Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Homer Simpson On Strike?

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The Joke's On Us

The whole baby incident is a symptom of a larger Trimet structural problem

ATU 757 President Jon Hunt stands behind the driver in the baby case

Strange twist in the driver vs baby case

It turns out that TRIMET management has been aware of this operators difficulties in dealing with passengers for some time now and had agreed that when she ran into problems they would immediately come to her assistance.

Apparently that assistance was not around when needed the most . There is much more to this story than what is currently available .

Management had been working with her in dealing with the difficult people and situations that occur during our workday.

This comes from Jeff Ackerson, Merlo union representative, who is currently on vacation.

It also needs to be said that this operator has an excellent record of safe operation of the bus.

A bus operator has to have a variety of qualities, but if you want to rank in them in terms of importance, being able to handle the vehicle safely is the most important.

While this whole event has been sensationalized beyond it's actual importance and damage done, once the hysteria clears, people might be able to realize that this entire event was indeed the product of an overworked and over stressed operator, a screaming child and a mob of angry passengers, which all together created a sensational media event, but in reality it was a non event.

Nobody got hurt, the woman got home, apparently picked up by her husband and the irate passengers all boarded the next bus.

Remember Marshall McLuhan,THE MEDIA IS THE MESSAGE, and that has been made completely clear in this case.

Interesting isn't it?

That the 'victim' in this non-event has not bothered to call Trimet with any sort of complaint.
Obviously she must have seen it on one of the news channels or in the paper.
So why isn't she complaining about this "horrible" driver?
My thought, because maybe she realizes that this was a bad situation and not 100% the drivers fault?

And here is one voice of reason amongst the crowd of hysterics, this is posted by one of the riders on that bus to the KATU website:

Trimet wants to talk to mom, who by the way. HAS NOT COMPLAINED!

Starring our #1 superstar-MARY FETSCH!

Read the story from KGW here!

Mary's got a new perm!

This is how she looked at a KGW interview!


It has been brought to my attention that a student in one of these 're-certification' classes has taken offense to being presented with a retirement form as an option to doing what was being taught in that class.

Apparently the instructor created "a hostile and abusive" workplace by threatening peoples employment if they did not do what they were told.

I've heard about this tactic,  although I did not experience this during my training class however.

I thought my instructors were very professional and very informative.

APTA: public transit grows to $55 billion industry

The report shows that America’s public transit systems carried more than 10 billion passenger trips for the fifth consecutive year in 2010, the highest levels since 1957. It also shows support for better public transportation through public approval of transit ballot measures. These ballot measures have a 73 percent approval rate over the past 12 years.

National transit union supports ‘Occupy Wall Street’

NY judge denies restraining order; transit union wants to stop NYPD from busing protesters

Big brother closes in on the citizens

Hundreds Question Possible Sunriver Post Office Closure - News Story - KTVZ Bend

Questions About Union Picnic Prize Fund

SEC. 501. (c) Any person who embezzles, steals, or unlawfully and willfully abstracts or converts to his own use, or the use of another, any of the moneys, funds, securities, property, or other assets of a labor organization of which he is an officer, or by which he is employed, directly or indirectly, shall be fined not more than $10,000 or imprisoned for not more than five years, or both.

TRUE Union Values?: Questions About Union Picnic Prize Fund

Blog readership goes through the roof

Too bad this blog is just a hobby from which I get no remuneration. With this latest crazy (non) story readership has gone through the roof. I was curious which was the #1 traffic source for my blog with all the hoopla, and THIS is the top referring site!

Funny what the media covers

While the hoopla over the driver and the baby continues unabated, there are real stories about buses and bus drivers around the world that are ignored:


I thought TRIMET bus/rail operators were the best paid in the country?

CTA chief knocks ‘archaic’ work rules, projects $277 million deficit - Chicago Sun-Times

N.Y. Police Can’t Use Bus Drivers in Protest Arrests, Union Says

The Transport Workers Union Local 100, which said last week that it’s supporting the protests, asked U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer to prohibit the New York City Police Department and the New York City Transit Authority from requiring drivers to transport such protesters. 

Trimet appoints trustees for retirement fund

MAX train crashes into abandoned car

KUIK says "SUPPORT THE DRIVER" in the baby incident

VIDEO LOG-October 3-part 2

The hits just keep on coming-KPTV

VIDEO LOG-October 3-part 1


Good representation of the American Media chomping at the bit for a story

Trimet drivers discuss the baby issue-part 2

Trimet drivers discuss the baby issue


Baby Story makes it around the world

Oregon public transit driver accused of berating woman, crying baby into leaving bus - The Washington Post

Mom, Crying Baby Kicked Off Bus

Bus driver kicks mother, baby off bus in Hillsboro

Kicking baby off bus not 'good customer service' |

Bus driver 'kicked off mum, crying baby' |

Mom, Crying Baby Kicked Off Bus - Irresistible News Story - WLWT Cincinnati

9&10 News - Global jitters...Trade deals...Freed American returning

OR bus driver accused of berating mom, crying baby |

Watercooler Stories - October 4, 2011 -

Rider says TriMet driver sent mother, crying baby off bus | NWCN ...