Francis Pettygrove May 12, 2012 at 8:43PM
"It is a tough job and not everyone can do it." Yeah, because driving is so difficult. It's not like almost everyone over 16 does it every day or anything.
-----------mammakatt May 12, 2012 at 6:45PM
Let TriMet and theier retirement plan go bankrupt. The courts have ruled once these contract get signed you can't change them. the only way to change things is for the company to go out of business and the pension plan to go bankrupt. Federal insurance will kick in and the retirees will get part of their benefits.
Let another company take over the busing needs of Trimet and let the current wage and benefits fiasco be an example of what not to do.
mannyvel May 12, 2012 at 8:03PM
The thing about unions in the late 20th and 21st century is that they're excellent advocates for their members. They have demonstrated time and time again that they get the best deal for their members (except for the Eastern machinists, who took one for the movement).
For the public at large, the legacy of unions is going to be bankrupt government institutions that will be unable to provide basic services due to a massive spending on retirees and benefits. They've become the American equivalent of the Soviet Nomenklatura, and they'll suck municipalities dry.
They're worse than the 1%. The 1% just wants to be left alone to enjoy their money. The unions want everyone else's money...forever. It's pathetic. They're like welfare moms with power. Even municipal bankruptcy (like Central Falls) may not get rid of these leeches.
What the city/agencies should do is take out life insurance policies on all its workers, making the city/agency the beneficiary. That way we'd at least be able to offset these payments with some kind of income.
``````````````````````````foyle4pres May 12, 2012 at 8:07PM
Why is it so hard to break the union? Driving a bus is a very simple skill. Mechanics can be taught. What a joke tri met union is. I hope every worker loses his job and and finds out what the real world is like.
s123man May 12, 2012 at 8:34PM
Why is the medical cost so high? Are the drivers and families getting weekly pedicures done by a surgeon? Do they get new boob jobs and new face lifts every few years? Can they get a prescription for a week stay at a health spa in Hawaii?
Does Trimet hire people that are twice as sick as the average worker? Do they have an insurance company that gets a commission on the expenses? Is the insurance company owned by the brother-in-law of the union boss?
`````````````````````````What is irresponsible is that even in 1994 it was well known that legacy healthcare and retirement costs were financially crippling big steel and the automakers. The Trimet board andWalsh went ahead anyway negotiaing and approving these unsustainable health benefits. to compound the error by agreeing to binding arbitration in Oregon may well result in the ultimate shutdown of Trimet. This does not even take into consideration the totally unfunded, unreserved several hundred million liability in post employment health benefits for Trimet retirees and family members. Walsh has created a legacy system that will collapse Trimet
That Walsh enjoys a fat 6 figure tax free PERS retirement is adding insult to injury.
Munchausenbaron May 12, 2012 at 9:33PM
This article shows the incredible greed of public employee unions and why they have to be removed from the public sector, or they will bankrupt every municipality and state in this country. Already, 43 states have to get federal bailout money, including Oregon, or go belly-up each year. Enough is enough! Shut them down!
hotwing May 12, 2012 at 10:05PM
The link above is for job openings at TriMet. The ONLY union job (out of EIGHT) listed is for Bus Operator (part time) at a top wage of $25.13 per hour. Just for example, a FULL TIME Bus Operator working 40 hours PER WEEK at $25.13 per hour (after three years) would make $4355.86 per month. The other SEVEN NON-UNION job listings have an AVERAGE PAY OF $7471.27 PER MONTH. Just sayin'...
`````````````````````Country May 13, 2012 at 5:54AM
"Its all about the kids, no that is the NEA/OEA, Its all about our PERS retirement, no that is the SEIU/OPEU, its all about cheating the taxpayers, handing us billions of bailout dollars, no that is the UAW. its all about we deserve cradle to grave money/benefits for doing little or nothing, no that is most all union members. Nothing new here to read, "BABS" legacy again comes to the front as a political hack owned by yet another union when she was in office.
kim May 13, 2012 at 9:36AM
Tri-met employees are over pay for what they do,drving a bus all day ,no stress and easy work,if the emplyees dont like the way they are treated, then go and look for another job, there are hundreds f people who would love to have their job,everybody should be greatful to be working ad having a paycheck,,welome to the real world