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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A reader comments




Press Releases. Do they publish the full truth or what "fits"
their need for an article? It's a rare time to see the full
thruth and only the truth. I see it happen once a year, when
they do an article of my brother and his four legged son, whom
both were killed in action during the horrific Iraqi Freedom
War. They get those articles right, but they do leave out some
events of which happened around his death. How I know? Let us
just call it a hunch, when it has been confirmed from other's
in the Armed Forces.

YOU MIGHT HAVE NOTICED

That's there has been less posts on the blog.
The reason for that is complete and total discouragement.
We might have all the facts, all the figures, all the truths, but it all matters not.
Mcfarlane represents the way of the world now.
People in Greece are hanging themselves on trees and begging for food on the streets.
It's the Mcfarlanes of the world that end up killing the people.
And it appears that nobody can stop them.
So I am approaching the point of just saying FUCK IT AND FUCK TRIMET.
It might be better for me to just put them out of my mind, forever, because I am disgusted with them and everything they represent.
They are the WORST in government, a complete and total lack of any ethics at all.
And that is why the posts are getting less and less and my participation in other blogs is getting less and less.
I can't fight them anymore-its hopeless.

Mcfarlane doesn't just trample over his employees-he trampels on the weakest of citizens-THE DISABLED


I wish to start this letter by thanking you for the opportunity to testify before you at the council meeting June 27. I believe the issues I was addressing before you, youth fares, and deception by TriMet leadership of importance. Moreover, however, needed/mandated the stopping of the continued deception at the hands of TriMet leadership. Unfortunately though, deception etc all too believable and real.

Our aging fleet at Merlo

              
I wonder if the rest of this dinosaurs exhaust pipe is in the same condition.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Has Portland-Milwaukie light rail project created more than 1,500 jobs?

PolitiFact Oregon

For TriMet and its union, it's only the beginning of cost-cutting

For TriMet and its union, it's only the beginning of cost-cutting

Trimet activist "HB"



We are now faced with Doomsday…..well, not quite.  What I mean by that is that we are now faced with rebuilding of “our” union from scratch, to find a sustainable ID, with “our” name and stamp of approval.  For the better part of 2011 and into 2012, some of “us” have been egging “our” so-called leadership into moving against the company, “we” have made “our” voices clear, that “we” cannot take the status quo, as “is”.  “We” had been muted, by so-called leadership. 

Arbitrator sides with TriMet over union

nwLaborPress

HOW DOES TRIMET ROLL?


TriMet's definition of "Frequent Service"


TriMet's Culture of Safety


I didn't know that the TriMet culture of safety involved parking a Supervisor vehicle (by the way it was idling there, not good for conserving fuel either) in a narrow driveway next to a yellow curb - especially when there were all sorts of empty parking spaces at 6:50 PM this evening.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Dan Schenk calls it quits on Trimet

He handed in his retirement papers today-in DECEMBER its over for him-another
good guy  has had enough:


SEEN ON FACEBOOK-WORKERS ARE MOBILIZING

It was once suggested that we pick a time (a week or two) in which we all agree not to do RDO. It is too difficult just to ask people to do that , cuz the next person will take it. But if we have a planned "no RDO" week or month....that can be doable. Quite frankly, people who go against it, should be treated like "scabs." Ugly word, but even an uglier disloyality to go against the union's efforts for all their members

I'M GOING TO QUALIFY FOR FOOD STAMPS AND MAYBE EVEN SUBSIDIZED HOUSING WITH MY LOUSY TRIMET BENEFITS NOW

Now that the mess has been settled, I will be eligible for food stamps and low income housing thanks to Mcfarlane.


I'm not taking Kaiser, I like my doctor who is 3 blocks from me and I am not giving him up for some institutional low service health care provider.


I get $700 a month after Mcfarlane decided all retirees have to pay now.
It's very likely due to my wifes condition that I will have to come up with $4500 every year for medical expenses. That will leave me with $3,900 to live on.

I can qualify for food stamps and low income housing now.

Thanks Neil for being such a wonderful man and caring so much for your employees.

God I wish I had a wreck while I was working there that would have cost trimet a couple million dollars.

BURGERVILLE BEATS TRIMESS ON HEALTH INSURANCE

What a world we live in. In Amerika 1/2 the people that ride our buses-do not work at all-GET FULLY COVERED COMPLETE COMPREHENSIVE MEDICAL FOR ZERO!

But the workers of Amerika, we get ripped off and HAVE TO PAY TO GET RIPPED OFF.
BURGERVILLE GIVES BETTER INSURANCE THAN THAN TRIMESS.
 Its move to pay more health-care costs began with a 2005 employee survey, in which health costs unexpectedly registered as the top concern. At the time, Burgerville offered limited coverage to hourly employees, who had to pay premiums of roughly $42 a month for an individual and $105 a month for a family, plus annual deductibles of up to $1,000.
Only about 3% of Burgerville's hourly workers were enrolled, said Chief Executive Jeff Harvey. Low enrollment in health plans is common among restaurants, where operators typically don't spend enough on insurance to keep employee premiums affordable, said Victor Fernandez, a senior analyst for People Report.
In absorbing more of the costs, Burgerville's annual health-care bill nearly doubled, to $4.1 million from $2.1 million. But company leaders figured the move would boost recruiting and retention.
Under Burgerville's plan, individual hourly workers can enroll in a health-maintenance organization for $15 a month, with no deductible. A worker and spouse pay $30 monthly; family plans cost $90. Salaried employees, whose plans didn't change significantly, pay $84 a month for individual and $240 monthly for family coverage, and have an annual deductible of $500.

Fast Freddie Hansen

Now that the lying piece of dog crap Mcfarlane has prevailed and some done some major damage to former employees of this company-the people that actually built Trimet . (no its Not Fred Hansen, McFührer, Walsh, or Cowen). Mcfarlane can be proud to have joined the Scott Walker crowd

But in another example of the contemptuous nature of Mcfarlanes lies, FAST FREDDIE HANSEN, WHO AMASSED OVER $2MILLION DOLLARS OF PERSONAL WEALTH STOLEN FROM THE TAX PAYER-CONTINUES TO ENJOY A MASSIVE PENSION OF $15,700 A MONTH. NO CUTS FOR FAST FREDDIE. I'm sure McFührer will get just as massive a pension. McFührer has been here 20 years and has always made significant 6 figure incomes. Today he is hauling down $240k for his ongoing destruction of his unionized employees.

The man "stole" 10 million dollars from the operating budget and put it into his personal 'contingency' budget. His own personal slush fund. He argues 'it can't be for actual services for the public' it has to be a one time thing.

Is there anything more important than providing service to transit riders.

According to McFührer they are not an emergency.

Now he's won his ruling, despite the arbitrator stating clearly, that many of the provisions in his final contract ARE ILLEGAL AND CERTAINLY UNETHICAL.


THE PUBLIC WILL GET NO SERVICES BACK, THEY WILL LOSE MORE AND HE WILL TRY TO BLAME THE UNION AGAIN.


The slug RANDY STEADMAN "looks forward" to working with ATU President BRUCE HANSEN.


MY RECOMMENDATION TO BRUCE IS TO TELL STEADMAN TO FUCK OFF .
You get no more concessions-follow through on McFührer's  demand that we be allowed to strike. Then the next dispute will be handled properly, the members either stand up for themselves or they lose. In any event it will be the operators who decide

THIS management is determined to operate in an unethical manner, don't cooperate with them at all.

McFührer's only trump card was that he knew that the unionized employees exhibit no solidarity.
They are all in it for themselves, they want the money. (TRIMET CONTINUES PAYING OUTRAGEOUS OVERTIME)And they don't care about the union or their brothers or sisters.

And that people is why Trimet hires ignorant people to serve as their minions as bus drivers.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Mcfarlane follies

Well we were all subjected to months of moaning and whining by that unethical lying Trimet general manager about the unfairness of arbitration and how transit is not an essential service like police and fire.
He was going to lobby to end the arbitration regulation.

Who wants to bet that the liar will not follow through on that now that he prevailed dispite the arbitrators suggesting illegal and certainly Unethical provisions within the body
Of his final offer.

The man is a monster!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

OPAL'S JONATHAN OSTER CALLS ON TRIMET TO COME CLEAN

The public was led to believe all through the budget decision process that $5M of the $20M (eventually $19M) Contingency set-aside was to cover the potential adverse ruling at this arbitration decision. Now TriMet states that had the decision been adverse to the agency, it would have had to make additional cuts to service and potential raise fares again to cover the loss. OPAL and Bus Riders Unite continue to ask TriMet for greater transparency and accountability in its decision-making, and to come clean with its extra conservative contingency cushion and budget shortfall projections. Only last week we learned that the Federal Surface Transportation bill, MAP-21, signed by President Obama, maintains current federal funding levels, despite TriMet’s stale prediction of a projected loss of $4M. We call on TriMet to immediately initiate plans to invest these savings back into service so we can get our region moving again and connect our transit riders to the opportunities they sorely need.”
Source:http://portlandafoot.org/2012/07/trimet-wins-arbitration-battle-against-union/

SEEN ON A TRIMET BUS

BETH DEHAMMEL PROBABLY FIGURING OUT WHAT SHE WILL DO WITH HER GOLDEN PARACHUTE

JON HUNT-YOU GOT SOME SPLAINING TO DO

Your unilateral decision to give up our right to strike has now lead to the worst case scenario for your members.

