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Monday, 01 October 2012 15:11

Judge stops strike by Detroit water-sewer workers

(AREA) -- A judge has ordered an end to a strike by workers at the Detroit regional water department. Federal Judge Sean Cox issued a sweeping order Monday that stops the strike and bars anyone affiliated with the union from obstructing operations. The 950-member union went on strike Sunday to protest plans to eliminate most jobs through privatization or other steps. The workers belong to Local 207 of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees. Proposed job cuts in the Detroit water system follow an April agreement between Bing and Republican Governor Rick Snyder to head off a state takeover of the city's finances because of persistent budget deficits. The Detroit water department serves about 4 million people in southeastern Michigan. Local areas served include Burtchville and Greenwood Townships in St. Clair County and Mayfield Township, the cities of Lapeer, Imlay City and Almont in Lapeer County.