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2004 - 2005

CHAIR:
  • Daniel F. Jacoby, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell
STAFF:
  • Sarah Laslett, Director
  • Angelita Chavez, Undergraduate Assistant
STANDING COMMITTEE:
  • David Olson, Political Science
  • James Gregory, History
  • Vicente Rafael, History
  • George Lovell, Political Science
  • Susan Jeffords, Divisional Dean of Social Sciences, ex officio
VISITING COMMITTEE:
  • Rick Bender, Washington State Labor Council
  • Steve Conway, Washington State Representative
  • Robert Duggan, Chair of Harry Bridges Memorial Committee
  • Guadalupe Gamboa, United Farm Workers
  • Jon Halgren, ILWU Local 98
  • Larry Hansen, ILWU Local 19
  • Bob Hasegawa, IBT Local 174, Washington State Representative, 11th District
  • Michael Herschensohn, Museum of History and Industry
  • Ken Jacobsen, Washington State Senator, 26th District
  • Verlene Jones, King County Labor Council
  • JoAnne Jugum, Daughter of Martin Jugum
  • Ian Kennedy, ILWU Local 52
  • Ronald Magden, Professor Emeritus of History, Tacoma Community College
  • Rudy Martinez, President, ILWU Local 19 Pensioner's Association
  • Robert Rogers, ILWU Local 19
  • Norie Sato, Artist
  • Lila Smith, ITF Inspector
  • Diane Sosne, Service Employees International Union, 1199
  • Eugene Vrana, Director of Educational Services & Librarian, ILWU Library
  • Steve Williamson, President, King County Labor Council
  • Joe Wenzel, West Coast Committeeman, ILWU
  • Diane Zahn, UFCW Local 1001, Secretary-Treasurer


  • Kim Cook, President, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 925 (addition)
  • Jean R. Gundlach, Associate of Harry Bridges (addition)


  • Departures:
  • Phil Lelli, ILWU Local 23
  • Bob Swanson, ILWU Local 19
GRANTS, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND AWARDS:

Martin and Anne Jugum Scholarship:
  • Natalie Quist, Political Science
  • Nowell Bamburger, Political Science
IRRA Scholarship:
  • Devin Kelley, Sociology
Martha Duggan Endowment Scholarship (inaugural recipient):
  • Gillian Murphy, Sociology
Robert Duggan Distinguished Supporterof Labor Studies Award:
  • Eugene Vrana, ILWU Director of Educational Services
Distinguished Faculty Award:
  • Charles Berquist, emeritus faculty, UW Dept. of History
Graduate Student Research Grants:
  • Karla Kelling, History, for dissertation research "Common Women: Class and Labor in Nineteenth Century Philadelphia"
  • Nicolas Velluzzi, Geography, for dissertation research on how workforce intermediaries such as temp agencies, training programs, unions, and industry associations structure the labor market and effect workers' career paths
Faculty Research Grants:
  • Jose Alaniz, Slavic Languages and Literatures, for field work in Moscow, Russia to research the working conditions in Russian hospice
  • Susan Whiting, Political Science, for research on the significance of labor law for the realization of workers' rights in China
PUBLICATIONS:

  • Building Bridges Newsletter of the Center for Labor Studies. Volume 11, Fall 2004.
EVENTS:

