Pittsburgh UNITED http://wesa.fm en Pittsburgh United Releases Report On UPMC Wages http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-united-releases-report-upmc-wages <p>Representatives of several organizations are set to gather outside of UPMC headquarters today to lobby in support of wage increases—and they might have some economic ammunition.</p><p>According to a report by the activist organization Pittsburgh United, raising wages to $15 an hour for UPMC service workers could benefit the region’s economy.</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 25156 at http://wesa.fm Activists Want Better Wages For UPMC Service Workers http://wesa.fm/post/activists-want-better-wages-upmc-service-workers <p>UPMC employs more than 55,000 people in the Pittsburgh region, but according to the group Pittsburgh United, the wages the health care giant pays its service workers are weakening the middle class.</p><p>According to a report released Thursday by Pittsburgh United, UPMC’s service workers earn between 8 and 30 percent less than the lowest sustainable family wage.</p><p>Barney Oursler, executive director of Pittsburgh United, said UPMC employs as many as 32,000 low wage service workers.</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 20:34:28 +0000 Michael Lynch 15295 at http://wesa.fm Groups Voice Opposition to Liquor Privatization Plan http://wesa.fm/post/groups-voice-opposition-liquor-privatization-plan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Groups opposed to a bill that would privatize liquor sales in Pennsylvania held a rally at Mercy Hospital of </span>UPMC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Monday, saying the proposal would </span>result in a rise in first responders’ workloads.</p><p>“As crime increases, as abuse increases, as the negative impacts of the increased availability of alcohol to youth drinking, to underage drinking, all of these things are going to be a huge responsibility for first responders in this state,” said Barney Oursler, executive director of Pittsburgh UNITED.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 19:27:45 +0000 Jessica Nath 12001 at http://wesa.fm