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Water Commissioners Approve Cutting 81 Percent Of Workers, $48M Consultant Contract

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DETROIT (WWJ) - The Detroit Board of Water Commissioners Friday approved a controversial restructuring plan which includes a $48 million contract with a consultant and a reduction of 81 percent of the departments’ employees.

AFSME Local 25 President Catherine Philips says the union is currently in negotiations with the water department.

“We are sitting at the table attempting to bargain and the employer at the same time passes a contract that says they are going to outsource your member’s jobs — yeah — we’re a little outraged about that,” said Philips.

“It does not save money – it costs you more money. We have story after story, with the facts to back it up in the city of Detroit – that proves that,” she said. “All it is, is an attempt to give the water department away.”

The plan is geared toward slowing rate increases for the four million water customers in Southeast Michigan.

The union is currently in negotiations with the water department to hammer out a new contract.

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