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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Figures screwed up in 'secret shopper' evaluation

I keep looking at this 'secret rider' stuff and it looks like I got my math completely wrong.

The contract is for 5 years, not one year, so the rides are actually less than I thought.

The total contract was still for $297,500 which buys a heck of a lot of recording devices and a whole heap a bunch of call stop electronics at $200 each.

It's still bullshit no matter how you look at it!

MAX vs car, 18th & Morrison.

Bus accident victim identified

http://www.columbian.com/news/2011/dec/03/bus-accident-victim-identified/

DR JEFF

Ticket give away a big success
 The Tunnel: Threat, or Menace? | TriMet Diaries

Oregon Bus Company Ordered to Immediately Cease All Operations

Never head of the company referred to in the article...

http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/latest-national/29292-oregon-bus-company-ordered-to-immediately-cease-all-operations.html

BIKE PORTLAND COVERING A CASE OF RECKLESS BICYLING THAT CAUSED BUS INJURIES

BikePortland.org » Blog Archive » TriMet bus operator makes abrupt stop to avoid bike rider

Madman kills teen in apartment, then opens fire on bus in Queens

A lunatic ex-con turned an afternoon bus commute in Queens into a bloodbath Friday, executing a commuter in cold-blood and shooting a second in the jaw — minutes after killing his girlfriend’s teenage son.

Fueled by dangerous paranoia following his release from prison, Damel Burton, 34, carried out a psychotic 15-minute spree that left two people dead and sent terrified passengers stampeding off a Q111 bus, police sources said

33 DEAD IN BUS CRASH IN BRAZIL

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/12/03/33-dead-in-truck-bus-crash-in-brazil/

GERMANS ON THE RAZOR EDGE OF BUS/RAIL TECHNOLOGY

Bus/Tram Combo Charges Battery As It Picks Up Passengers | TechCrunch

VIVA LA FRANCE

Bonjour Paris - News: SNCF Transit Strike Notice Filed for December Weekends Starting Dec. 9

The French move against the power elite!American/Canadian  transit workers need to get with the program!

WEEKLY READERSHIP REPORT

VLOG-Friday-part 2

http://vimeo.com/33084102

LIGHT RAIL FAIL

Local News | Open door on light-rail train chills Sound Transit officials | Seattle Times Newspaper

CLAUDINE SAYS SHE IS GETTING RAILROADED

PONDERING THE MIND OF AMERICANS

Shopping seizes minds leaving no room for world news? - YouTube

BABYGATE INCIDENT REPORT

Fatality in Vancouver

Getting the bus off a woman
Al Purvis experiences the ultimate  horror a bus driver can face

VINTAGE TRI-MET STATION MANAGER / HEAVEY RING Sterling Silver SCRAP PRICED!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-TRI-MET-STATION-MANAGER-HEAVEY-RING-Sterling-Silver-SCRAP-PRICED-/390370257120

VLOG-Friday-part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxtsTVj-bcs

Friday, December 2, 2011

TRIMET BULLSHIT-PART 3

They could use employees, and should. I am against First Transit, Vieola and all those for-profit companies. we can certainly better fund employees with taxpayer dollars instead of giving taxpayer dollars to overseas corporations.

Here at Metro, Ride Checks are done by uniformed supervisors, ADA checks are done by chiefs (person right below the person in charge of the base), who try to do it incognito, and dont have uniforms. All in all, our stuff is done by employees. Even that link I sent you some time ago about San Diego doing secret checks are at least employed by MTS, not a contract agency.

At TRIMET they have a whole department full of who knows how many Trainers!
This sort of evaluation should be done by our training department, not low paid workers for some profit making contractor!

Jessie Martinez retirement party @ Merlo Garage


















A great selection of food which included beef,rice beans,onions,tortillas and peppers was provided today for Jessie Martinez's retirement ceremony.We all signed his 17 year old TriMet jacket as a going away gift.Good luck Jess.Enjoy your free time.You earned it.

MAX FAQS BLOG TACKLES BUSES

Our average bus age is about 13.5 years. As a peer comparison, the average bus age at transit agencies similar to TriMet is 7.4 years. The interesting thing about our fleet averaging over 12 years is that for a 40' bus, 12 years is considered the service life (linked article is very long, but interesting). Most 40' buses across a wide variety of agencies which were surveyed in that study (LA Transit Authority, MBTA, NYC Transit, Toronto Transit Commission, WMATA, Austin Metro, and several rural agencies) are retired around age 13, and about 9% are still in service at about 15 years. So the large proportion of old buses in our fleet is subs tandard compared with other transit agencies.

CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE

Woman run over, killed in Vancouver C-Tran bus crash

http://www.kgw.com/news/Pedestrian-killed-in-Vancouver-C-Tran-bus-crash-134921468.html

TRIMET BULLSHIT EXPOSED PART 2

This freaking company, which has neglected it bus fleet for so long, which pleads poverty and preaches service cuts, somehow finds $300,000 for a disposable "secret rider" program when that money could be spent on actually installing automated stop announcements.


