Skip to comments.Pittsburgh City Council OKs prevailing wage bill
Posted on 02/02/2010 1:59:14 PM PST by RS_Rider
Hotel, cafeteria and building maintenance workers workers at future city-subsidized developments are in line for a pay raise within the next two months following city council's unanimous approval today of a prevailing wage bill.
The measure would apply to employers at future developments of 100,000 square feet or larger and grocery stores 25,000 square feet or larger that receive $100,000 i or more in city subsidies or that contract with the city. City Controller Michael Lamb would determine the prevailing wage using the median wage of employees working similar jobs. Lamb would determine the wage rate at least once a year.
"All we are asking... is for the three or four janitors who work in the building get paid fair wages so they can buy a house in the city and support their family," said Councilman Doug Shields.
(Excerpt) Read more at pittsburghlive.com ...
Yeah...an entry level job should pay enough to afford a house. That's why the golden triangle is a ghost town.
I do a lot of prevailing wage work in Minneapolis.
The LOWEST wage I can pay a common laborer is $39.81 per hour.
Yes, that’s THIRTY NINE dollars an hour.
As even more businesses head to the suburbs.
There are a couple of high-crime, largely black areas of town that have been screaming for the city to help them get a grocery store. Many of the residents who rely on public transportation now find themselves many miles from a supermarket.
Most of the groceries in those neighborhoods have closed due to high crime, high expenses from having to handle so much WIC and Food Stamp reimbursement, etc. The city has tried and repeatedly failed to use subsidies to lure someone....anyone....to open up a store in these neighborhoods.
If the potential operator of such a store would now have to pay prevailing wage, I’d say the odds of this ever happening have just dropped to less than zero.
WOW. That is about 4-5 times what it should be.
I understand that Save-a-Lot stores had a plan to open up a store in the East Hills shopping center that called for no subsidies. The city/neighborhood elected to go with Kuhns market, witch is a higher end store, not suited for a low income area and the plan called for large subsidies. Kuhns got smart and elected not to open the store. East Hills shopping center is one of the few places in the united states where a McDonald’s franchise failed due to crime.
As even more businesses head to the suburbs.
The downtown business model only works for the courts and government offices now. I can’t imagine why anyone, eve retail, would elect to open up a business in downtown Pittsburgh.
I grew up in a Pittsburgh steel mill suburb during a time when the mills shut down and everyone was out of work for literally years. I guess they are nostalgic for those good old days . . . .
Look on the bright side, only Pittsburgh proper is saddled with this unenvious burden.
The lameduck legislature and governor in NJ just passed an even more extensive prevailing wage law that is STATEWIDE in NJ.
Subcontractors’ employees cleaning restrooms on the NJ Turnpike will now be making the same wage as untenured elementary school teachers with Masters Degrees.
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At this rate, Pittsburgh will become the next Detroit.
IMHO there was a mass exodus out of PGH in the 70s-80s because of Union excesses. Big Steel got sick of it all and went elsewhere. The local economy tanked.
People don't move to PGH to live anymore. They move there to die. The only growth industries are geriatric medicine and industries that feed off geriatric medicine (personal injury lawyers, Social Security claims offices).
That's why there are Pittsburgh Steelers fans everywhere else in the country.
So subcontractors, employees cleaning restrooms on the NJ Turnpike and untenured elementary school teachers with Masters Degrees are all being way overpaid!
Me neither. If some adults don't take charge soon, it will be the town that UPMC eat because they will be the only viable business left.
I would hate to see it turn into another Detroit but that is what these slimy politicians keep pushing for and I fear that the last generation that really gave a damn is passing on.
So we end up with chuckle head political hacks like Mayor Luke who just wants to party and someday be governor or whatever. It makes you miss old Davie Lawrence machine who were content with a few bucks in an envelope every so often.
I escaped 35 years ago to the suburbs and still miss many things about city living until I realize that those things I loved about living in the city no longer exist. It is sad that my kids could not experience the same as I did growing up, in a real neighborhood where you knew every neighbor, could walk or take a streetcar ride to where ever you needed to go, and 'strangers' were just someone you hadn't met yet as opposed to a potential danger.
The Great Society has screwed us all.
I used to go there a lot. It was a very nice shopping center. Then the County built a housing project next door, and the place turned into crime central. The final straw was when the two Penn Hills officers got shot to death by one of LBJs Great Society alumni who were robbing the bank. Before long, the whole place was boarded up.
The Burgh and Allegheny County has lost over 50% of it's population since 1970. Funny thing is that they keep talking about raising tax rates higher to make up the lost revenue. Keep voting Democrat anat!</sarcasm>
DISCLAIMER: i live in Butler County, cause i'm not paying Allegheny County taxes.
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