The College has reported that it intends to hire qualified, full-time replacements for faculty that exercise their legal right to strike. Assuming that “replacement” mean equivalents, we wonder how they are going to accomplish this monumental task.
We did some “back of the napkin” calculations about the number of hours spent by the College simply to hire current full-time faculty.
At MHCC, the faculty hiring process looks something like this: a committee of 6-7 faculty and staff reads and reviews all application materials, conducts interviews and forwards recommendations on to the VP of Instruction and President. This adds up to a conservative estimate of 220 hours per faculty hire. At 160 faculty that is 35,360 hours or 884 employee weeks or $1,700,000 (at the Dean’s rate of $48/hour)!
With faculty on strike, there will be no committee, and the only deliberation will be between the Dean and herself.
Students, what do you think?
Do you want the instructor chosen through 220 hours of careful vetting or the one chosen by 1 hour of quick-shod, single person coin-flipping?