Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies

Presentation tomorrow to discuss conditions of Chinese workers

Tomorrow, May 14, join us on the UW Seattle campus for a presentation about the situations and struggles of workers in China who make Apple products and other popular electronics. The talk begins at 4pm in Dempsey Hall, Room 4.

Based on Gongchao.org's research and activity around the struggles of Chinese migrant workers, the talk will use words, photos, and films to present the situation at Foxconn, one of China's largest electronics manufacturers.

UW Labor Studies Scholarships & Research Grants - Deadlines Approaching

Domingo Viernes Scholarship applications due a week from today!

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


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 vary; see below for details. Free.

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 the Bridges Center is contributing to include:

Friday, May 24

Saturday, May 25

All Weekend

  • Exhibit: Images of Labor and Social Justice: The Art of Richard V. Correll
    11:00am to 6:00pm. Lopez Room.

    Richard V. (Dick) Correll (1904-1990), was one of the leading masters of printmaking in the West. He is best known for his powerful black-and-white linoleum cuts, etchings, and woodblock prints on themes of labor and social justice.

For a full list of Northwest Folklife's Labor events, visit the festival website.


Tuesday, May 14

Conference: Beyond the Carceral State: Queer, Feminist, Anti-Racist Critiques and Interventions

5:30-9:00 pm. Commons, UW Bothell. FREE, but registration required.

Join activists, scholars, and community organizations for this mini-conference on critiquing and envisioning alternatives to the American carceral state.

The United States imprisons 2.5 million people in jails and prisons around the country, with thousands more held in immigrant detention centers. This vast network of confinement has determined public policy and shaped our experiences of race, gender, sexuality, class and geography. Imprisonment, then, is at the heart of American life and governance - a carceral state. At the same time, a growing coalition of individuals and organizations are developing queer, feminist, and anti-racist approaches to law, justice, and everyday life.

Speakers include:

  • Emi Koyama (Activist/Writer)
  • John Page (Program Coordinator of Racial Disparity Project, Defender Association)
  • Dean Spade (faculty, Seattle University School of Law)
  • Dan Berger & Kari Lerum (faculty, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington Bothell)
  • Emily Thuma (faculty, Western Washington University and University of Washington Bothell)
  • Michelle Zebrowski (graduate student, Cultural Studies, University of Washington Bothell)

Friday, May 17 to Saturday, May 18

Conference: Empires of Capital: Race Across the Atlantic and the Pacific

9:00am, each day. Allen Library, Petersen Room, UW Seattle. FREE.

The two-day conference seeks to theorize and historicize racial capitalism in the modern world. Building on Cedric Robinson's insight that capitalist development has been pursued and organized fundamentally around race, presenters will strive to uncover the multiple layers of capitalist expansion—ideological, cultural, economic, and social. In particular, they will interrogate the privileging (and universalizing) of liberal citizen-subjects and western nation-states in modern forms of knowledge production. The conference will explore how we might study other political and social actors — those who encountered and those who continue to experience western modernity through slavery, contract labor, colonialism, and state violence—to reveal and comprehend the tensions and contradictions of racial capitalism in the past and in the present and across the Atlantic and the Pacific.

Speakers include:

  • Andrew Friedman, Haverford College
  • Peter James Hudson, Vanderbilt University
  • Jodi Kim, University of California, Riverside
  • Lisa Lowe, Tufts University
  • Jennifer Morgan, New York University
  • Shelley Streeby, University of California, San Diego
  • Manu Vimalassery, Texas Tech University
  • Michael Witgen, University of Michigan

Saturday, May 18

Walking Tour: Tacoma Labor History Walking Tour

Pierce County Central Labor Council

10:30am & 1:30pm. Pacific Ave & S 19th St, Tacoma, WA 98402.

May 18, the Pierce County Central Labor Council invites you to gather at the bottom of the stair on Pacific and 19th to begin the first hike at 10:30 AM with local Historian Brian Kamens. The second hike will begin from the same spot at 1:30 PM. Printed maps are available at Kings Books or on the day of the hike at the starting spot.

