APRIL 4 from al m on Vimeo.

757 WILL BE SUED?

It seems that the officers put forth the argument that 757 will be sued if it went forward with the preferring of charges because libel is protected under free speech.


Information is that the union officers did not provide any supportive evidence as to how they came to that conclusion.


This argument swayed the members to vote no on the preferring of charges.

Meetings will continue however, stay tuned!
Motion to prefer charges against Ellen Fox soudly defeated! No details at this time but my guess is Jon Hunt had lots to do with it!

CORPORATE MEDIA IGNORES MARCH ON KOCH INDUSTRIES D.C. OFFICES



200 people show up for a teabagger rally in DC last week and the corporate media are all over it. This event gets no coverage. Hmmm....

SCOTT WALKER-HYPOCRITE

http://www.jsonline.mobi/watchdog/noquarter/119159584.html?ua=iphone&dc=smart&c=y

Portland council to put property taxes on line for Milwaukie MAX

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

The bicycle is a parody of a wheeled vehicle—a donkey cart without the cart, where you do the work of the donkey.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704050204576218600999993800.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

The pathetic Oregonian editorial board (aka Trimet management apologists)

TriMet shouldn't pull back

UNION MEETING TONIGHT AND TOMORROW MORNING

Click here for locations!

OREGON LOTTERY PLAYERS PAY MORE IN TAXES THAN CORPORATIONS


Click here for story

Sunday, April 3, 2011

BIKE MADE OUT OF SHOPPING CART

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

ONE OF MY FAVORITE TRANSIT BLOGGERS WITH HIS SON

KEEP THE DREAM ALIVE RALLY

Before the Monday, April 4th Charter meeting, join us at Director Park in downtown Portland for the Keep Dr. King’s Dream Alive Rally. Stand up against the Koch Brothers who helped put Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in office and are holding up contract negotiations for our brothers and sisters in Oregon at Georgia Pacific and at the Wauna paper mill. This is your opportunity to stand strong with federal workers whose jobs are uncertain so long as anti-worker elitists in Congress refuse to pass a reasonable budget.
Join the Oregon AFL-CIO, the Northwest Oregon Labor Council, the ILWU and your fellow union members to keep Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream alive on the anniversary of his death. This rally will begin at 5:30 pm and will be moderated by Carl Wolfson, comedian and host of The KPOJ Morning Show at Director Park, at SW 9th and Yamhill. Afterwards show up for the union meeting at the Salvation Army Rose Center.

STREETFILMS

Streetfilms | Guangzhou, China: Winning The Future With BRT
L.A.’s Orange Line: Bus Rapid Transit (plus bike path!)
MBA: Bus Rapid Transit
The Slowest Bus in New York City

NEIL GLOATS

TRIMET GENERAL MANAGER VERY PROUD OF HIMSELF - thoughts.com conversation engine

FUNNY

http://elrellano.com/videos_online/4624/circo-roncalli.html

LET'S SEE HOW MANY COUNTRIES YOU CAN GET RIGHT

Drag each countries name to the correct spot on the map!

http://www.rethinkingschools.org/just_fun/games/mapgame.html
Box Cutter Bus Brawl Sends Three To Hospital: Gothamist

MAX FAQS

Overhaul (for real this time)

Sputnik Sweetie

http://www.sputniksweetie.com/2011/04/trimet/

STUPID AMERICANS JUST DONT GET IT

CEO pay soars while workers' pay stalls - USATODAY.com

Thom Hartmann: Must see! The TRUE story of the Tea Party

Labor Pains and the GOP

There's a joke making the rounds and it goes like this: Big Business, a Tea Partier and Organized Labor are sitting around a table. A dozen cookies arrive on a plate. Big Business takes eleven of them and says to the Tea Partier, "Pssst! That union guy is trying to steal your cookie!"

http://truthout.org/labor-pains-and-gop/1301814000 

HOPELESSLY LOST AS A NATION

Yet America remains a nation at war, and it’s important for Americans to understand the cost of its longest war in history, in Afghanistan. As ThinkProgress previously reported, the FY2011 cost of the Afghan war is $113 billion, approximately 40,000 times the cost of NPR’s federal grant money that Republicans have sought to defund and enough money to fund the employment of 1.9 million firefighters for a year.