You made this decision on your own and did not allow the members to vote on it.

We need to hear EXACTLY AND PRECISELY what lead you to make this decision for "us" because it has lead us down the path of destruction. The membership has been effectively locked out of our own union contract negotiations.  Truly despicable Jon.

WHAT ABOUT DAVID M GABA-ARBITRATOR-SOMETHING DOESN'T SMELL RIGHT

Something doesn't quite add up in Mr Gabba's decision.
Paragraph after paragraph violently attacking Trimet's ethics and even the legality of some of the provisions in their final offer.


But he discounted all of that and said "retirement benefits are going to break the TRIMET" so he ruled for Trimet.


5-6 points for the union side, one point for the Trimet side, yet he sided with the "unethical" Trimet.


The question is why? Why do I get the sense the man was under obligation to rule in Trimet's favor?
Arbitrator David M Gaba - National Arbitration Center

A couple supervisory reports


McFührer gloats over decision-becomes "most hated" general manager in Trimet's history

Notice how he completely ignores all the sections in the ruling that ADMONISHED HIM AND HIS STAFF FOR ILLEGAL AND UNETHICAL BEHAVIOR-Neil, you won by being dishonest, and unethical. YOUR VICTORY IS SHAMEFUL-NOT SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE. I know you don't care since you are a man of low ethics, but I think its safe to say YOU ARE THE MOST HATED GENERAL MANAGER IN THE HISTORY OF TRIMET. Your despised by your current employees and hated by the retiree's who earn no extra income to pay for your insurance increases. I'm sure you get a BIG FAT PENSION like Fred Hansen's $15,700 a month and maybe a boatload of cash. You sir, ARE A DISGRACE. 
Isaiah 2:22 Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he?

HOW TO FIGHT BACK-from facebook


Union Brothers and Sisters. Please remember that we are no longer protected as we used to be in our jobs. The only way we will be able to fight back is to be sure and FOLLOW ALL THE RULES & STAND TOGETHER!! No matter what. Make sure that the new members of our local are well informed by the existing membership.

Drivers respond to ruling-from private union facebook discussion page

This is getting worse by the minute ... what the hell is going on! I pray that Bruce and jon have something up there sleeve or we are in trouble in so many ways! I am so upset ... i could not stop thinking about all this on my pm piece and will be the first to say that this is affecting my job performance ... driving mad is not good

Friday, July 13, 2012

Classic tweets


Your baby been crying? Maybe you can get some $$$ out of Trimet

TriMet investigates yet another crying infant complaint - Koinlocal6.com

SO THE KING OF SLEEZE WINS

So Mcfarlane has succeed in shoving this contract down our throats.
The arbitrator had so many problems with the Trimet final offer he basically laid out a road map to use in order to sue Trimet.
But in the end he decided the interest of the public was more important than the interest of the employees. Blue Cross subscribers are the greatest affected. Obviously Trimet wants everybody on the much cheaper Kaiser. You have to go to their facility no matter how far away you are from one, and they assign you doctors. You have no choices. Most of their doctors are second class, from foreign countries or unable to have their own practices. You wait in line. They are trained to offer as little service as possible. That's how they make money. While I know people that do like them, I know more that hate them. (they almost killed my first wife)

And if you were hired after April 1, 2011 guess what? All employees hired on or after April 1 2011 HAVE NO DEFINED PENSION PLAN! You have the famous 401K which you have to contribute to and which is subject to the ups and downs of the stock market. (translation-you could lose the entire thing to the banks)

You also are not vested until you have worked here 20 years!
Basically your getting a decent wage and working for a shitty company that cares very little about its employees. It's basically another version of Mcdonald's but the pay is better.

TriMet wins arbitration battle against union

Portland Afoot
Joe Rose

Seen on Facebook

as Ronnie Dunn said: "They just took the shoes off of my children's feet. The food out of their mouths"
 I switched to Kaiser because I could no longer afford Blue Cross. I won't go to Kaiser, I refuse, they sent my brother home saying he had indigestion, he was having a heart attack. I don't trust them.

