Pittsburgh Allows AT&T to Cut Jobs


Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy altered the City Council's transfer agreement for
its cable franchise, spiking a job-guarantee amendment.

Murphy vetoed that amendment just before the holiday weekend. He said the
provision violated both state and federal law, according to his veto letter.

The Council approved the transfer of AT&T Broadband's local cable system
to Comcast Corp. in June, after AT&T Broadband officials assured members
that there are no immediate plans for job cuts. But the council added an
amendment that mandated no layoffs for 24 months.

The city was hurt within the past year by the loss of hundreds of jobs when a
major department store chain cut local operations.

An AT&T Broadband spokesman said the MSO was scrutinized just because it
was the next one up before the City Council.