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Sunday, July 22, 2012

TODAYS DISPATCH

By time and type Available for download or listening HERE!
(will be available for 24 hours but we are putting them up on YouTube again also)

Jason confronts 73 driver with rules in hand-driver says he doesn't care about the rules

I know that many of my fellow drivers will be unhappy about this post but I spent 15 years at Trimet trying to undue the damage that these type of operators have done to the public and our public perception.

In this clip we will see that the driver of 73 train 2 on this last Saturday afternoon tells Jason to his face he doesn't care about the rules and he 'can call Trimet all he wants'.

We have already seen Trimet defend this operator in a previous clip and Trimet ignores my complaint, I am in the same league as Erik Halstead, two people that Trimet refuses to deal with because we show the side of Trimet that they refuse to acknowledge.

These horrible operators are more prevalent than you think. They have been dragging down this agency for years and I place full Blame on Trimet management for allowing these operators to function unimpeded.

The public should be aware that it is the management that has created this monster that has gotten beyond their control. Now they attempt to pass blame to the union due to their management incompetence.

Jason rides with Dan Schenk!


Civic pride, on a bus



An Albany Parks & Recreation bus, seen here at the Albany Transit department's parking lot next to the Amtrak station.  Wouldn't it be nice if TriMet actually created a series of buses that were wrapped for each city TriMet served?  A City of Forest Grove bus, a City of Tigard bus, a City of Milwaukie bus, a City of Troutdale bus, and so on...

Albany can figure out good bus stops


13 year old bus being scrapped!!!!

Oh, the horrors!  This 13 year old Cherriots EZ-Rider bus sitting in a scrapyard in the Salem Industrial Park.

If this were a TriMet bus, it'd be in operation, probably looking very much the same as in this condition, but expected to carry riders in daily service.


Leonard has run in with Cab driver


Only in Portland would you see a sign like this


Portland Multi-Model Paradise


BYE BYE POWELL 17TH OVERPASS


Anybody notice that Trimet has not released its June ridership stats?

TriMet: Performance Dashboard
And I think I know why:

Seen on Facebook-from an operator

Was waiting to make a reilief at 82nd Max and a ticket machine repair guy was there working on machine.He said machines were junk and that even though he was fixing it, he would be called back again for repairs tomorrow or next day

Trimet Board of Sock Puppets July Briefing

If you can stomach watching these people:

TRIMET DRIVER RUNS RED LIGHT WHILE POLICE WATCH


YOUTHS TERRORIZE MAX OPERATOR


HOLY F@#$ING S@#T

JOB DRIVES BUS DRIVER TO SUICIDE!


AUSTIN, Texas — KVUE.com reported that an off-duty Capital Metro bus driver boarded a bus, then shot and killed himself in front of bus passengers Tuesday night. The driver pulled over and the passengers evacuated the bus. No one was else injured.

In a statement released on the incident, Capital Metro said the employee had been placed on suspension for disciplinary reasons earlier in the month. For the full story, click here.


Off-duty Cap Metro employee commits suicide on bus | kvue.com Austin

Blast from the past

I can't believe the amount of material that I have accumulated over the years-its really impressive.
Anyway I remember when I used to be able to film while driving and there was a spectacular lightning show going on:

CLASSIC TRIMET TWEETS

One week and still out of service

HERE!

Alan Eiesenberg rants on current events

In case you haven't noticed-Alan is an LIVING EXAMPLE of why the retirees need their contract and promises honored regarding the medical coverage.

OPERATORS (or anyone else for that matter) YOU WANT TO GET IN SHAPE?

Business owned by Trimet Operator Michael Giles

SEEN ON FACEBOOK

The title of this post is "what I think of Mcfarlanes contract"

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Who's going to be next

First they came for the communists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

Mary the kvetch makes excuses for McFührer

City and TriMet agree to continue YouthPass for upcoming school year | TriMet Media

WAKE UP AMERICA-THIS IS WHAT THE POWER ELITE HAVE PLANNED FOR YOU


My tweet To Michael Anderson (who I consider the most credible transit reportedr in PDX)

NEIL MCFARLANE HAS CLEARLY BROKEN HR RETALIATION POLICIES

This is the policy:
It is a violation of state and federal law, as well as TriMet policy, to retaliate against employees or customers who have filed a complaint of discrimination, participated in an investigation of unlawful discrimination, declared misuse of public funds, or engaged in other legally sanctioned, appropriate behavior.

And here we have the Employment Relations Board stating clearly the Mcfarlane "retaliated" against his very own employees because he didn't like the way things were going with the union: (of course you have to click on the pic)


Just one more in the long list of illegal and unethical actions this man has directed at his employees. What a slug.

