Monday, August 20, 2012

Life in "Progress" City - Detroit edition

Despite having no horses, the water and sewerage department for the city of Detroit employs a horseshoer. 

Yet even with a department so bloated that it has a horseshoer and no horses, the local union president said it is "not possible" to eliminate positions. 

Union rules have turned the department into a government jobs program, some critics say. 

The horseshoer’s job description is "to shoe horses and to do general blacksmith work … and to perform related work as required." The description was last updated in 1967. 

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) has a large debt, rising water prices and inefficient services — using almost twice the number of employees per gallon as other cities like Chicago.


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