Union rep speaks out on MUD grand jury report

The grand jury report on Stockton’s Municipal Utilities Department was released yesterday and you can read it here.

This morning, Mike Eggener of OE3, the union that represents MUD workers, called to comment on the grand jury findings.

“Everything in that report I have said personally to MUD management,” Eggener said. “Shame on them. They knew this was coming. It’s been at least a year that we’ve discussed these issues. The issues of the pay, we’ve been saying that all along. I’m glad the grand jury realized that. The one that really surprised me was the Intake Pump Station at the end of Eight Mile Road. It’s pretty significant. It looks like an earthquake fault.”

Will the grand jury report make an impact?

“I hope so,” Eggener said. “This is significant. This is the drinking water and the flushing of the toilets. This is huge. That issue at the Intake Pumping Station could affect the whole agricultural area out there. … Why has this not been taken care of and if it has been, where is the evidence that it’s been taken care of?”

The city declined comment on the report after it was released Wednesday.

Eggener and his workers have been in the news recently regarding their contract bargaining with the city. He said the workers plan to be out in force again at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

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