  • October 30, 2004: Joe Hill, 16 Actions for Chamber Orchestra, Voice and Soloist - Composed by Wayne Horwitz. Featuring Bill Frisell, Danny Barnes, Rinde Eckert and Robin Holcomb. Presented by Earshot Jazz and the UW World Music Series.
  • December 9, 2005: Luncheon with Chinese Delegation
    • The delegation was made up of six members, two from the Ministry of Labor and Social Security and four from the provincial Departments of Labor and Social Security, accompanied by Mr. Jonathan Lowet, National Committee senior program officer, and a professional interpreter, Ms. Helen Cole.
    • Participants from the University of Washington included representatives from the departments of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Bothell, History, Sociology, Evans School of Public Affairs, and Political Science.
    • Seattle community representatives included the Washington Alliance of Technology Workers, Communication Workers of America Local 37083, AFL-CIO, Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, International Federation of Professional and Technical Employees, ILWU, ITWF, WFSE Local 304, and North Seattle Community College.
  • February 18-19, 2005: "A Festival of Workers' Culture" - Celebration of the centenary of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)
  • April 9, 2005: Launch of a New Labor History Website on the History of the United Farm Workers (UFW) in Washington State. Researchers from the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, lead by Sharon Walker, worked for over a year to compile interviews with important UFW activists and still photographs of major UFW campaigns and events. These materials are now displayed online at: http://depts.washington.edu/pcls/ufw/. The website was publicly launched in April 2005 at UW, Washington State University at Pullman, and Yakima Valley Community College with a discussion panel. Panelists included Guadalupe Gamboa, Rosalinda Guillen, and Maria Cuevas from Washington State University.
  • April 30, 2005: Charlie King and Len Wallace join the Seattle Labor Chorus in Concert. The concert is a part of a series of events produced by the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association and the Seattle Labor Chorus in commemoration of 100 Years of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). May Day holds deep meaning for the IWW. We remember May 1, 1886 to honor the bloody sacrifice that workers made in Chicago's Haymarket Square as part of the long, hard fight for an eight-hour day.
Lectures:
  • Bill Fletcher, "Is There a Future for the U.S. Trade Union Movement?" February 21, 2005
    • Discussion about the future of workers and their labor movement in America
    • Endorsed and sponsored by:
    • King County Labor Council
    • King County Labor Employment Law Office
    • The Evergreen State College Labor Education and Research Center
    • Center for Social Justice and N.W. Labor and Employment Law Office
Colloquium Series:
  • October 7, 2004: Rick Bender, President of the Washington State Labor Council: Organizing Labor's Legislative Agenda in the State and National Elections
  • October 21, 2004: Professor Dan Jacoby; Harry Bridges Chair: "Is Contingent Academic Labor Good For Students: How Community College Reliance on a Part-time Faculty System Affects Graduation Rates"
  • December 12, 2004: Jonathan Warren, Chair of Latin American Studies: Professor Warren explores the intersections between economics and culture (conceptions of nation, class, gender, modernity, etc.) in Vietnam and Brazil"
  • December 16, 2004: Professor Jose Alaniz, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures: Working Conditions in Russian Hospice
  • January 18, 2004: Lisa Hoffman, Urban Studies UW Tacoma: "Managing Labor in Our Neoliberal Times: Educated Workers and Career Planning in Late-Socialist China" - examining techniques of governing that are used to manage educated employees in late-socialist China
  • February 17, 2005: Margaret Levi and David Olson: "Union Democracy Revisited"
  • February 18, 2005: Professor Francis Shor, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Wayne State University, Detroit: "The Political Journey of a Pacific Rim Wobbly"
  • April 7, 2005: James Gregory, Associate Professor of History, Introducing the Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project, a web-based research project that documents and interprets Seattle's history of movements for racial and economic justice
  • May 19, 2005: Nick Velluzi, Graduate Student in Geography: Presentation of dissertation research on labor market intermediaries in the Southern California auto design industry
  • May 26, 2005: Kim Voss, Sociology, U.C. Berkeley: "Against the Tide: Projects and Pathways of the New Generation of US labor leaders, 1984-2001" - this talk draws on a unique longitudinal study of labor leaders who were first interviewed in 1984 when they were active in California unions and re-interviewed 18 years later
Forums:
  • "Faculty, Organization, and Higher Education Policy: A Forum to Discuss Labor Perspectives on the Future of Higher Education," May 2, 2005
    • Participants include representatives from the American Association of University Professors, the American Federation of Teachers, and the Washington Education Association.
  • "The Labor Movement in Transition: Will Restructuring the AFL-CIO Help Workers and Unions to Re-Build Power?", May 7, 2005
      Sponsored by:
    • The Washington State Labor Council
    • The Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies
    • The Labor Center at The Evergreen State College
    • King County Central Labor Council
    • Pierce County Central Labor Council
    • Presentations were made by:
    • Representatives from the Service Employees International Union
    • The International Brotherhood of Teamsters
    • The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees
    • The United Steelworkers
    • The Building and Construction Trades Council
Conferences:
  • "Laboring for Justice: The Union of Democratic Filipinos (KDP) in Seattle and the World", a conference on the origins and legacies of Filipino American activism in the 1970s and 1980s, October 29, 2004
  • "Caring Labor Conference", May 20-21, 2005
    • The focus on Caring Labor represents a new initiative by the Bridges Center to accompany the newest memorial fellowship named after long-time supporter, Marty Duggan. The conference included workshops with UW faculty and Puget Sound labor activists.
    • Keynote: Nancy Folbre, Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst Author of The Invisible Heart: Economics and Family Values
    • Music: Rebel Voices
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2005 - 2006

