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Months after Penn residents formed Philly’s biggest new union in 50 years, Penn grad student workers

By Lizzy McLellan Ravitch

Graduate student workers at the University of Pennsylvania are seeking a union election, marking the third major organizing drive at the university in less than a year.

If they’re successful, they will have created a bargaining unit of 4,500 workers — the largest union to take shape in recent history at Penn, which employs more people in Philadelphia than any other business. It would also be the biggest new union in the city in at least 50 years.


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