This website serves as a resource for graduate students seeking timely, factual information regarding efforts by the Service Employees International Union (“Service Employees union” or “SEIU”) to unionize Ph.D. students at Duke.

The University’s Position

Duke’s relationship with its graduate students is quite different from that of employer to employee, and we do not believe that representation of students by a non-academic third party, focused on just one piece of a student’s experience, is in the best interest of students or the university.

Have Questions?

We’ve pulled together some answers to common questions to help you learn more about union representation and what it might mean for you. Learn more about the unionization process and the implications of collective bargaining.

Did You Know: Facts about Unionization

There are facts, examples and data about unionization that you may not hear about in certain circles. Learn more about the experience of other groups who have unionized.

Translation Guide

You will hear some common rhetoric from SEIU. Here’s a guide to translate what SEIU says vs. what it means.