CHAIR:
  • Daniel F. Jacoby, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell
STAFF:
  • Sarah Laslett, Director
  • Angelita Chavez, Undergraduate Assistant
STANDING COMMITTEE:
  • James Gregory, History
  • Vicente Rafael, History
  • George Lovell, Political Science
  • Mark Smith, Political Science
VISITING COMMITTEE:
  • Rick Bender, Washington State Labor Council
  • Steve Conway, Washington State Representative
  • Kim Cook, President, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 925
  • Robert Duggan, Chair of Harry Bridges Memorial Committee
  • Guadalupe Gamboa, United Farm Workers
  • Jean R. Gundlach, Associate of Harry Bridges
  • Jon Halgren, ILWU Local 98
  • Larry Hansen, ILWU Local 19
  • Bob Hasegawa, IBT Local 174, Washington State Representative, 11th District
  • Michael Herschensohn, Museum of History and Industry
  • Ken Jacobsen, Washington State Senator, 26th District
  • Verlene Jones, King County Labor Council
  • JoAnne Jugum, Daughter of Martin Jugum
  • Ian Kennedy, ILWU Local 52
  • Ronald Magden, Professor Emeritus of History, Tacoma Community College
  • Rudy Martinez, President, ILWU Local 19 Pensioner's Association
  • Robert Rogers, ILWU Local 19
  • Lila Smith, ITF Inspector
  • Diane Sosne, Service Employees International Union, 1199
  • Eugene Vrana, Director of Educational Services & Librarian, ILWU Library
  • Steve Williamson, President, King County Labor Council
  • Joe Wenzel, West Coast Committeeman, ILWU
  • Diane Zahn, UFCW Local 1001, Secretary-Treasurer


  • David Freiboth, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of M.L. King County Labor Council (addition)
  • Harry Hilliard, ILWU Local 23 (addition)
  • Ross Rieder, President of Pacific Nothwest Labor History Association (addition)


  • Departures:
  • Norie Sato, Artist
GRANTS, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND AWARDS:

State Funding:
  • The Washington State Legislature voted to provide $60,000 for the 2006-2008 biennium to the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies in order to perform research on labor and the economy in Washington State
Best Undergraduate Paper:
  • Nowell Bamberger, Political Science, for "Waterfront Unionism in Seattle and Tacoma 1887-1958"
  • Simeon Man, "Labor, Culture, and the Roots of an Asian American Radical Tradition: The Case of Filipino Workers during the Interwar Years"
Best Graduate Paper:
  • Elizabeth Hirsch and Sabino Kornrich, Sociology, "The Context of Discrimination: Workplace Conditions, Institutional Environments, and Race and Sex Discrimination Charges
Martin and Anne Jugum Scholarship:
  • Rachel Taber, Economics and Political Science, Minor in Labor Studies
IRRA Scholarship:
  • Oscar Rosales, History and American Ethnic Studies
  • Melanie Harding, UW Bothell
Martha Duggan Endowment Scholarship:
  • Ali Waggener Boyd, Political Science
Robert Duggan Distinguished Supporterof Labor Studies Award:
  • Steve Conway, Washington State Representative, 29th District
Distinguished Faculty Award:
  • David Olson, Political Science, Bridges Chair Emeritus
Graduate Student Research Grants:
  • Ann Bonds, Geography, "Punishment and Profit: the Politics of Prisons and Neoliberal Restructuring in the American West"
  • Robert Cruickshank, History, "Race, Economic Development, and the Remaking of Urban Liberalism in San Francisco, 1950-1980"
  • Rose Ernst, Political Science, "Standing at the Crossroads: Intersectional Roots, Realities, and Responses of the Welfare Rights Movement to Racial Frames"
  • Maria Fannin, Geography, dissertation examines the geographies of reproductive health care in Canada and France focusing specifically on the practice of Midwifery
  • Kate Quinn, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, College of Education, "Socializing Future Faculty to the Norms of Work and Family in Academe"
  • Joseph Wycoff, History, "Disciplining the Managerial Subject: Discourses of Political Economy in the United States, 1820-1920"
Faculty Research Grants:
  • Elizabeth Kier, Political Science, "Victory through Justice: Mobilizing Labor for Total War"
PUBLICATIONS:

  • Building Bridges Newsletter of the Center for Labor Studies. Volume 12, Fall 2005.
EVENTS:

