Sprinkler opponents come out in droves for Pittsburgh City Council hearing

Sprinkler opponents come out in droves for Pittsburgh City Council hearing

If Pittsburgh Fire Chief Daryl Jones had it his way, every home in the city would have a sprinkler system. But for now, he’d settle for them being required in all high-rise buildings.

“One of my duties is to reduce the risk of fire to citizens and visitors as well as the firefighters in the city of Pittsburgh,” Jones said while testifying before city council Monday evening.

His advocacy for a fire-sprinkler requirement comes after a high-rise fire claimed an elderly woman’s life two years ago. But despite Jones’s insistence that installing sprinkler systems is the only way to ensure safety, the roughly hundred people who filled council chambers for the public hearing remained unconvinced.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Fair work week legislation through committee after marathon hearings

Fair work week legislation through committee after marathon hearings

A bill to create fair work week employment standards in Philadelphia had City Council members, media, and the assembled public working beyond normal business hours.

After nearly three hours of public testimony on Tuesday afternoon, and with the public meeting portion suspended for almost another hour for deliberations and amendments, the Committee of Law and Government passed through the bill 5-2. The vote split along party lines.
Thursday, November 1, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Guns, weed and unions all in play in coal country

Guns, weed and unions all in play in coal country

When he was the first Republican district attorney in Washington County, Steve Toprani concealed a Smith and Wesson .45 on his hip.

“I’ve done that for years to protect my family—especially when criminals were after me, and they were,” Toprani said.

His term in the office was a decade ago, when he ran a hard-fought grassroots campaign to unseat a 20-year Democratic incumbent under FBI investigation.

Now, he’s on the campaign trail again. But this time, it’s as a Democrat in the Monongahela Valley’s rolling hills and old factory towns, running on a platform that blends positions from the right, left and center—for unions, against new gun laws and legalizing recreational marijuana.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Even though ruled law of the land, how to put Janus into state code sparks controversy

Even though ruled law of the land, how to put Janus into state code sparks controversy

A hearing on a legislative response to the Supreme Court’s Janus ruling got a little chippy Wednesday as lawmakers attempted to discredit testimony on the politically charged topic of public sector unions.

With the 5-4 June decision from the country’s highest court, unions representing government employees can no longer ask every workplace member for agency fees.

However, state law still allows for the charging of agency fees, whether involuntary or voluntarily, and Rep. Kate Klunk (R-York) introduced her bill, HB 2571, to put the commonwealth in compliance with the new interpretation.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
House Labor & Industry hold hearing for PA overtime threshold and minimum wage

House Labor & Industry hold hearing for PA overtime threshold and minimum wage

Wednesday morning members of the House Labor and Industry Committee held a public hearing on Governor Tom Wolf's proposed change for the overtime threshold and minimum wage requirements.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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