Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies

New Labor Union Scholarship Website

Looking for a scholarship? The Bridges Center's scholarship deadlines have passed, but if you or a parent are a member of a union, you might be in luck.

Many labor unions offer scholarships to their members and immediate family. The Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies has compiled a website of Labor Union Scholarships, listing some of the opportunities that are available.

Please contact local labor unions directly for more information about the scholarships they offer, including upcoming deadlines.

If you know of a union-offered scholarship that is not listed below, please let us know at 206-543-7946, or by e-mail at hbcls@washington.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.

Monday, July 1
Forum: Reclaiming Prosperity: Building Stability & Security for Part-Time, Temporary & Contract Workers

Ken Jacobs, U.C. Berkeley Labor Center, and Chris Benner, U.C. Davis.

7:30 9:00pm. Seattle Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101. Downstairs, enter on Seneca Street. $5.

The nature of work is changing: Whether by necessity or by choice, more and more Americans are working in part-time, temporary, or contract jobs. This trend toward "flexible" or "contingent" employment impacts workers in low-wage service jobs: Increasingly, employees in knowledge- and information-based industries, including those that help fuel Seattle’s economy, are forced into temporary positions, and contingent workers often lack access to employment benefits such as healthcare and retirement security; paid sick leave; and worker rights, such as the right to join a union.

This event, the second in a new ongoing series, features nationally known labor and economic experts Ken Jacobs, Chair of the U.C. Berkeley Labor Center, and Chris Benner, Chair of the Community Development Graduate Group at U.C. Davis. In a conversation moderated by Rebecca Smith, coordinator of the Immigrant Worker Justice Project at the National Employment Law Project, they discuss part-time and temporary employment as they work to identify innovative solutions that build stability and security for workers in today’s economy. Presented as part of the Town Hall Civics series with Working Washington. Series supported by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True/Brown Foundation.

Tickets are $5 at www.townhallseattle.org or 888/377-4510 and at the door beginning at 6:30 pm. Town Hall members receive priority seating. Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street.



Stop the Koch Brothers Big Media Grab, Students Tell UW (Slog)

Are you scared of the Koch brothers? "You look a little scared. We're really scared," Morgan Currier, a senior at UW, told the university's Associate Treasurer during a meeting on the sixth floor of an office building near the campus on Wednesday. "We're hoping you can weigh in and say you're really concerned that the Koch brothers could own a big part of our media."

United Students Against Sweatshops wants the UW to send a message to Oaktree Capital Management, one of the UW endowment's investment managers: Don't sell the Tribune Company to notorious right-wing industrialists David and Charles Koch.

A portion (neither the university nor the students informed me of how much) of the university's $2.23 billion endowment is managed by Oaktree, which currently owns the largest stake (23 percent) of Tribune Company. The ailing media conglomerate runs the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, six other daily newspapers, and various TV stations, including Q13 Fox in Seattle. | Read more


100th Anniversary of the U.S. Department of Labor

This year marks the 100th anniversary of a milestone event in the history of America and the American workforce. In 1913, President William Howard Taft — on his last day in office — reluctantly signed legislation creating the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and giving workers a direct seat in the President’s cabinet for the first time.

Reflecting this, throughout 2013, DOL is conducting a variety of activities to mark its 100th anniversary. These include a video, interactive timeline, poster series and series of historical vignettes. | Read more


Labor Studies Journal Seeking Editorial Board Members

The Labor Studies Journal has several openings for Editorial Board members. Terms are for three years, and continue through the UALE conference in 2016.

LSJ is the official journal of the United Association for Labor Education (UALE). It is a multi-disciplinary journal which seeks submissions based on research about work, workers, labor organizations, and labor studies and worker education in the US and internationally.

To apply for a position on the Editorial Board, please answer the questions listed at the end of this email and send a C.V. or resume to our editorial assistant, Mackenzie Irrer at atirrermac@msu.edu. The deadline for applications is Friday, June 28. A committee of current board members will review the applications and select the new members.

LSJ editorial board members must be members of UALE throughout their term. (Non-members may apply, but agree to join UALE if selected for the board.)

For more information on the United Association for Labor Education: http://www.uale.org/.

June 24, 2013


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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.



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.



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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