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New York City Scraps Veolia Contract

May 5, 2016 // 1 Comment

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS In a victory for providers and consumers of public services, city officials say a multi-million dollar contract with a private French conglomerate to manage the city’s 14 waste­water treatment plants will not be renewed. The contract with Veolia, a $27 billion company based in Paris, is set to expire in June. The contract came with a couple of one-year extension options that will not be exercised, city officials told DC 37. Union leaders and privatization oppo­nents hailed the decision. “We are pleased that the city has decided to bring this contract to an end,” said Jim Tucciarelli, president of Sewage Treatment and Senior Sewage Treatment Workers Local 1320, whose members operate the Dept. of Environmental Protection’s wastewater treatment plants and collections facilities. DC 37 locals worked with their national union, AFSCME, and advocacy groups, such [More...]

The union wants to send a French multinational water management profiteer back to Paris

March 18, 2016 // 0 Comments

BY DIANE S. WILLIAMS Veolia, the giant conglomerate that gave a clean bill of health to the poisoned water supply in Flint, Michigan, has for years drained New York City of millions of taxpayer dollars, critics charge. And with its hefty city contract set to expire in June, opponents of outsourcing public services are set to battle with Veolia, a $27 billion company based in Paris, over the future of how New York City manages its wastewater treatment system. “We urge the city to not renew, extend or issue new contracts to run any part of New York’s public wastewater system with Veolia — or any for-profit management company,” said Jim Tucciarelli, president of Sewage Treatment and Senior Sewage Treatment Workers Local 1320, whose members operate the Dept. of Environmental Protection’s 14 wastewater treatment plants and collections facilities. Since 2011, New York City has paid [More...]