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Fight for $15 rallies part-time college professors

Fight for $15 rallies part-time college professors

Wanda Evans-Brewer, who holds a doctorate in education, earned so little last year as an adjunct professor at Concordia University in River Forest — $27,000 — that she qualified for food stamps.

"In my wildest dreams, I would never think I would be a Ph.D. on welfare," said Evans-Brewer, 48, who previously taught for 17 years in public schools.

Evans-Brewer qualified for $390 a month in food stamps for her and her three children, a $40-a-month Medicaid family plan and subsidized day care for her 4-year-old daughter. The Center for Labor Research and Education at the University of California at Berkeley estimates that about 25 percent of part-time faculty rely on such...