detroit sewer and water http://michiganradio.org en 35 years later, Detroit's sewer and water department no longer under federal oversight http://michiganradio.org/post/35-years-later-detroits-sewer-and-water-department-no-longer-under-federal-oversight <p>Running the country's largest wastewater treatment plant is not easy.</p><p>You've got to treat more than 700 million gallons of 'who-knows-what' every day.</p><p>In 1977, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department wasn't complying with federal Clean Water Act laws. That's when federal oversight over the department began.</p><p>That oversight ends today, according to federal judge Sean Cox.</p><p>From the blog <a href="http://dwsdupdate.blogspot.com/2013/03/judge-cox-orders-end-to-epa-lawsuit-35.html">DWSD Update</a>:</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 16:18:11 +0000 Mark Brush 11889 at http://michiganradio.org 35 years later, Detroit's sewer and water department no longer under federal oversight Detroit water-sewer agency workers continue picket http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-water-sewer-agency-workers-continue-picket <p>DETROIT (AP) - Workers are back on the picket line a day after a judge ordered them to end a strike protesting job cuts at the Detroit regional water department.</p><p>WWJ-AM reports workers drew honks from passing motorists Tuesday morning outside a Detroit Water and Sewerage Department facility.</p><p>Union attorney George Washington on Monday called federal Judge Sean Cox's injunction "outrageous" and filed a motion to dissolve it.</p><p>The 950-member union went on strike Sunday to protest plans to lay off many of them and privatize some of the work. The workers belong to Local 207 of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees.</p><p>The proposed job cuts followed an April agreement between Mayor Dave Bing and Gov. Rick Snyder to head off a state takeover of the city's finances. Tue, 02 Oct 2012 14:23:32 +0000 The Associated Press 9327 at http://michiganradio.org Striking Detroit sewer and water employees ordered back to work http://michiganradio.org/post/striking-detroit-sewer-and-water-employees-ordered-back-work <p>U.S. District Judge Sean Cox has ordered a stop to a strike by workers in the Detroit water and sewer department.</p><p>But a union attorney says workers are not expected to be back on the job immediately. Attorney George Washington says a motion will be filed to dissolve the federal judge's motion.</p><p>Washington says, nobody will return to work until they have talked with their union leaders.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20121001/NEWS01/121001024/detroit-water-workers-strike-ordered-back-to-work">Detroit Free Press</a> reports that union lawyers are working to get Judge Cox off the case:</p><blockquote><p>Lawyers for striking Detroit water and sewer workers want U.S. District Judge Sean Cox booted off their case, arguing he is acted as both a judge and a party to the dispute.</p><p>“This man is acting like an emergency financial manager on steroids,” said George Washington, one of the lawyers representing AFSCME 207, the union that represents more than 1,000 workers for the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. “This is being managed as a dictatorship.”</p></blockquote><p>The workers began the strike yesterday, to protest plans to eliminate most jobs through privatization or other steps.</p><p>The Detroit water and sewer department serves about 4 million people in southeastern Michigan. Mon, 01 Oct 2012 18:15:11 +0000 Mark Brush 9315 at http://michiganradio.org Striking Detroit sewer and water employees ordered back to work