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Saturday, July 28, 2012

OPAL

Bus Riders Union: The Film
Wednesday, August 1
Food @ 5:30 PM
Film Screening @ 6:00 PM

OPAL Office: 2407 SE 49th Ave
Bus Lines: 4, 14, and 71

LABRU

Bus Riders Union is a riveting documentary that tells the story of the early years of the Bus Riders Union in Los Angeles, an organization that has led the fight for transit justice in LA and around the country for nearly 20 years. The LA BRU is a close partner of OPAL, and served as a model for the formation of Bus Riders Unite. The film screening will be followed by a discussion of what we can learn from the experiences of the LA BRU to further strengthen our own local movement for transit justice. Email Hector hector@opalpdx.org or call the office to RSVP and to get more information about this event.

America's Workforce Radio features President Hanley

Listen to the full interview here.

MERCER FOLLOWS REED GROUP IN HASSLING EMPLOYEES

Those of us who have dealt with the REED GROUP know how awful they are. (Another move by Trimet to torture its employees)

Well read this about MERCER (taken from Facebook)

Was just informed by mercer that a copy of my kids birth certificates was insufficient proof of dependency but did not inform me what else they wanted....WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE!!!!!

McFarlane lied

Created by Tom Horton

SOUND FAMILIAR?

All too many ATU members can identify with a bus driver who is attacked. And some even know what it feels like when a battered driver tries to contact a dispatcher through an on-board call box and… nothing happens.  
That’s what happened on July 19, when a rider assaulted HART bus operator Colin Brown after entering the bus and paying the fare, hitting him 20 times with her fist.  Brown had to use his cell phone to reach the agency’s dispatch center. Emergency responders finally took him to the hospital where he was treated for a concussion and other injuries. Read more here. 
With a deep concern for the safety of its members, Local 1593- Tampa along with the ATU International are demanding that the HART board “immediately intervene and restore our confidence in being able to perform our duties in a safe work environment.” 
ATU and the Transport Workers Union (TWU) continue to address the issue of attacks on transit worker through a joint committee that’s working hard to find ways to protect transit workers.  
“Last month a Los Angeles bus driver was shot to death while on duty. A New Jersey bus operator was stabbed seven times. Lower profile offenses such as spitting and verbal abuse are becoming part of the job,” ATU President Larry Hanley said. “The public is also at-risk. Transit agencies must put the safety and security of their operators and passengers first.” Read full statement.

JONATHAN HUNT VS LARRY HANLEY

OLMS Explains Dismissal of Complaint Involving Election of Transit Union Officers - Amalgamated Transit Union

UNION LOSES ANOTHER ONE

We met with TriMet re the Mercer enrollment audit. Although we disagree, at this time we are encouraging our members to participate by submitting the appropriate paperwork.
Bruce

I bought a beer from Mary Fetsch

She was manning the Lopoc table....
She did a double take but then recognized me, but she told me "that Steve (Fung) was already there" so it might have triggered her memory.
I didn't think she would recognize me.
Poor Mary, I thought she looked a little rough to be honest.

MORE WHIING ABOUT UNION EMPLOYEES

TriMet must expand service while trimming costs

Thursday, July 26, 2012

LENNY ANDERSON DOES A HELL OF A STAND UP ROUTINE


DAN CHRISTENSEN PERFORMANCE DESCRIBING THE 85 ROUTE


Sorry, no freebies.


IT'S MAX!


CHRIS SMITH EVEN SHOWS UP!


JASON BARBUR IS BACK IN PORTLAND


WE LOVE THE LIGHT RAIL

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No spitting on WES allowed!


ALAN EISENBERG CHALLENGES NEIL MCFARLANE TO ANSWER COMPLAINTS-FIXED MOVIE


Backspace

Cameron Johnson keeps plugging away


Max Operator has problem hearing announcements


This should be Trimet's logo


HAD NO IDEA THAT THIS DOUBLE DECKER DID PUSH UPS

I saw this 'art' earlier

LA BUS RIDERS UNION PROTEST OBAMA

Bus Riders Union calls on Obama to restore service hours in L.A. - latimes.com

The crazy world of STEALTHWAVERAPTOR

Another nutty video

TriMet MAX Fail

Funny Video

BOSTON INCREASES ITS FARE EVASION TICKET

From $15 to $50!
A ticket that actually mirrors the offense.
I've always been offended by Trimet $175 fine for a $2.00 ride on a vehicle that is going that way weather anybody pays or not.

