Pittsburgh, Public Works employees finalize contract

Pittsburgh, Public Works employees finalize contract

Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell/Thursday, January 10, 2019/Categories: Pittsburgh

The city of Pittsburgh finalized a five-year contract with the Pittsburgh Joint Collective Bargaining Committee. It grants raises and other benefits for hundreds of workers in the Public Works Department.

The union — representing over 300 workers within the city— secured an annual raise of three percent every year and a two percent signing bonus on January 3. It allows a retroactive raise for the previous year.

Workers impacted would be carpenters, painters, roofers and other hands-on laborers at the forefront of city services. This comes during what Mayor Bill Peduto promised to be a banner year for the department.

Additionally, the agreement grants the department with increased tool allowances as well as city payments for commercial driver’s licenses.

The union and the workers aren’t the only ones who can look forward to benefits from the deal. The contract allows the city more workers for snow removal, as well as a promise to redefine titled seniority work to increase efficiency.

The contract goes into effect this year.

Atiya Irvin-Mitchell a staff writer for The PLS Reporter based in Pittsburgh. Have a question, comment or tip? Email her at atiya@mypls.com.