Even Claudine made the express line

I believe I may be the only operator ever to not be listed in the express line. The irony in my case was that I qualified FOR ALL THREE CATEGORIES-15 years service/promotion to full time/and retired.I bet ya that's never been done before I am proud to leave with such grace!

Retired:

 Claudeen Hendren, Bus Operator, 13 years.

And this name is VERY FAMILIAR:
Rogene Clements, Coordinator Employee Programs, 18 years; 

Trimet HACKS conducting another PHONY 'worldwide' search

Remember the farce they pulled when they put that clown Mcfarlane in charge? They said "we are conducting a world wide search to find the best person to lead our 'gem' of a transit agency. Then they hired a capital projects guy rather than a transit guy. Just another in the long line of lies and charades they pull at Trimet. Well they're at it again, listen to some of this BS:

Portland is frequently cited as one of the best places to live in the world, and we're here to help keep it that way. Through regional partnerships and effective transportation and land-use planning, we're working to preserve the things that make this place special, like our thriving downtown, our clean air, our walkable neighborhoods and our spirit of sustainability.
Executive Director, Finance & Administration

(so much salary in our "budget stressed" environment that we don't dare list it 

Friday, July 20, 2012

TOP STORIES

SO HOW SCREWED ARE WE? TRIMET EXPLAINS
TRIMET IGNORING ELRB ORDERS
The Pièce de résistance-TRIMET YOU WILL PAY US BACK FOR YOUR ILLEGAL MANEUVERS
TRIMET ORDERED TO INFORM ALL EMPLOYEES ABOUT ITS 'ILLEGAL ACTIONS"
TRIMET EMPLOYEES ORDERED TO BE MADE WHOLE AFTER OUR UNETHICAL MANAGERS BREAK THE LAW
 AND HERE WE HAVE IT-TRIMET IMPOSED THE HEALTH CARE COSTS IN RETALIATION
Remember when McFührer said Oregon law gave him permission to impose his commands
SOME GEMS FROM THE NEWEST RULING ABOUT OUR LYING MANAGERS
Trimet final offer "illegal"
ARBITRATOR SAYS 'TRIMET CAN BE SUED'
ARBITRATOR CALLS OUT YET ANOTHER LIE BY TRIMET
ARBITRATOR LEVELS SCATHING ATTACK AGAINST TRIMET M...
 ARBITRATOR ACTUALLY CALLS OUT TRIMET LIES

AVOID POWELL BLVD

Light rail construction to close Powell Boulevard this weekend

Hmmm? Makes ya think doesn't it?

Bus company director hit by bus - National - NZ Herald News

GOOD BYE LINDA

Linda starred in many of my daily videos WHO STOLE LINDA'S LUNCH?
Linda had enough and quit in the middle of her shift

Another fine bus stop

Rear door of the rear bus empties out into a landscaped area, with little miniature signs admonishing people who walk on the landscaping.  A MAX stop would NEVER be designed like this, but it's OK for a bus stop?

I'm sure Jason McFarlane and Neil McHuff have a PERFECTLY logical justification why this bus stop was designed and built two years ago like this...I'm sure it was more efficient and safer and all that....I'm sure.

Electric Buses to be On Uruguay’s Roads Soon

http://www.chinacartimes.com/2012/07/20/byd-electric-buses-uruguays-roads/

Another fine TriMet bus stop

No bus schedule information despite a huge schedule sign holder for it.  Another bus stop loathed by those who need transit information, but perfectly acceptable by Jason McFarlane and Neil McHuff.

SEEN ON FACEBOOK-A SUPERVISOR

I love my job. I love my job. I love my job.
YES IT'S MY FUCKING FAULT THAT THE RED LINE ISN'T RUNNING TO THE AIRPORT!!!
I love my job. I love my job. I love my job... — at Gateway Transit

Trimess always has money to hire bureaucrats

Employee Programs, Coordinator 
(god these people just make me want to scream with their hypocrisy) 

SO WHAT LEADS ME TO BELIEVE THAT THE 'IMPOSED CONTRACT' MAY BE ILLEGAL?

This-first we will look at the section of the Arbitrator's decision that applies:

And now we will look at the final Order of the Employment Board

QUOTE FROM PAST PRESIDENT JON HUNT

I always respected Jon for his ability to organize protests and actively lead these protests:

“We’re going to war,” said Jon Hunt, Local 757 vice president. “You can guarantee there’s gonna be no labor peace until Randy Stedman and Neil McFarlane are in the unemployment line.” [Stedman is TriMet’s recently hired labor relations director; McFarlane is TriMet’s general manager, whose resignation Local 757 has been calling for.]

Cost of Youth Pass

"TriMet estimates that its own cost of providing the service is $2.7 million, entirely from reduced fare sales."

