Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies

Highlights in this week's Labor Talks:

Read on below for these items, upcoming event listings, and more!


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.

Friday, March 8

Conference: The Transformation of Supply Chains

10:00am-4:00pm. Forum (Room 309), Parrington Hall, 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.

Speakers will include:

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.

For more information, call 206-543-7946, or e-mail hbcls@u.washington.edu. To request disability accommodations, contact the UW Disability Services Office, 206-543-6450; 206-543-6452 (TTY); or e-mail dso@u.washington.edu.


Tuesday, February 19

Talk: Justice for Chiapas - Autonomy and Human Rights in the Indigenous Communities of Southern Mexico

Pablo Obando, Fray Bartolomé Human Rights Center, and Tony Nelson, Mexico Solidarity Network

1:30pm. Thomson Hall, Room 317, UW Seattle.

Pablo Obando, Communications Director of the Fray Bartolomé Human Rights Center, will speak on the human rights situation in Chiapas, Mexico, the Fray Bartolome Center's work, and the role of international solidarity. The Center has been widely recognized for accompanying indigenous communities under attack, documenting abuses, and defending cases in court. It has recently been increasingly threatened by paramilitary organizations for this work.

The presentation will be in Spanish with English interpretation provided by the Mexico Solidarity Network.

Sponsored by Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Center for Global Studies, and American Indian Studies. For more information, contact lasuw@uw.edu or 206.685.3435

Wednesday, February 20

Talk: Performing Authenticity and the Labor of Dance

Susan Leigh Foster, World Arts and Cultures, UCLA

6:30pm. Communications Building, Room 120. UW Seattle. FREE.

From the Rockettes to flash mobs, from ballet to planking: how is the labor of performance represented? Do dancers labor when they learn a dance technique? Does dancing transcend labor? Does dancing offer a kind of authenticity that no other physical practice does?

Susan Leigh Foster's (World Arts & Cultures, University of California, Los Angeles) talk focuses on current theories of labor and their applicability to dance through consideration of experimental concert dance and also televised reality competition shows such as "So You Think You Can Dance."

Co-sponsored by the UW Dance Program, the Simpson Center for the Humanities, and the UW Philosophy Department.

Wednesday, February 20

Talk: Social Security: Preserve It. Strengthen It. Pass It On.

Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research

5:30-7pm. Philip Hall, 1918 Pacific Avenue, UW Tacoma.

Featuring Dean Baker, co-director of Center for Economic and Policy Research and Marilyn Watkins, Policy Director, Economic Opportunity Institute. Chaired by Michael Honey, Professor, Labor and Ethnic Studies and American History, UW Tacoma.

Dean Baker, a renowned economist and author, will cut through the political rhetoric on Social Security. He'll talk about challenges and opportunities facing the program, and offer ideas to strengthen it for current and future generations.

Sponsored by UW Tacoma Center for the Study of Community and Society; Pierce County Labor Council; League of Women Voters - Tacoma/Pierce County; Retired Public Employees Council; Social Security Works-WA.

Thursday, February 21

Labor Book Group

MLKCLC Education Committee

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

The MLK CLC Education Committee Book Group will be reading the Introduction and Chapters 1-2 of For Jobs and Freedom: Race and Labor in America Since 1865 by Robert H. Zieger. Please come prepared to discuss. Bring a snack and join in the discussion as they start our first reading of 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

Saturday, March 2

Seattle Labor Chorus Sing-a-long

7:00pm - 9:30pm. Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., Seattle, WA 98103. $10-$15 adults, $5 children.

The musical voice of labor in Seattle, the Seattle Labor Chorus, would love to have you join them for this evening of music and socializing! It's their big fundraiser of each year, and they need your support and fellowship!

This is a lively annual event featuring community singing of topical songs, along with some golden oldies (words provided). After an admission fee of $10 to $15 per adult or $5 for children, you can nibble on homemade snacks and desserts, buy wine or beer, buy tickets for the Chorus' famous quilt raffle, bid in a silent auction (bring your checkbook or cash), and meet folks.

The SLC is a non-audition chorus of about 40 singers from all walks of life who serve the community in song. They appear at rallies, protests, union meetings and on stages around the Seattle area to inspire and educate in four-part harmony.

For further information, contact Janet Stecher at (206) 524-7753, or at rebelvoz@aol.com.



