Saturday, December 16, 2017
Friday, December 15, 2017
It appears that #trimet has screwed its operators out 1 week of hold back vacation. They used to allow 2 weeks hold back now they only allow one. (Supposedly)— AL M (@AlYourPalster) December 15, 2017
Some bullshit crap those scum sucker executives would pull if true.
More pissed off employees pic.twitter.com/qkglF9CAOY
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Oregon State law provides uninterrupted breaks for all employees who are not exempt from the law. Because we have a working wage agreement we are exempt from this law. TriMet has managed to make it so that they only have to schedule 80% of the operators with scheduled breaks and they only have to meet breaks 50% of the time of those 80% scheduled. If they don’t meet it then they have a few sign ups to get it corrected. The reason we are exempt from the Oregon lay is because Oregon assumes that a working wage agreement would accede Oregon’s minimum requirements. We need to find a way to make sure 100% of our Brothers and Sisters receive at least the minimum break requirements and stop accepting this abuse from TriMet.
Monday, December 4, 2017
Thursday, November 30, 2017
This guy had his retirement party today— AL M (@AlYourPalster) December 1, 2017
His name is Greg Larson and he was an assistant manager at Trimet Merlo garage
He was the guy that said if I didn’t give up the source of the yellow line crash video things would go badly for me
And they didhttps://t.co/t0LeOb6BQj pic.twitter.com/XGyi0lvcW7
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Why does Trimet say they are getting $35-40 million from the state while the state says its $71 million
They are low-balling and holding money back from the public.
They've done this before
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Sunday, November 26, 2017
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Union meetings usually get between 50-100 people.
There are approximately 2500 union employees at Trimet so meetings have attendance by 4% of union members.
That means 96% of Trimet union members were unaware of this change..
When a contract is presented to the members each sector must vote yes or the contract is not approved.
The VAST majority of the members are drivers but there is no longer majority rule at our union.
We have our very own version of the American Electoral College.
As we all know the electoral college was created to subvert the popular vote in our presidential elections.
It appears the maintenance division was threatening to split from ATU757 so the leadership gave them veto power instead.
As a retiree I don't get to vote on these contracts, even though the contracts affect me (and other retirees) directly.
Now, my retirement as a Trimet bus driver can be controlled by a sub group of Trimet employees.
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Friday, November 10, 2017
It's more or less reasonable in my opinion
Shirley accepted the final offer, it goes to the voting members now
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Thanks Dora Morgan for obtaining this information
Monday, November 6, 2017
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
I guess riders have to die to get coverage in the media.
All we get from mainstream media is stories about bus drivers that have no access to a restroom taking a piss in a parking lot and bus drivers having disputes with passengers in their face. What a joke Click Here!
It did show up on the news, trivialized
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Monday, October 23, 2017
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Friday, October 20, 2017
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Joe Rose was the last person to estimate his pension which was $13,000/mo back then probably about $15,000/month now. And then there is the phony "vacation bank" (this is the way public officials get around pay raise caps, they have their sock puppets award them more vacation that they cash out later) which will probably net him $200,000 cash payment.
Under Mcfarlanes rule relations with the union and the union employees went horribly wrong. Previously there had been fairly decent relations with ATU757, at least the parties knew how to cooperate with each other. When Mcfarlane took over he made the decision to do everything in his power to "break" the union using all sorts of dirty tricks to accomplish that goal.
Lets take a look at some of his "accomplishments"
Monday, October 9, 2017
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Mcfarlane and his crew represent the worst aspects of governmental tyranny.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
When I started all this blogging about the job and when the job ended I started researching not just Trimet but public transportation in general in United States and around the world what became apparent to me is the sheer brutality of the public transportation industrial complex in this country.
When you rise above all the false propaganda that districts like Trimet spew out about their wonderfulness all you can really see is abuse. Abuse Of riders and of the people doing the work.
From buses and trains that don't show up or show up more than 15 minutes late leaving riders stranded in whatever the weather happens to be at that moment or packing riders into buses and trains like dead sardines get packed in their cans the public transportation experience in the United States is more like A torture chamber
And the drivers, subjected to horrible working conditions like split shifts, schedules that just don't work, angry riders who have nowhere to vent their anger but the drivers, working so early in the mornings or so late at nights family life is just a fantasy, no weekends or holidays off for years in some instances, equipment that can cause injury or drive you insane, management that harasses you for being early, for being late, for wearing the wrong hat,for wearing the wrong shoes, for wearing the wrong shirt, that leaves you stranded on the road with no way back to your car if you become ill in the middle of your shift, constantly under suspicion for drug use, It's a life of hard sacrifices for the people that choose mass transit operation as a career.
The horrors of American public transportation are real, if only I had the talent to write a decent novel on this scam.
The only people that don't suffer at the hands of the public transportation industrial complex are the technocratic aristocracy who get fat paychecks and huge retirements and spend their days 'working' 9-5 in nice air conditioned offices doing who knows what away from the tragedy they foist on everyone else.
And then there is the Crony capitalism part that is skillfully hidden from the public. You know, the people that made a cool $35 million installing the HOP card, or the $1.4 billion installing that light rail line to Milwaukee.
Yes there are winners in the public transportation field, just not anybody who actually rides regularly or finds themselves stuck operating the vehicles. They are the victims of the complex.
Yes, being a bus driver will age you, or cripple you, and I know more than a few that didnt make it out alive.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Friday, September 29, 2017
Want the real evaluation? Click the link
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Friday, September 22, 2017
Mcfarlane has been a total failure since the day he arrived. Citizens abandoning the system is positive objective proof
Monday, September 18, 2017
Friday, September 15, 2017
Trimet fake news
Monday, September 11, 2017
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Thursday, September 7, 2017
This material is written so that the public and the employees cant decipher it easily.
I don't want to spend hours trying to figure it out I think as a retiree I am safe for my pension and health care benefit. For now anyway
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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.
Monday, August 14, 2017
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.