10,810 PPS high school students
Retail TriMet Youth pass is $27/mo
PPS students are in school 40 weeks per year
10,810 * $27 * 12 * 40/52 = $2,694,184/year

Why is PPS paying full retail price? Employers under the Universal Pass program do not pay the full price -- they pay based on ESTIMATED USAGE. Why is the formula different for PPS?

My hunch --
In the past they probably scratched their heads and said "hey TriMet, if we can get BETC to get you some dough, then let's do it." But now that BETC is gone, Sam is not willing to fudge the numbers to TriMet's benefit. Even Mary F. herself said that the youth pass program only costs TriMet "a couple hundred thousand" dollars for extra buses.

A very good representation of the Trimet system

Click Here!

Sock puppets are meeting to approve everything listed here

Meeting Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 9 a.m.

City of Portland Building, Room  C1120 SW 5th Avenue Portland, OR

Help Bus Riders Unite Hold TriMet Accountable!

OPAL and BRU will be taking to the streets the last week of August to raise awareness of the historic and unjust fare increases that will take effect on September 1.  We will also be expressing our appreciation for bus drivers, who are being unfairly blamed for TriMet’s management problems, and appreciating all our fellow bus riders, who are the engine of our system.  We need your help to keep this issue front and center in the public's consciousness, so please email Hector hector@opalpdx.org or Myrna myrna@opalpdx.org or call the office for more information on how to join the BRU Action Committee and help us plan for these events.
(I really need to get more involved with these folks but they seem to be doing just fine without me)

YouthPass

Portland A Foot

Trimet always finds money for what it wants too


According to the agreement headed to the Portland City Council for approval next week, Portland will pay $200,000 toward the estimated $2.9 million program.
PPS will contribute $950,000 -- up from their usual $800,000 contribution.
 TriMet will absorb the rest -- about $1.75 million in forgone revenue.
 Mayor Sam Adams and TriMet strike deal on Youth Pass | OregonLive.com

You gotta check this out

trimet_bus_ride | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

One thing I have noticed

From listening to dispatch and watching twitter-it seems that Trimet is coming to the defense of its drivers more than it used to . Of course I have no way to know what happens to the SIP's that come in. There are a hell of a lot of unhappy riders these days. Of course the operators always say they are innocent and the riders are at fault for all these incidents. The truth is usually in the middle of the two stories.

Trimet metro. 1997 new flyer D40LF

YouTube

MASS MEDIA IGNORES BAD NEWS FOR TRIMET MANAGMENT

Those of us that have been blogging/facebooking/or tweeting know how poorly the mass media serves the people. The mass media has been bought and paid for by the monied interests which are the corporate/government "partnerships" that exist around us, in this particular case TRIMET.


Every single news outlet covered the anti union ruling by Gaba. Although some of the media actually made some reference to the illegal and unethical sections of that Trimet contract, none of them actually delved into it.

Now we have yet another ruling, which has strongly condemned Trimet management on many levels, but where is the media? NOT ONE BIT OF COVERAGE, FROM ANYONE!

People shouldn't expect the mass media to do investigative stories. That job belongs to the 'fringe' media.

SEE WHAT HAPPENS TO TRIMET MANAGEMENT WHEN YOU PUT REAL PRESSURE ON THEM

They fold like a house of cards-they folded in one day with the Lift Strike an they folded to the Mayor who called them out. THESE PEOPLE CAN  BE BEATEN WITH ACTION

Adams Brokers Deal with TriMet on YouthPass

SO HOW SCREWED ARE WE? TRIMET EXPLAINS

New union contract effective immediately-Its the Blue Cross people that got it up the A#$!

TRIMET IGNORING ELRB ORDERS

This is a screenshot of the internal Trimet website-you see a lot of bragging over their unethical arbitration but not a word of the ELRB ruling which is fairly profound. Interesting isn't it?


Commuters get stuck again

TriMet MAX is screwed up tonight - YouTube

Thursday, July 19, 2012

I guess this bus driver doesn't realize he can't drive like this


TRIMET IS RUN BY CRIMINALS AND LAW BREAKERS

The arbitrator leveled some harsh words against them.
The ELRB has just ROASTED THEM ALIVE with the words they used.
These people that are running this place are lawbreakers with no ethics.
Don't take my word for it, take the legal experts who say it
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The Pièce de résistance-TRIMET YOU WILL PAY US BACK FOR YOUR ILLEGAL MANEUVERS
TRIMET ORDERED TO INFORM ALL EMPLOYEES ABOUT ITS 'ILLEGAL ACTIONS"
TRIMET EMPLOYEES ORDERED TO BE MADE WHOLE AFTER OUR UNETHICAL MANAGERS BREAK THE LAW
 AND HERE WE HAVE IT-TRIMET IMPOSED THE HEALTH CARE COSTS IN RETALIATION
Remember when McFührer said Oregon law gave him permission to impose his commands
SOME GEMS FROM THE NEWEST RULING ABOUT OUR LYING MANAGERS
Trimet final offer "illegal"
ARBITRATOR SAYS 'TRIMET CAN BE SUED'
ARBITRATOR CALLS OUT YET ANOTHER LIE BY TRIMET
ARBITRATOR LEVELS SCATHING ATTACK AGAINST TRIMET M...
 ARBITRATOR ACTUALLY CALLS OUT TRIMET LIES

Dan Christensen to renter Blogdom?