  • "Conference on Union Democracy Reexamined" This conference explored central questions regarding union democracy by bringing together scholars, labor leaders and activists, to work toward the creation and dissemination of a new model of union democracy, February 24-25, 2006
  • Hiring Hall Forum: In October 2005, the Center sponsored a forum on hiring halls to explore their past, their successes, and their relevance in today's labor market. Especially in light of the shakeup in the AFL, it is crucial to be clear-eyed about the applicability of hiring halls as a vehicle for organizing casual laborers. It has been suggested that there is no such thing as a bad job, only bad wages and conditions. Can the hiring hall make this true for more workers?
      Participants included:
    • Professor Abel Valenzuela, UCLA Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies
    • Marcus Courtney, Organizer, Washington Alliance of Technology Workers (CWA)
    • John Littel, Sergeant-At-Arms, Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council
    • Jordan Royer, City of Seattle Mayor's Office, point person on day labor
    • Hilary Stern, Executive Director of CASA Latina
    • Herald Ugles, President, International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 19
  • April 28, 2006: Remembering Japanese American Redress: A Symposium on History, Incarceration, and Justice. This symposium brought activists and academics from around the Seattle area to reflect on the redress movement, which, in many ways, originated in the Pacific Northwest. Particular attention was paid to the movement's historical lessons and lasting legacies in the ongoing struggle for social justice.
      Speakers included
    • Roger Daniels
    • Chuck Kato
    • Frank Abe
    • Ruthann Kurose
    • Mike Lowry
    • Chizu Omori
    • Mako Nakagawa
    • Tom Ikeda
    • Joy Shigaki
    • Program Committee:
    • Moon-Ho Jung
    • Tetsuden Kashima
    • Theresa Mudrock
    • Gail Nomura
    • Chizu Omori
    • Bob Shimabukuro
    • Sponsored by:
    • The Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest
    • The Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies
    • JACL-Seattle
    • JACL-Lake Washington
Colloquium Series:
  • November 9, 2005: Ellie Belew presented her new book Fully Involved: A History of the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters
  • November 21, 2005: Professor Jim Gregory, UW Department of History presented his new book The Southern Diaspora: How the Great Migrations of Black and White Southerners Transformed America
  • January 18, 2006: Brian Mello, Political Science, presented "The Legacy of a Labor Movement: Repression and the Lingering Impact of Turkish Labor Activism"
  • January 26-27, 2006: Professor Gordon Lafer, University of Oregon, Eugene Labor Education and Research Center (LERC), gave two talks: "Blaming the Victim: Why Politicians and Big Business Promote Education as the Solution to Poverty" and "From Baghdad to the Bayou: the 'War on Terror' and the Attack on American Workers"
  • February 1, 2006: Professor Elizabeth Salas, American Ethnic Studies, presented her research about Mexican immigration to British Columbia
  • February 15, 2006: Maureen Hickey, Geography, presented "Taxi Work: Making a Living on the Streets of Bangkok"
  • February 22, 2006: Professor Mark Smith, Political Science, presented "Turning Right in America"
  • Wednesday March 8, 2006: Karla Kelling, History, presented "The Lives of Laboring Women in Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia"
  • Wednesday April 12, 2006: Professor Mike Whitty, visiting professor at Seattle University on leave from the University of Detroit, Mercy, presented "The Battle for Detroit: Hopeful Possibilities for Union Resistance in the Face of Global Competition"
  • April 20, 2006: Professor Augusto Espiritu, Department of History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, presented "The Anti-Marcos Movement and the Question of 'Orientation'"
  • May 18, 2006: Professor Victoria Johnson, Department of Sociology, University of Missouri-Columbia, presented "Political Culture and General Strike Mobilization" at the ILWU Local 19 union hall
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2006 - 2007

