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Editorial: NLRB unionization proposal is a step backwards

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 23, 2019

This new proposal is a bleak reminder of just how difficult unionization really is, and just how far we still have to go.

Editorial | Everyday is Labor Day

Editorial | Everyday is Labor Day

By Pitt News Editorial Board

September 2, 2019

Since the Labor Day’s establishment in 1894, labor itself has evolved into something more complex than simply the unionization of nine-to-five white-collar workers and advocacy for safe working conditions.

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.

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...

Editorial: Trump defies bipartisanship for border fiction

Editorial: Trump defies bipartisanship for border fiction

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 6, 2019

Despite the triumphs made in the last year, Trump’s address only further displayed eagerness to use falsehoods to stoke fear and xenophobic anger to accomplish his political ends.

Pitt service workers to be affected by SCOTUS decision

Pitt service workers to be affected by SCOTUS decision

By Christian Snyder | Editor in Chief

May 30, 2018

Aliyya Lee had just worked from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. before stopping to meet her coworker Pam Johnston at Panera on Forbes Avenue. After passionately describing to me what’s at stake over 200 miles away as nine Supreme Court justices debate a labor union case, the pair left to defend unionized employ...

Pitt to challenge grad student union election petition

Pitt to challenge grad student union election petition

By Janine Faust and John Hamilton / TPN Staff

March 15, 2018

Pitt administrators have told the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board they plan challenge the graduate student petition to hold a union election, organizers said Wednesday. Pitt will look to convince the board that graduate students aren't employees. The labor board in February ruled that graduate students at Penn...

Union will re-open tomorrow after water line break

Union will re-open tomorrow after water line break

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

January 7, 2018

A water line broke in the William Pitt Union Sunday morning, flooding some of the bottom two floors. But the building will re-open Monday morning, as scheduled, according to a Tweet from Pitt. https://twitter.com/jham1496/status/950049243254984706 Water seemed to be coming from above the Union...

Pitt grad students file for union election

Pitt grad students file for union election

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

December 15, 2017

Graduate students at Pitt filed for a union election Friday, indicating that at least 30 percent of Pitt grad students have signed union cards. Students delivered union cards to the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board in Harrisburg Friday afternoon. An election could take place early next year if Pitt...

GOP tax plan threatens grad students the most

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 the early hours of Dec. 1, the Senate passed the GOP’s latest plan — a draft riddled with last-minute revisions scribbled in its margins — just ho...

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