Although the mainstream media refuses to cover it and Mcfarlane won't tell the Trimet board about it (at least publicly) this is A HUGE DEAL for Trimet. These depositions are taking the entire day and even two days in some cases for these Trimet executives.
The prosecution asserts that Trimet management has intentionally created a system where claiming overtime pay is actively discouraged and made intentionally complicated.
We all remember what we were told by our line trainers (not a word about time slipping was included in the training itself) "if its 5 minutes or less we don't time slip."
Then if you do time slip you have this long complicated form to fill out which discourages many operators from bothering with it. Most operators just want to get the hell out of dodge by the time the shift is over and don't want to add even more cumbersome time onto their day. They'd rather just lose the money.
Deposition of Steve Callas, manager of service performance and analysis
(questions and answers are paraphrased)
Q- Do you have a list available for all the buses that have been late
A- Yes, we have a list of every single bus that has ever been late.
Q-How many years back do you have that list for?
Q-Do you have a list of all the operators that timed slipped when their bus was late
A- Yes, for the same time frames
Q-What about operators that were relieved on the road, can we see if they were late?
Q-And we can see if they time slipped?
Q-Can we compare all the late buses to all the time slips for those buses
Q-Can we then see all the late buses that operators did not time slip on?
In other words the prosecution can get an fully accurate analysis of all the time that was not claimed by all the bus drivers that did not bother to time slip at the end of their route.
This number is going to be huge!