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SGB passes resolution backing proposed PLRB grad union ruling

A resolution proposed by board member Eric Macadangdang calling on support for University labor and rights to organize without unlawful intrusion passed at last night’s meeting. It comes about a month after Pitt filed an exception to a ruling proposed by the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board on Sept. 18, halting its orders.

By Emily Drzymalski, Staff Writer

November 20, 2019

Student Government Board unanimously passed a resolution at its Tuesday night meeting calling on support for University labor and rights to organize without unlawful intrusion.

Pitt files exception to proposed grad union ruling

Hearing Examiner Stephen Helmerich said Pitt committed “coercive acts” leading up to the April grad student unionization vote.

By Jon Moss, Assistant News Editor

October 8, 2019

Pitt filed an exception Tuesday to a proposed ruling by the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board.

Grad union organizers ready campaign for second election

Union organizer Kim Garrett addresses the crowd at Bernie Sanders’ rally in Schenley Plaza in April.

By Jon Moss, Assistant News Editor

September 24, 2019

Just days after a Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board official ruled that Pitt committed unfair labor practices during April’s graduate student union election and ordered a new election, union organizers said they are gearing up for a second election sometime this semester.

PLRB hears grad student union election objection in downtown hearing

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

By Vaibhav Gupta, Staff Writer

May 15, 2019

Nestled in a small office in downtown’s Piatt Place building, a group of lawyers debated the future of Pitt graduate student unionization Tuesday and Wednesday.

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.

Grad students vote against unionization, organizers reissue call for new election

The Pitt graduate student union election results were announced on April 26.

By Jon Moss and Neena Hagen

May 3, 2019

The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board officially declared Friday morning that the majority of graduate students at Pitt voted against unionization in the April 15-18 election.

Pitt faculty file for union election

University of Pittsburgh faculty unionizers make an appearance at the People’s Pride parade in June 2018. (Photo by Jon Kunitsky | Staff Photographer)

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.

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