Awards

Ross Rieder Labor History Person of the Year
Since almost its beginning, the PNLHA has given a Labor History Person of the Year award at its annual spring conference, recognizing a person or persons who have made a significant contribution to labor history.

Each year, the conference planning committee and sponsors in whichever province or state the conference is being held have the additional duty of naming that person, persons, or group.

Making Labor History Award
At the 2001 Conference, the PNLHA started a new “tradition” by instituting a Making Labor History award. This award will honor an individual or group whose contribution to the labor movement in the past year is noteworthy.

2016 PNLHA Award Recipients:

  • Making Labor History Award – The Rural Organizing Project for meritorious service in the advancement of democracy in rural Oregon.rop-shufelt-strsmr-7516
  • Ross Rieder History Person of the Year Award – Jointly awarded to Senator Diane Rosenbaum and Dick Edgington for meritorious service to the working people of Oregon.

Past PNLHA Labor History Awards Recipients:

2015

  • Making Labor History Award – Lynne Dodson, Secretary-Treasurer of the Washington State Labor Council, and Jeff Johnson, President of the WSLC for their initiation and support of MayWorks in the state of Washington
  • Labor History Person of the Year – Ross Rieder. The name of the Labor History Person of the Year Award was renamed to the Ross Rieder Labor History Person of the Year Award to honor Rieder’s 47 years of service to PNLHA and his 37 years as its president.

2014

  • Making Labor History Award – Unifor, Canada
  • Labor History Person of the Year Award – Labour Heritage Centre, B.C.

2013

  • Making Labor History Award – United Academics of the University of Oregon
  • Labor History Person of the Year Award – Margaret Butler with Jobs for Justice and Irv Fletcher Oregon AFL-CIO

2012

  • Making Labor History Award – Dan Coffman ILWU Local 21 for Export Grain Terminals
  • Labor History Person of the Year Award – Ron Magden author

2011

  • Making Labor History Award – New Westminister City Council for Living Wage policy
  • Labor History Person of the Year Award – Ray Haynes past Sec-Treas of B.C. Federation of Labour

2010

  • Making Labor History Award – Next Wave AFSCME Council 75
  • Labor History Person of the Year Award – Kieth Johnson past Pres. of IWA and Don Wilmer labor lawyer

2009

  • Making Labor History Award – La Clinica employees OPIEU Local 8
  • Labor History Person of the Year Award – R. Emmett Murray journalist and unionist

2008

  • Making Labor History Award – Hospital Employees Union on Supreme Court victory
  • Labor History Person of the Year Award – Ben Swanky activist, and posthumous award for Phil Thomas

2007

  • Making Labor History Award – Labor Education and Research Center University of Oregon for 30 year of E&R
  • Labor History Person of the Year Award – Ed Barnes retired IBEW 48 business manager

2006

  • Making Labor History Award – ILWU Food Service Workers at TESC
  • Labor History Person of the Year Award – Brian Kamens PNLHA trustee

2005

  • Making Labor History Award – UFCW Local 1518 for Walmart campaign
  • Labor History Person of the Year Award – Jack O’Dell union activist and civil rights campaigner

2004

  • Making Labor History Award – OPEU / SEIU 503 for home care workers organizing
  • Labor History Person of the Year Award – Sue Pisha CWA District VP; Bob Kennedy past president of Oregon AFL-CIO

2003

  • Making Labor History Award – Graduate Student Employee Action Council UAW
  • Labor History Person of the Year Award – Harry Bridges and the ILWU Spirit

2002

  • Making Labor History – Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Local 2000 at Purdy’s Chocolates
  • Labor History Person of the Year Award – Campbell River, Courtenay and District Labour Council/Cumberland Historical Society for Miner’s Memorial

2001

  • Making Labor History Award – ILWU Local 5 who organized Powell’s Bookstore in Portland in 1999
  • Labor History Person of the Year Award – Ed Whelan, long-time Oregon labor and political activist

2000 Labor History Person of the Year Award – Clyde H. Hupp, retired Secretary Treasurer of the Pierce County Central Labor Council

1999 Labor History Person of the Year Award – MacKenzie-Papineau Battalion, a group of Canadian workers who fought for democracy in the Spanish Civil War

1998 Labor History Person of the Year Award – William Perrin

1997 Labor History Person of the Year Award – None

1996 Labor History Person of the Year Award – Bobby Jackson and Jack Geddes On to Ottawa trekkers

1995 Labor History Person of the Year Award – Jesse and Lois Stranahan

1994 Labor History Person of the Year Award – Joe Davis

1993 Labor History Person of the Year Award – Jack Scott and posthumously to Susan Robaina

1992 Labor History Person of the Year Award – Gene Klare

1991 Labor History Person of the Year Award – Marvin L. Williams

1990 Labor History Person of the Year Award – Larry Ryan and George North

1989 Labor History Person of the Year Award – Emory Via

1988 Labor History Person of the Year Award – Ottilie Markholt

1987 Labor History Person of the Year Award – Keith Ralston

1986 Labor History Person of the Year Award – Nellie Fox-Edwards

1985 Labor History Person of the Year Award – Winnifred L. Olsen

1984 Labor History Person of the Year Award – Art Kube

1983 Labor History Person of the Year Award – Norm Amundsen

1981 Labor History Person of the Year Award – Tom McGuire

1980 Labor History Person of the Year Award – JD ‘Rosie’ McDonald

1979 Labor History Person of the Year Award – Dan Bandmann and Bob MacFarlane

1978 Labor History Person of the Year Award – Beulah Compton and Norm Schut

1977 Labor History Person of the Year Award – Tom Scanlan, Gertrude Sweet and Phylis Hutchinson

1976 Labor History Person of the Year Award – Charles McElhanie

1975 Labor History Person of the Year Award – Julia Ruutila

1974 Labor History Person of the Year Award – Harve Nelson