Wednesday, July 31, 2013
The interesting thing is the same stuff I could find on my own using Trinet they are telling me costs $1732! Unbelievable. Trimess strikes again and succeeds in keeping their files secret. I'm not paying that ridiculous charge, there is plenty publicly available material to continue illustrating the complete absurdity of Trimet Transit District. No matter what they do to cut me off I always find something else to cover. Trimet actions makes me more and more focused to never stop this blog.
The report raises questions about the future of near-field communications as a payment platform, in part because of Apple’s decision not to include NFC in the iPhone. For this reason, researchers expect to see growth in barcode-based ticketing in developed areas and the rise of applications using text-messaging in developing areas.
To date, only a few U.S. properties have adopted mobile payment options. In addition to TriMet (OR), discussed above, other early adopters include the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, NJ TRANSIT, and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (TX), and Amtrak. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (NY) also plans to introduce mobile ticketing for its commuter rail lines.
FULL STORY HERE
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
If it happened to me it will happen to you. Trimet is only now beginning the slashing employees pensions and benefits. They have admitted so publicly. I have lost 20% of my pension value. Do you think there will be much waiting for you by the time you leave Trimet? Don't count on it. Meanwhile Fred Hanson collects $16,000 a month, Bob Nelson is collecting $200,000 a year at the same time is collecting $48,000 year pension. Auxier collects his $175,000 year salary plus a $69,000 year pension from Trimet. And who knows how much McFarlane will rake away from the situation at Trimet. Just remember who you are working for and who should have your loyalty.
A company that has no second thoughts about screwing it's retirees while enriching its executive class is who you are working for. Remember it.
Monday, July 29, 2013
Sunday, July 28, 2013
While people like Mcfarlane and Fred Hansen get insanely rich off the tax payers tit they continue attacking the blue collar workers as the enemy of the people. Americans not being especially generous or loving people, eat up the propaganda and can't wait to watch the destruction of their fellow Americans.
John Charles said it best, "the Trimet board of directors and the past executives should be in jail for spending the money that was supposed to fund retirements"
Association of Blue Collar Workers v. Wills (1986) 187 Cal. App. 3d 780 [232 Cal. Rptr. 174] :: Volume 187 :: Cal. App. 3d :: California Case Law :: US Case Law :: US Law :: Justia
|HARRY "i don't see anything unsafe" SAPPORTA|
Saturday, July 27, 2013
All passengers–including the allegedly poop-stained man–stared dumbly, as if in shock.
“That seat has feces on it. Human feces!”
She wanted everyone to hear, not just him. And she had our rapt attention. The man seemed scared. She seemed to feed off his fear.
Very interesting story here!
|Old picture of Mcfarlane crony Nelson|
Mcfarlane has been able to bring back all of his cronies (sapporta, auxier, and now nelson) without one cry of 'cronyism' as all of those jobs were not offered to the public seeking the 'best qualified applicant'. It's pure cronyism.
Mcfarlane has been the poster boy for a government leader out of control. Trimet breaks labor law as a regular course of business, he handed all his six figure pals raises at the exact same time he cut service and raised fares, and he did it in secret, and continues to vilify his workforce. He started gestapo like inspections on trains and ridership has gone down since he took over. He has been a massive failure and he has done such a poor job the state legislator has ordered the first ever audit of Trimet operations
Lets take a look at crony Bob Nelsons first feel good blog post:
Not only are buses detoured through the garage (I wonder what other traffic is doing), but traffic normally enters the garage from Center and exits onto 17th.
Friday, July 26, 2013
Bob Nelson "delighted to be back at TriMet" as Deputy GM. Well sure, who doesn't like $200k/year handed to them? http://t.co/GCyQCDu0Yl— MAX FAQs (@maxfaqs) July 26, 2013
Which is perhaps snide of me, but as he'll still receive his $48k/yr pension from TriMet, blaming everything on the union is wearing thin— MAX FAQs (@maxfaqs) July 26, 2013
Of course its still a huge slap in the face of Mcfarlane and his merry band of executive cronies since this happened on his watch. As much as they try to spin this it still shows the failure of the Mcfarlane administration to deal with perceived problems at Trimet. He and all his cronies will all get their fat pensions no mater what happens with this 'audit'.
