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GRAND RAPIDS March 15, 2016– Yesterday, more than two dozen union members and community supporters welcomed Gov. Rick Snyder to Grand Rapids with signs, coffins and chanting. The coffins represented the 10 Flint residents who died as a result of tainted water.
The protesters’ message was clear: Gov. Snyder has damaged Michigan with reckless privatization and negligence– from Detroit and Flint to Grand Rapids and Muskegon.
Brothers and sisters from the Steelworkers, IBEW, RWDSU, UAW, Ironworkers and Kent-Ionia Labor Council were on-hand outside Hutchinson Innovation Center, where the governor was giving a speech.
One word was taped on each of the first nine coffins, with a question mark stamped on the tenth: “How many more people must die from Legionnaires’ Disease?”
“We’ll keep pressure on him wherever he goes,” said Tony Barnes, an electrical worker [IBEW Local 275] who wants Snyder to resign. “We need to get somebody in there that is competent enough to get the job done.
Among the signs hoisted by protesters:
• “The nerd is toxic”
• “RIP: Clean water for Flint”
• “Snyder is pure evil, not Pure Michigan”
• “Snyder’s plan for the poor: Out of sight, out of mind”
• “Rick Snyder legacy: murderer”
• “Rick Snyder: criminal”
• “Ruined any lives today, Rick?”
• “Resign now!”