Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies

Labor ArchivesLabor Archives of Washington wins 2013 John Sessions Memorial Award

It may be April 1st, but this is no joke! The Labor Archives of Washington has been recognized by the Reference and User Services Association with the 2013 John Sessions Memorial Award.

The award is sponsored by the Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO and presents a citation to a library or library system that has brought recognition to the labor movement in the United States.

The award is a major acknowledgment that, after only two and a half years of operation, the Labor Archives of Washington is one of the premier labor research institutions in the country! Kudos to our Labor Archivist Conor Casey!

Now Accepting Applications for UW Labor Studies Scholarships & Research Grants

Applications are now being accepted for the Bridges Center's annual scholarships and grants. Awards include:

This year, the Bridges Center will award over $35,000 in grants and scholarships to UW students and faculty in Labor Studies. | Read more


Through Friday, April 19, 2013

Exhibit: Images of Labor and Social Justice: The Art of Richard V. Correll

Labor Archives of Washington

On-going. Special Collections Basement Lobby, Allen Library North, UW Seattle.

This exciting exhibit highlights new additions to the collection of the Labor Archives of Washington. Richard V. (Dick) Correll (1904-1990), was one of the leading masters of printmaking in the West. Best known for his powerful black and white linoleum cuts, etchings and woodblock prints, for most of his life he earned a living as a commercial artist in the book publishing and advertising fields while producing a large body of fine art in his own time. Correll's themes ranged from landscapes, animals and agricultural scenes, harbors and ships, and music and dance to those which reflected his lifelong concern with political and social issues.

This exhibit features selections from several core areas of Correll's recently donated collection at the Labor Archives of Washington, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections: Images of labor, social justice, civil rights, anti-war themes, work for the Great Depression-era Washington State Works Projects Administration, and his work for the progressive Depression-era newspaper the Voice of Action.

For more information about the exhibit and the collection contact Labor Archivist Conor Casey at cmcasey@uw.edu or 206-685-3976.

Tuesday, April 23

Forum: "End Death Trap Factories" Worker Tour

6:30-8:00pm. Savery Hall, Room 260, UW Seattle.

Since 2006, preventable factory fires have killed over 600 workers in Bangladesh as they produce for markets in the US and Europe.

April 23rd and 24th, Bangladesh Garment Workers are coming to Washington State as part of the "End Death Trap Factories" 10 city nationwide tour, to demand that Walmart and the GAP join a fire safety agreement requiring independent fire inspections, workers' voice in fire safety measures, and making retailers financially responsible for the necessary measures to prevent factory fires.

Sponsored by the Washington Fair Trade Coalition, United Students Against Sweatshops, Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, OUR Walmart, and UFCW Local 21.

To request disability accommodations, contact the UW Disability Services Office, 206‐543‐6450; 206‐543‐6452 (TTY); or e‐mail dso@u.washington.edu.

Wednesday, April 24

Event: Worker Memorial Day

11:30am-12:30pm. Husky Union Building, Lyceum, UW Seattle.

Each year thousands of workers are killed and millions more injured or diseased because of their jobs.

Please join us on Worker Memorial Day to honor those who died in 2012 from a work-related injury or illness in King County.

This special ceremony will also raise awareness about how we can strengthen our commitment to make jobs safer and save lives in Washington state.

For more information, contact Nancy Simcox at 206-221-7107, UW Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences.

To request disability accommodations, contact the UW Disability Services Office, 206‐543‐6450; 206‐543‐6452 (TTY); or e‐mail dso@u.washington.edu.

Friday, May 3 - Sunday, May 5

Conference: Labor Under Attack: Learning from the Past and Preparing for the Future

Pacific Northwest Labor History Association

Times, locations vary. Portland, OR.

The annual conference of the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association, a non-profit association dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of workers in the Pacific Northwest (British Columbia, Oregon and Washington). Members are trade unionists, students, academics, and others who share an interest in the history and heritage of workers in this region.

Several sessions will feature Bridges Center faculty and students:

  • James Gregory, former Bridges Chair and professor of History, will take part in a roundtable discussion on "Oral History and the PNLHA"
  • Conor Casey, UW labor archivist, will present on "Doing Research in the UW Labor Archives"
  • Leo Baunach, former Bridges Center student assistant, will present his research paper, "Organizing Precarious Workers in the CIO Era: The International Fishermen and Allied Workers of America

For specific dates, times, and locations visit the PNLHA website.

