The only blog on the internet that takes a critical look at Trimet operations and does NOT just spit back Trimet press releases
Two things I don't like about Bruce Hansen:1. He's a "Company Man" at heart, he'll cave-in as soon as Trimet management plays hard ball and then take health care, pension and pay cuts for all, guaranteed. I would laugh in confidence at the chance to negotiate with him for Trimet. 2. Why didn't he have the vision to see that Heintzman was running for President and switch gears and run for vice president?<>•An old hand might be returning to the battle over TriMet’s future: Ron Heintzman, a bare-knuckled union boss who led the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757 when it won a controversial 1994 contract that broadly expanded health coverage for retirees. Heintzman is again running for president, and insiders say he’s the frontrunner in the June 15 vote. During five terms as president, from 1988 to 2002, Heintzman was known for his take-no-prisoners negotiating style (see “The Nasty Battle Inside Local 757,” WW, Nov. 8, 2000). He’d lead ATU in upcoming contract talks with TriMet. Heintzman didn’t respond to WW’s calls by deadline.
Don' t forget Heintzman oversaw the finacial secretary that ripped off a half a million dollars out of 757s trasury and then manipulated as hearing officer his investigation of the loss. Lots of questions of impropriety were left unanswered. Also if you love the not having a contract for 3 years and having probably 97% of the contract negotiated by attorneys instead of union officers this was by Heintzmans design. Like the way things are, its all on Heintzman, the current president is nothing but a Ron meat puppet. Under Ron the Atu 757 will continue as a secret society keeping members in the dark and and having it be a cash pipeline from the treasury to Heintzmans chronies bank accounts.
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