Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies


Classes are still a month away, but signs are everywhere that a new school year is approaching. At the University of Washington, the Bridges Center seeks a work study student. Meanwhile, the UW chapter of United Students Against Sweatshops is already busy leading actions. That and more in this week's issue of Labor Talks!

New Fund for Students in Labor Studies

The Bridges Center is honored to announce the creation of the Sherill Crawford Anderson and Clinton M. Rost Endowed Student Support Fund in Labor Studies, the result of a generous gift by Anderson and Rost. The fund will begin supporting students in 2013.

After a lifetime devoted to social justice and education, Clint Rost passed away June 15, 2012 at the age of 84. Clint served in the US Army in Korea, and worked his way through the University of Washington as a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 44. He then worked for the Children's Home Society of Washington and United Way of King County. Clint was a devoted member of the UW Alumni Association and often served as a UW guest lecturer, instructing students on the finances of not-for-profit organizations.

Sherill Anderson, long-time companion of Clint, holds a deep appreciation for the value of work and unions. Her father, L.A. Crawford, worked as a Teamster, and then a devoted member of ILWU Local 19 in Seattle. Her late husband, Richard Anderson, worked until retirement as a member of Sheet Metal Local 99. She writes, "The studies conducted under the auspices of the Bridges Center are most important for our country and all working people. Our country and the world need more leaders like Harry Bridges!"

Bridges Center seeks student work study assistant

Are you a University of Washington student who received a work study award for 2012-2013? Are you interested in the labor movement or other social justice movements? Come work with the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies!

Working for the Bridges Center is a great way to gain first-hand experience with the labor movement. It is a unique opportunity to network with students, faculty and the labor community while acquiring office experience useful for future employment opportunities.

For more information, contact the Bridges Center at 206-543-7946, or by e-mail at hbcls@uw.edu. | Read more

Deadline extended for WA State Labor Research Grants

Deadline: September 28, 2012

Due to a lack of applications, the deadline to apply for the Washington State Labor Research Grant has been extended to September 28, 2012.

The grant provides $7,500 in funding to UW faculty members for projects related to labor and policy in our state. | Read more


Save the date!
Saturday, November 17
20th Anniversary of the Bridges Chair:
Conference & Banquet

Husky Union Building (HUB), UW Seattle.

2012 marks the 20th year since the establishment of the Harry Bridges Chair in Labor Studies. To honor the occasion, on Saturday, November 17 the Bridges Center will host a conference titled "Labor, Labor Studies and the Future." The conference will be followed by a special anniversary banquet bash!

We're working hard to put together fun, dynamic events that give us a chance to look back on our achievements while looking forward to the challenges of the future. More information will be made available soon.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact the Bridges Center at hbcls@uw.edu or call 206-543-7946.


Friday, September 21
to Saturday, September 22
Class: Labor History with a Global Focus

Washington State Labor Education and Research Center

6737 Corson Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98108. Cost: $125 per person.

Registration Deadline: Friday, September 14, 2012

The class will focus on the following questions:

  1. How did the U.S. become the richest nation in the world and, at the same time, how did some of the Latin American nations become the poorest?
  2. When and how did the U.S. get involved in the global economy and how did that shape (or was shaped by) labor policy?
  3. How and why has worker control and participation in the workplace in the U.S. been limited by the evolution of U.S. globalism?
  4. What are some of the recent efforts within the global labor movement to address problems resulting from colonial legacies and imperialism?

The instructors for this class will be Charles Bergquist, Professor Emeritus in Modern Latin America from the Dept. of History at the UW and Will Brucher, the Labor Center's new labor educator. The class will benefit from Professor Bergquist's expertise on the evolution of labor policy throughout the Americas, about which he has written, published and taught for many years.

Will Brucher has just finished his PhD in U.S. History at Brown University; his dissertation is titled "On the Edge of the Pacific Rim: Capitalism, Work, and Community on the Los Angeles Waterfront." Will will contribute his own expertise on the nature of global labor from his research. They will use one or two films in the class to help explore globalism and the development of labor politics.

For more information, contact the Washington State Labor Education and Research Center at (206) 934-5382 or sarah.laslett@seattlecolleges.edu

Thursday, September 27
Labor Book Group

MLK CLC Education Committee

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

Join the MLK CLC Education Committee Book Group in reading and discussing the Introduction and chapter 1 of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. Come on down and bring a snack!

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

Friday, October 19 - Saturday, October 20
Conference: From Civil War to Civil Rights

2012 Pacific Northwest History Conference

Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA.

