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9to5 can provide comment from experts and working women across the country.  For information on low-wage working women’s issues, statistics or 9to5’s take on breaking news, call or email  Helen Cox at 404-432-5540 or Helen@9to5.org.

About Linda Meric, national executive director of 9to5

Denver Forum on Working FamiliesLinda Meric helped found 9to5 Colorado in 1996 and served as the chapter’s Director until the Fall of 2004 when she became 9to5’s national Executive Director. Under Meric’s leadership, 9to5 has won important victories in the arenas of work-family, anti-discrimination, wages, good jobs, welfare, unemployment and child care.

Before coming to 9to5, Meric spent 20 years as a labor and community organizer in Colorado. She served on the International Steering Committee of Teamsters for a Democratic Union and, in 1984, was the first woman elected as the Principle Executive Officer of a Teamsters local union in the Rocky Mountain region.  Linda also spent more than seven years as an organizer and representative for the Service Employees International Union.

In addition to her labor union organizing, Meric has a long history of community organizing experience in Colorado. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Political Science from Duke University, and is fluent in English and Spanish.

Meric has received several awards for her work with, and on behalf of, low-income women. In 2006, Linda was awarded the Denver Women’s Commission first annual Community Service Award, the Colorado Women’s Agenda Foremother Award, and the Community Resource Center Legend Award (Social Justice category). In 2007, she received the Women’s Foundation of Colorado Be Bold Award. In 2009, she received the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado’s Advancing Equality award.

Meric is a nationally-known speaker and expert on issues affecting low-wage women.  Click here for the full-length copy of Meric’s resume.