Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies

Congrats to Library Research Award Winners

Two labor studies students have won the 2013 UW Library Research Award for Undergraduates. This highly prestigious award earns each student $1000.

Leo Baunach, "Organizing Precarious Workers in the CIO Era: The International Fishermen and Allied Workers of America." Based on rare records held in the Labor Archives of Washington, Baunach's paper examines a Seattle-based union that once represented more than 25,000 fishermen and cannery workers. It is now available as a report on the Waterfront Workers History Project.

Ashley Lindsay, "Working Together: Waterfront Politics, Peace and Solidarity during the 1948 West Coast Maritime Strike." Lindsay's paper shows how the ILWU's strong participatory democracy and workplace culture enabled it to maintain solidarity and militancy during a period when American labor was purging its radical elements and facing growing political conservatism. It will be available on the Waterfront Workers History Project in the near future.

Miss the labor events at Folklife? Listen on-line!

Last month, the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies took part in a series of events at the Northwest Folklife Festival.

Streaming audio of each event is now available on-line, listed under "SIFF Cinema (Narrative Stage)":

EVENTS OF INTEREST


Thursday, June 20
Labor Book Group

MLKCLC Education Committee

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

The MLK CLC Education Committee Book Group will be finishing 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 and a snack and join in the discussion of our latest book!

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


Wednesday, June 26
Panel: Labor Feminism: What Does It Mean and Why is it Important?

2013 Summer Institute for Union Women

7:00pm-9:00pm. Cascade Room, Haggett Hall, UW Seattle. Free.

We've come a long way... (In 2013 44% of union members are women) . . . and we still have a long way to go. (Only 16% of national union presidents are women.) Moreover, in 40% of today's households in the U.S., a woman is the primary or sole bread winner.

Come and hear a panel of women union leaders from Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia talk about their experiences building a movement for economic empowerment for working women. Help us figure out how to make it even stronger!

Part of the 2013 Summer Institute for Union Women organized by the Washington State Labor Education and Research Center.


Saturday, June 29
Banquet: 2013 Summer Institute for Union Women Graduation

6:00pm-9:00pm. Cascade Room, Haggett Hall, UW Seattle. $45.

Come support the 150 graduates of this year's SIUW! You are welcome to join us for a banquet dinner and entertainment. The keynote speaker is Lynne Dodson, Secretary-Treasurer of the Washington State Labor Council who will be addressing the graduates and their supporters on the topic of "Women's Voices, Women's Power: Building the Labor Movement."

Tickets cost $45. Contact Cheryl Coney at 206-934-5382 or email her at cheryl.coney@seattlecolleges.edu if you wish to purchase a ticket. Tickets must be purchased by June 14th.

Part of the 2013 Summer Institute for Union Women organized by the Washington State Labor Education and Research Center.


NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS


LABOR NEWS IN THE COMMUNITY


WFSE unit reaches tentative deal at The Evergreen State College (The Stand)

OLYMPIA (June 7, 2014) — The Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28 has announced that the bargaining team for the Student Support Services Staff Union reached tentative agreement on Thursday afternoon on a first-ever contract with The Evergreen State College that includes what they called “an acceptable just-cause and compensation package.”

Contract details will be discussed with bargaining unit members on Friday and a contract vote is planned for next Wednesday, June 12. If members ratify the contract, that would end any further strike actions. The college’s Board of Trustees also must approve the plan. | Read more


UPCOMING CONFERENCES


Oregon Labor Education and Research Center: AFL-CIO 2013 Summer School

August 9-11, 2014. University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

The Labor Education and Research Center (LERC) at the University of Oregon was established in 1977 by an act of the Oregon Legislature. LERC’s founding was promoted by an alliance of unions, legislators, university faculty, labor relations professionals, and community leaders who believed that workers and unions in Oregon needed a specific program granting them access to the resources and expertise of the state’s higher education system

Throughout the AFL-CIO Summer School weekend, participants meet to share insights and ideas in educational core courses, workshops, and small group discussions with lots of opportunities to connect with union members from around the state.

Program Events:

  • Friday, August 9
    Plenary Session
    Social Hour
    Labor Book Exchange

  • Saturday, August 10
    Core Classes & Workshops
    Solidarity Picnic
    Music
    Labor Book Exchange
    Labor Film Festival

  • Sunday, August 11
    Core Classes & Workshops
    U-LEAD Graduation

For more information and to register, visit the Oregon LERC website.

June 10, 2013



IN THIS ISSUE


Events of Interest

News & Announcements

Support the Bridges Center




LABOR RESEARCH

REPORT OF THE MONTH

WA StateOrganizing Precarious Workers in the CIO Era: The International Fishermen and Allied Workers of America

Leo Baunach, Waterfront Workers History Project

Based on rare records held in the Labor Archives of Washington, Leo Baunach's paper examines a Seattle-based union that once represented more than 25,000 fishermen and cannery workers.




ON-LINE RESOURCES

PROJECT OF THE MONTH

Labor Archives of Washington Oral History Collection

The UW Library has begun digitizing its oral history collection, including interviews held in the Labor Archives of Washington.

The collection includes recorded conversations with activists Frank Jenkins, Chris Mensalvas, Aaron Dixon, and many more.




LABOR ARCHIVES

COLLECTION OF THE MONTH

ILWU's Fishermen and Allied Workers Division

In honor of Leo Baunach's award-winning paper, we highlight the collection that made his paper possible.

The collection includes correspondence, minutes, negotiations, agreements, and related papers of this large union representing several dozen local units.




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