Pittsburgh, Public Works employees finalize contract

Pittsburgh, Public Works employees finalize contract

The city of Pittsburgh finalized a five-year contract with the Pittsburgh Joint Collective Bargaining Committee. It grants raises and other benefits for hundreds of workers in the Public Works Department.

Thursday, January 10, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Wolf issues executive order curbing state carbon emissions

Wolf issues executive order curbing state carbon emissions

Governor Tom Wolf announced a preemptive strike against climate change via executive order in Pittsburgh Tuesday.

Believing that climate change poses a significant risk, Wolf wants to see state operations reduce their carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050.

The order sets three goals, non binding upon the completion of his final term as governor in 2022.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Gun advocates protest Pittsburgh’s proposed firearms restrictions

Gun advocates protest Pittsburgh’s proposed firearms restrictions

On most days, the Pittsburgh City-County Building is a firearm-free zone, but on Monday, anyone on Grant Street would have seen a structure surrounded by hundreds of gun advocates.

Many of the advocates were armed with handguns and rifles, and the occasional musket, as they rallied against Mayor Bill Peduto and a package of gun control legislation introduced by Pittsburgh City Council last month.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh funds body cameras for entire force, but FOP questions remain

Pittsburgh funds body cameras for entire force, but FOP questions remain

Just over 100 police officers in Pittsburgh currently wear body cameras. But after a unanimous vote Thursday by Pittsburgh City Council, the city will now have $2.3 million to supply the other 800 officers on the force.

According to Councilman Daniel Lavelle (D-District 6), the funding is an extension of an existing contract with AXON Enterprise, Inc. increasing the cost from $1.5 million.

Thursday, January 3, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County Council introduces legislation to create police review board

Allegheny County Council introduces legislation to create police review board

After a summer of public input, Allegheny County Council introduced an ordinance to create a countywide citizens’ police review board Tuesday.

The legislation comes in the wake of calls for reform from community that followed the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose Jr. in June, but County Councilman DeWitt Walton (D-Hill District) and review board backer said the move is a long time coming.

“As we’ve said on numerous occasions, this legislation is designed to protect the rights of residents of Allegheny County but it also protects the rights of law enforcement,” Walton said.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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