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Sunday, August 12, 2018, Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld lied and betrayed the public trust by providing a “special” train and police escorts to white supremacists going to the “Unite the Right 2” rally in Washington D.C. Special accommodations for a hate group and hate speech is not what this region supports are and does not reflect our #DCValues. In response, ATU Local 689 and the riding public have joined together to call for the immediate termination of WMATA General Manager Paul Wiedefeld.
ATU Local 689 responds to Metro's privatization announcement of Silver Line
September 18, 2018 --- Today’s announcement of requests for private contractors to bid on Silver Line extension work is another example of WMATA General Manager Paul Wiedefeld's failed leadership and wasteful spending. The Local 689 collective bargaining agreement (CBA) plainly states that our union local is the exclusive bargaining representative of “all operating and maintenance employees of the Authority in the subway system.” Mr. Wiedefeld must respect and abide by the contract language, and we are prepared to compel him to do so through the negotiated grievance procedure immediately. Read more here.
"America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked 'insufficient funds.' But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice."
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from his August 28, 1963 "I Have A Dream" speech.
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