Thursday, April 24, 2008

One Hill says it has a tentative CBA

One Hill representatives announced yesterday that a CBA involving the construction of a new arena for the Pittsburgh Penguins is nearly complete--it just needs to be approved by the 100+ members of the broad based community coalition. It also still needs to be approved by the mayor and county executive, both of whom have refrained from stating that they have a "tentative agreement."

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the tentative CBA contains the following provisions:
  • A "Neighborhood Partnership Program" that would aim to generate $500,000 a year for six years from corporations willing to sponsor economic development in the Hill District in exchange for tax credits;
  • Guarantees from the Penguins that the team will not block the formation of labor unions and that businesses that open in the neighborhood will pay employee wages between $12 and $30-plus an hour with benefits;
  • Requirement that residents of the Hill District are included in approving a master plan for development in the neighborhood;
  • A career resource center modeled on Milwaukee's "Big Step" program. The city and county will provide $90,000 a year for at least two years to build the center.

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