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Mayor Ed Gainey and Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su Host Signing Ceremony for Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles  

Mayor Ed Gainey and Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su Host Signing Ceremony for Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles  
 

Over 40 local businesses, labor unions, civic leaders, and community members publicly commit to participation in White House Workforce Hub in Pittsburgh 

  

Pittsburgh – Today, Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su, Mayor Ed Gainey along with more than forty partners consisting of unions, businesses, organizations, county and state leaders showed their commitment to Pittsburgh’s Good Jobs Principle. 

 

“On behalf of the Department of Labor, I applaud each of today’s signatories of the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles, which will empower workers and help ensure equitable access to good jobs for people across the area, including communities that have been historically shut out -- like women and people of color. This administration is committed to growing our economy from the bottom up and the middle out – where no one gets left behind. That’s why President Biden chose Pittsburgh as one of five Workforce Hubs and has invested $255 million to Pittsburgh and Allegheny County so far,” said Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su. 

 

“We know how important good paying jobs are to not only stabilize a community, a neighborhood, a city, a state, and the nation, they provide a pathway to a better tomorrow for workers and their families,” said Mayor Ed Gainey. “We cannot do this alone, and none of this would be possible without our partners here today. I’m proud of everyone who has stepped up and signed onto these principles.” 

 

The City was named one of five Workforce Hubs in May by the Biden-Harris Administration as part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda that includes the American Rescue Plan, Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, CHIPS and Science Act, and the Inflation Reduction Act. All part of the historic private and public investments in creating good-paying jobs.  

 

This investment will enable workers to compete not just locally or nationally, but internationally in the worldwide, knowledge-based economy by preparing them and providing jobs that grows and supports the communities where they’re located. 

 

“I’m proud to be part of the work that the Gainey and Biden-Harris Administration is doing to give everyone, young and old, who want to work the chance to get on the pathway to be part of the trade unions to help develop generational wealth,” said  Steve Mazza, Council Representative Greater PA Council of Carpenters. 

 

This is a notable step to publicly endorse and commit to uphold the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles, a regional equity framework that advances good jobs for local residents across the Pittsburgh region, especially workers from disadvantaged populations, in order to build a safe, welcoming, and thriving community for all. 

 

These Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles include:  

  

  • Priority recruitment, training, hiring, and retention of disadvantaged worker populations, including through partnerships with community-based organizations that have expertise and track records in serving disadvantaged workers;  

  • Implementation of strategies that build equitable pathways for disadvantaged workers into good jobs and careers including: pre-apprenticeships programs with direct entry into registered apprenticeship programs, registered apprenticeship programs, apprenticeship utilization requirements, barrier-reduction strategies such as wrap-around supportive services, and training that promotes an inclusive and harassment/discrimination free workplace environment and culture. 

  • Tracking, measurement, and assessment of the progress in recruiting, training, hiring, retaining, and promoting disadvantaged workers through shared compliance, tracking, and reporting strategies and tools; 

  • Embedding the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles in procurement and contracting processes to the greatest extent permissible in law; and   

  • Creation of an engagement and collaboration committee structure with inclusive and diverse membership, including representation of organizations that serve disadvantaged workers, to implement the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles, as well as jointly address and solve challenges; and  

  • Utilization of project labor agreements (PLAs), community benefits agreements (CBAs), and other tools to codify and enforce these Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles and agreements.   
     

Signatories to this pledge have also committed to joint implementation that operationalizes these Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles and will begin working with the City Solicitor and Deputy Chief of Staff to build a Regional Equity Agreement to govern all projects within the geographic footprint of the hub, that are within the identified critical sectors, and that receive funding from President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda.  

 

In centering those vulnerable communities that have been historically left out of these opportunities, the administration has identified those who are disadvantaged workers as individuals who reside in an extreme need or high need community as designated by the Allegheny County Community Need Index and/or faces one of the following systemic barriers to employment: System involved/emancipated youth (14-30) or opportunity youth; returning citizens and individuals having a criminal record or other involvement with the criminal justice system; custodial single parents/households; and refugees and immigrants.  

 

Local businesses, unions and other organizations who desire to be part of the growth and collaborate with us can learn more at: https://engage.pittsburghpa.gov/white-house-workforce-talent-hub.  

 

Through the Workforce Hub workforce development board, Mayor Gainey, and Partner4Work; Pittsburgh is focused on creating pathways in four key sectors; infrastructure, advanced manufacturing (including robotics and bio manufacturing), high-speed internet, and clean energy as well as occupations that support these sectors such as cybersecurity.   