Tuesday, May 14

Talk: The Situation and Struggles of the iSlaves in China


4:00pm-6:00pm. Dempsey Hall, Room 4, UW Seattle.

The company Foxconn employs more than one million people in China alone. As the world's biggest contract manufacturer it works for Apple and many other electronics brands. Foxconn's workers are the "iSlaves" who face horrendous working conditions while producing communication tools like iPhones and iPads.

Based on Gongchao.org's research and activity around the struggles of Chinese migrant workers, this talk will use words, photos, and films to present the situation at Foxconn. The discussion will focus on ways to support the iSlaves and to relate their struggles to our own.

Gongchao.org was formed in September 2008 as a project for the documentation of labor unrest and social movements in China from the perspective of class struggle, migration and gender. The website offers a selection of analytical texts and workers' stories in English and German.

For more information, call 206‐543‐7946, or e‐mail hbcls@u.washington.edu.

To request disability accommodations, contact the UW Disability Services Office, 206‐543‐6450; 206‐543‐6452 (TTY); or e‐mail dso@u.washington.edu.

Friday, May 24 to Monday, May 27

Northwest Folklife: Washington Works

Times, dates, locations to be announced.

The Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies is collaborating with the NW Folklife Festival and the Washington State Labor Council's Mayworks program to make labor studies part of this year's cultural focus, titled "Washington Works."

Events will include presentations by Conor Casey (Labor Archives of Washington), James Gregory (UW History), Moon-Ho Jung (UW History), George Lovell (Harry Bridges Chair), Carolyn Pinedo-Turnovsky (UW American Ethnic Studies), and more.


Thursday, April 11

Talk: An Afternoon at Mithras Bookstore and a Sierra Journey

7:00pm-9:00pm. Suzzallo Library, Basement Room B69 (Maps/Special Collections Classroom), UW Seattle. FREE.

The talk "An Afternoon at Mithras Bookstore and a Sierra Journey" will trace Richard Wagener's development as a wood engraver and his involvement in the world of fine press books. Wagener grew up in southern California spending a lot of time with his grandfather in remote parts of the desert and up in the Sierra. Early art classes introduced him to Maynard Dixon and Edgar Payne. After school activities included selling the evening newspapers at the Disney studios where he met many of the illustrators and animators.

Richard has an undergraduate degree from the University of San Diego and a graduate degree from Art Center College of Design. He has been engraving wood for over thirty years and his work has been in a number of fine press editions. He currently lives and works in northern California. See more of Wagener's work at: www.richardwagener.com.

There are two related exhibitions that feature relief printing which are on display in Special Collections. This will be an opportunity to view them. Both Conor Casey, curator of "Images of Labor and Social Justice: The Art of Richard V. Correll" and Sandra Kroupa curator of "Lasting Impressions: Relief Prints Over 500 Years," will speak briefly and will provide access to the exhibitions.

Thursday, April 25

Talk: Strange Brew: The Making and (Unmaking?) of Contemporary Nativism

Daniel Martinez HoSang, Ethnic Studies and Political Science, University of Oregon

6:00pm. Building 2, Room 005, UW Bothell. FREE.

The rising prospects for federal comprehensive immigration reform suggest that immigration restrictionists may be facing a period of retrenchment and declining political influence. To understand the future trajectory of restrictionist politics, this talk assesses the unsteady and deeply contingent formation of restrictionist political movements over the last forty years. It traces the combination and recombination of diverse political claims—demands for fiscal austerity, assertions of states’ rights, racialized constructions of criminality, and appeals to white cultural nationalism—into a distinct if unstable ideological alchemy.

Daniel Martinez HoSang is an Associate Professor at the University of Oregon with a joint appointment in the Department of Ethnic Studies and the Department of Political Science. He is the author of Racial Propositions: Ballot Initiatives and the Making of Postwar California (Univ of California Press, 2010), which explores the history of organizing campaigns around racialized ballot measures in California since 1945 and was the recipient of the 2011 James A Rawley Prize of the Organization of American Historians. He is also the co-editor (with Oneka LaBennett and Laura Pulido) of Racial Formation in the 21st Century (University of California Press, 2012). His current research examines political discourse, framing and subject formation in relation to issues including reproductive rights, immigration, LGBT identity, and incarceration.

He received his PhD in American Studies and Ethnicity from the University of Southern California. Before graduate school, HoSang worked as a community organizer and trainer for ten years in the San Francisco Bay Area. He currently serves on the board of directors of several social justice organizations including Forward Together (Oakland, CA), the Alliance for a Just Society (Seattle, WA), and the Partnership for Safety and Justice (Portland, OR).



