Pittsburgh to adopt “Rooney Rule” for city hiring

Pittsburgh to adopt “Rooney Rule” for city hiring

In the wake of Steelers' Chairman Dan Rooney’s passing this week, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has issued an Executive Order adopting measures to promote diversity in hiring city employees, similar to an initiative backed by Rooney within the NFL. 

 

The “Rooney Rule,” created in 2003 when the late Chairman was the head of the NFL’s diversity committee, requires teams to interview minority candidates for all openings in head coaching and other supervisory roles. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Senate committees explore health and solvency of the state Lottery Fund

Senate committees explore health and solvency of the state Lottery Fund

The Senate Finance and Aging & Youth Committees held a joint hearing Tuesday to discuss the solvency and future of the Pennsylvania lottery fund and the millions of older residents that it supports. 

Although the state Lottery has generated more than $1 billion in proceeds per year for the past five fiscal years, Executive Director of the Lottery, Drew Svitko, said current sales are $123 million, or 3.9 percent, behind the same point last fiscal year. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: News and Views
DeLuca calls on House State Government Committee chair to move on election, government reform bills

DeLuca calls on House State Government Committee chair to move on election, government reform bills

In a letter to House State Government Committee Chairman Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), Rep. Tony DeLuca (D-Penn Hills) is asking the Chairman to move on a package of bills to create a “more open and equitable election process” in Pennsylvania government. 

In the letter, DeLuca called on Metcalfe to consider six election and government reform-related bills that have been referred to the committee, such as HB 945 which would give voters the opportunity to register at their polling place on Election Day by providing ID that includes a photo and permanent address.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Pittsburgh to bring back its mounted horse police unit

Pittsburgh to bring back its mounted horse police unit

The Pittsburgh Department of Police is one step closer to revamping its mounted horse police squad. 

The Public Safety Services Committee of Pittsburgh City Council on Monday considered a bill that would reinstate the Mounted Police Trust Fund (MPTF) to support the mounted police program- a program that was halted in 2004 when the city went under Act 47. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh FOP takes salary battle with city to Commonwealth Court

Pittsburgh FOP takes salary battle with city to Commonwealth Court

Commonwealth Court heard arguments over Pittsburgh police contracts on Wednesday, and what the police union calls “arbitrary and capricious” raises offered by the city.  

According to the Fraternal Order of Police Fort Pitt Lodge No. 1, union members received minimal wage increases over the term of a four-year contract beginning in 2014 that was part of an arbitration award. 

Thursday, April 6, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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