GUESS WHO'S GONNA BE AT THE JACK LONDON BAR TONIGHT AT 6:30?


OMG!

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We expect to be back in <%= deadline %>. For more information, check out Twitter Status. Thanks for your patience!
Twitter appears down across much of planet - Houston Chronicle

COMING UP!

Greetings Double Decker Bus Tour Ass Kicker!

TODAYS DISPATCH BY TIME AND TYPE

Available HERE for the next 24 hours.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

MY FAVORITE TWEETS TODAY


MAX FAQ'S IS ALIVE!

MAX coupling | MAX FAQs

Does Tom Hanks actually like the light rail?

I'm not totally convinced after watching his video:
Actually, HOLLYWOOD STARS, do all sorts of things for all sorts of reasons.
Now I ask you, would Mr Hanks really have been bothered making that little video if he wasn't asked to?
N-O-P-E!
And why does he appear less than thrilled?

They all want streetcars (well the developers do)

Proponents see a future for streetcars in Portland | The Forecaster

YESTERDAYS DISPATCH CALLS ON YOUTUBE

Trimet communications center July 24

ALAN EISENBERG REPORTS ON THE TRIMET BOARD MEETING


So I'm Intensely Curious

About making a scheduled 'meeting' with Beth DeHamel as she requested on the ninth. Of course, I'm not going to just go there and bow to her unquestionable logic. What I want to do is turn the tables on her.

My most base idea is to demand a compromise. I'll hear what you have to say about the budget, but by that, you have to give me answers and they better mean something, because I'm going to take those answers as gold and I'm going to make them known. Pretty much this will be an interview so you better make sure you're telling the truth. That kind of thing. It'll make em look good if they're making big promises and telling the truth, it'll show if they give half-answers and whatnot, and if they're straight up lying, smile, because you're on candid camera.

And I'd ask questions, too. I'd want to know what they're truly planning for the service cuts- when they say they're splitting the 12 and 94, will the 94 run all day? At what frequency? And what are the base ideas for next year? Any plans of putting back into the system? If so, what? If not, why? What are the plans for the Saragoza Million?

Odds are, if I traded questions with her, I'd bring an OPALite or two with me. Maybe it'd be Jared, the policy guy. I'd love for it to be Lynne and Terrence, the OITs with attitude and gumption. It'd just be nice to have someone back me up, especially since I'm apparently shaming them and all.

I don't know just how well this would go over, which is why I'm bringing this to the editing room- here. Give me some ideas! What terms do I set? And what do I do if they get accepted? I would love to turn this into my own sort of setup for OPAL to get answers. I'll be going in as a journalist, practically. :P

~Cameron

HOW TO REFORM TRIMET.......

OPAL’s basic problem, activist Cameron Johnson said, is that TriMet board members don’t currently see the group as a potential threat.
“We need to make them sweat a little,” said Johnson, who was celebrating his 18th birthday by attending the meeting. (Johnson didn’t, for his part, speak in favor of visiting board members’ homes.)
How to reform TriMet? 10 interesting ideas from a transit riders’ union | Portland Afoot

Media just spits back whatever Trimess tells them too

It's really pathetic

TriMet reaches record ridership - KPTV - FOX 12
TriMet posts new ridership record in fiscal 2012 - Portland Business Journal
TriMet sets new ridership record

Fed's gonna help Trimet get some more buses

http://media.trimet.org/new-5-million-federal-grant-to-help-trimet-update-its-bus-fleet-faster-than-expected/

Positively Clackamas co-founder sues Clackamas County over Voters Pamphlet statement for anti-light rail measure

http://www.oregonlive.com/milwaukie/index.ssf/2012/07/positively_clackamas_co-founde.html

Enter the "True Tales of TriMet Terror" Essay Contest!

Portland Mercury

*fanfare*

Wow, so okay! I totally can post on this blog now. What shall I use to mark this monumental occasion? What sonnet shall spring forth from my words of wisdom? What brilliant post can I use to leave my legacy on this blog? What incredible, original, shocking truth will I bring to light in this commune of the wise?
...screw it, here's another picture of TriMet doing weird stuff. 
~Cameron

TRIMET DRIVER DOES BOO BOO

Cameron Johnson has a little chat with Beth Dehammel

And you know what? I say that because I am fed up. I'm fed up with TriMet's management and their lack of transparency and accountability, and the fact that they really don't seem to care because they have the power. But what I'm really upset about was exactly what I talked to Ms. DeHamel about when I ended the conversation between us.

