Civil Rights and Labor History Consortium / University of Washington

Jeff Stranahan remembers Harry Bridges and the ILWU

On January 29, 1994 the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies brought together ILWU veterans, Pacific Northwestern activists, and academics to honor and remember the legacy of Harry Bridges and the tradition of dissent he inspired on the waterfront.

Jeff Stranahan was secretary-treasurer of the ILWU’s Columbia River District Pensioner’s Association. He was a steadfast member of the ILWU for over 48 years and dedicated to the principles of organized labor. Here, Stranahan talks about Harry Bridges’ relationship with rank-and-file ILWU members and the trust he put in them.