Lane Jensen returns

Lane Jensen returns

Saturday, March 12, 2011

JASON BARBOUR WIEGHS IN ON MAKING THE TRIMET BOARD ACCOUNTABLE


It makes absolutely NO SENSE that the people have no voice regarding a service that everyone can use everyday. Go to Portland City Hall... Randy Leonard says "it's not my jurisdiction," go to any of the counties, they won't listen either. Better yet, go to Metro (which has the authority to assume TriMet's operations), IMO they're too patsy to do it! They won't even discuss it.

I watched the video of Jon Hunt being cut off at the board meeting. IMO, that was the most totally inappropriate thing for a public official to do. I don't care that he's an unpaid gubernatorial appointee... he needs to go. TriMet wants riders to "respect the ride," but it is very clear that TriMet doesn't respect riders or the very people that are actually providing public transit revenue service.

Someone ought to start an initiative petition. Most of the rest of Oregon hates TriMet so much for taking up state money to overbuild rail in the Portland area, and if the November ballot measure was any indication there's not much support from locals, either.

Don't get me wrong... up in Spokane I get to ride brand-new, clean, comfortable buses (the oldest buses are about the same age as the TriMet 2000s and are MUCH better) that show up reliably and logically meet at the downtown transit center where riders can reasonably make connections. There are 60' buses for the crush load routes with free wifi. The operators are respected by virtually everyone and those who don't get to enjoy walking down streets that are comparable to Portland's NE/SE 82nd Ave.

I realize someone will probably try to tell me that Spokane Transit can do that because they serve as many people in a year as TriMet does in a month and has a much lower transit mode share... hogwash. TriMet SHOULD be a system we're all proud of. TriMet SHOULD have the best public transit revenue service (but they don't). TriMet SHOULD treat the general public with the same regard as other cities. TriMet management SHOULD NOT be declaring war against those who actually provide service. TriMet SHOULD have an elected board and a Citizen Advisory Committee that actually represent the people, not wealthy corporate types who want transit to suck.

I've ranted enough (and this isn't even my blog). Thanks for reading.

Bronx tour bus crash kills at least 14 people after bus slams into pole and is split open

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OR5lbzzIi8

GOT NO IDEA

http://iezj9.aip.mountaingrass.net/R

KOCH BROTHERS STANDARD TIME

UH OH!

Japan's top government spokesman said a partial meltdown was likely under way Saturday at a nuclear reactor.
Cooling systems have failed in three nuclear reactors at the same plant along Japan's northeast coast, following Friday's powerful earthquake and tsunami. Authorities have evacuated some 210,000 people within 12 miles of the plant, located 170 miles northeast of Tokyo.

I WONDER WHY THE MEDIA IN THIS COUNTRY WON'T COVER THIS?

http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/03/201138152955897442.html

AMERICA GOING DOWN THE DRAIN.....FAST

http://www.truth-out.org/fromma-harrop-so-you-thought-health-care-was-fixed66060

AMERICANS PLAYED FOR SUCKERS

Based on a recent Forbes survey, Rachel Maddow revealed that while Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is stripping away the financial security of workers, the Koch brothers increased their wealth by $9 billion last year. Together, Maddow notes, they would rank as the fourth-wealthiest person ($44 billion) in the world.
Meanwhile, the Koch brothers and Karl Rove, among others, are using front organizations to pit working people, who are being exploited, against unions. It's the ultimate in class warfare: make the working class fight each other over an increasingly smaller piece of the financial pie, as the super wealthy run off with the bakery.
That's why ads in Wisconsin - and stories on Fox - are trying to get Wal-Mart low-wage workers to resent that union members receive better benefits, which of course - on a logical level - reinforces to many of us exactly why unions are needed: to prevent the impoverishment of people who labor for a living.
What's not mentioned in these ads, or the right-wing media echo chamber, is why the government is subsidizing the wealthy who don't pay their fair share.
Scapegoating union members while the outlandishly rich just get richer is a gross injustice. There is a price to be paid for democracy, and the Koch brothers - and all the corporations that pay little or no taxes, as well as individuals - should ante up for what this nation has offered them.

Why the "Lazy Jobless" Myth Persists

The idea is that unemployment has nothing to do with structural economic forces or rigged public policies and everything to do with individual motivation. Yes, we're asked to believe that the 15 million jobless Americans are all George Costanzas -- parasitic loafers occasionally pretending to seek work as latex salesmen, but really just aiming to decompress on a refrigerator-equipped recliner during a lifelong Summer of George.

http://www.truth-out.org/why-lazy-jobless-myth-persists66059 

Unions are scapegoat for politicians' poor choices

CLICK HERE!

LATEST WISCONSIN NEWS

http://warinwisconsin.blogspot.com/2011/03/latest-wisconsin-news.html

Goon-Squad Politics: How the Wisc. GOP Trampled Democracy to Appease Their Wealthy Backers

http://themancommon.blogspot.com/2011/03/goon-squad-politics-how-wisc-gop.html

New comment seen on TriMet Diaries


Hate & Ignorance Come to Orange County

FDR and public union collective bargaining

http://oldtownperspective.blogspot.com/2011/03/fdr-and-public-union-collective.html

Portlanders aren't ready for democracy - City Hall cover-up - Hayden Island

A Perspective of Portland, Oregon

America the land of "equal" opportunity, yea right

http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/11/5-unemployed-for-every-job-opening/

HIGHLIGHTS FROM TRIMET EXECUTIVE BOARD OFFICERS REPORTS


1-Two Union officers have filed complaints about part timers getting work that was supposed to go to full timers. Although Jon Hunt says there is no threat to the part time 3 day program, after reading the labor press I find that hard to believe. I personally am against the “rich get richer” as public policy.

2-Lots of people getting in trouble with the Reed group and time loss issues. Trimet puts the responsibility on operators to keep track of all their vacation, sick, femla leave. Operator’s errors in this area are leading to terminations due to time loss.  I dealt with Reed Group briefly; their process is slow and cumbersome. Trimet is no help, basically useless to you. Watch your time loss and check constantly for mistakes.

3-Trimet operators are getting tickets and discipline for every single infraction on the road. WATCH YOURSELF OUT THERE! Bus operators worldwide are being attacked at every opportunity, and that includes us.

4- Trimet, the agency that is pushing safety as a ‘culture’, continues to ignore the safety issues surrounding the type 4 trains. At TRIMET everything that happens out here is the OPERATORS FAULT.
The management takes no responsibility, even when they ignore safety issues brought to their attention. David Sale, Robert Butler, and plenty others know what I am talking about.

5-TRIMET policy regarding disciplinary procedures is to settle nothing except through arbitration.
“Don’t settle anything with the union” is official policy.

6-If you file workers comp, you will be investigated. Some of the questions will have nothing to do with your injury. The investigator is basically trying to trip you up. Stick to the facts and answer in brevity.  The less information you need to give up the better. (That applies to everything actually)

TYRANNY AT TRIMET

TIME FOR AN ELECTED TRANSIT BOARD?

It's way past that time!

PAY UP CORPORATE TAX DODGERS

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UNIONS FRAME COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AS CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUE


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COPS GET GOOD CONTRACT

http://www.portlandmercury.com/portland/breaking-the-bank/Content?oid=3628545

ATU LAWYER DEFINES RIGHT TO STRIKE