Commonwealth Courts rule Attorney General can’t prevent UPMC/Highmark Split

Commonwealth Courts rule Attorney General can’t prevent UPMC/Highmark Split

After a four-month legal struggle a commonwealth judge ruled on Friday that the consent decree holding the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Highmark together will expire as planned on June 30.
Friday, June 14, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority and the City of Pittsburgh to enter into new cooperation agreement

Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority and the City of Pittsburgh to enter into new cooperation agreement

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority announced it will enter into a new cooperation agreement with the City of Pittsburgh when its current one expires in July. That is, if Pittsburgh City Council signs off. 

Much to the relief of many concerned Pittsburgh residents who expressed their distaste for the possibility of privatization at protests and public hearings, the new agreement holds language mandating that the water authority remains public-owned. According to the announcement’s press release many aspects of the agreement reflect recommendations from the mayor’s Blue Ribbon Panel and requirements handed down from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. 
Friday, June 7, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh City Council approves grant for autonomous vehicle education

Pittsburgh City Council approves grant for autonomous vehicle education

After much discussion Pittsburgh City Council authorized the acceptance of a $410,000 grant geared at educating citizens on autonomous vehicles by a 7-1 vote on Tuesday.

This comes after council opted to delay the grant’s authorization when environmental, disability rights, and labor union organizers voiced considerable concerns over the possibility of autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Organizers and elected officials confront UPMC board at tension-filled meeting

Organizers and elected officials confront UPMC board at tension-filled meeting

Once a year, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s board members host a public meeting for patients and the public to testify and to gain a better understanding of how decisions are made. With tension over labor unions rising and a consent decree set to expire in weeks, activists, workers on strike, patients, and a gaggle of elected officials on Tuesday took the meeting as a chance to air their grievances about the health enterprise’s labor practices and, in their opinion, less than charitable behavior.

However, in the blazing sun and with looming security at UPMC Montefiore Hospital, where the meeting was held, the crowd of 150 would find that easier said than done.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto unveils Office of Equity

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto unveils Office of Equity

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto Friday signed an executive order creating the city’s first ever Office of Equity. According to Peduto the office, which will replace the Bureau of Neighborhood Empowerment, will focus on addressing inequality throughout the city.

“Based upon the research from the Equity Indicators Report, OnePGH, and the concerns I hear from constituents daily, we know we have more work to do on equity but I am proud of what this administration has been able to do thus far,” Peduto said in a press conference Friday.
Saturday, May 11, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
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