The URI Professional Staff Association (PSA) is a bargaining unit affiliated with the National Education Association of Rhode Island (NEARI). It represents over 500 employees in a variety of administrative, non-teaching faculty, and technical staff positions at the University. As the local union, we perform a variety of functions for our members. We negotiate the terms of our collective bargaining agreement (aka ‘the contract’ ); assist members who seek salary increases; represent members in the grievance process; donate sick time when members have a need; and offer an annual scholarship and more.
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News and Updates

Students First Fund Donation & Community Support

The URI PSA Political Action Committee (PAC) donated $3,585.73 to the Students First Fund, which was established to provide additional emergency support to eligible URI students with demonstrated financial need. We hope we can continue to support important community programs. Please connect with your area representative to bring forward new ideas for supporting our community.

About Retention Stipends

URI PSA Executive Committee is aware of the “retention stipends” being distributed and reported in various ways through the media. Upon consulting with URI PSA/NEARI legal team and URI Human Resources, we were informed that “PSA is not a ‘state employee bargaining unit’. PSA is a bargaining unit whose members are employed by The URI Board of Trustees.”  The committee will provide additional information and updates once they become available.

New Scholarship Program

URI PSA will be providing annual scholarship funds for dependents of PSA members enrolled as full-time student(s) in a degree program of higher education institutions in the United States.

Apply for Scholarship (Coming Soon)

Appeal for Sick Bank

URI PSA has a contract provision which enables URIPSA members to participate in a sick leave bank. We must renew our appeal each year because the bank does not carry over from year to year. In accordance with our contact, the PSA Sick Bank was able to support 3 members for a total of 80 days in 2022.

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