SEEN ON FACEBOOK ABOUT MANAGERS GLOATING OVER THIER 'WIN'

I haven't seen that sort of behavior. But I do find it suspicious to say the least that today was the day to have a "transportation managers retreat."
(these shit heads are having a retreat while we are losing our benefits)

MY COMMENTS ON THE UNION LOSS

This is some serious shit, especially since Trimet has 'retroactive' provisions in there.
I'm gone because I knew the shit was about to hit the fan and my personal despise for this agency was getting the best of me after they set up a phony complaint against me.  

But for the life of me I am surprised that most operators just don't care. Doesn't bother them in the least that their employer just took a big shit right on their heads.
But even if 20-30% of employees did honor a strike it would cause huge service disruptions.
Of course if we could get rail operators to strike we would win fast.

And I'm pissed at our union for giving away our right to strike.
At least we could have given this piece of shit management a run for their money and caused some pain.
Instead we lost by virtue of bureaucrats and the maze of rules.
It's pathetic 
It appears that the arbitrator ruled that our health benefits are out of line and he accepts Trimet's argument that if we don't get whacked the public will get whacked so he decided in the interest of the public, which is #1 on the list.

But the number of lies and distortions from Trimet in this document is astounding.
The arbitrator himself gives specific instruction on how to sue Trimet which is incredible.
I'm wondering if there was external pressure put on this man to rule for Trimet.

Trimet final offer "illegal"


ARBITRATOR SAYS 'TRIMET CAN BE SUED'


THE HELL WITH THE 'LAW' STRIKE NOW AFTER YOU READ THIS


TRIMET BLUE CROSS SUBSCRIBERS-YOU WILL NOW PAY 10% OF ALL YOUR BILLS-20% FOR MEDICATION

Say you have $100,000 bill you will be billed $10,000.

ARBITRATOR CALLS OUT YET ANOTHER LIE BY TRIMET


ARBITRATOR LEVELS SCATHING ATTACK AGAINST TRIMET MANAGEMENT


ARBITRATOR ACTUALLY CALLS OUT TRIMET LIES


MICHAEL OLIVER TURNS OUT TO BE A PROPHET

For all Mcfarlanes whining and moaning about 'arbitration favors the status quo' he turns out to be the winner in this game.

Many of us, myself included, have never liked the union presidents move to end our right to strike.
Now we see what  A terrific blunder it was.

TRIMET WINS THE ARBITRATION!-updated

McFarlane now achieves HERO STATUS-congratulations Mcfarlane but if you think your just gonna be EXALTED RULER NOW FORGET IT! RELEVANT PROVISIONS HERE. THE ARBITRATOR AGREES THAT THE HEALTH PROVIDED US IS TOO GENEROUS AND THAT IS BASICALLY WHY HE RULED FOR TRIMET-HE ALSO RULED THAT NOBODY WILL QUIT BECAUSE OF HIS RULING AND THERE WILL BE NO PROBLEM HIRING QUALIFIED PEOPLE FOR NEW POSITIONS.
There are many many unanswered questions here and I am sure there will be several lawsuits pending but MCFührer continues to succeed with his lies and distortions. He is a ruthless tyrant and deserves absolutely no respect from the employees or the riders

RULING IS HERE!






Readership-last 7 days


Portland Transport: Transit and those dependent upon it

 Excellent piece written by Scott Johnson

Transit workers fight back attempt to demonize them for fiscal problems

This past week, braving blazing 100 plus degree temperatures and universal condemnation from the local, corporate owned media, Columbus bus drivers and maintenance workers, members of United Transportation Union, local 208, carried out a successful two day strike against COTA (Central Ohio Transportation Authority).

The largely African-American UTU workforce had been working since November without a contract, and no progress had been made in negotiations until a Federal Mediator was brought in a month ago. However, members of UTU, concerned with safety and economic issues had set a deadline of July 1 to settle or to walk. The union did not want to strike but felt they had to take a stand for economic justice and public safety or, as public workers, they’d continue to be made scapegoats for an economic crisis caused by corporate greed. “Our members live in this community and whatever they earn, they spend in this community,” said TWU, local 208 President Andrew Jordan. “We are active contributing members of the Columbus community and we’re working to make this area better, stronger and safer.”

The settlement, after talks quickly got underway and were successful, brings workers a 7% raise over the next three years and, while continuing pension coverage, has workers contributing an additional 1% to that program.