"I am really disappointed that the only time those of you with power at TriMet ever bother to speak with a rider is when you are personally offended."

And I'll say this. I'm pretty offended too, Ms. DeHamel

Read his entire post  HERE!

Trimet rolls along (god love em)


GUESS WHAT?

When you operate a monopoly and gas prices hit historic highs that just stick around you tend to get more business.

TriMet celebrates record boardings, but WES rail service still costs taxpayers whopping $13 per rider | OregonLive.com

This follows the exact same trend that most other transit districts are experiencing around the country so nothing spectacular there.

A SHOCKING STATISTIC COMES THROUGH

A huge drop in weekend MAX ridership! ITS HUGE! OVER 10%!


Bus
Weekly trips were up 1.4 percent to 1,224,700
Weekday trips were up 1.5 percent to 193,400
Weekend trips were up 1.4 percent to 193,000
Rush-hour trips were up 0.2 percent to 60,000

MAX
Weekly trips were down 3.1 percent to 842,020
Weekday trips were down 0.5 percent to 131,800
Weekend trips were down 11.3 percent to 183,020
Rush-hour trips were up 0.3 percent to 38,600

AMERICA WAKE UP!


IF THE EUROPEANS CAN'T STOP THE MONEY MASTERS US AMERICANS ARE DEAD

The Europeans are a culture that is not divided like the American culture is. And one by one each state and its citizens are losing benefit after benefit, life is becoming more miserable each day for the Europeans.
Why should we care about Europe when in the USA its all about "i got mine you get yours"? (no such thing as brotherhood in this country)
Because what we have just witnessed at Trimet was the Scott Walkerization of Oregon and its new conservative hero NEIL (the rat) MCFARLANE (aka McFührer)
The GREEKS are hanging themselves on trees and take a good look at Spain, because soon enough us American's will be right there. Of course there will be no millions of people in the streets here, because 'we just don't care about THOSE people'.

Tracking State Transportation dollars

Tri-State Transportation Campaign

This is 'news' according to Trimet

Deliveries now underway for 64 massive girders for the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project | TriMet Media

Why Trimet refuses to charge at it's park and rides

Are park-and-pay lots in commuters' future? | Local News | The Seattle Times

(nothing must disrupt our rail service, NOTHING)

Trimet driver Larry Porter makes Best of Portland 2012

TriMet driver Larry Porter was the most talked-about man in the country for one night in May. On a Wednesday afternoon, Porter, 48, was about to begin his route when he saw a man by the side of the road beating a woman. He called 911, but for two minutes, he watched with growing anxiety. He yelled that the police were coming, but that just made the man punch harder. Feeling he had to do something, Porter pulled the bus over. At 5-foot-10 and over 300 pounds, he needed barely any effort to knock the man flat on his back. Then he easily pinned him down for the 20 minutes it took the police to arrive. The story made the night’s news and got syndicated across the country. Porter says friends called from out of town, but the attention became too intense for this accidental hero, and he and his wife had to leave town for a weekend. “It’s like I told my boss,” Porter said: “I’m not looking for a pat on the back.” ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT.

http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19474-best_of_portland_201.html

TRIMET COMM CENTER BY TIME AND CHANNEL

Is available for downloading or listening HERE!
This is from today and will be available for 24 hours.

Trimet comm center you tube from yesterday

TRIMET COMMUNICATIONS JULY 23

TAKE IT FROM THE TRIMET OPERATOR OF THE YEAR-JACKIE OSWALD

IT'S A BLAST FROM THE PAST!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

THE POWERFUL AND THE CONNECTED MIGHT HAVE WON BUT

DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE

SOCK PUPPETS MEET TOMORROW-I HERBY SURRENDER

I was contemplating going to the meeting tomorrow and making quite a scene but after conversations and contemplation I have come to the conclusion that the WORLD WIDE MOVEMENT TO DESTROY LABOR HAS HIT ME PERSONALLY and hereby submit my surrender to the forces of evil. If Trimet operators aren't willing to fight then its hopeless and I am wasting my effort at the sock puppet meetings.I'll consider myself lucky that I am getting anything for retirement, and who knows how long that will last now that KING MCFARLANE rules without any way of stopping him.
I've created this little video as my visualization of the break up between Trimet and it's employees and decent health care.

