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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 28, 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.
Pitt’s Faculty Assembly met Wednesday to discuss the details of Pitt’s vaccine requirements and how the University would continue to keep all campuses safe from COVID-19.

Faculty Assembly discusses vaccine data, unionization vote at September meeting

By Betul Tuncer, Staff Writer September 2, 2021
Dr. John Williams, head of Pitt’s COVID-19 Medical Response Office, said Wednesday that with high vaccination numbers and the COVID-19 positivity rate at less than 1%, the University is in a “great place” for the start of the fall semester.
Demonstrators gather on the sidewalk outside of the City-County Building entrance calling for every vote to be counted in the 2020 election on Wednesday afternoon.

Protesters gather outside the City-County Building to protect votes

By Nathan Fitchett, Senior Staff Writer November 6, 2020
Two rallies were held at the City-County Building Downtown Wednesday afternoon looking to ensure that the presidential vote wasn’t called before all ballots are counted. Trump filed lawsuits in three swing states Wednesday to halt vote counting.
Pitt adjunct professor Aaron Bernstine has served as representative for the state House 10th District for the past two terms and most recently served on the House Commerce, Insurance, Health and Game and Fisheries committees.

Pitt adjunct professor retains House seat

By Martha Layne, Assistant News Editor November 4, 2020
Pitt adjunct professor Aaron Bernstine (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence) will keep his state House seat, despite his party calling for his resignation after a video of Bernstine encouraging his son to act inappropriately was released a few weeks ago.
Pa. ballots must be received by Friday at 5 p.m. and postmarked on or before Tuesday in order to be counted.

Ballot count continues in high-turnout election

By Betul Tuncer, For The Pitt News November 4, 2020
County boards of elections in Pennsylvania must receive mail-in ballots from voters by Friday at 5 p.m., and they must be postmarked on or before Tuesday in order to be counted.
Chalk art on the sidewalk outside the McKee Place fire station urges people to vote.

Oakland voters show up in force to cast ballots

By The Pitt News Staff November 4, 2020
Voters cast their ballots for their presidential and local candidates of choice, as well as stating their position on a charter amendment that, if passed, would require police officers to cooperate with investigations conducted by Pittsburgh’s independent Citizen Police Review Board.
Priya Gupta voted for the first time this year but had to track down a missing ballot after it was lost in the mail on the way from New Jersey to Pittsburgh.

First-time voters feel empowered, frustrated leading up to Election Day

By Thea Barrett, Staff Writer October 28, 2020
Priya Gupta is one of the 24 million Gen Z voters who will have the opportunity to vote on Election Day. Some first-time voters at Pitt described their thought process leading up to the election and the issues that sway them the most.
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall is one of the largest polling locations in Allegheny County.

A Pitt student’s guide to voting

By Nathan Fitchett, Staff Writer October 19, 2020
Voters in Pennsylvania have the potential to decide the outcome of one of the most important swing states in the country. With deadlines quickly approaching, it’s helpful to know exactly how to make your vote count.
Pitt for Biden is a new student group focused on turning out the vote for the 2020 Democratic presidential ticket.

‘Stanning,’ not ‘settling’: Pitt for Biden works to mobilize students on campus

By Rashi Ranjan, Staff Writer October 11, 2020
Founded in April as a branch of the Students for Biden program, Pitt for Biden educates students on Biden’s policies, hosts discussions with political figures and helps new voters register and feel confident in the process.
The Black senate hosted the Thursday night workshop in hopes of better engaging Pitt’s Black student population in the upcoming Nov. 3 election.

‘Put our vote where our mouth is’: Black Senate hosts voter registration workshop

By Nathan Fitchett, Staff Writer October 9, 2020
Destiny Mann, president of the Black Senate and vice president of the Black Action Society, urged students at a virtual voter registration workshop to make their voices heard come election day.
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