Make a Plan to Vote

Here’s the deal: This election is a pivotal moment for you, your future and the future of graduate student education at Pitt. Be sure to get the facts. Make a plan. And vote!

Election Dates and Times

The polls are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day for four days:       

  • April 15–16: Posvar Hall, Room 2501
  • April 17–18: O’Hara Student Center, Second Floor Ballroom

Arrive Prepared

The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board (PLRB)—not the University or the United Steelworkers—is administering the election. Some PLRB policies and procedures to note before you vote:

Bring identification. The PLRB may ask for identification. A Pitt Student ID is fine!

Don’t leave without voting. If you think you are in the bargaining unit and your name is not on the PLRB’s list, you can still vote and your eligibility will be subject to a closer review.      

Check the box. To vote, you’ll grab a paper ballot, check the box of your choice and place the sheet in the completed ballot box. Want to arrive extra-prepared? View a sample ballot.  

Your vote is your business. Only you will know how you vote. Equally important: The University and the United Steelworkers will never know how individual students voted.

Travel arrangements included: We’re increasing shuttle service to help you and your classmates get to the polls. More details below! 

Attention international students: If you’re eligible to vote, you can—and should!—vote (no matter where you call home).

Majority rules: A simple majority (50% +1) will determine the future for all graduate students in the bargaining unit. One vote could decide the outcome. So…vote!  

Shuttle Service

In addition to our normal shuttle services, we’re adding two extra shuttles each day of the election to help students get to the polls.

What Happens Next

After the election, the PLRB will count the votes on April 26, 2019 and either certify the outcome of the election or determine if additional proceedings are necessary.

Questions or Concerns?  

Check out our FAQ, election process overview, and collective bargaining primer.

Still have questions? Send us an email!