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Re: “City Paper names Deitch as new editor

Charlie Deitch is the best! City Paper could not have made a better choice for Editor.

Posted by geebee14 on 09/12/2014 at 2:56 PM

Re: “More routes added to PAT's real-time bus tracking system

That's great 4 folks in the city who have a bus showing up every 20 mins- but try adding the suburbs first!
#1 and the P10 are often caught in traffic- u wait & no idea what's up. Buses that run every hr only need more focus from PAT. U take our tax $ too- speed up suburbia tracking plz!

Posted by Fangsfriend on 09/11/2014 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Rivers Casino workers continue fight for union

I personally am a member of Unite Here Local #57 which represents the hospitality and casinos in Pittsburgh. I support the Rivers joining our team! I have great pay, benefits, seniority, PTO and many other benefits.
I stand behind a strong leadership that the people have elected. Yes they make a living but are not rich or overpaid.

Keep fighting and we stand behind you 100%.

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Posted by Jeannie Stevenson on 09/09/2014 at 12:55 PM

Re: “City says officer involved in Pride arrest did not use excessive force

id love to see what it takes to be excessive force. these cops are out of control.

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Posted by Robert Eisenberg on 09/06/2014 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Rivers Casino workers continue fight for union

And Julie, unions aren't afraid of "Right to Work" legislation. Rather, unions - aka blue collar workers who want better lives for themselves, their families, and their coworkers - sensibly recognize that the clout necessary to negotiate with corporations and other massive, well-resourced entities, can only be achieved when workers stick together. And the state, in turn, very sensibly recognizes that workers on the ground level should be protected from exploitation by a handful of badly informed coworkers who operate in league with management. In short, unions don't want to be undermined by people who spread misinformation and distractions, as has happened throughout this thread.

("Right to Work," as it happens, is grossly misleading, as it has nothing to do with any kind of right to work. Qualified workers have as much a right to work in a state like PA as they do a so-called "Right to Work" state.)

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Posted by Mike on 09/03/2014 at 4:53 PM

Re: “Rivers Casino workers continue fight for union

It's not about how much union management makes, or about how much casino management makes. It's about how much the workers at the casino make. Unionized workers consistently earn more and have better access to benefits than nonunion workers. They also have better recourse in cases of harassment and discrimination. You only have to look to the Meadows to see that workers at the Rivers are underpaid relative to their local industry counterparts. It's clear the industry can bear the cost, so why not better reward the people who are directly responsible for the casino's success? And how on earth can better pay and better job security for the hardworking people who wok directly with the customers every day be considered a handout? Nonsense.
Granted, there are a few blue collar employees, such as the ones in this thread, who are deeply offended and angry at the idea of raises and better benefits, but why stand in the way of coworkers who are so heavily reliant on tips to feed their families? If you're really that passionate about saving money for Neil Bluhm, then I'm sure you can always cut him a personal check for the difference after the union negotiates you a raise.

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Posted by Mike on 09/03/2014 at 4:41 PM

Re: “Rivers Casino workers continue fight for union

Another thing that has been nagging me for a very long time. Why do you guys think its ok for you to harass us at home and or when we are having lunch. Every single person who has been working at the casino for a week knows about your ridiculous movement to get the casino unionized don't you think if we supported your ideas we would come to you. I have been lucky. I was only approach once during lunch and once at home. Good thing I know my rights and word got out to not to come to me but than you go after the people who don't speak English well and or new hires who don't have a clue what the hell is going on. Yeah some integrity you guys got going on there

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Posted by Julie Walker on 08/31/2014 at 7:51 PM

Re: “Rivers Casino workers continue fight for union

Here's a question for you who are in love with the union. Why aee you so afraid of the movement of "right to work" if you have no idea what I am talking about. Its where if your company decides to unionize workers can opt out. Unions are fighting this tooth and nail. Are you guys afraid there won't be enough workers to help your delusion that unions are the best thing since sliced bread?

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Posted by Julie Walker on 08/31/2014 at 7:42 PM

Re: “Rivers Casino workers continue fight for union

As for benefits I was part time at casino and I got them you just got to work hours to get them. I know I made some mistakes there that's why I got fire but I will get something else.

