Scholarship for children of SEIU Southern Region members available

Scholarship for children of SEIU Southern Region members available

The Abercrombie Dameron Scholarship awards $1,000 to support the children of SEIU Southern Region members (like Duke Faculty Union members) to attend college or university. For more information and to receive an application, download this PDF and return to the address listed by May 31, 2018.

The award is named for Emma Dameron and E.L. Abercrombie, longtime union members. Selection is based on academic achievement, extra-curricular involvement and citizenship. An essay is required. Recommendations for the scholarship are made by a panel of professional educators who volunteer …

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Info Sessions: Jan 25/26

Have you heard about the new professional development funds available to the Duke Faculty Union? Do you know about other benefits and protections that are available to you?

Stop by office hours on Thursday or Friday (locations and times below) this week to pick up a copy of the CBA (collective bargaining agreement), ask questions, and even sign up to be a member!

Off Campus | Mad Hatter Cafe

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday and Friday

West Campus | The Perk Cafe

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday …

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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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