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Union disputes in Pittsburgh over residency requirements for city workers have weakened requirements for police and firefighters to live in the city proper.

A policy brief from the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy detailed the shift away from residency requirements. Pittsburgh voters approved an amendment to the home rule charter in 2013 to require city residency for all municipal workers.

However, a union grievance weakened that requirement for firefighters.

After binding arbitration and a lawsuit, the city of Pittsburgh and the firefighters’ union reached a memorandum of understanding that effectively exempts firefighters from the city residency requirement. Instead, applicants “will be granted preference points” if they live within city limits, similar to existing policies for military veterans or graduates of the city’s firefighter program.

A residency requirement of sorts still exists, as the Allegheny Institute noted. Firefighters must live within one hour of driving time from the Allegheny City-County building. “In a sense, the city is still imposing a residency requirement, albeit a broader one,” the Institute noted.

The change follows a 2015 ruling in favor of police to live within 25 miles of the city. Since that change, 59% of Pittsburgh police officers live outside the city. While that change could have implications for community relations or understanding different neighborhoods in the city, it also has economic implications: Pittsburgh loses some tax collections and local spending.

“The employees living outside of Pittsburgh are paying taxes to another municipality (at a much lower earned-income tax rate) and possibly spending much of their disposable income outside the city as well,” the Allegheny Institute noted. “Those with children in public schools are undoubtedly in districts that are better-performing and with a lower per-pupil expenditure than Pittsburgh Public Schools.”

Residency requirements are a convenient way to keep city workers in the local tax pool, but when this policy can’t be used, cities may need to find other ways to be appealing for municipal workers.

“If city policymakers hope to have employees choose to reside in the city, it is incumbent to make changes that would enhance quality of life factors that taxpayers look for,” the Institute argued.

Pittsburgh isn’t the only municipality with residency requirements. Nearby towns and cities also had residency requirements for public workers. On the other side of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia passed the strictest residency requirement of America’s 30 biggest cities in 2020. Municipal workers must live within city limits for a year before applying for a job. In 2022, however, the city relaxed that restriction for police and correctional officers.

While it’s a policy option for municipalities across Pennsylvania, the rule may make it harder to recruit city workers.

“Many (cities) abandoned this approach – as Philadelphia did in 2008 – to create a larger applicant pool and more competitive hiring,” Larry Eichel and Katie Martin wrote for the Pew Charitable Trusts. “By reverting to the old rule, Philadelphia now becomes an outlier.”

As areas around Pennsylvania struggle with a shortage of first responders and EMS workers, municipal residency requirements may limit the number of workers available to local governments.

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Anthony Hennen is a reporter for The Center Square. Previously, he worked for Philadelphia Weekly and the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal. He is managing editor of Expatalachians, a journalism project focused on the Appalachian region.
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Soul Train Awards 2022 Live Stream: How to Watch Online Free

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Celebrate the best in R&B and hip hop from the past year with the 2022 Soul Train Awards, airing Saturday, November 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BET.

If you don’t have cable, you can watch a live stream of the show on FuboTV, DirecTV Stream or Philo TV, which all include BET and come with a free trial.

Those are the best live stream options if you’re cutting cable, but there are also some other alternatives, so here’s a full guide on the different ways to watch a live stream of the 2022 Soul Train Awards online:

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DirecTV Stream has four different channel packages: “Entertainment,” “Choice,” “Ultimate” and “Premier.” BET is included in every one, and you can pick any package and any add-on you want with your free five-day trial:

DirecTV Stream Free Trial

Once signed up for DirecTV Stream, you can watch the 2022 Soul Train Awards live on the DirecTV Stream app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Samsung TV, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the DirecTV Stream website.

If you can’t watch live, DirecTV Stream also comes with 20 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to unlimited hours).

FuboTV

You can watch a live stream of BET and 100-plus other TV channels on FuboTV, which comes with a seven-day free trial:

FuboTV Free Trial

Once signed up for FuboTV, you can watch the 2022 Soul Train Awards live on the FuboTV app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One or Series X/S, Samsung TV, LG TV, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the FuboTV website.

If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 250 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as a 72-hour look-back feature, which allows you to watch most shows on-demand within three days (and sometimes longer) of their conclusion, even if you don’t record them.

Philo TV

You can watch a live stream of BET and 60-plus other TV channels on Philo TV, which comes with a seven-day free trial:

Philo Free Trial

Once signed up for Philo, you can watch the 2022 Soul Train Awards live on the Philo app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast (compatible on Android mobile), any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. You can also watch on your computer on the Philo website.

