Duke University's non-tenure-track faculty members have voted, 174 to 29, to unionize and to be represented by the Service Employees International Union. The announcement of the union election results is a major victory for the SEIU, which is attempting to organize non-tenure-track faculty members nationally.
The vote is particularly significant because it has been many years since a faculty union drive of any type has been successful at a private university in the South. The photo at right shows some of the Duke faculty members celebrating.
Duke Provost Sally Kornbluth issued a statement that said: "While we are disappointed not to be able to continue working more directly with our colleagues, we are glad that together we made some advances this past year that will impact many of our adjunct faculty."