Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Monday, February 13, 2012

TRIMET OFFENDS READERS/TRANSIT RIDERS


TriMet has put their foot in mouth with putting clearly racial language in "our" faces, that is offensive and intolerable. For those that don't know what I'm talking about there is a new proposal concerning revamping the fare system. For those who had chosen to read these sets of posters. The posters in question shows a heading of "A,B,C,D" as the title. Go to the "C" column and read that paragraph. It says, "Our region has changed dramatically since "fareless square" was first introduced in downtown Portland back in 1975. We no longer have the air quality issues that prompted the creation of the freefare zone, and our transit system has expanded significantly. Service has improved in the suburbs, where communities of color and low-income populations have become more concentrated. While free transit has become a hallmark of Portland's tourist-friendly city center, Trimet aims to provide equitable service throughout the region and the free tail zone is a benefit exclusive to downtown Portland and the Lloyd district."

This is blatantly offensive to some of "us", even though "we" all should be offended by such derogatory statements about "us" and "our" riders in all of the communities "we" serve. Last I checked talking about people's ethnic backgrounds left with Jim Crow. What next, are they going to make statements about sexual orientated, gang, drug, "those-people" communities, where does it stop????? "We" all remember "The back story", http://atu757.org/backstory.html (written by Mr. Hunt), about correcting the perception of racial (sexual, etc.) inequality at Trimet. This is the 2nd time this type of language has reached "us" employees. What I'm saying is that "we" need to come together and create "real" change on a day to day level, "we" have "our selves" to carry the torch. "Our" issues are valuable to "us" and "we" need to be heard.

Steve and Scott ride the WES (aka Trimet 'sinkhole')

http://youtu.be/l0MCFdv9tlQ

Portland Mercury gets in on the TRIMET BUS DRIVER BASHING!

Dear TriMet Driver | I, Anonymous

OREGONIAN EDITORIAL BOARD STRIKES OUT AGAIN AT UNION LABOR

 Blaming us for all the problems as usual.
A  new horror series is unfolding in Portland called The Monster Benefits That Ate TriMet. And bad and bloody as it looks so far -- the agency is coping with a $17 million budget shortfall -- the story is only going to get much worse.

 Don't let TriMet sinkhole swallow Free Rail Zone | OregonLive.com

THE OREGONIAN COPIES PRESS RELEASE ALMOST WORD FOR WORD

The original press release:
 http://www.portlandonline.com/police/pbnotify.cfm?action=ViewContent&content_id=2812


The Oregonian article:
 http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2012/02/portland_police_identify_man_a.html


Trimet bus driver choked!

Press Releases
Portland police identify man arrested for allegedly grabbing TriMet driver's ...
 Man arrested for grabbing TriMet driver | kgwcom Portland
 55-year-old man arrested after allegedly grabbing TriMet bus driver's throat

What's going on at MOW?

I've been reading posts by MOW personnel and they are just shocking! MOW is an area at TriMet that is completely ignored by the blogs& the public.
But the stuff I have been reading is Very disturbing!
Harry Sapporta where are you?

The Trimet way

AM 6768 canceled this morning

OPB TACKLES THE TRIMET BUDGET(with the union busting macfarlane)

TriMet Budget Plan · Think Out Loud

Trimet's union bashing has no traction with the public

Driving through puddles of red ink and starting up public meetings on its budget-balancing plans, TriMet is all but guaranteed to be the big commuting story over the next several weeks.

On Saturday, more than 100 people attended a public open house on the plan at the Beaverton Library conference room on Southwest Fifth Street.

According to the transit agency, the discussion focused on (in order) the proposed fare restructuring, then service reduction and, in third place, the state of  “union negotiations.”

 Joe Rose here!

NEXT TIME YOU COME TO WORK SICK BETTER READ THIS

It's interesting that our company makes such a big deal out of calling in sick.
Drivers come in sick all the time due to management pressure and work rules that encourage penalties for drivers that call in sick.

Well it turns out that driving sick is worse than driving drunk, TELL THAT TO HARRY SAPPORTA!

TRIMET 'OPEN HOUSE?"- blogger report

Click here!

Blackhole.org


Too bad that there can't be an online forum. Nope: submit comments into the and expect to be ignored

IS THE PROBLEM REALLY THE LABOR CONTRACT?

$12,000,000 to fund special interest rail projects...
 $15,300,000 for "C+T?
  $2,400,000 FOR OUR GENERAL MANAGER AND HIS PET PRO...
 Capital Projects Department Labor: $10,332,547.98
$31 million for "debt service?"

State auditor's office looking into Sound Transit's practices

STORY HERE!

MAX opponents launch petition drive

TRIBUNE HERE!

TRANSIT BUS DRIVING WORTH THE RISK?

Victim's family sues city Transit, bus driver | SILive.com

The public DOES NOT WANT LIGHT RAIL!

Hawaii Poll shows decline in support for rail project - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

House Republicans facing big test as $260 billion highway bill heads for cliff

Article here!

Choice Rider?

Dr Jeff here!

Travails of a Transit bus driver

morrisdailyherald.com | Man killed in head-on crash involving CTA bus on South Side in Morris, Illinois

Subsidizing the Elite and Their Drivers, on Buses and Trains

Even then, New York has arguably been shortchanged. That 13 percent? Figures compiled by the American Public Transportation Association show that New Yorkers account for 67 percent of the country’s daily subway riders, 45 percent of its suburban commuters and 24 percent of its bus passengers.
FULL ARTICLE HERE!

FASCINATING ARTICLE

“On an average day we’ll have 495 buses in service,” James K. Farasey, RTC’s superintendent of transportation, told the Democrat and Chronicle in March 1943. “Thirty more are being overhauled. Because priorities make it difficult to get parts, a bus may be laid up for as much as two or three weeks.”
Moreover, drivers kept getting drafted into the military.
Finding replacements was tough, Farasey explained. Because peak hours were in the early morning and late afternoon, the bus service frequently had its drivers work split shifts. “Older men (exempt from the draft) don’t like that. They’d rather go into war plants where they have a straight eight-hour trick.
In other words, more and more people were trying to catch fewer and fewer buses.
Talk about a “perfect storm”!

Bus service was overwhelmed, pushed to limit | Democrat and Chronicle | democratandchronicle.com

DRIVER HAULED OFF BUS FOR WATCHING MOVIE WHILE DRIVING

A complaint came in about a driver watching a movie on his lap top as he was driving down the road!
The driver was immediately removed from the bus and brought to Trimet Guantanamo. (Romo's office within the locked gates of Merlo garage).

It was determined that the driver did NOT EVEN POSSESS a computer!

The driver was released. 
And so the suffering of Trimet unionized employees continues unabated.

Unions in a “death spiral”? Not on my job site

CLICK HERE!