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Education Issue

Securing union representation presents unique challenges for exploited grad students

By India Krug, Jordana Rosenfeld and Jamie Wiggan

Graduate students at Pittsburgh universities are overworked and underpaid – but attempts to unionize have faced serious challenges.

Pat Healy has spent much of graduate school living paycheck to paycheck, sometimes only narrowly making rent. They earn about $10,000 each semester for teaching information science classes at the University of Pittsburgh, and their contract prevents them from taking on a second job...