Thursday, August 9, 2012
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Dear Mr. Mcfarlane:
I have been working for your company as bus operator since March 5, 2007. As, you know you have been ordered on more than one occasion by the Employment relations Board to make me whole for any losses incurred due to your unlawful conduct, including reimbursement for salary increases I did not receive and contributions toward insurance premium costs I paid. According to my calculations, I should have been paid a total of $3,900.00 in wages and insurance premiums.
I am willing to resolve this matter informally through immediate payment of $3,900.00. If I do not receive these wages and insurance premiums within two weeks of the date of this letter, I will file a claim with the Oregon Labor Commissioner or in state court seeking all the damages allowed by law.
I am also requesting that you cease and desist from communicating to me in regards to or attempting to implement any action to collect money you think I owe for this highly illegal retroactive health care policy. I was given no information at the time I signed up for my current insurance policy stating that I could at some point be held responsible for paying money back. If I had been given such information it clearly would have influenced my choice. This change you made to our insurance has been ruled illegal because it was done in retaliation in case you forgot.
I am also aware of my rights that protect me from retaliation for requesting my unpaid wages. If your company takes any action against me, including any form of discipline or discharge, for asserting my right to be paid my wages I will have the right to file another claim with the Labor Commissioner or in court based on unlawful retaliation.
If you have any questions about the contents of this letter, I can be contacted at home at 503-XXX-XXXX
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It's January 31, and I want to go to the zoo. The bus pulls up to the stop and I flash the February monthly pass I just bought. The bus driver explains to me that it's January. I go home and get 40 cents and return to the bus stop. The bus is 20 minutes late.
I take an empty seat in the back. Two stops later, a filthy, boisterous man boards. He chooses the seat next to me. He smells like cigarettes, booze, and urine. He's in the mood for conversation. He begins to tell me a story about his old landlord, the government, maybe the CIA. It's not very cohesive. Spittle is raining down on me, and the other people on the bus think that we are friends. The MAX station is a few stops away so I bid my new acquaintance adieu and get on the train.
The MAX stops on the middle of the Steel Bridge and I realize I need to take a shit. Badly. Fifteen minutes, and nothing. People are becoming restless. My bowels are becoming restless. I am a grown man. I believe I can hold it until the zoo. Another 20 minutes pass and I am not so sure.
I begin to pray. The train starts moving, thank god. I clench until the Washington Park station. As I'm about to disembark, a plainclothes TriMet officer stops me and asks for my ticket. I show him my February pass. "It's January," he explains as he writes me a ticket. There are no functioning bathrooms in sight.
I get to the zoo and realize I left my debit card at home. I have no money on me. Defeated and humiliated, I walk to Washington Park and take a shame shit in the bushes. On the ride home I smell like poop and no one sits by me.
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> Saturday 8/11/2012, 2:00 PM, Channel 22
> 7/25/2012 Trimet Board Meetings
> Tuesday 8/14/2012, 1:00 PM, Channel 22
> 7/25/2012 Trimet Board Meetings
> Thursday 8/16/2012, 5:00 PM, Channel 23
> 7/25/2012 Trimet Board Meetings
> Wednesday 8/22/2012, 12:00 PM, Channel 11
> 7/25/2012 Trimet Board Meetings
> Thursday 8/23/2012, 5:00 PM, Channel 22
> 7/25/2012 Trimet Board Meetings
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
— Cameron Johnson (@CamOfPortland) August 8, 2012
@pdxtrimetrider hell, the front desk at 4012 made me wait ten minutes for an escort upstairs. Trimet really is a pro at delay tactics.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
...I say as if I'm not going to be there at ten sharp.
In essence, she said she could not meet with me personally, but she 'encouraged' me to attend the board meeting tomorrow where she was making a presentation for "Fund Balance and Contingency" and offered to talk to me about it after the meeting.
I just gave her an honest reply; I told her that I was not sure if I could make it to the board meeting because I was transporting my sister to a day camp and I doubted that TriMet would be able to get me there in time. Isn't that sort of ironic, TriMet?
I'll make it towards the end of the meeting, because hell I'm going to give testimony since Public Forum is open.
(everything but providing transit is a priority at Trimess)
Monday, August 6, 2012
2,374 show up to try to get part-time CTA bus driver job - Chicago Sun-Times
I guess you could argue that having the two together provides frequency, and I suppose that could be true, except for a few things. 1) Line 63 runs every 40 minutes midday while line 83 runs every 20 minutes, and most of the time the 63 leaves the Oregon Zoo anywhere between two and five minutes after the 83. Not useful, now is it?