I don't know about the rest of the people working here, but I am convinced this company is consciously using the ADA as a way to torture the drivers here.


They have all the money in the world to fix the problem, but yet they won't spend it?


Ethics?

Not at TRIMET that's for sure!

TRIMET BULLSHIT EXPOSED!

 You'll never believe who is doing the secret  "CAUGHT YA" program 

I just realized that this contract is from 5 years ago!
Either the contract has been renewed "in perpetuity" of they gave me the wrong "public information"!

http://www.box.com/s/cy8g7zbup53ph011vbj1

For the price they are paying these people they can buy 5,950 audio recording devices and end once and for all the disputes about weather we are calling the stops or not.
Oh yea, but then they couldn't "set up" people they don't like could they?


Automated bus stop announcement programs are sold for....your not going to believe this....


$200 per unit! 
 

Jon Hunt court documents

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LEADERSHIP CRISIS AT ATU 757 FORCING JEFF ACKERSON TO RECONSIDER RUNNING

Union members are concerned about the leadership crisis happening at our union and have been asking Jeff to reconsider his decision not to run.

After further discussions with his wife Jeff has agreed to take on the job of running a campaign and if members want him as their VP he will work tirelessly on our behalf

Those of us that have worked with Jeff as union rep know this guy is smart, tough, and has the guts to take on a job like this.

It's time we get some effective leadership at our union local.

BART limits cellphone service blackouts

BART on Thursday became the first public transit agency in the nation to prohibit cellphone blackouts in stations except in the event of "extraordinary" threats.

http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_19445437 

Dear America, we need more public transportation |

CLICK HERE!

VLOG-THURSDAY-part 2

http://vimeo.com/33016362

Rail Fail

.@trimet you can expect this at 7th
foursquare :: Christopher @ TriMet Sunset Transit Center

VLOG-THURSDAY-part 1

http://youtu.be/JcXbmUFMFwU

That damn streetcar

Streetcar/Foothills — costs are too high

Thursday, December 1, 2011

TRIMET management trying to give me a heart attack

This is in relation to the condition of the Sunset Transit Drivers room:

After estimations and requests for bids and whatnot, they predict completion about mid February on this project.

 Deplorable Conditions in our Break Rooms (Steve Fung)

IT'S THE LAW!

If you ever question any of the silliness of the ADA enforcement actions, you will always get the same answer:
IT'S THE LAW!
That is a complete bullshit!
Here are some of the idiotic laws that are on the books:

Listen to bus drivers talk about their dangerous jobs

This applies to all of us here at TRIMET and everywhere else.
 Click Here!

Some buses move slower than a lawn mower, transit advocates say

If you need to get across midtown in a rush, avoid the M50 bus at all costs, transit advocates say.
That line got the "Pokey" award in the Straphangers' Campaign annual list, chugging along at a sluggish 3.5 mph at noon on weekdays, making it the city's slowest local bus.
"You can push a lawnmower faster cross town than it takes the M50 to go from First to 12th Avenue," said Straphangers' spokesman Gene Russianoff.
The M42 bus, which took the title for the last two years, made a marginal improvement from 3.6 mph to 3.7, tying for second-slowest route this year.

Read the full story here!

MacFarlane writes an editorial-UPDATE

Click Here!

Erik Halstead challenges McFarlane to come out of the Ivory castle and talk

Click here for Eriks response to Neils editorial

The beloved light rail takes another hit

Due to overhead power issues at 32nd Ave., shuttle buses are carrying Blue, Green and Red line riders between NE 7th and Gateway. Riders should plan their trips accordingly and expect delays.

Joe Rose covers the Jon Hunt recall effort

http://blog.oregonlive.com/commuting/2011/12/trimet_union_members_call_for.html

Anonymous call stop accusations need to end-N-O-W!

It's way past the time that this company stop the torture of their drivers on the ADA compliance issue.
Let's look at the real numbers, lets hear some of the verbal abuse that operators are subjected to, lets stop being a bully boss.
I bought this at Fred Meyer's for $39 yesterday, it records 12 hours on 2 AAA batteries.
I demand this be placed in my bus to record my entire shift.

Be careful where you lock up your bike in Portland

NW 20th & Hoyt

I file a public records request

Deplorable Conditions in our Break Rooms (Steve Fung)

These photos were taken in the Sunset Transit Center, but all of our break areas need a thorough cleaning and some paint.

Station Manager Greg Larson promises action on the conditions at this break room:
You are absolutely right about the break room at Sunset. I met with a facilities person recently at the breakroom to put together a proposal to improve the conditions there.
I am suggesting a cleanable wainscoting be applied to all the walls including in the restrooms. Paint the rest of the walls and ceilings and strip the floor and rewax. New chairs and two “lounge” type chairs as well.
I’ve been asking for something to be done there for quite awhile but I think action is finally on the horizon.

