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AFSCME supports steam plant proposal

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: October 7, 2013

The city of Akron has won an important endorsement for its proposal on the November ballot to give its steam plan to Akron Children's Hospital.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Ohio Council 8 is urging voters to approve the proposal, which will be Issue 4 in the Nov. 5 election.

The union opposed Akron's previous proposal to lease the sewer system to fund scholarships and supported a ballot issue that requires a vote before the lease or sale of any city-owned utility.

George Johnson, president of the Akron AFSCME chapter, said the union thought the latest ballot issue was supportive of Akron Children's Hospital.

"I stressed to the committee the nature of the steam plant as a whole and feel this just may be the exception to the risky nature of selling, contracting out, leasing or giving away our government entities," Johnson said.

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