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Pitt’s bill for ‘union avoidance’ law firm passes $1 million

Pitt’s Office of University Counsel paid Philadelphia-based Ballard Spahr, a “union avoidance” law firm, $1,071,573 in fees between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019, to provide legal support during the separate graduate student and faculty campaigns for unionization.

By Jon Moss, News Editor

January 12, 2020

A “union avoidance” law firm continues to receive a large windfall of legal fees from Pitt, recently passing $1 million, according to University financial disclosure reports.

Pitt removes administrators, retirees from faculty union eligibility

The University admitted to including an excess of 200 individuals in its list of 4,018 union-eligible faculty members.

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

December 3, 2019

Faculty union organizers have argued since June that Pitt deliberately inflated its list of 4,018 union-eligible faculty with hundreds of retirees and administrators in order to derail unionization efforts.

Cudd says Pitt still considering options on proposed grad union ruling

Provost Ann Cudd maintained the University did not do anything wrong during April’s graduate student union election after a Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board official ruled that Pitt committed unfair labor practices.

By Jon Moss, Assistant News Editor

September 29, 2019

Provost Ann Cudd maintained the University did not do anything wrong during April’s graduate student union election.

Pitt paid almost $240K to “union avoidance” law firm in recent years

Philadelphia-based firm Ballard Spahr provided legal support during the graduate student and faculty movements for unionization.

By Jon Moss, News Editor

May 14, 2019

A “union avoidance” law firm received a large windfall of legal fees from Pitt, according to previously unreported University financial disclosure reports.

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