November is labor history month in Portland and the Northwest Oregon Labor Council’s labor history committee will celebrate it with a presentation of its 2015 program, “Portland: A Union Town” on Nov. 23.
This year, committee members are compiling a timeline beginning with Portland’s earliest worker organizations and unions. The project, which includes narration and photographs, will highlight the numerous contributions to the community.
“This will be a work in progress, as long as individuals step up and do the work necessary to save, preserve and document Portland-area workers’ rich history,” said committee chair Jim Cook. “Portland was, is and will forever be a union town.”
Local unions are participating via a history committee survey, listing charter dates, contributions to our community such as improvements on the job and for public safety, apprenticeship programs, public education, job actions, boycotts, community service, charities, etc.
“Portland: A Union Town” will be introduced at the NOLC delegates’ meeting at the IBEW Local 48 Hall, 15937 NE Airport Way, Portland. The event begins at 7 p.m. on Nov. 23.