 

Currently a total of forty-one local businesses and organizations, seven unions, three elected officials and two authorities have committed to upholding the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles. Those who have signed the pledge are listed below.  

 

 

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Local Commitments: 

Iron Workers Local Union No 3  

Is committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles.  

The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh  

The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh is committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles and the local Authorities Table. They plan to:   

  • Ensure 10% of annual hires are disadvantaged workers 

  • Establish a pre-apprenticeship program with Workforce Hub partners  

  • Increase training opportunities through the HACP Cyber Bus Initiatives  

  • Continue our HUD Section 3 program  

Landforce  

Is committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles. They’re dedicated to removing barriers to employment for disfavored worker populations and strengthening Pittsburgh’s workforce. Some tactics we are committed to include the diversification and expansion of our training offerings, longer periods of on-the-job training, and concerted efforts toward supporting wrap-around services and paying a living wage.  

Pittsburgh Technology Council  

  • Apprenti PGH: Help make more equitable pathways into tech roles such as cybersecurity and software engineering through our tech apprenticeship program which is focused on removing barriers, specifically for marginalized groups.   

  • L.A.U.N.C.H., TRETC, CS Explorers, NCWIT, and STEM Summit: Work to build, fill, and connect the talent stream to companies in our region starting with K12 students, teachers and administrators up through experienced innovators-focusing on disconnected and underserved groups.   

  • Hire UPs: Hold a wide range of hiring and career exploration events at low or no cost to further connect job seekers to our region's innovation sector. These events range in: early talent, boot camp talent, displaced workers, experienced tech talent, apprenticeship, manufacturing, and individual employer branding events.  

State Rep. Latasha Mayes  

Is committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles, the Elected Officials Table, and committed to being an Elected Officials Champion. She plans to work with her  colleagues and relevant stakeholders to introduce, pass, and advance legislation and policy that supports good jobs in our region that are union, pay a livable wage, close the gender wage gap to achieve equal pay, end discrimination of all kinds in the workplace, end sexual harassment in the workplace, create access for workers with disabilities and support workers of varying gender identities and sexual orientations.  

Re:Build Manufacturing  

Is committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles. Re:Build Manufacturing is committed to hiring 300 employees within the next 3 years (2024-2027) with a significant focus on providing skill development opportunities for all roles, ranging from entry level with no experience to seasoned engineers and leadership. Our roles will provide long-term, meaningful opportunities for our team members to maximize both their contribution to the business and their earning potential. To accomplish this, we are partnering with several local partners such as workforce development boards, adult career pathway programs, K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and non-profits.   

We are fully committed to hiring a diverse workforce, made up of identities and abilities that recognizes diversity as a source of value. Re:Build is dedicated to supporting and giving back to our local community through STEM education, sponsoring community events, sourcing local supply chain needs, and being a part of solution conversations. We are committed to being part of the solution in reducing barriers and contributing to this incredible community.  

McAuley Ministries Foundation  

Is committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles, the Philanthropy Table, and Executive Director, Marisol Valentin, is committed to be a Philanthropic Champion. Through collaborative efforts with other stakeholders, McAuley Ministries will work to remove systemic barriers, build a stronger workforce development ecosystem and strengthen our community assets which work against all obstacles to strengthen and promote equitable career pathway opportunities that lead to family-sustaining careers in Pittsburgh.  Our grant-making priorities include capacity building, education, empowerment, environmental care, essential needs and social services, peacemaking, and whole-person health initiatives for nonprofit organizations which focus on the Hill District, Uptown, and West Oakland, the three Pittsburgh communities historically served by the Sisters of Mercy.  

InnovatePGH  

Is committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles. They’re committed to removing barriers to employment in the Innovation District, which includes employers like UPMC, CMU, and Pitt.  We also commit to expanding the number and type of cohorts in the Innovation District Skills Alliance (IDSA) workforce program.  By ensuring participants in the PEER Fellowship program with CMU can pursue their entrepreneurial dreams, we can help increase the number of robotics start-up companies founded by women and people of color.  

 

Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority  

Is committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles and the Local Authorities Table. Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority is focused on strengthening the workforce in the Pittsburgh region by removing systemic barriers to employment by reviewing and revising our job descriptions and requirements of hire to align with position needs instead of historical preferences. We aim to increase occupational visibility and career exposure by providing partnering with local schools and community organizations allowing access to job shadowing, company tours, and internships for community members who express a desire to learn more and apply.  

