Pittsburgh paid sick leave ordinance faces significant roadblocks

Pittsburgh paid sick leave ordinance faces significant roadblocks

A proposed state law to end paid sick leave policies in cities like Pittsburgh isn’t the only barrier the city faces in enacting an already passed paid sick leave ordinance. 

The ordinance, passed by Pittsburgh City Council in August 2015, would require businesses with 15 or more employees to accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 35 hours worked to a maximum of 40 hours. Employers with fewer than 15 employees would have to provide upward of 24 hours annually under the measure. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council calls on Congress to not support Trump's proposed budget

Pittsburgh City Council calls on Congress to not support Trump's proposed budget

Pittsburgh City Councilman Corey O’Connor presented a Will of Council before City Council Tuesday morning strongly opposing the “draconian” cuts President Donald Trump has presented in his proposed budget, and to encourage Congress to reject his proposed spending plan. 

“Now is really the time, as a city, and as elected [officials] to reach out to other elected officials on the federal side to say how dramatic this would be to our city and the basic services that we provide,” said Councilman O’Connor at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh to hire outside lobbyists to address legislative priorities in Harrisburg and Washington

Pittsburgh to hire outside lobbyists to address legislative priorities in Harrisburg and Washington

Pittsburgh City Council is set to approve $128,000 for the city to hire two lobbyists to address legislative priorities of Pittsburgh in Harrisburg and Washington. 

Debated Wednesday in the Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, the two pieces of legislation would provide $62,000.00 to Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney for “professional consulting services for federal government affairs and legislative services” on behalf of the city, and $66,000.00 to Malady & Wooten, Inc. for the same services at the state level. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council approves new Police Chief

Pittsburgh City Council approves new Police Chief

Pittsburgh City Council unanimously approved Scott Schubert’s appointment as chief of the city’s Bureau of Police on Tuesday. 

“I think this is a great appointment by the Mayor,” said Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith (District 2). “We’ve seen [Schubert] first hand serve the community as commander of our zone, attend countless community meetings…it's just tremendous.”
Tuesday, February 7, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council approves $250K for bicentennial debt

Pittsburgh City Council approves $250K for bicentennial debt

Pittsburgh City Council approved a measure Tuesday morning that would cover $250,000 in remaining costs from the city’s year-long bicentennial celebrations. 

About $1.5 million was covered by private investors such as nonprofits and foundations for events like parades, festivals, parties, marathons and walks around the city, but that wasn’t quite enough. 
Tuesday, January 24, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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