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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Alex Hawk tweeting at the Trimet board meeting

Very professional in the way handles his meetings

I still have not processed the death of Michael Levine

Michael at the Rialto having drinks with me

Lane on a twitter rant


How cute

TriMet finds a small piece of history in a dilapidated old railcar on Southeast Holgate Boulevard | OregonLive.com

Raises for Trimet greedy executives, higher fares for Portland disabled

TriMet Lift fares going up on Monday to $2.45, a 30 cent increase | OregonLive.com

OPAL MEMBERS TESTIMONY at the sock puppets meeting

Jared Franz of Opal part 2
Hector Osuna of OPAL
Opal member condems Trimet raises
Opal member Keith Shultz with his not transparent raincoat
OPAL member Vivian Satterfield at the Trimet board meeting

Jared Franz of OPAL says 'this budget cannot be approved'


John Charles says Trimet board members should be in jail

Trimet has been spending the pension funds like ATM's!

ALEX HAWK AT TODAYS BOARD MEETING


3 Values of TriMet


STOVALL ASKS SOME GOOD QUESTIONS, GETS EVASIVE ANSWERS


BETHEL MENTIONS THE PASSING OF MICHAEL LEVINE


Does Trimet succeed in these three things? My answer-NO


Trimet spares no expenses when it comes to propaganda


Portland Transit Lane

Trimet – Your Drivers are STILL Fatigued!
Trimet – The Board is Chasing Away the Public!
Trimet -Violation of Break Laws
A @trimet Protest!!
@portlandia Skit
The Horrible 21 Line!

TWO 'CLOWNS' THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Lane Jensen (left) Al Margulies (right)
One of my detractors that occasionally posts comments to this blog that I end up deleting called me and Lane 'clowns'.
I love when people throw stones at me. 
These are always LOTS OF TALK and ZERO action people.
Talk is cheap, action takes work.
I don't see anybody else having the guts to take on Trimet head first.
Just me and Lane.
I know I have made a difference and from what I hear Lane is mentioned in the current Trimet training class and we have seen Lane on all the local news stations.
Hardly 'clowns' I would say.

THIS IS A WAR!

There is nothing 'positive' in a war
One of the criticisms I  often get is that I am too 'negative'.
Well ya! It's hard to be positive when my former employer employer is trying to starve me to death while the people responsible for starving me to death are getting rich.
It's hard to stay positive when my former employer LIED TO ME about my retirement benefits.
It's hard to stay positive when I saw the suffering thrust upon my riders while I was working there by  faceless bureaucrats.
There is nothing positive about this situation, this is a war, a war for peoples minds.
And for one lonely guy sitting in a room, aided by some other lonely guys in their rooms, and one not so lonely girl, I think we have made a dent in Trimet's propaganda machine.
And we are up against a billion dollar government funded agency and some high priced executives!
The lonely guys have not been defeated as of this day!

Letters to the editor

Reading the article on TriMet in Saturday's paper reminded me again of one reason things never change ("Shake-up pushed for embattled TriMet," March 23).
The excuse of giving managers more money not because they have done anything special but because they might leave is used over and over by taxpayer-funded agencies as a justification for raises. But when these entities fail to implement effective policies or can't provide adequate services within their budget limitations, why do we want to make sure that their decision-makers are kept?
I bet there are lots of qualified people ready to fill the shoes of the rare manager who would actually give up his or her job without a salary increase in tough times. If this happened, it might even open up the door to fresh thinking.
JOAN STEARNS
Southwest Portland 

State Rep. Chris Gorsek's House Bill 3316 to allow the region's local governments to appoint members to TriMet's board of directors does not go far enough.
The directors should be elected by the citizens of TriMet's service area. Political appointments would just lead to another insulated group influenced by favoritism and cronyism.
This is, after all, a travesty perpetrated by TriMet officials on a tri-county area, and it should be solved by the people who have suffered at their hands.
ED ZUMWALT
Milwaukie 

The board of directors for a public transit agency should be elected by the voters in the transit service area.
School board members are elected by their district's voters. Why not give the same power to the voters for transit agency boards?
PAULETTE ROSSI
Northeast Portland 



