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Pitt’s Graduate and Professional Student Government is showing its appreciation this week for grad students this year with its annual graduate and professional student appreciation week.

GPSG shows appreciation for grad students through week of events

By Nathan Fitchett, Senior Staff Writer April 4, 2021
Pitt’s Graduate and Professional Student Government is kicking off a week of virtual events for its annual Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week on Monday. These events are designed to show appreciation for grad students.
Pitt’s Office of University Counsel paid Philadelphia-based Ballard Spahr $881,069 in fees between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020 to contest simultaneous but separate unionization attempts by faculty and graduate students.

Pitt spends additional $881K on ‘union avoidance’ law firm, pushing total over $2M

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer January 29, 2021
Ballard Spahr, a “union avoidance” law firm, received roughly $881,000 from Pitt between July 2019 and June 2020. Pitt has now paid the firm more than $2 million since grad student and faculty unionization efforts kicked off in 2016.
The Pitt graduate student union election results were announced on April 26.

Grad student unionization vote declared inconclusive

By Neena Hagen , Senior Staff Writer April 26, 2019

The Pitt Graduate Student Organizing Committee’s three-year unionization campaign led to a final vote last week meant to determine whether or not the university's graduate student population wanted a...

Grad students will vote on whether or not to establish a union between April 15 and 18.

Grad students to vote on unionization this week

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer April 14, 2019
After several years of campaigning, rallying and dealing with University opposition, Pitt’s graduate students will vote on whether or not to form a union this week.
(Illustration by Liam McFadden | Staff Illustrator)

GOP tax plan threatens grad students the most

By Maggie Durwald | Columnist December 7, 2017

The Republican Party has once again proven itself to be an enemy of science and higher education — this time in the form of its new tax plan, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. With a vote of 51-49 during...

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