Jack Bogdanski commentary

Milwaukie Mystery Train pushers never give up

It's insane the lengths to which the county commissioners in Clackamas County will go to bring the soul-killing, bankrupting, billion-dollar-plus Tri-Met MAX train to Milwaukie (pop. 21,000). Now that they can't create or expand any "urban renewal" district to pay their $25 million share toward the thing without a countywide public vote (which they'd probably lose), the commissioners are apparently just going to promise to pay out of property taxes, straight up, without the "urban renewal" ploy. They say they want to issue "full faith and credit" bonds, which means the county would have to pay from any available source. Translation: property taxes.
They're dressing up the p.r. on this by pointing out that the Clackamas Town Center "urban renewal" district is supposed to expire in 2013, and that will free up some property taxes that can be used to pay for the train bonds. Sounds nice, but it doesn't change the fact that those are taxes that can and should be spent on public safety and other essential county services.
Whatever the commissioners do to try to raise the money for MAX, they can bet there'll be a group trying to force a public referendum on it. It's pretty obvious that voters down that way have had enough Blumenauering, and they seem to be wising up so much that none of the commissioners' many maneuvers are working.
What they really need, of course, is a new set of commissioners.

DR JEFF GIVES ME (trimet that is) A GREAT IDEA

TRIMET secret shoppers should all get TWITTER ACCOUNTS and live blog the rides!

THE CHRIS DAY INCIDENT UPDATE

Chris Day to return to union meetings!

McFarlane writes an editorial blaming the union for all the problems

While I understand the union’s duty to represent its members, I am calling on the Amalgamated Transit Union to end unreasonable challenges to what are common sense disciplinary actions. The behavior of the few discredit the great work of the majority. I am putting our union leadership on notice that there will be a new course that ensures timely action and accountability

VLOG-Wednesday-part 2

http://vimeo.com/32956992

VLOG-Wednesday/part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Xpvh65J1Yc

TRIMET REGULAR DEFENDS CLAUDINE

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Operator's bus infested with insects--bee, spider, cockroach seen-dispatch

Famous ex bus driver

Albert Jones moved the PGE truck so he could get to work!

The news as only ALEX JONES can deliver

Prison Planet

Top 10 countries viewing my videos on the YouTube channel

Union members seek to recall ATU president Jon Hunt

The following petition was turned into the union office today with the required number of signatures. (My signature is not on it)
In accordance with the bylaws this will be brought up at an upcoming union charter meeting, I do not know exactly when this will come before members:

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THE CHRIS DAY INCIDENT UPDATE

Contact has finally been made between ATU757 attorney Susan Stoner and Chris Day’s attorney. It was a phone conversation followed up with a fax submitted to Chris’ attorney. The phone conversation addressed the concerns of a recording devise being used during meetings and was not clear if Chris was permitted to attend meetings or not. The fax submitted to Chris’ attorney presented Chris with required conditions to permit his return to union meetings. It also included conditions about Chris’ personal blog site. Chris and his attorney are both concerned about a conditional return and are keeping the option of getting an injunction available. Though the injunction is an added cost and is creating more monetary damages Chris is wanting to stay focused on the actual factual information and violations that had taken place. ATU757 has violated Federal Law and some Oregon torts upon their actions against Chris Day. Chris feels it is important for members to stay focused on the actual violations that is occurring and not allow attention to be distracted away from that focal point. Currently many members have personally voiced their displeasure of the actions that have occurred but are afraid to directly voice their feelings out loud to the officers. At this time it would be nice if other members would step forward in helping protect Chris’ rights as a member and make a clear statement to our union Staff and Officers that when one member is violated all members are violated. If ATU757 has legal grounds they must take actions that are within the law. If ATU757 is unable to produce factual evidence that supports their actions they must yield and correct the damages that has been done.

Americans just don't get it

If Americans would follow the lead of the populations of the middle east & Europe the world would be assured of rapid change for the better.

Millions of British Public Sector Workers Take to the Streets in Historic General Strike

Spies sent on Leeds buses in ‘bad driver’ cycle probe

(You want this job? Get your head examined)

Bus bosses are to deploy an undercover inspector to spy on a driver who allegedly tried to mow down a group of cyclists.
The news comes as figures show 31 riders were killed or seriously injured in Leeds in a year – with an action group branding some drivers “idiots”.
Arriva has launched an investigation after five members of Drighlington Bicycle Club had a near-miss with a bus on the A58 through Birkenshaw.

FULL STORY HERE!

Attack on bus altered his life, driver testifies

Choking back tears, bus driver Charles Dixon told a Provincial Court Tuesday how a savage assault on him by an angry passenger has changed his life, possibly forever.
“I am not the same person I was before this attack,” said the 25-year driver, detailing a series of emotional and physical problems with which he continues to struggle, since being laid low by a single punch on a Burnaby night run last February.

FULL STORY HERE

VLOG FOR TUESDAY

http://vimeo.com/32895801

WORKING FOR LIARS AND THIEVES

The meeting with Greg did nothing but piss me off. There are certain stops I always call,
"goose hollow" , "sky line", "87th".
This 'secret rider' says I called no stops. The chances of that are about zero.

