Almost every Operator I have spoke with has "A Story to Tell" regarding the issues of The Dirty Bus(s). Many of you knew this introduction email would be coming, and now is the time for your story to be heard and make a difference in our workplace environment. And please believe me, it will!!
Confidentiality: The FactFindersForum is created especially for those of you who feel that if you were to say anything to anyone, your job(s) would be in jeopardy or it would cause you problems. The Forum is designed as such to keep you and your name strictly confidential, nor will this information be tied into, linked in with, or accessible to the Tri~Met or Union, unless by Court Ordered, of course. The key to this is: When you and others email your facts of the story to the Forum, it is extremely important not to use your Tri-Met.org email. Apparently Tri-Met has a way to retrieve information if we use their email addresses. Yes, it is true that Hackers are out there. But if we use our personal, home emails only, this act would be in violation of privacy and a law suit would the in order, immediately.
Purpose: FactFindersForum is a central location where Operators and Other Union Members can submit their factual stories. Upon receipt of your email, the report will be given a Reference Number, which will be thereafter used to identify the report. Your personal information or name will remain unknown until, at a later time, you wish to become transparent. All information or reports will then be compiled and categorized by topics.
Reason: Our Workplace as become one of a bio-hazard, toxic and contaminated area in which we spend 3/4 of our day in. Not to leave out all the other areas of unsafe issues. It is Tri~Met's responsibility as an employer to provide a SAFE & HEALTHY work environment for the employees. Again, they have been reluctant and evasive to take the liability of providing solutions to these problems. As we know, like everything else, the Company expects everyone else to do their jobs for them and/or take the blame for their mis-management(s) and neglect. It is not us that creates these situations, but are the victims of the outcome.
Be Supportive: Nothing will be done if we all just do nothing! As Operators and Union Members, we ALL need to pull together and stand up for what is fair and right. So far, we have had not much luck from our leaders. But then again, how can they fight a battle with a company of non-sense without a army? Spread the word and let every front-line Union Member that if they have "A Story to Tell", then by Mercy, sharing it through the FactFindersForum@comcast.net. is safe and confidential by private emails only.
Documentation: Please open the attachments to view just only a few pieces of facts and a testimony provided for the Forum. When writing your story, please be respectful by no use of profanity, name bashing and other non-useful information. Stating that you can obtain Medical Reports and other factual documentation will be extremely helpful. You need not to supply the actual document, just state you have it. Remember, The Forum is designed to compile factual evidence and testimonies.....Not harassment or blame.
About the Author: I am a Full-Time Operator of 7 years with Tri~Met. I am just like you and I am not on any Board of the Union or Tri~Met, nor am I doing this task on either of their behalf(s). I can't stand politics!! I have "A Story to Tell" too.....and no one cares to listen or do anything about it. I am tired of becoming ill every time I return to the workplace and no physician can identify, treat or resolve the illness. I have been denied of a Workers Comp Claim, in which I am obtaining a very successful Attorney who has dealt with other Tri~Met cases and the Company's mentality. My Reasons?: To protect my Brother and Sister Operators, my own health, and the welfare of our passengers!!! If this doesn't get the fire burning under their butts-a-hoppin'....then I will start including the passengers in my findings of Lab Reports. I may go down .......... But NOT QUIETLY !!!!!!