2016 Annual Awards Celebration
& Labor Studies Fundraiser

Sunday, November 13, 2016
5:00pm - 8:00pm

South Ballroom, Husky Union Building (HUB)
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195

Please join us for the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies annual awards banquet as we honor student and faculty achievements and raise funds for the Bridges Center and the Labor Archives of Washington.

Reserve your ticket today! Tickets are free, but due to annual high attendance we ask that you please RSVP at the following link: http://tinyurl.com/hbcls2016

Parking is free at the University of Washington on Sundays. Click here for parking information and directions.

Support Labor Studies! To raise funds for the Labor Archives and the Bridges Center, we are offering the chance to sponsor the banquet at two levels:

  • $500 — Table Sponsor: Reserves a table seating 8.
  • $1000 — Event Sponsor: Reserves a table seating 8 and special recognition in the event program and at the event.

To sponsor the event, please follow the instructions and fill out the sponsorship form located here: http://tinyurl.com/hbcls2016sponsor

All donations are tax-deductible. Questions? Contact the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies at (206)543-7946 or email hbcls@uw.edu.

Labor Studies Workshares Begin Friday, October 28

Friday, October 28, 2016
12:00pm - 1:30pm

Smith Hall, Room M261
Pizza will be served for lunch. RSVP required.

Paper: Racial Capitalism in the 1975 New York City Fiscal Crisis
Michael Reagan, PhC, UW History

Abstract: In 1975 New York City almost went bankrupt. It didn’t because the city adopted a wholesale austerity program that marked a major shift from the Keynesian policies, ones that had defined American political economy for forty years. This change can only be understood in the framework of American racial politics in the mid-1970s, in particular elite responses to the civil rights and social justice movements of the 1960s. » READ MORE

Format: We will circulate Michael's working paper to the attendees a week in advance of the workshare. Participants will be expected to have read the paper before the meeting and be prepared for a discussion.

Call for Presenters for Winter and Spring 2017: Since Autumn is crowded with holidays, we decided to schedule this one workshare. But we have spots open for Winter and Spring quarter. If you are interested in presenting, please send an email to kahraman@uw.edu with a working title and a short description of your topic.

This is a great opportunity for faculty members and graduate students to share working papers and get feedback from an interdisciplinary group of scholars who work on labor issues. We welcome papers from any college or department on campus concerned with labor studies, broadly conceived to include scholarship and research related directly in any way to work and working people everywhere.

Fundraising Campaign for Frank Jenkins Fellowship

The friends of Frank Jenkins Jr. (1903-1974) announce a fund raising effort to establish the Frank Jenkins Jr. Fellowship in the Harry Bridges Chair.

Frank Jenkins Jr. – grandson of a runaway slave, first son of a Buffalo Soldier and Filipino war bride and a member of first known Filipino family in the Puget Sound region – was a lifelong civil rights and union rights activist. His lifelong commitment to the cause of social and economic justice must be recognized, honored and preserved. » Learn More About Jenkins

A formal announcement of the project was made by Robert Duggan on September 13, 2016 in a speech to the ILWU Pacific Coast Pensioners Association Convention in Tacoma, WA. » Read the Speech

Frank Jenkins Jr.'s name belongs at the Bridges Chair alongside his friends Harry Bridges and Martin Jugum. Please join us in honoring this outstanding man. Send contributions to:

Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies
University of Washington, Box 353530
Seattle, WA 98195-3530

You may also contribute via credit card online on the UW Gift Page, or call 1-800-326-7566.

New Report Analyzes Economic Impact of
$15 Minimum Wage for Portland Airport Workers

JUNE 1, 2016 - On Wednesday, researchers from the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies at the University of Washington released Poverty Doesn't Fly, a new report that details the negative economic impacts of outsourcing and low-wage jobs at Portland International Airport.

The report finds that the share of outsourced air transportation workers at PDX increased from 19% to 28% from 2001 to 2014. This trend of outsourcing has led to few workers serving more passengers while earning lower wages.

A wage analysis in the report concludes that by ensuring that all airport workers are paid at least $15 an hour, the Port of Portland could create 81 jobs, add $7,197,000 to the regional economy, and eliminate over $3 million in annual taxpayer subsidies.

"Any serious discussion of the airport's impact on economic development needs to include wages for contracted workers," said Michael McCann, Director of the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies at the University of Washington. "While it may get top marks for customer satisfaction, PDX has fallen behind other major West Coast airports when it comes to wages and job quality for airport workers."

The report's author, Garrett Strain, MPA, is a Graduate Associate of the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies at the University of Washington, and recently completed studies at the University’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. He served as a key researcher on the Bridges Center's SeaTac/Seattle Minimum Wage Project.



Labor Studies Minor - Summer & Autumn 2016

A listing of over a dozen courses in Labor Studies offered at the University of Washington

Now available: Full List of Summer and Autumn 2016 Course Offerings

Last Updated: 6/29/16

In Summer and Autumn 2016, over twenty five Labor Studies-related courses, will be offered at the UW Seattle and Tacoma campuses.

All of these courses count towards a Minor in Labor Studies, which brings together a series of courses on labor in core social-science departments, including American Ethnic Studies, Economics, Geography, History, International Studies, Law, Societies, and Justice, Political Science, and Sociology.

The Minor provides students an interdisciplinary program of study focusing on the importance of labor to the economic, social, political, and cultural evolution of modern societies.


