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Strikers Defy Judge's Order

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Photo Credit | Kathleen Galligan, Detroit Free Press

Striking Detroit water department employees are risking their jobs by defying a judge’s order to return to work. On Sunday, about 40 workers started picketing outside the wastewater treatment plant to protest plans to cut 80 percent of the jobs in the department. Public employee strikes are illegal in Michign, and the strikers could be suspended or fired. AFSCME Council 25 president Al Garrett says these are good people doing dirty and dangerous work, and they should have the basic tools to their jobs. But he also says they should obey the judge’s order. Shanta Driver is a lawyer representing the strikers. She spoke with WDET's Pat Batcheller

The city has issued a response to the judge's order to end the strike. You can read it here

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Photo Credit | Kathleen Galligan, Detroit Free Press