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PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pennsylvania labor board has ruled graduate students in Pittsburgh can hold an election to join a union.

The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board sided with the University of Pittsburgh graduate assistants who are affiliated with the United Steelworkers in the ruling announced Thursday. The United Steelworkers representatives argue the ruling demonstrates that 2,000 teaching assistants, teaching fellows, graduate assistants and graduate student researchers are university employees and entitled to seek union representation.

The university said in a statement that it is disappointed with the ruling and it is evaluating options.

The university, Steelworkers and PLRB will determine when the union election will take place.

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