Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies

UW severs Adidas contract following student actions against labor violations

Last week, the University of Washington announced it was severing a contract with Adidas following the apparel company's refusal to pay severance to workers in an Indonesian factory.

The move came after actions taken by the UW chapter of United Students Against Sweatshops, which began campaigning against the contract back in February.

The story was well-covered in local media, as well as distributed globally by the Associated Press. Here is a round-up of press coverage:

Deadline Approaching for WA State Labor Research Grant

Deadline: Friday, December 14, 2012

Due to a lack of applications, the deadline to apply for the Washington State Labor Research Grant has been extended to Dec. 14, 2012.

The grant provides $7,500 to UW faculty members for projects related to labor and policy in our state. For more information on how to apply and an overview of past projects, visit the Bridges Center's website.

Labor Studies CoursesLabor Studies Courses - Winter 2013 Registration Continues

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

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

Winter 2013 registration began November 2 and continues until mid-January. Plan now and register early!


December 6, 2012 - April 19, 2013

Exhibit: Images of Labor and Social Justice: The Art of Richard V. Correll

Labor Archives of Washington

On-going. Special Collections Basement Lobby, Allen Library North, UW Seattle.

This exciting exhibit highlights new additions to the collection of the Labor Archives of Washington. Richard V. (Dick) Correll (1904-1990), was one of the leading masters of printmaking in the West. Best known for his powerful black and white linoleum cuts, etchings and woodblock prints, for most of his life he earned a living as a commercial artist in the book publishing and advertising fields while producing a large body of fine art in his own time. Correll's themes ranged from landscapes, animals and agricultural scenes, harbors and ships, and music and dance to those which reflected his lifelong concern with political and social issues.

This exhibit features selections from several core areas of Correll's recently donated collection at the Labor Archives of Washington, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections: Images of labor, social justice, civil rights, anti-war themes, work for the Great Depression-era Washington State Works Projects Administration, and his work for the progressive Depression-era newspaper the Voice of Action.

For more information about the exhibit and the collection contact Labor Archivist Conor Casey at cmcasey@uw.edu or 206-685-3976.


Tuesday, December 4

Book Talk: Sex, Race and Class: The Perspective of Winning

Selma James, author and activist

6:00pm to 9:00pm. Gowen Hall, Room 201, UW Seattle.

In 1972, Selma James set out a new political perspective. Her starting point was the millions of unwaged women who, working in the home and on the land, were not seen as "workers" and their struggles viewed as outside of the class struggle.

Based on her political training in the Johnson-Forest Tendency, founded by her late husband C.L.R. James, on movement experience South and North, and on a respectful reading of Marx, she redefined the working class to include sectors previously dismissed as "marginal."

This event is hosted by the Student Anarchist Study Group, Black Orchid Collective, the Seattle Solidarity Network, and SUPER UW. For more information on James, visit http://www.selmajamesbooktour.net/

Thursday, December 6

Film: Shift Change

7:00pm. Pacific Place theater, 600 Pine St., Seattle, WA.

Join us for the Seattle premiere of the highly-anticipated new documentary film, SHIFT CHANGE, which examines worker owned and managed businesses in the U.S. and Mondragon, Spain.

With the long decline in well paid jobs, and today's economic crisis, millions have been thrown out of work, and many are losing their homes. Some are ready to employ a different business model; to help re-invent our failing economy in order to restore long-term community stability and a more egalitarian way of life. Businesses that are owned and managed by their workers tend to be more profitable, innovative and committed to the communities where they are based.

SHIFT CHANGE visits the more than 50 year old network of cooperative businesses in Mondragon, Spain, and thriving examples of such businesses in the U.S. The film shares on-the-ground experience, lessons, and observations from the worker-owners on the front line of the new economy.

The Seattle premiere of SHIFT CHANGE is presented by One PacificCoast Bank. The event is co-sponsored by: SLICE and Washington State Labor Council AFL-CIO.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmakers Melissa Young, Mark Dworkin, and Tony Harrah, along with local coop supporters.

Monday, December 10

UW Tacoma: International Human Rights Day Celebration

6:30pm to 8:00pm. Jane Russel Commons, Philip Hall, UW Tacoma, 1918 Pacific Avenue.

