April 3, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Rochester, MN - More than 20 members of Local 6 Plumbers and Pipefitters spent their Saturday Mar. 25 fixing faucets and installing new toilets for poor and elderly people here.
The work was part of the union’s annual “Water’s Off” day of volunteering to repair plumbing problems that can increase water bills and damage houses. "When we can curb the problem, with the plumbing issue, we can work on all those other things, too," Pipefitters organizer Joe Moenck told the Rochester Post-Bulletin. "We as a plumbers’ union have the opportunity to really give back to people who need help." "It's good that there are outfits like this that are willing to help," said John Ravenhorst, a former handyman who now has doctors' orders not to lift more than 20 pounds. He got a faucet fixed and a new toilet. Local 6, coordinating with Three Rivers Community Action, a local nonprofit organization, also does a “Heat’s On” event each fall to help people get their furnaces ready for the winter. Read more