Trimet ignoring me-again

I filed this complaint using their form and sending it to customer service. The complaint was about customer service. So far nothing. I intend to keep bugging them until I get an official answer. If the rules have changed since I worked there and it is now OPERATORS DISCRETION to provide rides along the dead head or to the end point of the dead head I WANT TO SEE THAT IN WRITING SO ALL OPERATORS ARE AWARE OF IT. Trimet wants to pay $25/hr to drive buses empty, some of them up to 1 hour and the rules permit that, then lets see it.

Max Faq's

MORE TVM FAILURES ON VIDEO

Trimet fixes the beeping TVM

Well, at least the beeping is gone

TriMet youth pass is good policy to address Portland's toxic air

OregonLive.com

Tic Tac Toe on a dirty TriMet bus Window

This is a new low. Passengers are using the windows as a chalk board to play tic- tac-toe. At the end of today,another 5 Powell buses will have clean windows.
When will we have clean buses?


TriMets fare policy causes friction-Jeff Ackerson

Bus drivers are stuck between enforcing policy and drawing complaints from passengers

A year ago, most passengers who illegally rode TriMet for free got away with it.
But since last July, when the regional transit agency officials announced they were cracking down on fare evasion by hiring six new fare inspectors and cutting straight to citations for first-time offenders, the days of worry-free fare jumping are long gone.

Comments worth considering

Dear TriMet,
Fuck off; I'll speak on whatever item because that is my public right. I know that you fear the public opinion and your board members don't want to be late for lunch, but I'm sure there are a few riders who would like to spend some of their excessive ticket money on being able to HAVE lunch. Maybe they should board your two new MAX stations (certainly not told to the public before it happened) for they can get your attention, and you can use your fare inspectors to go throw the poor ones off so it's property values can be maintained and it looks fine to the upper class. Have fun being known as the despicable people who destroyed TriMet.
You sicken me.
 Cameron Johnson - PortlandAfoot

Thursday, July 12, 2012

TRIMET BIG TIME FAIL

One of America's biggest transit agencies DOES NOT RAISE FARES

The question is, if a system this big can do that, why can't Trimet do it?
My answer would be "bad management"

NJ Transit OKs budget that keeps fares unchanged - WSJ.com

Trimet rider so frustrated with TVM repair he makes a video about it


TRIMET BREAKS THE RECORD FOR TWITTER COMPLAINTS

Check my TWITTER FEED for the incredible amount of rider complaints today

Union rep says CLAUDINE HENDREN RAILROADED BY TRIMET

The case of Claudine Hendren is a complex one.
In the first incident, which the press published completely wrong, a baby was screaming on the bus uncontrollably. According to Trimet safety rules no operator is required to continue driving if there is a safety issue. Claudine was too distracted by the screaming to drive so she pulled over. She even provided candy to help the mom. But the baby wouldn't stop crying so the mom decided to get off the bus.
Claudine even left the bus and tried to persuade the mom to get back on. The mom refused and passengers left in protest.
She followed all the correct procedures.

In the second incident, the mom presented invalid transfers and Claudine 'informed' her that the tickets were no good. The mom went ballistic on Claudine. Another passenger who was appalled by the moms behavior called police. The officer asked Claudine if she would mind taking her home. Claudine balked, so the officer took the woman and her kids home. I'm not sure where the screaming baby came in.
Once again Claudine followed the proper procedure.

In both cases she actually did follow proper Trimet procedure.

Claudine did have lots of complaints, but 97% were unsubstantiated. 

It didn't matter to Trimet management, known to play favorites as in the rail supervisor who used excessive force against a minor but did not lose his job.

At Trimet, if they like you you can do no wrong. But if they don't like you they will nit pick you to death. (as they did me)

Claudine did have issues with passengers, after years of suffering abuse at their hands.
She did have no empathy for their plight, but more drivers than just her have that problem.
Maybe she did deserve to be terminated, but not for these two incidents.

Trimet Board of Sock puppets move closer to complete fascism

Item 4-the fascists will longer permit testimony on specific agenda items


87th and Canyon Road bus shelter

                                         On my way to vacation relief sign-up at 8am.

Baby bus driver Claudine Hendren forced to retire says reliable source

Says she intends to sue Trimet. (She actually had to go through the entire grievance process first, which takes over  a year)
TriMet driver who booted mom, crying kids off Forest Grove bus retires before she can be fired, agency says | OregonLive.com
TriMet driver loses job over family forced off bus in rain | kgw.com Portland
kgw.com | Portland News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | Video
TriMet completes investigation into Line 57 incident | TriMet Media 



Surrey uses Portland as an example NOT to follow

Surrey Leader - Transit money better spent on SkyTrain

As Tri-Met fails, other options spring up

BOJCK.ORG

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Trimet actually releases WES video!