Registration deadline: October 15, 2012

The Conference begins at 2:00 p.m. on October 19 and continues on Saturday October 20, 2012 until 2:30 p.m. with all sessions at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma. Friday evening reception and Saturday morning light breakfast included in registration. Saturday lunch on your own.

Highlights include Friday evening reception and book signing event at the Washington State History Museum with Dr. David W. Blight noted author on Civil War legacy who will also give the keynote plenary address for the conference on Saturday, October 20, 2012.

Scheduled presentations include panels on Civil War connections in Washington Territory, Civil War Biography, Seattle Civil Rights, Oregon Slavery and Exclusion, Native American Civil Rights and the Labor and Civil Rights Struggle Project in Tacoma. | Read more




UW students, others, urge Costco to support Palermo’s workers (The Stand)

Leo Baunach, quoted in this article, is one of this year's recipients of the Bridges Center's Jugum Scholarship in Labor Studies.

August 24, 2012 - University of Washington students and community leaders, led by members of UW's United Students Against Sweatshops (UW USAS) and Washington Young Emerging Labor Leaders (WA YELL), visited Costco headquarters on Friday, Aug. 24 to urge Costco CEO Craig Jelinek to end the company’s contract with Palermo's.

The frozen pizza company has been cited for numerous labor violations at its Milwaukee plant, resulting in Palermo's workers going on strike. The company has refused to recognize its workers' choice to form a union.

"Costco, a company with an admirable record toward its own employees, has an opportunity to take a stand," said UW USAS member Leo Baunach. "Costco should end their business relationship with Palermo's and do right by the workers who are fighting for fair treatment in their workplace." | Read more

Fall 2012 Seminar Series on Poverty and Public Policy

West Coast Poverty Center

The seminar series brings prominent national and local faculty to the UW campus to present their cut­ting-edge research on poverty and public policy.

Approximately five seminars are offered each quarter and are open to UW faculty, UW graduate students from all disciplines, and members of the public who are interested in research on issues of poverty and inequality and related public policies.

One session each quarter is a student-oriented session for students who enroll for credit. This session provides opportunities for students to network with other students and with UW faculty from a variety of disciplines who are working on topics relating to poverty and inequality.

Highlights in Fall 2012 include:

  • James Ziliak, Carol Martin Gatton Chair in Microeconomics, University of Kentucky
  • Jim Walker, Professor of Economics and Center for Demography and Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Tara Watson, Associate Professor of Economics, Williams College
  • Dina Okamoto, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California, Davies

The West Coast Poverty Center facili­tates nationally significant, locally relevant social policy research by connecting scholars, policymakers and practitioners; magnifying the reach of new knowledge; and fostering the next generation of anti-pov­erty scholars. | Read more

Longer time to find new job, less pay for moms laid off during recession (UW Today)

By Molly McElroy, UW News and information

Brian Serafini, quoted in this article, received a Labor Studies research grant from the Bridges Center in 2011-2012.

August 17, 2012. In a 2010 survey of laid-off workers across the United States, married moms spent more time between jobs and were overall less likely to find new jobs compared with married dads. Once re-employed, married moms experienced a decrease in earnings of $175 more per week compared with married dads.

The results suggest that the recent recession, dubbed the "man-cession" or "he-cession" because more men than women lost jobs, could also be viewed as a "mom-cession" as laid-off moms had the hardest time finding new jobs.

"These findings hold true across different backgrounds, such as occupation, earnings and work history,” said study co-author Brian Serafini, a University of Washington sociology graduate student. “This implies that laid-off moms aren’t just taking part-time jobs or seeing being laid off as a way to opt out of the workforce and embrace motherhood instead." | Read more

Model shows dramatic global decline in ratio of workers to retired people (UW Today)

By Molly McElroy, UW News and information

August 20, 2012. A new statistical model predicts that by 2100 the number of people older than 85 worldwide will increase more than previously estimated, and there will be fewer working-age adults to support them than previously expected.

The findings, reported by researchers at the University of Washington and the United Nations, suggest an even greater decrease in the coming decades in support for social security programs for elderly adults.

Lead author Adrian Raftery, UW professor of statistics and sociology, was surprised by how dramatically the proportion of the world’s “oldest old” will increase by the end of the century. | Read more

August 27, 2012


Bridges Center Events

  • Save the date!
    Sat, Nov 17
    20th Anniversary of the Bridges Chair

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