PNLHA and Labor Day 2015

Ryan Wisnor and Jim Strassmeier joined by PNLHA secretary Lane Poncy at Portland Labor Day picnic.

Ryan Wisnor and Jim Strassmeier joined by PNLHA secretary Lane Poncy at Portland Labor Day picnic.

PNLHA members attended several Labor Day picnics on September 7, 2015. The biggest gatherings were in Portland and Eugene where hundreds of working people celebrated the holiday.

Trustees Ryan Wisnor and Jim Strassmeier “stirred the embers” at Oaks Amusement Park in Southeast Portland. “We awakened a lot of interest in the May 20-22, 2016, conference, and attention to the website.” One Spanish-speaking picnicker volunteered for our oral history program.

PNLHA secretary Lane Poncy also attended the event sponsored by the Northwest Oregon Labor Council. “We had a selection of old calendars that people were interested in looking at,” she reported, and many wanted to learn more about labor history.

Oregon VP Ron Verzuh pitches PNLHA to the crowd at the Eugene/Springfield Labor Day picnic.

Oregon VP Ron Verzuh pitches PNLHA to the crowd at the Eugene/Springfield Labor Day picnic.

Oregon vice-president Ron Verzuh staffed a PNLHA table at the Eugene/Springfield event sponsored by the Lane County Labor Council. He was also invited to comment on the association during the formal part of the day. The result was a renewed interest in labor history and two new members.

Trustee Mike Sullivan attended a smaller event in Salem and reported success at promotion interest in both the association and the pursuit of labor history.

Thanks to PNLHA president Tom Lux, members received two lists of songs appropriate to Labor Day celebrations.