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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...]