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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Henry Beasley

On 8/9/17 we had another menacing attack against a transit worker.  In this situation, the worker felt the fear for their safety and the police was called.  Thankfully they were not hurt in the incident.

Unfortunately, this adds to the ever-growing aggression towards transit worker in the transit district. #53 this year while we are almost at 100% of last year’s total of 55.

In watching the Board of Director’s meeting where the district gave out crime statistics and used the term, “intimidation” when describing attacks against transit workers.  We should question just what is considered “intimidation,” that the company uses as a category.

Chris Day

I have been re-reading our International Constitution and General Laws just to make sure I am current with all the new changes that have taken place at the 2016 convention. I noticed that our International has updated the Order of Business for local unions and yet our local is not functioning in the manner our Constitution is directing. Here is what our Constitution states:

Monday, August 14, 2017

More max breakdown scanner communications


Trimet power and influence expanding exponentially


In case you haven't been paying much attention to the goings on over at my favorite government agency, Trimet, you probably have missed all the latest.

Trimet is on the move, big time. 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

From The Trimet Drivers Side

In their crime stats, I didn't see any incidences of management personnel being assaulted. They treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as if it doesn't exist or matter. We're suspended for leaving the seat to defend ourselves against aggressors, and sometimes no reports are taken. Their only solution is to cage us in, but they forget we have to leave the seat eventually or pee our pants.

http://fromthedriverside.blogspot.com/2017/08/we-need-some-love.html?spref=fb&m=1


Billions spent on light rail- fewer people than ever take mass transit

http://www.thedailybeast.com/will-donald-trump-expose-americas-great-mass-transit-hoax

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Henry Beasley

The votes are in and this is how it comes out:

58 monitors with signage
32 safety barriers
26 Ticketless system
13 crackdowns with prosecution
11 more force for fare evasion
8 barriers actually makes me feel unsafe and unable to defend myself
1 and entrance for on the driver side and a sealed driver’s area
1 none of the above

Trimet "tweets of the day" July 27-August 8




Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Henry Beasley

Brothers and Sisters,

In the next few days we are going to experience a heat-wave into the triple digit range.

Dehydration is a real possibility, especially if you are experiencing fatigue, headache, nausea, and dizziness.  Water is number 1 in staying hydrated, but there are alternatives to help with hydration such as watermelon, celery, cucumbers, strawberries, lettuce, coconut water, and to a smaller extent sports drinks, coffee, and homemade smoothies.

I wish this post was about the staying hydrated, especially during triple digit heat.  This story is about a problem that was brought up by our union sister Kathleen Brown in front of the Board of Directors and Trimet Management.

Sometimes Trimet exposes its own lies

There IT system has been down for days already!

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Trimet July board of directors part 3

More on the $34 million tax payer funded HOP thing

Henry Beasley

We need to take the time to recognize some unsung heroes in public transit.

In the first case (7/29), we need to thank those transit riders who still “respect the ride.”  They make what we do an appreciated occupation, and brighten our days.  You make up for the 10-15% who choose to assault and menace us by showing that you care about transit workers.  In this case you stood up for a Rail operator when an assailant menaced and blocked to cab door.  If it wasn’t for them our co-worker could have gotten assaulted or worse, and thanks to you they were able to close the cab door.  We all know that minutes matter and with their actions, they prevented the worst-case scenario until help could arrive and arrest them.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

The "real" story of the defecating Trimet lift driver




You may remember the LIFT DRIVER TAKING A DUMP story that I covered. Well I knew at the time that it was an corporate media anti union hatchet job on Trimet employees.

Now, we have the REAL story! 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Trimet still on the low road- From The Drivers Side

When management last year decided that new hires could no longer take an afternoon to go to the union office to be officially welcomed as ATU members, it was another slap in our collective faces. Then they locked our union leadership out of the garages. It's obvious management has definite plans to totally break the bond between workers and our representative body. It has us by the short hairs, because it's illegal for us to strike. This provides management an unfair advantage. They get the gold mine, and you know who gets the shaft

https://fromthedriverside.blogspot.com/2017/07/you-left-two-seconds-early.html?m=1



Monday, July 10, 2017

Trimet Deacon in Blue calls out management abuse


Why do we put up with it? We certainly don't need management's meddling. Instead of finding new ways to harass those who do the real work of transit, why aren't they working harder to support us? We don't need their interference, but we could use some constructive leadership.
  But for the pain we're feeling due to this over abundance of ridiculous management interference is counter-productive to the agency's fallacious mantra "Safety Is Our Core Value."