At least these liars are letting us see the bogus reports. The most useless piece of garbage I've seen in a long time. No times, doesn't tell how many riders, nothing about driving conditions, where was the spy sitting, its a report that would make STALIN proud.
PDF FILE 1 
PDF FILE 2 



Of course they gave me no specific instructions on how to meet their vague expectations. Just handed me a copy of that SOP again. As one of my pals told me later, this way they do not pin themselves down and can always find something to harass you with.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Jack Bogdanski commentary

Why they cancelled your bus (Jack Bog's Blog)

2 YEARS NOW

Since the expiration of our contract.
Two years without a contract!

Correct call stop procedure on the #58

Government wants control of the internet (of course)

Click here to add your name and say NO to Internet Censorship.

Steve Fung's movie of the week

PUGET SOUND OPERATORS BLOG

A SHOCKING Day in the Life of a Full Time Metro Driver
Calling In Sick – Notes on Self-Care

TriMet YouthPass fate determined today

Today, Mayor Sam Adams, Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith and TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane will meet to determine the fate of Trimet’s YouthPass program, which allows Portland Public Schools students currently enrolled in high school to ride public transportation for free during the school year.

THE VANGUARD

CHRIS DAY INCIDENT UPDATE


From the attorney that represents Mr Day:
I hope you had a good Thanksgiving. I wanted to let you know that I tried to contact Susan Stoner today, which was more difficult than it should have been. Her # listed in the Oregon State Bar directory says it has been disconnected. No one answered the phone all afternoon at ATU’s local # for me to request her #. I finally, found a # listed to her and the voice message said it was hers, but she never called me back. Anyway, I’ll try again tomorrow.
If she answered I was going to introduce myself and tell her how I represent you. I would inform her that Jonathan’s actions where in violation of Federal Law, and probably constituted several Oregon civil torts as well. I would then ask her if you are officially barred from union meetings. Depending on how she responded to all of this, I would either request a meeting to internally work this out or tell her we will pursue your legal rights formally. So like I said, when I actually get to speak to an authority figure over there that is basically what I will say. If too much time goes by and it appears they are totally ignoring you/us, then we can discuss what the next steps will be.

OCCUPY PORTLAND BAT SIGNAL

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"The pepper the cops are using on the Occupiers is like a derivative of real pepper. It's a food product essentially." -- Megyn Kelly, lying streetwalker on FOX News Link






Amalagamated Transit Union, Division 757 v. Tri- County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (Ruling on Reconsideration)

http://www.oregon.gov/ERB/orders/UP01611Recon.pdf

MONDAY

Cameron Johnson came by to watch the theater of the absurd
VLOG-Monday-part 1
VLOG part 2

Monday, November 28, 2011

November 28, 1969: Portland Agrees to Take Over Rose City Transit, Transfer to Tri-Met

http://portland.daveknows.org/2011/11/28/november-28-1969-portland-agrees-to-take-over-rose-city-transit-transfer-to-tri-met/

My other hero

Gerald Celente

I apologized to Greg Larson


I know its not his fault, so I apologized for being sarcastic and abusive to him.
I'm taking out my frustration on the wrong person, and that's not fair of me.
We are working under a Stalinist regime who actively works at "tricking" us and finding fault where there is no fault.
Do I think I am being "set up"?
Ya, I do, but not by his efforts.

My hero-ALEX JONES!


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Portuguese resist the power elite!

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A general strike is expected to shut down many public services and disrupt mass transit systems in Portugal as workers contest austerity measures linked to a euro78 billion ($104 billion) bailout.
Officials say international flights could be canceled during Thursday's protest, and few train services are scheduled to run.
Government offices, school classes, mail deliveries and trash collections are also likely to be severely affected.
The government has enacted tax hikes and cuts in pay and welfare entitlements as it tries to drive down the recession-hit country's high debts.
Portugal's two largest trade union confederations, representing more than 1 million mostly blue-collar workers, said Wednesday they also planned 34 protest marches across the country.

Comment from the Joe Rose blog

When is Trimet going to fire Al? This guy has shown an absolute hatred for his job, Trimet and sides on the side of drivers...that they never do anything wrong. If he worked for a private sector company, he'd be long gone with the stuff he pulls.

Stuff I pull? 

Like talking about working conditions and politics of a public sector employee?

Like being against a public agency that screws it riders and drivers while building useless MAXs line?

Like breaking union contracts contrary to established precedence and law.

Like imposing unjust and unfair discipline on its employees just because they can?

Like throwing your employees under the bus the minute anything goes wrong so that the executives don't have to take the heat?

Don't fret AL M haters, I got three months to go, then I AM OUTTA HERE!

Bus Stop Workshop: Action Meeting for the EPBS Project

OPAL NEWS!

Joe Rose says "I blame the media"

TriMet bus driver talks about crying baby incident; how bike lanes save lives; Southwest Portland street closure: Commuting roundup
 
Joe is wrong, I do NOT defend her past performance or her poor customer service skills.

