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Pittsburgh Could Benefit From Amazon Dropping NYC Headquarters

Online giant could shift jobs to the area

February 15, 2019 - 10:07 am

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Amazon's decision to walk away from New York City, where politicians were angry about nearly $3 billion in tax breaks and the company's anti-union stance, could wind up benefiting Pittsburgh.

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald tells KDKA Radio Amazon already employs between 3,000 to 4,000 people here and he expects the company will shift some of the 25,000 jobs planned for New York, locally.

Related: Amazon Ditches New York Headquarters

Mayor Bill Peduto said on Twitter yesterday if Amazon expands their presence in Pittsburgh he would require Amazon to work with the union to guarantee union wages for lower paying jobs, “as well as work with our local Building Trades to construct the future.”

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