Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Saturday, January 5, 2013

TriMet collisions

Oregonian

Shelly Lomax's weak kneed boiler plate response to Joe Rose Article

 (the real question that she should have answered is why did you and your minions put up such resistance to Joe getting the info)

The Oregonian has an article they call “TriMet overtime: ‘Exhaustion has become part of the culture’ at transit agency.” We wanted to take this opportunity to provide some further information and to assure you that we have a safe system that you can trust.

Michael Anderson says clear sign of an organization that, from top to bottom, sometimes simply operates with a lack of common sense.

 The Oregonian’s Joe Rose demonstrates the importance of strong daily newspapers today with an eight-month investigation into outrageous driver overtime practices at TriMet that a Harvard expert calls "categorically unsafe."
"The budget-battered agency allows operators to manipulate work rules to log as many as 22 hours in a 24-hour period," Rose reports.
The result, Rose shows through numerous anecdotes, is drivers who regularly fall asleep behind the wheel.

Four shocking passages in The Oregonian’s investigation of TriMet drivers who fall asleep at the wheel | Portland Afoot

So this is the 'famous' Trimet dispatcher Grant

I always wondered what he looked like. Didn't expect him to look like this. Here he is in one of those crazy new BDS setups.

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS NEW BDS DISPATCH SYSTEM

Take a look at the work area for a dispatcher with the new system.
There are SEVEN computer screens that ONE dispatcher must monitor.
My understanding is that each dispatcher has TWO headsets on, one in each ear.
How is this sort of system efficient and safe?

BDS FAILURE LEAD TO DELAY IN DEALING WITH HEART ATTACK VICTIM

 Below is an actual internal Trimet report documenting the failure of the new BDS system which lead to delays in dealing with an emergency situation

CHEAPER TO WORK PEOPLE TO DEATH THAN TO HIRE MORE PEOPLE

Hey, its the American way, some people get rich and other people starve!
TriMet, on the other hand, appears to be setting itself up for catastrophe, Harvard's Czeisler said. "The notion that drivers getting three hours of sleep between shifts are still safe is outrageous," he said. "It's categorically unsafe." 

TriMet overtime: 'Exhaustion has become part of the culture' at transit agency | OregonLive.com

Neil's bullshit

It’s a New Year!
I hope you all enjoyed the holidays – now 2013 is upon us. I came to the office this morning energized, and with a long list of ‘to dos.’  We’ll talk more about all of these (and more) during our upcoming budget process.
For a start, in no particular order:

Trimet got a 15 month extension on the radio requirments

(you didn't think Trimess would get anything done on time did ya?)

Filing by TriMet in 99-87 on 08/27/2012