CHAIR:
  • Daniel F. Jacoby, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell
STAFF:
  • Sarah Laslett, Director
  • Christopher P. Schulze-Oechtering Castañeda, Undergraduate Assistant
STANDING COMMITTEE:
  • Vicente Rafael, History
  • George Lovell, Political Science
  • Mark Smith, Political Science
  • Lynn Thomas, History
VISITING COMMITTEE:
  • Rick Bender, Washington State Labor Council
  • Steve Conway, Washington State Representative
  • Kim Cook, President, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 925
  • Robert Duggan, Chair of Harry Bridges Memorial Committee
  • David Freiboth, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of M.L. King County Labor Council
  • Guadalupe Gamboa, United Farm Workers
  • Jean R. Gundlach, Associate of Harry Bridges
  • Jon Halgren, ILWU Local 98
  • Larry Hansen, ILWU Local 19
  • Bob Hasegawa, IBT Local 174, Washington State Representative, 11th District
  • Michael Herschensohn, Museum of History and Industry
  • Harry Hilliard, ILWU Local 23
  • Ken Jacobsen, Washington State Senator, 26th District
  • Verlene Jones, King County Labor Council
  • JoAnne Jugum, Daughter of Martin Jugum
  • Ian Kennedy, ILWU Local 52
  • Ronald Magden, Professor Emeritus of History, Tacoma Community College
  • Rudy Martinez, President, ILWU Local 19 Pensioner's Association
  • Ross Rieder, President of Pacific Nothwest Labor History Association
  • Robert Rogers, ILWU Local 19
  • Lila Smith, ITF Inspector
  • Diane Sosne, Service Employees International Union, 1199
  • Eugene Vrana, Director of Educational Services & Librarian, ILWU Library
  • Steve Williamson, President, King County Labor Council
  • Joe Wenzel, West Coast Committeeman, ILWU
  • Diane Zahn, UFCW Local 1001, Secretary-Treasurer


  • Richard Austin, President, Pacific Coast Pensioner's Association of the ILWU (addition)
  • Ted Hansen, International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 52 (addition)
  • Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Washington State Representative, 36th District (addition)
GRANTS, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND AWARDS:

Best Undergraduate Paper:
  • Melanie Harding, Political Science, "The Trend of Union Density in the United States and Canada--Why the Divide?"
Best Graduate Paper:
  • Raine Dozier, Sociology, "Accumulating Disadvantage: The Growth in the Black-White Wage Gap Among Women"
Martin and Anne Jugum Scholarship:
  • Michael A. Schulze-Oechtering Castañeda, American Ethnic Studies and History
  • Morgan M. Myrdal, Political Science
Labor and Employment Relations Association Scholarship (formerly IRRA Scholarship:
  • Rachel Taber, Political Science
Martha Duggan Endowment Scholarship:
  • Rose Ernst, Political Science
  • Raine Dozier, Sociology
Robert Duggan Distinguished Supporterof Labor Studies Award:
  • Ross Rieder, President of the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association
Distinguished Staff Award:
  • Karyl Winn, UW Librarian Emeritus
Graduate Student Research Grants:
  • Jon Agnone, Sociology, "The Unionization of Future Activists?: The Biographical Impact of ILWU Membership"
  • Alex Morrow, History, "Public Health and the Migrant Workers: A Comparative Study of Anti-Tuberculosis Efforts in Seattle and San Francisco"
  • Seema Sohi, History, "Echoes of Mutiny: Migration, Empire, and Indian Revolutionaries on the Pacific Coast"
Faculty Research Grants:
  • Moon-Ho Jung, History, for his new book "Race Radicals" which concentrates on Asian American radical struggles
  • Divya C. McMillin, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UWT, "Sweatshop Labor and Subjective Agency in a Globalizing World"
  • Gina Neff, Communications, "Workforce Challenges and Emerging Labor Structures in the U.S. Video Game Industry"
Staff Research Grants:
  • Kellus Stone, Administrator in Industrial Engineering, "Broken Lives: Living and Losing the American Dream"
PUBLICATIONS:

  • Building Bridges Newsletter of the Center for Labor Studies. Volume 13, Fall 2006.
  • Building Bridges Newsletter of the Center for Labor Studies. Volume 14, Winter 2007.
  • Building Bridges Newsletter of the Center for Labor Studies. Volume 15, Spring 2007.
EVENTS:

