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Summer Quarter 2013

DATE TIME LOCATION EVENT DETAILS
June 26, 2013 7:00pm-9:00pm Cascade Room, Haggett Hall
UW Seattle

Panel: "Labor Feminism: What Does It Mean and Why is it Important?"

We've come a long way . . . (In 2013 44% of union members are women.) . . . and we still have a long way to go. (Only 16% of national union presidents are women.) Moreover, in 40% of today's households in the U.S., a woman is the primary or sole bread winner.

Come and hear a panel of women union leaders from Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia talk about their experiences building a movement for economic empowerment for working women. Help us figure out how to make it even stronger!

Part of the 2013 Summer Institute for Union Women organized by the Washington State Labor Education and Research Center.

June 29, 2013 6:00pm-9:00pm Cascade Room, Haggett Hall
UW Seattle

Banquet: 2013 Summer Institute for Union Women Graduation

Come support the 150 graduates of this year's SIUW! You are welcome to join us for a banquet dinner and entertainment. The keynote speaker is Lynne Dodson, Secretary-Treasurer of the Washington State Labor Council who will be addressing the graduates and their supporters on the topic of "Women's Voices, Women's Power: Building the Labor Movement."

Tickets cost $45. Contact Cheryl Coney at 206-934-5382 or email her at cheryl.coney@seattlecolleges.edu if you wish to purchase a ticket. Tickets must be purchased by June 14th.

Part of the 2013 Summer Institute for Union Women organized by the Washington State Labor Education and Research Center.

Spring Quarter 2013

DATE TIME LOCATION EVENT DETAILS
April 23, 2013 6:30pm-8:00pm Room 260, Savery Hall
UW Seattle

Forum: "End Death Trap Factories" Worker Tour

Since 2006, preventable factory fires have killed over 600 workers in Bangladesh as they produce for markets in the US and Europe.

April 23rd and 24th, Bangladesh Garment Workers are coming to Washington State as part of the "End Death Trap Factories" 10 city nationwide tour, to demand that Walmart and the GAP join a fire safety agreement requiring independent fire inspections, workers' voice in fire safety measures, and making retailers financially responsible for the necessary measures to prevent factory fires.

Sponsored by the Washington Fair Trade Coalition, United Students Against Sweatshops, Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, OUR Walmart, and UFCW Local 21.

April 24, 2013 11:30am-12:30pm Lyceum, Husky Union Building (HUB)
UW Seattle

Event: Worker Memorial Day

Each year thousands of workers are killed and millions more injured or diseased because of their jobs.

Please join us on Worker Memorial Day to honor those who died in 2012 from a work-related injury or illness in King County.

This special ceremony will also raise awareness about how we can strengthen our commitment to make jobs safer and save lives in Washington state.

For more information, contact Nancy Simcox at 206-221-7107, UW Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences.

April 25, 2013 6:00pm Building 2, Room 005
UW Bothell

Lecture: "Strange Brew: The Making and (Unmaking?) of Contemporary Nativism"

w/Daniel Martinez HoSang, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and Political Science, University of Oregon

The rising prospects for federal comprehensive immigration reform suggest that immigration restrictionists may be facing a period of retrenchment and declining political influence. To understand the future trajectory of restrictionist politics, this talk assesses the unsteady and deeply contingent formation of restrictionist political movements over the last forty years. It traces the combination and recombination of diverse political claims—demands for fiscal austerity, assertions of states’ rights, racialized constructions of criminality, and appeals to white cultural nationalism—into a distinct if unstable ideological alchemy.

Daniel Martinez HoSang is an Associate Professor at the University of Oregon with a joint appointment in the Department of Ethnic Studies and the Department of Political Science. He is the author of Racial Propositions: Ballot Initiatives and the Making of Postwar California (Univ of California Press, 2010), which explores the history of organizing campaigns around racialized ballot measures in California since 1945 and was the recipient of the 2011 James A Rawley Prize of the Organization of American Historians. He is also the co-editor (with Oneka LaBennett and Laura Pulido) of Racial Formation in the 21st Century (University of California Press, 2012). His current research examines political discourse, framing and subject formation in relation to issues including reproductive rights, immigration, LGBT identity, and incarceration.

May 3-5, 2013 Times vary Portland, OR

Conference: Labor Under Attack: Learning from the Past and Preparing for the Future

The annual conference of the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association, a non-profit association dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of workers in the Pacific Northwest (British Columbia, Oregon and Washington). Members are trade unionists, students, academics, and others who share an interest in the history and heritage of workers in this region.

May 14, 2013 4:00pm-6:00pm Room 4, Dempsey Hall
UW Seattle

Lecture: The Situation and Struggles of the iSlaves in China - A talk by gongchao.org

The company Foxconn employs more than one million people in China alone. As the world's biggest contract manufacturer it works for Apple and many other electronics brands. Foxconn's workers are the "iSlaves" who face horrendous working conditions while producing communication tools like iPhones and iPads.

Based on gongchao.org's research and activity around the struggles of Chinese migrant workers, this talk will use words, photos, and films to present the situation at Foxconn. The discussion will focus on ways to support the iSlaves and to relate their struggles to our own.

May 24-27, 2013 Times vary Seattle Center
Seattle, WA

Festival: NW Folklife: Washington Works

The Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies is collaborating with the NW Folklife Festival and the Washington State Labor Council's Mayworks program to make labor studies part of this year's cultural focus, titled "Washington Works."

Events will include pesentations by Conor Casey (Labor Archives of Washington), James Gregory (UW History), Moon-Ho Jung (UW History), George Lovell (Harry Bridges Chair), Carolyn Pinedo-Turnovsky (UW American Ethnic Studies), and more.

December 6, 2012 - April 16, 2013 Special Collections Basement Lobby
and Allen Library North First Floor Balcony

University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195

Exhibit: Images of Labor and Social Justice: The Art of Richard V. Correll

Richard V. (Dick) Correll (1904-1990), was "one of the leading masters of printmaking in the West." Best known for his powerful black and white linoleum cuts, etchings and woodblock prints, for most of his life he earned a living as a commercial artist in the book publishing and advertising fields while producing a large body of fine art in his own time.

Correll's themes ranged from landscapes, animals and agricultural scenes, harbors and ships, and music and dance to those which reflected his lifelong concern with political and social issues. This exhibit features selections from several core areas of Correll's recently donated collection at the Labor Archives of Washington, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections

Winter Quarter 2013

DATE TIME LOCATION EVENT DETAILS
February 4, 2013 4:00pm Bldg UWB1, Room 041, UW Bothell

Seminar: Five Not-So Easy Pieces for the Future of Organized Labor

Labor history scholar Jefferson Cowie will lead a discussion about the future of organized labor in the United States.

Jefferson Cowie is an associate professor of history at Cornell University. He is the author of Capital Moves: RCA's Seventy-Year Quest for Cheap Labor (The New Press), which received the 2000 Philip Taft Prize for the Best Book in Labor History. He lives in Ithaca, New York.

