DECLARATION OF Dora
I, Dora Morgan, HEREBY DECLARE the following to be a true statement to the best of my knowledge:
My name is Dora Morgan and I have been a TriMet bus operator for a total of seventeen years. Thirteen of those years were part time. When going full time I lost my seniority and had to start over again. “Block runs” has taken away the seniority I have built up again by going full time and placing me at the bottom of the list one more time.
After viewing the first signup with the new “block run” implementation, I concluded that this was simply a way for TriMet to usurp member’s seniority without little or no thought into how “block runs” were going to interfere in ones daily routines. “Block runs” is a poor way for management to cut the financial corners at the expense of public safety.
I found that on numerous runs, there were days, times and routes that I could have chosen with my seniority before “block runs” were implemented. As an operator at TriMet and a union member, I knew that after working for years and gaining seniority, I would be able to sign work, creating a healthier quality of life for me and my family.
No one benefits from this “block run” system and operators with little or no seniority are thrown into the worst schedules. New drivers should have consistent schedules to allow them time to ease into a very demanding routine.
While it took me a long time to gain seniority, that seniority allowed me to choose my own work, times I wanted to start and get off, routes and buses to drive and more importantly, the ability to choose the work I wanted that accommodated my personal commitments.
“Block runs” were not in the contract or approved by membership. Changing the terms of the collective bargaining agreement without approval from the membership, stripped me of seniority and restricted ability to choose the work I wanted, has cost me in terms of what work I was able to bid, with the days off I wanted. It has cost me overtime pay that I would have been able to bid on routes that my seniority would have allowed me to bid which resulted in less pay that I could have earned for it not the “block run” implementation. Most importantly it has taken away my valuable family time.
I declare the above statements to be true to the best of my knowledge.
April 29, 2015
Trimet driver Dora Morgan helps catch bike thief from al m on Vimeo.