Pittsburgh City Council passes ordinance to support diversifying the construction force

Pittsburgh City Council passes ordinance to support diversifying the construction force

At the end of May, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced two executive orders intended to diversify the city’s construction workforce. The orders created a project labor agreement requiring thatcity-managed projects that cost $500,000 or more have minority employees make up 12 percent of their workforce, and also established aa Workforce Development Fund. City Council Tuesday passed legislation that seeks to ensure the push to gain more minority workers lasts beyond Peduto’s time as mayor.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Police shooting of unarmed black teen brings up questions of legal jurisdiction

Police shooting of unarmed black teen brings up questions of legal jurisdiction

Seventeen year-old Antwon Rose Jr. was fatally shot by an East Pittsburgh police officer June 19 while running away during a traffic stop.

Rose was unarmed, and as the video of the shooting circulated in the aftermath of the Woodland Hills High School senior’s death, his death sent shockwaves throughout Pittsburgh proper as Rose’s family and advocates demanded answers that officials couldn’t immediately provide.

Sunday, June 24, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Community organizers file amicus brief to make public Pittsburgh Amazon H2Q bid

Community organizers file amicus brief to make public Pittsburgh Amazon H2Q bid

Despite being ordered to make the details of the Amazon HQ2 bid to the public, the City of Pittsburgh instead opted to appeal the decision. This “veil of secrecy,” as community organizers call it, has caused frustration among Pittsburgh residents. So much so that early Thursday morning, the Community Power Movement and a dozen other activists took to City-County Building steps to announce the submission of a petition and amicus brief urging the city to reveal what Amazon has been promised. 

Friday, June 22, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council approves centralized record-keeping system

Pittsburgh City Council approves centralized record-keeping system

In Pittsburgh for a number of years the Office of the City Clerk has been responsible for keeping track of records related to city council matters and legislation. All other city departments have been responsible for their own records, without uniform standards or resources. According to city officials this has led to less than stellar record keeping. Two bills, 539 and 540, which received their final vote Tuesday, seek to change that.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Local activists oppose partnership between PWSA and Peoples Natural Gas

Local activists oppose partnership between PWSA and Peoples Natural Gas

Efforts by natural gas company Peoples Gas to partner with the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority has earned the ire of several activists and community leaders in recent weeks. So much so that grassroots advocacy group Our Water Campaign gathered in front of the company’s North Shore headquarters Wednesday morning to launch a petition against what it thinks will lead to the privatization of the PWSA.

Thursday, June 14, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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