I have it from very reliable sources that one of the BEST TRIMET bloggers in history might very well be starting up his blog again. Remember Trimet Confidential? That was a great blog with some amazing writing on it. Hopefully the rumor is true

WHY IS THIS MAN STILL HERE?

We have ruling after ruling questioning the ethics of this man-he has performed numerous documented illegal activities and yet he is still general manager.
We have legal scholars telling us that he is doing these acts with malice with the intention of doing harm.
He is the type of man if he doesn't get his way he is wiling to break laws and cause pain and suffering.
YET HE IS STILL THE GENERAL MANAGER OF TRIMET?
WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE GOVERNOR?
WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE SOCK PUPPETS?
Why do we have to endure this monster of a man?

The Pièce de résistance-TRIMET YOU WILL PAY US BACK FOR YOUR ILLEGAL MANEUVERS

JUST WHEN I GAVE UP HOPE AND HAD PRETTY MUCH STOPPED KEEPING TRACK OF EVENTS WE GET SOME GOOD NEWS AND I BECOME REINVIGORATED!
Those of us that have been paying for blue cross-WE WILL BE GETTING A BIG FAT CHECK.
Of course the assholes that rule this place will appeal-but they have lost every other appeal. They are just sore losers who perform illegal acts like the rest of us eat breakfast. This decision is based on case law and there is virtually no chance of this being over ruled.

This also could be interpreted that all the HEALTH CARE CHANGES are now moot. They bargained in bad faith and nobody has to pay yet. (of course nobody agrees with me on that)

Of course Mcfarlane as leader is responsible for all this and in any credible organization (which Trimet is not)  these kind of ILLEGAL ERRORS would lead to IMMEDIATE TERMINATION. 
We see why Beth Dehamel jumped ship don't we.

TRIMET ORDERED TO INFORM ALL EMPLOYEES ABOUT ITS 'ILLEGAL ACTIONS"


TRIMET EMPLOYEES ORDERED TO BE MADE WHOLE AFTER OUR UNETHICAL MANAGERS BREAK THE LAW


Classic tweets


TRANSIT RIDERS UNION MEET UP TO DISCUSS THE NEXT MOVE

“TriMet is trying to pit the bus drivers against the bus riders,” said outgoing OPAL communications director Khanh Pham. “Actually, TriMet is spending millions of dollars in other places, and they’re not prioritizing the needs of bus riders. All of us deserve good health care. We’re not here to deny anybody health care.”

 How to reform TriMet? 10 interesting ideas from a transit riders’ union | Portland Afoot

AND HERE WE HAVE IT-TRIMET IMPOSED THE HEALTH CARE COSTS IN RETALIATION



Remember when McFührer said Oregon law gave him permission to impose his commands

Guess what? He left out the other part


SOME GEMS FROM THE NEWEST RULING ABOUT OUR LYING MANAGERS


EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS BOARD RULES AGAINST TRIMET

Not sure how this affects the contract but there is some very interesting language in here

ERB Decision here!

A TRIMET DRIVER QUIT IN THE MIDDLE OF HER SHIFT YESTERDAY

She called dispatch and said "I've had enough-I'm done'

Facsists pigs in control of Trimet throw a bone to its slaves

They've just screwed everybody out of millions as the future rolls on but the dumbbells who drive buses for them are so elated that they might get a check. Yet another brilliant move out of these tyrants who rule this blood sucking agency. Sucking the blood from the hapless riders and sucking the blood from the employees who still make a decent living. I hate them with a passion but I respect their brilliance in tactical propaganda methods

Signed personally by Mcfarlanes personal hack Steadman.

I guess its gonna be impossible for me to stop blogging completely

There is still a fascination with the events swirling around us

WHY THIS UNION IS FINISHED-FROM A UNION MEMBER FACEBOOK POST

I just described this syndrome in a comment to my post about getting out of blogging and lo and behold-this post was there on Facebook-I loath hoarders, selfish people who only care about themselves-they are the reason there are so many unemployed and even starving people on this planet:

LET THE PEOPLE ELECT OUR TRANSIT BOARD!

THE ONLY HOPE TO CHANGE THINGS AT TRIMET

This post is breaking records

For the number of HITS!

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!