Thursday, November 24, 2011


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

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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

The Trimet board never misses an opportunity to honor its executives

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


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VLOG-Wednesday/part 2

Trimet survey too complicated to expect bus riders to deal with

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

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.


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.

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


VLOG-Wednesday/part 1



Rally Regarding Proposed TriMet LIFT Fare Increases

TRIMET Bus driver good deeds

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

 TriMet driver reunites lost toddler & mom | Portland

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

TriMet driver rescues toddler from busy NE Portland street - 

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