Get a grip on your own issues, management. We know how to do our job. Let us do it, and quit meddling where you shouldn't tread because of your lack of understanding. We constantly provide excellent service to the riding public. Why don't you trust us?

From the Driver Side: Us vs. Them

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Lomax returns

Maybe she never left

https://twitter.com/lanejensenpdx/status/884242129693757440

Deconstructing the June Trimet board meeting part 6

The completely useless boondoggle called "Powell/Division"

Somebody's lying about the tax increase receipts

Why does Trimet say its $40 million in revenue but the state say its $71 Million.

My bet is Trimet is low balling.
Who's gonna ask them why the figures are so different?
No reporters that I know of.

I find it funny that light rail was specifically excluded from this tax grab!
It remains to be seen what actually happens to this money.

This is a screen shot of the state press release.
This is a screenshot of the Trimet document.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Trimet Deacon in Blue

I strongly believe that transit management today is no more "skilled" than its operators. We could, given the vast amount of experience many operators have gained in other careers, run the entire operation without those currently in management. Most of them have never driven a bus. Many wouldn't pass the training regimen, and others would likely run screaming from the seat if ever required to operate in service. These folks may believe what they're doing will improve local transit, but they cannot empathize with our problems. Conversely, I know many fellow operators who could lead the agency with a high degree of competence, while retaining our confidence they would lead us back to the top. They would manage with the knowledge of what it actually takes to do our job.

http://fromthedriverside.blogspot.com/2017/07/we-can-self-manage.html

The Oregon transportation bill

Hard to believe that actual human beings write this stuff.
Another bureaucratic entity born with your money that has basically been stolen from us without a vote like they had In Seattle.

https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/ProposedAmendment/12431

https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/CommitteeMeetingDocument/137402

https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/FloorLetter/2219

http://news.trimet.org/2017/07/trimet-low-income-fare-program-expanded-bus-service-on-the-horizon-due-to-passage-of-state-transportation-package/

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Testimonies to the Trimet sock puppets

 Very passionate testimonies. 

 Alas they are talking to the aristocracy and the aristocrats view the citizens as something that needs to be controlled not taken seriously.

Henry Beasley



Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Latest Trimet PR stunt-HB2777

I'm sorry I don't see this as anything but a PR stunt because it basically doesn't change anything for the fare evaders. My guess is that most of the people that are fare evading are from the lowest economic strata of our society. I don't think most of these people give a shit weather its in the courts or in the Trimet system.

If Trimet really wanted to do something productive they would lower the fare evasion fine to something reasonable, like $50 and make sure a low income pass is available to low income riders. Right now a fare evader can go to court and have the citation lowered by 1/2.

It was pointed out to me by that with this new law Trimet will get to keep 100% of the fare evasion fines!  Maybe its all about the money! Most everything is in da land of da free!

Furthermore Trimet will need to expand its administrative staff. Adding more bureaucracy to the already out of control bureaucracy can't be a good thing. And this does not replace the current system, it just adds another level to the existing structure. The courts still get these cases if Trimet doesn't get what it wants out of these hapless poor people who didn't feed the monster according to regulations.

Trimet in the news-AGAIN


Friday, June 23, 2017

Chris Day is featured in a story on KGW

Chris and I have been pals for a long time now.
 I have the greatest respect for him. 
When it comes to fares we don't agree.

My objection to the way the media is covering this is the total lapse of any mention of why people are evading the fares.
 I drove buses for 20 years of my 40 years  trying to make money to survive.
 I know first hand how many people are struggling out there to survive. 
I would bet that 90% of the fare evaders are from the lowest economic class of citizens in this country. 
These are the people that you see wandering the streets because they have no where to go.
These are the people that live in and out of the revolving door of the criminal justice industrial complex.  
There is a huge underclass of impoverished citizens in this country  and the media  refuses to cover it.
Mainstream media would rather turn one segment of the population against another.
Divide and conquer.
Corporate Amerika.

