The 2012 Detroit water sewerage workers strike
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.
By Dan Coles, 10 March 2016
A series of fires has broken out at the facility in southwest Detroit.
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
By James Brewer, 17 December 2015
Detroit's policy of mass water shutoffs has been called a human rights violation by the United Nations.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
By Nancy Hanover, 19 January 2015
New Emergency Manager Darnell Earley has pledged further cuts to impoverished Detroit schools.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By 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.
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.
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.