This week auditors with the Secretary of State’s office began work at TriMet. The team will focus on items identified in the audit legislation -- governance, operations, transparency and TriMet’s fiscal condition. Their process begins with a survey and planning phase to learn about the agency. Audit team members toured some of the TriMet facilities this week. At each major step in the process, the audit team will meet with a TriMet core team to discuss their findings and ask for input. They will be working out of a conference room at Harrison Square for the next three to four months. (trimet)
Thursday, July 25, 2013
-At our new clinic, employees can visit our dedicated full-time physician, a nurse practitioner and even have their prescriptions filled.
IndyGo does more with less | BUSRide Digital
This is innovation, not simply passing on costs to employees like Trimet is doing!
Excellent video at this site:
Berating bus driver gets reinstated | Provincial | News | Sault Star
Job well done at connecting communities via transit in NW Oregon » News Lincoln County
Diabetic excluded from TriMet, fights ban
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Anthony Pitts is a diabetic, and on July 11 his blood sugar level was so low he passed out while taking the MAX home. He woke up in an ambulance and found a TriMet exclusion notice in his backpack.
That exclusion notice — due to “criminal activity” – states he cannot ride TriMet buses or trains for 60 days.
Diabetic excluded from TriMet, fights ban | KOIN.com
TriMet wants doctor's note from banned diabetic MAX rider: Commuting roundup | OregonLive.com
TriMet voids exclusion of diabetic MAX rider ticketed while in shock | OregonLive.com
Trimess, we make blunder after blunder after blunder and nobody can stop us!
One of my favorite characters to watch is Jana Toran. It appears to me that she has to work very hard to keep from laughing at things, she really starts losing it while citizens speak at the end of the meeting. I hardly ever pick on her, basically cause she hardly ever says anything. She is the 'token black' at the executive level.
|Jana 'stop making me laugh' Toran|
$63,777.00 - $95,665.00 Annually
$70,862.00 - $118,103.00 Annually
The PORTLAND TRIBUNE has emerged as the major print media pushing the Trimet agenda although you will see this same 'non story' in most mainstream media outlets.
Light rail project reaches half-way mark As if that qualifies as 'news', something that is 2 years away. What baloney.
HERE'S the Oregonian version of that
|Dave 'when's lunch' Auxier|
You'll find Portland still holding on in the Entry Level......
Article announcing Metro and SF joining the Gold ranks with no mention of TriMet.
TRIMET FEEL GOOD BLOG HERE
I'm starting to have my doubts about that. There are so many incidents on the MAX that I really believe Trimet is completely blowing it (what's unusual about that?) by not having officers/supervisors riding these trains rather than conducting these Gestapo like fare inspections.
Passenger stabbed on MAX line; suspect in custody
“One of my top priorities during my tenure is to reinvest in our system,” says TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane. “Accelerating the bus purchase schedule furthers TriMet’s mission to provide valued transit service that is safe, dependable and easy to use.” (you fucking lying piece of shit, your top priorities in your 20+ career at Trimet is too see the bus service dismantled while you grow your beloved 'crime train')
The ERB ruling means TriMet will not have to cut service or raise fares this year. However, McFarlane says the agency will face a financial crisis within a few years if the union does not agree to additional health care concessions. (this is the real Mcfarlane, build rail, hand out millions upon millions to his buddies at CH2M HILL and all his other crony contractors, and destroy the union)
TRIBUNE PROPAGANDA HERE
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
|Neil "i got mine you get yours" Mcfarlane|
|Randy "unions? what unions?" Stedman|
|Harry "i don't see anything unsafe" Sapporta!|
|Dave "what time is lunch" Auxier|
This presentation is brought to you buy TwoLonelyGuys because Trimet has no interest in the public seeing any of their proceedings
The most prominent beneficiary of the policy was Dorothy Dugger, BART’s former $298,700-a-year general manager, who amassed 80 weeks of unused vacation and sick time in 20 years at the agency.