 http://truthout.org/592-americans-have-died-afghanistan-president-obama-announced-surge/1301727600

TRIMET PICS

http://connect.in.com/portland-trimet/images.html

SF CHRONICLE COVERS MUSIC AT MAX STATION

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/object/article?f=/n/a/2011/04/02/state/n130727D22.DTL&object=%2Fn%2Fp%2F2011%2F04%2F02%2Fd5f7f752-47e6-4946-8bb6-7e59f027c88d.jpg

Here There Be Giants

http://maxredline.typepad.com/maxredline/2011/04/here-there-be-giants.html

PORTLAND'S "MOST LOVED" BUS DRIVER WRITES AN EDITORIAL

Hopefully this will be the first of many from Dan Christensen!
I seriously wonder if they staid up all night trying to game out all the different ways this very small area at the end of the train can be used. did they have some sort of Arthurian round table of high paid managers working late into the night, sleeves rolled up working on a list of who could use the bike area, or.. and I think this is more likely, just before someone went home on friday they suddenly realized that they had a policy changed and no excuse other then “Hey lets stick it too em” 
This has all the hallmark of someone looking up from their computer seeing they had only two minutes to go until the end of friday and shouting. “Hey someone give me a couple of other uses for the bike area? 
“Strollers” shouts one employee grabbing up their car keys.


http://sonnetoptics.net/trimet-confidential/2011/4/3/portland-cyclist-are-right.html 

A CANADIAN SPEAKS BUT IT MIGHT AS WELL BE RIGHT HERE IN AMERIKA

Balancing the budget on the backs of the weak and needy: Is this not a form of class warfare?
Put another way: people who can afford to never take the bus, like city councillors and $200K public "servants," taking it out on people who are stuck on OC So-So. Asking the elderly, in particular, to bear the burden of a cooked-up budget crisis is pathetic.

SUPPORT THIS EFFORT!

$7.00 IS ALL IT TAKES!

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/recalltherepublicans?refcode=DFA-e3-ValW7

'Pure' bus rapid transit in Vancouver might not solve Fourth Plain's problems, consultant says

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

UFO'S SIGHTED ON BUS RIDE!

A Portland, Oregon, witness riding a bus westbound at 6:45 a.m. on March 29, 2011, over the Ross Island Bridge reports watching three bright white lights "that seemed to flicker or flash rapidly" and nearby observed a "cluster of bright colored lights "that blinked and seemed to tumble around each other," according to testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

http://www.examiner.com/ufo-in-national/light-clusters-reported-moving-over-portland 

WHO'S BEEN LOOKING AT THIS BLOG THIS WEEK?

IRAN THIS WEEK!

TRIMET IN A NUTSHELL

http://twitpic.com/4gbpdr

RADIATION UPDATE

http://public.health.oregon.gov/Preparedness/CurrentHazards/Pages/index.aspx

PORTLANDS MOST FAMOUS LANDMARK-MACDONALDS, 18TH AND BURNSIDE

Late Saturday night, do not go in there unless you are brave!

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

STEVE FUNG MAKES THE NEWS! (about golf)

TRIMET.ORG STATISTICS

http://www.sitelogic.info/site/trimet.org

In Our View: Light-Rail Lesson

http://www.columbian.com/news/2011/apr/03/light-rail-lesson/

TriMet Various On-Call Services

http://www.pbsenv.com/services/geotechnical-engineering/trimet-various-on-call-services/

Sunset Transit Center




The clouds and sky were spectacular last evening before my final run on the 89.

POLICE MISCONDUCT ON THE BUS

Bus driver caught in the middle of a DPS trooper's tirade speaks out | kvue.com | KVUE News home | KVUE.com | Austin news

TRANSIT DISTRICT CENSORSHIP

US judge rules for Muslim defector bus ads - wsbt.com

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

April Fools GE Washington Monument logo


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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.
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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