The union wants one thing money so they lie to you union supports and say what you wanna hear. Trust be do research on Huffington Post, which is a better news site and they tell you the truth over the money grubbing unions. Anyway the fall of the unions are here #stopUnionization

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Posted by Micheal Paul Mcmillin on 08/31/2014 at 7:32 PM

Re: “Rivers Casino workers continue fight for union

Would you like me to post more about how much union bosses make

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Posted by Julie Walker on 08/31/2014 at 7:25 PM

Re: “Rivers Casino workers continue fight for union

https://www.unionfacts.com/employees/UNITE_HERE

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Posted by Julie Walker on 08/31/2014 at 7:24 PM

Re: “Rivers Casino workers continue fight for union

http://mediatrackers.org/national/2013/09/13/americas-100-highest-paid-union-bosses

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Posted by Julie Walker on 08/31/2014 at 7:19 PM

Re: “Rivers Casino workers continue fight for union

Unions suck

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Posted by Micheal Paul Mcmillin on 08/31/2014 at 7:11 PM

Re: “Rivers Casino workers continue fight for union

Um excuse me. Been at the casino 4 1/2 years. And during those years I have never called off nor have I ever been late. Come to work early and stay late if necessary. Came in on days off plenty of times because someone called off. So don't you even dare call the cooks who don't want a union lazy buddy. Insurance has gone up a little because of the new healthcare law. Look that up. We get PTO hours up the wazoo, sick days, holiday pay, healthcare, free parking, cheap lunches, bonuses if we get perfect attendance, raises every year, raises to just to keep up with the market, 401k, and much more. You guys can promise the moon & the stars doesn't mean you can actually deliver. You are just like any politician you will say anything to "get elected" i have actually looked up other casinos contracts and this unions other contracts with different companies they are so unimpressive

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Posted by Julie Walker on 08/31/2014 at 6:45 PM

Re: “Rivers Casino workers continue fight for union

wow ur work place loves u. they want to no if its ok if they hike up ur insurance and make u bend over and take it?? after all its what ur doing. so keep bending over while they cut ur healthcare. but after u get sore maybe u see things well after u get cream to help that

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Posted by John Patak on 08/31/2014 at 2:54 AM

Re: “Rivers Casino workers continue fight for union

the union bosses dont make nothing like the so called ceo's. u are so missed informed its a joke!. go look at what union bosses make vs well yell anyone else. ur an ass donk thats has no idea what ur talking about. ur boss now laughs at u and how much more he makes than u. and u like to bend over and take it. well i can only hope for u that u make enough money to buy some lube!!!!!!!!!

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Posted by John Patak on 08/31/2014 at 2:44 AM

Re: “Rivers Casino workers continue fight for union

oh i do have something to say. when ur a cook and u can be lazy, i dont blame u for not wanting to be in a union. but i promise u being lazy is going to stop. because we are all done with it. so its not about the union its about doing ur job. so dont trash the union until u can say u are a good worker. now me not to brag im a damn good no great worker. ask anyone. can u say the same thing? not even close. ill go blind folded and still do a better job. don't knock something unless u can be better. and trust me u cant. so just don't say anything.

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Posted by John Patak on 08/31/2014 at 2:33 AM

Re: “Rivers Casino workers continue fight for union

no i'm saying a union isn't going to help part time workers get hours....when you are part time you only get part time hours...that's it no more...The union isn't going to help you get hours when you are part time...you lose

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Posted by Julie Walker on 08/30/2014 at 8:06 PM

Re: “City ignores, then rejects CPRB recommendation to fire officer who was found to have violated police policies

All Levels of Law Enforcement Should Make Policy that Polygraphs for New Hires Expire Every 5yrs. (Including hires for higher ranking positions)

FBI - Police Corruption ~ (May, 2011) http://t.co/VWqwtAbv

Police Perjury - http://bit.ly/enaWvA

National Institute of Ethics: Police Code of Silence - Facts Revealed ~ http://t.co/WNrpRE5

The National Police Misconduct Statistics and Reporting Project ~ http://t.co/ROQqSO0

~ Security Management - DoD: Random Lie -Detector Tests Increase Personnel Security. (8-6-12) ~ http://t.co/Tr7uafTd ( "the polygraph is the most effective tool for finding information people are trying to hide")

Salon Reporter: Obama cracks down on abuses by big-city police departments ~ (5-30-11) http://t.co/4RvJZzD

Center for Investigative Reporting ~ "Crossing the line: Corruption at the border" - http://bordercorruption.apps.cironline.org/

National Journel - How Drug Cartels Try to Corrupt Federal Employees (4-12-11) - http://t.co/fMENr6o

DHS: Statement of Commissioner Alan Bersin in the fight to prevent corruption ~ (6-9-11) http://t.co/ly6fxbV5

GAO ~ "Border Security: Additional Actions Needed to Strengthen CBP Efforts to Mitigate Risk of Employee Corruption and Misconduct" - (12-4-12) http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-13-59


The good, brave officers with integrity deserve better. And so does the public.....................


Cameras to help fight Misconduct. Polygraphs to help fight Corruption.


Break the Code. Break the Culture.

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Posted by Patricia Donalds on 08/30/2014 at 6:37 PM

Re: “Rivers Casino workers continue fight for union

You're sore because you couldn't just walk into a workplace and take the job of somebody who has been there for over ten years? That's just not fair, and you're talking about greed?

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Posted by thewickedtribe on 08/30/2014 at 8:54 AM

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