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On brink of no confidence vote in college president, faculty relent

Full time faculty union members gathered on Thursday Nov. 9, preparing to hold a vote of no confidence in Mercer president, Dr. Jianping Wang. Instead they elected to table the vote. A vote of no confidence is essentially a resolution that, if approved, states that the full time faculty has no confidence in Dr. Wang…

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Faculty vote to approve new contract terms proposed by neutral fact finder after fifteen month stalemate

After 15 months without a new contract, Mercer’s full-time faculty members have voted to approve contract terms proposed by an outside fact finder after months of negotiations. With approximately 80 percent of faculty voting, the vote taken during the first week of September was 81-2 in favor of accepting the terms which would give a 1.65…

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The First Amendment is under attack at Mercer

Mercer’s Human Resources department has emailed all college faculty and staff a link to a mandatory online compliance training and has required completion by May 14. The training includes information on Title IX and other important and relevant policies, but one point in the first module, on slide 22 of 84 states that “employees should…

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In faculty contract fight months of negotiations fail to end stalemate over pay and benefits

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Students have seen signs posted on faculty office doors and in windows saying, “No Contract, but Still Working” but what do they mean? The full time faculty members, of which there are approximately 100, work based on a contract that lays out annual wages and salary increases, and clarifies how many classes are to be…

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Mercer County Community College faculty picket annual gala to protest contract negotiations stalemate

Each November the college hosts a gala in the Mercer Conference Center to showcase college programs for the community before the board of trustees meets and the president, Dr. Patricia Donohue, presents her annual report. This year the main hall –which usually includes large tables full of edible arrangements, ice sculptures and dozens of faculty…

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