Pittsburgh Tuesday takes
By The Tribune-Review
Published: Monday, March 4, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
BoNY-headed: Anybody think Bank of New York Mellon might be dealing with a teensy-weensy morale problem these days? Thursday last, the banking giant paid more than 100 managers bonuses totaling about $460 million. But just six days before, rank-and-file employees were told their annual merit raises had been pushed back to July from the usual April date. The bank won't say why. It's the kind of behavior that cultivates a workforce of drones.
Flags for Luke: Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl couldn't take the heat, so he got out of the kitchen by ending his re-election bid. But he continues to raise more questions than he answers. Mr. Ravenstahl says he has been told he's not a target in the FBI's investigation of what appears to be a Bureau of Police slush fund. But he has retained a high-profile criminal defense attorney. Perhaps it's a prudent move. But it still raises red flags.
No waiver: PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch says he's considering granting mass-transit agencies an exemption to a state law that prohibits bus, trolley and train drivers from driving more than 10 hours per shift. Some Port Authority of Allegheny County drivers are behind the wheel or controls for up to 16 hours. Transit agencies say they thought they were exempt from the law, and compliance will cost millions of dollars. The law's in place for a reason — the public's safety. No waivers should be granted.
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