After two years of explaining to the WMATA Board that General Manager Paul Wiedefeld is a lying, manipulative failure, ATU Local 689 will not be participating in the public comment portion of today’s WMATA board meeting. This union is well aware that trying to persuade the WMATA Board with facts and evidence is no different from the board meetings themselves: a complete waste of time. WMATA Board Chair Jack Evans is already on record saying he has “100% confidence” in the general manager just days before Mr. Wiedefeld made the unprecedented move of using a publicly funded rail car to give a private ride to racist white nationalist complete with police escort and news media in spite of public outcry from around the world. If the other members of the WMATA Board join Mr. Evans as he slaps the riding public and the workers of WMATA in the face, it will only be because they are not paying attention to the system they oversee or do not care. Neither is acceptable. Members of ATU Local 689 will be present at today’s board meeting but will not speak because the WMATA Board does not listen to its riders or its workers.