February 5, 2013 12:30pm-2:00pm Thomson Hall, Room 119
UW Seattle

Seminar: Stayin' Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class

A wide-ranging cultural and political history that will forever redefine a misunderstood decade, Stayin' Alive is prize-winning historian Jefferson Cowie’s remarkable account of how working-class America hit the rocks in the political and economic upheavals of the 1970s. In this edgy and incisive book—part political intrigue, part labor history, with large doses of American music, film and television lore—Cowie, with "an ear for the power and poetry of vernacular speech" (Cleveland Plain Dealer), reveals America's fascinating path from rising incomes and optimism of the New Deal to the widening economic inequalities and dampened expectations of the present.

Jefferson Cowie is an associate professor of history at Cornell University. He is the author of Capital Moves: RCA's Seventy-Year Quest for Cheap Labor (The New Press), which received the 2000 Philip Taft Prize for the Best Book in Labor History. He lives in Ithaca, New York.

March 8, 2013 10:00am-4:00pm Parrington Hall, Forum (Room 309)
UW Seattle

Conference: The Transformation of Supply Chains

This one-day conference will bring together scholars and stake-holders to discuss the current state of labor supply chains, how they are changing, and what the points of leverage are for making them fairer to workers.

Speakers to include:

  • Evangelina Argueta, a labor organizer with Central General Trabajadores in Honduras, who will discuss her union's experiences with Nike.
  • Eli Friedman, of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, will discuss his extensive work on factory conditions in China.
  • Scott Nova, Executive Director of the Workers Rights Consortium, a non-profit organization that investigates working conditions in factories around the world producing goods for the US market.
  • Auret van Heerden, President/CEO of the Fair Labor Association, a non-profit organization composed of universities, civil society organizations, and socially responsible companies that promote adherence to international and national labor laws.
  • Rachel Taber, a representative of Alta Gracia Apparel, a fair trade apparel company located in the Dominican Republic.
  • Richard Locke, head of the MIT political science department, who is currently working with firms like Nike and HP, and showing how corporate profitability and sustainable business practices can be reconciled.
  • Panel of UW grad students and faculty - including Anne Greenleaf, Dan Jacoby, Margaret Levi and others - will discuss recent changes in supply chain dynamics and what the University's role is now and could be in the future in building better supply chains.

Organized by the University of Washington Advisory Committee on Trademarks and Licensing (ACTL) with support from the Office of the President.

Co-sponsors include the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, Evans School, Business School, Law School, and Department of Political Science.

Fall Quarter 2012

DATE TIME LOCATION EVENT DETAILS
October 31, 2012 2:00pm - 3:30pm Communications, Room 202
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195

Lecture: Legacies of Migrant Labor, Masculinity, and Violence: The Crisis in the South African Mining Industry

Keith Breckenridge, a historian of mining and science from the University of the Witwatersrand, has conducted extensive research on the history of South Africa’s mining industry and the idea that South Africa serves as a global laboratory for forms of biometric government. He has published widely including in Africa, History Workshop Journal, the Journal of Southern African Studies, and Public Culture, and his volume co-edited with Simon Szreter, Registration and Recognition: Documenting the Person in World History has just been published by Oxford University Press.

November 1, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm Communications, Room 226
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195

Lecture: Science of Empire: The South African Origins of Galtonian Eugenics

Keith Breckenridge, a historian of mining and science from the University of the Witwatersrand, has conducted extensive research on the history of South Africa’s mining industry and the idea that South Africa serves as a global laboratory for forms of biometric government. He has published widely including in Africa, History Workshop Journal, the Journal of Southern African Studies, and Public Culture, and his volume co-edited with Simon Szreter, Registration and Recognition: Documenting the Person in World History has just been published by Oxford University Press.

November 8, 2012 6:00pm - 8:00pm University Bookstore
4326 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

Book Release: This Is Not Civil Rights: Discovering Rights Talk in 1939

Join us for a special event marking the release of the new book by Bridges Chair George Lovell, This Is Not Civil Rights, a fascinating look at complaint letters written by ordinary Americans to the Justice Department during the Great Depression.

November 16, 2012 6:00pm - 8:00pm Kane Hall, Room 120
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195

Labor, Labor Studies and the Future Conference: The Brides Chair at 20 Years

Keynote Lecture:
"Only One Thing Can Save Us: Why Our Country Needs to Snap Out of It and Have a New Kind of Labor Movement"

Kick off the Bridges Center's 20th Anniversary events by joining us for a special lecture by labor lawyer Tom Geoghegan, author of several notable books on labor law and the labor movement and a regular contributor to national publications like Harper's, The New York Times and The Nation.

November 17, 2012 12:15pm - 4:30pm HUB, Room 334
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195

Labor, Labor Studies and the Future Conference: The Bridges Chair at 20 Years

A special conference will discuss the accomplishments of the Bridges Chair, the state of the labor movement, and the hard work that lies ahead. Sessions will include:

  • The Harry Bridges Chair: Creation, Evolution and Impact
  • Union Democracy and Civil Rights
  • Youth and the Labor Movement
  • The 2012 Elections and Labor's Future
Click here to download a full schedule.

The event is free. A box lunch is available during the Saturday open plenary for $13, with option of chicken or vegetarian sandwich. Must be ordered in advance by Monday, November 12. To order, please call the Bridges Center at 206-543-7946 or e-mail hbcls@uw.edu.

November 17, 2012 5:00pm - 8:00pm HUB, South Ballroom
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195

20th Anniversary Celebration Banquet

Our anniversary festivities continue into the evening with food, drinks, and fundraising for the Labor Archives!

Reserve your banquet ticket today! Space is limited, so please RSVP in advance by contacting the Bridges Center at (206) 543-7946 or hbcls@uw.edu.

Sponsor the event! To raise funds for the Labor Archives, we are offering the chance to sponsor the anniversary banquet. For an overview of sponsorship options, download the event sponsorship form.

Spring Quarter 2012

DATE TIME LOCATION EVENT DETAILS
March 30, 2012 2:30pm-5:30pm
Walker-Ames Room, Kane Hall, UW Seattle

Day One: Unemployed Nation Hearings

More than 20 million Americans are unemployed or without sustained work. They are so numerous that they could populate a nation, a distressed and forgotten nation, a nation whose voice has not yet been heard. We are going to do what Congress should have done long ago. We are going to listen to that unemployed nation.

The Unemployed Nation Hearings, a two-day event scheduled for March 30-31, 2012, will air testimony from a wide range of unemployed people about their experiences. Testimony will be supplemented with the expertise of economists, legal and political scholars, and others.

March 31, 2012 2:00pm-3:30pm
Bertha Knight Landes Room, Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave., Seattle, WA 98104

Day Two: Unemployed Nation Hearings

More than 20 million Americans are unemployed or without sustained work. They are so numerous that they could populate a nation, a distressed and forgotten nation, a nation whose voice has not yet been heard. We are going to do what Congress should have done long ago. We are going to listen to that unemployed nation.

The Unemployed Nation Hearings, a two-day event scheduled for March 30-31, 2012, will air testimony from a wide range of unemployed people about their experiences. Testimony will be supplemented with the expertise of economists, legal and political scholars, and others.