Avoid Close Calls Like This with WES-Mom-Kid_Nyberg
Avoid Close Calls Like This with WES-Ped_Nyberg
Avoid Close Calls Like This with WES-Tigard_NB - YouTube
Avoid Close Calls Like This with WES-SchollsFerry_Bike

TriMet releases close-call videos as part of WES safety campaign | TriMet Media

Wanna work for Jarret Walker?

http://t.co/rCA8fb1f

WHY PEOPLE DONT USE TRANSIT TO GET TO WORK

The problem? Most people don’t live within easy reach of those lines. “The typical job,” author Adie Tomer writes, “is accessible to only about 27 percent of its metropolitan workforce by transit in 90 minutes or less.” Even though millions of people live near transit stops, and even though millions of jobs are near transit stops, those systems don’t line up in a way that allows most people to commute by mass transit in less than 90 minutes.

 Why most Americans can’t take mass transit to work

Vancouver WA does it properly

They are allowing a vote from its citizens on light rail instead of shoving down the throats of its citizens like Trimet does. Hip Hip Hooray for a government that actually cares about its citizens. We live in an area that has no concern for voters. "We know best what you peons need"

C-Tran puts light-rail tax measure to voters | The Columbian

Maybe Trimet should try this....

Next stop, telethon for Port Authority | TribLIVE

I love it when my material makes the google alerts

One lonely guy in a room can present another side of the coin against a multi millionaire dollar empire filled with career technocrats.

Trimet board of sock puppets-June meeting-part 1 - YouTube
Michael Levine at the Trimet board of directors (sock puppets) ... A career at TRIMET awaits ...
www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxwimDQ7gKc
Trimet board of sock puppets-June meeting-part 2 - YouTube
Passengers subdue man who attacked TriMet bus driver-KATU (Valarie Hurst)by ... Trimet ...
www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRZeUVE1j-4

The lie that entitlements are the ruin-er of governments

This Chart Busts The Myth That Entitlements Destroy Growth - Business Insider

This makes up for all the ovens on wheels, cancelled runs, and generally crappy service

Impromptu concert at a MAX stop in Downtown Portland « How We Roll – A Blog for TriMet Fans

West Portal Pocket Track (Max Faqs)

http://maxfaqs.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/west-portal-pocket.jpg

Is TriMet working for the Portland area's unemployed?

http://blog.oregonlive.com/commuting/2012/07/is_trimet_working_for_the_port.html
 Unemployment Problem Includes Public Transportation That Separates Poor From Jobs

Photos from Mondays Union Meeting

                                         Mary Longoria and Ben Fein
                                         Jean Strickland being sworn in by Bruce Hansen

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Race, Class, and the Stigma of Riding the Bus in America

 The ramifications of this stigma stretch far beyond NIMBY name-calling. Localities have responded by pouring funds into more gentrifiable transit systems at the expense of the city bus—even if ridership on subways and light rails represents a relatively boutique market.

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2012/07/race-class-and-stigma-riding-bus-america/2510/

TRIMET EMPLOYEE AND ACTIVIST 'HB' CONNECTS THE DOTS

I know by now that all of “us” have gotten the Mercer mailer.  Which President Bruce sent out a response of “cease and desist”?  It entailed the following:  “You are demanding that bargaining unit members produce documentation regarding their relationship to dependents listed on their health care coverage.  You threaten to terminate their health insurance and employment it they do not comply within 30 days.”  Most of “us” know that each year “we” receive an “update” form asking “us” if there are any changes in “our” dependents.  If “we” don’t return the form, they automatically use “our” old form, as correct information, and they move on, but “why” now?  Some of “us” have a theory concerning this issue. 

I FILE MY OWN COMPLAINT-AGAINST TRIMET CUSTOMER SERVICE

My friend Jason Mchuff was riding the 73 train 2. When the bus reached the end of the line he asked to be provided a ride to the garage. The operator refused and made Jason get off. He had to walk over a mile to the next stop. Jenny J said it is the operators discretion weather to give a rider transport on the dead head.
THIS IS IN DIRECT VIOLATION OF TRIMET RULES.
http://rantingsofatrimetbusdriver.blogspot.com/2012/07/regarding-post-below.html

Customer service and Jenny J need a complete retraining because they are dismissing customer complaints using logic that is not supported by Trimet regulations.