But I do believe her that she did try to get the mom to come back on the bus.

Here is what I posted to Hard Drive:

Joe, I do NOT defend her and her past perfomance.
HOWEVER;
In this particular instance she actually did something "reasonable" and I do believe her that she tried to get the mom back on the bus.


However, her past performance is why this happened to her; she has developed many enemies out here and this is what happens to drivers when they don't give the public the respect they deserve.

TRIMET ROLLS IN USELSESS $$$$$$$$$$$$$

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 TriMet's $370600 solar-power project for MAX at Portland State University will ...

I need written clarification to do my job by the rules

This is another email sent over to the station manager:

I want you to know Mr Larson that as of today I will be following the exact procedure and rules regarding all my performance expectations at TRIMET.
I do need definitions however, since the rules require me to announce every time I turn, I need to know should the turn be announced before or after I make it, and if there is no stop where shall I pull over to make the audible microphone announcement?


For example I will announce by microphone (while bus is stopped and brake applied) that the first turn we will make today is "Lombard Street"


But then we turn onto "Canyon Road" and there is no stop until we are way down on canyon road, so where should the announcement be made?


Of course if I have the red light at the turn I can apply the brake and make the announcement that I am turning but that may cause me to miss the light and that is a 3 minute light.

STATION MANAGER FIRES BACK!

I don't get responses anymore from the management so this is rather impressive:

My memory has not failed me(why does he bother bringing up that I 'missed' the meeting then) and I believe we met on the 8th. We discussed the QAR ride of 10/21/11. Since then we’ve received another QAR report that took place 11/17/11 indicating no stops called. Both were random rides.(INTERESTING INDEED THAT THESE 'RANDOM RIDES' ARE SO CLOSE TOGETHER ISN'T IT? I'm sure he didn't send them, but there are plenty more managers around besides him.) I did not request them.
I did answer your email during our meeting and a video of yourself on your blog confirms that I did as does the second to last sentence in this email….”

This is very interesting, and I am trying to figure out what is going on here.
Regarding the allegation I made that he did not answer me and his response that he did answer me, I meant that he did not answer me in writing!

And now we have another "I called no stops" violation.
There is only one scenario that this occurs:
I KNOW EVERYBODY ON THE BUS AND WHERE THEY GET OFF!

I'm interested to see the full report, how many people were on the bus and what time did this happen?

See working for a company without ethics you get caught with your pants down because your using your brain instead of being a barking dog, which is what this management wants from us, BARK YOU DOGS BARK, it doesn't matter that the barking is of no use to anyone and you know for a fact that nobody actually needs a call stop.

So its one of my regulars that is the "spy".

I have a pretty good idea who it is, but managers need not worry, you will get your way now, I'll bark because you want me to, no problem. All they had to do was tell me that "Al, you need to be a barking dog and call out the stops even if it is obvious that nobody needs a call stop, we have spies who love love to bust our drivers for no particular reason."

I'm not quite ready to retire yet.

I want to say again: I HAVE NEVER HAD A REAL ADA COMPLAINT IN MY ENTIRE CAREER AT TRIMET, NOT ONE!

Ultimately TRIMET TRANSIT DISTRICT has failed the disabled, not  me and not other drivers.
They have been too busy building MAX to be bothered with getting the proper equipment in place for bus riders, including disabled bus riders.

How I intend to deal with TRIMET'S harassment

As of today, my entire approach to this job will be changed to following the exact letter of the regulations and rules.
I'm doing this because it has become obvious to me that I have been targeted for harassment.
I have been doing the job properly for 14 years, but this past year all of a sudden I am not doing the job properly.
This just happens to coincide with my very public criticism of our management and their complete lack of ethics.
Coincidence? I think not.
I am making copies of an explanation along with the two disciplinary letters to hand out to riders who may be wondering why the bus is not showing up on time anymore.

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Operator harassment

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How come she doesn't look like the other picture?

Jessica Bucciarelli

America Has Become a Fascist Police State

Yet, today we live in a country where government aids the corporate takeover of elections. Here, banks who fraudulently took Americans' homes for profit can get bailed out by the taxpayers, and use the money to pay themselves 12-figure bonuses. This is a country where even US citizens can be detained without due process, tortured, and even assassinated overseas.
Today, in the Land of the Free, nonviolent political protesters using their First Amendment rights to speak out against all of the above can be beaten, tasered, and maced by heavily-militarized police forces, using military-grade equipment, without any provocation.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Occupy Portland

PART 1
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PART 3
 VIDEO: Riot Police Clash With Occupy Portland Protesters

ALEX JONES!

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another ADA case against TRIMET

Can't figure out who won this one: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-9th-circuit/1499096.html

PAST COURT ACTION BY ADA PERSON (he lost)

254 F.3d 846: Joseph Midgett, Plaintiff-appellant, v. Tri-county Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon, Defendant-appellee :: US Court of Appeals Cases :: Justia

TriMet: ADA Policy and Grievance Procedure

CLICK HERE!

THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF TRIMET MAX

REPEATER SIGNALS

How will costs be cut on $458 million Portland to Lake Oswego streetcar project?

http://blog.oregonlive.com/portlandcityhall/2011/11/how_will_costs_be_cut_on_458_m.html

Our November commuting podcast: Dr. Jeff edition | Portland Afoot

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WHACK JOBS COMING OUT OF THE WOODWORK

As a result of the TROLLS sending spam messages to this blog moderation has been put on comments.
Due to the amount of spam messages the blog comments have been restricted to blog members only.

Sorry about that but I don't have time to deal with crazy readers.

UNION MEMBERS-COVER YOUR ASS WHEN DEALING WITH THIS MANAGMENT

This document will be signed before we start talking!
I highly recommend that others use this or a similar form when you are called into  a meeting! 
(This should be a standard procedure) 

Agreement to provide documentation

All parties involved in today’s meeting will be provided in writing a written signed summary of the topics and solutions discussed at the entire meeting.

This summary shall be provided at the end of the meeting while all participants are still present and must be signed by all participants.

This document is to provide protection for all parties involved so there is no confusion as what occurred and what was decided during the meeting.

If this contract is not agreed to then I request a written letter to which I can respond in writing and will not provide any information verbally.

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Management (print/sign/date

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Employee (print/sign/date


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Union rep (print/sign/date)

God I miss the old days when it was fun here---BLASTS FROM THE PAST!

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In transit-first San Francisco, cars still rule the road

Established in 1973, The City’s official policy was created to ensure that every new transportation initiative had the end goal of moving people out of automobiles and into more-sustainable options such as public transit, biking and walking.
While more San Franciscans are using alternative forms of transportation now, nearly 39 percent of city residents said in 2009 — the most recent year of available data — they drive alone to work, more than any other mode of travel.

How do we get in on the pool?

Whack jobs are betting I will be "fired" before the end of the year!
YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!
Get my life back?
WOW! What a thought, not a slave to TRIMET anymore?
I can't even imagine having my life back to be honest.

My very public battle with TRIMET-another email to Greg Larson


Mr Larson;
I am in receipt of your letter informing me of a “MANDATORY” meeting on November 29.
 I am unable to meet the time as requested; Jeff Ackerson will be contacting you about that.
Your letter states “you marked off sick during the last scheduled meeting”.
Your memory must be failing because on November 9 I was summoned to your office to discuss the releasing of the MAX crash video.  At that time we discussed the call stop problems.  I told you then that I have been calling the stops and have been doing so for years. You said I overreacted to the call stop violation letter. I then offered to pull the bus over at every single point where there is supposed to be a call stop, put on the parking brake and make the appropriate announcement. You said that was unnecessary.
In addition I sent you an email about this situation, which was ignored and unanswered:

Saturday, November 26, 2011

TRIMET INSTUTIONAL CONFUSION

Numerous operators have contacted me and have communicated that this company does not supply us with the exact stops they want called.
Operators have had enough of this institutional abuse.
EITHER TELL US WHAT YOU WANT OR LEAVE US ALONE!
PUT IT IN THE POUCH, WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM US!

NO MORE UNDOCUMENTED MEETINGS

Unless these unethical managers allow me to record the meetings,I will not participate in any more meetings with these people.
If they refuse to to allow me to record the meeting then I want IN WRITING exactly what they want me to do!
These people are setting me up and I will not allow this to go forward without a fight!

SECRET RIDERS?

TRIMET transit district employs secret riders, has it ever occurred to them that some of us may have our own secret riders?

The governor of Oregon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtK6m2H-ds0

ATTEND THE NEXT BOARD MEETING DECEMBER 14

CLICK HERE!

Another driver shares his story of TRIMET unethical behavior

ETHICS OF TRIMET'S "QUALITY ASSURANCE RIDERS"

Weekly Readership

Mexico and Israel!

Friday VLOG

http://vimeo.com/32712503

TRIMET DEALS DIRTY-UNION OFFICERS FORCED TO FIGHT THEM

TRIMET HARASSMENT GOES INTO HIGH GEAR

Thursday, November 24, 2011

OPERATORS-PLAN TO BE AT THE NEXT BOARD MEETING

Employees of Trimet will be going to the December 14th board meeting to express to the directors that management has not upheld its responsibility in creating a safe working environment; 

schedules that work so that operators are not under undo pressure, equipment that meets basic standards of safe operation, and work schedules that do not create exhaustion

While McFarlane preaches safety, he has done nothing to address the systemic problems associated with safety. All of McFarlanes safety measures revolve around safety training for operators. He has ignored the operational issues that have created an unsafe work environment.

We intend to give the board of directors examples of some of the unsafe conditions under which we work under.