IF TRIMET LOSES THE ARBITRATION AWARD HEARING

"It's the unions fault"
Then they only have themselves to blame.
Trimet under shady Mcfarlane has stooped to new lows in dealing with its union and the union employees.
Trimet is the one who violates the law.
The latest decision required Trimet to pay back operators for a portion of the health care costs.
Do you see Trimet talking about it or implementing it?
NOPE! 
That's because we have rogues in charge of Trimet now who think they are above the law and who routinely ignore the law.
So remember, even though Trimet has gone all out to point the finger at the union with the full cooperation of the major media, they are the ones to blame if they lose, not the union.

MEETING OF THE TRIMET SOCK PUPPETS

LOOK AT THE ANTI UNION PROPAGANDA-ITS EVERYWHERE

'Labor contract reform is critical to to avoid service cuts'

OPAL GOT IT RIGHT LAST TIME


JOHN CHARLES BRINGS UP IMPORTANT INFO AT BOARD MEETING

Can you believe what a liar Mcfarlane is-tweet from board meeting

Look at this crap from the sock puppets meeting

"reform the cost structure" you know what that means right?
That means bust the union but let the executives keep getting rich on tax payers backs.

Transit for all



Can you believe Mcfarlane and his overpaid hacks

They move the meeting to a location as distant as possible, then they have it in a place without WIFI.
These people will stop at nothing to keep their agenda secret

How do I feel about 'coffee with Neil the bullshitter'?

Via Twitter

Rumors

Bruce Warner is dangerous
Here is the rumor that I had promised Lane, about Warner.  He worked for a company with the initials PDC under a boss named Randy Leonard. Warner was actively trying to union bust, and his boss got mad and stopped him.  Don't know if he got fired or not. But, this is another conflict of interest, due to the fact that his actions on the board as a impartial third party, are compromised, due to the fact that his position has nothing to due with the company and the union's struggles.

Does Portland Oregon’s TriMet Unfairly Cut Service for the Poor?

When you think of modern, green, public transportation, a city that likely comes to mind is Portland, Oregon. Portland has built a reputation worldwide, and for many people, it’s deserved. But as reporters Jennifer Kemp and Eric Klein found out, that world class public transit doesn’t serve all members of the public equally

Listen HERE! 

Pretty accurate report other than the claim that Trimet is 'world class'.
If you can't get home from the bar when it closes on public transit then  'world class' is not the word to describe the transit system.

Also OPAL was the only place that exposed Trimet's lies about their budget. The mass media ignored it, as is standard operating procedure for them.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Coffee with the bullshiter

You're invited to join us for a Q & A with TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane tomorrow (Wednesday, March 27) 3-4 p.m. at Beaverton Transit Center. In the area? Stop by and chat! Neil will be answering questions and taking feedback from TriMet riders and operators. And, in case you missed it, here's a re-cap of our recent "Coffee with Neil."

Latest "seen and heard on Trimet"

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
 TRIMET SCANNER TWEETS   
So I get sent home from work yesterday and today I'm going to be a couple minutes late. Thanks trimet. I hate you.

More Trimet BS

Beware Washington County transit riders, your service is about to get 'realigned'.

Pamplin Media Group - TriMet weighs budget options

Walking the Multi Use Path During Construction

VIDEO!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Look how they keep track of their Transit board members out in Denver

 Denver has an ELECTED board of directors! And they have a 'real' board of directors that have different opinions from each other.Trimet board of directors are sock puppets

RTD Watch Pilot: Meeting of 1/15/2013
RTD Watch Episode 2: New Mall Buses
RTD Watch Special Report: Team Building Exclude...

Bus driver attacked

In China

RTD DENVER TIME-LAPSE


Lane Jensen on Fight Church TV

This is definitely strange

TRIMET 2 MAN PROTEST


$1 million dollars for this bus stop?