April 2012 All through the month Allen Library, Ground Floor
UW Seattle

Exhibit: Taking It to the Street: Protests, Strikes and Activism in Seattle

This exhibit examines Washington State's long history of street protest as a means of political expression, highlighting civic activism and citizen engagement in the contemporary political, social, and economic debates through materials from the UW Libraries' collections of newspapers, ephemera, photographs, and documents.

April 21, 2012 1:00pm - 5:00pm Research Commons, Ground Floor Allen Library South,
UW Seattle

Symposium: Taking It to the Street: Public Voices & Political Discourse

This half-day Symposium brings together local activists and scholars to discuss why the urgent social issues of the time have generated an upsurge of populist demonstrations, including the Tea Party Patriots and Occupy Seattle movements.

April 27, 2012 11:30am - 12:30pm Sylvan Theater,
UW Seattle

Worker Memorial Day

Each year thousands of workers are killed and millions more injured or diseased because of their jobs.

Please join us on Worker Memorial Day to honor those who have died in 2011 from a work-related injury or illness in King County. In 2011, 69 workers died from on-the-job injuries and illnesses in Washington state.

This special ceremony will also raise awareness about how we can strengthen our commitment to make jobs safer and save lives in Washington state.

For more information, contact Nancy Simcox at 206-543-9711, UW Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences.

May 8, 2012 12:30pm - 1:30pm Smith Hall, Room 307,
UW Seattle

Brown-bag Discussion: Taming the Timberbeast: The IWW Strike of 1917
w/Pete Richardson, UW Bothell

Ninety-five years ago, the forested regions and sawmill towns of the Pacific Northwest were the site of a timberworkers' strike organized by the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).  The strike shut down 90% of the timber producing capacity in the region, but proved pyrrhic as the U.S. entered WWI: the Army was brought in (through a plan hatched in the office of UW President Henry Suzzallo) to run the Northwest’s forests and mills. Richardson’s talk will explore how timberworkers fought back, looking at the causes and consequences of the 1917 strike, and applying to the history of timberwork in the Northwest some of the methods and theory found in the anthropologies of work and of forests. 

An ethnographer by training, Pete Richardson received his Ph.D. in Culture, History, and Theory from Emory University in 2003. His research has included fieldwork on Alaska's fishing boats and in Idaho sawmills. Pete’s publications include articles on his fieldwork investigating the two-tier system in Detroit-area auto plants and working on the green chain in an Idaho sawmill.

Winter Quarter 2012

DATE TIME LOCATION EVENT DETAILS
January 25, 2012 7:00pm
University Bookstore
4326 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

Book Talk: Casino Women: Courage in Unexpected Places

An evening with Jill Jones (University of Nevada, Reno), co-author of the new book Casino Women: Courage in Unexpected Places, a pioneering look at the female workforce behind corporate gaming.

March 8, 2012 7:00pm; reception to follow
Walker-Ames Room, Kane Hall, UW Seattle

Talk: Bridging Seattle and Mexico: The Journey of the Pablo O'Higgins Mural for the Seattle Ship Scalers Union

The Pablo O'Higgins mural "The Struggle Against Racial Discrimination," now hanging in UW's Kane Hall, was painted in 1945 for the Seattle Ship Scaler's Union. The mural was later donated to the University of Washington, and after a campaign led by UW MEChA and Seattle's El Centro de la Raza, it was restored and hung on campus in 1975.

In the Winter 2011 issue of the journal LABOR, UW alumna Gigi Peterson (now Assistant Professor at SUNY-Cortland) will publish a new article on the storied history of the mural, how it came to be painted and how it came to reside at the UW. Peterson will discuss her research on the life of Pablo O'Higgins, the Ship Scalers Union, and the mural that brought them together. Reception to follow.

Sponsored by the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies; Simpson Center for the Humanities; UW Department of American Ethnic Studies; Diversity Research Institute; UW Institute for the Study of Ethnicity, Race & Sexuality; UW Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity; UW Latino/a Faculty Staff Association; and El Centro de la Raza.

Fall Quarter 2011

DATE TIME LOCATION EVENT DETAILS
September 1, 2011 10:15am-12:00pm
WA State Convention Center
800 Convention Place
Seattle, WA 98101

Panel: "Labor Rights and Labor History in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest"

A special panel organized for the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association. Participants to include David Olson (University of Washington); Edward S. Greenberg (University of Colorado, Boulder); John Alquist (Florida State University); Margaret Levi (University of Washington); Amanda Clayton (University of Washington); Ligaya Domingo (University of Washington); and George Lovell and Michael W. McCann (University of Washington).

October 12, 2011 7:00pm-9:00pm
University Bookstore
4326 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

Book Talk: The Man Who Never Died: The Life, Times and Legacy of Joe Hill

Author William M. Adler will discuss his new biography of the legandary leader of the Industrial Workers of the World, Joe Hill. Special musical guest: Seattle Labor Chorus.

October 13, 2011 7:00pm-9:00pm
Seattle Labor Temple
2800 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121

Book Talk: The Man Who Never Died: The Life, Times and Legacy of Joe Hill

Author William M. Adler will discuss his new biography of the legandary leader of the Industrial Workers of the World, Joe Hill. Special musical guest: Gary Kanter, proud member of the Musicians Association of Seattle, AFM Local 76-493. Event co-sponsored by the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO; the Education Committee of the M.L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO; the Washington State Labor Education & Research Center; and the Harry Bridges Center.

October 26, 2011 Time TBD
Room 120, Kane Hall
UW Seattle

Talk: "The Web of Debt"

Evening of discussion with Ellen Brown, Public Banking Institute and Rep. Bob Hasegawa, Washington State Legislature.

November 13, 2011 5:00pm-
8:00pm

Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st St
Seattle, WA 98195

Bridges Center Annual Awards Celebration

Save the date! Join us for dinner and drinks as we honor the accomplishments of our faculty, students and community supporters and raise funds for the Labor Archives of Washington State. Please note the new location - the event has outgrown our old location in Kane Hall!

Spring Quarter 2011

DATE TIME LOCATION EVENT DETAILS
Thursday, March 31st, 2011 4pm-6pm
South Campus Center Room 316, UW Seattle

On March 1911, 146 garment workers at the Triangle Shirtwaist factory in New York died in a fire, exposing the horrendous safety conditions they faced on a daily basis. The incident sparked a vigorous movement for safe working conditions and women’s rights at work. Responding to Disasters in the Workplace: Lessons from the Past, of the Present, and for the Future will commemorate 100th anniversary of the fire and examine the future of the right to a safe and healthy workplace. Professor Gerald Markowtiz from the City University of New York will join Tom O’Connor from the Protecting Workers Alliance and UW students to discuss these issues.

Friday April 1st, 2011 12pm-
6pm

Odegaard Library Room 220, UW Seattle

The Campus Forum on Ethically Responsible Production and Consumption will examine the role of the UW and other universities in fostering ethical business practices in the global apparel industry. UW professors including Bridges Chair Emeritus Margaret Levi and Bridges Center Faculty Associate Aseem Prakash will be joined by representatives from all parts of the apparel industry to discuss supply chains, monitoring corporate behavior and the role of the university.

