Pittsburgh mayor, UPMC head discuss 'major issues'

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Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and UPMC president and CEO Jeffrey Romoff met for two hours this afternoon to break the ice and discuss three "major issues," the mayor said.

The leaders discussed payment in lieu of taxes for nonprofits, the ongoing feud between Highmark and UMPC and the demonstrations for unionization and higher wages for service workers at UPMC held Downtown on Monday and Tuesday, Mr. Peduto said at a press conference.

The goal of the meeting was to open a line of communication, and while the mayor said they didn't agree on everything, he called the meeting positive and the tone good.

UPMC spokesman Paul Wood said, "We had a very cordial and productive meeting this afternoon with the mayor, and there will be more to come." He did not elaborate any further.

Mr. Peduto says he hopes to meet with Mr. Romoff again within four to six weeks to continue a "long-term dialogue."

Clarece Polke contributed. Lexi Belculfine: lbelculfine@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc.

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