University of Pittsburgh faculty members file unfair labor practice complaint against university administration
Faculty members at the University of Pittsburgh have filed an unfair labor practice charge against the university. Three thousand faculty members at Pitt are represented by the United Steelworkers union, and the union began representing faculty over two years ago. A union contract has not been reached in the past two years, and the union states that Pitt is not lawfully bargaining. Every union proposal has taken months for the university administration to address, with the longest response time being fourteen months. The union filed the complaint with the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board, with the claim that the university is prolonging negotiations. The two parties are expected to meet and negotiate throughout the rest of December. Some measures that the union is seeking is a wage floor for full-time faculty members starting at $60,000, as well as pay raises.