Pittsburgh workers to retire early after accepting city offer
Carol Veitch was looking to make some quick money between school semesters when she took a temporary job in 1975 as a data entry clerk in the city of Pittsburgh's fledgling computer department.
She's still on the job 38 years later, but won't be for long. Veitch, 60, of Brookline is among more than 60 people who have accepted an early retirement offer from Mayor Bill Peduto. Her last day is Friday.
“I came here on a break from nursing school and never went back,” said Veitch, who attended a reception on Thursday in City Hall for retiring workers. “I had no intention of leaving for another three or four years, but the offer was too good.”
Friday is the deadline for nonunion employees, whose age and years of service equal 70 or more, to sign up for the buyout. Employees who retire early will receive one year's salary plus their pension. Roughly 176 qualify, and the Peduto administration estimates that the plan will cost the city about $8.8 million if all take it.
Peduto attended the reception and wished the workers well.
“There's a lot of institutional knowledge walking out the door,” said Cindy Southworth, 64, of Knoxville, an internal auditor for the Finance Department.
Southworth, who has worked for the city for 17 years, said to her knowledge she is one of the least veteran employees taking the offer.
Others had more than 44 years with the city.
Jane Conner, 60, of Banksville, supervisor of records management in the Finance Department, said she was planning to retire next year with 33 years of service before accepting Peduto's offer.
“This opportunity was open and it was too good to pass up,” she said.
Bob Bauder is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-765-2312 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Risks don’t get any better as online dating prospers
- Bettis lab, 4 others receive new name
- Board members bring business attitude to nonprofit August Wilson
- Shaler man charged with homicide, abuse of corpse in McKeesport woman’s death
- 3 from Allegheny County charged with Medicaid fraud
- Two Brentwood council members change minds and don’t resign, council approves the third resignation
- Port Authority’s plan for car-free communities slow to bear fruit
- Newsmaker: Tamika Duck
- Advocates want websites accessible to those with impaired, no eyesight
- Computer glitch, mail vendor switch blamed in delay of VA appointment notices
- Animal welfare groups see opportunities in dialogue about Vick signing