Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

Business and labor both support Waukesha’s application for Great Lakes water

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Both business and labor support the city of Waukesha’s application for Great Lakes water, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The City of Waukesha’s request to buy Lake Michigan water in the future – and build one pipeline to carry the water west to Waukesha and a second pipeline to return treated wastewater to the lake – gained support of two labor unions at a public hearing Tuesday.

Plumbers Local 75 business manager Steve Breitlow said the project would provide 100 construction jobs for two years and an additional 200 jobs for subcontractors and suppliers.

“Our local is facing 20% unemployment, and this project would help decrease that number,” Breitlow said in written comments submitted to the state Department of Natural Resources.

“Waukesha and the surrounding area, including Milwaukee, will benefit from the jobs and income this project will provide,” Breitlow said.

Steamfitters Local 601 business manager Kevin La Mere also focused on the promise of new jobs from the project.

“Our local building trades are facing record high unemployment numbers,” La Mere said in a letter to the DNR. He urged state environmental regulators to approve the request.

“It will help put my unemployed members back to work and bring income to local communities and the construction industry,” he said.

By the way, if you’re missing the public meetings this week regarding the proposed diversion, here is the DNR handout from the meetings.

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