The Protest Artist Richard Correll Was Endearing, but His Prints Are Fierce (The Stranger)

Far from the sliding glass doors and blinking computers and information desks, down in the basement of Allen Library at the University of Washington, there's a stark exhibition of black-and-white prints on paper: a mother so gaunt that she looks like a robot, with two children burying their faces in her ungiving chest (Hunger, 1937). A line of striking farm workers carrying placards across the horizon, with rows of crops rising up to join them (Vineyard March, 1970). A night scene: paddy wagon parked outside the house, three officers with batons, one holding back the wife, one pushing the husband into the truck, the third in the shadows, his baton lifted, about to crack down on an unseen someone on the ground (Raid, 1956). Each image is a powerful and beautifully designed print informed by the expressionism, abstraction, and muralism of early-20th-century worldwide art. The artist is Richard V. Correll, a scarcely known Works Progress Administration artist in Seattle in the 1930s. In his time, he was recognized as a master printmaker. He also protested on behalf of every good cause of the 20th century. | Read more

Former Bridges Chair James Gregory Quoted in New York Times

The New York Times recently reported that more than 15,000 of the guns traced by the Chicago police came from just outside the city limits in Cook County and in neighboring towns that permit gun stores.

In the article, James Gregory, UW Professor of History and the Harry Bridges Chair in Labor Studies from 2008 to 2012, is quoted regarding migration in the midwest.

The full January 29 New York Times story can be found here.


Selena Gomez Targeted by Protesters at New York Fashion Week Show (E! On-Line)

**Garrett Shishido Strain, recipient of the Bridges Center's Jugum Scholarship in 2010, was among the USAS members at New York Fashion Week mentioned in this article**

Selena Gomez found herself the target of a protest on Wednesday while attending a New York Fashion Week show.

The starlet was there on behalf of the Adidas NEO label, as she was recently named the brand's style ambassador.

But clearly, some folks aren't all that happy about it.

Outside the venue, protesters from the United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) group held up a banner that read, "Selena: Don't be an Ambassador for Sweatshops." | Read more

Students Storm Runway At Adidas Fashion Show (United Students Against Sweatshops)

A few hours ago, two USAS members disrupted a fashion show hosted by pop icon Selena Gomez. Halfway through the show, one of the USASers walked onto the runway with a shirt emblazoned with the slogan "adidas all in sweatshops" - a play on the company's "adidas all in" branding - and handed a flyer to Selena, who was sitting in the front row.

Selena - along with her on-and-off boyfriend Justin Bieber - is a "brand ambassador" for Adidas's new NEO fashion line, and the show was the US debut for NEO.

After two laps around the walkway, the student was physically removed by security, as another protester tossed flyers to the crowd calling on Selena to "be an ambassador for children, not for sweatshops." The star is UNICEF's youngest-ever goodwill ambassador, and has done prominent charity work to advocate for the rights of children in the developing world. | Read more


UW AAUP Statement On Dispute Over MAP Testing

The University of Washington's chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) voted last week to support Seattle's public school teachers in their opposition to the "Measures of Academic Progress" (or MAP) tests required by the Seattle School District for students in all grades (K-12). A unified group of Garfield teachers announced in January they are no longer going to administer the tests to students, and several schools have since followed suit.

To read UW AAUP's full statement of support, click here.


UW Chapter of Association of American University Professors Seeks Work Study Student Assistant

Deadline: February 28, 2013

The UW chapter of the American Association of University Professors works to uphold faculty academic freedom, guard against the erosion of faculty status, promote faculty diversity, oppose privatization, and advocate to keep higher education affordable.

Interested in working with the UW AAUP? The chapter is currently seeking a work study assistant to assist in its work. This is an opportunity to meet faculty from across campus and work together on building solidarity in defense of higher education.

The student will help AAUP with a membership drive, website development, research on faculty demographics, survey administration, archiving of records electronically, revising our rules of operation, and assisting the treasurer and membership secretary. An important aspect this year is helping to host the national AAUP summer institute on the UW campus, attracting hundreds of faculty from across the country.

For more information, download the work study job posting and visit the UW AAUP's website.

WA State Labor Education and Research Center Seeks Labor Education Project Coordinator

Deadline: March 1, 2013

The Washington State Labor Education and Research Center at South Seattle Community College is seeking a contractor for a year-long workers' rights project. The position is contingent on funding from the Fetzer Institute, but the process to bring the funding to the Center is well advanced and we are optimistic.

