Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Housing Unit Acts on Wage Complaint Lodged by Service Union

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Housing Unit Acts on Wage Complaint Lodged by Service Union

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The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh will require a private contractor it uses for security services to comply with the city's prevailing wage law.

The wage law says that public employers must meet a certain minimum wage standards - even for jobs that are contracted out to private companies. The dollar amount is set by several factors, such as local union collective bargaining agreement rates and information from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The law also says if a contractor or subcontractor does not pay any fringe benefits, that must be made up for in their base wage - an aspect of the law that a local union had said the housing authority was not adhering to.

At last month's board meeting, union members from the Service Employees International Union, Local 32BJ, had attended to raise the issue with board commissioners. …

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