Federal judge halts Detroit water department strike - Fox 2 News Headlines

Federal judge halts Detroit water department strike

Posted: Updated:
DETROIT (WJBK) -

A judge has ordered an end to a strike by workers at the Detroit regional water department.

Federal Judge Sean Cox issued a sweeping order Monday that stops the strike and bars anyone affiliated with the union from obstructing operations.

The 950-member union went on strike Sunday to protest plans to eliminate most jobs through privatization or other steps. The workers belong to Local 207 of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees. "There really isn't any negotiations," said Lekita Thomas, Vice President of AFSCME Local 207. "It's really demanding what they want to take away from us."

The Detroit water department serves about 4 million people in southeastern Michigan.

Cox ordered union officials to attend a hearing on Oct. 11 at 10 a.m.

FOX 2 placed calls into Detroit Mayor Dave Bing's office. We were directed to the water department. Those calls were not returned.

Union officials plan to hold a press conference Monday afternoon in response to the injunction.

- The Associated Press contributed to this report

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Dollar Tree buys Family Dollar

    Dollar Tree buys Family Dollar

    Monday, July 28 2014 7:34 AM EDT2014-07-28 11:34:12 GMT
    Dollar Tree is buying rival discount store Family Dollar in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $8.5 billion.
    Dollar Tree is buying rival discount store Family Dollar in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $8.5 billion.
  • Storm damage in Oakland and Macomb counties

    Storm damage in Oakland and Macomb counties

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:27 AM EDT2014-07-28 10:27:31 GMT
    Damage was reported across Metro Detroit Sunday after severe storms moved across our area. About 200,000 customers lost power in the hail, heavy rain, strong winds, localized flooding and thunder and lightning.
    Damage was reported across Metro Detroit Sunday after severe storms moved across our area. About 200,000 customers lost power in the hail, heavy rain, strong winds, localized flooding and thunder and lightning.
  • Sunday's storm captured by Fox 2 viewers

    Sunday's storm captured by Fox 2 viewers

    Sunday, July 27 2014 11:48 PM EDT2014-07-28 03:48:38 GMT
    We have more video of the storm and storm damage from across southeast Michigan. It's Fox 2 viewer pics and video that you sent to us.
    We have more video of the storm and storm damage from across southeast Michigan. It's Fox 2 viewer pics and video that you sent to us.
Powered by WorldNow

WJBK-TV | Fox 2
16550 West Nine Mile Rd.
Southfield, MI 48075

Main Station: (248) 557-2000
Newsroom: (248) 552-5103

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices