Union leader and Texas AFT President Linda Bridges remembered as a ‘giant of the Texas labor movement’
Linda Bridges, a lifelong labor leader and president of the Texas chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, died suddenly on January 13 of natural causes at her home in Austin, Texas. She was 65.
“Linda was a true legend, a giant of the Texas labor movement,” said John Patrick, Texas AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer.
Bridges became president of Texas AFT in 2005, after a long period of service as the president of Corpus Christi AFT. She watched Texas AFT’s membership grow from some 48,000 members to more than 65,000 during her tenure.
“When times got tough, as they often did when trying to look out for the welfare of teachers and students, Linda was the one person you knew had to be in the room with you to figure out the next step,” said Louis Malfaro, Texas AFT’s secretary-treasurer. “She had a tactical mind and always seemed to be the one with solution to the latest challenge. And thankfully, she also carried a wicked sense of humor that kept everyone in stitches.”