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YSU might lose two labor activists



Published: Fri, March 23, 2012 @ 11:30 a.m.

YOUNGSTOWN

Sherry Linkon, a Youngstown State University English professor who was the spokeswoman for the faculty union during contract negotiations last fall, is working on the final details for a position at Georgetown University.

Linkon, who has been at YSU for 22 years, would develop and direct a writing program at the Washington, D.C., university. Her husband, John Russo, the coordinator of the labor studies program at YSU and co-director of the Center for Working Class Studies, will retire at year’s end.


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1CompMan(125 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

I wish them well; however, not sorry to see this divisive couple leave. We will see if the Center for Working-Class Studies continues or becomes more labor - mangement balanced.

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2Tigerlily(488 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

They were two of the best advocates for worker's rights this area ever saw. No one will be able to fill their shoes.

This newspaper should be ashamed for how some of its writers spoke of them.

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3georgejeanie(793 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

John, Many years ago I coached youth soccer with you. Good luck in the future. George

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4walter_sobchak(1894 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Good luck! I believe the first issue you should tackle at Georgetown is the organization of the teaching faculty into a collectivist group to advance pay, benefits, and working conditions.

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5Woody(451 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

John, I had you a teacher about 10 years ago. You erased any doubt in my mind that the communist party was alive and well in the valley. So long REDSO.

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6Guin96(40 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

I wish both of them well. However, I agree with CompMan in one sense. Not sorry to see Dr. Russo leave as I feel he let the power of his position go to his head. In these last few years, I think he was working more to feed his own ego than to help improve labor/management relations.

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7NachoCheese(163 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Good! It's taking way too long, but someday, probably years into the future, when all these union lugheads are gone, maybe just maybe the valley will finally come back to prosperity. Good luck, and don't let the door hit you...

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8franc004(71 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Huge loss for YSU and the community. Linkon is a fabulous teacher, scholar and a genuinely caring person and the university was lucky to have her. Russo, like it or not, is a man of conviction who cares deeply about working class Americans.

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9Attis(873 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Why is this even newsworthy? People change jobs and retire all the time. Will the Vindy write an article about each of them?

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10Tigerlily(488 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

I agree with Attis. It speaks volumes about the Vindy that they report on these two (their arch-nemeses) though the Vindy will never admit it is a biased publication with a hit list. Oh, what will happen to their conflict and drama posts about labor activists now that the two most active labor advocates in the valley are leaving?

They'll have to set their sights on whoever else gets in the way of their political agenda next.

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11Tigerlily(488 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Guin96, power of his position? What power? He's a professor. He teaches, he brought in speakers, wrote grants, researched and analyzed labor/management practices.

Do you simply mean that he spoke his mind? Heaven forbid in America!

You want to know where the real power is? Board of Trustees and Admin.

Anyone with a sense of how universities are structured understands that.

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12AtownAugie(697 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Is there a sign-up list to help them pack? Oh, wait: no volunteers will be needed since surely they will contract union cartage movers. The only thing they'll leave behind is their legacy: the Linkon-Russo "YSU Strike" Debacle.

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13WarrenRicheyKid(167 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Russo and Linkon have written on Youngstown's strong working class history and spirit, shared it with a national readership in their book "Steeltown USA: Work and Memory in Youngstown."
We all owe them a debt of thanks for this seminal study of our past and of our struggles to revision our future.

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14HonestAbe(270 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Linkon was often vilified in the Vindicator, but is having the last laugh. Wow!! What a prestigious promotion. Good luck Sherry...YSU's loss (and it's a big one) is Georgetown's gain. I hope you will be appreciated there.

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15UticaShale(853 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Nice, how much savings does YSU get with Russo gone, $160,000 a year? Oh, wait, his pension will be a wash.

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16franc004(71 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Does this complicate Betram's schtick that YSU faculty couldn't work anywhere else? I mean Georgetown is one of the finest and most prestigious universities in the country and quite happy to seize on the opportunity to grab talent from where it is under-appreciated---YSU and the Valley.

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