$1 million bus stop opens in Arlington - The Washington Post

The court Case seems to be getting some attention now


Former TriMet Employee Files Lawsuit, Alleges Unfair Labor Practices

The lawsuit is garnering significant support within the state of Oregon and also across state lines; 14 plaintiffs have joined with Margulies to push the suit, and a California law firm is helping to represent the disgruntled operators. Paul Breed, a Portland attorney who is teaming up with the law firm to pursue this case, discussed some of the details with Willamette Week.

WATCHDOG WIRE IS HERE 

UNION BUSTING 101


I voted for this A-Hole

And I knew better, yet I was talked into voting for him by people I know.
He has been a complete disappointment as I knew he would be.
If citizens keep voting for Republicrats all will be lost!

Clackamas country residents get ready for your lives to be turned upside down

It's the year of heavy light rail construction in Clackamas County | OregonLive.com

TIME FOR ANOTHER SOCK PUPPETS MEETING

Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 9 a.m.
Location

Washington Street Conference Center
102 SW Washington Street
Hillsboro, Oregon

Sunday, March 24, 2013

CLASSIC TWEETS

Fascinating document from 1969

As you can see in this document they are blaming the union even back then

Which man would you trust? Bruce Hansen or Neil Mcfarlane?

The man on the left, recognizing that some people are struggling voluntarily decided to reduce his six figure salary by $20,000/year from $100,000 to $80,000/yr.  The man on the right impervious to the suffering around him decided to increase his salary from $215,000/yr to $221,000 a year. The man on the left is ATU's Bruce Hansen, the man on the right is Trimet's Neil Mcfarlane. Which man would you trust? 

Classic tweets

Who does Mcfarlane copy in his union busting scheme?

“The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over”  ~ Joseph Goebbels

Neils propaganda from al m on Vimeo.


Vancouver demolishes Portland

http://pricetags.wordpress.com/2012/11/21/vancouver-demolishes-portland-a-transit-comparison/

Supervisory reports



Neils Bullshit

You may have read recently in the paper or online that TriMet’s non-union salary freeze was lifted in the middle of 2012. This means that, for the first time since January 1, 2009, our 400 administrative staff were eligible for salary increases. Administrative staff means everyone who’s not in the union. These are the employees who provide critical support to the 2,100-person union workforce that keep our service moving. (critical support huh, I'd say you  undermine your union employees)

Administrative employees, except those who received promotions, had not seen ANY increase in their pay for 3.5 years.(he used to say 4 years, and he used to say that more than a year ago) In fact, their paychecks had gone DOWN, because they have been paying a larger portion of their health care premiums. (oh my lord just take a look how far DOWN (click here) their poor paychecks have gone down. Could be as much as $99/mo for those poor executives earning more than $100K a year, whatever will they do now? Just think, Neils pay went down from $18,420 a month to $18,320/mo. Maybe he can get food stamps to help out)

Our administrative employees have been “doing more with less” in a big way for a long time.(uh huh, sure, we believe you) Since 2008, we’ve lost positions due to attrition, as well as a round of layoffs. The result – those administrative employees who remained have seen steep increases in their workloads. Except for a small group of non-union employees who are paid by the hour, when administrative employees work longer they don’t get overtime pay. In this situation, you start to lose talented employees. (standard high paying bullshit rationale, this excuse is always used for over paid people)

That’s why I made the decision to lift the salary freeze. (in secret) This decision cost $910,000 (a million here, a million there, nobody will notice)—less than 1/5th of 1% of our $473 million annual operating budget. The average increase was 3%. This is the same increase union employees were receiving at the time. I believe investing in talented and productive employees is always a smart business decision and pays for itself many times over. (what else would he say to his 'secret' payoffs to his cronies)

There are a lot of decisions that go into building the TriMet budget. In hindsight, last year’s decision about administrative salaries is something we should have made more clear and will do so in the upcoming budget process.(you know damn well what you did, you didn't think you would get caught)

This morning I’m presenting the Proposed FY14 Budget to our Board. That budget goes into effect July 1, 2013. Watch for details on TriNET and trimet.org.

My thanks to each of you for your service to TriMet and the community.

Neil (you are a liar Neil and we know it!)

