Pittsburgh city contractors may face wage hike from new council bill

Pittsburgh city contractors may face wage hike from new council bill

The city of Pittsburgh has just introduced the next step in its slow grind forward to raise wages for low income workers in the most liveable city. 

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto sent legislation to city council Monday to mandate any employer with a professional service contract with the city worth more than $100,000 pay their workers $15 an hour. 

“City government has the ability to choose many different factors of who it decides to do business with,” Peduto said. “I can't think of anything more important than having an agreement that the lowest paid workers of those that do business with the city are adequately paid.” 

Monday, November 20, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
PWSA signs agreement with state DEP to restart lead line replacements

PWSA signs agreement with state DEP to restart lead line replacements

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority reached an agreement with the Department of Environmental Protection to restart the replacement of lead pipes that bring water into people’s homes. 

PWSA halted its line replacement program in June because of the health risks associated with the partial line replacements. The authority also claimed it did not have the ability to replace lead pipes on private citizen’s property. 

Friday, November 17, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Treasurer's Task Force floats solutions for Pennsylvania retirement gap

Treasurer's Task Force floats solutions for Pennsylvania retirement gap

As part of a task force to address the little under half of Pennsylvania's who cannot save for retirement through work, State Treasurer Joe Torsella held the second of three meetings on the gap in retirements savings in Pittsburgh Friday morning.

The meeting focused on hearing from state business leaders and retirement planners, who laid out the high cost for many small firms to set up retirement funding for their employees. While the panel was presented with a few solutions, none will be formally presented by the task force until a final meeting in January in Harrisburg.

Friday, November 17, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh URA approves Civic Arena deal changes in 3-2 vote

Pittsburgh URA approves Civic Arena deal changes in 3-2 vote

A deal to rework the Civic Arena agreement between the city of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Penguins was confirmed with three changes by the Urban Redevelopment Authority Wednesday afternoon, with one vote to spare. 

In a 3-2 decision, the board of the URA passed the deal, reached last week, to remove a $15 million option payment to the Penguins that created an incentive for the National Hockey League team to a sit on the 28 barren acres that connect the Hill District and Downtown. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Mayor's water panel hears results of consultant study, mirrors earlier actions of PWSA Board

Mayor's water panel hears results of consultant study, mirrors earlier actions of PWSA Board

A few hours after a Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority Board Meeting laid the groundwork for addressing its myriad issues of crumbling, lead leaching infrastructure to shotty billing Wednesday, a mayoral panel was presented with a consultant firm’s take.

IMG Consulting, hired by Mayor Peduto's Blue Ribbon Panel to analyze the moribund Authority, suggested that the city’s water get turned over to a non-profit trust that would own the water infrastructure and appoint a Board of Directors to make decisions.
Thursday, November 9, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
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