Welcome Michael McCann, New Director of the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies

Please join us in welcoming Michael McCann as the new Director of the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, effective July 1, 2014.

McCann has served numerous terms on the Bridges Center's Standing Committee and has been active in programming and other Center activities for many years. As a Professor of Political Science, he holds the title of Gordon Hirabayashi Chair for the Advancement of Citizenship, and is a nationally known scholar, and very experienced university administrator.

McCann's 1994 study of the pay equity movement, Rights at Work, is a path breaking study of legal mobilization around workplace issues that highlights the important role of labor unions in sustaining litigation and social movement campaigns. The book won numerous awards, as did his more recent book on media and public perceptions of tort litigation, Distorting the Law. He is currently working with Bridges Chair George Lovell on a book on workplace and legal activism by Filipino cannery workers in the Pacific Northwest.

Michael's administrative experience includes being chair of the political science department, the founder and long-time director of the Law, Societies and Justice program, and his current service on the elected College Council that oversees the College of Arts and Sciences.

With Michael becoming Director of the Center, George Lovell steps down from his administrative leadership role in the Bridges Center. In his time overseeing the Center, Lovell's achievements included marking the Bridges Chair's 20th Anniversary in 2012 and hosting this year's timely Working Democracy conference. We thank George for his hard work, and wish him the best in his new role as Chair of the Department of Political Science.

Labor Studies Minor - Summer & Autumn 2014

A listing of nearly 30 courses in Labor Studies offered at the University of Washington

Now available: Full List of Summer & Autumn Course Offerings

Last Updated: 5/7/14

In Spring 2014, nearly thirty Labor Studies-related courses will be offered at the UW Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma campuses.

All of these courses count towards a Minor in Labor Studies.

The Labor Studies Minor brings together a series of courses on labor in core social-science departments, including American Ethnic Studies, Economics, Geography, History, International Studies, Law, Societies, and Justice, Political Science, and Sociology.

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


Watch the Working Democracy Conference

On Friday, April 25, the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies welcomed activists, labor leaders, scholars, and journalists to the conference Working Democracy: Labor and Politics in an Era of Inequality.

Nearly 200 people joined us over the course of the day to discuss how major shifts in the U.S. economy have led to increased economic inequality, and how workers are adjusting and fighting back.

Thanks to civic affairs channel TVW, the conference sessions are streaming and available to watch on-line. » WATCH

Featured Research

Our Featured Research section contains the latest Labor Studies policy analysis, international perspectives, popular education materials and more.

The site is regularly updated with new reports, multimedia, and updates on current projects. Click on a name below for the latest.

Media of Past Events: Labor, Labor Studies, and the Future Conference | Unemployed Nation Hearings

Washington State Labor Research: Dan Jacoby & Howard Greenwich | Carolyn Pinedo Turnovsky

Labor Studies Research: Shuxuan Zhou

Prize-Winning Papers: Amanda Clayton | Christopher Stockwell

Web-Based Projects: STRIKES! Labor History Encyclopedia | Tacoma Community History Project

Working Groups: Brand Responsibility Project

Work at the Center: 20 Years of the Bridges Chair

The Harry Bridges Chair in Labor Studies was established at the University of Washington in 1992 after an unprecedented grassroots fundraising campaign raised over a million dollars in memory of the late, legendary union leader Harry Bridges. Commissioned for the 20th anniversary of the Bridges Chair, this video tells the story of its founding, the achievements of the faculty who have held the Chair, and its on-going impact on students at the University of Washington.

Labor Archives of Washington

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Our Mission

The Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies supports a network of scholars in cutting-edge research, education, and outreach about work, workers and their organizations.

The Center engages students in labor studies through courses and field work. We promote connections between students, faculty, and labor communities locally and around the world, and inform policy makers about issues confronting workers.


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We depend on the continuing generosity of our supporters to maintain programs and assist students.

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Supports all aspects of the Center, including special events, teaching, and scholarship.

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Harry Bridges
Center for Labor Studies

University of Washington
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Seattle, WA 98195-3530

Phone: 206-543-7946
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Email: hbcls@u.washington.edu
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