The 2012 Detroit water sewerage workers strike

Detroit sewage plant workers without water after water main break

By Dan Coles, 29 July 2016

During the length of the disruption, amidst the recent heat wave, plant personnel were without access to drinking water, air conditioning or the use of washroom facilities.

213 Detroit meeting video

27 May 2016

Fires at Detroit wastewater plant underscore danger of job cuts

By Dan Coles, 10 March 2016

A series of fires has broken out at the facility in southwest Detroit.

Low-wage America: Detroit auto parts worker endures homelessness, surrenders custody of children

By By our reporter, 17 December 2015

Dwayne Cole and Siretha Lattimore made the wrenching decision to hand their children over to state custody after being homeless for a year, despite Dwayne’s full-time job at an auto parts factory

Thousands forced to live without water in Detroit

By James Brewer, 17 December 2015

Detroit's policy of mass water shutoffs has been called a human rights violation by the United Nations.

Detroit Water and Sewerage workers express anger over layoffs

By James Brewer, 27 October 2015

The claim by Brenda Jones of the Detroit City Council that they were in the dark about the DWSD plan to lay off key employees is a lie.

Detroit water system layoffs signal pro-corporate transformation

By James Brewer, 20 October 2015

The latest round of layoffs at the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department are the outcome of measures imposed last year as a result of the city’s bankruptcy.

Detroit water department lays off all building maintenance workers

By James Brewer, 7 April 2015

In the move toward the transition to a new regional water authority, the Detroit water department is launching an assault on the jobs and living standard of workers

Cuts to pensions of Detroit retirees go into effect

By Thomas Gaist, 3 March 2015

The pension checks of Detroit city workers saw their first reductions Sunday, in line with the bankruptcy plan imposed by federal judge Steven Rhodes.

Detroit regional water authority prepares double-digit rate increases

By Shannon Jones, 24 January 2015

The news comes as Detroit continues its draconian policy of shutting off water to residents who are too poor to pay for it.

Michigan governor names 4th emergency manager for Detroit Public Schools

By Nancy Hanover, 19 January 2015

New Emergency Manager Darnell Earley has pledged further cuts to impoverished Detroit schools.

City-owned assets hived off in Detroit bankruptcy deals

By Jerry White, 11 September 2014

The Detroit-Windsor tunnel and the suburban pipelines of the city’s water and sewerage system will be leased out as part of Detroit’s restructuring plan.

Support grows for SEP meeting Tuesday against Detroit water shutoffs

By a WSWS reporting team, 8 September 2014

Campaign teams visited schools, neighborhoods and work locations over the past week in preparation for the public meeting being held Tuesday at Wayne State University.

A call to action

Emergency meeting to oppose water shutoffs in Detroit

2 September 2014

The Socialist Equality Party and the Detroit Workers Action Committee are holding a public meeting September 9 to mobilize the working class throughout the Detroit area against water shutoffs.

On eve of emergency manager take-over

Unions move to ram through concessions against Detroit workers

By Jerry White and Bryan Dyne, 21 March 2013

The sweeping concessions demanded from teachers and the city’s municipal employees give a picture of the draconian measures planned for the entire working class.

Under threat of bankruptcy, Detroit escalates assault on working class

By Bryan Dyne, 27 November 2012

Detroit Mayor David Bing and the city council are using the threat of potential bankruptcy to escalate the assault on city workers.

Hearings for victimized Detroit sewerage strikers

By Andre Damon, 6 October 2012

The 34 workers who were victimized in the aftermath of the five-day strike at Detroit’s wastewater treatment plant were made to sign agreements to return to work after receiving five-day suspensions and extended probation periods.

Union capitulation deals blow to Detroit sewerage workers

By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 5 October 2012

On Thursday evening, AFSCME Local 207 formally called off the five-day strike of sewerage workers at the Detroit Wastewater Treatment Plant, having engineered a collapse of the walkout without any gains for the workers.

AFSCME regional, local leaders betray Detroit water workers strike

By Jerry White, 4 October 2012

The leadership of AFSCME Local 207 has brought the strike of hundreds of Detroit Water and Sewerage Workers to an ignominious dead end.

City threatens to fire striking Detroit sewerage workers

By Jerry White, 3 October 2012

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has sent notices to 34 workers informing them that they have been suspended without pay and face termination for walking off the job Sunday morning.

Striking Detroit water workers defy federal judge, union officials

By Jerry White, 2 October 2012

Workers at the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department’s waste treatment plant are continuing their strike despite a temporary restraining order issued by a federal judge Monday. The walkout, which began on Sunday, involves 950 workers at the facility in the southwest side of Detroit.

Oppose the strikebreaking injunction! Defend the Detroit water and sewerage workers!

Socialist Equality Party, 2 October 2012

The SEP calls for the formation of Workers Support Committees in the factories and workplaces to defend the striking water and sewerage workers and broaden the struggle into a unified offensive against the attacks by Mayor Bing and both big business parties.

Detroit water workers go on strike

By Shannon Jones, 1 October 2012

Some 950 workers at the Detroit Department of Water and Sewerage struck Sunday morning over massive attacks on jobs, pay and benefits.

SEP candidate speaks with striking Detroit city workers

By a reporting team, 1 October 2012

Jerry White, the SEP candidate for US president, spoke with striking workers at the Detroit water and sewerage treatment plant.