Update-
 There is an argument on the comments section about the word MAY. I worked at Trimet for 15 years and was told THAT THE BUS IS IN REVENUE SERVICE ON DEAD HEADS AND THAT CUSTOMERS CAN RIDE ON THE DEAD HEAD. There is absolutely not one logical argument to deny a rider a ride along the dead head or to the garage. The driver is making the usual $25/hr for driving empty, it should not be a choice.

Another boring and predictable editorial from the "board" of business mouthpieces

Free transit program for Portland high schools is not sacred | OregonLive.com

REGARDING THE POST BELOW

In the POST BELOW this we see how the fat heads that run Trimet customer service (term used loosely) and training DO NOT EVEN KNOW THEIR OWN RULES! And for this type of incompetence the tax payers are funding $30+ dollars an hour plus the usual GOLDEN benefits! How can we as union members possibly defend ourselves to the public when we see example after example of incompetence and misuse of tax payer funds?

There is an argument on the comments section about the word MAY. I worked at Trimet for 15 years and was told THAT THE BUS IS IN REVENUE SERVICE ON DEAD HEADS AND THAT CUSTOMERS CAN RIDE ON THE DEAD HEAD. There is absolutely not one logical argument to deny a rider a ride along the dead head or to the garage. The driver is making the usual $25/hr for driving empty, it should not be a choice.


TRIMET CONTINUES IT'S ATTACKS ON BUS RIDERS

This company has fallen so far from its original purpose it almost makes me feel like crying. I only retired a month ago and for 15 years it was policy to that all TRIMET buses WERE IN SERVICE until they get back to the garage. Riders were permitted to use dead heading buses and get off at any stop along the route or at the garage. Well apparently that has changed. Once of the bus is at the end of the line THE TAX PAYER FUNDS THE ENTIRE TRIP BACK TO THE GARAGE AND NO RIDERS ARE ALLOWED ALONG THE WAY, unless of course the driver has some ethics, which apparently is the exception now at TRIMESS.

An unethical management breeds an unethical staff

>
> Thank you for contacting Trimet.  I contacted bus training
> and was told once the Operator is at the end of his shift he
> does not have a responsibility to provide a ride in the
> opposite direction. 
(he didnt ask for that you morons, he asked for ride to the garage) If the Operator chose to go above and
> beyond and provide a ride it is up to his discretion to do
> so.  Trimet management would not expect the Operator to give
> you a ride once his bus is out of service.  It would be your
> responsibility to know the bus schedule.(he did know the bus schedule you fucking idiots)
>
> Regards,
>
> Jenny J
> Customer Satisfaction
> Trimet


Good thing all of our buses are air conditioned.


Monday, July 9, 2012

Transit is just not family freindly-ANYWHERE

Transit policy forces young family to walk home in rain - Thunder Bay - CBC News

Transit talent

http://www.transittalent.com/

Pay your fare and get this-TVM madness

DAN CHRISTENSEN TO BE KEYNOTE SPEAKER

FEATURING the unnaturally hilarious TRUE BUS STORIES of
World-Famous TriMet Operator DAN CHRISTENSEN
Celebrity Columnist and Journalistic Sleuth SARAH MIRK
Thursday, July 26, 2012
6:30pm until 10:00pm

(1) Portland Afoot: The Party

Rise of the Ticket Machines

Big news around the world these days – elections in Libya, raging wildfires, little old ladies dying after meeting the president – but these all pale in significance when set against the headlines right here in our little town. In the midst of all the human toil and activity on this teeming planet of ours, one thing seems to remain constant: TriMet can’t figure out how to make their ticket machines work.
Further digging shows that TriMet’s budget for giving a shit about ticket machines is equivalent to the one for ripping that goddammed poetry out of the trains, which is zippo. Your complaints are futile. They go to the same place that your gripes about that guy with his bags all over the seats go – TriMet purgatory. Your old umbrella is there, too. They’ll fix the ticket machines when Fred Hansen’s pension runs out, which is never. Did you know that after Fred Hansen dies, his termination contract with TriMet includes a provision to leave a small cash slot in his marble tomb? You do now!
Full editorial HERE!

TRIMET MISMANAGEMENT

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

C-TRAN ACTUALLY MAKES ITS DEBATE PUBIC

Trimet on the other hand operates like the National Security Agency
Click Here!

