The debate over a prevailing wage ordinance was retread by the public in City Council today — but the specific cons popular with the Trib and with some anonymous commenters here seemed conspicuously absent.
Dewitt Peart, president of the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, told council he was “not stating an opposition to what you want to do, it’s just how you went about it.
“We feel that the private sector was really not engaged to the extent that it should have to make sure that this legislation is the best that it could be,” he said, asking for time to “review the legislation, so we don’t have negative impact.” (P-G, Rich Lord)
This bill was formally introduced two months ago, and had been in public circulation for far longer than that. You haven’t reviewed it yet? Don’t have anything concrete yet to offer? Just say you don’t want folks in Pittsburgh who receive taxpayer subsidies to be made to pay their service workers at least the industry standard. That’s an honest argument.
Mr. Burgess’s living wage bill has a tentative vote set for Feb. 17 with a hearing to be scheduled before then. (ibid)
That strikes me as a positive development.
One councilor pointed out during last week’s fracas that activating Living Wage, as it is now written, will require even small non-profits who do business with the city such as Just Harvest — not to mention the city’s seasonal youth life guards — to greatly increase everybody’s compensation to $24,000 per anum. It sounds like the old bill needs some deeper, concentrated work. Other members hold the view that scheduling a tentative vote not until Feb. 17 is a crime on par with the Holocaust.