adjunct professors

University of Rhode Island

Part-time faculty members at the University of Rhode Island claim the state’s flagship institution is violating state law. The URI adjunct faculty union said the school refused a judge’s orders to increase their wages. The group issued a complaint Friday with the state Attorney General.

Robin McGill, a spokeswoman for The Rhode Island Council on Postsecondary Education, said the complaint is unnecessary because the two sides remain in negotiations.

One part-time faculty member says,"I earned so little that I sold my plasma on Tuesdays and Thursdays to pay for [my child’s] daycare costs.” Others describe turning to food stamps and earning salaries below the federal poverty level. The comments are detailed in a new report from the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.