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 responsive teaching to their students.

We believe that Duke contingent faculty make significant contributions to Duke as an institution, to their students, and to the Durham community, and deserve to have a significant voice in deliberations on institutional policies that affect them and their teaching responsibilities.

We believe that they have the right to organize an effort, following applicable labor laws, free from practical or rhetorical interference by Duke Administration, that will democratically determine whether and how Duke contingent faculty want to organize such a union.

We base our resolution on two Unitarian Universalist principles:

  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations.

As a faith-based organization, we are mindful of Duke University’s own relationship with the United Methodist Church, a religious order known for its steadfast dedication to workers rights.

In fact, official United Methodist Church policy affirms the denomination’s commitment to “support the right of all public and private employees and employers to organize for collective bargaining into unions.”

We urge you to take this policy seriously, and publicly affirm a neutral stance toward faculty unionization.

Sincerely,

Justice Council of the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

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