Finalize your syllabus party Thurs 8/23

Finalize your syllabus party Thurs 8/23

Join us at the Ruby Lounge in the Rubenstein Arts Center on Thursday, August 23rd for coffee, donuts, and collegiality while you put the finishing touches on your syllabus! We’ll be there from 10am to 5pm. Stop by when you can and stay for as long as you like!

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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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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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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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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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