Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies


Today marks the first day of Winter quarter for UW students. At the Bridges Center, we are gearing up for a busy season. Upcoming events include:

Check it out! The UW Libraries has just created their first promotional video for the Labor Archives of Washington's new exhibit on the life and work of artist Richard V. Correll.

Watch it for a preview of the show, and then head down to the UW's Allen Library to view the full exhibit, on now!


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.

Monday, February 4
& Tuesday, February 5

Talk: Stayin' Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class

Jefferson Cowie, Labor History, Cornell University


Mon, Feb 4: Time and Room TBA. UW Bothell. FREE.
Tues, Feb 5: Time and Room TBA. UW Seattle. FREE.

A wide-ranging cultural and political history that will forever redefine a misunderstood decade, Stayin' Alive is prize-winning historian Jefferson Cowie’s remarkable account of how working-class America hit the rocks in the political and economic upheavals of the 1970s. In this edgy and incisive book—part political intrigue, part labor history, with large doses of American music, film and television lore—Cowie, with "an ear for the power and poetry of vernacular speech" (Cleveland Plain Dealer), reveals America's fascinating path from rising incomes and optimism of the New Deal to the widening economic inequalities and dampened expectations of the present.

Jefferson Cowie is an associate professor of history at Cornell University. He is the author of Capital Moves: RCA's Seventy-Year Quest for Cheap Labor (The New Press), which received the 2000 Philip Taft Prize for the Best Book in Labor History. He lives in Ithaca, New York.

Friday, March 8

Conference: The Transformation of Supply Chains

Time and Room TBA. UW Seattle. FREE.

This one-day conference will bring together scholars and stake-holders to discuss the current state of labor supply chains, how they are changing, and what the points of leverage are for making them fairer to workers.

Organized by the University of Washington Advisory Committee on Trademarks and Licensing (ACTL) with support from the Office of the President.

Co-sponsors include the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, Evans School, Business School, Law School, and Department of Political Science.


Thursday, January 10

Talk: War on Trafficking"? Resisting Criminalization as a Solution to "Modern Day Slavery"

Emi Koyama, activist and writer

6:00pm. Husky Union Building (HUB), Room 332. UW Seattle. FREE.

In light of the Women's Center upcoming conference on human trafficking, the Q Center has partnered with the ASUW Women's Action Committee, Queer Student Commission, Student Disability Commission, and QPOCA to bring Emi Koyama to the UW.

Emi Koyama is a multi-issue social justice activist and writer synthesizing feminist, Asian, survivor, dyke, queer, sex worker, intersex, genderqueer and crip politics. Emi will be bringing a much needed additional perspective to this discussion, discussing how law enforcement centered anti-trafficking efforts are not in line with anti-racist, anti-oppression, queer liberatory politics.

Emi's writing is available online at http://eminism.org/

Accessibility information: The HUB is wheelchair accessible through the main west entrance on the 1st floor. Once you enter, the elevators are on the right. Please refrain from using scented products such as perfume, cologne and essential oils to keep the space accessible for folks who are chemically injured and/or have MCS.

Friday, January 11 - Saturday, January 12

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

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.

Thursday, January 17

Talk: Indigenous Women Migrants and Human Rights in the Era of Neo-liberal Multi-criminalism

Shannon Speed, University of Texas

4:00pm. Communications (HUB), Room 120. UW Seattle. FREE.

Shannon Speed (Chickasaw) holds a doctoral degree in Anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of California, Davis. She is currently an Associate Professor of Anthropology and the Director of Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) at the University of Texas at Austin. She has worked for the last decade and a half in Mexico, and her research and teaching interests include indigenous politics, human rights, neoliberalism, gender, feminist theory, and activist research. She has published five books and edited volumes, including Rights in Rebellion: Human Rights and Indigenous Struggle in Chiapas, Human Rights in the Maya Region: Global Politics, Moral Engagements, and Cultural Contentions, and Dissident Women: Gender and Cultural Politics in Chiapas. Her recent research includes comparative work on women in the Chickasaw District and Peacemaking Courts, and an oral history project with indigenous women migrants from Latin America.

Presented as part of "B/ordering Violence: Boundaries, Gender, Indigeneity in the Americas," a John E. Sawyer Seminar in Comparative Cultures generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and co-sponsored by the Latin American & Caribbean Studies program, the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, the Simpson Center for the Humanities, and the Institute for the Study of Ethnicity, Race, & Sexuality (WISER). For more on the B/ordering Violence Seminar Series, visit http://depts.washington.edu/uwch/programs/initiatives/bordering-violence and http://blogs.uw.edu/borders/.

Wednesday, January 23

Labor Book Group

MLKCLC Education Committee

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

At its last meeting, the MLK CLC Education Committee Book Group that instead of reading over the holiday they would watch a talk by Gar Alperovitz, author of America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming Our Wealth, Our Liberty, and Our Democracy. The video was recorded October 3, 2012 at Town Hall Seattle in Seattle, WA.

LINK TO VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pSWNyLZTZc (TalkingStickTV - Gar Alperovitz - America Beyond Capitalism)

Bring a snack, celebrate the new year and join in the discussion of Gar Alperovitz - America Beyond Capitalism. Don't forget to bring book suggestion 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



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.

January 7, 2013


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WA StateLabor and Civil Rights Movements at the Crossroads: Martin Luther King, Black Workers, and the Memphis Sanitation Strike

Michael Honey, Working Papers Series

Mark the upcoming MLK, Jr. holiday by reading Honey's account of King's last campaign before his death, the Memphis Sanitation Strike.



Labor Press Project - Pacific Northwest Labor and Radical Newspapers

As journalists in China strike over issues of censorship, read about our own region's long history of labor and the press.



Cannery Workers and Farm Laborers Union, Local 7 Photographs

Over 200 photographs documenting the history of Filipino American unionism, available on-line for the first time ever.


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