Merlo Mars


Issued 5:15pm

TransitTracker is not working on trimet.org and m.trimet.org. We are working to fix the issue.

A Clean TriMet Bus

Steve Fung Pictures:

TRIMET MARCHES ON

It's like they just don't acknowledge any sort of labor dispute going on.
They amaze me, really. These people are pro's! As much as I hate em I have to respect their ability to manipulate events. They are well aware there is a hardcore group of militants (such as myself), but they know we are a 'fringe' group without any real power hence of no real threat to anything they are doing. And they clearly control the conversation. As long as they control the conversation we can't win.

Tribulations of TriMet

KBOO

ATU PRESIDENT BRUCE HANSEN RESPONDS TO MCFARLANE

At this time, TriMet's last statement regarding COLAs is that they will be paid out, on or before August 24th. COLA increases to retirees' pensions will take a little longer, with no set date at this time.

Notable tweets

NEWS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY

Southern California is getting millions for new buses and public transportation facilities | 89.3 KPCC
SFMTA Gets $21 Million Grant For New Muni Buses
Veolia to divest Eastern European bus ops - sources | Reuters
Lynx bus driver headed to Tallahassee as a state representative - Orlando Sentinel

At Caterpillar, Pressing Labor While Business Booms

The worldwide movement to destroy labor rages on as the fake recession created by the The Money Masters had engineered.

Caterpillar-booming in Profits, can use the fake recession to break its union-just like Trimet is doing. Millions unemployed by the The Money Masters has made it easy for companies like Caterpillar and Trimet to break unions.

Profitable Caterpillar Pushes Workers for Concessions - NYTimes.com

Seen on Facebook


TODAYS DISPATCH BY TIME AND TYPE

Will be available for 24 hours for downloading or listening HERE!

Monday, July 23, 2012

DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE

If you missed yesterdays dispatch download you can still get it on you tube

Trimet communications center-July 22

DON'T FORGET THE MCFARLANES CHEERLEADERS TO MEET

Meeting

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

Location

City of Portland Building, Auditorium
1120 SW 5th Avenue
Portland, OR

Viewership last week



TRIMET'S McFührer

McFührer proclaims ERB award means nothing here!

FTA grants "State of Good Repair" grants, TriMet once again squanders it

Federal Transit Administration

King County Metro making its way to Salem, Oregon

eBay link

TriMet would have no problem attracting riders with THIS bus!

eBay link

Party Lounge Transportation

Fun girls!

WOW!!!  (this one is R-rated)


Oakland, California Airport selling 13 year old buses

eBay link

Oakland, California airport selling 13 year old Gillig Advantage buses (made in nearby Hayward, California).

Albany, New York CDTA selling 14 year old buses

Ebay link

Capital District Transit Authority in Albany, New York selling its 14 year old Orion VI buses (also made in upstate New York).

Another bus on eBay

And another one

King County selling 13 year old buses

Ebay link

King County Metro D60LF in Sound Transit service, purchased in 1999, now for sale.

SEEN ON FACEBOOK-MCFARLANE TRYING TO DRIVE HIS EMPLOYEES INSANE

It has finally occurred to us that Mcfarlanes tactic is to DRIVE ALL OF HIS EMPLOYEES INSANE. And he is succeeding very well ,I hope he is proud of himself.

Anyway here is the best suggestion yet on how to handle this:

Idea!!! It's understood that we do not have the ability to go on strike against our employer. But.. Who says we can't all lay our head in our hands at the same time and have a mass "nervous breakdown" and go out on workmanship comp? Then the next day everyone matches down to the courthouse and sue McF personally for mental anguish. He has caused this for all of us. Our message would ring very clear... And we'd all get paid!!!
UPDATE:
 I'm pretty sure if McF and the board found themselves in a financial position that required representing 1000 or so law suits claiming harassment and mental anguish they'd leave us alone!! I wonder if Trimet and the city would throw them under the bus and make them pay the law bills themselves. 

Damn wouldn't that make great front page press, "Neil McF and cronies claim personal bankruptcy in the wake of 1000 lawsuits lodged by Trimet employees. Side story... Milwaukie Light Rail opening ceremonies are still planned next week!!!" I'd fucking love it!!!!

TOP STOIRES

Here!

McFührer proclaims ERB award means nothing!


