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.
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.