2013-2014 Silme Domingo & Gene Viernes Scholarship

$5,500 scholarship for students entering or transferring into the University of Washington

Deadline to apply: May 20, 2013

The Bridges Center is proud to announce a scholarship for students incoming to the University of Washington in 2013-2014, the Silme Domingo & Gene Viernes Scholarship.

The scholarship is available to students who are incoming (either as freshmen or transfer students) to the University of Washington, qualify for financial aid, and have an interest in social justice and human rights. It is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Founded through the efforts of the Inlandboatmen's Union, Region 37, this scholarship honors Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes, two inspiring leaders of the Seattle labor movement.

For more information, visit the Bridges Center website or contact program coordinator Andrew Hedden at hbcls@uw.edu.

2013-2014 Scholarships & Prizes

Over $35,000 to be awarded to graduate and undergraduate students in Labor Studies

Deadline to apply: June 10, 2013

Each year, the Bridges Center awards thousands of dollars to top students in Labor Studies.

This year's awards include:

For more information, visit the Bridges Center website or contact program coordinator Andrew Hedden at hbcls@uw.edu.

2013-2014 Labor Studies Research Grants

Research grants available to UW graduate students and faculty

Deadline to apply: June 10, 2013

The Bridges Center supports ground-breaking labor studies research through our annual grant funding program. For a look at past sponsored projects, visit our Featured Research website.

This year's grants include:

For more information, visit the Bridges Center website or contact program coordinator Andrew Hedden at hbcls@uw.edu.


UNITE HERE Organizing Beyond Borders Internship

Deadline: April 5, 2013

Organizing Beyond Barriers (OBB) is UNITE HERE's nationally coordinated program to build a progressive alliance of workers and students by teaching, agitating, and inspiring them to fight for real solutions.

With over 300,000 members in our International Union, UNITE HERE is at the forefront of the battle for workers' rights, immigration reform, and living wages throughout North America. Our members are organizing to defend their standards against hotel and food service corporations that are more focused on profiting than on treating workers with dignity and respect. Additionally, non-union hotel and food service workers are fighting for the right to organize a union free from management intimidation and retaliation.

In 2012, the Organizing Beyond Barriers Summer Program trained 148 "Summer Organizers" on campaigns in our hotel, gaming, and food service union organizing campaigns. The program emphasized movement building, one-on-on organizing skills, and “Always Be Recruiting,”—developing hundreds of volunteers who participated in rallies, picket lines, delegations, and door-to-door community outreach.

Organizing Beyond Barriers combined field work, classroom training, and mentorship from UNITE HERE lead organizers and rank-and-file leaders. Trainings included house visits skills, immigrant rights, LGBTQ rights, labor history, the economic crisis, and comprehensive campaign strategy and planning.

In 2013, Organizing Beyond Barriers will have Summer Organizer placements lasting for eight weeks. Summer internships will include a weekly stipend of $450 per week. There will be two session start dates: June 3rd and June 17th. UNITE HERE does not pay for housing, so every effort will be made to match up summer organizers with union campaigns and cities where applicants can line up their own housing.

Applications are due April 5th. Please apply online at http://jobs.unitehere.org/internapp.php/. For questions, please contact Jeanne Cameron at (206) 470-2988 or at jcameron@unitehere.org.

April 1, 2013


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WA StateDay Laborers at Risk: Developing Strategies for a Hazardous Workplace

Noah Seixas and Janice Camp, WA State Labor Research

Each April, Worker Memorial Day provides a sobering reminder of the dangers workers face in the workplace. In this report, Seixas and Camp discuss the development of safety trainings for day laborers, who often work in hazardous industries with few legal protections.



Labor, Labor Studies, and the Future Conference

Miss the Bridges Center's 20th anniversary conference this past November? Complete audio of the event is now available on-line.

Conference panel topics included the history of the Bridges Center, youth and the labor movement, civil rights and labor, the 2012 elections, and more.



Silme Domingo Papers 1952-1992

Each year the Bridges Center awards a scholarship in honor of martyred labor leaders Gene Viernes and Silme Domingo.

This collection comprises materials related to Silme Domingo's work with LELO, cannery workers, Seattle's International Discrict, the Filipino Community of Seattle, Inc. and the Pilipino People's Far West Convention.


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