Faculty Negotiations Move Forward

Faculty Negotiations Move Forward

We organized our union for Duke faculty earlier this year in order to be recognized for our contributions as teachers and scholars to Duke and our students. We wanted to give voice to contingent faculty in order to no longer be treated as invisible, marginal, and low paid ‘gig’ employees.

We can report that we completed the first semester of negotiations for our first union contract, and we are making real progress. This week over 20 faculty members attended negotiations and made important …

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April 28th Info Sessions

April 28th Info Sessions

We have scheduled additional information sessions on Thursday, April 28 to review the collective bargaining process, and to discuss our bargaining priorities:

Bargaining Priorities Meeting: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Friedl 126
Bargaining Priorities Meeting: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm: Social Sciences 105
Bargaining Priorities Meeting: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm: Friedl 126

We will be joined by our chief negotiator Larry Alcoff. Please RSVP by sending an email to duketeachingfirst@gmail.com

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Complete the bargaining survey by April 28

Complete the bargaining survey by April 28

Regardless of how you voted in the election, it’s important that we all stand together at the bargaining table as we negotiate for improvements in our working conditions and our students’ learning conditions.

One of our first tasks is to negotiate a contract, and we are planning for this task now. The purpose of the bargaining survey is to better understand the concerns and needs of non-regular rank faculty. In order to determine our bargaining priorities, we need input from as many non-regular rank faculty as possible. Your …

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Bargaining information sessions

Bargaining information sessions

We hope our fellow non-regular rank faculty members will join us at one of the upcoming information sessions to review the collective bargaining process, and to discuss our bargaining priorities:

Friday, April 15th from 3:30 to 5:00 pm in Room 202 of the Branson Building/Brody Theater
Monday, April 18th from 4:00 to 5:30 pm in 0034 Biological Sciences

Please RSVP by sending an email to duketeachingfirst@gmail.com.

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Faculty Story: Jack Bookman, Mathematics

Faculty Story: Jack Bookman, Mathematics

From 1982-2012, I was a contingent faculty member at Duke University holding, at one time or another, all ranks from Instructor to Professor of the Practice. I strongly support the current effort to unionize non-tenure track faculty at Duke. While conditions for POPs at Duke have improved over the last 10 or so years, conditions for other non-tenure faculty (“tenuous” faculty, as a colleague of mine called himself) do not seem to have improved at all. POPs and, to a larger extent, other non-TT faculty …

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Faculty Story: Rann Bar-On, Mathematics

Faculty Story: Rann Bar-On, Mathematics

I have been at Duke since 2003, first as a PhD student, and now as teaching faculty. In all those years, it has been an honor to pursue my passion for teaching mathematics to bright, ambitious undergraduates from extremely diverse backgrounds.

As a lecturer in the Mathematics Department, I have been treated relatively well at Duke: I am paid enough to consider buying a house and raising a family in it, I have a five year contract, and I have been sponsored for an employment-based Green …

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Faculty Story: Rebecca Bach, Sociology

The situation for adjuncts is that of an underclass in the Duke system. Full professors at Duke are among the highest paid in the country. Assistant professors can start at over $100,000 per year. An adjunct who is paid to teach two courses a semester, a full teaching load in many departments, earns just $30,000 per year and has no benefits or job security. A union provides the only opportunity for contingent faculty to support ourselves and our families.

For Professor Bach’s story, and other stories from …

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Faculty Story: Alexander Motten, Biology

Faculty Story: Alexander Motten, Biology

A significant proportion of undergraduate teaching at Duke is carried out by non-tenure track faculty, but salaries, workloads, lengths of contract, and opportunities for advancement vary greatly. While many of us are no doubt well treated, others among us rightfully feel taken advantage of. My impression is that the University’s commitment to non-tenure track faculty as a group has diminished in recent years, and I would like to see that issue addressed so that our undergraduates can be assured of the high quality …

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Duke faculty vote yes!

Duke faculty vote yes!

In a landmark victory for non-tenured faculty across the country, Duke non-regular-rank faculty have voted overwhelmingly to join SEIU. On Friday, March 18, votes from the all-mail ballot election were counted at the Winston-Salem office of the National Labor Relations Board—yielding a resounding 174-29 tally in favor of a union.

Our victory marks the first faculty union election at a private university in the South in decades. The effort started last year when we formed Duke Teaching First to bring awareness about contingent faculty working conditions on campus. Now, we join over …

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Durham City Council Passes 7-0 Resolution Supporting Duke Faculty

Durham City Council Passes 7-0 Resolution Supporting Duke Faculty

On Thursday, the Durham City Council passed a resolution in support of non-tenure track faculty, endorsing our rights to improve our working conditions and to have a collective voice on campus without interference from the administration.

The resolution received unanimous support from members of the City Council and the Mayor.

The resolution is just another way students, full-time professors, community leaders and elected officials are coming together to support us as we help build a nationwide movement to improve standards for the profession.

“These faculty want to have a collective voice to help …

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