Lane Jensen returns

Lane Jensen returns

Sunday, August 21, 2011

THOUGHTS DOT COM

http://www.thoughts.com/HR202/trimet22543-channel

VIDEO OF THE DAY

I stumble through the 'Leverage' set

THE NEW CONTRACT...WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

TriMet Purposed Change:

c. All employees who retire on or after February 1, 1992 and before April 1, 2012, shall receive the same health and welfare benefits available to active employees, not including orthodonture or dental coverage for dependents other than the employee’s spouse or Domestic Partner.

TriMet Purposed Change:

e. For those employees who retire on or after April 1, 2012, The District shall make available at District expense the same medical, vision, prescription drug insurance program for the retiree and the retiree’s spouse or domestic partner for a maximum of three years or until Medicare eligibility, whichever occurs first. Once a retiree becomes Medicare eligible, the retiree, spouse. Or surviving spouse of a retiree shall receive a monthly payment of ???? or eligible person, to pay for medical, dental, vision and prescription drugs, and all Medicare premiums without any reimbursement from the District, including reimbursement for Medicare ? and D.

f. For all new employees hired after april 1, 2011, and who become vested, the District’s fixed contribution (as outlined directly above in Par. 1 (e) )for an eligible retiree and the spouse or surviving spouse of the retiree shall be 4% of the fixed contribution upon the employee’s retirement multiplied by the employee’s years of service.
By way of example:

Years of Service Percentage of Fixed Contribution by District
25 100%
20 80%
10 40%



Par. 3. A Mini-run Operator must have a minimum of 2 years of service as a full-time regular operator before he or she becomes eligible for full time retirement benefits.

Funding the future: We need a transportation bill for the 21st century

Funding the future: We need a transportation bill for the 21st century | OregonLive.com

23 perish in Mbooni bus accident

http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2011/08/21/23-perish-in-mbooni-bus-accident/

CURIOUS ISN'T IT?

A handful of people listen to the dispatch calls, I'm one of them obviously.
What I find curious is that with all the overheated broken down buses that occur when it gets about 85, why are the bus on time statistics NOT horrible, I mean dastardly?

Trimet statistics present bus service as being on time 80% of the time?

I can't possibly believe it, there are far too many missed and late trips to make that figure even remotely believable.

As MAX RED LINE WOULD SAY:

JACK BOJDANSKI REPORTS

Wish this guy well
Another nuke genie is out of the bottle
Breaking news: Sam Adams is bad people
From Japan, more disturbing images
Another blown story
Jeff Cogen doesn't read this blog

Massive Bus Rapid Transit System Proposed for Chicago

http://www.infrastructurist.com/2011/08/18/massive-bus-rapid-transit-system-proposed-for-chicago/

Portland gets "worst" rating

Travel taxes: The worst US cities for travel taxes | The Economist

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR JOB AT TRIMET STARTS KILLING YOU


Extreme heat introduction

This summer has brought a heat wave with unusually high temperatures that have lasted for weeks. High temperatures can be potentially dangerous to one's health.
People suffer heat-related illness when the body's temperature control system is overloaded. The body normally cools itself by sweating. Under some conditions, sweating is not enough to cool down the body. In such cases, a person's body temperature rises rapidly. Very high body temperatures may damage the brain or other vital organs.

WHAT CAN HAPPEN TO TRIMET BUS DRIVERS DRIVING DINOSAURS?

A healthy body temperature is maintained by the nervous system camera. As the body temperature increases, the body tries to maintain its normal temperature by transferring heat. Sweating and blood flow to the skin camera (thermoregulation) help us keep our bodies cool. A heat-related illness occurs when our bodies can no longer transfer enough heat to keep us cool.

No safety at TRIMET, at least not for drivers

This has been a pretty good summer, all things considered. But yesterday was 93 in Portland and hotter in other places.

My safety request for driver fans in the old buses was tabled, "for further review", translation, don't call us we will call you, aka: forget it!

In the year 2011, when we are witnessing this agency spend money on all sort of frills, when the leader of this agency preaches safety everywhere he goes, we now see  the truth of where we work.

This company, and its leaders think so little of us, they cant afford a A $12 DOLLAR FAN to enhance our safety as drivers.

It's pathetic how little regard the management has for us.



Our 1st 90 degree day this summer!


Thankfully,both my buses were low floors with air conditioning yesterday.
Pity the drivers and passengers in Washington County that had to travel in the "Easy
Bake Oven" dinosaurs.