Project Description

The Labor Center has already produced two editions of the Washington State Workers' Rights Manual (WRM). The manual covers all workplace rights at the federal level as well as state-specific statutes and also has a significant list of legal and community resources. The Center has published the manual in 3 formats: an abridged, pocket-size booklet, an unabridged desk-top binder size, and both of these versions are available on-line at the Center's website. The manual has been produced in both English and Spanish.

The Labor Center has been working with the Fetzer Institute to build a case for funding a year-long project with the WRM that would include updating the legal and resource information, editing it appropriately, having it translated into Spanish plus another language (TBD), having it printed, and having the manual distributed to educators, unionists, and community-based labor organizations and activists. However, this time we are taking it a step further. In addition to producing the manual and making it available in printed and electronic formats we want to engage in a curriculum development process to create both direct training materials and train-the-trainer materials that can be used in the K-12 setting, the community college setting, within unions, and within community-based organizations. In addition to printing and posting on the web we also expect to do a significant amount of video production during the year.

The Fetzer Institute is interested in this project because of their commitment to understanding the nature of love and forgiveness and its ability to heal the wounds of social wrongs. We contend that labor law is an example of institutionalized care for working people attempting to codify workers’ rights in such a way that workplace injury and exploitation are minimized and workplace voice and empowerment are maximized. How well those laws work in the interests of workers and employers remains an open question. While a discourse around love and forgiveness is unusual in considerations of labor law and worker organizing , Fetzer believes that there is a great deal to be learned about the nature of love and forgiveness (and the conflicts they seek to address) in better understanding the dynamics of the workplace. Our commitment to Fetzer is to provide them with narrative information on these issues through production of a video.

Contingent upon the funding from Fetzer being finalized, the Labor Center will be seeking a contractor to head this year-long project starting in March, 2013. The qualifications and experience needed to complete the work associated with this contract will be:

  1. Comfort with the law and, specifically, labor law. We don't need someone who has specific legal training since we will have attorney partners to keep us on track.
  2. The ability to do research and teach others how to do it.
  3. The ability to write and edit legal information into plain language.
  4. The ability to work with video narratives.
  5. The ability to create on-line resources.
  6. The ability to work with translators.
  7. Curriculum development skills and experience with popular education.
  8. The ability to form productive partnerships with:
    a. College students and young labor activists (we will be offering internships which the Project Coordinator would manage).
    b. The Washington Education Association and K-12 teachers.
    c. The American Federation of Teachers and community college instructors.
    d. Other labor leadership in unions and labor councils.
    e. Leadership of community-based organizations, especially those working with immigrant communities.
    f. Labor education professionals at the WA LERC and the broader professional community both within unions and institutions of higher education.
    g. Videographers.
  9. The ideal candidate for this contract position will be fluent in at least one language other than English. Languages preferred are Spanish, Somali (or other East African languages), or Vietnamese (or other SE Asian languages).
  10. A commitment to social justice
  11. An activist and/or education background
  12. A true interest in the nature of love and forgiveness and healing the wounds of social inequity

To express an interest in this position please write a cover letter and send a resume to:

Sarah Laslett, Director
Washington State Labor Education and Research Center, South Seattle Community College
6737 Corson Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108

Occupational Health Internship Program Seeks Applicants

Deadline: March 18, 2013

The Occupational Health Internship Program (OHIP) is a full time, paid summer internship designed to link the skills and interests of students with the needs of workers employed in an under-served or high hazard job. Teams of two interns are assigned to a particular local union or worker organization where they receive supervision from a designated staff member and an academic mentor (Site Coordinator) at one of the OHIP training centers (San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, New York City (graduate students ONLY) and Boston).

Students are matched with projects based on specific language or technical skills, as well as their experience or interest in working with social justice organizations or unions. Typically a graduate student in medicine, nursing, public health (health education, environmental and occupational health) or a related field is paired with an undergraduate student. Most teams include students from different disciplines. | Read more

February 18, 2013


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Victoria Johnson, Working Papers Series

94 years ago this month, daily life in Seattle ground to a halt as workers walked off the job in a general strike. In this report, Johnson compares the Seattle General Strike with the 1934 San Francisco General Strike.



Seattle General Strike Project

Learn all about the historic 1919 action on this website, full of essays, images, video and more.



Anna Louise Strong Papers, 1885-1971

A prominent figure in the Seattle General Strike, Strong covered the event as a labor journalist. Her collection includes correspondence, photographs, and much more.


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