Updated Frequently Asked Questions

Updated Frequently Asked Questions

As we move closer to our election, we have updated our Frequently Asked Questions page. Here are the recent additions:

Who is eligible to vote in the upcoming election?
Non-regular rank faculty teaching this semester in the Trinity School of Arts and Sciences, the Center for Documentary Studies, and the Graduate School are eligible to vote in this election. We are also continuing to build support among non-tenure track, regular rank faculty. If you have not already joined the effort, the first step you can take is …

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FAQ: Who will be in charge of our union?

FAQ: Who will be in charge of our union?

We will make all the decisions for our own union. We will have officers and our own union contract approval of contracts will be decided by a majority vote, but all members can help shape our union through bargaining surveys, serving on committees, and electing officers. All of the proposals for our contract will come from us. And during the process of achieving a contract with the school, we will decide when the proposed contract is good enough to be ratified by a majority vote.

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FAQ: What have others achieved by forming a union?

FAQ: What have others achieved by forming a union?

Across the country, faculty have negotiated contracts that have won pay increases, the establishment or expansion of professional development funds, “just cause” clauses protecting members from arbitrary discipline or discharge, a defined rate of compensation in the event of course cancellation, among other improvements. Because this is our union, what we achieve in bargaining will reflect our priorities and issues specific to Duke University. Most importantly, forming a union will allow us to have a voice in determining our working conditions.

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FAQ: Why are Duke faculty forming a union?

FAQ: Why are Duke faculty forming a union?

Why are we forming a union?

Because we want to improve our working conditions and make sure teaching and scholarship are the priority at Duke. With our union, we will have a stronger, more unified voice for our profession. More than 40% of Duke faculty are off the tenure track. While we love teaching at Duke, there’s room for and access to professional development funds to keep up with advances in the field. We believe strongly that creating more equitable and predictable employment conditions for non-tenure track …

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