Celebrate International Human Rights Day with the University of Washington's Center for Human Rights.

Sponsored by UW Tacoma, UW Tacoma Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Bothell Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Seattle Philosophy Department, and the Program on Ideas.

For event information, contact eventuwt@uw.edu. For more information about the Center for Human Rights, visit http://http://jsis.washington.edu/humanrights/.

Thursday, December 20

Labor Book Group

MLKCLC 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 reading and discussing the Intro, Preface and Part I (Chapters 1-3) of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. Bring a snack, celebrate the end of the year and don't forget to bring a book suggestion as they gear up for a new reading in 2013.

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



Washington State Labor Research Grants

Deadline: Friday, December 14, 2012

Due to a lack of applications, the deadline to apply for the Washington State Labor Research Grant has been extended to Dec. 14, 2012.

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

Undergraduate Applicants Sought for David J. Olson Research Grant and Kaplan/Levi Civic Engagement Grant

Deadline: January 31, 2013

The UW Political Science Department is pleased to announce two new grants for undergraduates.

The Kaplan/Levi Undergraduate Grant to Promote Civic Engagement was created through the generosity of Robert D. Kaplan, Distinguished Alumnus of the UW Department of Political Science, and Margaret Levi, Jere L. Bacharach Professor of International Studies in the UW Department of Political Science. This grant provides $500 in financial support to students who seek through civic engagement to address issues of public concern. The grant should be used to cover expenses related to the project.

The David J. Olson Undergraduate Research Grant was created to honor David J. Olson, Professor Emeritus and former Chair of Political Science at the University of Washington. This grant provides $500 for expenses related to undergraduate research on state, regional or city politics or labor politics. The grant recipient will need to register for Pol S 499 (Independent Research) in spring or summer of 2013.

More information on the grants, including application instructions, visit http://www.polisci.washington.edu/Undergraduate/Undergrad_Resources/scholarships.html.


Fighting Forward: A Labor & Working-Class Summit

June 12-15, 2013. Madison, Wisconsin.

Proposal Deadline: January 14, 2013

Due to a lack of applications, the deadline to apply for the Washington State Labor Research Grant has been extended to Dec. 14, 2012.

Join us at the epicenter of the "Wisconsin Uprising" for a gathering of working people, community and labor activists, students and educators focused on building a revitalized movement in support of labor and the working class.

The Summit will provide an opportunity to celebrate, educate, strategize, share experiences and best practices, and build connections and relationships. The program will incorporate a broad array of activities, including workshops, panels, training sessions, roundtables, cultural exhibitions and performances, strategy sessions, tabling and exhibits, and social activities aimed at building and strengthening connections among participants.

The Program Committee welcomes proposals on topics addressing the wide range of social, economic, political, and organizational challenges confronting working-class people. Presenters are encouraged to use styles of presentation that promote the participation of attendees, emphasize problem-solving, and view both problems and solutions within a broader social, economic and political context.

Proposals for presentations, papers, and sessions are welcome until January 14, 2013. Notification of acceptance will be made by March 1. Submit proposals electronically to fightingforward2013@gmail.com . Inquiries and special requests should be directed to Don Taylor at the same e-mail address. Please understand that due to limited space, we are not able to accommodate all proposals.

For more information, visit the Working Class Studies Association website.

December 3, 2012


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WA StateRichard Correll and the Woodcut Graphics of the Voice of Action

Communism in Washington State History and Memory Project

As Richard Correll's striking woodcuts go on exhibit in the UW library, take a moment to read about and browse images of Correll's work as it appeared in the 1930s Seattle newspaper Voice of Action.



Great Depression in WA State Project - Special Section on Visual Arts

As Richard Correll's work shows, the New Deal fundamentally reshaped the relationship of the artist to society and of the public to the visual arts. This project explores the New Deal art programs that operated in Washington State and profiles some of the artists whose work can often still be found in post offices, schools, and other public buildings.



Labor and the New Deal

Browse the Labor Archives of Washington's extensive collection of material on labor and the New Deal, including hundreds of photographs viewable on-line.


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