Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Talk about chicken shit. Today is Art Winslow's last day (he is retiring.) Instead of a manager presenting him with his 35 year pin, which is customary, they pussed out and asked a Lead to do it. They act all tough behind the scenes, but haven't got the courage to face someone when they no longer have anything to lose.
12 days short of a full 20 years at Tri-met and I have decided enough is an enough so today was my last day!
Thank you Mr Mc forskin for turning the best job that I ever had into a job that I hate to get out of bed to go to. Its sad when you get ready to leave work and you check to make sure that nothing that says Tri-Met is showing because you are no longer proud of where you work and don't want people to know you work for Tri-Met for fear someone would run you down in the street
There’s a dude sitting outside of Anna Bananas on Alberta airing his balls out for the bus patrons.
— ::B (@BBrkdwn) July 31, 2012
@bbrkdwn Didn't you know? That's one of the signals you can use to flag down a TriMet bus. Doesn't work so well with school buses though.
— Trimet Cares (@TriMetCares) July 31, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
Portland Tribune and Community Newspapers - Sparks fly in Clackamas rail fight
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Wednesday, August 1
Food @ 5:30 PM
Film Screening @ 6:00 PM
OPAL Office: 2407 SE 49th Ave
Bus Lines: 4, 14, and 71
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 email@example.com or call the office to RSVP and to get more information about this event.
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!!!!!
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.
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.
Friday, July 27, 2012
Thursday, July 26, 2012
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Twitter appears down across much of planet - Houston Chronicle
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
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?
And why does he appear less than thrilled?
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
“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
"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 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.
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
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
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'.
(nothing must disrupt our rail service, NOTHING)
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
I've created this little video as my visualization of the break up between Trimet and it's employees and decent health care.
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.
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
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
Monday, July 23, 2012
Oakland, California airport selling 13 year old Gillig Advantage buses (made in nearby Hayward, California).
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!!!
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!!!!
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.
A long time CRONY of Neil Mcfarlane who has absolutely NO CREDIBILITY in making such pronouncements!
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.
Expert panel failed its duties with light rail funds study | The Columbian
Sunday, July 22, 2012
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.
And I think I know why:
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
Saturday, July 21, 2012
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.
Retired:Claudeen Hendren, Bus Operator, 13 years.
And this name is VERY FAMILIAR:
Rogene Clements, Coordinator Employee Programs, 18 years;
(so much salary in our "budget stressed" environment that we don't dare list it
Friday, July 20, 2012
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
And now we will look at the final Order of the Employment Board
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.
Meeting Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 9 a.m.
City of Portland Building, Room C1120 SW 5th Avenue Portland, OR
(I really need to get more involved with these folks but they seem to be doing just fine without me)
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