The current contract states:


Section 15 — SAFETY
Par. 1. The health and welfare of employees is a primary
concern of both the District and Association. Both parties
recognize the importance of achieving and maintaining a high
level of safety in all operations of the District. Both parties
also recognize the importance of reducing on-the-job injuries
and controlling property damage and production losses.
Both parties recognize the value of safety rules and practices,
as well as preventive and corrective safety measures.
Therefore, the District and Association, in recognition of their
common commitment to promotion of safety and reduction
of losses, will jointly support efforts to implement policies,
practices, procedures, and protections during the duration of
this Agreement to bring this about.

The management has failed to deliver a safe working environment for its employees.

Un-Spinning the Costs of Occupy Portland


Click here to read article

Kim Kardashian, Occupy Wall Street, & Credit Default Swaps

Plenty of questions about the way TRIMET management is handling these contracts

As I was watching the board meeting it became clear that there is plenty to be suspicious of when it comes to the awarding of huge sums of money.
The board appears to be waking up to some of these questionable practices!

Activist Cameron Johnson attempts to explain to the board why the transfer policy is flawed

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9SrvDD-3X8

The Trimet board never misses an opportunity to honor its executives

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2mYT1PXZK4

Streetcar blocked by TriMet bus

Line 77 bus lift was stuck out.  There actually was another streetcar or two
that wasn't showing up since they were being held.

Flowchart to Determine What GOP Candidate to Support

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Click here!

VLOG-Wednesday/part 2

http://vimeo.com/32644596

Trimet survey too complicated to expect bus riders to deal with

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vU9MbW0LdM4

Transit Riders To Congress: Keep Our Tax Savings Rolling In 2012

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ashleaebeling/2011/11/23/transit-riders-to-congress-keep-our-tax-savings-rolling/

CDL drivers to see new med card rules

Starting Jan. 30, 2012, Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles will require commercial truck and bus drivers to submit a photocopy of their medical certificate to continue holding a commercial driver license.
The new requirement is part of federal safety regulations aimed at making sure commercial driver license holders are medically fit to operate commercial vehicles.
The federal regulations require that state DMVs withdraw commercial driving privileges for drivers who do not maintain medical qualifications for their type of commercial vehicle operation.
All commercial drivers will need to submit a photocopy of their valid medical card to DMV to obtain and retain a CDL or commercial instruction permit by Jan. 30, 2014.

Bus rider punches driver in face

The boy was angry when he boarded the bus and began to scream obscenities at the driver, which caused another passenger on the bus to call 911. The youth's ticket fell to the floor as he tried to put it in the fare box, but he continued to move to the back of the bus.
The driver called the youth back and asked him to stop swearing. The young man then sucker-punched the driver in the right eye.

UNION BOSS GETS NO JAIL TIME

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -
The president of the TriMet union will not spend any time behind bars.
A judge sentenced Jonathan Hunt to a diversion program yesterday.
He was convicted of DUII last week.
Hunt was arrested last December when police say they found him asleep at the wheel at a Gresham stoplight.
His blood alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit, police say.
http://www.kptv.com/story/16111660/trimet-union-president-sentenced

(Is it not true that CDL holders are not eligible for diversion?)

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

VLOG-Wednesday/part 1

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

TRIMET BOARD MEETING

TRIMET BOARD MEETING-1
TRIMET BOARD MEETING-2
TRIMET BOARD MEETING-3

Rally Regarding Proposed TriMet LIFT Fare Increases

http://www.disabilityrightsoregon.org/news/rally-regarding-proposed-trimet-lift-fare-increases

TRIMET Bus driver good deeds

TriMet bus driver rescues toddler from middle of Northeast Portland street | OregonLive.com

 TriMet driver reunites lost toddler & mom | kgw.com Portland

TriMet driver takes action after spotting child in roadway | Community Spirit | Northeast Portland News

TriMet driver rescues toddler from busy NE Portland street - Koinlocal6.com 

(saving babies instead of kicking them off! There is a dispatch call on the KGW story! That's a first!)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Two more photos to ponder







Everything is broken

The switch problem has been fixed. Yellow Line service between Union Station and Rose Quarter stations is being restored. Riders should expect delays on MAX Blue, Green, Red and Yellow lines as trains return to regular schedules.

The "transit exchange fund" (or how do I get a trip to Romania for free)

Trimet & ATU757 Contract states in
Articale 1 – General Provisions
Par. 14. Transit Exchange Program
The District shall pay the Association $1,000 per month
effective December 1, 2003, for the purpose of a program
to provide for the exchange of information and ideas
between national and international transportation industry
association executive officers. The District shall pay the
Association $1,000 per month effective December 1, 2003,
for the purpose of a Transit Exchange Program. The amount
of this payment shall increase to:
$1,100 per month effective 12/01/04
$1,200 per month effective 12/01/05
$1,300 per month effective 12/01/06
$1,400 per month effective 12/01/07
$1,500 per month effective 12/01/08

and as of August 2011 the Transit Exchange Account had $55,504.83 and about $4,500.00 should have been added to that for the past three months bring to a total of $60,004.83 and from my understanding the trip is going to cost close to $27,000.00
(thanks to Chris Day for providing this info)

