Updates

Nisi Order of Certification: October 28, 2021

View the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board's Nisi Order of Certification for the faculty unit. 


Faculty Unionization Election Vote Results: October 19, 2021

We have always maintained that this is a faculty matter and a faculty decision and are evaluating next steps. While the formation of a faculty union may change how our community works together, it will not change our longstanding commitment to partnering with faculty members to advance their pursuits of excellence in teaching, scholarship and research.


FINAL REMINDER: Ballots Due October 12: October 6, 2021

Dear Colleagues,

On August 27, the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board (PLRB) mailed ballots to eligible voters to participate in the election to determine if Pitt’s faculty will be represented by the United Steelworkers. (The list of eligible voters who should have received ballots is attached to the election order.)

Ballots are due back to the PLRB on or before Tuesday, October 12, 2021. Ballots received by the PLRB after that date will not be counted, regardless of when they are postmarked.

If you have concerns about mail delivery times, and in consideration of the Oct. 11 Columbus Day federal holiday, we encourage you to mail your ballot right away.

Questions on topics such as eligibility to vote, how eligibility was determined, and the election are addressed at Your Questions Answered and The Election Process.

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Update: Return Your Ballot: October 12 Deadline: September 30, 2021

A Message from Vice Provost Lu-in Wang 

Dear Colleagues,

On August 27, the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board (PLRB) mailed ballots to eligible voters to participate in the election to determine if Pitt’s faculty will be represented by the United Steelworkers.

If you believe you are eligible to vote but have not received a ballot by mail, please contact the PLRB by emailing katowens@pa.gov to request a ballot. (The list of eligible voters who should be receiving ballots is attached to the election order.)

Ballots are due back to the PLRB on or before Tuesday, October 12, 2021. Ballots received by the PLRB after that date will not be counted, regardless of when they are postmarked.

Questions on topics such as eligibility to vote, how eligibility was determined, and the election are addressed at Your Questions Answered and The Election Process.

Read the message in the email format »


Update: Important Reminder! Vote and Return Your Ballot!: September 24, 2021

A Message from Vice Provost Lu-in Wang 

Dear Colleagues,

On August 27, the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board (PLRB) mailed ballots to eligible voters to participate in the election to determine if Pitt’s faculty will be represented by the United Steelworkers.

If you believe you are eligible to vote but have not received a ballot by mail, please contact the PLRB by emailing katowens@pa.gov to request a ballot. (The list of eligible voters who should be receiving ballots is attached to the election order.)

Ballots are due back to the PLRB on or before Tuesday, October 12, 2021. Ballots received by the PLRB after that date will not be counted, regardless of when they are postmarked.

Questions on topics such as eligibility to vote, how eligibility was determined, and the election are addressed at Your Questions Answered and The Election Process.

Read the message in the email format »


Update: Faculty Election Ballots Mailing Soon: August 25, 2021

A Message from Vice Provost Lu-in Wang 

Dear Pitt Faculty Members,

On August 27, 2021, the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board (PLRB) will mail ballots to eligible voters to participate in the election to determine if Pitt’s faculty will be represented by the United Steelworkers. The list of eligible voters who should be receiving ballots is attached to the election order.

If you are on the eligible voters list, please look for your ballot to arrive soon. Once you receive it, please follow the instructions provided to complete your ballot, and mail the ballot back to the PLRB in time for it to arrive on or before Tuesday, October 12, 2021. Please note that ballots received by the PLRB after that date will not be counted, regardless of when they are postmarked. No postage is necessary when using the return envelope.

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Faculty Election Information: July 22, 2021

A Message from Vice Provost Lu-in Wang 

Dear Pitt Faculty Members,

As anticipated, on Friday, July 16, 2021, the University received official word that the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board (PLRB) will conduct an election by mail to determine if Pitt’s faculty will be represented by the United Steelworkers.

The University has always been clear that the question of faculty unionization is a decision for faculty members to make. We will continue to keep community members updated about the election procedures established by the PLRB to help to ensure all faculty members have the information they need to vote.

This is a consequential choice, and while the University has no position on what the outcome should be, we encourage voters to consider the matter seriously and to participate. The PLRB will mail ballots to all eligible voters on Friday, August 27, and ballots must be returned by 5 p.m. on Tuesday October 12, 2021. Ballots received by the PLRB after that point will not be counted, regardless of when they are postmarked.

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Faculty Election Order: July 16, 2021

As anticipated, this afternoon the University of Pittsburgh received notification of the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board’s order for a faculty union election. The election will be held by mail. The PLRB will mail ballots to all eligible voters on Friday, August 27, and ballots must be returned by Tuesday, October 12, 2021. 

The University has always been clear that the question of faculty unionization is a faculty decision, and we will continue to keep all community members updated about the process.