February 26, 2016
By JoAnne Powers
Workers Independent News
Flint, Michigan – Plumbers and Pipefitters, members of the United Association, have come together to help the community of Flint, Michigan on the heels of the water crisis which has exposed tens of thousands of residents to water contaminated with high levels of lead.
The volunteer assistance reached a peak at the end of January as 470 Plumbers and pipefitters from across Michigan joined the local plumbers’ union in Flint to help replace faucets, install water filters, and deliver bottled water and water testing kits to hundreds of Flint residents. Harrold Harrington, Business Manager of UA Local 370 in Flint, says they’ve been working on this project since October:
[Harrold Harrington]: “We’ve been working on this since October, when we got our first call from the Red Cross that people were having trouble installing these, seniors and homebound people. So far, we’ve hit about 3700 homes, and we’ve been delivering water to every place we go, besides the filter. On January 30th we hit 1500 homes that one day. The rest of it’s been with volunteers and apprentices during the week…” “Our members live here, we work here. We’re part of the community. We all stick together, that’s part of being a union, and the International’s helping out, too. So, it’s not just members in Michigan, it’s also all over the United States and Canada. It’s pretty amazing how the unions can come out and get something like this done. It seems like the state officials, and even the feds, they can’t do anything, but we can all band together and get something done. I’m glad to be a part of it.” To hear the audio click the following link