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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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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Faculty join national movement at symposium

Faculty join national movement at symposium

On Saturday, dozens of Duke contingent faculty joined with faculty from across the state in Raleigh for the North Carolina Faculty Symposium. Read the full press release below:

North Carolina Faculty Join National SEIU/Faculty Movement at Symposium

Statewide event comes during landmark faculty union campaign at Duke and a day after UNC President is named.

RALEIGH, N.C. — On Saturday, over 100 faculty from North Carolina colleges and universities across the state met in Raleigh to discuss the future of higher education in the state and how …

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SEIU President meets Duke Teaching First leaders

SEIU President meets Duke Teaching First leaders

On Friday, October 9, members of the Duke Teaching First organizing committee met with SEIU president Mary Kay Henry along with a dozen contingent faculty from Appalachian State University, East Carolina State University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, and UNC–Chapel Hill.

The event—which was a valuable opportunity to share experiences, build connections, and re-energize—confirmed SEIU-Faculty Forward’s support of Duke Teaching First and the solidarity of institutions of higher education across the state.

 

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Students gather for speak-out

Students gather for speak-out

On Thursday, October 8, more than 55 people gathered at a speak-out in support of Duke contingent faculty members’ campaign for better working conditions.

The speakers, including three contingent faculty and three undergraduate students, emphasized the need to combat the growing corporatization of higher education, in which an increasingly small percentage of resources is invested in teaching. They underscored the negative effect of this corporatization on contingent faculty, who may not have job security, health benefits, or a clear career track, and gave their support to the contingent faculty’s initial steps toward forming a union.

The growing student …

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Students deliver letter of support for non-tenure track faculty

Students deliver letter of support for non-tenure track faculty

Last week, a group of undergraduate students delivered a letter of support for Duke Teaching First with more than 400 signatures to President Brodhead.

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