Privatization Fight in Baltimore

Privatization Fight in Baltimore

Baltimore Residents and Workers Fight Privatization of Water Dept.

Hundreds of city residents joined at City Hall to protest a potential city deal to outsource the city’s water to a foreign-owned company, Veolia, with a track record of rate hikes, labor abuses and contract failures.

“Veolia is known globally for two things: rate hikes and labor abuses,” said Dr. Lester Spence, associate professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University. “Given Veolia’s track record, Baltimore residents should be wary of any potential contract. Such a contract could lead to higher water bills, lower wages and deteriorating service.”

Jonathon Epps, a 15-year employee with the Department of Public Works expressed his pride for the work he does to keep the city safe and clean.

“The work I do keeps our community safe, prevents disease and limits the rodent population,” he said. “By coming to work every day, I know I am making a difference in my city. I call on City Council and the mayor to keep our public water public – we do a good job and we are committed to our neighborhoods and our city.”

Running for Mayor in 2015

Running for Mayor in 2015

Alan Butkovitz announced he’s not running for Mayor in 2015. Anthony Williams and Lynne Abraham are set to announce on Wednesday. Former Mayor Ed Rendell is rumored to be contemplating a run. Doug Oliver, former PGW pr guy and press secretary for Mayor Michael Nutter, is exploring the possibility of running.

Butkovitz was talking about running for quite some time and seemed until recently intent upon running. However, some felt he’d have a hard time winning the Democratic primary election and there is doubt about his major union supporter, electrician’s union leader John Dougherty, supporting him over Councilman Darrell Clarke.

DC 47 Pres. Wright on PhillyCam TV

DC 47 Pres. Wright on PhillyCam TV

District 1199C Pres. Henry Nicholas and DC 47 Pres. Fred Wright being interviewed  by Trudy Haynes about the recent PA General Election, local politics and the union. The show is scheduled to air in December or January on PhillyCam (Public Access) television.