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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

What TriMet Really Says: “Work Sick or Get Fired”




Bruce Hansen, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union is astounded at the statements being made by TriMet's public relations department in response to the whooping cough scare. "The statement quoted in the Oregonian that 'when it comes to working sick, the agency simply asks employees to stay home if they are feeling ill.' is so far from the truth that it's stunning," says Hansen. “The real message to the operators is 'come to work or you lose your job’– period.”

Hansen notes that full time operators earn 108 hours a year in their sick bank, while part time operators earn an average of 72 sick leave hours. Yet, TriMet's current contract proposal is that full time operators be subject to the disciplinary process when absent 40 hours in one year and a part time operator at 24 hours absence in one year.
"Given that many operators work 12-13 hour workdays, that means full time operators would be threatened with discipline if they have 3 days of absence in a year, part time operators at less than 2 days,” says Hansen, adding, “And 90% of the one-day absences are NOT covered by OFLA or FMLA,"
Hansen states that transit operators are always sicker than the general public--for good reason. "TriMet operators transport 100 million people a year. Many of those people are traveling to doctor appointments because they are sick. Many of those people are homeless and ill. And all of us are cooped up together in a small space. Absolutely, sick operators should stay home but the TriMet management culture is "No matter what, keep on schedule so we don't get bad press."
Hansen noted that there is a good side to TriMet's press statements. "We will definitely use their contrary statements to the media and the public when we have to defend our members who get sick and take the day off in order to safeguard the health of their passengers."


6 comments:

Al M said...

They already have a very restrictive policy, and now they are trying to tighten that! They are crazy!
As always, don't listen to what Trimet managers say, watch what they do!

Ryan Beasley said...

they fired a driver on Wednesday for time loss

Anonymous said...

Actions talk, bullshit walks! Please keep walking Mr. McFarlane, right out the door. I'm sure the Koch bros would hire you, or maybe Mitt Romney.

Anonymous said...

How many people does the average operator transport per year?

Of those people that the average operator transports per year, how many are sick with something contagious?

Take this number and divide by 365 or the average number of days the average operator works and we get a statistical probability of sickness for an average operator which will make that new sick leave policy look greedy and ridiculous to the arbitrator.

punkrawker4783 said...

Wow, we don't have any bullshit like this.

Henry Beasley said...

If you had to deal with a third party group (http://www.reedgroup.com/index.htm) that's motto is, "Looking for ways to optimize your absence management outcomes?" Then the deck is stacked against you.
HB