Building Support Coast to Coast


As we are building support across campus, we are also receiving support from graduate students on campuses as far away as Washington State.

At the University of Washington, Jesse McClelland, a PhD Candidate in Geography, writes: “in higher education today, graduate students are increasingly called upon to support and complement the work of faculty, whether as research assistants, teaching assistants, instructors, or tutors. These valuable contributions to campus require secure contracts, fair health benefits, decent pay, and equitable work conditions. In my department, faculty have acknowledged the importance of these priorities ever since the UW administration began bargaining with our union of student-workers more than ten years ago.”

He also “support[s] graduate students at Duke who are building a union and defending quality higher education!”

We are so glad to have support from Jesse and other graduate students across the country.

NLRB rules in favor of graduate students!

Earlier today, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that student workers have the right to form unions. This decision opens up the space for graduate students at Duke and all across the country to organize to improve our working conditions!

Graduate students, undergraduates, community supporters, faculty and staff gathered in front of the Duke Chapel this afternoon to celebrate!

Social at Motorco!

To continue the dialogue we have begun on campus, we are holding a social on Wednesday, July 27th, at 5:30 pm at Motorco, where you can join your fellow graduate students to learn more about the campaign to support and elevate the standards for graduate students here at Duke.
We’ll have food and drink tickets, so please stop by, grab a beer, and chat with us about the movement!
Date: Wednesday, July 27th
Time: 5:30 to 8:00 pm
Location: Motorco (723 Rigsbee Ave)
UPDATE: It was great to talk with so many graduate students at the event! Check out the photos if you missed it:

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Join the campaign to raise standards at Duke

We are uniting as graduate student workers at Duke to raise standards on our campus and beyond.

We are graduate student workers who teach and conduct research at Duke University. The lucida-brightGraduate School describes thriving graduate students as “creative, venturesome, and unwilling to accept worn-out answers” and we are just that. We are uniting to raise standards on our campus and beyond.

Have more questions? Visit our FAQ page, or drop us a line at We also have several upcoming events, where you can meet us in person.

Ready to get involved? Sign a union authorization card or add your name to our public letter.

Interested in learning more about SEIU? Check out the websites of SEIU Graduate Workers Forward and the Duke Faculty Union.