In remembrance: Linda Cushing
It is with deepest regret that we announce the passing of our founder, Linda Cushing.
In mid-March, Linda was organizing healthcare professionals in Oregon and Washington; she was on her way to a meeting when her car collided with a pickup truck and she died.
Linda was a tireless and inspirational leader. She was devoted to part-timers, not only in this district, which was founded in 2001, but in all the other districts that she organized as an AFT National Representative.
Other unions she organized include Palomar College, Citrus College, Cerritos College, Victor Valley, College of the Canyons, Santa Barbara City College, Mendocino College and the Kern College District.
In later assignments, Linda organized professional staff at the University of Vermont and nurses in Oregon.
Linda received her MA and MFA in Art from Cal State University, Fullerton. While working as an adjunct professor, she discovered that many full-time tenured professor positions were being eliminated by local colleges. As an adjunct, she and her colleagues basically taught full-time but at three or four different colleges each semester with no security or benefits. These stressful and uncertain teaching conditions led her to reach out to local teachers’ unions with the idea of organizing part-time faculty. Linda found an ally with the American Federation of Teachers. She was instrumental in a successful campaign to organize this district and became our local’s first president.
A memorial service was held on April 9 at Cornerstone Church in Anaheim. Cards can be sent to Linda’s brother, Ron Cushing, 20773B Crest Lane, Walnut, CA 91789. A memorial Fund is set up through Independence Christian School where Linda had taught art and judged the annual student art show. Funds go toward art lessons and supplies for students and are tax-deductible. To donate: http://www.independencechristianschool.com/
American Federation of Teachers in Washington, DC, will be holding a special event in June in memory of Linda.
Adjunct Faculty United has established a scholarship in Linda’s name. If you wish to donate, call 714-526-5759.