Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies

Labor Studies CoursesLabor Studies Course List - Now Available for Autumn 2013

In Autumn 2013, nearly thirty Labor Studies-related courses will be offered at the UW Seattle, Tacoma and Bothell campuses. All count towards a Minor in Labor Studies.

For a full listing complete with course details, visit the Labor Studies Minor website.

Registration for Autumn quarter is on-going over summer. Make plan and register now!

Labor ArchivesLabor Archives Contributes to Prize-Winning History Project

The Labor Archives of Washington continues to be a resource for students throughout the state.

This month, it was announced that Heni Barnes won the Gold Medal in the National History Day competition for her video, using Labor Archives materials, on the 1917 Pacific Northwest Lumber Strike.

The project earned Barnes, a student at Coupeville High School, a $5,000 award from the History Channel!

This is the fifth major student prize the Labor Archives of Washington has made possible. In both 2012 and 2013, LAW made possible four different papers honored with the UW Library Research Award.



Warming World: Climate Change, Labour and Social Struggle

From November 29 to December 1, 2013, Work in a Warming World (W3) will be hosting an International Conference, Work in a Warming World: Climate Change, Labour and Social Struggle, held in Toronto, Canada. Multiple discussion panels will address the various ways that climate change is, and will continue, affecting peoples working lives.

Young workers are a vital part of this discussion.

W3 would like to invite any labour studies students and members of young workers union committees, interested in learning about how the challenges climate change presents to work can and must be met.

This will be a great opportunity to meet the leaders in this growing field as well as network with fellow students and activists.

Undergraduate students are welcome to submit a paper to present at the Conference, at a special session titled: Youth, Climate and the Future of Work.

Please join us for this important discussion about one of the fastest growing concerns facing the labour movement today!

For registration, paper submission, and other information visit Work in a Warming World at www.workinawarmingworld.yorku.ca/w3conference/.

Work in a Warming World is a research program based out of York University, dedicated to examining the impact of climate change on the world of work, globally.


USAS is Hiring a Full-Time National Organizer!

United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) is currently hiring one full-time National Organizer to be based out of Washington, DC. The position offers a competitive non-profit salary, a comprehensive health benefits package, and a union contract including flexible vacation time and a cost of living adjustment. Applications are due July 15, 2013. The position will start in late August or early September with some flexibility. The incoming organizer will be trained by the three current national organizers. USAS National Organizers are overseen by a National Coordinating Committee of student organizers.

Formed in 1997, USAS is a grassroots membership organization run entirely by youth and students. USAS uses the strategic leverage of students to support the formation and continued strength of unions in the U.S. and around the world, particularly unions representing campus workers and garment workers who manufacture collegiate licensed apparel.

National staff work closely with students to support ongoing campus organizing; coordinate the activities of local organizations into international actions and campaigns; put together meetings, trainings, and conferences; maintain communication and coordination with domestic and international allies; and facilitate the infrastructure development of a dynamic movement. | Read more

WSLC seeks Spanish-speaking Project Help Claims Specialist

The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, the state’s largest labor organization representing some 400,000 union members from more than 600 local unions, has an exciting job opportunity for a Project HELP Claims Specialist at its Seattle office. The application deadline is Monday, July 15.

Project HELP is a resource for injured workers, employers, and other interested parties seeking help with Washington State’s workers’ compensation concerns. Injured workers contact this program for help with their vital questions, assistance for quick claims resolution, navigating the claims process and seeking information on industrial insurance. This program provides educational information and guidance to ensure appropriate benefits are received under industrial insurance law. | Read more

Global Poverty and Practice Postdoctoral Fellows Program (University of California, Berkeley)

The Global Poverty and Practice Post Doctoral Fellows program at the Blum Center for Developing Economies, UC Berkeley aims to support research and teaching in a wide range of interdisciplinary fields and on a variety of subject areas relevant to poverty, inequality, and poverty action.

This two year program challenges Fellows to advance a research project and to articulate a plan for the publication and dissemination of such research. Each Fellow will also be asked to teach three courses during the two-year appointment. One course directly relates to the Fellows research, and the other courses contribute to the core curriculum of the Global Poverty and Practice Minor.

Fellows will actively participate in the newly launched Higher Education Solutions Network. The program will select two Fellows to begin during the 2013-14 school year. Start date negotiable. | Read more

Assistant/Associate Professor - Inequality and Social Justice (University of Washington)

The Department of Political Science at the University of Washington (UW) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor or early Associate Professor with theoretical and substantive expertise that addresses important issues broadly relating to political, social and economic inequality and their implications for social justice and group-based politics.

We are open to applications from all subfields. Priority will be given to those who demonstrate a strong disciplinary basis for advancing the understanding of one or more aspects of inequality and social justice. The department is seeking outstanding candidates who demonstrate excellence in research, teaching, and a commitment to building a more inclusive faculty and sets of graduate students and undergraduate majors. Experience in teaching in the online environment will be an asset.

The successful candidate will hold a full time position in Political Science with possible additional appointments in related units. University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service. Candidates should have their Ph.D. or equivalent foreign degree prior to the appointment start date or be ABD. | Read more

July 8, 2013


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WA StateEconomic Restructuring, Policy Change, and the Impacts on Labor in the Forest Products Industry: Implications for Washington State through a Cascadian Lens

Brendan Sweeney, Washington State Labor Research

After watching Heni Barnes's prize-winning video about the 1917 Pacific Northwest Lumber Strike, learn more about the contemporary timber industry in this research report.



Waterfront Workers History Project

Explore the history of the West Coast waterfront through short films, video oral histories hundreds of rare photographs, an online archive of union publications and more.



Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO Records 1919-2010

July 25-27, the Washington State Labor Council will host its annual convention in Vancouver, WA.

To mark the occasion, browse the Council's historical records, recently updated up to the year 2010.


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