I had no idea that this woman is now an officer of the union

I know this woman and have seen her at several union meetings. This is good news for the union members, she's a shark.
Amy Taylor

The live dispatch feed has been changed

http://radio.rosecitytransit.org/

TRIMET COMMUNICATIONS UPDATES

Trimet comm center-July 8-7:01pm/8:10pm
TRIMET COMM CENTER-JULY 7-12:01PM-9:45PM
JULY 6-12:27PM/11:01PM
TRIMET COMM CENTER JULY 6/7-11:04PM/12:01PM

From 5 years ago- the first news story that I was embroiled in

Amy Ruiz (today the mayors assistant) published my full name in the Portland Mercury and implied that somehow I was involved with this

5 years ago

This post was titled MEET THE NEW MANAGERS, how many are still here?

Larry Hanley addresses ATU 757 members


ATU PRESIDENT HANSEN ACCEPTS CONGRATULATORY GIFTS


LARRY HANLEY SWEARS IN THE NEW ATU 757 OFFICERS


THE MORE I THINK ABOUT THIS THE HAPPIER I AM THAT JON HUNT IS STILL THERE

I watching the interaction between Jon and Bruce and I am becoming totally convinced that this is even better than I thought it was originally. Bruce has as his personal assistant the one man that is up to speed on everything going on in the union. It's a good thing.

Free rides when you get out of jail is an urban legend and not true


Even INDIA has a higher standard of transit public information than Portland

New Delhi: Upholding a Central Information Commission (CIC) order, the Delhi High Court has held that the Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS) is a public authority and comes under the ambit of the Right To Information Act (RTI).

WOW LARRY HANLEY TO BE AT TODAYS UNION MEETING

ALL(union members) are invited to attend the ATU charter meeting where International President Larry Hanley will be attending and installing NEW OFFICERS. Charter Meeting, 3:00 pm, Machinists (IAM) Local 24, 3645 SE 32nd Avenue

CHECK OUT MUNI'S BABY STROLLER POLICY

Muni weeks away from letting babies in strollers on buses | City Insider | an SFGate.com blog

NY media celebrating the work of its transit workers

Not much of this happening around here....
Seeking the heroes who keep the trains and buses running - NY Daily News

Operators-forget the fare-hit the button and let fare inspectors worry about it

Hamilton bus driver 'disturbed' by alleged assault - Hamilton

SCREAMING BABY ON TRIMET BUS!

This is an actual incident that occurred yesterday. Do you think you could drive a 40 foot bus safely with this sort of distraction? It's my understanding that this went on for 14 minutes total!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

MAX RUNS OVER MAN SITTING ON THE TRACKS

Late last night:

Trimet reports

Drug policy
 Supervisory reports
 Bus, Rail and Facilities Maintenance; Human Resources; Safety; Information Technology

Jason Mchuff denied boarding on dead head (corrected)

Whoever was driving 73/02 today you can expect a SIP for denying a ride to our buddy Jason who requested a ride from the jail back to the center street garage today. Jason was on the 73 bus when it got to the jail and the operator kicked him off even though Jason asked for a ride back to center street. Jason had to walk over a mile to find another bus stop. This is the kind of behavior that justifies the destruction of employee pay and benefits.
Last I heard operators are in service including dead heads where customers request a ride back to the garage.

At Trimet its all about who you know

From a reliable source:

A rail supervisor used "excessive force" (police ruling) against a juvenile in an incident at a transit center.
As most people that work at Trimet know, most everybody would be terminated immediately.
But because this particular supervisor was a personal friend of one of the top executives, they were able to keep their job at Trimet, as a rail operator.
Trimet did its usual job of covering the whole incident up.

Our pal Jeff Grimes makes the news!

This isn't the first time by the way, he also made the news saving a puppy running in the road:

TRANSIT INTELLIGENCE

The Career Hub for Public Transportation - TransitTalent.com

Man charged with stealing CTA bus, driving 12 miles

Story here!

Remember-Big brother is always watching

Police Chief Mike Reese acknowledged in City Council testimony in May that the bureau has long used video cameras. Other agencies and businesses have them, too: on TriMet platforms, state highways, cash machines, government buildings and convenience stores, among other places.

"In our community, we have cameras everywhere," Reese said. "I think sometimes we don't realize how much technology has progressed in the last few decades."

Portland police keep number and location of video cameras private | OregonLive.com

A 'nice' little story from our transit agency

(it really isn't all bad, although sometimes it appears that way)

Rider Profile: This mom rides TriMet to teach her kids life lessons « How We Roll – A Blog for TriMet Fans