RONALD G. PETTENGILL LABOR EDUCATION FUND
The Ronald G. Pettengill Labor Education Fund of the Rochester Labor
Council, AFL-CIO, was established in 1997 to inform and educate the greater
Rochester community on labor issues and labor history, to further the labor
movement, to enhance the skills and knowledge of area rank and file members,
and to develop local labor leadership
The Fund supports a range of labor-related educational activities including:
- Conferences and Workshops
- Community-based Programs
Among publications the Fund has sponsored are Sesquicentennial Commemorative History of the
Rochester Labor Council, the Community
of Workers On-line Exhibit and Coloring Book, the Rochester
Labor History Map/Guide, the labor history video Struggle
in Smugtown and a Rochester Workers Rights Handbook.
Conferences and workshops the Fund has supported include the annual meetings of the Area Labor
Federation, the Rochester Labor Council Speakers Bureau, the Rochester Labor Lyceum, and the Rural
and Migrant Ministries conference, “Harvesting Justice.”
Community-based programs include the “Wake Up Walmart” campaign, sweatshop awareness
efforts, special labor film screenings, and the Labor Day Parade.
The Fund is named in honor of Ronald G. Pettengill who, as
President of the Rochester Labor Council from 1985 through 1996, helped to
build it into one of New York's strongest central labor bodies. An officer
of Rochester Carpenters District Council and Local Union 85 of the United Brotherhood
of Carpenters, Pettengill was committed to furthering the community's
understanding of labor history, workers' culture, and the trade union movement
in the Rochester area.
The Pettengill Labor Education Fund is affiliated with the
Rochester Area Community Foundation and is overseen by an Advisory Committee whose members are listed below.
This Advisory Committee developsoperating guidelines, reviews requests for grants, and promotes the
Fund through fundraising activities and other projects.
Grant applications can be downloaded here >>
The Pettengill Fund has 501(c)3 designation and contributions are tax deductible.
To make a donation toward the Fund's Program account contact Mary Denise Schneider (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Pettengill Fund Board Members:
Ray Samson (Chair), NYSUT
Tim Barbeto, Teamsters Local 118
Jim Bertolone, Rochester Labor Council
Linda Donahue, Cornell ILR
Jon Garlock, Rochester Labor Council Education Committee
Mike Harren, Esq. Counsel to RGP Labor Education Fund
Linda McGrath, CWA Local 1170
Rose McKinney, United Way of Greater Rochester
John Perticone, Plumbers Local 13
Ron Pettengill, Advisor
Bob Sauers, CWA Local 1170
Mary Denise Schneider (Secretary), NYSUT
Paul Schuh, UAW Region 9
Flo Tripi, CSEA Region 6
Ken Warner, UNICON
Frank Wirt, Rochester Building Trades Council
Denise Young, Public Employees Federation