The realty transfer tax increase would raise $9 million a year to create an affordable housing trust fund. The city is short about 17,000 homes affordable enough for the working poor.
More than 50 witnesses testified to members of the council Wednesday on the creation of a Housing Opportunity Fund. The legislation would set aside millions each year for affordable housing.
Rivers are at the heart of the Pittsburgh region. The area’s economic and environmental revival is closely tied to its rivers, but unfortunately its aging and poorly designed sewer system is creating a crisis. As little as one-tenth of an inch of rain can cause raw sewage and other contaminants to overflow into local rivers.
Clever rhyming chants, raucous marches, scratchy megaphones. The wave of strikes and rallies that spread throughout Pittsburgh on Thursday sure looked and sounded familiar. But there was an added ingredient to the demonstrations Thursday…
Many UPMC hospital workers went on strike Thursday morning, seeking union rights, after the healthcare company announced wage increases in March.
Dozens of service workers, students and families protested outside a McDonald’s restaurant on Pittsburgh’s North Side Thursday. William Boas led the crowd in chants by megaphone. He said fast food jobs aren’t just for teenagers.
Workers gathered outside a McDonald’s on the North Side Thursday, and their message was loud and clear. “What do we what? 15! When do we want it? Now! If we don’t get it, shut down!”
On Thursday, low-wage workers across a number of industries, including hospital workers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), walked off the job in a record 320 cities as part of the latest action from the Fight for 15 movement.
About 60 people showed up at the McDonald’s on Allegheny Avenue on the North Side before dawn this morning. The crowd briefly entered the restaurant and then left as police arrived. The protesters are calling for pay of $15 an hour and a union.
Josh Malloy has worked at UPMC Mercy in housekeeping for more than three years, and said he’s spent most of that time fighting for workers’ rights. He said UPMC’s decision to phase in a $15 an hour minimum wage was a victory, but the fight’s not over.