A million dollars is nothing to Trimet. 
Check one of my Trimet cash machine posts and see how much money Trimet doles out in corporate welfare.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Oregon governor Kate Brown-Republican pretending to be a democrat

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/06/19/transit-riders-unions-vs-climate-change-white-supremacy-and-disaster-capitalism/

Nationwide, state and local governments are facing increasing pressures in the wake of the manufactured debt crisis, to include public transportation among “assets” to be liquidated in corporate fire sales. The Willamette Week story, and the prospect of the Democratic governor selling off state agencies met with a predictably celebratory response in the conservative Weekly Standard, which responded gleefully to the prospect of the governor “burning the [state’s] household furniture to say warm” , and “rechristen[ing] the University of Oregon ‘Nike U.’” The prospect of the privatization of Portland’s light rail system is a barometer of Brown’s willingness to pursue neoliberal austerity measures, and the power that corporations like Nike and Intel exert in a state with one of the lowest corporate income taxes in the country.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Yet more weird TriMet service alerts

NOTE: Many of these alerts were written by dispatchers who are not expected to be language experts, may not have time to proofread, and make mistakes like all humans.  They may have many other tasks in progress at the moment, such as dealing with buses that are already stuck due to the blockage or situations elsewhere.  While those errors probably should be forgiven, they can cause confusion or problems for those who try to follow them.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Trimet Deacon in Blue

"Operators should be better trained at de-escalating tense situations," said the public several times after the horrific murders on our light rail. As if these things wouldn't happen if only the drivers had better training.

What a load of crap. How about this, folks? We drive a bus or a light rail vehicle. In order to properly handle the mentally ill passengers who ride transit daily, we'd need a PhD in psychiatry. A few classes here and there ain't gonna give us the ability to talk a tweaked-out druggie or a mentally-disabled person out of creating mayhem.


http://fromthedriverside.blogspot.com/2017/06/challenge-to-management.html?spref=fb

Friday, June 9, 2017

Deconstructing the May Trimet board meeting-part 7


Roberta looks like a bus rider for sure

21 year old latest victim of Trimet light rail

What  fascinates me the most about this is how conditioned  we are to except this kind of senseless death and how quick the media drops the coverage. Oh well, she should have paid attention is what you hear from  average citizens.   What the truth really is government doesn't do enough to protect average citizens

http://www.pamplinmedia.com/pt/9-news/361953-242120-update-max-fatality-victim-identified

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Deconstructing the May Trimet board meeting-part 6

Oregon elites are trying to rob citizens with this phony "transportation" bill


By all objective measures Trimet has been a miserable failure over the last 10 years. 
Billions and billions have been spent on light rail and ridership is slowly declining.
 Service quality is horrendous and the Trimet board and management deaf to the needs of the citizens.

Will the legislature shove this rotten transportation bill down our throats? 
The fact that they are avoiding a public vote speaks volumes. 
They know the public doesn't support this so they are attempting to back door the taxes onto citizens backs to service special interests.
That is what Trimet has been doing for the last decade, serving special interests and filling the pockets of Trimet executives in the process.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Deconstructing the May Trimet board meeting-part 4

-Mcfarlane talks about the budget-
-Brookshire speaks in tongues-
-Prosser and Bauman prove they are 100% sock puppets-

From the Trimet Drivers side

Cage us. Demean us. Blame, suspend, discard and abuse us. This is the new transit agency human relations strategy. We cannot simultaneously drive safely, remain on schedule, provide exemplary customer service, AND physically or emotionally protect every person who rides with us. It's inhuman and foolish to expect anyone to live up to this irrational set of standards.

https://fromthedriverside.blogspot.com/2017/05/its-drivers-fault-of-course.html?m=1

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Deconstructing the May Trimet board meeting-part 3K

Kelsey talks about changing Trimet culture-Lehto talks about future goals-Mcfarlane talks about bills in the legislature- Sapporta doesn't say much of anything

Mcfarlane lied about the stabber arrest

"I am grateful for our partners at Transit police for their rapid response and arrest of the suspect"

Well guess what?  

If it hadn't been for several MAX riders following the guy and keeping an eye on him the cops probably never would have found him! 

Mcfarlane is constantly pumping up the police state presence in our lives.

Its also interesting that after all this hub-bub over this Police bunker that Trimet is building and the board of directors bragging about the system being so safe because of the 
extra police there were 2 separate stabbings on the system in a week.

Watch the arrest below the break