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.
Announcing the Friends of the Labor Archives
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 email@example.com.
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.
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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.
- Week of June 20, 2016:
"New $15 Min. Wage Report + Volunteers Sought for Labor Conference"
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"Scholarship/Grant Deadlines Next Week"
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