Sunday, April 15, 2012
The removal of the lone voice of dissent on the Trimet board means very bad things, for riders and employees.
We now have a completely corporatist board, a board of career technocrats and big money businessmen.
You know what that means, the 1% have completely taken over governance of Trimet.
And we have a general manager who who is a ruthless cutthroat career technocrat, living off tax payer subsidies for over 25 years.
Another government "servant" who will walk away from his government 'service' a millionaire with a pornographic pension just like Fred Hansen.
But nobody really knows exactly what that means?
We know that if Mcfardumb wins, then our health insurance co pays are permanent, however what EXACTLY DOES THAT MEAN?
For example, are we employees and retirees going to have to pay for every single increase in coverage from this point on?
If that is indeed the case we are in big trouble because there is no way the health insurance costs are going to stay the same or go down, they will only go up.
This year it's costing $200 for employees with families on blue cross.
Next year that could go up to $400, the year after that $600 and so forth.
In other words, as the years tick by we will all be forced to abandon our decent health care for a substantially lesser version which will eat up our savings fast if we actually get sick, and the odds are bad when it comes to bus drivers staying healthy.
But what else does this contract represent?
It will take 20 years to get vested. (I think)
And what else? Well I don't know, and I don't know anybody else that knows.
In other words, us employees are totally in the dark as to what will really happen if we lose the arbitration.
That's the fault of our company and our union.
You expect the company to be downright unethical and sneaky about all this, but our union?
Our union has done a piss poor job of describing for us exactly what the ramifications are if the arbitrator rules against us.
The ballot is too ask members if they would like to offer some compromise in the upcoming arbitration.
Apparently the union can modify its presentation.
The two options will be
2-MEMBERS WILL MAKE SMALL CONTRIBUTIONS TO HEALTH INSURANCE AT A BETTER RATE THAN MCFARDUMB WANTS.
Option 2 is too show the arbitrator that union members are willing to 'give' in this situation.
I would vote option 2, because I think its reasonable to have employees pay part of the coverage, BUT, since Macfarvane has acted tyrannical, and if it appears we can put him in his place, I would vote for status quo.
For a number of years now two lonely guys, bloggers, have been bringing the board meetings as well as other public meetings into the public domain so that citizens can view the goings on without having to experience the thievery of Trimet's "request for public records" process.
Either the executives don't care, are too incompetent to figure out how to do it, or intentionally obstruct the public's access to this information.
|Accounting Manager||Non-Union Regular Full-Time||$6,298.75 - $9,448.25 Monthly||Continuous|
|Appraisal Specialist||Non-Union Regular Full-Time||$4,876.25 - $7,314.25 Monthly||04/27/12|
|Construction System Safety Specialist||Non-Union Regular Full-Time||$4,875.87 - $6,094.40 Monthly||Continuous|
|Engineer I - Rail Vehicle||Non-Union Regular Full-Time||$4,876.25 - $6,095.25 Monthly||04/27/12|
|Environmental Engineer||Non-Union Regular Full-Time||$4,749.75 - $6,146.92 Monthly||04/20/12|
|Part-time Bus Operator||Union MRO||$13.83 - $25.13 Hourly||Continuous|
|Senior Budget & Forecasting Analyst||Non-Union Regular Full-Time||$5,314.83 - $7,972.00 Monthly||Continuous|
|Senior HRIS Analyst||Non-Union Regular Full-Time||$6,298.75 - $9,448.25 Monthly||Continuous|
|Systems Engineer II - Linux/Unix Server||Non-Union Regular Full-Time||$6,298.75 - $7,873.50 Monthly||Continuous|
|Systems Engineer II - Network||Non-Union Regular Full-Time||$6,298.75 - $7,873.50 Monthly||Continuous|