Great. We’re stuck at the Sunset Transit Center with seven miles of Max cars stopped ahead of us. As the driver suggests over the P.A., “You may want to take the 20 bus into downtown,” I’m already trotting down the platform.
About half the trainload is right with me. The 20 Burnside to Gresham arrives like a prompt ambulance and we cram into it.
Read the rest of the story HERE!
Sunday, August 5, 2012
This is good for a laugh
Some questions and answers from 'those' people that control our lives
HOW COME WHAT'S HIS NAME IS MISSING HERE?
ARBITRATOR SAYS 'TRIMET CAN BE SUED'
TRIMET HAS UNLAWFUL PROVISIONS IN ITS FINAL OFFER
OPERATOR GETS LOCKED IN
Leonard sets off silent alarm
Heat causes the rails to expand, and it also causes the aerial power lines that feed the trains' pantagraphs to sag. This means that they have to go vewy, vewy slowly in order to avoid derailments or other damage to "infrastructure".
Buses don't have such issues, but there are two big problems with them: they aren't cool, and they're inexpensive. Tri-Met, which has morphed from a transit agency into a development agency, hates buses.
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Or, there were problems with the lower deck of the Steel Bridge, too (among other things)
Amtrak Train 14 (northbound Coast Starlight) was recorded as leaving Salem at 4:22PM and didn't get into Portland Union Station until 9 o'clock. Over 4 1/2 hours to get from Salem to Portland.
A rider's companion notes that 1/2 hour or more was spent sitting on the other side of the Steel Bridge waiting for heat-related issues to be taken care of. It was also heard that a woman rider with a walker did not make it off the train in Salem.
In addition, southbound Amtrak Cascades train 507 arrived in Portland late due to heat/weather issues where it was held for the Steel Bridge issues until almost an hour after the next southbound train, 509 had arrived.
They are the most annoying people in Portland Metro, they need these cards to educate themselves, I got nothing but rage for them sometimes, but we must coexist......to a point, LOL
Friday, August 3, 2012
I can't tell if I'm a bit embarrassed or not that my mental disorders (such as Autism and bi-polar disorder) were what qualified me for this... but hey, why question it?
The ID card goes out in 5 years. By then I'll legally be able to drink. Hahaha.
It's definitely one of the more livable cities, but to tell you the truth, I can't wait to get out of Portland.
Acts of Minor Treason: Tunnel Visions: Portland's MAX Light Rail
Robert Schwandl's Urban Rail Blog: PORTLAND MAX & Streetcar
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Its never been particularly easy blogging over there, and I've been part of their crowd for years now. But those moderators over there, especially Bob R, can just get ridiculous sometimes in their tyrannical moods. And Bob R does have that streak of tyrant in him that comes out occasionally.
And now they are at it again: SEEN ON FACEBOOK:
— Cameron Johnson (@CamOfPortland) August 2, 2012
@trimet in the spirit of being persistent, is there any idea what time this month we can expect the new maps/schedules?
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Asked for her perspective on the real motivations behind such seemingly implausible projects Barton says, “All too often these big government projects are not about providing services to taxpayers but rather about building empires, growing government and throwing money at the next fad. Light rail is a financial boondoggle that the planning class has invested in so deeply they cannot dig themselves out, despite its deep flaws and voter discontent.
Can Voters Slow Creeping Light Rail? | Mark Ellis | Northwest Free Press
McFührer made it very clear that this was 'only the beginning of the cuts coming to employees.
Anyway some of you may have followed the case of the rail supervisor that knocked out a juvenile. It turns out that the rail supervisor (remember we do not know the facts of this case) won his job back at the STEP THREE GRIEVANCE HEARING.
Well Herr Steadman announced that Trimet WILL NOT HONOR THE STEP THREE DECISION.
In other words brothers and sisters, THE GRIEVANCE PROCESS IS GONE AS OF NOW.
- Last month, the Oregonian announced that they had hired the Bend Bulletin’s Erik Lukens to be the paper’s new Editorial Page Editor. At the time, we wrote that it signaled a further shift to the right for the state’s “paper of record.”
Part 2: Kicking Working Families While They're Down - for instance, by lowering the minimum wage.
Part 3: "Down with taxes! (Unless you are Poor)" because the working poor—not the rich—should be making more sacrifices.
Part 4: Attacks social security, because why ask more from the richest when you can shift the burden onto our senior citizens instead?
Part 5: No Friend of Public Schools but a fan of overcrowded classrooms and failed charter schools.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.