Riverside Center for Innovation  

Is committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles. They plan to help remove systemic barriers to employment and provide entrepreneurial training and support to better educate BIPOC owners and their workers in new industry sectors for a future that is equitable and inclusive.  

Allegheny Fayette Labor Council  

Is committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles, the Infrastructure/Labor Table, and President Darrin Kelly is committed to be a Labor Champion. As the local umbrella group of the national AFL-CIO, we are committed to working together with our partners to do what we can to make the Pittsburgh region the most equitable region in the country  

United Steelworkers  

Is committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles and the Infrastructure/Labor Table. As the largest industrial/manufacturing union in the United States we are the largest employee representative of workers in Steel, Chemical, Oil, Aluminum, Glass, Paper, Rubber, Tire, Cement, and mining. In addition we represent thousands of workers in many other sectors including healthcare, tech, higher education, renewable energies, etc.  

Locally we are the largest union with our International HQ located in downtown Pittsburgh.  

PA 12th Congressional District – Representative Summer Lee 

Is committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles and the Elected Officials Table. The office is dedicated to support and promote these efforts.  

Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh  

Is committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles and the Local Authorities Table.  

Senator Lindsey Williams  

Is committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles and the Elected Officials Table.  

Catalyst Connection  

Is committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles.  Catalyst Connection commits to supporting and enabling our small and medium-sized manufacturing clients to become employers of choice, thereby creating and retaining good jobs for over a thousand people annually.  

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 57  

Is committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles and the Infrastructure/Labor Table.  

They plan to work with the city of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, other regional municipalities, and local pre-apprenticeship programs to help create public works jobs in our trades where we can recruit and place members from disadvantaged communities. These jobs will help create a pipeline into our trades and with our signatory contractors while completing needed infrastructure improvements.  

EAS Carpenters   

Is committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles, the Infrastructure/Labor Table and Steve Mazza is committed to be a Clean Energy Champion. 

Sustainable Pittsburgh  

Is committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles, the Clean Energy Table, and Executive Director Joylette Portluck, is committed to being a Clean Energy Champion.  

Sustainable Pittsburgh exists to help the region navigate complex sustainability issues in strategic and effective ways. Since 2021 Sustainable Pittsburgh has hosted more than a dozen employers, training providers, subject matter experts, and community organizations to prepare the region for clean energy industry expansion and ensure equitable job growth. We have, collectively, developed a comprehensive list and understanding of barriers, needs, and next steps. Four priority areas for action have been identified:  to expand training programs and their connection to employers, to reduce barriers, to raise visibility, and to continue connecting the ecosystem. Clean energy jobs include manufacturing, construction, trades, professional services, research, and more. Demand is increasing and over 12,000 such jobs already exist in Allegheny County alone.   

Our work will continue, to create employer connections and support training programs with technical assistance and connectivity to resources and partners so they can scale. This expansion of training programs will support personal and professional development, with collaborations to guide employers through ways to improve job quality, support barrier remediation for training participants and job seekers, and marketing/communications for advancing awareness of jobs in disadvantaged/key populations.  

Master Builders Association of Western Pa (MBA)  

Is committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles and the Infrastructure/Labor Table.  MBA is a construction trade association with more than 255 top general contractors, construction managers, specialty contractors, and service and supplier companies supporting our region's commercial construction industry. Collectively, our membership accounts for more than eighty (80) percent of the commercial construction in our area. My role is to increase minority participation in the skilled trades and MWDBE contractors. Addressing the hurdles that have kept minorities from careers in the blue and white-collar construction industry is our priority. MBA looks forward to participating in the historic government workforce initiative.  

The Heinz Endowments  

Is committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles, the Philanthropy Table, and Matt Barron, Director of Sustainability is committed to be a Philanthropic Champion.  The Heinz Endowments has invested tens of millions in this space over the past decade and will look for opportunities to increase those investments in alignment with the City of Pittsburgh and US Department of Labor. Our core priorities are to raise the wage floor for all workers, to help remove barriers to employment for returning citizens and others facing significant barriers, to address unemployment and underemployment for veterans, and to increase minority participation in high-earning careers in technology, construction, and other sectors.  