  • Public Forum "Organizing Our Futures: Labor, Knowledge and the Economy", October 13-14, 2006.
    • This conference examined the ways in which continued technological advances will reshape existing labor markets raising the question of how workers can share in the potential wealth created by the integration of bio-technology, robotics, and telecommunications. The Harry Bridges Chair, Dan Jacoby intends to publish selected proceedings from the conference.
  • Launch for Moon-Ho Jung's new book, Coolies and Cane: Race, Labor, and Sugar in the Age of Emancipation, November 7, 2006
  • Film Showing The Motherhood Manifesto - This film explores what happens to working mothers and families in America, November 16, 2006.
  • "Immigration and Globalization: Perspectives on World Labor, The Crisis of the Globalist Project and Civil Society's Response," Walden Bello, Executive Director of Focus on the Global South and Professor of Sociology and Public Administration at the University of the Philippines, November 21, 2006 (Tacoma) & November 22, 2006 (Seattle).
  • Launch for Professor Michael Honey's new book Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, King's Last Campaign, January 18, 2007
  • "A Country that Works: Getting America Back on Track", Andy Stern (President, Service Employees International Union), co-sponsored by SEIU Local 925, February 13, 2007
  • February 21 (Seattle) & February 22 (Bothell): Visiting Speaker, Rachel Sherman (Yale University, Sociology), "Class Acts: Service and Inequality in Luxury Hotels", co-sponsored by the Dept. of Sociology
  • February 28: Wal-Mart Sweatshop Worker Speaking Tour
    • The International Labor Rights Fund hosted 3 speakers on this national tour: a cut-flower worker from Colombia, a grocery store worker from Florida, and a garment union organizer from India. All three speakers experienced first hand the unacceptable conditions on farms and in factories because of the purchasing practices of big box retailers such as Wal-Mart. Co-sponsored by the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21, and the Student Labor Action Project.
  • "The Demand for Labor Standards: Online Experiments with Social Labeling of Imported Products," visiting speaker Michael Hiscox, Harvard University Dept. of Government. Co-sponsored by the Dept. of Political Science, March 2, 2006
  • "Competitive Situations and Union Growth: How Splits in the American Labor Movement Influence Membership Gains, 1894-2004", Caleb Southworth, (University of Oregon, Sociology) and Judith Stepan-Norris (UC Irvine, The Center for the Study of Democracy), Co-sponsored by the Dept. of Sociology, March 8, 2007.
  • Panel discussion of Our History Is Still Being Written: The Story of Three Chinese-Cuban Generals in the Cuban Revolution, April 10, 2007
      Panelists:
    • Tony Chan, Communications and International Studies
    • Moon-Ho Jung, Asian American History
    • Martín Koppel, interviewer for Our History Is Still Being Written
    • Freedom Allah Siyam, Political Education Officer, BAYAN-USA (an alliance of progressive Filipino groups in the U.S. representing organizations of students, scholars, women, workers, and youth)


    • Co-Sponsored by the Dept. of American Ethnic Studies, the Latin American Studies Program, BAYAN-USA, and MEChA
  • Visiting Lecturer Alice Kessler-Harris in residence as a Walker-Ames scholar, April 2007:
    • April 17: ''Women, Work, Welfare, and the Challenge of a New Economy: A Historian's Perspective"
    • April 18: "Perspectives on Economic Citizenship," West Coast Poverty Center/Evans School seminar
    • April 18: Walker-Ames lecture, "The Rocky Road to Economic Citizenship"
    • April 19: "Sex, Lies, and History: The Revealing Life of Lillian Hellman"
  • Kam Wing Chan, Professor, Department of Geography, "Rural Migrant Labor in China: Trends, Geography and Implications," April 24, 2007
  • "Latin American Challenges to the Neo-Liberal Order," April-May 2007:
    • "Re-thinking Revolution and Reaction: Bolivia and Colombia in Historical Context", Forrest Hylton, Ph.D. Candidate in Latin American History at New York University, April 19, 2007
    • "Brazil's President as Working Class Fox: Lula from Trade Unionism to the Presidency", John French, Dept. of History, Duke University, April 26, 2007
    • "Anti-neoliberalism in Venezuela and its Implications for the Labor Movement," Steve Ellner, Universidad de Oriente in Venezuela, May 3, 2007
    • "Indigenous Movements in Evo's Bolivia - In Search of Roots", Brooke Larson, Dept. of History, State University of New York at Stony Brook, May 10, 2007
    • From Revolution to Reform: The Socialists and the Workers' Movement in Chile from Allende to Bachelet", Paul Drake, Dean of the Division of Social Sciences at the San Diego, May 17, 2007
  • "Wal-Mart in the Blood: Labor and Community Responses to the Big-Box Economy", a panel discussion about the 'Walmartization' of the global economy, and what labor and community-based organizations need to know in order to respond, May 8, 2007
      Visiting Speakers:
    • Susan Christopherson, Dept. of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University: "The Limits to a Global Strategy - What we can Learn from Wal-Mart's failure in Germany"
    • Steve Williamson, Strategic Campaigns Director, United Food & Commercial Workers Local 21
    • Peter Olney, Director of Organizing, International Longshore and Warehouse Union
  • Visiting Speaker Donald Quateart, Dept. of History, Binghamton University, "What the Story of Ottoman Coal Miners Can Tell Us about New Source in Middle East History Writing", May 25 2007
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2007 - 2008

