Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies

Supply Chains ConferenceUW conference on international workers' rights this Friday, March 8

In November 2012, when more than 100 garment workers in Bangladesh died in a raging factory fire, it raised pressing questions about corporate responsibility for the conditions of the factories that make their products.

This Friday, March 8, 2013 the University of Washington will address these important questions as it hosts a day-long conference entitled The Transformation of Supply Chains.

Bringing together activists and scholars from around the world, the event will discuss how products are sourced in today's global economy, and the consequences for workers' rights. | Read more

Labor Studies CoursesLabor Studies Course List - Now Available for Spring 2013

In Spring 2013, over 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.

Spring 2013 registration began February 15 and continues into March. Plan now and register early!


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.

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, March 4

Talk: Does the State Help or Hurt African American Caregiving Grandmothers? A Simple Question with No Easy Answer

Dr. LaShawnDa Pittman-Gay, Department of Sociology, Georgia State University

3:30pm-5:00pm. Thomson Hall, Room 135, UW Seattle.

LaShawnDa Pittman-Gay received her Ph.D. in Sociology at Northwestern University in 2010 and is currently a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology at Georgia State University.

Dr. Pittman-Gay recently completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Poverty Center (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2010-2011). Her dissertation, "Standing in the Gap: African American Caregiving Grandmothers," uses in-depth interviews and ethnographic fieldwork to examine how low-income, urban custodial grandmothers cope with the demands of primary caregiving.

Her other research interests include social inequality; poverty; race, class, and gender; black women and HIV/AIDS; and health disparities. Her research has been funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Ford Foundation, and MacArthur Foundation.

Monday, March 4

Talk: The Quebec Student Strike

Alain Savard and Nadia Lafrenière, Coalition large de l’Association pour une Solidarité Syndicale Étudiante (CLASSE)

4:00pm. Thomson Hall, Room 125, UW Seattle.

The victorious 2012 Quebec student strikes produced one of the most important student led struggles in the world last year. Over 300,000 students struck while hundreds of thousands demonstrated in the famous casseroles night marches.

L’Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (ASSÉ), which represents 30 student unions in the province and some 70,000 students, formed the Coalition large de l'ASSÉ (CLASSE) to launch and coordinate the 2012 strike. Through a two-year campaign, they used petitions, demonstrations and days of action to mobilize students through leaflets, informal networks and general assemblies.

Discuss this inspiring history and the lessons we can learn for organizing against tuition hikes and budget cuts at the University of Washington.

Sponsored by the UW International Socialist Organization.

Thursday, March 7

Seminar: Protecting Health Worker's Occupational Health

Susan Wilburn, BSN, MPH, RN, World Health Organization

12:30pm-1:20pm. Magnuson Health Sciences Building, Room D-209. UW Seattle. FREE.

The Environmental Health Seminar (Env H 580) is a department-sponsored seminar series for students, staff, and faculty; practicing professionals in the environmental and occupational health fields; and the public. This seminar highlights the rich diversity of our department and is an opportunity to hear from local, national, and internationally known scientists, practitioners, and policymakers on issues of current scientific importance.

For directions inside the Magnuson Health Sciences Building to the D-Wing, click here.

Thursday, March 28

Labor Book Group

MLKCLC Education Committee

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

The MLK CLC Education Committee Book Group will be reading the Introduction and Chapters 3-4 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!

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



USAS campaigns for optional student funding (UW Daily)

March 4, 2013. Members of the UW chapter of United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) gathered outside Suzzallo Library and belted out a series of celebratory chants as the group marched toward the HUB. They walked into the office of Rene Singleton, assistant director of student activities, to deliver a petition with 8,315 signatures in support of USAS.

USAS needed 7,000 signatures by March 1 to campaign for optional student funding come fall quarter 2013 registration. If successful, the club would be put on the ASUW ballot. Students will vote in May during ASUW elections on whether or not USAS will be advertised on the student registration page with the option for students to donate $3.

The opportunity to petition only occurs every four years. The Washington Student Association and WashPIRG have previously petitioned themselves onto the registration page and were successful again this quarter. This year USAS could join them as the third student organization on the page.

"This used to be a tiny group; now you guys are making yourselves into a solid institution," said alumna Rachel Taber to an audience of USAS members gathered outside the HUB's student activities office. | Read more

Editorial: Students, ASUW should ensure USAS funding opportunity (UW Daily)

Every quarter, as we register for classes, we're presented with the opportunity to donate $3 to the Washington Student Association (WSA), WashPIRG, or both. Like clockwork, most people are pretty consistent with their choices, each and every quarter.

But starting next year, things might look a little different. Every four years, Registered Student Organizations have the opportunity to petition their way onto (or renew their spot on) the ASUW elections ballot, and — if approved — onto future registrations. The groups have to collect around 6,600 valid student signatures by Friday, and a lot of money is on the line — WSA and WashPIRG both average quarterly aggregate donations of roughly $9,000 during fall, winter, and spring.

While for years it has been a two-group slog, a third, well-known group has entered the race: the UW chapter of the United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS). Like the other two organizations, it is well on its way to the target, shooting a bit higher to allow for invalid signatures. Although the group will probably make it on the ballot, its petitioning presents a perfect opportunity to adequately fund one of the most important activist groups on campus. | Read more


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

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Charles Bergquist, Comparative Labor History Series

Many global supply chains today run from Latin America to the United States. In this essay, historian Bergquist links the concerns of Latin American labor historians with those of historians of labor in the U.S.



Brand Responsibility Project

The Brand Responsibility Project is an oral and digital history project documenting the recent and historic dispute settlement between Nike Inc. and the Central General de Trabajadores of Honduras (CGT).

Members of the Project will be speaking at this week's Transformation of Supply Chains conference.



Brand Responsibility Project Records 2004-2012

This collection documents the dispute settlement between Nike Inc. and the Honduran union CGT. Material consists of public documents, media reports, private correspondence and internal memos. Interviews with key participants include the Worker's Rights Consortium (WRC) and the Fair Labor Association (FLA), the United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS), trade mark and licensing staff and their advisory committees at numerous US universities, the corporate social responsibility officers of Nike and the other relevant corporations, and representatives of important NGOs (e.g, Maquila Solidarity and COVERCO) and workers' representatives (e.g., the CGT).


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