News to Know

VOTE: Make a Plan

Facts Matter: So Does Your Vote

On April 11, 2019, Vice Provost Nathan Urban sent an email to eligible voters to set the record straight on a few key items.

You Asked, We Answer: Can a Union Do That?

On April 10, 2019, Vice Provost Nathan Urban sent a message to eligible voters answering questions about what would be covered by collective bargaining if a union were certified.

Supporting Pitt's International Community

On April 9, 2019, Vice Provost Nathan Urban sent an email reinforcing Pitt's support for international students and its international community.

Your Vote Matters!

On April 8, 2019, Vice Provost Nathan Urban sent an email to eligible voters reminding them that the election on April 15–18 is their one chance to vote on whether the United Steelworkers should represent Pitt graduate students.

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Reminder: Election Details

On April 15–18, 2019, Pitt graduate students will vote on whether they want to be represented by the United Steelworkers.

Who:
Pitt graduate teaching assistants, teaching fellows, graduate student assistants and graduate student researchers can vote in this election. Trainees and fellows cannot vote.

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

Polls are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

View the PLRB Election Order and list of eligible voters »

You Asked, We Answer: Collective Bargaining Agreements

On April 5, 2019, Vice Provost Nathan Urban sent an email to eligible voters answering questions about what a collective bargaining agreement might look like if a union is elected.

3 Things All STEM Students Should Know If a Union Is Certified

On April 4, 2019, Vice Provost Nathan Urban sent STEM students who are eligible to participate in the election an email outlining some important considerations about unionization.

You Asked, We Answer: Opting Out

On April 2, 2019, Vice Provost Nathan Urban sent a message to eligible voters answering the question of whether, if a union is elected, it is possible to opt out of a contract negotiated by the union.

Election Order

On April 1, 2019,  we received, and will be posting, the official election order from the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board (PLRB).

Two important facts about the election process:

  • Elections are by secret ballot. To learn more about how this is administered, go to the "How do I know my ballot is secret?" FAQ.
  • The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board will administer the election and oversee the voting at each polling place and the counting of votes.

Learn more about the PLRB’s regulations governing this process.

You Asked, We Answer: Stipends, Accommodations, and Unionization

On March 29, 2019, Vice Provost Nathan Urban sent an email to eligible voters answering questions about how a graduate student union might affect stipends and accommodations.

Information Session Follow-up

On March 27, 2019, Vice Provost Nathan Urban sent an email to all graduate students sharing answers to three of the most frequently asked questions from the March 26 Information Session about unionization and the election process.

Election Details

The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board has indicated that the graduate student union election will be held April 15–18, 2019. You can vote at two convenient locations on campus from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

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

Information Session

On Tuesday, March 26, Vice Provost Nathan Urban hosted an information session to answer questions about unionization and the election process.

The Information Session was live-streamed, and the recorded video is available for viewing on the Video: Information Session page.

Unionization is an important decision that could impact graduate education at Pitt. All graduate students who could be affected should know the facts. All eligible voters should vote.