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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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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Take the Duke Faculty Survey

Take the Duke Faculty Survey

As non-tenure track faculty at Duke, we care deeply about our university, our students, and our disciplines. But we know from a survey released last semester that we lack the voice, respect, and transparency that we need. Among the results of the survey:

Only 3% of respondents felt that decision-making procedures at Duke are clear and transparent;
70% of respondents reported that Duke does not provide an opportunity for all faculty to have a voice in decisions made at our university;
67% felt that the senior leadership of …

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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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US Rep. Scott Peters supports Duke Teaching First

US Rep. Scott Peters supports Duke Teaching First

U.S. Representative Scott H. Peters, a Duke alum and parent of two Duke students, wrote to President Brodhead and Provost Kornbluth expressing his support for Duke Teaching First and calling for neutrality from the administration:

At Duke University and at campuses from coast to coast, contingent faculty members are an integral part of higher education today. They now teach a majority of college courses, and help prepare the next generation to actively participate in our democracy and our economy.

As an alumnus of Duke University, I was …

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Faculty diversity: An argument for a faculty union

Faculty diversity: An argument for a faculty union

What does faculty diversity have to do with our effort to form a union?

Zoe Willingham, a Trinity junior and the President of Duke United Students Against Sweatshops, explains in the Chronicle:

“[P]rofessors of color are more likely to be underpaid and experience job insecurity at Duke. Minority professors are more likely to be contingent faculty, non-tenure-track faculty that work without benefits or long term employment contracts. 54 percent of Hispanic faculty, 54 percent of Asian faculty and 52 percent of African American faculty are non-tenure track, …

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How we graded Duke’s “One-to-One” website

How we graded Duke’s “One-to-One” website

As professors, we’re trained to look for inaccuracies and correct biased information when our students turn in assignments. Sometimes, we even have to evaluate what our colleagues publish. So when we saw the administration’s new “One-to-One” website, we felt compelled to do just that: review it and make sure it provides unbiased and accurate information.

For example, we know that when we form our union, your relationship with your direct supervisor, provost or dean, is up to you and them. Our contract will set a floor, …

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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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