Those ticket printers are in use already

(can't wait to see how this goes!)
On Monday TriMet launched the new ticket printers on lines 17 and 70. Some operators on these lines are no longer handing out the traditional flimsy, hole-punched slips after a rider puts cash or a ticket into the fare box. Instead the operator pushes a button and a more durable and legible ticket pops out of a new onboard ticket printer. The bus tickets match those of MAX and WES, taking the confusion out of transferring. They have a foil security strip and the 2-hour tickets are good for two hours. The ticket printers will be tested on the lines 17 and 70 for several weeks so TriMet staff can monitor the use and make any adjustments necessary. After that, the printers will go into use on all buses by July 1

How the "master class" manipulates the public

This was a comment on Portland Transport in my never ending battle with Lenny Anderson who gets excited over the prospect of Trimet union employees losing benefits:

While the master class has done such a good job with sheeple like Mr Anderson, who I still contend has a connection with Trimet management which he is withholding from us, people have to strive to stop thinking in boxes.
The power elite, which uses mass media, leads the public to think in boxes, which is what is happening here (and everywhere actually).
So what is the real issue here?
The real issue here is how to use tax payer dollars.

Everybody is in a huff over our benefit package, purportedly which could end up leading to $1 billion in liability by the year 2027.
But how much is that $1 billion when you look at how our taxes are being uses in other ways?
It's nothing when compared to cost to the taxpayers on WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST!
You want to complain about your taxes being misused, complain about something that has some real meaning.
Furthermore, through the masterful deception of the Trimet Ministry of Propaganda and its partner in crime the mainstream media, Trimet has attempted to portray its workers as the villain.
By fooling the gullible and impressionable public through skillful use of the media, The skilled Trimet executives have been able to keep attention off themselves.
Why would they want to do that?
I'll tell you why: There are 76 executives (these are aristocrats, they have no public function) and these 76 aristocrats are soaking the public for a combined total of $8.5 million (aprox) each and every year, not including all the little extras in their budgets like travel, etc and not including the price of their obscene pensions (Fred Hansen soaking the tax payers for $16K a month while he travels to Australia and continues adding to his net worth. The greed of these people is insatiable)
So there you have it,the public is focused on us meanwhile they get rich.
It's brilliant if evil, a totally brilliant scheme.
And best of all, it works.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

BLAST FROM THE PAST-THE KGW INTERVIEW

When I was interviewed by KGW I took Jason Mchuff with me who filmed the entire interview. KGW took pieces of the interview for broadcast but we had the entire interview. I remember the woman doing the interviewing remarking 'that's the first time somebody has filmed me while I was filming them!

BOJACK

(How can Bojack just stop his blog on his stated day? How can he do that? I can't even believe he is doing that)

Tri-Met's in play in Salem (Jack Bog's Blog)

ANOTHER INCOMPETENT ROAD SUPERVISOR VIOLATES TRIMET CODE

It has turned out that this incident may have occurred due to a misunderstanding between the road supervisor and Lane Jensen. Since both parties have a different interpretation of the events this post has been removed for lack of proof either way

Text of judges opinion in the matter of open meetings between Trimet and ATU



Hey I made international news!

Joe Rose and his Oregonian may not want to cover it but who needs him anyway.

Ripping off bus drivers standard practice in the industry

1-South Jersey bus drivers sue First Student company for back pay | NJ.com
 2-EXCLUSIVE: School bus operators to cut pay and benefits of drivers and matrons starting next week - NY Daily News

Coffee with Neil the bullshitter

My comment:

FARE COLLECTION SEMINAR

Fare Collection 101 Webcast
 Fare Collection 102 Webcast

TRIMET DRIVER CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT-Mult Cty Case No. 1301-00923.

