Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

JELD-WEN A RIGHT WING ORGANIZATION!

Here's a run-down of some of the Jeld-Wen "family's" political contributions over the last several years:

TriMet's budget will be in black, assuming a win in union fight and big LIFT changes

http://blog.oregonlive.com/commuting/2011/04/trimets_2012_budget_expected_t.html

Plenty of promises in new TriMet budget

http://portlandafoot.org/2011/04/plenty-of-promises-in-new-trimet-budget/

TRIMET OFFICIAL NEWS RELEASE REGARDING THE BUDGET

TriMet today unveiled its proposed $434 million operating budget for FY12, and for the first time in three years, there are no service cuts anticipated and some bus and service will be restored. More

APRIL BOARD BRIEFING

A 2LonelyGuys Production

Lovely day for a tram ride

SPECIAL TIMBERS FARE...TWO BUCKS!!!

The following is an excerpt from The Oregonian:


Other than a quick trip, don't expect anything special from the express buses. They will be regular TriMet vehicles with "Express Service" or "Timbers Shuttle" glowing from the digital reader boards. Trips will be $2 each way, with tickets available from attendants at the stops. (Carry dollar bills for faster service.)


I always thought the normal adult fare for a one zone trip (transit mall to Jeld Wen Field for example) was $2.05. As far as I know, the TriMet Board has never approved this "special" fare. The marketing whiz kids will counter with the argument that they are trying to save time by not charging that extra nickel. How come that argument is never presented when operators and passengers have to endure TriMet's antiquated fare collection system thousands of time a day? Oh, I forgot, It's a bus thing.....never mind.

Obama: "Tax the rich -- this time I really mean it"


PORTLANDIA

YouTube - Portlandia conquers the city of Portland

TRIMET THINKS LINE 32 IS FREQUENT SERVICE

TriMet: Bus Line 32-Oatfield Map and Schedule

I FILE MY OWN HR COMPLAINT AGAINST THE MANAGMENT


Department Job title: MINI OPERATOR
Immediate supervisor; ROBERT ROMO
2. Check () the box that indicates why you feel you have received unfair treatment:
รจ other
3. Name and position title of person (s) involved: ROBERT ROMO ACTING AS AGENT FOR TRIMET MANAGMENT
Name Position Title; STATION MANAGER
4. Briefly explain the harassment or discrimination that you believe occurred. Clearly
explain who did what, when the action occurred, and why you believe the action occurred.
Attach an extra sheet if needed.
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ON FEB 10, 2011 I WAS GIVEN WRITTEN WARNING THAT I WAS IN VIOLATION OF HR RULE 171.
THIS WAS A RESULT OF MY LEGAL RECORDING AND POSTING OF A COMMUNICATION BETWEEN A TRIMET DISPATCHER AND A TRIMET OPERATOR.
TRIMET HR 171 STATES AS FOLLOWS:
It is a violation of state and federal law, as well as TriMet policy, to retaliate against employees or customers who have filed a complaint of discrimination, participated in an investigation of unlawful
discrimination, declared misuse of public funds, or engaged in other legally sanctioned, appropriate behavior.
I WAS ENGAGED IN A LEGALLY SANCTIONED BEHAVIOR, NAMELY LISTEING TO OVER THE AIRWAVE COMMUNICATIONS AND UTILIZING MY FREEDOM OF SPEECH RIGHTS TO DISSEMINATE THIS INFORMATION.
TRIMET MANAGEMENT HAS FULLY VIOLATED THE TERMS OF HR 171 FOR RETALIATING AGAINST ME WHILE ENGAGING IS A LEGALLY SANCTIONED ACTIVITY.
FUTHERMORE TRIMET MANAGEMENT IS IN VIOLATION OF HR 202 WHICH STATES:
The principles outlined in this policy provide standards for Internet use, communications, and
postings that utilize TriMet equipment or access to the Internet, and apply to all TriMet employees
whether they are on or off duty.
MY DISCIPLINARY LETTER WAS CONCERNING INTERNET POSTINGS.  I WAS NOT ON DUTY AT THE TIME OF THE POSTING, WAS NOT USING TRIMET EQUIPMENT AT THE TIME OF THE POSTING, AND WAS NOT USING TRIMET ACCESS TO THE INTERNET AT THE TIME OF THE POSTING. THE SCOPE OF THE RULES REGARDING INTERNET POSTINGS IS NOT REFERRED TO AT ALL WHICH IS A BLATANT ATTEMPT TO IGNORE FACTS RELEVANT TO THIS CASE!
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TriMet Complaint Procedure for Prohibited Harassment �� Discrimination.4 19 January 2007
5. List any witnesses; JEFF ACKERSON
6. Date(s) the harassment or discrimination took place: FEBUARY 10, 2011
7. What action(s), if any, have you taken to address or resolve this matter? TALKED TO ROBERT ROMO+JAY JACKSON
8. How would you like this matter resolved? MY WARNING THROWN OUT!
I understand that these incidents will be investigated, but the information on this form will be
kept confidential to the extent possible.
I understand that all information that I give to the Director, Employee Services will remain
the property of TriMet.
Signature Date
Dates of investigation of complaint
Date of final report
Finding:
TriMet Complaint Procedure for Prohibited Harassment �� Discrimination.5 19 January 2007
TriMet Complaint Procedure for Prohibited Harassment �� Discrimination.6 17 July 2008
TRI-COUNTY METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT OF OREGON
TriMet Complaint Procedure for
Prohibited Harassment, Discrimination �� Retaliation

