Friday, December 18, 2015

The "Trimet management cult"

The people that are in "leadership" positions operate in an atmosphere of complete autonomy and zero accountability.The various state and federal agencies that do business with Trimet cover for any of the "bad publicity" that may befall the "leadership". The "Trimet Board" is nothing but a group of sock puppets set up to make sure that Mcfarlane has the necessary cover to impose his agenda.

Neil Mcfarlane is the leader of the Trimet management cult. He has hired the various henchmen to take all the measures available to achieve his goals. It was Mr Mcfarlane who declared war on his union employees by publicly proclaiming that they had "the richest benefits in the country" which was a total and complete lie. This turned the public against the front line workers and this continues to this very day.  Yes the union employees had some of the best health care but they also  had lower wages than their west coast counterparts. Furthermore Trimet union retirees have much lower cash payments than other Oregon public employees covered by PERS. All these things were conveniently ignored by the mainstream media as Mcfarlane made war on his employees.  McFarlane also stole  $1 million in raises for himself and his henchmen while cutting union workers benefits, cutting direct services, and raising fares all the while pleading that Trimet was in dire financial straights. (that $1 million compounds each and every year so basically he stole much more than $1 million) The Oregon Secretary of State covered for his illegal behavior with a phony 'audit'. The phony sock puppets called the "Trimet board of directors" participated in  deceiving the public and the employees in his theft. Mcfarlane also ignored court orders to return illegally withheld funds from employee paychecks. This is just a small sampling of the deviousness of the man in charge.

When Mcfarlane realized that his reputation was going to be tarnished by his public attack on the employees he hired known "hit man" Randy Stedmen who has a long history of union busting and rolling over people.  Stedmen has been true to his character and acted like the tyrant he was billed to be. A man who's word means nothing continues running interference so that Mcfarlane can jet around the country and play his phony role as "transit leader"
Shelly Lomax, an uneducated and frumpy woman probably never dreamed that she would move up so far in her career . She might be uneducated but she has a superior IQ and she is instrumental along with Stedmen in terrorizing employees that she doesn't like or that don't fit into her idea  of what a Trimet employee should be. She is  a selfish careerist who hides away in her office located behind locked doors at Trimet Headquarters directing her hand picked "station managers" in methods to harass the employees.
There are numerous other employees involved with the Trimet management cult but these are the three main characters that terrorize and conspire against Trimet's unionized workforce

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Best of Trimet dispatch

All the crazy insane things that happen on Portland's transit system called the Trimet. (also called the Trimess). Its amazing how crazy it is out there! After listening to this material who would ever want to ride mass transit again?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Does Trimet intentionally cheat union employees out of wages?

It is alleged that Trimet has intentionally created a situation where Trimet operators don't get paid for extra  time at the job which is not included in the schedule

This has been accomplished by a lack of information to operators and cumbersome procedures that end up discouraging operators from claiming wages that they are due

This unpaid time actually amounts to millions of dollars over the years.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


The mainstream media enjoys running stories about transit snafus, especially the mistakes that bus and rail operators fall into. Bus operator is one of the most misunderstood professions in America. Its very easy to make mistakes when operating a transit vehicle.

What the mainstream media hardly gives any notice to is the behavior and foul ups of the people running the bureaucracy. Very few stories appear in the mainstream about management screw ups

And there has been no comprehensive coverage looking deep into management culture at Trimet.
This article looks at some of the stories that concern the executive culture at Trimet

The  question that should be asked is can we trust the people in charge of our transit system to do the right thing?

The short answer is no:

Saturday, February 8, 2014


Trimet scanner called the fail an hour before it actually happened
Fail predicted at 6:39pm
Fail actually happened at 7:23pm
Trimet announces failure at 7:42pm

Saturday, August 17, 2013


I have been informed that the union representative that worked with me for years fighting Trimet tyranny has resigned his position due to a dispute with other union leaders. This is a huge disappointment to me personally and once again makes me question the leadership of our union. One of the best spokesmen for the union is forced to resign due to the union. It needs to be pointed out here that our union has failed us miserably. All though ATU has won various court rulings none of those victories have culminated in anything for its members except for the COLA ruling. Granted that TRIMET has no problem using tax payer funds to continually appeal every single ruling and is obstructionist as well as  devious in its methods, the employees and retirees are paying more for less and it appears there is nothing the union can do about any of it. TRIMET holds all the cards true, but there has to be some way to get to them to be more reasonable with this contract negotiation. Sometimes I wonder if the union leaders have the same mindset as the Trimet executives; I HAVE MINE YOU GET YOURS. Nevertheless the loss of Jeff Ackerson is a huge blow to union members and being at the hands of other union leaders it brings into question their judgement. ATU 757 is not the union leaders personal property any more than TRIMET is the personal property of the trimet execs. Both sets of leaders appear to think otherwise

Friday, May 17, 2013


 This is a list of all the stories and commentary on the KOIN hard hitting investigation on Trimet Pork and the executive raises that were handed out at the exact same time that those same executives cut bus service to low income riders!

The series created a fire storm with Trimet denying responsibility (did you expect anything else from them) and numerous Trimet fans screaming "unfair" because of various technicalities.

The bottom line on Gianola's report is it exposed wasteful and bloated executive  management  at the Portland transit agency. 

It is one of the absolute best investigative series on Trimet in the history of television reporting on the subject.

Friday, March 15, 2013


These board members seem immune from any public sentiment.
The entire public is outraged but these clueless Trimet board members seem oblivious to the firestorm.
Talk about disconnected!

Lap dog Sweitzer admits board knew of raises and agree with them
Lap dog Prosser says raises are good
Lap dog 'sleepy' Bethel says raises should have been higher

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Mcfarlane dragging down Trimet into oblivion

This man has done so much damage, has acted with so much arrogance, its absolutely astounding.
The board of directors has shown over and over they care nothing about the public or the employees of Trimet.
It's a scene from a Fellini movie its so absurd. Yet there he sits, still in charge.
He has wandered into fraud territory by yanking raises out of the contingency budget.
The man has the ethic of an international banker, all about him and his circle of hacks.
This is a list of all the most recent articles:

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


This is an issue that affects all Trimet drivers. You can make your claim for payment from this class action lawsuit by filing these two pieces of paperwork. Trimet cannot retaliate against any Trimet employee for joining this suit. (If you don't sign up as a plaintiff you get nothing if the case comes in for us)
Former driver and TriMet watchdog files lawsuit against agency