April 14, 2011 5:30pm
Savery Hall 260, UW Seattle

As part of a national speaking tour, Carina Mieses will be joined by other Sodexo workers and community leaders for the Sodexo Truth Trial. After leading a work stoppage against food service giant Sodexo's poverty wages and routine labor rights abuses in the Dominican Republic, Carina helped found the union SitraSodexoDO at the gold mine where she worked. After her testimony and other evidence of systematic human rights abuses by Sodexo, a panel of leaders will pass judgement on the company.

April 20, 2011 2pm-
5pm

Walker-Ames Room, Kane Hall, UW Seattle

Workers, organizers and activists will discuss the history discuss the history of farm worker struggle and resistance in the Northwest. They will give first-hand accounts and reflect on the history and future of the farm worker movement during Viva La Causa: Organizing Farm Workers in the Pacific Northwest.

April 27, 2011 7pm-
9pm

Room 305AB, School of Social Work, UW Seattle

Young, Disparaged, and Paid in Smiles: Experiences in the Caring Labor Industry

A group discussion with three young people about their experiences on the ground, working in and organizing around different areas within the caring labor industry, including elder care, child care, and health care.

May 5, 2011 12pm-
1pm

Research Commons, Allen Library South, UW Seattle

Lecture: "If you want to remember me, organize!" César Chávez, Farm Workers and Food Sovereignty

Rosalinda Guillen, former UFW organizer and longtime social justice leader and activist, will talk about César Chávez's legacy, the efforts around the organization of farm workers, and how women and agricultural workers are at the core of the struggle for food sovereignty.

May 12, 2011 7pm
Room 210, Kane Hall, Uw Seattle

CONFERENCE: Race, Radicalism, and Repression on the Pacific Coast and Beyond

George Lipsitz (Black Studies, UC Santa Barbara) will deliver the conference's first keynote address, Standing at the Crossroads: Why Race, Radicalism and Repression on the Pacific Coast and Beyond Matter Now. Reception to follow.

May 13, 2011 9am-4:30pm
Allen Library, UW Seattle

CONFERENCE: Race, Radicalism, and Repression on the Pacific Coast and Beyond

Conference sessions. Registration required.

May 13, 2011 5pm-7pm
William H. Gates Hall, Room 138, UW Seattle

CONFERENCE: Race, Radicalism, and Repression on the Pacific Coast and Beyond

David Cole (Law, Georgetown) will deliver the conference's second keynote address, "Enemy Aliens" Then and Now: Race, Alienage, and Repression in World War II and Today.

May 14, 2011 9am-4:30pm
Communications Building, UW Seattle

CONFERENCE: Race, Radicalism, and Repression on the Pacific Coast and Beyond

Conference sessions. Registration required.

May 14, 2011 7pm
Wing Luke Museum
719 South King Street
Seattle, WA 98104

CONFERENCE: Race, Radicalism, and Repression on the Pacific Coast and Beyond

A screening and discussion of the film Aoki, a documentary on the life of Richard Aoki (1938-2009), an Asian American activist who was a founding member of the Black Panther Party. Panel discussion with directors Ben Wang and Mike Cheng to follow.

May 17, 2011 3pm-
4:30pm

Forum (Room 309), Parrington Hall, UW Seattle

Labor in the House: Trying to Build a Pro-Worker Agenda in Congress

University of Oregon Labor Education and Research Center faculty member, Gordon Lafer, worked in Washington, D.C. from 2009-2010 as Senior Labor Policy Advisor for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Education and Labor. He worked with Congressional progressives on the healthcare bill, the Employee Free Choice Act, job creation strategies, and establishing worker protections in free trade treaties. He will report on these efforts to create effective pro-worker strategies within the Congress. Co-sponsored by the Evans School of Public Affairs, the Law, Societies and Justice Program, the Department of Political Science, the Department of Sociology, and the Washington State Labor Education and Research Center.

May 20-22, 2011 Various
South Seattle Community College
6737 Corson Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108

CONFERENCE: Emerging Leaders

This conference is an educational forum for union members, younger workers, students, and those who have not previously played a leadership role to learn about the critical issues facing working families today and develop leadership skills. We will bring together trade unionists, student activists, and community organizers from throughout Washington State - the next generation of leaders for our labor and social justice movements. Registration required.

May 23, 2011 12pm-
1:30pm

Commons (Room 308), Parrington Hall, UW Seattle

Immigrant Students and Workers, and the American Dream

Kent Wong, Director of the Center for Labor Research and Education at UCLA, will discuss the growing role of immigrant youth and workers in the US economy and education system. Wong teaches Labor Studies and Asian American Studies at UCLA and has served as the national president of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, and the United Association for Labor Education. Co-sponsored by the Department of American Ethnic Studies, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, the Laws, Societies and Justice Program, the Department of Political Science, and the Department of Sociology.

May 26, 2011 2:30pm-
4:30pm

Smith Hall Room 211, UW Seattle

Martyrs for Justice: Revisiting the Assassinations of Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes 30 Years Later

2011 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the murders of Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes, two Filipino American activists who were gunned down in their union hall, Alaska Cannery Worker’s Union Local 37. Press coverage interpreted this as a union squabble. However, there was a deeper explanation connected to the political work that these men and their fellow activists had been engaged in for over a decade: their efforts to reform a community organization, their union, and to build a movement to fight for civil and human rights in Seattle, Washington and in the Philippines. This event will feature Bridges Center Community Scholar Dr. Ligaya Domingo and activists Terri Mast and Cindy Domingo .

Winter Quarter 2011

DATE TIME LOCATION EVENT DETAILS
Tuesday
January 18, 2011
6:00pm University Bookstore
4326 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

Michael Honey, Haley Professor of Humanities at the University of Washington, Tacoma, Harry Bridges Emeritus at the UW, and author of an award-winning trilogy of labor and civil rights history, will read from and discuss the new book he has edited of Martin Luther King, Jr's speeches to unions, All Labor Has Dignity: Martin Luther King, Jr. on Labor Rights and Economic Justice.

Friday
January 21, 2011
3:30pm Smith Hall, Room 407, UW Seattle

Join us for a talk,"History and Memory:Revisiting King's Vision of Labor Rights and Economic Justice by Michael Honey. Honey is Haley Professor of Humanities at the University of Washington, Tacoma, Harry Bridges Emeritus at the UW, and author of an award-winning trilogy of labor and civil rights history. He will discuss how labor history how labor history is changing our understanding of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy. Sponsored by UW departments of Geography, American Ethnic Studies, and the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies.

Friday
January 21, 2011
7:00pm Communications Building, Room 120, UW Seattle

Veteran organizeer Erik Forman will discuss the topic, Workers Strike Back: Organizing in the Service Industry. Forman will discuss his work in the historic Jimmy Johns workers union and the problems and possibilities of organizing in the service industry. Forman is a longtime organizer with experience in the Industrial Workers of the World Starbucks campaign, as well as the Jimmy Johns effort in the Twin Cities. The presentation will be followed by a brief question and answer period.

Wednesday
Ferbuary 9, 2011
11:30am-12:50pm EXED Building, Room 1, UW Seattle

Edward S. Greenberg, PhD., a Professor of Political Science and a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder, will discuss his new co-authored book Turbulence: Boeing and the State of American Workers and Managers. The book captures 10 years of dramatic change at the commercial jets arm of The Boeing Company, looking at how Boeing Commercial Airplanes workers and managers were affected by unprecedented changes, including a major merger, tens of thousands of layoffs, new roles for women, rapidly expanded outsourcing for the 787 Dreamliner, and rampant technological change.

Wednesday
Ferbuary 9, 2011
2:30pm-4:30pm South Seattle Community College
Georgetown Campus
Building A, Room 112
6737 Corson Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98108

Edward S. Greenberg, PhD., a Professor of Political Science and a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder, will discuss his new co-authored book Turbulence: Boeing and the State of American Workers and Managers. The book captures 10 years of dramatic change at the commercial jets arm of The Boeing Company, looking at how Boeing Commercial Airplanes workers and managers were affected by unprecedented changes, including a major merger, tens of thousands of layoffs, new roles for women, rapidly expanded outsourcing for the 787 Dreamliner, and rampant technological change.

Wednesday
Ferbuary 16, 2011
5:30pm Hall 1
Seattle Labor Temple
2800 1st Ave
Seattle, WA

Michael Honey, Haley Professor of Humanities at the University of Washington, Tacoma, Harry Bridges Emeritus at the UW, and author of an award-winning trilogy of labor and civil rights history, will discuss Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Pro-Union Social Gospel. The talk will address how King's moral and religious rhetoric can support today's struggles for social and economic justice.

Fall Quarter 2010

DATE TIME LOCATION EVENT DETAILS
Wednesday
Oct. 27 2010
5:00pm Philip Hall,
Milgard Assembly Room,
UW Tacoma
Freedom Dreams: A Conversation on Movements for Social Change with Jack O'Dell and Robin D.G. Kelley. Robin D.G. Kelley is author of Thelonious Monk: The Lifeand Times of an American Original (2009), Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination (2002), and Race Rebels: Culture Politics and the Black Working Class (1994), among many other authored, co-authored, and co-edited books. Jack O'Dell is a longtime peace and social justice activist. Beginning as a rank-and-file union organizer, he went on to head the Southern Christian Leadership Conference alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. He is the author of Climbin' Jacob's Ladder: The Black Freedom Movement Writings of Jack O'Dell (2010).
November 2010 All through the month Allen Library,
UW Seattle
This exhibit,The Men Along the Shore and the Legacy of 1934, produced by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union for the 75th anniversary of the 1934 West Coast Maritime Strike and the San Francisco General Strike, tells the story of one of labor history's most dramatic events through historic photographs, posters, murals, cartoons, paintings, newspapers and more.
Tuesday
Nov. 2 2010
11:00am-12:30am Gowen Hall,
Room 1A,
UW Seattle
Augusto Cesar Castillo Obregon, is the vice-president of the Nicaraguan Federation for the Integral Development between Farmers, a grassroots organization which organizes small-scale farmers around food sovereignty and sustainability. Obregon will weave together personal stories, like the construction of a tobacco factory in a nearby free trade zone that decreased local cultivation of food and polluted the water used by local communities. Augusto's stories illustrate the problems of development under free trade policies and explore the root causes of migration in the Americas from the perspective of those most affected.
Thursday
Nov. 4 2010
10:30am-11:30am Savery Hall,
Room 260,
UW Seattle
Jennifer Chun, Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of British Columbia, will discuss her book Organizing at the Margins: The Symbolic Politics of Labor in South Korea and the United States(Cornell University Press, 2009). Through historical analysis and case studies, the book compares how workers and labor unions in South Korea and the United States have responded to globalization, and shows the importance of immigrants, women, and the service industry to today's labor movements.
Sunday
Nov. 14 2010
5:00pm - 8:00pm Walker Ames Room,
Kane Hall
Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies
Annual Awards Celebration & Grand Opening of the Labor Archives of Washington State

This year's annual awards banquet will mark a special occasion – the grand opening of the Labor Archives of Washington State! Please join us over dinner and drinks as we welcome new labor archivist Conor Casey and honor our students' and faculty's achievements.

Due to past high attendance, we ask that people reserve tickets in advance, free of charge. Please reserve your free tickets today by contacting the Bridges Center at (206) 543-7946 or hbcls@u.washington.edu. A small number of tickets will also be available at the door.

Tuesday
Nov. 16 2010
4:00pm-5:30pm Communications,
Room 226,
UW Seattle
Trevor Griffey, a PhD Candidate in U.S. History at the UW and the Project Coordinator for the Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project, will discuss his new book, Black Power at Work: Community Control, Affirmative Action, and the Construction Industry, which chronicles the history of direct action campaigns to open up the construction industry to black workers in the 1960s and 1970s.
Tuesday
Nov. 16 2010
6:30pm - 9:30pm Carwein Auditorium,
UW Tacoma
Harvest of Loneliness: The Bracero Program, is a documentary by UC Irvine Chicano Latino Studies Professor Gilbert G. Gonzalez and California State University, Dominguez Hills Interdisciplinary Studies and Labor Professor Vivian Price that explores the history of the Bracero Program, the long-running guest worker program that was in place during WWII to the 1960s. After the film screening there will be a discussion moderated by Professor Emily Noelle Ignacio.
Wednesday
Nov. 17 2010
4:30pm-6:00pm Cherry Parkes Building,
Room 105,
UW Tacoma
Trevor Griffey, a PhD Candidate in U.S. History at the UW and the Project Coordinator for the Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project, will discuss his new book, Black Power at Work: Community Control, Affirmative Action, and the Construction Industry, which chronicles the history of direct action campaigns to open up the construction industry to black workers in the 1960s and 1970s.
Saturday
Dec. 11 2010
7:30pm Hall 1
Seattle Labor Temple
2800 1st Ave
Seattle, WA

The Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies is proud to co-sponsor an up-coming one-woman show, The Most Dangerous Woman in America: Machine Guns, Coal Dust, and the Making of the American Dream, starring Therese Diekhans. Opening the show will be the Seattle Labor Chorus. The play documents the life of labor organizer Mother Jones.

Co-sponsored by the Washington State Labor Education and Research Center, the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies-Hansen Fund, and the MLK County Labor Council Education Committee.

Summer Quarter 2010

DATE TIME LOCATION EVENT DETAILS
Monday
July 19, 2010
7:00pm University Bookstore, 4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA Peter Donahue, professor of English at Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama, will be on hand to read from his new novel Clara and Merritt. The book unfolds amidst the violent strife between longshoremen and Teamsters in Seattle in the 1930s and '40s. When Clara Hamilton, the daughter of a longshoreman, and Merritt Driscoll, a member of the Teamsters union, fall in love, their relationship is immediately threatened by the fierce antagonism between the rival unions. Encompassing the West Coast labor movement, World War II, the rise of McCarthyism, the Northwest School of Art, and much more, this exciting new novel explores how people reckon with the larger forces of world events in their everyday lives. Donhue will be joined by the Seattle Labor Chorus.

Spring Quarter 2010

DATE TIME LOCATION EVENT DETAILS
Tuesday
April 6
6:00pm-8:00pm Thomson 125, UW Seattle Michael Eisenscher, national coordinator of US Labor Against the War, will speak on Labor's Stake in Ending the Afghan War. The event is co-sponsored by UAW 4121 and the Student Anarchist Study Group.
Thursday
April 8
6:30pm Kane Hall, UW Seattle Professor Manuel Castells, Wallis Annenberg Chair in Communication, University of the Southern California, will speak on the topic Social Mobilization in the Information Age. Part of a series sponsored by the Labor, Knowledge and the Economy Working Group.
Wednesday
April 28
7:00pm - 9:00pm Smith 102, UW Seattle In November 2009, after nearly two years of student campaigning in coordination with university garment workers, the global anti-sweatshop movement secured an unprecedented victory for garment-worker labor rights. Spurred on by student activists across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, ninety-six universities including the University of Washington suspended or severed ties with Russell Athletic, the third largest collegiate apparel producer. Come learn about this victory and meet some of the organizers that made it happen, including United Students Against Sweatshops, UW Student Labor Action Project, and Gina and Lowlee, two Honduran garment workers.
Thursday
May 20
7:00pm Gowen 201, UW Seattle "Lives, History, Memory: The Spanish Civil War, 70 Years After" presents a film screening of Pan's Labyrinth. This award-winning 2006 film, directed and written by the Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, exposes Francoist repression in the wake of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939).

"Lives, History, Memory" is a year-long lecture and film series sponsored by the Department of History, the Division of Spanish and Portuguese, the Center for West European Studies, the Harry Bridges Labor Center for Labor Studies.
Tuesday
May 25
4:00pm Communication 226, UW Seattle Julie Greene will speak on Empire and the Making of Nations: The Panama Canal's Construction and the History of the Americas. Greene is Associate Professor of History at the University of Maryland, where she specializes in U.S. labor and working-class history. She is the author of Pure and Simple Politics: The American Federation of Labor and Political Activism, 1881 to 1917 (1998) and The Canal Builders: Making America's Empire at the Panama Canal (2009).
Tuesday
May 25
7:00pm Gowen 201, UW Seattle Jordana Mendelson (New York University) will speak on History on Display: Context, Controversy, and Picasso's 'Guernica'. An art historian who works on graphic representation of the Spanish Civil War, she has curated numerous exhibits in Spain and the United States.

Part of "Lives, History, Memory: The Spanish Civil War 70 Years After," a year-long lecture and film series sponsored by the Department of History, the Division of Spanish and Portuguese, the Center for West European Studies, the Harry Bridges Labor Center for Labor Studies.

Winter Quarter 2010

DATE TIME LOCATION EVENT DETAILS
Tuesday
January 12
Reception, 6:30pm
Program, 7:00pm-9:00pm
University of Washington Club, Seattle Forum: Labor Futures: 2010 and Beyond: The Road Ahead for Organized Labor featuring David Freiboth (MLKing County Labor Council), David Rolf (SEIU 775), Gina Neff (UW Communication), James Gregory (Bridges Chair in Labor Studies), and Dan Jacoby (UW Bothell). Part of a series of seminars sponsored by the Labor, Knowledge and the Economy Working Group.
Thursday
January 14
3:30pm-5:00pm University Bookstore, 4326 University Way NE, Seattle John Duda, editor of Wanted: Men to Fill the Jails of Spokane - Fighting for Free Speech with the Hobo Agitators of the Industrial Workers of the World (Charles H. Kerr, 2009), will be on hand to discuss and sign his new book.
Thursday
January 14
7:00pm-9:00pm Museum of History and Industry
2700 24th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112
Film: Butte, America: The Saga of a Hard Rock Mining Town
A deeply moving human tale that captures the lives of Butte, Montana's miners, their families and the community as they faced hardship and danger, the film touches on issues of organized labor, the Irish immigrants who came in great numbers, the role of women and the environmental devastation. Producer and director Pam Roberts and writer Edwin Dobb will speak following the screening.
Thursday
January 21
5:00pm Communications 120 David Roediger (History and African American Studies, University of Illinois) will speak on "Race and the Management of Labor in US History." For a flier, click here.
Tuesday
January 26
3:30-5:00pm Smith Hall, Room 311, UW Seattle Professor JW Harrington, UW Department of Geography, will present on the topic Individualization of Risk among Software Professionals. Part of a series of seminars sponsored by the Labor, Knowledge and the Economy Working Group.
Thursday
January 28
12:00pm-1:30pm Forum (Room 309), Parrington Hall, UW Seattle Professor Richard Locke, Department of Political Science - MIT, will present on the topic Justice Beyond Compliance: Improving Labor Standards in Global Supply Chains.
Tuesday
February 2
12:00pm-1:30pm Smith Hall, Room 109, UW Seattle Professor Amy Hagopian, UW Department of Global Health, will present on the topic How U.S. Policy Lures Physicians from Low-Income Countries to Practice in Underserved Communities. Part of a series of seminars sponsored by the Labor, Knowledge and the Economy Working Group.
Friday
February 5
4:00pm Communications, Room 120, UW Seattle Jack O'Dell and Nikhil Pal Singh (New York University) will discuss their recent collaboration on Climbin' Jacob's Ladder: The Black Freedom Movement Writings of Jack O'Dell (University of California Press, 2010) and the course of the black freedom movement in the twentieth century. Sponsored by the Simpson Center for the Humanities, Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest, Hilen Endowment for American Literature and Culture, and Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW-Bothell.
Tuesday
February 9
3:30pm-5:00pm Communications, Room 120, UW Seattle Professor Gina Neff, UW Department of Communication, will present on the topic Media Labor in the Age of YouTube. Part of a series of seminars sponsored by the Labor, Knowledge and the Economy Working Group.
Tuesday
February 23
4:00pm reception; 4:30pm program University of Washington Club, Seattle Gary Rhoades, General Secretary, American Association of University Professors will speak on Unions: A collective, independent faculty voice for a public university. Part of a series of seminars sponsored by the Labor, Knowledge and the Economy Working Group.
Tuesday
February 23
6pm William H. Gates Hall (LAW), Room 138, UW Seattle Baltasar Garzón, the esteemed Spanish judge and human rights advocate, will speak on Human Rights and Historical Memory. For more information, contact Prof. Tony Geist (tgeist@uw.edu, 206-543-2022).
Thursday
February 25
12:30-1:20 pm Health Science Building, D-209, UW Seattle Garrett Brown, MPH, CIH, Coordinator of the Maquiladora Health and Safety Support Network and Compliance Officer for CalOSHA, will speak on Why global supply chains are full of sweatshops... and how we can end them. For more information, visit http://mhssn.igc.org/.
Friday
March 5
3:00pm Science 309, UW Seattle Michael Honey, Fred T. and Dorothy G. Haley Endowed Professor of the Humanities, will speak on Where Do We Go From Here? Martin Luther King's Last Campaign and Unfinished Agenda in the Era of Obama. Presented by UW Tacoma Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences.

Fall Quarter 2009

DATE TIME LOCATION EVENT DETAILS
Monday
October 5
3:30pm Communications 226, UW Seattle Kent Wong will present the book project "Underground Undergrads: Undocumented UCLA Immigrant Students Speak Out." Wong is Director of the Center for Labor Research and Education at UCLA, where he teaches Labor Studies and Asian American Studies. To view a flier, click here.
Thursday
October 29
4:30pm Forum (Rm. 309), Parrington Hall, UW Seattle Marilyn P. Watkins, Ph. D and Gabriel Nishimura (Masters candidate, UW School of Social Work) will present the Economic Opportunity Institute's recent report, Losing By Degrees: Rising Costs and Public Disinvestment in Higher Education.
Tuesday
November 10
7:00pm Gowen Hall
Room 301
,
UW Seattle
Lives, History, Memory:
The Spanish Civil War 70 Years After

A screening of Lincoln Brigade veteran Abe Osheroff's award-winning 1974 personal documentary, Dreams and Nightmares , about the ideals and experiences that led him to volunteer to defend the Spanish Republic. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Anthony Geist (Spanish & Portuguese, UW), Mark Jenkins (Drama, UW) and Peter Carroll (Chair of the Board of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives). Free and Open to the public.
Wednesday
November 11
7:30pm Kane Hall
Room 220
,
UW Seattle
Lives, History, Memory:
The Spanish Civil War 70 Years After

As part of the Seattle Arts and Lectures Wednesday University series, "Art, Dissent and Social Change," Drama Professor Mark Jenkins will discuss and present scenes from his new play, From Seasons Such As These, based on the true story of a UW student who volunteered, fought, and died in the Spanish Civil War ($20 at the door) . More info at http://www.lectures.org
Thursday
November 12
7:00pm Gowen Hall
Room 301
,
UW Seattle
Lives, History, Memory:
The Spanish Civil War 70 Years After

Peter Carroll will speak on the complex relationship between Ernest Hemingway and the American volunteers, both during and after the war. Carroll's 1994 classic, The Odyssey of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, established him as the leading authority on the topic. Free and open to the public.
Sunday
November 15
5:00-8:00pm Walker Ames Room
Kane Hall
, UW Seattle
2009 Bridges Center Annual Awards Celebration. Due to past high attendance, we are asking that people reserve tickets in advance, free of charge. Please reserve your free tickets today by contacting the Bridges Center at (206) 543-7946 or hbcls@u.washington.edu. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Tuesday
November 17
3:30pm-5pm Room 311, Smith Hall, UW Seattle Professor and former Bridges Chair Dan Jacoby will present on the topic "Graduate Student Unions and the Apprenticeship Metaphor: How do we think about academic labor?" The first in a series of seminars sponsored by the Labor, Knowledge and the Economy Working Group.
Wednesday
November 18
6:30pm William Phillip Hall, Student Lounge, UW Tacoma Hard-Hitting Songs for Hard-Hit People: Songs from the Great Depression to the Great Recession, a concert featuring the songs of protest and resistance by heroes to hard times. Performances include Darryl Holter, Los Angeles recording artist and labor studies faculty, University of Southern California; and Michael Honey and Steve DeTray, UW Tacoma professors of labor and non-profit studies.
Thursday
December 3
7:00pm-9:00pm Museum of History and Industry
2700 24th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112
In partnership with the Museum of History and Industry and the Young Professionals International network (YPIN), we commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Seattle 1999 WTO Protests with a special screening of the film, This is What Democracy Looks Like. A panel featuring Verlene Jones (MLKing County Labor Council), Matthew Sparke (UW Geography), and others will follow..
Thursday
December 10
7:00pm-8:30pm Henry Art Gallery
15th Ave NE & NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98195
Film: Argentina: Hope in Hard Times
Seattle filmmakers Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young document creative and inspiring grassroots effort to rebuild communities in the aftermath of Argentina’s 2001 economic collapse. Join in the processions and protests, attend street-corner neighborhood assemblies, visit workers' cooperatives and urban gardens, and take a close-up look at Argentines who are picking up the pieces of their devastated economy and creating new possibilities for the future. Filmmakers Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young will be in attendance for a post-screening Q & A.
Thursday
December 17
7:00pm-8:30pm Henry Art Gallery
15th Ave NE & NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98195
Film: The Yes Men
Yes Men Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno parody the official website of the World Trade Organization with a mock site so convincing that visitors miss the ruse and start sending event invitations. With poker-faced impersonation as their weapon and corporate irresponsibility as their target, the Yes Men pull off a series of increasingly bold pranks.

Spring Quarter 2009

DATE TIME LOCATION EVENT DETAILS
Thursday
April 9 2009
7pm - 9pm Seattle Labor Temple, Hall 8, 2800 1st Ave, Seattle What should fair U.S. trade and immigration policies include, and what should the future of NAFTA and similar agreements look like? Join us for Let Us Eat! Food Security, Trade and Migration in the U.S. and Mexico as NAFTA Turns 15 a panel of civic leaders and community members to look at the impacts of trade and immigration policies on communities in the US, Mexico and beyond. Small group discussions (facilitated by panelists plus other local community leaders) will further explore the roots of migration and the various social movements for food sovereignty and trade justice in our communities.
Tuesday
April 28 2009
1:30pm - 3:30pm Gowen Hall 1A
UW Seattle campus
Dr. Greg Mallory will discuss Rebels Within the Rebellion: A Comparative Biographical Study of the Leadership of Harry Bridges, Ted Roach and Jack Mundey. Dr. Greg Mallory, from the Department of Employment Relations at Griffith University Brisbane, Australia, will discuss the industrial and political impact of three prominent twentieth century trade union leaders Harry Bridges, Ted Roach and Jack Mundey. Employing a comparative biographical case study approach, the paper will evaluate the significance of their leadership and influence in the industrial and political wing of their respective labour movements and in particular examines 'critical junctures' in their leadership. It will further explore their role as leaders of broader social movements.
Thursday
May 14 2009
6:00-8:30pm Carwein Auditorium, UW Tacoma An evening with the Republic Windows Workers of the reknowned UE Sit-Down Strike in Chicago. The workers will be joined by singer Bettie Mae Fikes, musician and civil-rights activist.
Wednesday
May 20 2009
5pm Seattle Labor Temple, 2800 1st Ave, Seattle Bill Fletcher, Jr., will discuss Building a Labor Movement with Change We Can Believe In. Co-author of Solidarity Divided (UC Press, 2008), Fletcher is co-founder of the Center for Labor Renewal, a columnist, and a long-time activist. He served as President of TransAfrica Forum and was formerly the Education Director and later Assistant to the President of the AFL-CIO.
Thursday
May 21 2009
1:30pm University Bookstore, 4326 University Way NE, Seattle Bill Fletcher, Jr., co-author of Solidarity Divided (UC Press, 2008), will be on hand to discuss and sign his new book.
Friday
May 29 2009
3:30pm Smith Hall 105
UW Seattle campus
The Bridges Center and The Center for Global Studies, Henry M. Jackson School for International Studies a present special book launch for Building Ships, Building a Nation: Korea's Democratic Unionism under Park Chung Hee by Prof. Hwasook Nam (UW, History and International Studies). The book examines the rise and fall, during the rule of Park Chung Hee (1961-79), of the combative labor union at the Korea Shipbuilding and Engineering Corporation (KSCE), which was Korea’s largest and most advanced shipyard until Hyundai appeared on the scene in the early 1970s.
Friday and Saturday
June 12-13 2009
- Seattle Labor Temple When Workers Rise: 2009 Labor History Conference, the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association's 41st annual conference presented in collaboration with the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, University of Washington, and with support from the Pacific Maritime History Committee, SPEEA, IFPTE Local 2001, and SEIU 1199NW. Highlights include author David Kusnet (Love the Work, Hate the Job) and scholar Harvey Schwartz (Solidarity Stories: An Oral History of the ILWU).