The Barnes Global Advisors  

Is committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles. The Barnes Global Advisors (TBGA), in partnership with the Pittsburgh International Airport, is building out the Neighborhood 91 advanced manufacturing production campus on airport property, aiming to increase the number of “good” advanced manufacturing jobs on campus by 200% over the next 5 years. TBGA is committed to establishing the Neighborhood 91 Industrial Center for Education, based on local industry-generated requirements for additive manufacturing technicians and operators. This will lead to the development and delivery of certificates, courses, and programs by local education and workforce development organizations for the regional workforce, resulting in the accelerated growth of the middle-skills workforce.  

ACTION Housing  

Is committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles. Through the Allegheny County Whole Home Repair Program, ACTION Housing will provide an estimated 2 million dollars in funding to local workforce development organizations. Training to be provided will include soft and hard laborer skills, back-office staff, accounting, organizational growth assistance in the form of business planning, marketing, and access to possible capital investment.  

Parkway West CTC  

Is committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles. Parkway West Career and Technology Center will build a new building in partnership with the Bricklayer's & Allied Craftsworks Local 9 JATC (pending funding). This building will house a new program of study, Masonry, at Parkway West to prepare 60 high school students per year for direct entry into BAC apprenticeships. Further, Parkway West will train 80 students in Cybersecurity per year, connecting students directly to cybersecurity jobs and registered apprenticeship programs in the region.  

The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute  

Is committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles. The ARM Institute and New Century Careers will launch a new rapid short-term, employer-driven training in Southwestern Pennsylvania to create opportunity for dislocated workers to re-enter the workforce in good quality, high-demand manufacturing jobs. Workers and employers will further be connected through roboticscareer.org, a new resource for finding training and employment opportunities in Southwestern Pennsylvania and beyond.  

Tri-County Workforce Investment Board, Inc.  

Is committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles. Working towards increasing individuals in training programs by 5%. 

Eos Energy Enterprises, Inc.  

Is committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles. Eos Energy Enterprises will hire an additional 650 individuals in quality jobs in advanced manufacturing and clean energy by 2026 through Project AMAZE— spurring economic growth in the Mon Valley region and honoring a local history of industrial manufacturing that dates back to the founding of Westinghouse. To do so, Eos will continue to engage with American Job Centers, K-12 school districts, community colleges, and more partners. Eos is committed to developing a Community Benefit Plan to help ensure that its growth benefits its workers and the surrounding communities in areas like housing, transportation, grid stability, and energy.  

Low Country Building Solutions  

Is committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles. Low Country Building Solutions is committed to building training and advancement opportunities that create pathways to full time employment for both new hires and contracted workers. Their work supports infrastructure investments in Southwestern Pennsylvania and they are committed to advancing equity within the construction industry, aligned with the Department of Labor's Job Quality principles.  

Women for a Healthy Environment  

Is committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles. Women for a Healthy Environment is convening workforce training providers and entrepreneurship providers to strengthen the residential construction workforce in Allegheny County. This includes working with Action Housing on the Allegheny County Whole Home Repair Program and managing more than $2 million in investments in existing workforce programs, which will support the training of more than 100 individuals in pre-apprenticeship programs and meet the labor needs of at least 10 local general contractors.  

German American Chamber of Commerce, Pittsburgh Chapter  

Is the committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles. German American Chamber of Commerce, Pittsburgh Chapter and its employer members will expand four registered apprenticeship programs in Mechatronics Technician, Polymer Technology Process Technician, Sales Engineer, and CAD/CAM Technical Designer from 25 apprentices to 50 per year over the next five years. The chamber also plans to add a fifth registered apprenticeship for EV Technician, expanding to an additional 25 per year over the next five years.  

SWPA Regional Workforce Boards << they each have individual commitments  

Is committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles. Partner4Work, Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board, Tri-County Workforce Development Board, and Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Development Board have aligned work-based training policies for Build Back Better to streamline access to talent pipelines across the region for local advanced manufacturing and robotics employers. This alignment will make it easier for employers to train employees for quality jobs, build opportunity for workers in Southwestern Pennsylvania, and access public workforce system support for growing their businesses.  

US Navy Talent Pipeline Program - Pittsburgh Flag  

Is committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles. The US Navy Talent Pipeline Program - Pittsburgh Flag will assist up to 50+ regional manufacturers per year in improving their ability to recruit, hire, onboard, and retain workers in good jobs by building critical skills and job quality strategies. Employer partners have pledged to hire more than 350 manufacturing and other skilled trades positions over the next 7 months, many being recruited from local career and technical education programs. The culmination of those efforts will be with a Signing Day celebration on May 14, 2024. The Pittsburgh effort is part of a larger US Navy sponsored Talent Pipeline Program that is working with manufacturers in targeted geographic areas with a significant defense industrial base footprint to ultimately increase industrial capacity.  

