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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NC House members stand with Duke faculty

NC House members stand with Duke faculty

Four members of the North Carolina House of Representatives—Verla Insko, Susan Fisher, Pricey Harrison, and Bobbi Richardson—have written to President Brodhead and Provost Kornbluth, expressing their support for Duke faculty organizing and asking the administration to take a neutral stance. We are grateful to receive ongoing support from our elected leaders.

Read their letter below, and click here to read more statements of support from public officials.

Dear President Brodhead and Provost Kornbluth:

North Carolina has long been known for its outstanding system of higher education. Between our public system and …

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Durham city leaders are standing with Duke faculty

Durham city leaders are standing with Duke faculty

As we move closer to forming our union, we are proud to have the support of Durham city leaders. Check out these statements of support. For more on community support for our organizing, go to OurDuke.org.

Jillian Johnson, Durham City Council and Duke Alumna

“I’m so happy to have the opportunity to support the growing faculty union at my alma mater, Duke University. Duke and Durham have a critical relationship, and what happens at Duke impacts so many of Durham’s families. I’m excited for this opportunity for faculty …

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Faith-Based Justice Council Supports Duke Faculty

Faith-Based Justice Council Supports Duke Faculty

The Justice Council of the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship has voted unanimously to support Duke Teaching First, joining a range of campus and community allies. The Justice Council’s resolution reads:

The Justice Council of the ERUUF strongly supports Duke contingent faculty’s right to organize a campaign to democratically decide whether to join a union as a way to strive for respect, fairness and representation at Duke.

We believe that Duke contingent faculty have legitimate concerns about how they are supported at Duke, thus affecting their abilities to provide responsible and …

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NC Council of Churches Director: Support Duke Faculty

As members of the Duke community, we’re honored to receive ongoing support from inside the university gates and beyond. This month, Jennifer Copeland, Executive Director of the North Carolina Council of Churches, wrote a letter to President Richard Brodhead calling for neutrality from the administration.

The letter reads:

Dear Dick,

In my new capacity as the Executive Director of the North Carolina Council of Churches, I have occasion to meet with and work on behalf of an interesting array of folks who are a force for social justice …

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How to order a “Duke Faculty Union” yard sign

How to order a “Duke Faculty Union” yard sign

Are you a supporter of Duke Teaching First?

The People’s Alliance has released new yard signs—”Another Family Supporting a Duke Faculty Union”—and one can be yours.

Click here to make a donation to the People’s Alliance and order a sign. 

 

 

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Meeting with Representative Price

Meeting with Representative Price

On November 13, leaders of Duke Teaching First, alongside tenure-track and graduate student allies, met with U.S. Congressman David Price. We talked about the campaign to raise standards for faculty and students at Duke—and at institutions of higher education across the country.

We look forward to continuing to talk to our elected officials about contingent teaching standards and the new faculty majority.

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Director of Duke-based non-profit urges administration to respect faculty’s rights to organize

Director of Duke-based non-profit urges administration to respect faculty’s rights to organize

Earlier today, Student Action with Farmworkers Executive Director Melinda Wiggins, a Duke-based non-profit organization, wrote a letter to President Brodhead and Provost Kornbluth, urging them to respect contingent faculty’s right to organize.

She has worked cooperatively with her employees’ union for more than a decade:

SAF has a union contract with IUE-CWA that covers non-management staff. As the director I am not covered by the contract but have participated in contract negotiations on behalf of management since we first signed in 2004. I have personally found the contract to …

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Faculty join national movement at symposium

Faculty join national movement at symposium

On Saturday, dozens of Duke contingent faculty joined with faculty from across the state in Raleigh for the North Carolina Faculty Symposium. Read the full press release below:

North Carolina Faculty Join National SEIU/Faculty Movement at Symposium

Statewide event comes during landmark faculty union campaign at Duke and a day after UNC President is named.

RALEIGH, N.C. — On Saturday, over 100 faculty from North Carolina colleges and universities across the state met in Raleigh to discuss the future of higher education in the state and how …

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