Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies

GOOD BYE, 2012!

This is our last issue of LABOR TALKS for 2012. Read below to learn more about an exciting labor arts exhibit, student activism, labor studies courses, funding opportunities, and more from the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies. We'll see you in 2013!


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.


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

Monday, December 24

Christmas Truce Concert

Seattle Labor Chorus

7:00 pm. Woodland Park Community of Christ Church, 5555 Phinney Ave N Seattle, WA 98103. FREE.

Celebrate Christmas Eve differently this year, and join the Seattle Labor Chorus in an observance of the 1914 Christmas truce--the spontaneous one-day truce among opposing soldiers in World War I. Take in stories, songs, and images from the time, and share the hope of peace. This event is interfaith, nonsectarian, and free.

For more information, email ChristmasTruce.Seattle@gmail.com.

Friday, January 11 - Saturday, January 12

Conference: Human Trafficking in an Era of Globalization: Forced Labor, Involuntary Servitude, and Corporate & Civic Responsibility

7:00 pm. Husky Union Building (HUB), North Ballroom. UW Seattle. $150; student rates available.

An international conference to examine the root causes of human trafficking and develop strategies to work towards not only preventing, but also eradicating the trade.

The conference will take place on January 12-13, 2013 at the UW Husky Union Building North Ballroom, and topics will include Forced Migration and Labor Rights, International Trade Agreements, and Human Rights.

For more information, or to register, click here.



A new age of activism at college (Seattle Times)

*Grace Flott, one of the students profiled in this Seattle Times column, received the Bridges Center's 2012-2013 Gundlach Scholarship in Labor Studies*

December 5, 2012 - Grace Flott and Rachel Shevrin are busy college students, but they make time to work for issues they care about.

Campus activism doesn't look like it did in the 1960s, but it's still having an impact, and I was curious about how students today approach social engagement, what they care about and how they press for action without taking over buildings or staging huge demonstrations.

The two University of Washington students are co-chairs of the UW chapter of United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS), the group that led a yearlong campaign to end a university contract with Adidas.

Last week, the UW ended the relationship, in which Adidas supplied sports apparel with the UW logo.

At issue was severance pay Adidas failed to pay to workers at a factory in Indonesia that it closed last year.

Flott, a senior whose focus is international studies and French, said she feels like part of a long tradition of student protest. | Read more

Another victory for USAS: UW puts best foot forward against sweatshops (UW Daily)

December 2, 2012 - Its members may lack the polish of the Associated Students of the UW (ASUW) advocates, who are paid to represent student interests on and off campus, but the UW’s chapter of the United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) has again proven its effectiveness following a quick victory against Adidas, which owes $1.8 million in severance pay to Indonesian workers following the closing of a factory.

After this past Tuesday’s news that the UW severed its $100,000 contract with the international sports apparel conglomerate, USAS can add the victory to its already impressive list of either discontinuing or cutting UW contracts. Since 2009, the UW has stopped doing business with, or demanded major concessions from, Nike, Sodexo, Russell Athletic, and now Adidas, all after immense pressure from the student organization.

The victories didn’t just begin there, either. Before USAS became USAS (and was known as the Student Labor Action Project, or SLAP), student activists pressured LVI industries — the contractor that was awarded a UW contract to decommission and demolish a campus nuclear reactor — into union neutrality or the acceptance of worker organization. Similarly, SLAP pressured the UW to sign on to the Designated Suppliers Program in 2007, which works to assure that all university-licensed apparel is made in fair labor factories. | Read more


New Course on "Immigration and Exclusion" Announced for Winter Quarter

The UW History Department has announced a late-addition seminar that is particularly of interest to Labor Studies Minors. It is being offered Thursdays from 11:30-1:20. If interested, send an email to History Undergraduate Advising at histadv@uw.edu for an add code to register. Here is the class description:


The United States has long claimed to be a "nation of immigrants," while simultaneously drawing strict lines of exclusion around its borders according to race, class, or ideology. This class critically evaluates this American maxim in two ways. The first half of the course examines the historiography of immigration. How have scholars studied the subjects of immigration and exclusion? The second half is a methodological workshop. Working in teams, you will explore different topics with the goal of expanding our local historical knowledge of immigration and exclusion.

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!


Upcoming Deadline for UW Bothell's Fellows in the Project of Interdisciplinary Pedagogy

Deadline: January 25, 2013

The Project for Interdisciplinary Pedagogy (PIP) provides an opportunity for a diverse, highly motivated cohort of 4 to 6 University of Washington doctoral candidates to develop their teaching skills in the context of an integrative interdisciplinary program that spans the arts and sciences. Project fellows will work closely with faculty mentors in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (SIAS) and create teaching portfolios that include evidence of hands-on experience with various theories and practices of interdisciplinarity and interdisciplinary pedagogy.

Doctoral students interested in the theory and practice of interdisciplinarity and interdisciplinary pedagogy should go to the PIP website at: http://www.uwb.edu/IAS/about/pip.xhtml. Or, feel free to contact the co-directors of PIP for 2013-14: Bruce Burgett (burgett@u.washington.edu) or Martha Groom (groom@u.washington.edu).

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.

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

2013 Woody Guthrie Fellowship Program: Application Period Now Open

Deadline: February 1, 2013

The Woody Guthrie Foundation and Archives, in conjunction with the BMI Foundation, Inc., are pleased to announce that the application period for the 2013 Woody Guthrie Fellowship Program is now open.

The 8th Annual Woody Guthrie Fellowship, with a value of up to $5,000, will be awarded to support scholarly research at the Woody Guthrie Archives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This Fellowship seeks to encourage unique exploration into the many facets of Woody Guthrie's life, legacy, and contribution to American and world culture.

Scholars pursuing research related to Woody Guthrie's life, historic context, creative works, and musical influence, as well as his philosophical, political, or humanistic ideals, are encouraged to apply for this prestigious Fellowship.

More information about the Fellowship is available through the Woody Guthrie Fellowship Program website.


Labor Under Attack: Learning from the Past and Preparing for the Future

Pacific Northwest Labor History Association Annual Conference

May 3-5, 2013. Portland, Oregon.

Proposal Deadline: January 15, 2013.

2013 marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, whose organizing in the northwest resulted in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia being one of the most strongly unionized regions of the US and Canada by the end of World War II.

How will we preserve the gains of the CIO era, and build a new labor movement? What are the connections between the CIO and progressive political movements, and our own unions and popular movements like Occupy? This year’s 45th PNLHA Conference in Portland gives workers, unionists, scholars and community activists an opportunity to reflect on some of these themes and examine the prospects for a revitalized labor movement in our time.

We invite proposals for presentation, panels, workshops and papers related to this theme. The Pacific Northwest Labor History Association strongly encourages participatory methods for program presentations, including popular education exercises, oral history, and the arts, as well as traditional scholarly presentations. Proposals dealing with Canadian themes are strongly encouraged.

For the 2013 conference we are casting a broad net for proposals. Some topics we are particularly interested include:

  • The CIO in British Columbia, Washington and Oregon
  • The Left-led Unions in the PNW
  • Workers Art, Song and Culture
  • Immigrant Workers in the PNW—Then and Now
  • Independent Political Movements in the PNW: The Commonwealth Federations
  • Labor and the Occupy Movement
  • Union Insurgent Movements
  • Labor and the New Left
  • The History of Public Employee Unions and the Current Assault on Bargaining Rights


For more information on submitting proposals, visit the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association website.

December 17, 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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