Tuesday, January 16, 2018
It seemed like there was a light at the end of the tunnel when management and our union came to agreement on our latest contract. Then I noticed the light dimmed shortly after we approved the contract. Seems they left their high beams on just long enough to blind us, then added fog lights for special effect.
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Monday, January 8, 2018
Sunday, January 7, 2018
Saturday, January 6, 2018
Jacob and I were casual internet buddies.
I was shocked when I heard the news story that he had been arrested for stealing a Trimet bus out of Center Street.
He served 10 months in jail for that incident.
He told me his story.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Operators define an "assault" as any action by another which threatens our safety. This could be a menacing verbal threat, someone purposefully brushing our shoulder on the way out the door while cursing us, a drink thrown at us, being spit or puked upon, having insults screamed in our face, or an actual physical assault. The district, for some strange reason, tends to solely define "assault" as physical aggression. This is misleading in that it furthers the notion that we're still expected to operate after our bodies have experienced a severe biological shock. The "fight or flight" response to a threat or an assault is scientifically proven to have a lasting effect on the victim. It can sometimes take weeks, months or even years to recover from it. The adrenaline rush, hormonal explosion and muscle tension can be thoroughly exhausting even though the crisis may only last a few minutes. Those who continue in service after such an incident are not fully capable of driving safely because the operator's mind constantly replays the incident. Instead, we need to concentrate on all we're trained to do in the seat. This is called "distracted," or even "impaired" driving, which in other contexts is illegal. Therefore, as far as many operators are concerned, the term "assault" covers a wide spectrum of offenses. It's certainly more inclusive of the open hands we're faced with on the job than the district's deceptively-slim definition of the term.
Read the entire essay HERE
Monday, January 1, 2018
Thursday, December 28, 2017
Nobody really knew for sure if the executive management would sink so low to actually implement this.
The people running Trimet are nothing but aristocrats and they act like aristocrats.
They could care less about their "subjects" (yes Trimet is just like an independent country)
Just more examples of how horrible things are at Trimet, they never stop thinking of ways to screw their unionized workforce.
Part of this lands on ATU757, but only a small part. Shirley, John, and Mary are no match for the army of high priced executives that comes with being the aristocracy of a government tax farm.
I put this latest abomination 75% on Trimet 25% on the union.
Trimet is only doing this to stir up union members against the current ATU757 executive officers.
Apparently there is still plenty of animosity between Mcfarlane and Shirley et al.
I'm quite certain that the only reason there is a contract right now is that Mcfarlane (the current emperor) is going to take his substantial winnings and ride off into the sunset like all the other general managers (presidents) and wanted some good press on his way out.
#trimet f’ks it’s long time superior performance operators— AL M (@AlYourPalster) December 28, 2017
What dirt bags
Always looking for ways to screw their union people pic.twitter.com/6SR0VQ9U5f
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Working in the public transportation industrial complex in a major city is no easy task. It takes a person of above average physical health and incredible mental strength to survive a career as a bus driver.
The American neoliberal technocracy has conspired with mainstream media to present to the public a perception that transit workers are undeserving of decent pay and benefits. "Anybody can drive a bus" is the way bus driving is depicted in American culture. The reality is actually the opposite.
It's one of the hardest jobs in the country and ranks as THE MOST DEPRESSING JOB in the United States of America.
In other words, This job will kill you. LITERALLY.
One thing we will never see in any mainstream publication is that Transit Management itself plays a major role in destroying the people working in the industry.
Here are a couple recent horror stories of people who worked in the public transportation industrial complex (Trimet) who's lives were ruined as a result, literally.
When Trimet recruits people into this industrial complex they neglect to tell applicants of these horror stories. There are 1000's of stories like the 2 below. When you accept a job in public transportation you should know the horror stories.
I have my own version of a Trimet horror story but compared to stories like the two below mine is pretty mild
I did experience the brutality of the Transit management, and its bad believe me.
My Trimet career ended with me sneaking out the back door directly to HR and I never interacted with any Trimet station management again.
But I got what I was supposed to get.
A pension and some health care.
A pension and some health care.
Who knows if it will last