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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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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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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Student Voice: Casey Stanton, Divinity School

Student Voice: Casey Stanton, Divinity School

Casey Stanton, a student at the Divinity School, says why she supports Duke Teaching First:

I was encouraged that the Divinity School General Student Body Meeting voted unanimously to endorse our contingent faculty who are forming a union. The campaign to raise standards on our campus will benefit all faculty and students.

Earlier in the Fall, the General Student Body of Duke Divinity School voted unanimously to endorse the campaign.

Are you a current undergraduate student, graduate student, or alum? Sign a statement of support for Duke faculty …

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What to expect from administrators—from faculty who have formed unions already

What to expect from administrators—from faculty who have formed unions already

Since 37,000 faculty have already voted to form their union with SEIU Faculty Forward, we know what to expect from the administration.

For one, John Barry, a faculty member from the Maryland Institute College of Art, suggests taking Provost Sally Kornbluth at her word: Faculty should take union efforts seriously. “Duke’s Provost suggests that all faculty should study the ‘implications’ of union representation carefully,” he says. “They should take her advice and go straight to the source. There are plenty of unionized contingent faculty across the country—myself …

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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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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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