Earlier this month, NTEU donated more than 230 cases of bottled drinking water to help members of Chapter 13 (IRS Mississippi) cope with the prolonged water crisis.
Until Sept. 15, Jackson had been under a boil-water advisory for nearly seven weeks that left residents without access to safe drinking water. Many were forced to turn to portable showers and brushing their teeth with bottled water after the city’s main water facility failed after flooding.
Once the pallets of water were delivered, Chapter 13 President Tonja Jackson enlisted the help of Jackson State University students to carry them to the cars and offices of NTEU members at the Dr. A. H. McCoy Federal Building. Each member got around five cases of water, and the remaining supply was donated to other employees in the federal building.
“Our members thanked us and really appreciated the water,” said Jackson.
“This is what our union is all about,” said National President Tony Reardon. “We look out for one another and help each other in times of need.”