Linda Cushing: A legend of organizing

Linda Cushing, long-time union organizer, died last week (March 2016) in a car accident in Oregon as she was driving to an organizing meeting.

Cushing, who became a union organizer after years as a contingent faculty member (Lecturer) in California community colleges, was a National Rep with the American Federation of Teachers, mostly in Oregon and Washington state.

“Linda is an important part of union organizing history, especially contingent faculty organizing with AFT,” said Elizabeth Hoffman, CFA retired AVP-Lecturers. “She was instrumental in starting Campus Equity Week in 2001 and was an inspiration to CSU Lecturers who became active in organizing both inside CFA and beyond CFA.”

In 2002, a Los Angeles Times headline described Cushing:  “She Makes Union Activism an Art