In regards to the Hansen vs Block its absolutely true that the two individuals have diametrically opposed views as to how to proceed in Trimet relations from this point forward.
I know that Bruce is an honorable man and is trying to do the right thing. However what justification is there to vote for him after he conceded to Mcfarlane on the contract? Its one thing to lose an arbitration its another thing to just give up. After 5 1/2 years and surcharges on our union dues just send up the white flag? Just hope that Trimet executives will do the right thing next time around? Is it not obvious to people that Trimet executive managers are shameless careerists and have no ethical problems in cheating the union employees?
From where I sit the main objection to Block (and for that matter Hunt) is that they are affiliated with the so called "machine" and if you don't vote for Bruce (and Dan since he is linked with Bruce) then the "machine" will be in charge of union relations again. There is some kind of "Heintzman/Hunt" phobia that pervades our membership in regards to these two gentlemen.
The common justification for voting for Bruce is that without him union relations will once again become untenable. What these critics don't seem to understand is that it was TRIMET (Mcfarlane) that poisoned the relations with ATU757. It had nothing to do with Jon Hunt. Relations with the union and Trimet were fine before Mcfarlane took over.
Jonathan Hunt is getting blamed for something that is definitely not his fault. He was betrayed by Trimet executive officials but for some reason is getting the blame for that. Hunt was leading demonstrations and fighting against this Trimet tyranny.
True we lost the arbitration, but that also was not his fault. If you read through the Gabba decision you will see for yourself that Mr Gabba did not feel good about ruling for Trimet. That leads credence to the argument that Trimet would have had a very difficult time in the next arbitration. We didn't get to see that however, Bruce just gave them what they wanted.
So the question that I am wondering about, being interested in these events and the reasons for them, is why are some Trimet union members so afraid of Ron Heinztman and Jonathan Hunt?
We had great contracts under these two gentlemen. Can somebody please explain to me the HEINTZMAN/HUNT phobia cause I just don't get it? What exactly is there to fear?
|Heintzman(top) and Hunt(bottom) strike fear into the heart of some ATU members|
Obviously at this point everybody has made their decision on who to vote for. This post is being written as part of the 'history' that I am so enthusiastic about collecting.