Pittsburgh employees are now a much smaller slice of the H.J. Heinz Co. empire, with the announcement that 600 jobs, including 350 in the Pittsburgh area, have been cut. The cuts will reduce the number of Heinz's Pittsburgh employees from approximately 1,200 to about 800, according to a story by Teresa Lindeman. Michael Mullen, Heinz senior vice president of corporate and governmental affairs, said the company is committed to keeping Pittsburgh as its headquarters and fulfilling contract obligations related to naming rights for Heinz Field.
Fewer jobs, more money
Finding a job in Pittsburgh might be a little more challenging this year, but once lucky candidates snag a position, they should be seeing a little more cash, according to a Regional Insights column by Harold D. Miller. Mr. Miller notes that Pittsburgh ranked 26th in the nation in terms of job growth between 2010 and 2012, but had the fifth-highest growth in average weekly wages among the top 40 metropolitan regions during the same period.
Consumers smarting from the burn of credit card application rejection have some recourse, according to the PG's Patricia Sabatini. Consumers can call card issuers to ask why they were rejected. Consumers with credit scores a few points too low or those with errors on their credit reports may have a second chance. Consumers only need to call the card issuer's main number and ask to speak with the representative who handles reconsideration requests.
Surcharges OK for smoke, not weight
Insurance companies seeking to charge smokers higher rates have the American public's general approval, unless they hope to apply the same rules to the overweight, according to a recent Gallup Poll. The Affordable Care Act gives states the option to allow insurers to charge smokers up to 50 percent higher premiums than the standard rate. According to the poll, 58 percent of the nation favors charging smokers higher rates while only 41 percent think overweight people should be charged.
Quote of the Week:
"The Steelworkers have helped a lot of companies that are financially strapped. We did it here. But when they're making money, there's no reason for us to lose anymore."
-- Charlie Leonard, staff representative for District 10 of the USW union about a work stoppage at Neville Chemical
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