Duke protesters demand better pay, benefits for faculty
Posted April 21
Updated April 22
Durham, N.C. — Protesters gathered Friday evening at the Nasher Museum at Duke University, asking for better pay, better benefits, and job security for faculty.
The protest coincided with the university's celebration of its $3.25 billion Duke Forward fundraising campaign.
The Duke Faculty Union organized the protest, and the group claimed that more than 40 percent of faculty members are not tenured or tenure track.
They said that faculty work on a contact basis that lasts a year or less, and earn an average of $30,000 per year.
Organizers said to pay for what they have proposed would cost a small fraction of the fundraising campaign the university just wrapped up.
“Duke University and Service Employees International Union are negotiating in good faith. We’re optimistic that we will reach a mutually satisfactory agreement,” a Duke University spokesperson said Friday night in a statement.