February 3, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Flint, MI – More than 50 members of two Laborers' International Union of North America locals volunteers with the American Red Cross Jan. 25 to help deliver bottled water to people affected by Flint's toxic-water crisis.
“Continuing our efforts to help the people of Flint, especially children, is the least we can do to help ease the pain caused by this man-made contamination,” Dan Husted, business manager of LIUNA Local 1075 in Flint, said in a statement. LIUNA Local 1191 in Detroit joined with the Black Caucus Foundation of Michigan to donate a truckload of water to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. Meanwhile two United Auto Workers locals in northeastern Ohio, Local 1714 in Lordstown and Local 1112 in Warren, have started a drive to collect water for Flint residents. The majority-black city, site of the historic UAW sit-down strike at General Motors in 1936-37, has suffered with a toxic water supply since April 2014, since an emergency financial manager appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder decided it was cheaper to obtain water from the badly polluted Flint River than to pay Detroit for water collected from Lake Huron. Read more