Working Democracy:
Labor and Politics in an Era of Inequality

Friday, April 25
1:00pm - 5:30pm, 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Husky Union Building, Room 250
University of Washington, Seattle

On Friday, April 25, 2014 the Bridges Center will convene Working Democracy, a conference discussing labor's response to growing inequality and the contemporary crisis of democracy.

Anticipating the conference, we are launching a new website for updates on the event, reading lists on the conference themes, commentary from Bridges Chair George Lovell, and more.

Bringing together activists, scholars, labor and community leaders, the April conference seeks to build the capacity of our political institutions to provide meaningfully democratic response to the growing inequalities in income, wealth, and opportunity.

Please visit the Working Democracy website, leave a comment, and join the conversation!

Student Resources

2014-2015 Scholarships,
Grants & Prizes

Each year, the Bridges Center awards thousands of dollars to top students in Labor Studies.

Deadlines for this year's awards are approaching. Apply now!

Deadline:Monday, June 16, 2014


Silme Domingo
& Gene Viernes Scholarship

$5,500 scholarship for students entering the University of Washington.

Students must demonstrate financial need and an interest in social justice.

Deadline: Monday, May 19, 2014


Faculty Resources

Washington State Labor Research Grant

$7,500 - $13,000 available

Currently seeking proposals from UW faculty for funding for research on labor issues relevant to Washington State.

Deadline: Monday, June 23, 2014


Labor Studies Minor - Updated for Spring 2014

A listing of 20 courses in Labor Studies offered at the University of Washington

Now available: Full List of Spring Course Offerings

Last Updated: 2/10/14

In Spring 2014, twenty Labor Studies-related courses will be offered at the UW Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma campuses, including the Labor Studies Minor core course “Intro to Labor Studies.”

All of these courses count towards a Minor in Labor Studies, and “Introduction to Labor Studies” is required for it.

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


Fall 2013 Newsletter Now Available!

The Fall 2013 edition of Building Bridges, the Bridges Center's annual newsletter, is now available.

This issue contains the latest news from the Bridges Center, including a full report from the Labor Archives of Washington, information on our upcoming Working Democracy conference, a look at the founding of the Bridges Chair, and more.

Also included is a comprehensive listing of 2013-2014 scholarship and research grant recipients.

Not on our mailing list? Contact us with your mailing address, and we will have a copy off to you in no time.

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.

Labor Archives of Washington

Download a brochure!

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

LAW exists thanks to the contributions of over 125 individuals and organizations.

Donors giving $500 or more join the Labor Archives Founder's Circle. Members will be memorialized on a plaque displayed with the Harry Bridges statue at the entrance to the UW's Suzzalo Library.

Please consider making a secure, tax-deductible contribution by credit card to the Labor Archive Fund.

Donations may also be made by check with our mail-in donation form.

A center for education, research and preservation - Now open!

Thanks to the help of unions throughout the state and the cooperation of the University of Washington Library, the Bridges Center is proud to announce that as of October 2010 the Labor Archives of Washington (LAW) is a reality.

Working people and their unions built this nation, and no state has a more dynamic labor history than Washington State. LAW ensures our labor heritage is preserved and that current and future generations understand the struggles and accomplishments of organized labor.

LAW serves as a center for historical research, helping new generations understand the importance of the labor movement in the past and its importance to the future of our state and nation. It is already one of the largest repositories for labor materials in the country, encompassing more than 200 labor related collections, including the records of unions and of labor leaders and activists.

LAW is officially endorsed by the Washington State Labor Council, M.L. King County Labor Council, Pierce County Central Labor Council, Snohomish County Labor Council, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, and the ILWU Pacific Coast Pensioners Association.



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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
Office: Smith Hall, Room 101