Posted by Neil McFarlane at Jul 23, 2012 08:15 AM | Permalink

Late last week, we received an important decision from an Employment Relations Board (ERB) Administrative Law Judge. If you remember, because of financial concerns, TriMet froze cost of living adjustments (COLAs) and passed on increased insurance premiums as of January 1, 2011 for union members while we negotiated a new contract. The ERB ruled TriMet had the right to “freeze” both insurance premiums and COLAs – but because we implemented the freeze in reaction to our belief that the union was engaging in delay tactics and not bargaining at the table in good faith, ERB found in this case that we had implemented the freeze for both lawful financial and unlawful retaliatory reasons.

LONG TIME TRIMET CRONY/INSIDER DICK FEENY BLAMES UNION AND LEGISLATOR FOR ALL TRIMET WOES

Former TriMet official offers insight on labor dispute, arbitration - Catholic Sentinel - Portland, OR

And this is who this man REALLY IS:
. A TriMet lobbyist for 25 years, Feeney worked with the Oregon delegation to secure more than $2 billion in federal light-rail construction funds. Through his efforts and others Portland ranks third in the nation behind only New York and Los Angeles in garnering federal transit-construction dollars. As evidence of his work and the support he enjoys by many, a stop on the new Interstate light rail line has been named in his honor.  SOURCE:HERE!

A long time CRONY of Neil Mcfarlane who has absolutely NO CREDIBILITY in making such pronouncements!

Beaverton man robbed, beaten while walking on Southwest Millikan Way, police say

Rebecca Woolington, The Oregonian

SEEN ON FACEBOOK

Fare Inspector insists that 'there is no entrapment involved' in issuing citations:

I'm some one who enforces the fare. Having tvm that don't work make it hard to enforce the fare. If I come across some one who claims a tvm does not work I'll wright them a citation then verify if the tvm is working or not if it is not working I void the citation so no entrapment involved. If their are too many tvm's down in an area I like to go check busses it makes it hard to enforce the fare when I step on a bus and everyone has an all zone ticket this is as bad as down tvm's in my opinion so please give people what they pay for. And on a last note Trimet does now get money for the citations that I write but not very much after the fine gets lowered to $50-$60 and none if they do community service.

OPAL

  • Please join us in the OPAL Office on August 1 for a screening of the film Bus Riders Union. This riveting documentary tells the story of the early years of the Bus Riders Union in Los Angeles, an organization that has lead the fight for transit justice in LA and around the country for nearly 20 years. Food will be served starting at 5:30. The screening will begin at 6:00, followed by a discussion of what we can learn from the experiences of the LA Bus Riders Union to further strengthen our own local movement for transit justice!

TRIMET COMM CENTER UPDATE-YOUTUBE VERSION

JULY 22

TRIMET RAIL SUPERVISOR PERFORMS FIT FOR DUTY TEST


OOPS

TTC bus slams into downtown building | Toronto & GTA | News | Toronto Sun

Double-decker London bus reborn as athletic Czech art

REUTERS

Transit Intelligence

CLICK HERE

Joe Rose says Trimet fails its customers with social media

Is TriMet still missing the bus when it comes to using social media to communicate with its riders?

A lot of riders seem to think so.

Deborah better hope Trimess doesn't whack her route next

Trimet propaganda blog here!

TRIMET HAS SOLD OUR FUTURE AWAY FOR LIGHT RAIL ADVENTURES

And even if the federal government may legally contribute up to $850 million, it is under no obligation to do so. It routinely provides a lot less. Consider the experience of Tri-Met's Portland-Milwaukie light rail project. For years, Tri-Met planners assumed that the federal government would pay 60 percent of project costs. But when funding allocations were actually made, the feds only paid 50 percent, forcing Tri-Met to come up with $150 million in additional revenue and cost savings. The agency borrowed heavily against future payroll tax revenues, a move that has worsened the very difficult financial situation that is now forcing Tri-Met to raise fares and slash bus routes.

Expert panel failed its duties with light rail funds study | The Columbian

Our live transit feed getting world wide attention

Greetings from TampaBay!

I love your blog postings.  What I am writing to you about is how are you doing the trimet live streaming feeds?  We are in need of feeds for our own dispatch/supervisor radio transmissions from our employer HART.  I was wondering what your set up was.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks for any assistance you could give me.

WHAT'S THE MATTER TRIMET? CAT GOT YOUR TONGUE?

http://t.co/sX7iI90A

THE TRIMET SYSTEM-EPISODE 2


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"