Pittsburgh UNITED strives to advance social and economic justice in the Pittsburgh region by working to ensure that working families and low and moderate-income communities are able to share in the prosperity that is generated by economic growth and development.
Pittsburgh UNITED develops and supports campaigns that address social inequality at its root causes. CBA's can be an effective mechanism for winning concrete benefits for not only poor and working-class neighborhoods but also for our local economy as a whole. In addition to campaigning around specific CBA campaigns, Pittsburgh UNITED engages in coalition work and advocacy around our core issues.
Pittsburgh UNITED staffed the successful One Hill CBA Coalition in its two year struggle with the developers of a new hockey arena winning the first CBA in Pennsylvania in 2008. The CBA includes local hiring for union construction and permanent jobs in all development relating to the arena, a community controlled human services fund ($6 million), new grocery store and community center and community control of the master plan for that section of the city.
In 2010 the organization passed city and county legislation requiring all publically subsidized development pay 'Prevailing Wages' for permanent service jobs in hotel, grocery store, food service and building maintenance industries. In July the coalition won passage of a city Clean Water bill requiring that publically subsidized development meet Federal standards dramatically reducing storm water runoff. A Clean Air bill was passed in 2011requiring that construction diesel engines be retrofitted with the best available technology.