How to Defeat a College Union

Faculty at Mt. Hood Community College have many grievances—including health care payments for future retirees, pay for teaching extra classes or for teaching in the summer, and whether or not the college can hire subcontractors for instruction—and so they’re threatening to strike.

That might not be such a great idea.

With many, many unemployed PhDs, this isn’t exactly a group of people with irreplaceable talents. According to an article by Suzanne Stevens in the Portland Business Journal:

On Tuesday, MHCC’s board announced it was prepared to hire full-time replacement faculty if union members walked out and administrators are reviewing applications.

That’s right, you strike, we’ll just replace all of you. And with that goes the strength of the union.

Faculty members have been working without a contract since August.

The union represents MHCC’s 156 full-time faculty members. The school, however, has about 570 instructors total.

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer