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Predecessor Events

February 1990:
  • At a marathon dinner, attended by Pat Vukich of ILWU Local 19, Jimmy Dean of Local 52, Tony Hutter of Local 9, and Bob Duggan, the idea for creating a lasting, living memorial in the name of Harry Bridges is hatched (all of those attending knew of Bridges’ failing health).
March 30, 1990:
  • Harry Bridges dies at age 88, after 40 years as President of the ILWU.
May 1990:
  • After discussions with Phil Lelli, of Local 23 in Tacoma, and Dr. Ronald Magden, Professor Emeritus at Tacoma Community College, Bob Duggan proposes the idea of an Endowed Chair named for Bridges during a Memorial Service in Tacoma.
June 1990:
  • The Harry Bridges Memorial Committee is formed to raise $1 million; Bob Duggan is the secretary, and serves as co-leader with Martin “Jug” Jugum.
  • The Bridges Chair is fully endowed when the finance goal of $1.057 million is reached in July 1992. The endowment comes from 990 individual donors, and ILWU locals on the West Coast and Hawaii. The first year of operation of the Harry Bridges Chair (1992-93) is funded by $59,000 of interest income from the new endowment.
June 5, 1991:
  • UW President William P. Gerberding attends the 28th Convention of the ILWU at the Sheraton Hotel in Seattle. He endorses the idea of the Bridges Chair, and contributes $1,000 to the campaign.
July 17, 1992
  • Trust Agreement between the Harry Bridges Memorial Committee and the UW is signed.
July 28, 1992
  • Dedication Ceremony at the residence of UW President Gerberding, officially creating the Harry Bridges Chair, attended by 275 contributors and supporters. Remarks made by Noriko (Nikki) Bridges (Harry’s widow), President Gerberding, Arts and Sciences Dean Joe G. Norman, and Professors David Olson and Charles Bergquist (History).
August 7, 1992
  • Dean Norman appoints the first Standing Committee.
October 29, 1992
  • First meeting of the Standing Committee.
  • Creation of the Center for Labor Studies.
November 12, 1992
  • President Gerberding and Provost Laurel Wilkening call a meeting to question the creation of the Center for Labor Studies (attended by Gerberding, Wilkening, Norm Arkans, Marilyn Dunn, Dean Norman, Associate Dean Thomas, Professors Olson and Bergquist, and Bob Duggan). Wilkening opposed the Center, Gerberding supported the Center, and the Center survived. Gerberding commented that the UW administration would be “flexible” with future approaches to the Legislature for state funding for Center operations.
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1992 - 1993

CHAIR:
  • David Olson, Political Science
STAFF:
  • Steve Marquart, Graduate Assistant
STANDING COMMITTEE:
  • Ellis Goldberg, Political Science
  • Charles Bergquist, History
  • Joan Ullman, History
  • Richard Kirkendall, History
  • Morgan Thomas, Associate Dean
VISITING COMMITTEE:
  • Rick Bender, Washington State Labor Council
  • Robert Duggan, Co-Chair of Harry Bridges Memorial Committee
  • Noriko (Nikki) Bridges, Widow of Harry Bridges
  • George T. Fleming, Washington State Senator
  • Jean R. Gundlach, Associate of Harry Bridges
  • Fern Halgren, Representative of ILWU Women's Auxiliary
  • Rhonda Hilyer, Agreement Dynamics
  • JoAnne Jugum, Daughter of Martin Jugum
  • Martin Jugum, ILWU, Local 19, Co-Chair of Harry Bridges Memorial Committee
  • Lawrence Kenney, President of Washington State Labor Council
  • Phil Lelli, ILWU Local 23
  • Ronald E. Magden, Professor Emeritus of History, Tacoma Community College
  • Glenn Ramiskey, ILWU Coast Committeeman
  • Virginia Roberts, International Machinists Union, Local 751
  • Kathleen Taylor, UW, History Department
GRANTS, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND AWARDS:

Best Undergraduate Paper:
  • Tiffany Meyers, Political Science, for "From Neocorporatism to Neoliberalism: Spanish Domestic Politics in the European Community"
Best Graduate Paper:
  • Mark Edwards, Sociology, for "The Legitimation of Reproduction: Contested Meanings of Pregnancy in the American Workplace"
PUBLICATIONS:

  • Newsletter of The Center for Labor Studies, Volume 1, Number 1, Summer 1993.
Comparative Labor History Series:
  • David Brody, "The Enduring Labor Movement: A Job-Conscious Perspective," Working Paper No. 1 (July, 1992)
  • Charles Bergquist, "The Social Origins of U.S. Imperialism: Or, Linking Labor and LaFeber," Working Paper No. 2 (February, 1992)
EVENTS:

Lectures:
  • Douglas Ashford, University of Pittsburgh, "The Decline of the European Welfare States"
  • Phillip Bonner, Labor and Urban History Chair, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg South Africa, "From Industrial to Political Unionism: The South African Case: 1973-1990"
  • Melvyn Dubofsky, SUNY – Binghamton, "Labor, Politics, and the State in the US"
  • Elizabeth Faue, Wayne State University, "Gender, Community-Based Organization and the Contemporary Labor Movement"
  • Dana Frank, UCSC, "Race Relations and the Seattle Labor Movement"
  • Chris Friday, Western Washington University, "Reorganizing the Organized: Asian Americans from Contract Labor to Union Crews In Northwest Salmon Canneries Before 1942"
  • Michael Honey, UWT, "Black Freedom and the American Labor Movement"
  • Ira Katznelson, New School For Social Research, "The Rise and Decline of the Postwar Settlement in the US and Europe"
  • Ronald Magden, Tacoma CC, "The 1934 Longshore Strike"
  • Lewis Maltby, ACLU, “"Privacy Issues in the Workplace"
  • Gary Marks, University of North Carolina, "The Crisis of Socialism in Western Europe"
  • Michael McCann, UW, "Comparable Worth and American Labor"
  • Valentin Moghadma, UN University in Helsinki, "Labor and Populism in the Iranian Revolution"
  • Kurt Peterson, Yale University Law School and UFW of Washington State, "The Maquiladora Revolution in Guatemala"
  • Bo Rothstein, University of Upsala (Sweden), "Explaining the Universal Welfare State"
  • Michael Shalez, Departments of Sociology and Political Science, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, "Histadrut, The Israeli Labor Federation, Its History and Challenges in the Present"
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1993 - 1994

CHAIR:
  • David Olson, Political Science
STAFF:
  • Dan Hansen, Political Science Research Assistant
STANDING COMMITTEE:
  • Ellis Goldberg, Political Science
  • Charles Bergquist, History
  • Joan Ullman, History
  • Richard Kirkendall, History
  • Morgan Thomas, Associate Dean
VISITING COMMITTEE:
  • Rick Bender, Washington State Labor Council
  • Robert Duggan, Chair of Harry Bridges Memorial Committee
  • Noriko (Nikki) Bridges, Widow of Harry Bridges
  • George T. Fleming, Washington State Senator
  • Jean R Gundlach, Associate of Harry Bridges
  • Fern Halgren, Representative of ILWU Women's Auxiliary
  • Rhonda Hilyer, Agreement Dynamics
  • JoAnne Jugum, Daughter of Martin Jugum
  • Martin Jugum, ILWU, Local 19, Co-Chair of Harry Bridges Memorial Committee
  • Lawrence Kenney, President of Washington State Labor Council
  • Phil Lelli, ILWU Local 23
  • Ronald E Magden, Professor Emeritus of History, Tacoma Community College
  • Glenn Ramiskey, ILWU Coast Committeeman
  • Virginia Roberts, International Machinists Union, Local 751
  • Kathleen Taylor, UW, History Department


  • Norie Sato, Artist (addition)
GRANTS, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND AWARDS:

Best Undergraduate Paper:
  • Susan Brown, Political Science, for "A Virtual Revolution"
  • Linda Anderson, Political Science, for "American Labor, Bibliographical Essay"
Best Graduate Paper:
  • Richard Marens, School of Law, for "Democracy without Rights: Corporate Legal Theory, Freedom of Speech, and the Possibilities of Workplace Cooperation"
PUBLICATIONS:

Comparative Labor History Series:
  • Melvyn Dubofsky, "On Treacherous Terrain: Labor, Politics, and the State in the United Sates," Working Paper No. 3 (November, 1993)
  • Elizabeth Faue, "'Outfoxing the Frost': Gender, Community-Based Labor Organizations, and the Contemporary American Labor Movement", Working Paper No. 4 (January, 1994)
EVENTS:

July 28, 1993:
  • Annual Party celebrating the Harry Bridges Chair held at the Laurelhurst home of Marty and Bob Duggan
January 28, 1994:
  • James Foster, President of the ILWU’s Pacific Coast Pensioners Association, presents a bust of Harry Bridges to President Gerberding. The bust, by sculptor Henry Alvarez, is an exact replica of one located at the entry to the ILWU’s International Offices on Franklin Street in San Francisco.
  • At a ceremony celebrating the new Bridges bust, President Gerberding formally apologized for university administrative complicity in the early 1950’s "Canwell Affair", where four UW faculty lost their Professorships due to the "Red Scare" (The Center for Labor Studies made videos of the bust presentation, and Gerberding’s speech, which quickly sold out).
April 11, 1994:
  • Olson addresses the 29th Triennial Convention of the ILWU in Los Angeles
June 1994:
  • The donated bust of Harry Bridges and a bronze plaque listing the names of all donors to the Harry Bridges Chair is installed at the West entry to Suzzallo Library, with Harry looking out over Red Square on the UW campus. The event is attended by 200 friends and supporters of the Chair.
Summer 1994:
  • A labor history workshop for high school teachers is attended by 22 secondary school teachers. The workshop is coordinated by Professors Bergquist and Honey, and by Mary Ellen Cardella, and continued to run for three successive years.

Conference:
  • "Harry Bridges and the Tradition of Dissent Among Waterfront Workers", January 1994
  • Presenters:
    • Nikki Bridges
    • Professor Robert D. Cherny (San Francisco State University)
    • Martin Jugum, Jesse Stranahan
    • Professor Bruce Nelson (Dartmouth College)
    • The Honorable Jack E. Tanner
    • Jean R. Gundlach, Dr. Ronald E. Magden (Tacoma Community College)
    • Dr. Fred T. Haley
    • Pete Grassi
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