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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Faculty Story: Genna Miller, Economics

Faculty Story: Genna Miller, Economics

I’m joining with my colleagues to form a union because I believe that we deserve better job stability as contingent faculty. I’ve been teaching at Duke for 15 years as an adjunct, and each year I don’t know if I’ll be able to teach the following year. It doesn’t feel good to live with that uncertainty. After 15 years, I deserve better.

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Fact of the Week: Most new Duke faculty don’t have job security

Fact of the Week: Most new Duke faculty don’t have job security

Most new Duke faculty don’t have job security.

According to a Duke Academic Council report, “The faculty at Duke has grown by approximately one-third in the past decade, with the addition of far more non-tenure-track (67% increase) than tenure-track (11% increase) regular rank faculty.”

Source: Diversity Task Force, Report to the Academic Council Task Force on Diversity (May 2015), available at https://academiccouncil.duke.edu/sites/default/files/u6/AC-pdfs/14-15/DTF-Final-Draft-May-4-2015.pdf

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Letter to Duke Non-Tenure Track Faculty

Letter to Duke Non-Tenure Track Faculty

Letter to Duke Non-Tenure Track Faculty

Dear Colleague:

As members of Duke Teaching First, we are writing to invite you, a fellow non-tenure track faculty member, to help us make improvements on campus. As an organization comprised of non-tenure track faculty, our objective is to improve our working conditions while ensuring higher quality education. We are proud to be working to achieve this vision alongside our allies: students, alumni, staff, and tenured faculty.

Non-tenure track faculty members now comprise nearly half of the teaching staff at Duke. Last …

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