DWSD workers end strike

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Detroit Water and Sewerage Department employees ended their strike on Thursday after further negotiations with management. 

A news release from AFSCME Local 207 says the decision to end the strike was made after management agreed to reinstate all 36 workers who were fired after leaving their post on Sunday, discuss union rights and job security, and reopen the Local 207 contract if the union wins an appeal against Judge Cox's November ruling. 

In the release, AFSCME Local 207 President John Riehl stated: 

"This is a victory for the City of Detroit because it has set the precedent that unions, the community and the City of Detroit can stand up against the whole array of powers-that-be and win. The courts, the Mayor, the Water Board Management, working in concert, could not defeat this strike and cannot defeat us if we unite and militantly fight together." 

 

Workers were angry over cuts in pay and benefits. On Monday, a judge issued a temporary restraining order against the strike, saying it jeopardized public safety. 
 

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