Unions, Democratic leaders form employment task force

Friday, October 21, 2011
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Elected Democrats, community leaders and about 250 union members met Thursday at City Hall to outline the plight of working people and announce the formation of a task force designed to create and protect jobs in Western Pennsylvania.

Elected officials — including City Council members, U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Forest Hills, and Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato — pledged support for the task force. The Service Employees International Union and United Steelworkers will lead the group.

Union officials promise to work with business and community leaders on job growth and retention, particularly in the manufacturing and public-service industries.

After the meeting, Doyle led a march along Grant Street to the federal building, Downtown, where the group called for passage of President Obama’s jobs legislation.