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Faculty union organizers up in arms after Pitt’s administration rejects Labor Board subpoena

Faculty union organizers up in arms after Pitt’s administration rejects Labor Board subpoena

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

July 19, 2019

After ruling June 18 that the size of the bargaining unit for Pitt’s faculty union was under review, the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board ordered Pitt to turn over several pieces of information to faculty union organizers — most notably, a list of faculty eligible to be in the potential bargaining unit.

PLRB orders hearing on faculty union complaint

PLRB orders hearing on faculty union complaint

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

June 18, 2019

Faculty union organizers faced a major setback when the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board ruled in April they failed to collect enough signed authorization cards to prompt a union election.

Faculty union organizers appeal PLRB decision

Faculty union organizers appeal PLRB decision

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

April 25, 2019

A years-long effort to unionize more than 3,500 Pitt faculty appeared to have failed last Wednesday when the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board, or PLRB, ruled that organizers failed to collect enough signed authorization cards from eligible faculty to prompt a union election.

No hearing for Pitt faculty union, organizers plan appeal

No hearing for Pitt faculty union, organizers plan appeal

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

April 18, 2019

The state labor relations board ruled Thursday that faculty organizers fell short in their efforts to collect signed authorization cards from faculty. Organizers plan to appeal the decision.

Faculty braces for Pitt’s union “stalling tactics”

Faculty braces for Pitt’s union “stalling tactics”

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

April 4, 2019

With at least six months until Pitt organizers’ third attempt at a faculty union, Pitt administration and faculty are deep in a debate over the merits of unionization. Faculty say they’re gearing up for a battle.

Pitt faculty see future in union

Pitt faculty see future in union

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

February 6, 2019

To most passersby, the fliers, posters and comics adorning the office doors in the narrow corridors on the fourth floor of the Cathedral of Learning blend in with the rest of campus. But for Tyler McAndrew, a visiting lecturer in the English department and prominent faculty union organizer, the posters th...

Pitt faculty file for union election

Pitt faculty file for union election

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

January 18, 2019

Faculty filed for a union election with the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board on Friday, with the aim of forming a union that would cover more than 3,000 faculty across Pitt’s five campuses.

Faculty show support for unionization

Faculty show support for unionization

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

January 23, 2018

Jennifer Lee, a senior English lecturer at Pitt for the last two decades, said it was luck and allies in the tenure faculty that got her the job she currently holds — and she remembers realizing how privileged she was compared to faculty who don’t have those benefits. “My very good friend and colleague — who...

Faculty union organizers to begin signing cards

Faculty union organizers to begin signing cards

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

January 19, 2018

Pitt’s Faculty Union Organizing Committee announced Wednesday on Facebook that it will begin asking faculty members to sign union authorization cards at a kickoff celebration Monday, Jan 22, in the William Pitt Union Ballroom. The event is co-hosted by the Pitt Progressives. Pitt faculty and gradu...

Pitt faculty, grads present political support for unions

Pitt faculty, grads present political support for unions

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

September 13, 2017

As grad students and faculty gathered outside Chancellor Patrick Gallagher’s door in the Cathedral of Learning Tuesday afternoon, a Pitt police officer cut a path to the front and addressed the crowd. “Who’s in charge here? Where’s your leader?” he asked the people clutching signs and came...

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