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Union says Pennsylvania health department has mold, asbestos

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A union and workers are complaining about unhealthy working conditions at an unlikely place: the offices of a Pennsylvania county health department.

WPXI-TV reports that the Service Employees International Union Local 668 says the Allegheny County Health Department facilities in Pittsburgh have problems with mold and asbestos.

The health department has issued a statement saying it’s “working proactively to address decades of deferred maintenance” on the county-owned buildings, including a clinic.

Workers say they’ve been told the health department will decide in December whether to renovate or sell the buildings, but they’ve already worked too long exposed to the health hazards.

Employee Dawn Back tells the station she’s worked there since 1999 and “They’ve been telling us since then they’re going to move us to a better building.”

In related news, Allegheny County Health Department tells Shenango to fix problems at Neville Island coke plant.

Information from: WPXI-TV, http://www.wpxi.com

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