2016 Staff Update at the Bridges Center

Andrew Hedden Named Associate Director

Effective March 2016, Andrew Hedden has been named Associate Director of the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies. Hedden previously served as the Center's Program Coordinator beginning in 2008. Growing responsibilities for Andrew made a new title necessary to better describe his position.

A graduate student in History at the University of Washington, Andrew recently earned his Masters Degree. Moving forward in 2016, he is excited to work on expanding the Bridges Center’s various undergraduate programs, including curriculum offerings, scholarships, internship connections, and the Labor Studies Minor.

Welcoming Filiz Kahraman as the new Graduate Student Assistant

This year we welcome a new graduate staff assistant to the Bridges Center, Filiz Kahraman. Filiz is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science. Her research and activist work centers on labor, human rights, and the advancement of social justice.

She has published work regarding unions, youth, and workplace safety in Europe in both academic journals and newspapers. Her dissertation research examines how labor activists user human rights law against the challenge of shrinking welfare states in Europe. She herself is active on these issues in her native land, Turkey, as a member of the Istanbul Health and Safety Labor Watch, a network dedicated to reporting and taking action on workplace safety in Turkey. Also, on campus, she takes an active role in Academic Workers for a Democratic University, a caucus fighting for equitable public education and workers’ rights.

Announcing the Friends of the Labor Archives

Download a membership form!

To join the Friends of the Labor Archives, print, complete and mail the membership form to the address provided on the form.

You may also join by donating on-line. Review the membership levels, and make a corresponding gift through the University of Washington's secure on-line giving website.

Download a Labor Archives brochure!

For full-color copies to share with your community, organization, or union local, contact the Bridges Center.

A new organization dedicated to saving and celebrating the heritage of working people!

The Bridges Center is proud to announce the establishment of the Friends of the Labor Archives, a new organization dedicated to advancing the preservation and promotion of labor history through financial support and community outreach for the Labor Archives at the University of Washington.

Since 2010, the Labor Archives has worked to preserve and make accessible the records of working people and their unions, documenting the local, national, and international dimensions of the labor movement.

Members of the Friends will receive regular updates on the activities of the Labor Archives. They also receive special invitations to events highlighting the labor history education, outreach and research made possible by the Archives.

The Labor Archives of Washington is been made possible by the grassroots contributions of the labor movement. In that spirit, the financial support pledged by the Friends is an essential part of continuing the work of the Labor Archives into the future.

Questions? Contact the Bridges Center at (206) 543-7946 or hbcls@uw.edu.

Welcome Michael McCann, New Director of the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies

Please join us in welcoming Michael McCann as the new Director of the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, effective July 1, 2014.

McCann has served numerous terms on the Bridges Center's Standing Committee and has been active in programming and other Center activities for many years. As a Professor of Political Science, he holds the title of Gordon Hirabayashi Chair for the Advancement of Citizenship, and is a nationally known scholar, and very experienced university administrator.

McCann's 1994 study of the pay equity movement, Rights at Work, is a path breaking study of legal mobilization around workplace issues that highlights the important role of labor unions in sustaining litigation and social movement campaigns. The book won numerous awards, as did his more recent book on media and public perceptions of tort litigation, Distorting the Law. He is currently working with Bridges Chair George Lovell on a book on workplace and legal activism by Filipino cannery workers in the Pacific Northwest.

Michael's administrative experience includes being chair of the political science department, the founder and long-time director of the Law, Societies and Justice program, and his current service on the elected College Council that oversees the College of Arts and Sciences.

With Michael becoming Director of the Center, George Lovell steps down from his administrative leadership role in the Bridges Center. In his time overseeing the Center, Lovell's achievements included marking the Bridges Chair's 20th Anniversary in 2012 and hosting this year's timely Working Democracy conference. We thank George for his hard work, and wish him the best in his new role as Chair of the Department of Political Science.

Featured Research

Our Featured Research section contains the latest Labor Studies policy analysis, international perspectives, popular education materials and more.

The site is regularly updated with new reports, multimedia, and updates on current projects. Click on a name below for the latest.

Media of Past Events: Labor, Labor Studies, and the Future Conference | Unemployed Nation Hearings

Washington State Labor Research: Dan Jacoby & Howard Greenwich | Carolyn Pinedo Turnovsky

Labor Studies Research: Shuxuan Zhou

Prize-Winning Papers: Amanda Clayton | Christopher Stockwell

Web-Based Projects: STRIKES! Labor History Encyclopedia | Tacoma Community History Project

Working Groups: Brand Responsibility Project

Work at the Center: 20 Years of the Bridges Chair

The Harry Bridges Chair in Labor Studies was established at the University of Washington in 1992 after an unprecedented grassroots fundraising campaign raised over a million dollars in memory of the late, legendary union leader Harry Bridges. Commissioned for the 20th anniversary of the Bridges Chair, this video tells the story of its founding, the achievements of the faculty who have held the Chair, and its on-going impact on students at the University of Washington.


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The Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies supports a network of scholars in cutting-edge research, education, and outreach about work, workers and their organizations.

The Center engages students in labor studies through courses and field work. We promote connections between students, faculty, and labor communities locally and around the world, and inform policy makers about issues confronting workers.


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Harry Bridges
Center for Labor Studies

University of Washington
UW Box 353530
Seattle, WA 98195-3530

Phone: 206-543-7946
Fax: 206-685-2146
Email: hbcls@u.washington.edu
Office: Smith Hall, Room 101