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Release Date: Tuesday, May 5th 2009

PDP Media Statement: City Council Resolution regarding Safety Ambassadors

PDP Media Statement
May 5, 2009

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) is declining media interviews at this time. Please accept this written statement as our official comment.

The issue at hand is between Block by Block and the SEIU. The PDP has no legal authority to require its vendor, Block by Block, to accept the union. If the SEIU wants to unionize the Safety Ambassadors, we understand there is a legal process that allows them to petition the NLRB.

It is unfortunate the PDP is being portrayed as an organization that chooses to work with non-union friendly vendors when in fact including union employees was part of the PDP’s 2007 RFP for Clean Team services. Clean Team members have been unionized since 1997.

For comment from Block by Block, please contact:

Jim Burnett
Executive Vice President
Business Development and Government Services
SMS Holdings Corporation


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