Simcoach Games  

Is committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles. Simcoach Games will help prepare individuals to thrive in the new economy by leveraging the dynamic world of game design and development to teach vital STEAM skills. Their games, developed in part by Simcoach's registered apprentices in video game design, will help the future infrastructure, manufacturing, robotics, clean energy, and cybersecurity workforce learn more about the skills necessary to succeed in these jobs and their own aptitude for the work.  

AW Beattie  

Is committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles. A.W. Beattie Career Center will prepare 48 students annually in the cybersecurity pathway, along with 33 students in robotics engineering.  We will connect these students with registered pre- and apprenticeship programs, employment opportunities, and in post-secondary programs with articulated college credit in hand.  Additionally, A.W. Beattie is the development process for a building expansions project, pending funding, to include a Power and Energy Program that will contain curriculum modules on clean energy.   

New Century Careers  

Is committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles. New Century Careers will expand access to Advanced Manufacturing training in high need neighborhoods in Pittsburgh in 2024. It will grow existing programming by 10%, with a key focus on preparing job seekers for 3D/Additive and Robotics career clusters.  

CCAC (Community College of Allegheny County)  

Is committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles. The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) has opened the new Center for Education, Innovation, and Training, with educational programming in high demand and emerging fields including advanced manufacturing and cybersecurity. CCAC expects to train at least 30 individuals in advanced manufacturing and at least 20 in cybersecurity in the next year.  

Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board  

Is committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles. Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board will increase work-based training with Advanced Manufacturing employers by 5% in 2024, providing additional opportunity to connect job seekers into quality jobs through registered apprenticeships, on the job training, and more.  

Trade Institute of Pittsburgh  

Is committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles. The Trade Institute of Pittsburgh will train and graduate 100 masonry and carpentry students in 2024.  

Partner4Work  

Is committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles. Partner4Work will build and scale employer driven programming preparing job seekers for family sustaining careers in infrastructure, advanced manufacturing, clean energy, bio-manufacturing, and more industries in 2024. Partner4Work will scale their successful 4Construction pre-apprenticeship training model, begun at the Airport as PIT2Work, at least three new project sites in 2024.  

Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board  

Is committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles. Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board will increase work-based training with Advanced Manufacturing employers by 5% in 2024, providing additional opportunities to connect job seekers into quality jobs through registered apprenticeships, on-the-job training, and more.  

University of Pittsburgh (and Elevate Bio)  

Is committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles. The University of Pittsburgh is expanding paths to employment with and through the University for neighbors across the region in emerging industry clusters. These include our BioForge facility in Hazelwood Green, Life Science Workforce expansion, Bio-Manufacturing Training with support from Elevate Bio, and so much more.  

Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation  

Is committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles. Pittsburgh Gateways will work with at least 30 local clean energy employers to build sustainable talent pipelines, leveraging the resources of the Energy Innovation Center and an extensive network of community partners. Additionally, they will prepare at least 50 skilled construction workers for family-sustaining trade careers through the Intro to the Trades pre-apprenticeship program.  

IBEW 29  

Is committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles and Infrastructure/Labor Table. Will work with their represented utilities to hire more craft workers.   

PennDOT District 11   

Is committed to the Pittsburgh Good Jobs Principles and the Local Authorities Table. Will work towards removing systemic barriers to employment. 

About The White House Workforce Hub: 

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, CHIPS and Science Act, and Inflation Reduction Act are catalyzing public- and private-sector investments across the nation—including significant concentrations in key cities and regions. The Administration will partner with state and local officials, employers, unions, community colleges, high schools, and other stakeholders to ensure a diverse and skilled workforce can meet the demand for labor driven by these investments, starting with five focus regions beginning this summer: Phoenix, Columbus, Baltimore, Augusta, and Pittsburgh. These efforts will not only strengthen the five cities—they will create models the Administration will work to replicate with partners across the country. 

About Partner4Work:  

Nationally recognized for innovation, Partner4Work delivers workforce solutions for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County to ensure the current and future needs of businesses and job seekers are met. As stewards of more than $26 million in public and private workforce funds, Partner4Work oversees and funds workforce programs for adults, dislocated workers, and youth; educates the community through robust labor market analytics; and implements innovative solutions to the region's systemic workforce challenges. Partner4Work bridges the gap between people looking for work and companies in need of talent. More information is available at www.partner4work.org

 

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11.08.2023
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