Drought: Cleveland Water Workers Walk After Contract Talks Dry Up

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Nearly 100 employees in Cleveland's Division of Water are now on strike.

This, because the city refused to give them the same 2% pay raises other city employees receive. The union has been working without a contract since March 31st, 2007.

The workers operate the city's water treatment plants.

The city assures city residents that water service will not be disrupted.

Press release from the City of Cleveland:

"The union representing Water Plant Operators and Stationary Engineers and
Boiler Operators began picketing various Cleveland water facilities this morning. However,
Cleveland City officials stress that water service to the system's 1.4 million customers will be
"Operations at all of our facilities continue as normal," said Darnell Brown, Chief Operating
Officer for the City of Cleveland. "This strike will not impact the delivery or quality of water
that our customers receive."
The Cleveland Division of Water has instituted a strike plan that will result in the continued
operation of business, said Chief Brown. He added that the City was willing to resume
negotiations with the striking union but would not agree to a settlement inconsistent with
agreements reached with 28 other bargaining units."

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