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UWUA & FWW vs. United Water

Case overview

Date filed 8 June 2011
Current status Filed
Issue Labor and environmental violations at United Water’s US acti
Summary of the case United Water is a US American water utility and a wholly-owned subsidiary of French multinational Suez Environment. The complaint focuses on three issues:

On 31 May 2010, the United States National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a complaint charging that United Water Pennsylvania illegally refused to provide information necessary for the UWUA to negotiate over the companys demands for concessions in retirement benefits for workers. The NLRB has authorized a similar complaint against United Water in New Jersey.

Furthermore, in December 2010, a federal grand jury issued a criminal indictment charging that United Water intentionally manipulated E. coli bacteria monitoring tests at a wastewater treatment plant in Gary, Indiana, between 2003 and 2008. The company has pleaded not guilty in the case.

Finally, the complaint alleges that United Water manipulated the monitoring results as part of a scheme to reduce its costs for purchasing chlorine, which is used as a disinfectant before the plant discharges treated sewage into a public waterway near Chicago. United Waters president has publicly dismissed the seriousness of the charges, claiming the indictment involves disagreement about operating and monitoring methods.”

The complainants are awaiting the results of the NCPs initial assessment.
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Relevant OECD Guidelines
Case keywords Santé et sécurité, Les droits du travail, Divulgation de renseignements

NCP Information

NCP name National Contact Point United States of America
NCP address C St. NW 2201 20520 Washington, DC, United States
NCP website http://www.state.gov/e/eeb/ifd/oia/usncp/index.htm
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Complainants

ONG

Company Information

Company responsible United Water
Company address
Company website
Company in violation United Water
Country of operations United States
Other companies involved

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