Here is an interesting fact that deserved its own blog post.
During the last board meeting, the TriMet board of Directors used the word “Transparency” 6 times. That just shows how committed this board is to revealing the truth to the public.
After my one man protest at the TriMet board meeting, I found out some interesting information. Both my numbers and the TriMet budget is correct.
Dave Auxier is the CFO for TriMet. He explained to me how everything worked.
Robert (Bob) Nelson will become the Deputy General Manager on July 8, 2013. In the meantime, Bob is a consultant to TriMet. Bob flies in once every couple weeks, works a few days, and goes back home. Currently, Bob is making $100 an hour. For a annual salary, TriMet uses 2,080 hours (40 hours a week multiplied by 52 weeks). Someone in the Legal department forgot to mark Bob as a consultant, not a full time employee. Lets do the math: $100 an hour multiplied by 40 hours is $4,000 a week. $4,000 times 52 weeks is $208,000.
According to Auxier, Once Nelson is rehired, he will also receive his pension, just like Auxier.
This is what you’ve been waiting for. This is the list of the 70 non-union TriMet members were are making over $100,000 a year, a list of the top 50 pay raises, and the FY 2014 budget for the Deputy General Manager. This list will be given out to everyone in attendance at the TriMet Board Meeting on Wednesday, May 22nd. See a problem?
Well, the time has come for TriMet to pay for their mistakes. I did a public records request for the pensions for Dave Auxier, TriMet CFO (Retired in January 2009, Re-Hired in January 2013) Fred Hansen (Retired in June 2010), and Robert Nelson (Retired in February 2007, Rehired in July 2013). The numbers are impressive.
Does ANYONE SEE A PROBLEM?
The Following are just SOME of the excuses that TriMet will use to try to cover up the recent Transparency Problem.
Diane Goodwin, Manager of Project Communications:
“This was an unfortunate oversight, as we are truly focused on building our Light Rail to Hell.”
Roberta Altstadt, Public Information Officer:
“We’re very sorry we got another black eye in the transparency department. I can assure you that this will happen more and more until Neil McFarlane is gone.”
Shelly Lomax, Director of Operations:
“Wow. I thought my testimony was enough to cover this up. I guess my ass is on the line now. That’s okay, I’ll retire with a $18,000 pension and full health benefits. Plus, I get out of the Union debates!”
Neil McFarlane, General Manager:
“This is the perfect time to announce my retirement, effective as of June 30. I will be taking Tiffany Switzer’s seat on the Board of Directors. We need someone on the board who will see the union benefits like I do, and there is nobody better than me to see it like I see them.”
Randy Stedman, Director of Labor Relations & Human Relations:
“I knew this was coming. I was hiding this information to make sure that the media got off the union health care problems. This will also extend the union debates, which is JUST FINE with me!”