The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

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

Starbucks workers strike during Red Cup Day on Forbes Avenue on Nov. 16.

Forbes and Atwood Starbucks workers unanimously vote to unionize

By Bella Markovitz, Senior Staff Writer May 22, 2024
Baristas at the Forbes and Atwood Starbucks voted 10-0 to unionize last Wednesday, making it the 15th unionized Starbucks location in Pittsburgh.
People walk past the Fox School of Business on the Temple University campus in Philadelphia, Friday, April 16, 2021.

Editorial | We stand with Temple’s striking graduate students

By The Pitt News Editorial Board February 13, 2023
At the end of January, graduate students at Temple University — a school with about 10,000 graduate students — took to the street to peacefully demand better benefits. Their efforts were met with increasing resistance from the university, which withheld tuition and health care benefits for about 100 graduate students on strike.
Pitt Faculty Union flyers on a campus table.

Solidarity, serenity and slow negotiations: Faculty look back on year since unionization

By Jack Troy, Senior Staff Writer October 28, 2022
The PLRB certified the Pitt faculty union’s landslide election victory one year ago as of Friday. Since then, faculty have changed from advisors in a shared governance system to legal equals in slow and, at times, publicly bitter contract talks with administration. The very existence of negotiations, however strained, gives Melinda Ciccocioppo “a real sense of serenity.”
Pitt faculty protest on the steps of Posvar Hall for a fair contract on Thursday afternoon.

Faculty union protests outside bargaining room, talks job security and fair contracts

By Punya Bhasin, News Editor October 27, 2022
More than 150 faculty members showed up today, with signs and in song, on the steps of Posvar Hall to demand one thing — a fair contract.

VIDEO: President Biden visits steelworkers union in Pittsburgh

September 6, 2022
President Joe Biden complimented unions and called out “extreme MAGA Republicans” for putting democracy at stake to a crowd of about 100 members of a local United Steelworkers union in West Mifflin on Monday.
Starbucks at Amos Hall on Fifth Avenue.

Amos Hall Starbucks votes to unionize in a landslide

By Jack Troy, Senior Staff Writer May 6, 2022
Workers at the Amos Hall Starbucks unionized Friday in a 10-3 vote. Following the NLRB’s certification of the results, the union can elect a bargaining committee and begin contract negotiations with company representatives.
The outside of the Amos Starbucks.

‘Put their money where their mouth is’: Oakland Starbucks workers fight to unionize

By Punya Bhasin, Assistant News Editor April 19, 2022
When Sam Knapp, a shift supervisor at the Amos Hall Starbucks, saw that his employees’ wellness was deteriorating, he decided to take action and sent a message to Workers United.
Starbucks at Amos Hall on Fifth Avenue.

NLRB to mail union ballots for Amos Hall Starbucks, tally results on May 6

By Colm Slevin, Senior Staff Writer April 17, 2022
The National Labor Relations Board will mail ballots this Thursday to Starbucks employees deciding whether to unionize the coffee chain’s Amos Hall location on Pitt’s campus. The board will then count the ballots on May 6.
Coffee Tree Roasters employees Jordy Vargas, center, and Madisyn Emley listen to employee Kiora Treadwell speak. Shown during the Coffee Tree Union rally Sunday morning outside of the company’s Shadyside location on Walnut Street.

‘Union town’: Coffee Tree employees rally the day before unionization vote begins

By Clare Sheedy, Contributing Editor January 30, 2022
A crowd of over 50 people gathered Sunday at the Coffee Tree Roasters location in Shadyside to show their support for employee unionization efforts a day before the union vote.
Opinion | Students should pay attention to Pitt unionization efforts

Opinion | Students should pay attention to Pitt unionization efforts

By India Krug, Senior Staff Columnist September 29, 2021
Unionization would give Pitt faculty the ability to collectively bargain and advocate for improving pay, health policies, job security, workload and transparency from administrators — issues that have become glaring in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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