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Part 3 | Faculty union organizers’ next steps

Paul Johnson, a faculty union organizer and Pitt communications professor, gives information about the union’s progress to about 50 people in the William Pitt Union Ballroom in January 2018.

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

October 17, 2019

Forming a faculty union at a Pennsylvania university actually isn’t too complicated — in theory.

Part 2 | A look at the back-and-forth between Pitt, faculty union organizers

University of Pittsburgh faculty unionizers at the People’s Pride parade in June 2018.

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

October 17, 2019

An “inflated” union eligibility list dilutes the significance of each authorization card, making it harder for union organizers to collect cards from the 30% of faculty needed to prompt a union election.

Part 1 | Who did Pitt include on its list of union-eligible faculty?

Faculty union organizers challenged hundreds of the names Pitt included in its list of faculty eligible for a bargaining unit.

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

October 16, 2019

Pitt included more than 100 administrators, graduate students and retired professors on the list of faculty eligible for a union.

Series | Pitt included retirees, administrators in faculty union bargaining unit

Tyler Bickford, a professor in the English department, drops one of the first union cards at a kick-off event held by Pitt faculty union organizers in the William Pitt Union Ballroom in January 2018.

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

October 16, 2019

Faculty union organizers called the move “disgusting and obvious union busting.” Pitt chalked it up to poor communication.

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