Ryan had been advocating for more appropriate actions for operators regarding this corona nightmare. This has lead to certain problems with the management. I was very familiar with these types of problems when I worked there too!! Funny how the faces change but all the policies don't. If anything they just keep getting worse and worse! His case is starting to look like this case in EDMONTON CANADA
Ms. Wittman, Below is the reply sent to Ms. Larson regarding the time change for the April 15, 2020 meeting at Merlo. The reply was sent by me on April 13, 2020.
It is clear from the email that Ms. Larson received it, as the time change was made from 11:00am to 1:30pm. At this time, I cannot determine if you received the change request with my appeal to have the meeting recorded.
Since it appears the District chose not to record the meeting for transparency, accuracy and accountability as I requested, for me, this raises serious questions. All employee meetings where discipline, up to and including termination should be recorded (audio at minimum) to insure the integrity of the disciplinary process. By doing so, it will assure all parties involved are guaranteed transparency, accountability, accuracy and fairness. All phone calls made from any TriMet phone must be recorded. No exceptions. All calls made by any manager to an employee for any reason, must be recorded.
At TriMet, it is my view (and I assure you I am not the only employee that feels this way), the reason disciplinary meetings are not recorded is because the District or Manager has an agenda and pre-determined fate for the employee under investigation. Many times I have sat in meetings representing employees where serious mitigating circumstances were raised, including where claims by the ridership, including third party allegations, were flat out lies against the Operator. The video proves the claimants claim is false, yet management still holds the Operator accountable and will likely use the occurrence (SIP) against the Operator at a future date to show a pattern. If you, Mr. Kelsey or Mr. Warner do not see the value in recording disciplinary meetings, I believe this raises serious ethical questions regard those that are running the District. I am confident the public will agree with me on this point. If you believe I am not correct, let’s ask the public. I believe transparency is better than secrecy. Ms. Wittman, do you agree that transparency is better than secrecy? Please comment. Mr. Kelsey, TriMet General Manager, do you agree that transparency is better than secrecy? Please comment? Mr. Warner, TriMet Board President, do you agree that transparency is better than secrecy? Please comment.
If you agree like me, going forward (starting April 23, 2020), I strongly recommend that all disciplinary meetings must be recorded in show impartiality, transparency, accountability, and accuracy. The meetings must be recorded to protect the integrity of the disciplinary process. The meetings must also be recorded to guarantee fairness for the District and the employee. And finally, all disciplinary meetings must be recorded to protect the truth. Ms. Wittman, Mr. Kelsey and Mr. Warner, if you do not agree with me, and it is your professional opinion that secrecy is better than transparency and accountability when it comes to operating a business, please let me know. Please provide your response in writing so there can be no confusion as to your position. Please understand. It is very important for all employees, including our ridership, the general public and the taxpayer, that we all know who is running TriMet, and what they believe in; Secrecy? Or Transparency? Again, please understand. I look forward to your reply. My goal is to do my part to help make Trimet better for the employees, our ridership and those communities we serve. Please join me. I know we can do better, together vs working against each other. Do you agree?