"But he hasn't got anything on," a little child said.
"Did you ever hear such innocent prattle?" said its father. And one person whispered to another what the child had said, "He hasn't anything on. A child says he hasn't anything on."
"But he hasn't got anything on!" the whole town cried out at last.
The Emperor shivered, for he suspected they were right. But he thought, "This procession has got to go on." So he walked more proudly than ever, as his noblemen held high the train that wasn't there at all. The Emporer's New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen
King Jon, I don't know how to tell you this, but that Emporer who was strutting down the street naked is YOU. You have surrounded yourself with so many "yes-men" (and women) that you actually believe the unbelievable garbage that comes out of your mouth. Please know that your "yes-men" are only there because you reward them handsomely financially. The "yes-men" wouldn't be there otherwise. You are too egotistical, self-centered, self-absorbed, and narcissitic to inspire any loyalty from anyone.
Faculty will feel good about coming to work at Ocean County College if we receive a fair contract with retroactive pay for the last five years and fair raises for the next four or five years. King Jon earns $230,000 annually with many lucrative bonuses. The average faculty member earns about $55,000 per year and takes home less today than he or she did five years ago because of the forced health benefits pay. We get no bonuses. Expecting us to accept no retroactive pay and being happy to come to work are mutally exclusive. It ain't happening.
Facutly will feel good about coming to work if we maintain the schedules that we are currently afforded and which are afforded to every faculty member at every community college and four-year institution in the US. There are no 9am-5am, Monday through Friday faculty members anywhere. It's insulting to think that you feel that we need to be chained to our desks to be productive. You have no idea what work faculty bring home with them. Just because you do not "see" us at work does not mean that we are not working. If this were the truth then that means that YOU never work. I have never seen you on campus, other than in a formal meeting, so what is it that YOU do every day? Perhaps you should have to justify your bloated salary.
Faculty will feel good about coming to work every day if we know that our rights, yes we actually have work rights, are protected by a contract. Faculty have the right to grieve unfair practices and may stand up for themselves when these rights are violated. Giving up our right to the grievance process is absurd and will not happen. Only a narcissitic, control-freak would want his employees to have no mechanism for resolving conflicts.
We all know that you are not negotiating in good faith. We all know that you are using stall tactics to try to wear us down. It's not working. We will not sign a contract that strips us of what few rights we have left and all of our dignity.
We all know that you are concerned about your "legacy" at OCC. Here are a few reviews of the OCC experience online:
"Spent 2 1/2 years here and it was a good start to my college experience. Downsides: unless you're there by 7:15am you'll have a 5 minute walk to your car, campus is always under construction and the food is over priced. The school is going under a lot of changes I feel will harm the desire they have for us to succeed."
"went away to school, came home and started doing part time at OCC, it kinda sucks some days. everything is always under construction and the people in the admin offices barely know whats going on. but if you're looking for some part time schooling its pretty convenient."
"its alright for a community college I guess."
"It's okay, and it's better than what people say but it still is kind of lousy.
These are just the first four reviews of OCC on RateMyProfessors.com. There's your legacy.