Say No to Veolia in St. Louis
  • Petitioned St. Louis City Board of Estimate & Apportionment

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St. Louis City Board of Estimate & Apportionment

Say No to Veolia in St. Louis

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      St. Louis Dump Veolia

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November 2013

Victory

From Petition Creator: VICTORY! ST. LOUIS DUMPS VEOLIA! Multinational Withdraws from Contract Bidding Following 11 Months of City-Wide Opposition.

The mayor’s office has announced that Veolia Water North America has withdrawn itself from consideration for a contract to consult with the St. Louis Water Division, following almost a year of public protest of the corporation over its egregious track record of contract failures, poor performance, environmental destruction, labor abuses, complicity in Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights, and privatization of public resources. Veolia reportedly decided St. Louis “is not worth it. It is not worth the damage to [Veolia’s] business.” St. Louis proudly joins cities across the globe that have stood up to Veolia and similar transnational corporations in an effort to protect public resources, open government, and people’s rights. For more than three years, Veolia attempted to secure a contract with St. Louis, defying the will of the local community through aggressive lobbying, bullying, political interference, back-door deals, and outright contempt for democratic involvement. When public opposition denied Veolia the necessary votes to pass the contract through normal channels, the mayor attempted to circumvent the democratic checks and balances by claiming the contract did not need approval through traditional means and threatened to sue the city comptroller if she did not sign it.

The St. Louis Dump Veolia Coalition applauds the St. Louis Board of Aldermen for listening to constituents’ concerns and standing up for transparency, accountability, democratic processes, and the will of the people by introducing a resolution to remove funds allocated for Veolia in the city’s budget, the straw that finally broke the camel’s back, prompting Veolia to withdraw. As the city now looks to work with the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District in a public partnership, we urge all involved to continue to reject any involvement of Veolia, to keep St. Louis water firmly in public hands, and to listen to and respect the wisdom and expertise of our water workers who first revealed the Veolia contract.

The Dump Veolia Coalition thanks the hundreds of St. Louisans who contributed to this campaign -- from elevating it to a primary issue in the 2013 mayoral elections to testifying at City Hall for the Public Utilities Committee -- and our public officials who stood up for democracy and public water. We are inspired by the unnamed millions around the world -- including workers, students, faith communities, activists, oppressed communities throughout the U.S., and the people of Palestine -- working tirelessly against corporate profiteering and greed, environmental devastation, racism and discrimination.

This victory belongs to all of us. St. Louis is proud to have kept our water public and our consciences clear by dumping Veolia!

St. Louis Board of Estimate & Apportionment (which is comprised of Mayor Francis Slay, Comptroller Darlene Green, and Aldermanic President Lewis Reed)  is considering hiring the toxic company, Veolia, to consult on water management issues.   Veolia is the multinational French company infamous for:

environmental degradation; labor abuses; privatization of water; embezzlement, bribery, fraud; and discrimination and support of illegal settlements in Palestine.  

St. Louis wants clean, affordable, safe and public water. We want St. Louis to dump Veolia.

To:
St. Louis City Board of Estimate & Apportionment
Say no to Veolia in St. Louis.

We want St. Louis to reject a proposed city water contract with Veolia, the multinational company infamous for:

environmental degradation;
labor abuses;
privatization of water;
embezzlement, bribery and fraud;
discrimination and support of illegal settlements in Palestine.

St. Louis wants clean, affordable, safe and public water. St. Louis says dump Veolia.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Public Hearing on Contract this Tuesday, July 2

      Please join us at City Hall, 1200 Market Street, St Louis, MO on July 2 at 6 pm for a public hearing on the proposed Veolia contract. It is very important for us to show that there is political support behind our demand to dump Veolia.

    2. Public Hearing on Contract this Tuesday, July 2

      Please join us at City Hall, 1200 Market Street, St Louis, MO on July 2 at 6 pm for a public hearing on the proposed Veolia contract. It is very important for us to show that there is political support behind our demand to dump Veolia.

    3. Reached 3,000 signatures
    4. Join us at the E & A meeting, Wednesday February 20

      Join us at City Hall (1200 Market Street, St. Louis, MO) tomorrow, February 20, 1:30 pm. Our message is clear: Dump Veolia Today!
      https://www.facebook.com/events/160271520789860/

    5. Reached 1,500 signatures
    6. Reached 50 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Michael Carmody SAINT LOUIS, MO
      • 6 months ago

      Check their history in the US and you will agree!

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    • Teon Cromwell ST.LOUIS, MO
      • 6 months ago

      environmental degradation;

      labor abuses;

      privatization of water;

      embezzlement, bribery and fraud;

      discrimination and support of illegal settlements in Palestine.

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    • Robert Glenn San Socie JACKSONVILLE, FL
      • 8 months ago

      St.Lou is my home town & HAD some of the best tap water I have ever tasted. If St.Lou needs VEOLIA every office holder should be removed for mismanagement. My God are we a third world country to be abused by Veolia? USA #1? Or France? Mismanagement & Corp. GREED have destroyed us. Money is our GOD Rand is our leader. Dear Leader.

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    • Marie Ceselski ST. LOUIS, MO
      • 10 months ago

      As 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman, I recently became aware that Veolia is the same company as Trigen, and therefore is responsible for a dangerous manhole problem Downtown that was not fixed for over a month. Many flat tire incidents resulted from Veolia's failure to properly fill the hole. A company that takes over a month to resolve a traffic hazard is not a company we want advice from on anything.

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    • Jane Wolff ST. LOUIS, MO
      • 11 months ago

      I do not support the business practices of Veolia or privatization of our water system. I want affordable clean safe water.

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