To pay it off, BART allowed Dugger to take “terminal leave,” which kept her on the books as an employee for more than 19 months after her exit in 2011. She earned $333,199 during that time without so much as ever setting foot in the place.
What’s more, staying on the payroll allowed Dugger to accrue an additional 17 weeks of sick and vacation time totaling $98,000 — some of which apparently came on top of the $333,000 and change.
All this was on top of the $920,000 that Dugger collected as part of a settlement with BART directors who had botched an attempt to fire her.
Although Dugger’s case is the most extreme, she is not alone.
BART’s golden ride into retirement | Matier And Ross | an SFGate.com blog
(and this executive class has the nerve to attack the working class)
“I’m hugely disappointed. I thought I was a valuable employee,” he says.”I’ve given them 110 percent every day that I work.” (Dan Martin about Trimet)
Referring to that moment when the gun was brandished, Martin says with dread, “that gun only had a small barrel, but I tell you it felt like a cannon to me." In that instant he says his mind raced as he thought about his daughter and girlfriend, as well as the safety of the driver next to him who he said was “freaking out.”
Read the whole article at PORTLAND OBSERVER
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
ABC NEWS HERE!
Read more about this at:
PORTLAND TRANSIT LANE
|Bruce Hansen took a 20k/yr pay cut while Trimet execs hid raises to their 6 figure salaries|
Contact Bruce Hansen
ATU President Asks the Public to Judge
Late Friday afternoon, July 19th, the Oregon Employment Relations Board issued its decision in the hotly contested case between TriMet and the transit union over last year’s interest arbitration decision. By Saturday, TriMet’s highly paid public relations department was churning out claims of victory. “In our opinion,” says Union president Bruce Hansen, “this is a good example of TriMet management’s belief that people will believe an untruth if it is shouted loud and long enough.” Hansen said that by any measure, the Union clearly won the case. You be the judge. Below are the wins and losses:
So Trimet is working furiously to get light rail ridership back up and will spare no dollar to accomplish that task
TRIMET PROPAGANDA HERE!
As part of the original arbitration award, Arbitrator Gaba ruled that TriMet must refund $3.6 million in premiums that employees paid prior to the arbitration award. (notice how Trimet ignored Gabba's order)
Trimet has refused over and over to refund the illegal charge that was imposed on union members because Mcfarlane was angry with union leadership. And despite numerous court rulings Trimet has refused to return the illegally confiscated union members funds. One of Trimet strategies is ignoring court orders.
Let's see if they actually do what the court tells them to do, they usually dont
So how much is your refund, that depends on which coverage you selected. In my case I selected the most expensive option so expect a full refund. There are about 1500 union employees at Trimet.
If the refunds were split evenly that would be $2400 per employee!
UPDATE FROM ATU 757 BRUCE HANSEN:
∙ Finally, ERB’s agreement with the Union that health insurance costs could not be collected retroactively means that TriMet must now pay union members over $3.1 million because of TriMet’s prior wrong doing. (TriMet has appealed that decision so payments are still pending the outcome of that appeal) (so once again Trimet will not honor the court decision but drag it out using tax payer funds to appeal, they have no ethics at Trimet executive level, they cheat, they lie, and they distort)
UPDATE #2 FROM THE LAST BOARD MEETING
What we do know is that Trimet management has a culture of distortion and downright lies. You see that culture close up and personal when you are a targeted employee. And we see that culture in every-single aspect of the 'public face'. They say one thing while doing another, you basically can't believe anything out of that propaganda department. Let's take a look at this recent TRIMET 'press release' regarding the ELRB ruling. I'm only going to reprint the most obvious distortions and lies
"Has anyone done any research into non union perks?" , this "is" the million dollar question, especially if you have over 70 non-union employees that make $100,000 or more, but that doesn't included benefits. Out of those 70+ what is there benefits packages,100% or 90/10 or the advertised 85/15? Plus, what impact does this have on the op costs, like they say the union contract has(since, salaries are part of the op cost)?? Maybe the Audit will uncover this and make it public? This "is" the story that Joe Rose "will not" touch, he is only concerned about op using cell phones, LOL what a joke hack!
The real story is why do they owe $900 million dollars towards union retirement benefits, and why are they trying so hard to get out of it. This is why they have been spinning everything on the union since the $175,000 dollar man came into the picture, "it's the union's fault" is their talking point, we have to do cut backs (when we don't have to),and blame the union. We claim that we have a shortfall (when we don't)and blame it on the union (while we take 3%+ raises at the same time). Contracting the system and expanding at the same time while claiming "broke",its all the union contract, no its business as usual. Remember, they have a full "spin" department, that works 247 on "all" things led by that $175,000 guy.
"You can fool some of the people sometime, but not all of the people all of the time."
Monday, July 22, 2013
Despite progress, bus strike looms
Interesting that the bumbling Mary Festch used to work for them
Sunday, July 21, 2013
But this story is the quintessential example of SUPERB (hey I've said if there is one thing that Trimet does right its propaganda, they are the best in the business) propaganda techniques and how its used to influence public opinion.
Trimet and mainstream media are saying
State board upholds TriMet contract requiring union members to pay more of their health care costs
Is that what the ruling of the ELRB actually said? Nope they never issued any such ruling, here is what the headlines should be saying instead of the fictional headlines:
|If there were 'real' news sources they would have quoted the ruling for the headline|
You’re a jerk; you know that, Joe Rose?
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Ya want to give the TriMet folks a hard time about their pay & benefits package do ya? You know, the ones who get that HUGE $2,000 a month retirement after 30 or so years of service. No, no...not the General manager guys who get $15-18K a month and pay 100.00 a month (yea, decimal is in the right place) for their insurance..I'm talking about the guy/gal on the front line. THAT'S who you're moanin about? You actually BELIEVE evry single thing Rose has spewed from his mouth as Gospel?
What about all these "superstar" athletes that throw a ball around for an hour or sink a ball in a hole? They perform a very vital public service of....hmm..let me think...ahh, nothing? Ok, so they give you something to look at while you're decompressing after a hard day at work, but ya gotta put your house in foreclosure to afford to go to a game with tickets, food, parking, etc. But I'm fairly certain that they said "Ya know, I feel kinda sad for the poor stiff riding that bus over there...don't pay me all those millions. Give me a couple a grand a month. I'll manage ok. Oh, and give me crappy insurance too."
You don't seem to mind paying for that. Oh, well that's different! You guys are Public Servants! So is the dweeb (excuse me, "professional ball thrower) throwing the ball. He works for you (and me).
You guys crack me up. You don't mind paying $200-$400+ to go watch a silly game but ya wanna cry over my trying to get decent health care.
Continue with the gospel Reverand Rose.
15 Minutes Ago
We were already aware that the new health insurance was applied, not sure what else is going on with this disgusting company that is working hard to screw all its past employees is up to.
TRIBUNE TRIMET PROPAGANDA RAG HERE!
Steve Duin: For Albert Boston-El, a hard fall and lasting bruise | OregonLive.com
Friday, July 19, 2013
The Oregon Employment Relations Board rendered its decision in the contentious case between TriMet and the Amalgamated Transit Union. This was the case decided by Arbitrator Gaba in July 2012 that created a new labor agreement. The Union had objected to TriMet’s changing its proposals about contract issues during the hearing before Gaba.
The ERB’s 47-page decision is being “closely reviewed” by the Union, says ATU President Bruce Hansen. He did note that “the Union was completely cleared of any wrongdoing by the Board. On the other hand, the Board found that TriMet violated its legal duty to bargain in good faith.”
The agency has been ordered to reimburse certain funds it withheld and also ordered to cease and desist from trying to collect retroactive health insurance premiums from employees.