Winter Quarter 2009

DATE TIME LOCATION EVENT DETAILS
Thursday
Jan. 8 2009
4:30pm Loew 113
UW Seattle campus
Prof. Peter Turnbull will give a talk titled Market Liberalization and Labor in the European Union: Tales from the Transport Sector. Drawing upon his scholarship and experience with ports and civil aviation, Turnbull professor of Human Resource Management Labour Relations at Cardiff Business School, UK, will discuss the process of market liberalization as it has played out in the European Union. What strategies have EU officials pursued, and how have unions responded? Co-sponsored by the Jackson School EU Center.
Wednesday
January 28 2009
12pm Native American Room, Ethnic Cultural Center
3931 Brooklyn Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98125
Nationally recognized author and photo-journalist David Bacon will discuss his most recent book, Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants (Beacon Press, 2008).
Friday
February 6 2009
1:30pm - 3:00pm Condon Hall 311, UW campus, Seattle Howard Kimeldorf (Sociology, University of Michigan), author of Battling for American Labor and Reds or Rackets? will present a talk entitled "Rethinking American Labor." Long regarded as "exceptional" and conservative in comparison to its European counterparts, Kimeldorf will argue that American labor exhibits a common syndicalist organizational logic defined by worker self-activity and direct economic action.
Saturday
Feb. 7 2009
1pm - 5pm Seattle Labor Temple
Union members, students, scholars, musicians, and community organizers will come together at Seattle's Labor Temple to mark the 90th anniversary of the 1919 Seattle General Strike. Presentations and performances will revisit the event, followed by discussions of the strike’s legacy for today.
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Wednesday
February 25 2009
7pm (Doors at 6:30pm) Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, 104 17th Ave. S. (between E. Yesler Way and S. Washington St.), Seattle Dr. Kimberley L. Phillips will present "Will the Battlefield Kill Jim Crow?": Black Freedom Struggles in the Korean War Epoch . To commemorate Black History Month and Wing Luke Asian Museum’s exhibit, “Still Present Pasts: Korean Americans and the 'Forgotten War,'" Dr. Phillips will address the tensions and contradictions of nonviolent struggles for freedom and racial justice and African Americans' participation in U.S. military campaigns in Asia.
Friday
March 27 2009
3:45pm Room 2AB,
WA State Convention Center, Seattle
Ian Ruskin will perform From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Dock, his famed one-man play on the life and times of Harry Bridges, as part of the Organization of American Historians National Conference. Followed by a reception with free snacks and a no-host bar. Co-sponsored by the Labor and Working-Class History Association and the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association. More information available at the OAH conference website.
Saturday
March 28 2009
12:15pm WA State Convention Center, Seattle James Gregory, Harry Bridges Chair in Labor Studies, will present Teaching a City its Civil Rights History: The Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project. Co-sponsored by the Labor and Working-Class History Association. More information available at the OAH conference website.

Fall Quarter 2008

DATE TIME LOCATION EVENT DETAILS
Monday
Oct. 20 2008
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Thomson Hall 101
Carlos Euceda of the Mexico Solidarity Network (MSN) will address the United States' new "Plan Mexico" (also known as the Mèrida Initiative), explaining the implications it will have on many aspects of life in both Mexico and the United States.
Wednesday
Oct. 29 2008
7pm
Thompson Hall, Room 101
Gustavo Vilchis, a journalist from Mexico, will speak about the book Teaching Rebellion: Stories from the Grassroots Mobilization in Oaxaca, and discuss the experiences of Oaxacan organizers, who brought together labor, indigenous, women's, youth, and neighborhood organizations to build a powerful movement for democracy and accountability.
Thursday
Oct. 30 2008
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Gowen Hall 1A
Prof. John Hammerback will discuss how César Chávez’s style of speech sparked startling transformation of some audiences and persuasion of others, inducing many audience members to support his agenda for union activism.
Thursday
Nov. 6 2008
7pm - 9pm
UW, Ethnic Cultural Theatre
Film: Present In All That We Do
In 1907, more than two-hundred South Asian workers in Bellingham, WA were violently expelled from the city by a mob of white workers. One hundred years later hostility towards non-white immigrants in Bellingham continues. How have the events of 1907 shaped Bellingham as we know it in 2007? What has changed and what remains the same? In asking these questions, this film seeks to embody James Baldwin’s conviction that “history is literally present in all that we do.”
Wednesday
Nov. 12, 2008
7:00pm University Bookstore Van Jones, founder of Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Color of Change, will discuss his new book, The Green Collar Economy
Tuesday
Nov. 18, 2008
7:00pm Bagley Hall
Room 154

UW Seattle
Film: Made in L.A.
w/Director Almudena Carracedo
The Emmy-winning film follows the remarkable story of three Latina immigrants working in Los Angeles garment sweatshops as they embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections from a mega-trendy clothing retailer.
Wednesday
Nov. 19, 2008
6:30pm Longshore Hall
1710 S. Market Street
Tacoma, WA
Film: Made in L.A.
w/Director Almudena Carracedo
The Emmy-winning film follows the remarkable story of three Latina immigrants working in Los Angeles garment sweatshops as they embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections from a mega-trendy clothing retailer.
Thursday
Nov. 20 2008
5:00pm - 8:00pm Walker Ames Room
Kane Hall
Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies
Annual Awards Celebration
Monday
Nov. 24 2008
2:30pm - 3:30pm Communications
Room 202
Elmer Labog, renowned Philippine labor leader
In Seattle as part of North American speaking tour, Labog will speak to students and others at the UW. He has worked full-time for the Kilusang Mayo Uno (May First Movement), the largest and most militant labor center in the Philippines, for the past twenty five years, and he became its chairperson in 2003. He has given speeches in labor conferences in Thailand, Australia, Korea, South Africa, India, Turkey, Taiwan, and Canada.

Spring Quarter 2008

Saturday
June 21 2008
9:00am - 4:00pm Mary Gates Hall
Commons
In 1999, labor leaders and environmentalists, united by their common opposition to the policies of the World Trade Organization, came together to form the Blue-Green Alliance. On June 21st, 2008 at the University of Washington, the Blue-Green Alliance brought these two groups together again, this time with a common vision, for the Good, Green Jobs conference. Co-hosted by the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, the conference posed the question of working people in new "green" industries. »READ MORE and VIEW ON-LINE VIDEO

Winter Quarter 2008

Wednesday
Feb. 27, 2008
7:00pm UW Tacoma
Birmingham Hay & Seed Building,
Room 106
During Black History Month 2008, February 25-27, Reverend James Lawson visited Tacoma, WA to engage in scholarly work and dialogue with students, faculty and the religious and labor community. »READ MORE and VIEW ON-LINE VIDEO