Don't let Trimet managment continue exploiting your labor so the over paid executives can live lavish lifestyles with six figure incomes while you spend your life toiling for them.
Trimet management screws you out of your earned vacation when you move from part time to full time, they screw you out of your time when dealing with their road relief nonsense, how many times have you come in late from your shift and didn't fill out that stupid time slip they make you fill out, and now they are attempting to screw us out of our decent health care insurance so they can continue expanding this already bankrupt transit agency even though they have abandoned transit years ago in favor of property development and all the riches it brings the executive class

1400 AC Transit drivers joined this lawsuit and this is what they walked away with:
Breed pointed to a similar case against the Alameda-Contra Costa (California) Transit District settled in favor of the operators last year. The judge in that case awarded $7 million to operators, plus $10,000 to each main plaintiff and $1.65 million in attorney fees. In that case, well over 1,300 operators became party to the class action suit.

JOIN THE LAWSUIT DON'T ALLOW TRIMET MANAGEMENT TO SCARE YOU! I know Trimet keeps its drivers in a state of constant paranoia, but fight for your rights!

TOP TRIMET STORIES: TRIMET DRIVER CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT-Mult Cty Case No. 1301-00923.

Sad day in Portland Blogosphere

It appears that blogger Jack Bodganski is GIVING UP BLOGGING.
Loosing his blog as a source of information is a HUGE BLOW for those of us who are interested in reading news other than official government propaganda. 
Not one newspaper in this town does what he does.
Not sure why he doesn't turn it over to one or several of his regular commentators there. There are more than a few that could pick up where he left off.
It appears they made him an offer he couldn't refuse. ( I can't think of anything more boring than writing a book about tax code)
I find that sort of a strange coincidence,  he was one of the top blogs in the country.

Trimet protest scheduled

I love the arm patch
The TriMet Protest Page: TriMet First Protest Monday 3/25

Friday, March 22, 2013

Latest "seen and heard on Trimet"

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
 TRIMET SCANNER TWEETS   
2 trains never fucking showed. Way to go . Im calling in to complain big time. And yes im an asshole when it comes to being late.

Lane Jensen says that the new BDS comes complete with camera on driver

Alex Hawk get kicked off max by incompetent fare Nazi

A dumbass fare Nazi thought that Alex had an exclusion for smoking and pulled him off the train. They finally figured out they were wrong

Did you know that "rock and roll" is obsolete

Trimet used to have its operators "rock and roll"
Well they threw that out the window and henceforth its called BOB AND WEAVE!
Ah we love our useless bureaucrats coming up with useless shit!

I support the protest


Lane Jensen discusses his upcoming protest at Trimet headquarters


Lawmaker Proposes Stripping TriMet Authority From Governor

Willamette Week

TriMet troubles: House bill aims to change how transit agency's board appointed | OregonLive.com

ATU 757 NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

Brothers and Sisters-
We have already received quite a few responses from people expressing interest in this opportunity but we need to get even more. Remember that this upcoming Monday is your last day to volunteer, and I encourage you to do so without delay. This is an important aspect of our community relations and we need everyone who is available.
Thank you,
Bruce

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We urgently need your participation in a work action scheduled for April 4 & 5. We are looking for volunteers to assist us at specific designated locations. This will be a community outreach interaction with our riders. More information to come. If you are interested, please RSVP by Monday March 25th by email to atuactivists@atu757.org with name and phone number.

Mary Fetsch did a post on Portland Transport

Mary Fetsch (left) having a good time on duty
Portland Transport: TriMet responds to article on FY14 budget, pay raise controversy

Our Opinion: Keep light shining on public's business

TRIBUNE

Thursday, March 21, 2013 Tri-Met posts dead e-mail address for fed funding comments

Another JACK BOGDANSKI investigation.

Tri-Met's agenda -- mostly about more rail to nowhere

Here's an interesting document from Portland's insolvent transit agency. It lays out some spending plans for its federal handouts over the next fiscal year, about $185 million in all. The list appears to be required by some federal law, because the Tri-Metters seem to want it to go away quickly and quietly:
TriMet is offering an opportunity to submit comments or request a Public Hearing on the proposed Program of Projects described in this notice. If anyone requests a Public Hearing it will be at TriMet on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. If no one requests a Public Hearing, it will not be held. Please submit your comments or request a Public Hearing by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 via email to federalfunding@trimet.org.

