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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

A United Steelworkers Union sign at West Mifflin Monday afternoon.

Video: President Biden visits steelworkers union in Pittsburgh

By Jaime Ely, Multimedia Editor 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.
President Joe Biden speaks at West Mifflin Monday afternoon for the Labor Day holiday.

President Biden touts the strength of unions, labor at Labor Day event in West Mifflin

By Punya Bhasin, News Editor September 6, 2022
In front of a crowd of about 100 members of a local United Steelworkers union in West Mifflin, President Joe Biden complimented organized labor on Labor Day and called out “extreme MAGA republicans” for putting democracy at stake.
Op-Ed | Why I Oppose Unionization: An Open Letter to My Colleagues

Op-Ed | Why I Oppose Unionization: An Open Letter to My Colleagues

I agree that faculty should have significant say in the conditions of their workplace. Our system of shared governance already provides this.
Op-Ed | A faculty union means a better University for Pitt students

Op-Ed | A faculty union means a better University for Pitt students

My colleagues and I want nothing more than to collaborate with the administration to address problems like these and make Pitt a stronger institution. With our union, we’ll be able to have those discussions as equals.
Pitt’s Office of University Counsel paid Philadelphia-based Ballard Spahr, a “union avoidance” law firm, $1,071,573 in fees between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019, to provide legal support during the separate graduate student and faculty campaigns for unionization.

Pitt’s bill for ‘union avoidance’ law firm passes $1 million

By Jon Moss, News Editor January 12, 2020
A “union avoidance” law firm continues to receive a large windfall of legal fees from Pitt, recently passing $1 million, according to University financial disclosure reports.
Pitt grad student union organizers, in conjunction with United Steelworkers, projected their campaign logo on the Cathedral last year.

Labor board affirms Pitt grad students have right to unionize

By Brian Gentry, Joanna Li, and Emily Wolfe March 7, 2019
The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board ruled Thursday that Pitt’s graduate student employees are entitled to unionize, a step forward in graduate students’ multi-year battle to form a union.
Union supporters deliver letters from elected officials supporting the union to Chancellor Patrick Gallagher Tuesday. (Photo by Janine Faust / Contributing Editor)

Editorial: On union, University should stay on sidelines

By The Pitt News Editorial Board September 14, 2017

The push to unionize grad students at the University, while in the works since the beginning of 2016, has heated up significantly in the past few months. When Pitt graduate students arrived in the common...

The Pitt administration is against the formation of a grad student union, an effort United Steelworkers is involved in. (Photo via Flickr Commons)

Grad students continue push for union

By Janine Faust | Senior Staff Writer June 21, 2017

Some Pitt graduate students have been buckling down these past six months on something other than master and doctoral degrees. The Graduate Student Organizing Committee — a group that advocates for...

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