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The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

Pitt Faculty Union flyers on campus table.

Pitt faculty union, administration dispute bargaining unit size

By Jack Troy, Senior Staff Writer May 24, 2022
Nearly two months into contract negotiations between faculty union representatives and University officials, the union claims that Pitt seeks to unlawfully disqualify 600 members while failing to substantively engage in the bargaining process.
A Pitt student wears a mask.

Pitt faculty union, administration clash over lifting mask mandate

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer March 26, 2022
The United Steelworkers union filed an unfair practices charge against Pitt on Friday, alleging that University administrators failed to consult faculty before announcing that campus buildings would go mask optional starting Monday, according to a Friday evening press release from the Steelworkers.
The Cathedral of Learning seen from Schenley Plaza.

Pitt faculty union elects bargaining committee, begins negotiating with administration

By Neena Hagen and Jack Troy March 2, 2022
Four months after Pitt faculty voted overwhelmingly in favor of unionization, the union’s newly formed bargaining committee sat down alongside United Steelworkers representatives last Friday to negotiate with the administration for the first time.
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher.

Gallagher talks Omicron, spring semester in TPN interview

By Martha Layne and Jon Moss January 25, 2022
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher spoke with The Pitt News for about 20 minutes on Tuesday about the Omicron COVID-19 variant, the recent faculty unionization vote and the college experience during a pandemic.
Pitt administration poured large sums of money into a “union avoidance” law firm, according to financial disclosures.

Pitt’s spending on ‘union avoidance’ law firm nears $3M

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer January 11, 2022
University administrators continued to pay large sums of money to a “union avoidance” law firm, with total payouts approaching $3 million, according to financial disclosures.
Chris Bonneau, political science professor, in his office in Posvar Hall on Wednesday.

‘Won’t be a unified front’: Professors opposed to union reflect on vote

By Abby Cardilli, Staff Writer December 10, 2021
After a multi-year effort to unionize, Pitt faculty voted in favor of creating a union, with 1,511 faculty members voting in favor and 612 against. Professors opposed to the union reflected on the vote and the upcoming push for a first contract with the University.
Pitt faculty voted to unionize, creating the largest new union in the country. Chris Deluzio, an adjunct law school professor, said he’s “ecstatic” about the “huge win.”

‘A long time coming’: Pitt faculty celebrate union victory

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer October 22, 2021
Dozens of Pitt faculty — both organizers and ordinary supporters — gathered at the United Steelworkers headquarters Wednesday evening Downtown to celebrate their victory and reflect on the yearslong campaign.
From Aug. 27 to Oct. 12, Pitt faculty and researchers voted to unionize as an affiliate of United Steelworkers’ Academic Workers Association.

Editorial | Unionization is hard-won, well-deserved for faculty

By The Pitt News Editorial Board October 22, 2021
Pitt faculty now have a position of leverage from which they can hold administration to an unprecedented degree of accountability, but that also means union leaders are accountable to their members.
Researchers and professors from across all Pitt campuses have voted to form a faculty union, according to a copy of an election returns document obtained by The Pitt News.

Pitt faculty vote to form union by wide margin

By Rebecca Johnson, Martha Layne, Jon Moss, and Alexandra Ross October 19, 2021
Researchers and professors from across all Pitt campuses voted resoundingly to form a faculty union, according to a copy of an election returns document obtained by The Pitt News.
Voting in Pitt’s faculty unionization election closed Tuesday evening. Eligible professors and researchers from all five Pitt campuses cast their vote on whether to unionize or not.

Faculty union organizers ‘optimistic’ as election draws to a close

By Katie Cassidy, Staff Writer October 12, 2021
More than five years after Pitt faculty began a union-organizing campaign, they will start to find out next week whether they succeeded in bringing a union to campus.
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