 Read the rest of Jack Bogdanski's expose here!

Who does Lenny Anderson work for?

Lenny doing the bike thing.
Lenny Anderson and I have been dooking it out on Portland Transport for years. In case you don't know who Lenny is, he is a transit 'advocate' and connected to  the 'in crowd' in Portland's transit world. (a place that I am not welcomed of course)

Anyway Lenny purports to be on the side of the workers however every single chance he gets he posts how the union has to let go of the health benefit.
And he doesn't do this once or twice, its constant with him.
The only place that I see that sort of behavior is the Trimet ministry of Propaganda which inserts the health union benefits nonsense on every single place it will fit.

Something was brought to my attention on Lenny, this is him at a Trimet event:
 photo lenny.jpg

This is Lenny wearing an 'official' trimet outfit confirming there is some sort of connection between him and Trimet. This picture was taken in 1998 BTW so his connection with Trimet goes back pretty far.

Joe Rose on the court's indecision

Judge can't decide if TriMet labor talks open to public, putting negotiations in flux | OregonLive.com

Thursday, March 21, 2013

MORE HORSE SHIT FROM NEIL MCFARLANE

Last friday, Neil McFarlane held a Q&A session with 14 randomly picked riders to discuss whatever. No method to how these people were picked or if they are even riders. You'll just have to take his word for that.










Neil McFarlane is TriMet’s General Manager.(unfortunately)

Judge cannot decide whether TriMet labor negotiations open

TRIBUNE

Should Metro Take Over TriMet?

Willamette Week

CALL OUT TO THE MEMBERSHIP

We urgently need your participation in a work action scheduled for April 4 & 5. We are looking for volunteers to assist us at specific designated locations. This will be a community outreach interaction with our riders. More information to come. If you are interested, please RSVP by Monday March 25th by email to atuactivists@atu757.org with name and phone number.

Into Federal court we go!

Former TriMet driver and prolific blogger Al Margulies has filed a multimillion-dollar class action lawsuit against the transit agency, alleging unfair labor practices.
On Wednesday, TriMet's lawyer filed a motion to move the case from Multnomah County Circuit Court to Oregon District Court, saying the suit is a federal question.

TriMet Moves Operator's Action Suit to Federal Court

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

MAX FAQS NOT FEELING PITY FOR TRIMET NON UNION EMPLOYEES


Latest "seen and heard on Trimet"

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
 TRIMET SCANNER TWEETS  
At least the bus driver was nice enough to wait for me to finish vomiting before he left. Thanks, !

NEILS BULLSHIT

 Didn't this asshat have this meeting at 7am or something as ridiculous as that?
Rider Q & A at our first “Coffee with Neil” | How We Roll

Just found something very strange here, according to the  PORTLAND TRIBUNE 
Trimet has 141 non union employees.

But the bullshitter in charge said the following at his little 'coffee with Neil' event

Pay raises for non-union staff: It was clear that what riders heard in the news was not the full story. These raises went to our 440 non-union employees, most not in management roles. The vast majority of these employees had their salaries frozen for 3 ½ years, and they have been paying more for their health care coverage.(people earning six figures do not need a raise) I made this decision to be fair to these hard-working public servants (you mean your cronies don't you) who play a critical role keeping our agency and our transit system running.(if none of them showed up the public would never notice) While we informed our Board of Directors and community groups(COMMUNITY GROUPS? SHEESHUS!)of this decision at the time, we certainly can and will be more transparent about changes such as these in the future.(and you are a fucking liar Neil Mcfarlane)

We will never see on of these from TRIMET

The $1 million bus stop

The new bus isn't carrying anyone, the old bus is

Training bus shadowing bus 62, For the record, it's march 20th & this bus has no onboard cameras, which TriMet promised in the name of safety by Dec 31, 2012

10 years for MAX crime

Southeast Portland robber gets 10 years; had fired gun as MAX passengers ducked | OregonLive.com

BYE BYE TIFFANY

Occasionally showed some heart but mostly was a pro development troll. Never voted against a General Manager. Daughter in law of Homer Williams a big time developer around here.