April 17, 2019

Dear STEM Students,

Earlier this month, I wrote to you about three things STEM students should know before the election.

The cut-to-the-chase recap?    
Unionizing—and shifting representation to the United Steelworkers—could impact your research opportunities, your hours, your individualized academic experience and your stipend.

Students have also written to me to share their serious concerns about unionization. With their permission, we compiled them to share directly with you.

This week’s election is your chance to vote on unionization and help shape the future of graduate school education at Pitt.

That’s because, once a union is certified, there’s no opting out—even if you choose not to join or pay dues.

So, if you haven’t made it to the polls: Get the facts. Make a plan. Then walk or shuttle over to the O’Hara Student Center Ballroom between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. this Wednesday or Thursday and vote. 


Nathan Urban
Vice Provost for Graduate Studies

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