Thursday, May 24, 2012
CONFESSIONS OF A RETIRED TRIMET BUS DRIVER
Every single conversation that I had with with everyone during my work shift is in a library of audio tapes in my possession.
Towards the end of my employment I was called into the office for 'not calling stops' and given a warning.
It was said on the "Stalinist" report that I called NO STOPS.
(Trimet has adopted the techniques of Josef Stalin by using First Transit 'spies' that masquerade as passengers and make anonymous complaints that were taken as gospel that drivers could not see or dispute)
I checked that days tape and could prove it was a lie.
Of course Trimet rules prohibited drivers from audio or video recording riders/drivers without their express permission. (Trimet records everything without permission)
So I couldn't roll out my evidence to prove my innocence. I got the hint though, the management had gone to the length of manufacturing bogus complaints on me, which means they wanted me out.
Hence on my 58th birthday I obliged them.
I didn't go to their parties or participate in their little events because I knew they were phony.
They didn't like me and I didn't like them. The management has turned unethical since Mcfarlane (thinking he is the "new sheriff in town") took over the operation.
The only good thing about working at Trimet from my point of view, if you can actually take the abuse for 10 years or more, you can make some money and get a small pension with benefits. (for now)
I would recommend to any Trimet employee working directly with the public to take steps to protect themselves since the company refuses to to do anything to protect their employees.
The irony of my resignation, I was one of the best operators they had. Stellar safety record and almost no complaints and none about me personally.
I listen to the dispatch channel on my scanner now and can really see how good I really was.
As in most organizations with incompetent management, they tend to chase the competent employees right out of their organizations.