Anti-sweatshop bill vetoed by Onorato
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Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato vetoed a piece of legislation Friday passed by county council earlier this week that declared W&K Steel in Rankin a "sweatshop."
The legislation, passed Tuesday with the support of all seven of the council's Democratic members, would have made the company ineligible for county contracts. The four Republican council members abstained.
In a letter to council, Mr. Onorato said he was vetoing the legislation because it violates the county's home rule charter and Optional Plans Law, which prohibit the council from regulating business in the commonwealth. Furthermore, he wrote the county has no contracts with the company, so the Anti-Sweatshop Ordinance does not apply.
First Published February 19, 2011 12:00 am