Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies

Labor Studies CoursesThank you, Margaret Levi!

Effective March 31, Dr. Margaret Levi will become director of the prestigious Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Since 1974, Levi served as a professor of Political Science at the University of Washington, including four productive years as Harry Bridges Endowed Chair in Labor Studies (1996-2000).

Levi leaves behind an important legacy in Labor Studies at the UW. In addition to her two terms as Bridges Chair, Levi has mentored innumerable graduate students, taught the annual "Introduction to Labor Studies" undergraduate course, and co-chaired the UW's Advisory Committee on Trademarks & Licensing. Her prodigious scholarship includes a new book with former student John Ahlquist, In the Interest of Others. And that is only a sampling of what she has accomplished.

Our loss is Stanford's gain. Thank you, Dr. Levi, for 40 years of teaching and scholarship in Labor Studies at the University of Washington!

More Details Announced for Working Democracy Conference

The Bridges Center is proud to announce new details for our upcoming conference, Working Democracy: Labor and Politics in an Era of Inequality.

The event will take place on Friday, April 25 in the Husky Union Building, Room 250, on the UW Seattle campus. Names continue to be added to the roster of speakers, and a full schedule is forthcoming.

For updates on the event, reading lists on the conference themes, commentary from Bridges Chair George Lovell, and more, visit the Working Democracy website at http://workingdemocracy.uw.edu.

Labor Studies CoursesUniversity of Washington
Labor Studies Courses
for Spring 2014

In Spring 2014, twenty Labor Studies-related courses will be offered on all three UW campuses. All the courses count towards a Minor in Labor Studies.

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

Spring 2014 registration began Friday, February 14 and continues in March. Plan now and register early!


Worker Memorial Day Friday, April 25

Ceremony: Worker Memorial Day

11:30am - 12:30pm. Odegaard Undergraduate Library, Room 220, UW Seattle (Ceremony will begin with bagpipes in Red Square). FREE.

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 have died in 2013 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.

Sponsored by WFSE Local 1488/AFSCME Council 28, UAW Local 4121, M.L. King County Labor Council, WSNA, SEIU 925, UW United Students Against Sweatshops, UW AAUP, Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, and theUW Department of Environmental Health and Safety.

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

Working Democracy Friday, April 25

Conference: Working Democracy: Labor and Politics in an Era of Inequality

1:00pm-5:30pm, 6:30-9:00pm. Husky Union Building (HUB), Room 250, UW Seattle. FREE.

On Friday, April 25, the Bridges Center will convene Working Democracy, a conference discussing labor's response to growing inequality and the contemporary crisis of democracy.

Bringing together activists, scholars, labor and community leaders, the conference seeks to build the capacity of our political institutions to provide meaningfully democratic response to the growing inequalities in income, wealth, and opportunity.

Participants to include:

  • David Cay Johnston, Journalist
  • David Rolf, SEIU 775
  • Rebecca Smith, National Employment Law Project
  • Teresa Mosqueda, Washington State Labor Council
  • Larry Brown, IAM 751
  • Mark McDermott, Labor Educator
  • Casa Latina Workers Council
  • Kim Voss, University of California - Berkeley
  • Ruth Milkman, City University of New York
  • Daniyal Zuberi, University of Toronto
  • Stephen Bezruchka, University of Washington, Global Health
  • Michael Honey, University of Washington, Tacoma
  • Daniel Jacoby, University of Washington, Bothell
  • And more!

Full schedule forthcoming. For updates on the event, reading lists on the conference themes, commentary from Bridges Chair George Lovell, and more, visit the Working Democracy website at http://workingdemocracy.uw.edu .

Organized by the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, with support from the UW Department of Political Science; UW Department of History; UW Department of Geography; UW Law, Societies & Justice Program; UW Jackson School of International Studies; and the UW School of Social Work.


Tuesday, March 18

Lecture: It Takes a City: Seattle and the Alchemy of Innovation

Margaret O'Mara, UW History

7:00-8:00 pm. Museum of History and Industry, 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle WA, 98109. $10 general, $5 MOHAI members.

MOHAI's annual Denny Lecture presents the very best in regional historical scholarship, held for the first time at the new MOHAI. The 2014 Denny Lecture features an engaging presentation by Bezos Center for Innovation curator Margaret O'Mara.

Seattle has been home to a remarkable number of world-changing individuals, organizations, and ideas - from health care to technology, music to social activism. What is it about this place that has made it a hub of innovation? This lecture explores the importance of place to the process of innovation, and how Seattle's past has shaped its innovative present.

Margaret O'Mara is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Washington, specializing in political, economic and urban history. She is the author of "Cities of Knowledge: Cold War Science and the Search for the Next Silicon Valley" and is a founding member of the Lake Union Lab.

Saturday, March 22

Workshop: Communicating Across Difference: A Social Justice Training to Connect Labor and Community

Washington Young Emerging Labor Leaders & the Washington State Labor Education and Research Center

10am-3pm. Georgetown campus, South Seattle Community College, 6737 Corson Ave S, Seattle 98108, Bldng C, Rm 110. $20.

