Thursday, March 8, 2012


Linda H. Donahue
Rochester, N.Y. -- Linda H. Donahue has dedicated a lifetime to advancing the world of work. She has served the house of labor in western New York and the Rochester area for over three decades. She readily admits the journey hasn't always been easy. And, at the same time, she would also tell you that being part of the Rochester labor community for all those years has been an extremely rewarding experience.

Linda has worked for Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) Extension Division in many different capacities since starting as a tutor/counselor in 1979. Today, she directs the Labor Studies On-Line Certificate Program as a senior extension associate.

She also coordinates the ILR School’s workplace training and education programs in the greater Rochester area, including union skills training and professional development workshops, college credit courses, research and technical assistance.

When it comes to educating the public about labor issues in western New York, Linda’s experience and dedication are unmatched. Her knowledge of the region and her relationships with ILR clients and rank and file union members illustrate a deep commitment to the school's outreach mission and to our community. There are generations of labor folks in our workforce who have benefitted from Linda’s expertise— many of us stand on the shoulders of Linda Donahue.

A former aide to New York Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, Linda is currently the vice-president of the Rochester chapter of LERA (Labor and Employment Relations Association), a long time board member of the Ronald G. Pettengill Labor Education Fund, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Finger Lakes Occupational Health Clinic.  In 2009, Linda chaired the 2009 Hotel and Restaurant Industry Wage Board for the state Labor Department.

With her friend and collaborator Jon Garlock, Linda co-produced a video and has written about Rochester’s labor history— including the book, All These Years of Effort.  A study she conducted in 2007 resulted in the report, The Cost of Worker Misclassification in New York State, which led to the formation of a NYS Department of Labor Task Force on Misclassification and the passage of legislation addressing this problem in the construction industry.

The officers and members of the Rochester & Finger Lakes Chapter of Pride At Work, AFL-CIO are proud to announce that Linda Donahue will receive the True Colors Recognition Award for her outstanding commitment to equal rights in the workplace at a dinner slated for March 15 at the Diplomat Banquet Center, 1956 Lyell Ave, Rochester, N.Y.

To buy tickets or for more information on how you can attend, please link to more information here.

Pride At Work is a nonprofit organization and an officially recognized constituency group of the AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations).  We organize mutual support between the organized Labor Movement and the LGBT community to create positive workplace outcomes and advance social and economic justice.

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