Art Rooney II — Rapper?

The Steelers president, with the help of some powerful friends, recently recorded a rap video. But why?

Pittsburgh Steelers President Art Rooney II needs to make room on his business card for a new title: "Grandmaster." That's his handle in a new rap video to raise awareness in the fight against epilepsy. 

Emmy Award-winner Emmai Alaquiva directed the video on behalf of the Epilepsy Foundation of Western Pennsylvania. It also features Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel, students from Pittsburgh's City Charter high school and various community and business leaders.  


photo by derek swam

#GoodNews: Family-friendly policy for employees of Allegheny County

Employees of Allegheny County now can take six weeks of paid parental leave. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced today that parents, regardless of gender, sexual orientation or marital status, will receive full pay for the duration of the leave if they were full-time employees for at least one year prior.

“The fact that the United States still lags behind, really, the rest of the world when it comes to providing paid parental leave is unbelievable to me,” Fitzgerald said in a news release. “Providing this benefit to employees of Allegheny County is the right thing to do — for our employees, for their children and for our county.”

Fitzgerald said the pitch for paid parental leave came from Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak. Employees will not forfeit paid vacation time toward leave and will receive 100 percent of their base pay. Only 12 percent of private-sector workers have access to paid leave, something Rudiak said she hopes will change after the county sets a new standard.

Both the Women and Girls Foundation and the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics applauded Fitzgerald and the county on the announcement. Heather Arnet, CEO of the Women and Girls Foundation, said that gender-neutral policies are best for families.

"When every parent has access to paid leave to care for a child, women no longer bear the stigma or responsibilities of caregiving alone," she noted in a news release. "This policy honors all families and we hope it will be a model for other employers to follow suit.”
––Cristina Holtzer



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