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Part 3 | Faculty union organizers’ next steps

Part 3 | Faculty union organizers’ next steps

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

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

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?

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

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

October 15, 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

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

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

October 15, 2019

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

Pitt files exception to proposed grad union ruling

Pitt files exception to proposed grad union ruling

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

Grad union organizers ready campaign for second election

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.

Labor official: Pitt website, department chair email involved in unfair practices

Labor official: Pitt website, department chair email involved in unfair practices

By Emily Wolfe, News Editor

September 19, 2019

Unless the board files an exception to Helmerich’s ruling — it has 20 days to do so, in accordance with PLRB regulations — graduate students will soon vote again on the union question.

PLRB rules Pitt committed unfair labor practices, orders new grad union election

PLRB rules Pitt committed unfair labor practices, orders new grad union election

By Janine Faust, Editor-in-chief

September 18, 2019

Hearing Examiner Stephen Helmerich said in his hearing that Pitt committed “coercive acts” leading up to the vote in April about whether or not graduate students should join the Academic Workers Association of the United Steelworkers, where the outcome was 675 for a union and 712 against.

Student organizers confident as unionization decision nears

Student organizers confident as unionization decision nears

By Erica Guthrie, Assistant News Editor

August 26, 2019

Pitt and the graduate student organizers trying to establish a union at the University took their final legal step last week before the state labor board determines whether or not the University engaged in unfair labor practices during the elections held last spring.

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.

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