Pennsylvania Supreme Court upholds Pittsburgh City Council Paid Sick Leave law

Pennsylvania Supreme Court upholds Pittsburgh City Council Paid Sick Leave law

In 2015 Pittsburgh City Council passed legislation allowing the city to mandate that private employers provide paid sick leave to employees. After a four-year legal battle the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled the city had the authority to hand down such a mandate to joy of labor advocates, council, and the mayor’s office.

To City Councilman Corey O’Connor (D-5), the legislation’s sponsor, mandating paid sick was a way to protect workers and ensure that Pittsburghers never feared losing their jobs if they fell unexpectedly ill. 
Thursday, July 18, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh residents support Pittsburgh City Council Inclusionary zoning legislation

Pittsburgh residents support Pittsburgh City Council Inclusionary zoning legislation

For years as prices have gone up, longtime, lower-income residents have been forced out in the wake of redevelopment. From tax credits to a slew of initiatives from the Housing Opportunity Fund, in Pittsburgh, elected officials and affordable housing advocates alike have struggled to quell displacement.

One of the methods used in combating the consequences of gentrification is inclusionary zoning. In the form of legislation sponsored by Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Deb Gross (D-District 7), in Lawrenceville, a neighborhood that has become synonymous with gentrification, housing developers would soon be required to set aside ten percent of affordable housing in any project consisting of at least 20 units.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
City of Pittsburgh invests in affordable housing projects

City of Pittsburgh invests in affordable housing projects

This week both the City of Pittsburgh and the state took steps to invest in affordable housing. At the state level that meant five Pittsburgh low-income housing developments were awarded tax credits. On the city’s part, the Urban Redevelopment Authority approved several Housing Opportunity Fund’s initiatives for implementation around the city on Thursday.

Over the past few years, as Pittsburgh has become a more attractive location for redevelopment, in neighborhoods like East Liberty and Lawrenceville older and less affluent residents have found themselves unable to afford the places they’d long called home. 

Friday, July 12, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh residents weigh in on pending PWSA agreement

Pittsburgh residents weigh in on pending PWSA agreement

In early June, the city of Pittsburgh announced a new agreement with the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) full of reforms and promises of a new kind of working relationship.

While the former agreement had expired as of July 5, the proposed agreement is still subject to Pittsburgh City Council approval. Council invited the public to weigh in on the proposal in the form of a public hearing on Tuesday. Although the turnout was modest, with only six speakers participating in public comment, most of those in attendance had a favorable view of the proposal and were hopeful about what it could mean for residents.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Tags: PWSA
Allegheny County Health Department and U.S. Steel reach settlement for enforcement order

Allegheny County Health Department and U.S. Steel reach settlement for enforcement order

The Allegheny County Health Department reached a $2.7 million draft agreement regarding the 2018 enforcement order levied against U.S. Steel on Friday.

While there are aspects of the agreement that still need to be finalized, the $2 million U.S. Steel has agreed to pay will cover fines handed down due to violations during the Christmas Eve fire. A majority of the money will go towards benefiting the communities impacted by the pollution.

Monday, July 1, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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