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Union Plumbers Help Water Crisis In Flint (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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Plumbers Manufacturers International and other labor unions reached out in February to help people in Flint, Michigan, who have been poisoned by the city's water (video below).

According to WJRT, many Flint residents could not attach water filters to their faucets because of age and odd, out-of-date shapes.

More than 400 plumbers stepped in to provide new faucets and other plumbing supplies for residents. The union members also went door-to-door to make sure Flint residents' existing faucets were filter-ready.

Genesee County Sheriff Pickle told the news station:

Health? It's public safety. And the safety of our people right now is in jeopardy and I think its incumbent upon not only me, but all of the people in this community to get together and help to get this problem resolved. It's a man-made problem. It's not made by anyone here. These are going to be the people who fix the problem.

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan signed a bill into law back in 2012 that banned unions in the state from collecting fees from workers as a condition of employment in unionized workplaces, which would weaken unions, reported The New York Times. 

House Democratic leader Tim Greimel said on March 2 that Snyder should resign because of his "negligence and indifference" in the Flint water crisis, which Snyder's administration acknowledged in October 2015, but had existed for much longer, reports MLive.com.

"It's now clear that for over a year the governor's top aides and advisers wrote thousands of emails relating to the Flint situation, and that they held many meetings and had many conversations about Flint," Greimel stated.

"It is inconceivable that the governor wasn't aware of what was going on," Greimel added. "In fact, the governor's own chief of staff came out last week and indicated that he had been keeping the governor informed all along the way."

Ari Adler, Snyder's spokesman, responded: "Gov. Snyder is fully committed to remaining in office and fixing the problems with the water in Flint and the problems within state government that caused this crisis in the first place."

The problems with Flint's water began after an unelected city manager, appointed by Snyder, switched Flint's water supply from Detroit's water to the polluted Flint River in April 2014.

Sources: WJRT, The New York Times, MLive.com / Photo credit: WJRT via YouTube

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