City Signs New Contract with Union for Public Works Employees

PITTSBURGH, PA (January 9, 2019) The City of Pittsburgh last week finalized a five-year contract with the Pittsburgh Joint Collective Bargaining Committee (PJCBC), which represents hundreds of workers in the Department of Public Works. 

The contract features annual raises of 3% every year from 2019-2023 and includes a 2% signing bonus retroactive to 2018. 

PJCBC represents 337 workers on the front lines of city services to residents every day. They include carpenters, custodians, painters, plumbers, roofers, laborers and heavy equipment operators. (The union does not represent DPW workers in the Environmental Services Bureau.) 

In addition to the raises, the pact includes increases in tool allowances for the workers and city payments for Commercial Driver’s Licenses, which will provide career advancement opportunities for interested personnel.  

In exchange the city received opportunities to involve more workers in snow removal efforts, as well as a redefinition of titled driver seniority unit work according to PA DMV CDL weight restrictions, which will greatly increase DPW’s operational efficiency. 

Mayor William Peduto signed the contract on December 21 and PJCBC chairman Philip Ameris Sr. signed it January 3. 





Timothy McNulty
Communications Director