The Washington Young Emerging Labor Leaders and the Washington State Labor Education and Research Center are pleased to present “Communicating Across Difference: A Social Justice Training to Connect Labor and Community,” a daylong workshop designed to help labor and community allies form a stronger movement by working with issues of racial, gender, sexual, and ethnic diversity.

At the last AFL-CIO Western State Convention, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka emphasized the crucial need to connect more closely with community allies and join the larger progressive movement. In order to achieve this, we need to look honestly and openly at issues of diversity in the labor movement. By practicing having conversations about race, gender, ethnicity, and sexuality, organizers and activists of all ages and backgrounds can become comfortable and skilled at working adeptly with diversity in their locals, in politics, and in the broader community.

The workshop will be facilitated by Norma Timbang, an experienced diversity trainer, and will use listening- and conversation-based methods. It will be held Saturday, March 22nd from 10am-3pm at the Georgetown campus of South Seattle Community College (6737 Corson Ave S, Seattle 98108, Bldng C, Rm 110). Registration is $20 and will be open until March 14th.

Please note, space is very limited due to the discussion-centric style of learning we will be doing. We recommend registering early. If there are more applicants than we can accommodate, we’ll be happy to plan another workshop.

To register, or for more information, contact Justine Winnie at jwinnie@wslc.org or 206-281-8901.

Wednesday, April 9

Talk: Hong Kong Union Leaders On the Dockworkers' strike of April 2013

7:00pm. Seattle Labor Temple, 2800 1st Ave, Seattle WA, 98121. Free.

Two of the union leaders involved in the Hong Kong dockworkers' strike of April 2013 will be in Seattle to discuss their strike and the issues they are facing.

Stephan Chan is a rank & file dockworker, employed as a sub-contracted checker in the Kwai Tung terminal. He helped to organize the Union of Hong Kong Dockers (UHKD) in 2005 and served as its first chairperson. He remains one of the core leaders of the union and played a vital role during the April 2013 strike.

Loy Wong is an organizing secretary of Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU), with more than 12 years of experience in the trade union. He leads the organizing and support work for unions in the transportation and logistics sector, including the Union of Hong Kong Dockworkers.



Michael Honey Discusses His Close Relationship with John Handcox and Pete Seeger (UW Columns Magazine)

Pete Seeger left a long trail of fans and friends when he died Jan. 27. Among them was Michael K. Honey, a UW Tacoma Humanities professor.

They met in 1970 while Honey was a civil rights activist in the South and were drawn to each other as fellow activists, musicians and historians. That chance meeting and the long friendship that followed culminated in Honey’s most recent book, Sharecropper’s Troubadour, an oral history of black songwriter John L. Handcox, whose work Seeger memorized as a teenager. The book puts Handcox’s voice in context through Honey’s research about the 1930s labor movement in the South. | Read More

Bridges Center Faculty Associate Jake Rosenfeld Quoted in Article about Boeing Machinists (Everett Daily Herald)

District Lodge 751 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), which represents some 32,000 people who build Boeing airplanes in Western Washington and elsewhere, has a new leader.

Jon Holden, 41, succeeds Tom Wroblewski, who resigned in January, citing health reasons. Holden won 76 percent in voting Thursday, the union said at its headquarters here, and will complete Wroblewski’s term, which runs to 2016. Holden had two competitors, John Lopez and Ray Wilkinson. | Read More


UW union activist George T. Starkovich, 1922-2014

When George Starkovich began working at the UW in 1965, he immediately became active in his local union (AFSCME, Local 1488). He served as president and vice-president for many years and helped union membership grow from a couple hundred workers to more than a thousand. George worked tirelessly to improve the working conditions for the UW's lowest-paid employees. Through his leadership role and with the help of many others, the first contract for the workers was obtained, many equal pay battles for women were won, and the first women were hired in previously all-male departments. After retirement from the University in 1984, George continued his leadership and activism serving as president and vice-president of the UW/Harborview (Chapter 28) Retired Public Employees Council for many years. He was honored to be a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging in 1995. | Read More


UW Center for Human Rights Seeks Applications for 2014 Human Rights Fellowships

Are you interested in working toward social justice this summer? Do you have a hands-on human rights project that needs funding? Have you always wanted to hold U.S. institutions accountable for human rights violations? The University of Washington Center for Human Rights may have a fellowship for you!

Two awards are available to UW students:

These awards are open to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Washington (Bothell, Seattle, Tacoma). Applications are open from March 3, 2014 to April 4, 2014. | Read More

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Lonnie NelsonOn-line Oral History: Lonnie Nelson

An interview with Communist Party activist Lonnie Nelson, who passed way February 12, discussing her life of involvement in social justice causes.



Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project: Women in Civil Rights Movements

March 8th is International Women's Day. Mark the holiday learning about the role of women in the civil rights movement.

Highlights include a slideshow, reports, and oral history videos.



Collections Donated by Mary Gibson Hatten

Civil Rights activist Mary Gibson Hatten passed away this last December. Before she passed, she donated the papers of her late husband, labor lawyer Barry Hatten, to the Labor Archives of Washington.

Mary was also a key member of the Carlos Bulosan Manuscript Committee that resulted in Bulosan's and his brother Aurelio's collections being donated to the University of Washington.


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