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Pitt Faculty Files For Union Election

Published Tuesday, January 22, 2019
by Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor-PittNews
Pitt Faculty Files For Union Election

(PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA) - University of Pittsburgh Faculty have filed for a Union Election with the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board, with the aim of forming a Union that would cover more than 3,000 Faculty across Pitt’s five campuses.

According to a press release from the United Steelworkers (USW), which is aiding the Unionization effort, the Organizing Faculty want more academic freedom and transparency from Pitt Administration and hope to address “concerns about pay and job security for Adjunct and Part-Time Faculty.”

Since last January, the Pitt Faculty Organizing Committee has collected confidential, signed Union Cards from 3,500 Full- and Part-Time Faculty.

If the university agrees to the terms of the filing, it will provide the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board with a list of the card filers, which the Board will use to verify at least 30% of eligible Faculty and Staff have signed cards.  If at least 30% of eligible Faculty and Staff have signed cards, the PLRB will work with both parties to determine a date for a Union Election.

If an election is held, a majority of Pitt faculty must vote in favor of Unionization in order to form a Union of Pitt Faculty.

The union would be affiliated with the Academic Workers Association, a division of the USW.

The move comes more than a year after Pitt’s Grad Students filed their own petition with the State Labor Board in December 2017.

Pitt disputed the petition, arguing Graduate Students are not Employees.

Negotiations are ongoing.

Pitt Faculty have attempted to Unionize before, most recently in 1996, when organizers failed to gather cards from a majority of Faculty Members.

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