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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Graduate students deliver petition for neutrality

Graduate students deliver petition for neutrality

On Friday, a delegation of Duke graduate students delivered a petition to the Provost’s office—with more than 200 signatures—calling on the administration not to interfere in our efforts to form our union.

The petition reads:

“Yes, I support the Duke contingent faculty union!”

Dear President Brodhead and Provost Kornbluth,

We, the undersigned members of the Duke University Graduate School, are writing to express our support for Duke Teaching First and its decision to form a union with Faculty Forward. We share their view that adjuncts and other contingent …

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We have our election dates!

We have our election dates!

We are pleased to announce the dates for our union election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). In this upcoming union election, the eligible participants are non-regular rank faculty teaching this semester in the Trinity School of Arts and Sciences, the Center for Documentary Studies, and the Graduate School.

The NLRB will send mail-in ballots to your home address on March 3rd and will count them at their offices in Winston-Salem on March 18th. To commit to vote yes, and to ensure that the …

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Take the Duke Faculty Survey

Take the Duke Faculty Survey

As non-tenure track faculty at Duke, we care deeply about our university, our students, and our disciplines. But we know from a survey released last semester that we lack the voice, respect, and transparency that we need. Among the results of the survey:

Only 3% of respondents felt that decision-making procedures at Duke are clear and transparent;
70% of respondents reported that Duke does not provide an opportunity for all faculty to have a voice in decisions made at our university;
67% felt that the senior leadership of …

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FAQ: Who will be in charge of our union?

FAQ: Who will be in charge of our union?

We will make all the decisions for our own union. We will have officers and our own union contract approval of contracts will be decided by a majority vote, but all members can help shape our union through bargaining surveys, serving on committees, and electing officers. All of the proposals for our contract will come from us. And during the process of achieving a contract with the school, we will decide when the proposed contract is good enough to be ratified by a majority vote.

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Students, parents, faculty, alums: Join 800 others to call for neutrality

Students, parents, faculty, alums: Join 800 others to call for neutrality

So far, more than 800 Duke undergrad students, grad students, parents, tenure-track faculty, and alumni have signed onto a statement calling for the administration to take a neutral stance toward Duke Teaching First.

You can join them. To sign a statement, click on the form that corresponds with your position:

Undergraduate student
Graduate student
Tenured or tenure-track faculty member
Alum

 

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US Rep. Scott Peters supports Duke Teaching First

US Rep. Scott Peters supports Duke Teaching First

U.S. Representative Scott H. Peters, a Duke alum and parent of two Duke students, wrote to President Brodhead and Provost Kornbluth expressing his support for Duke Teaching First and calling for neutrality from the administration:

At Duke University and at campuses from coast to coast, contingent faculty members are an integral part of higher education today. They now teach a majority of college courses, and help prepare the next generation to actively participate in our democracy and our economy.

As an alumnus of Duke University, I was …

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Take our new faculty survey

Take our new faculty survey

Across the country, the past few decades have seen a dramatic shift away from investment in educators and affordable, accessible higher education for students. Duke University isn’t immune from these trends. It’s up to us as faculty to come together and do something about it—and your story is important.

To this end, we’ve released a confidential survey that should only 5 to 10 minutes to complete. Your responses are vital to understanding the working conditions of faculty at Duke University. Take the survey here.

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