Tuesday, May 21

Book Talk: Introducing Globalization: Ties, Tensions, and Uneven Integration

Matthew Sparke, UW Geography

7:00 pm. Communications Building, Room 202, UW Seattle. FREE.

Matthew Sparke (UW Geography and International Studies) talks about his new book Introducing Globalization: Ties, Tensions, and Uneven Integration (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013). Designed specifically for introductory globalization courses, this book helps students to develop informed opinions about globalization, inviting them to become participants rather than just passive learners. Interdisciplinary, accessible, and comprehensive, this guide identifies and explores the major economic, political and social ties that comprise contemporary global interdependency. At the same time, it is designed to help students understand the way in which the word "Globalization" - and the struggles over its meaning - lies at the heart of debates between advocates of a "free market" and what critics describe as the damage and devastation of "market fundamentalism" and "neoliberalism."

Wednesday, May 22

Labor Book Reading Group

MLKCLC Education Committee

5:30-7:00 pm. Seattle Labor Temple, 2800 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121. Room 208.

The next MLKCLC Education Committee Book Group meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 22nd from 5:30pm 7:00pm at the Seattle Labor Temple, room 208.

Bring a snack and join in the discussion of our latest book! We will finish reading For Jobs and Freedom: Race and Labor in America Since 1865 by Robert H. Zieger. We will discuss chapters 5-7 of the book. Please bring book suggestions so that we can chose a new reading to begin for the summer!

For more information, contact Cheryl Coney at the Washington State Labor Education and Research Center at (206) 934-5350 or cheryl.coney@seattlecolleges.edu



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.


UW United Students Against Sweatshops Campaigns for Student Votes, Community Support

After collecting over 8,000 student signatures last quarter, UW USAS has earned a place on the ballot in next week’s ASUW elections. With the passing of Ballot Measure #1, USAS will finally have a spot on the online MyUW optional donation system. We are very excited about this opportunity and are fully committed to putting every cent back into the campus community to continue empowering students to advocate for themselves and the rights of UW contracted workers.

We have received overwhelming support for our campaign from Washington State leaders like Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, student groups like Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana/o de Aztlan de UW, and campus unions who represent custodians, teaching assistants, and other folks that make our school run every day. You can find a complete list of our supporters here.

But we need your help! Make sure to vote “yes” on all Ballot Measures next week. A “yes” to USAS means a stronger student voice and a more ethical campus community. | Read more


2013 Summer Institute for Union Women - Register Now!

June 25-29, 2013. University of Washington, Seattle.

CALLING ALL RANK AND FILE WOMEN, OFFICERS & STAFF! The Washington State Labor Education and Research Center is hosting the 2013 Western Regional Summer Institute for Union Women in Seattle at the University of Washington. The Institute will begin on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 25th and end in the evening on June 29th, 2013.

This year's program is includes over 20 trainings and workshops, labor actions, and much much more. Some of the classes and workshops to be offered include:

  • Collective Bargaining
  • Labor's Legislative Agenda: Power & Accountability
  • Organizing
  • Strategic Campaigns
  • Labor Law
  • Civil Disobedience
  • Women's Labor History
  • And much, much, more!

To view a complete list of the classes to be offered, or register for the conference, visit the Washington LERC website .

Questions? Contact Cheryl Coney for more information at cheryl.coney@seattlecolleges.edu or 206.934.5382.The deadline to register is May 31st, 2013. Late registrations received before June 7th will be charged a $50 late fee.

May 13, 2013


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WA State2013-2014 Labor Studies Research Grants

No "Report of the Month" this month, just a reminder to UW graduate students and faculty to apply for our upcoming 2013-2014 Labor Studies Research Grants!

Each year, the Bridges Center funds labor research across many disciplines. Up to $7,500 is available. The deadline to apply is June 10, 2013.



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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