CHAIR:
  • Daniel F. Jacoby, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell Through March '08
  • James Gregory, History
STAFF:
  • Kelli Larsen, Program Coordinator Through March 08
  • Andrew Hedden, Program Coordinator
  • Christopher P. Schulze-Oechtering Castañeda, Undergraduate Assistant
STANDING COMMITTEE:
  • Stephanie Camp, History
  • George Lovell, Political Science
  • Mark Smith, Political Science
  • Lynn Thomas, History
VISITING COMMITTEE:
  • Richard Austin, President, Pacific Coast Pensioner's Association of the ILWU
  • Rick Bender, Washington State Labor Council
  • Steve Conway, Washington State Representative
  • Kim Cook, President, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 925
  • Robert Duggan, Chair of Harry Bridges Memorial Committee
  • David Freiboth, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of M.L. King County Labor Council
  • Guadalupe Gamboa, United Farm Workers
  • Jean R. Gundlach, Associate of Harry Bridges
  • Jon Halgren, ILWU Local 98
  • Larry Hansen, ILWU Local 19
  • Ted Hansen, ILWU, Local 52
  • Bob Hasegawa, IBT Local 174, Washington State Representative, 11th District
  • Michael Herschensohn, Museum of History and Industry
  • Harry Hilliard, ILWU Local 23
  • Ken Jacobsen, Washington State Senator, 26th District
  • Verlene Jones, King County Labor Council
  • JoAnne Jugum, Daughter of Martin Jugum
  • Ian Kennedy, ILWU Local 52
  • Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Washington State Representative, 36th District
  • Ronald Magden, Professor Emeritus of History, Tacoma Community College
  • Rudy Martinez, President, ILWU Local 19 Pensioner's Association
  • Ross Rieder, President of Pacific Nothwest Labor History Association
  • Robert Rogers, ILWU Local 19
  • Lila Smith, ITF Inspector
  • Diane Sosne, Service Employees International Union, 1199
  • Eugene Vrana, Director of Educational Services & Librarian, ILWU Library
  • Joe Wenzel, West Coast Committeeman, ILWU


  • Conrad Spell, President, International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 23 (addition)
GRANTS, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND AWARDS:

Best Undergraduate Paper:
  • George Roberston, Political Science, "'Speak out when others grow silent:' The Messanger, the IWW and Debates over New Negro Radicalism"
Best Graduate Paper:
  • John Ahlquist, Political Science, "Policy by Contract: Social pacts in Australia and New Zealand"
Martin and Anne Jugum Scholarship:
  • Joseph Guanlao, English
  • George Robertson, Political Science
  • Aaron Verzosa, Linguistics and Physiology
Labor and Employment Relations Association Scholarship:
  • Patricia George, Ethnic, Gender and Labor Studies, UW Tacoma
Martha Duggan Endowment Scholarship:
  • Amy Bailey, Sociology
Robert Duggan Distinguished Supporterof Labor Studies Award:
  • JoAnne Jugum, Seattle Public School Teacher
Graduate Student Research Grants:
  • Srinivas Chokkula, Geography, "Spaces of Survival: Daily-wage Labor Markets in India"
  • Trevor Griffey, History, "'Integrating a Burning House:' Black Worker Struggles for Affirmative Action in the Age of Deindustrialization"
  • Janet Jones, Social Work, “The Role of Caring Labor for African American Grandmothers”
  • Devin Kelly, Sociology, "Union Power and Technological Change”
  • Jaime Kelly, Geography, "Collaboration and Variation among Nonprofit Organizations and Unions in Hong Kong"
  • Emily Lynch, Anthropology, "Health Insurance Reform and Self Care in Washington State"
Faculty Research Grants:
  • Mike Honey, Labor and Ethnic Studies and American History, UWT, "African American Longshore Workers"
  • Priti Ramamurthy, Women Studies, "Cotton Body Politics and Social Reproduction in Andhra Pradesh, India"
Washington State Labor Research Grants:
  • Anne Goodchild, Civil and Environmental Engineering, "Puget Sound Warehousing Employment Research Program"
  • Dan Jacoby, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW, Bothell, "Washington State Policy and the Demand for Part-Time Faculty at Community Colleges"
  • Brendan Sweeney, Geography, "Labor Market Convergence in a Cross-Border Region: the Case of Cascadia’s Forest Products Industry"
PUBLICATIONS:

