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Basic Issues Divide Duke and Adjunct-Faculty Union

June 30, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Durham, NC - Nine months after Duke University adjunct faculty began negotiations on their first union contract, the university and the Service Employees International Union have reached agreement on all issues except for pay and professional development.

The basic principles at stake, 41 union members said in a June 13 open letter to a university administrator, are “clearer frameworks for job security and that no faculty member at Duke lives in precarity.” The letter said the university’s current proposal for paying adjuncts per course would mean that those who work full-time, three courses a semester, would actually get less money, and that its offer for those who give musical-instrument lessons and teach lab and discussion sessions was “below the federal poverty level for a family of four.” On professional development, the union wants Duke to give 40 to 45 full-time adjuncts funds for research and travel they need to “remain current in their respective disciplines.” Talks continued over the June 23-25 weekend. Read more

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