AND HERE IT IS...2011/2012 PORTLAND PORK BARREL TRANSIT DISTRICT BUDGET!

http://www.box.net/shared/0fi3vjy64m

NEWS FROM THE EXEC'S POINT OF VIEW

OUR(former) ESTEEMED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Shelly’s view
Safety Remains Our Core Value
As you know, the anniversary of the worst bus accident in TriMet history is quickly approaching. The tragedy spurred many actions at TriMet over the past year designed to highlight the importance of safety in everything we do; not just in Operations but in the entire agency. Time may heal some wounds but safety remains TriMet’s number one priority.
We will continue to identify new ways to make operations safer and, as with the Request for Safety Assessment program, we will also continue to expect employees on the front lines to tell us how we can improve safety in the field and at TriMet facilities.
One of our biggest efforts to enhance safety at TriMet begins this month: recertification training for all bus operators. Every TriMet bus operator will be participating in this program which will include classroom and on-the-road training.
Unlike refresher training sessions, this is a true recertification program: operators will be expected to successfully pass a written test to complete the training. Our goal is to ensure that every operator is well versed in safe operation. Additional training will be provided for any operator who does not satisfactorily complete recertification.
I have seen first-hand how hard many of you are working to ensure safety is a core value in all that you do. I appreciate all the strides we have made over the past year and I look forward to continuing our work together to nurture and grow a culture of safety at TriMet.

MINISTRY OF PROPAGANDA
WES and Green Line Ridership Grow
March ridership counts are hot off the press. Overall, ridership last month was very similar to ridership last year; a total of 8.6 million trips were taken on buses, MAX and WES in March 2011 compared to approximately 8.7 million boardings last year. However, WES Commuter Rail and the MAX Green Line both enjoyed significant increases in ridership.
WES ridership increased by nearly 24 percent from the same time last year. Meanwhile Green Line ridership grew by almost 14 percent on weekdays and 3 percent on weekends.


COMPLAINT COMING TO AN OPERATOR LIKE YOU!
Recent Ruling on SIP Unfair Labor Practice Complaint
In May 2009, TriMet implemented its current system for processing customer comments, the Service Improvement Process (SIP). Unlike the Customer Service Information process, SIP is designed to resolve customer issues at intake whenever possible while also highlighting issues needing an immediate response in the field.
Following the implementation of SIP, ATU filed an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) complaint against TriMet that alleged the change in the process for handling customer concerns violated good faith bargaining laws. Last month, the judge issued a “Recommended Ruling” that dismissed the ULP. Approval by the Employment Relations Board of the “Recommended Ruling” is pending.
Labor issues aside, the key role of SIPs remains helping TriMet assess the quality of its service on an on-going basis. SIPs helps us identify and resolve issues of true concern and devote our resources more effectively as we strive for enhanced service and safety excellence.
If you need more information about SIP, please contact your transportation manager.
Transit Mall Enforcement Mission Yields Results
In response to operators’ safety concerns about auto driver and pedestrian behavior on the Transit Mall, the Portland Police Traffic and Transit Divisions were out in force on March 29thand additional mall missions are planned.
Police made contact with drivers they observed traveling in the transit only lanes or making illegal turns on the Mall. Pedestrians who were observed crossing Mall travel lanes in an unsafe manner – walking against the light, crossing mid-block, etc. – were also targeted as part of this mission.
Police made contact with 107 people overall. The results of the mission:
• Driver citations: 31
• Driver warnings: 53
• Pedestrian citations: 11
• Pedestrian warnings: 12
• Vehicle Tows: 2

NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT ON THE PORK

A public venting session of course, look at the board of directors public comments to see how far those people got, NOWHERE, BASICALLY A WASTE OF TIME.

 http://trimet.org/meetings/fy2012-plan.htm

WATCH OUT, INQUISITION HEADED OUR WAY (again)

http://www.portlandonline.com/oni/index.cfm?a=345263&c=52629
I made a response to this:

I'm a bus operator at Trimet and I object to the insinuation that the announcements are not being made properly.
In my 14 years here I have not experienced even one disabled person having a problem finding a stop on any bus that I have driven.
I do not have the benefit of the automated stop announcement, which most Trimet buses are equipped with.
Furthermore, I use my voice to make the necessary announcement since using the microphone is a serious safety hazard due to my having to move my head significantly which requires me to take my eyes off the road. I know operators that have had their teeth knocked right out of their head by those microphones!
There are operating conditions that the full attention on the road rather than worrying about making a stop announcement.
Would you rather hear what street your at or get their in an uninjured condition?
Making these sorts of complaints leads to management conducting inquisitions of its operators rather than looking at the structural problems that are causing the situation in the first place!
Bus operators have been a favorite target of the public, press, and its own management, your actions in this regard will lead to further persecution of bus operators.

Al Margulies

C-Tran approves November bus funding vote, fare increase; light rail vote still uncertain

http://www.oregonlive.com/clark-county/index.ssf/2011/04/c-tran_approves_november_bus_funding_vote_fare_increase_light_rail_vote_still_uncertain.html

PORK PORK AND EVEN MORE PORK IN THE WORKS!

Residents sound off on proposed streetcar

PORTLAND PORK BARREL TRANSIT DISTRICT PART 7

Job Title: Program Manager
Closing Date/Time: Continuous
Salary: $6,594.92 - $9,892.17 Monthly
$79,139.00 - $118,706.00 Annually

This position serves as Capital Projects Division’s representative and point of contact for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), its oversight contractors and the SW Moody TIGER-funded project. It assists the Executive Director of Capital Projects with all facets of Division work, is responsible for coordinating Capital Projects’ programs, maintains relationships with outside agencies’ management. Ensure a commitment to safety through effective leadership, role modeling and implementing practices that demonstrate safety is a fundamental value and a priority in all aspects of work. Perform other duties as required.

NEVER KNOW WHAT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU IF YOU ARE A BUS DRIVER AT TRIMET!

THE BULLSHIT PILES UP SO HIGH HERE

Job Title: Director, Real Property
Closing Date/Time: Continuous
Salary: $7,165.50 - $10,748.08 Monthly
$85,986.00 - $128,977.00 Annually 

Direct the activities of Real Property unit responsible for the real estate activities and transactions related to development of large capital projects involving right of way acquisition. Provide leadership and direction to the real property department creating continuous improvement in staff development, systems and integration with Capital Projects overall mission and specific project requirements. Represent the Department at senior staff meetings and before external organizations including local, state, and federal partners. Ensure Department activities are coordinated with overall TriMet project and policy objectives.  Ensure a commitment to safety through effective leadership, role modeling and implementing practices that demonstrate safety is a fundamental value and a priority in all aspects of work. Perform related duties as assigned.

A letter to the Ruling Class

You control our world. You’ve poisoned the air we breathe, contaminated the water we drink, and copyrighted the food we eat. We fight in your wars, die for your causes, and sacrifice our freedoms to protect you. You’ve liquidated our savings, destroyed our middle class, and used our tax dollars to bailout your unending greed. We are slaves to your corporations, zombies to your airwaves, servants to your decadence. You’ve stolen our elections, assassinated our leaders, and abolished our basic rights as human beings. You own our property, shipped away our jobs, and shredded our unions. You’ve profited off of disaster, destabilized our currencies, and raised our cost of living. You’ve monopolized our freedom, stripped away our education, and have almost extinguished our flame. We are hit… we are bleeding… but we ain’t got time to bleed. We will bring the giants to their knees and you will witness our revolution!

Sincerely,

The Serfs

From Jesse Ventura

SPINELESS

RECRUITING BUS DRIVERS! GET BEAT UP MAYBE YOU'LL HAVE INSURANCE



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