Faculty at Michigan's Henry Ford Community College, the state's sixth-largest community college, have made pay and benefit concessions to help close a $16.6 million deficit. Some staff have been laid off and the college's Center for Lifelong Learning has closed to save money. "It was painful, and difficult for the union. But these are very uncertain times. ... We serve a very important role in this community. The full-time faculty realize we owe a great deal to the community," said John McDonald, president of the college's Federation of Teachers.

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