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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:

  • Publications
  • 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.

Activities the Fund has supported include the annual Labor Film Series, annual meetings of the Area Labor Federation, the Rochester Labor Lyceum, and Solidarity Safe Zone Training.

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 develops operating 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 (mschneid@nysutmail.org).

Pettengill Fund Board Members:

Tom Gillett (Chair)
Mary Denise Schneider (Secretary)
Linda Donahue
Jon Garlock
Mike Harren
John Pusloskie
Rose McKinney
John Perticone
Ron Pettengill
Paul Schuh
Flo Tripi
Vincent Serravallo
Dave Young
Denise Young


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Rochester CLC Sesquicentennial Publication