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
Uber, PUC settle $11.3 million fine for $3.4 million

Uber, PUC settle $11.3 million fine for $3.4 million

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission announced Thursday it has settled with Uber over the $11.3 million fine it levied against the ride-sharing company last spring for illegally operating as a transportation network company in Pennsylvania without being licensed.

 

More specifically at issue, was a six-month period in 2014 during which Uber operated in Pennsylvania before it was granted an experimental license.

Thursday, April 6, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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
Battle over Pittsburgh's water infrastructure needs intensifies

Battle over Pittsburgh's water infrastructure needs intensifies

In an effort to address the long-term, systemic challenges facing Pittsburgh’s Water & Sewer Authority (PWSA), Mayor Bill Peduto hosted a hearing with an expert water panel tasked with finding solutions to the Authority’s aging infrastructure needs, crippling debt, and water quality issues on Friday as the political battle over the authority's future and Pittsburgh's water infrastructure needs grows.

Sunday, April 2, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Sen. Fontana seeks to empower municipalities to help citizens with crumbling water and sewer lines

Sen. Fontana seeks to empower municipalities to help citizens with crumbling water and sewer lines

In an effort to help Pennsylvanian’s repair or replace their at risk water and sewer lines, Sen. Wayne Fontana (D-Brookline) introduced a package of legislation Wednesday that would allow local governments to tap government funding sources to help. 

Highlighting the fact that Pennsylvania’s aging pipe infrastructure is buckling from high lead content, storm water overflows, discharges and other serious issues, Fontana said homeowners are unable to afford to repair or replace the deteriorating waterlines on their properties, noting that some repairs can run from $5,000 to $35,000. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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