Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newsroom employees are on a byline strike in protest of the state of contract negotiations between their union and the paper’s owners. A representative of the The Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh, which represents about 150 newsroom employees, said the strike began at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday and will continue for an undetermined amount of time. The strike comes more than a week after the Guild filed an unfair labor complaint against the paper’s owners with the National Labor Relations Board, arguing the company is violating the law by refusing to help cover an increase in employee health care premiums. The union is also protesting what they call an escalating pattern of cuts and cutbacks. The byline strike also follows a pair of public showdowns between the paper’s publisher and newsroom employees and their union reps in recent weeks over the paper’s coverage of the Trump administration.
Pennsylvania's Office of Open Records this week dealt a blow to the City of Pittsburgh's desire to keep the details of its Amazon HQ2 proposal hidden from public view. The decision was made in response to an appeal filed with the office by WTAE-TV. The station and other media outlets had filed Right-to-Know requests seeking access to the HQ2 bid and were denied by the city and county, both of which argued those details represent trade secrets and are exempt from disclosure laws. WTAE appealed and won."The proposal cannot be withheld," the OOR said in its ruling, according to the station. Mayor Bill Peduto previously said the city would appeal an OOR decision to release the proposal.
A "serious alcohol incident" at the University of Pittsburgh has led officials there to suspend a fraternity and place others on notice. According to The Pitt News, Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner suspended Pitt’s Sigma Chi chapter after a student was hospitalized Thursday. A spokesperson for the fraternity told KDKA-TV that the "local chapter apparently violated several provisions of our policy on alcohol and drugs." Pitt spokesperson Joe Miksch confirmed Tuesday that the fraternity allegedly involved in the alcohol incident had been suspended, pending the results of an ongoing investigation. Meanwhile, the university has put all Greek life organizations on probation in what some are calling a "crackdown on greek life."
Taste a special edition cider produced in partnership with 412 Food Rescue volunteers who foraged a variety of apples from city land. The result, Threadbare Cider says, is "effervescent with just the right amount of Pittsburgh funk." The evening will also include a celebration of 412 Food Rescue's hero awards.
Where: Threadbare Cider and Mead at 1291 Spring Garden Ave. (Spring Garden)
When: January 25, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Free admission
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Starting at 6 a.m., city workers are on a three-day mission to repair as many potholes as possible, WESA reported. Here's how you can report the potholes that annoy you most. And if you really want to track the repairs, the city has an interactive map to do just that.
412 Food Rescue creators said the ability to take food directly from donors to someone who can use it makes 412 a one-of-a-kind model for food rescues across the country. It's launching an update next month to make its app easier to use and it will expand its reach, TribLive reported.