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Lane Jensen returns

Monday, February 27, 2012

MACFARLANES CRONY DAVID KNOWLES SPEAKS TO THE PORTLAND BUSINESS ELITE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ndsgk5Z61Cw

BEST COMMENT FROM EDITORIAL BOARD HACK JOB

Great, just what we need is another "board" to tell us what is wrong with TriMet, oh sorry, what's wrong with the horrible Union Employees who want decent pay for a hard days work. The people that actually make "TriMet Roll" every day. The ones that are up at 3am to get the buses and trains ready for first pull out of the day. The people who are up all night working on the buses, trains, overhead wires, track maintenance, while management eat dinner, having a night cap and off to dream land. The employees that saved TriMet millions of dollars working on "PIP" (Productivity Improvement Process), to streamline processes and make TriMet more efficient. Oh, what happened to the money that was saved by PIP? We were all praised by management for all of our hard work and input towards making TriMet a better place for everyone. Had Neil McFarlane come to the table with something that was at least "not laughable" I'm sure the union would have been open to dialogue. Across this great country working people are being told to take one for the team, while corporate earnings are the highest they have ever been. Neil's opinion on who he considers "critical" people to hire are different than mine. Without the people that get their hands dirty, have limited bathroom breaks, shear fingers off while truing a train wheel, inhale chemicals, work with 750 volts of electricity that can kill you in an instant, get spit on, cussed at, these are the "critical" workers in my opinion. It is back breaking and emotionally draining work and the workers deserve every penny they earn.
 End stranglehold on TriMet | OregonLive.com

IT TAKES 20 BUS DRIVERS TO EQUAL 1 FRED HANSEN

The pension that Fred is raking in could fund the pensions for 20 FULL TIME BUS OPERATORS for 10 YEARS OF SERVICE

NUMBER 4

Car fire, traffic backed up, and seven lost TriMet buses ...

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=3514213940896&set=vb.1438368186&type=2&theater

Not sure what this is but it sounds good

Transit Employee Support Team - Portland, Oregon - Tri-Met employees and ATU Local 757 Transit Union members who want to make a difference for our disabled Transit Employees and retirees.

DISTRICT WANTS STRIKE -RIDERS WANT ARBITRATION

Online petition urges arbitration in transit strike | The Chronicle Herald

7 BUSES STUCK

Erik Halstead ‏ @sp_redelectric

Come on #trimet you have SEVEN BUSES stuck on 99W and no alert for it?? That is UNACCEPTABLE!! Start doing ur job, that's seven buses!!!

DISPATCH ASLEEP


BUS ATTACKED

Pdx Bus Driver ‏ @PdxBusDriver

Line 87 bus had an object thrown through windshield at 181 and glisan big hole in window

CAN'T FIRE TRANSIT EXECUTIVES WITHOUT PAYING THEM BIG TIME

They sure as hell don't need a union, unreal.
Firing TTC's Gary Webster could cost Toronto $500,000 in severance | Posted Toronto | National Post

Looks like Federal boondoggle light rail money will be saved

Boehner Concedes on Transportation Bill - WSJ.com

HERE THEY GO AGAIN-THE BOREGONIAN EDITORIAL BOARD

Last week, TriMet's mild-mannered  (looks are very deceiving) general manager, Neil McFarlane, attempted to grab this region by its collar.

In a speech of extraordinary power (malice is more the word) and candor, McFarlane warned that TriMet is "slowly strangling from a union contract that desperately needs a reset."

 End stranglehold on TriMet | OregonLive.com

Trimet bus driver RONALD GREEN WANTS TO BEAT BLUMENAUR

TriMet bus driver files to run for Earl Blumenauer's congressional seat | OregonLive.com

Oral surgeons light!

Blocher explains why Trimet doesn't know what its doing

YouTube

TriMet takes its Union Blaming activities to Facebook

See the Facebook post, comment if you like.

They also took it to Twitter.

DR JEFF SOLVES THE BUDGET CRISIS!

In Which I Solve The Budget Crisis, Repeatedly

Last week, I wrote about the fact that TriMet was trying to divide us into separate rider groups. There are choice riders, says TriMet, and there are transit-dependent riders. I went into some detail about how these are arbitrary categories. I thought that maybe we should all just bond over the fact that we are riders. Then it hit me… instead of nit-picking at this little crap why not just do what really needs to be done? Why not SOLVE THE BUDGET CRISIS?
Ambitious? Sure. Impossible? Hell yes. But this is just a stupid little blog post, so bear with me, skeptics. Throw aside your jaded hipster transit geekery and come with me on a magical ride into the imagination. Come with me to the land of balanced TriMet budgets, where lemonade flows in the streets and your transfer is made of solid gold.
There have been a number of proposals on the table, as you’ve seen. TriMet has even invented a little budget balancing game. It has become clear that TriMet brass would like to simply have the union pay for all of their own benefits, and Neil McFarlane has proposed that union members perform minor surgeries on each other, with instruments that will be provided by the company. Bypassing expensive hospital care and going to one of your fellow transit operators for appendectomy or simply heart valve replacement seems like a no-brainer, and would save approximately 278 dollars after the increase in death benefits is factored in. So, cool story, bro, but not workable in the world of MY budget ax.

Then there is the CHAMPION of CHAMPIONS!

SP Red Electric

McFarlane is flat out being dishonest with the public and is pitting people against people to suit his own personal agenda. His background is in building light rail lines and other mega-projects like the Convention Center; he has ZERO experience in actual day-to-day operations of anything, and right now he's protecting his babies (specifically WES and MAX but also the Portland Streetcar) - and willing to sacrifice anything to get his way.
Never mind that TriMet consistently refuses to address many of my 24 specific ways TriMet could cut its budget.
Never mind that TriMet need make only TWO CUTS to balance its budget (before the recent ruling against TriMet for negotiating in bad faith) - cut WES, and cut the Portland Streetcar subsidy.

One of my favorite anti Neil Oregonian quotes

Where I have concerns is in the number of managers needed:
Seven Executive Directors: "Legal Services", "Capital Projects", "Operations Administration", "Communications & Technology Administration", "Government Affairs", and two "Finance Administration" Executive Directors. All but one of these positions could be eliminated, and even that one "Operations Administration" could be merged with the General Manager's duties if he'd spend less time on the speaking circuit, less time on an airplane, and more time dealing with the transit system he's supposed to be running. That would save a million in unnecessary labor.
Or the 13 "Director II"s, the 17 "Director I"s, the 63 "Manager II"s or the 12 "Manager I"s. Or the 9 "Analysts", the 9 "Landscape Maintenance Mechanics", the 6 "Accountants" AND the 5 "Financial Analysts", the 3 "Database Administrators", the 3 "Business Systems Analysts", the 3 "PC Specialists", the 14 "Programmer Systems Analysts", and the 14 "Software Systems Engineers". The 3 "Graphics Designers". 7 "General Counsel" and 4 "Litigation Specialists". 3 "Executive Secretaries".