Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Sunday, February 5, 2012

MBTA/TRIMET-2 PEAS IN A POD

MBTA under fire for alleged 'false choice' of service cuts and fare hikes - Quincy, MA - The Patriot Ledger

TRANSIT DISTRICTS SUE WHEN THEY LOSE ARBITRATIONS

If you want to work in this industry be prepared to work for slugs and thieves who will do anything to get their way.

 Metro files lawsuit against union - Dr. Gridlock - The Washington Post

UNION MEETING SYNOPSIS

A retiree got up and addressed the group about social security.  He wanted all of us to contact our legislators and demand they handle the issue of social security to our benefit. He also wanted us to convey to our legislators should be paying into various charities if they don’t pay into social security.
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Jon kept referring to information that has “got out”. He has never been specific as to what actually got out and how that actually caused any sort of problem. He continues to state that “management” is getting a hold of information that is hurting the union effort. (It’s interesting that Jon makes this contention since so much of what he does is never presented to the members.  Many of us think his argument is completely faulty and is basically just his personal paranoia)

BLAMING BUS DRIVERS A WORLD WIDE PHENOMENON

A BUS driver who lost an eye in a vicious assault has been blamed for the attack by the bus company that employed him.
Bus operator Swan Transit has accused Gerard Sin of provoking the youth who robbed him of the sight in his left eye while he was on the job.

Buses and Rail Vehicles in Eugene

Union Pacific Maintenance-of-Way "school" bus.  Due to a major maintenance blitz on UP's mainline, at least a dozen of these buses were spotted in Eugene and Albany, along with dozens of pieces of track equipment, a ballast train and a rail train.

Quality in Bus Stops

A "standard" bus stop in downtown Eugene in front of the Oregon Electric Station restaurant.  Note the artistic "people" that decorate the shelter.  Also note the bus stop sign with schedule information and two seats.

THERE WAS A QUESTION AT THE MEETING ABOUT TRIMET PAYROLLS

Apparently they are waiting for a public records request to be answered. We have the following information.

IT PAYROLL
MARKETING PAYROLL
STREETCAR PAYROLL
CAPITAL PROJECTS PAYROLL

Privatization failure in Canada

Poor lost again in transit strike - thestar.com

DID DREW BLEVINS REALLY SAY THIS?

Blevins on left  

This comes third hand but the person I heard if from I trust completely and she says the person she heard it from was at the meeting when Drew Blevins said this:
His statement: I won't ride Trimet buses because of the people that ride the buses and the people that drive the buses!

Is Evette OK?

Evette is obviously under extreme stress right now dealing with Jon and it shows.

I am hoping she is getting fair treatment and allowed the respect that an elected officer should have from her fellow officers.

She is entitled to voice her opinions and  its good for the membership that she has taken a contrary point of view from our president.


Union meeting roundup-part 1


I'll go through my notes and prepare a better summary of what happened at today's meeting, writing in the most general of terms of course since the paranoia of our president about information 'getting out' continues in full force.
Packed house for today's union meeting!

WEEKLY READERSHIP REPORT


ATU 757 CHARTER MEETING TODAY-3PM


Unfortunately rather than focusing frustration on the management of TRIMET there is a continuing focus on internal disputes.

Personally, I find this a shame, since its so close to election time I was hoping the internal bickering would ease up so we could all focus on bringing down Macfarlane rather than bringing down ourselves.

There are lots of reasons to be angry at President Hunt, some of his behavior has been quite tyrannical, but that is for the election to decide at this point.

Now we have another officer also on the hot seat, which is another distraction.

Can't we all just get along, at least until the elections?