MEDIA ADVISORY: Steelworkers Sing to Support Adjunct Professors at Point Park University

Contact: Tony Montana at (412) 562-2592;

The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that a delegation of activists from its Leadership-Scholarship program will bring attention to ongoing, contentious negotiations between the administration of Point Park University and USW Local 1088, which represents the school’s part-time faculty.

Program participants from a wide range of USW-represented workplaces throughout North America will sing songs with lyrics they composed about the value of the adjunct faculty’s work for PPU at Village Park at the corner of Wood St. and the Boulevard of the Allies. The activists will distribute stickers and leaflets directing supporters to a petition calling on the administration to negotiate in good faith.

Point Park University has increased its tuition 48 percent over the past ten years, while instructional costs have actually declined with inflation. Part-time professors teach about half of the classes, yet make up 70 percent of the faculty and sometimes work up to four different jobs in order to make a living wage.

The USW represents 850,000 workers in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number in public sector, higher education, tech and service occupations.

ATTN ASSIGNMENT/EDITORS: Photo Opportunities, Interviews

WHO:  USW activists, staff, members and leaders; Point Park University faculty

WHAT:  Marching and singing to support a fair contract for USW Local 1088

WHEN:  11:30 a.m. - Friday, Oct. 7, 2022

WHERE:  Village Park – corner of Wood St. and the Boulevard of the Allies.

Press Inquiries

Media Contacts

Communications Director:
Jess Kamm at 412-562-6961

USW@WORK (USW magazine)
Editor R.J. Hufnagel

For industry specific inquiries,
Call USW Communications at 412-562-2442

Mailing Address

United Steelworkers
Communications Department
60 Blvd. of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA 15222