Signal boost

MAX FAQs

Director Sweitzer says get ready for "service cuts" and "fare increases"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1zNYS3N0v0

Director Clark says "transparency & accountability" are the key

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZLgAUjE0JA

Director Lerbach says its "ashame that people demonstrate at anybodys home"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSheGvMyiY8

THE PETITIONER IN THE BORING WITHDRAWAL PRESENTS MORE DATE TO SUPPORT HIS POSTION

http://vimeo.com/32596126

Good old Neil

I want to wish everyone at TriMet a very happy Thanksgiving. I'm thankful I work for a transit agency that is a national model. A transit agency that is #7 in the country in per capita ridership -- that carries more riders than any agency its size. I'm thankful that we have 2400 people at TriMet dedicated to providing great service to more than 330,000 rides per day -- as well as building and developing a great system that serves the future of our growing region. With all of your help, we'll overcome the challenges we face, and have even more to be thankful for in the years ahead. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Best Neil

GENERAL MANAGERS REPORT FOR NOVEMBER

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByAcsDIZ2sQ

BUS IN TOW

Mary Fetsch demoted? She says no!

According to someone who spoke to her, the answer is no. she was not demoted, just "reorganized".
As part of that reorganization her job title was changed, her duties remain the same and her salary remains the same.

TRIMET LIFT ABOUT TO STRIKE

http://www.kgw.com/news/local/TriMet-Lift-drivers-threaten-strike-132699593.html

REMEMBER-OUR UNION OPERATES IN TOTAL SECRECY (using tax payer funds)

http://atu757.org/

There is no evidence that there has ever been a union meeting that has been published on the internet and there is no evidence that any union meeting has ever been recorded by anyone!

Everybody should prepare themselves for full body searches before entering the union meetings.

VLOG FOR TUESDAY

http://vimeo.com/32559617

Light rail on the street?

Two-car crash in Northeast Portland blocks MAX tracks; TriMet tells riders to expect delays | OregonLive.com

Steve Fung's movie of the week

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

We should be so lucky







AT BEAVERTON TC

Anybody know what the "transit exchange fund" is?

JON HUNT GETS JAIL TIME!

TriMet union boss gets four days in jail for drunken driving, says he wants to become a role model | OregonLive.com

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Booking Information

Car smashes into MAX gates

car_vs_max_rails.mp4 - YouTube

ARBITRATION DELAYED!

I am sorry to report that interest arbitration to resolve the collective bargaining agreement between TriMet and ATU, which was scheduled for mid-January, 2012, has been delayed until March 14 – 17.  TriMet strenuously opposed the delay.  The January dates had been calendared since May 2011.   
Delaying the arbitration means delaying resolution of the outstanding collective bargaining issues that separate TriMet and ATU. TriMet, its employees, and the public deserve prompt resolution to the outstanding issues of wages, benefits, and working conditions.  From my perspective, wages, benefits, and staffing levels are the most critical element of budgeting for what promises to be a very tough year ahead.
And I know many of you are concerned that TriMet’s fiscal challenges will affect you personally.  For TriMet’s part, I promise you that we will continue to seek prompt and reasonable solutions that protect both TriMet and its employees because we know that the longer the contract remains unresolved, our mutual financial stability remains volatile and unpredictable.
I will keep you informed of our progress.
Neil (McFarlane)

THE CHRIS DAY INCIDENT UPDATE

At last months charter meeting, President Jon Hunt EXPELLED member Chris Day.
Mr Day does have an attorney and he is going through the appropriate steps in getting this resolved.

Solution for suburban gridlock is better transit

In the Portland area transit is drying up in suburban areas, all the transit is geared to Portland. Canada looking a different solutions.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/11/21/f-traffic-congestion-lamb.html

Transit fare is coming to Canby

OregonLive.com

BUS RAPID TRANSIT

Business Line : Industry & Economy / Logistics : Bus Rapid Transport System is key to urban development: Saugata Roy

VLOG FOR MONDAY

ATU 757 JON HUNT GOING TO ROMANIA

Sources have indicated that Jon Hunt is going to Romania, weather members like it or not. Mr Hunt states that the money for this trip is not coming from our dues. (Not verifiable)
Mr Hunt will be there for two weeks and Ron Hientzman is accompanying him along with one other person, at least three people.
After two weeks in Romania he is going to a 'summit' for 5 days and after that he will be going on 'vacation' for an indeterminate amount of time.

HANLEY ENDS RELATIONSHIP WITH ROMANIA

ATU International President Larry Hanley announced that he has ended the ATU’s 13 year affiliation with our counterparts in Romania.  Hanley stated in his opinion, the affiliation was only for travel and party purposes, and that he didn’t see where our International Union was getting “any return” for the $2300 a month financial assistance we were providing our brothers and sisters in Romania.
http://hanleybakerwatch.wordpress.com/2011/02/05/professional-or-vindictive/