Detroit seeks end to water-sewer workers strike

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Detroit officials are heading to court to halt a strike by water and sewer department workers who walked off their jobs with the system that serves about 4 million people across southeastern Michigan.

Employees of Detroit's water and sewer system struck Sunday to protest plans to eliminate most of their jobs through privatization or other measures.

The union for 950 employees of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department approved the strike last week. Michigan law prohibits public employee strikes.

Water department spokeswoman Mary Alfonso says she hopes a hearing will be held Monday "to avoid any further illegal work stoppage."

She also says the members of American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Local 207 could be suspended or fired.

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