Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Friday, July 20, 2012

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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