If you can’t watch live, Philo allows you to DVR programs and watch them up to 30 days later. And even if you forget to DVR something, Philo also comes with a 72-hour rewind feature, which lets you to watch most shows on-demand if they have aired in the last three days.

Sling TV

You can watch a live stream of BET and 30-plus other TV channels via Sling TV’s Sling Blue bundle. This option doesn’t include a free trial, but it’s the second-cheapest streaming service (behind Philo) that includes BET, and you can get your first month half off:

Get Sling TV

Once signed up for Sling TV, you can watch the 2022 Soul Train Awards live on the Sling TV app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One or Series X/S, Samsung TV, LG TV, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), airTV Mini, Oculus, Portal, iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the Sling TV website.

If you can’t watch live, Sling TV comes included with 50 hours of cloud DVR.

Hulu With Live TV

You can watch a live stream of BET and 65+ other TV channels via Hulu With Live TV, which now also includes access to both ESPN+ and Disney+ at no extra cost:

Get Hulu With Live TV

Once signed up for Hulu With Live TV, you can watch the 2022 Soul Train Awards live on the Hulu app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One or Series X/S, PlayStation 4 or 5, Nintendo Switch, Samsung TV, LG TV, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the Hulu website.

If you can’t watch live, Hulu with Live TV comes with both its extensive on-demand library (which includes most shows after they air) and 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).

Vidgo

You can watch a live stream of BET and 65+ other TV channels on Vidgo. This option doesn’t include a free trial:

Get Vidgo

Once signed up for Vidgo, you can watch the 2022 Soul Train Awards live on the Vidgo app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV, or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), iPhone, Android phone, iPad, or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the Vidgo website.

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80s R&B Performances On The Soul Train Stage Ft. Anita Baker & More! | Soul Train Awards '22Check out these hit performances to hit the Soul Train Stage in the 80s. And watch the 2022 Soul Train Awards on November 26th at 8/7 C! 0:00 Intro 0:08 “Sweet Love“ by Anita Baker 1:02 “Fat Boys” by The Fat Boys 1:58 “Lovergirl” by Teena Marie 2:50 Wrap-Up SUBSCRIBE to #BET! ►► bit.ly/1U0v9xG Stream…2022-11-19T18:00:33Z

The Soul Train Awards are airing live to honor the best in R&B and hip hop from the past year. Billed as “the feel-good party of the year,” according to the BET press release, the awards are being hosted by Deon Cole, and will honor Morris Day & the Time with the Legend Award and Xscape with the Lady of Soul Award.

The BET press release teases:

The annual event is committed to showcasing the impact of Soul Train on music and dance from the ‘70s to today.

The “Soul Train Awards” 2022 will feature performances by Iconic 80’s funk band and Legend Award honoree Morris Day & The Time, legendary multi-platinum-selling R&B supergroup and Lady of Soul honoree Xscape, R&B/Soul songstress Ari Lennox, Singer-songwriter, actress and personality Chanté Moore, singer-songwriter Muni Long, California-native singer SiR, R&B singer-songwriter, producer, and actor Tank, and BET Amplified artists Coco Jones and Q. Additionally, presenters who will take the stage include Jermaine Dupri, JB Smoove, Lucky Daye, Mark Tallman & Michelle Mitchenor, and Queen Naija.

World-class musician, composer, and actor Morris Day is best known for his role as lead singer of the legendary band and as a hit-making solo artist with songs like “Oak Tree” and the #1 smash on the US R&B hits chart “Fishnets.” The Time is beloved for their top musical hits “Jungle Love,” and “The Bird.” The band’s successful music career spans four decades. Morris Day has appeared in multiple films including cult classic Purple Rain.

Alex Vaughn, Durand Bernarr, Muni Long, and Tasha Cobbs Leonard will blend harmonies for the annual Soul Cypher. Renowned DJ and music producer D-Nice will take command of the turntables, all culminating to make “Soul Train Awards” 2022, a show not to miss.

“They say the way you start is the way you finish, and being that I’m retiring end of next year, it’s only fitting that I return to the place that helped start it all,” said Morris Day in a statement. “Our first major TV appearance was in 1981 on Soul Train with Don Cornelius. And 41 years later, to be honored with the Soul Train Awards Legend Award is what we call full circle. Truly amazing!”

Beyonce and Mary J. Blige lead all nominees with seven each, followed by Ari Lennox with six, Lizzo and Chris Brown with five each, and then Burna Boy, Muni Long and Steve Lacy with 4 nominations apiece.

The 2022 Soul Train Awards air live on Saturday, November 26 at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific times on BET.

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