  • Building Bridges: Newsletter of the Center for Labor Studies. Volume 16, Fall 2007.
  • Building Bridges: Newsletter of the Center for Labor Studies. Volume 17, Spring 2008.
EVENTS:

  • October 26, 2007 - Professor Gina Neff presented on the topic of “Risk and Labor in the New Economy” as part of the Labor, Knowledge and the Economy working group
  • November 1, 2007 - A showing of the film Renaissance 2010: From the Front Lines, followed with a critical discussion led by Prof. Dan Jacoby, Prof. Paul Hill, Prof. Annette Henry, and Camille Farrington.
  • November 7, 2007 - A Family Affair: Issues in Asian American Assimilation, Immigration, and Activism, a discussion following a screening of the latest documentary effort from filmmaker Shaun Scott, “A Family Affair.”
  • November 8, 2007 - Prof. Mark A. Smith presented his new book, The Right Talk: How Conservatives Transformed the Great Society, at the University Bookstore.
  • November 16, 2007 - Prof. Cesar Rodriguez-Garavito from the Universidad de los Andes, in Bogotá, Colombia, spoke on the topic “Law and Globalization Below: Toward a Post-Westphalian Theory of Transnational Legal Mobilization.”
  • November 19, 2007 - Prof. Edna Bonacich from UC Riverside presented on “Challenging Global Capitalism: The Strategic Opportunities for Labor in the Logistics Sector”
  • November 26, 2007 - An afternoon with African American civil rights veteran activist Jack O'Dell.
  • November 27, 2007 - Prof. Robert Fishman from Notre Dame presented on “Enduring Legacies of Revolution and Reform: Democratic Practice and Social Outcomes for Work and Workers in Portugal and Spain”
  • November 27, 2007 - Prof. Nikhil Singh gave a talk entitled “For the Duration: Jack O'Dell and the Long Civil Rights Era” as part of the Race, Radicalism, and Labor working group.
  • December 4, 2007 - Prof. Jake Rosenfeld discussed his work on the behavior of union members in recent elections in a talk entitled “Voter Turnout and Labor Unions in Modern America.”
  • December 5, 2007 - A brown bag presentation entitled “Technology, Education, and Jobs in Washington's New Economy,” featuring Baldwin, Gov. Gregoire's policy advisor on economic development, and Bryan Wilson, Deputy Director of Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board
  • January 29, 2008 – Prof. Peter Cole, from Western Illinois University discussed his new book, Wobblies on the Waterfront: Interracial Unionism in Progressive-Era Philadelphia at the University Bookstore.
  • February 8-9, 2008 - Challenges to Fair Trade Conference
    • This two-day conference, co-sponsored by the Bridges Center, brought together more than 20 speakers and six sessions on a variety of topics, all addressing the general question, “What is involved in implementing fair trade, particularly in a university environment?”
    • Scholars, corporate representatives, and activists offered varying perspectives on panels including, “After the WTO: Fair Trade Organizing In the Pacific Northwest” and “Corporate Responsibility.”
    • Professor Richard Freeman, from Harvard University, delivered the conference plenary, “Labor Standards and Globalization are Complements.”
  • February, 12 2008 - Ian Ruskin performed the play From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks: The Life and Times of Harry Bridges at the Meany Studio Theater.
  • February 27, 2008 - Rev. James Lawson, an African-American minister who worked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during the civil rights movement of the 1960s, led a discussion on the philosophy and practice of nonviolence at University of Washington Tacoma.
  • March 31, 2008 - Stan Sorscher, a labor, trade and health care activist who lives in Seattle, gave a presentation on "Restoring Balance to Our Trade Policy," as part of the Labor, Knowledge and Economy Working Group.
  • April 11, 2008 - New Scholarship at the Intersections: Care, Work and Diversity Conference
    • Organized by the Race, Class, Work and Care Working Group, this graduate student research conference promoted new scholarship on the interplay between theories and experiences of employment and care-giving/-receiving with those of race, ethnicity and class (and other dimensions of social difference. Focusing on graduate student research, the conference provided opportunities to enhance graduate student professional by presenting research and building networks.
  • June 21, 2008 - Good, Green Jobs Conference
    • Hosted by the Bridges Center and the Blue-Green Alliance, this conference put the question of working people in the new green economy front and center. The conference featured speakers and panels, including Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire, King County Executive Rons Sims, and State Representative Jay Inslee. Representatives from both the labor movement and environmental groups were present to ask, what is labor's role in responding to global warming? Why should environmentalists prioritize the needs of working people?
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