Founding PNLHA President Ross Rieder Remembered

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PNLHA remembers one of our founders and long-time president, Ross Rieder, who has been such a force for labor and for social justice for decades. He was the heart of our organization and his passion and organizing ability made the PNLHA the unique organization it is. Ross’s commitment to promoting the history and heritage of labor in the Pacific Northwest is a legacy that will continue to inspire and endure. He will be missed.

Obituary

Ross K. Rieder

Labor Historian

April 19, 1940-Dec. 14, 2021

Ross K. Rieder (81) was born in Yakima, WA to Frances and Rolla Rieder Sr. He Attended public schools in San Jose, CA, Damascus, Syria (9th grade) and Yakima, and in 1962 received his BA degree in Music Education from Linfield College in McMinnville, OR.

Ross began teaching general music and 8th grade chorus in 1962 at Evergreen Jr, High School in Everett, WA, where he served for 7 years and became a member of the Everett Federation of Teachers, Local 772 AFT. He was elected President of the Washington State Federation of Teachers (WSFT) in 1968, and served until 1975.

Ross’ passion and dedication to service was UNION LABOR, preserving the history of working people, notably in the Pacific NW. His career continued with IFPTE, Local 17 as a negotiator and organizer from 1977-79, the Washington State Labor Council from 1979 through 1986 as Political Action Coordinator and the Snohomish County Labor Council, 1992-97 as an organizer. He produced the PNLHA newsletter Urban Work, hosted Everett radio station KSER’s “Part of the Union” program from 2000-2012 and worked with the Wash. Federation of State Employees filming the monthly TV special “OUR VIEW” reflecting on labor history. 

Ross’s legacy was serving as President of the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association (PNLHA) from 1977 and retiring in 2015. Since the late 80’s, PNLHA has sponsored a Labor Stage at Folklife and presented periodic labor concerts and arts festivals over many decades. He helped sustain and grow PNLHA, oversaw annual conferences, produced the annual labor history wall calendar and created labor union walking tours in Seattle and Tacoma.

He was a charter member of the Washington Federation of Teachers Retiree Chapter, Local 8045R AFT, and served on its executive board from the chapter’s inception in 2003 until 2017. Ross was President for six years, from 2009 until 2015.

Ross enjoyed music and book collecting, piano playing, amateur photography and local and international travel. His passion for reading continued throughout his life. 

Ross is survived by his wife Brenda Doolittle, sons Stephen (Mary) Rieder and Michael Rieder, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Remembrances may be made in his name to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.act.alz.org) or the Pacific NW Labor History Association, P.O. Box 75662, Seattle, WA 98175.

2021 PNLHA Conference Videos Now Available

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YouTube Playlist of Most Sessions

Friday, June 25

Welcome and Introduction               
Tom Lux, PNLHA President               
Jo Blake, King County C.L.U.W. President                    
Keynote
Elise Bryant: We Did Not Come This Far To Turn Back Now                     
Video and Songs
Solidarity Notes Labour Choir 


Saturday, June 26              
 Welcome and Introduction               
Tom Lux, PNLHA President               
April Sims, Secretary-Treasurer, WSLC                     
Keynote
Bill Fletcher Jr. The Rattle from the Rightwing Populist Snake:Trump, Jan. 6, and the Implications for Organized Labor                  
Panel Discussion: Essential Voices of Frontline Workers
Jane Hopkins, SEIU 1199NW; Martha Elana Sonato, PCUN; UFCW Local 555; UNITE-HERE Local 8; Hospital Employees Union, BC; Conor Casey (mod.)                  

PNLHA Annual Awards              
Labor History Person of the Year               
Labor History Maker of the Year

Session 1.1: Working in the Woods: Archives, Labour, and Forestry in British Columbia
Henry John, Dave Lang, Claire Williams

Session 1.2: Love & Solidarity: James Lawson and Nonviolence in the Search for Workers’ Rights
Michael Honey
Session 1.3 Educating Young Workers to Build Activism
Ephraim Weisstein
Session 1.4 A Century of Radical Labor History in the Pacific Northwest
Kim England, Aaron Goings, James Gregory
                      
Workshops/Panels/Production
Session 2.1: Racialized Bodies: South Asian Labour and the Activities of the BC Organization to Fight Racism
Anushay Malik, Bailey Garden
Session 2.2: Striking Switchmen: Railroad Worker Unrest and Unionism in the United States and Canada, 1888 – 1917
Kevin Kipers
Session 2.3: March of the Innocents
TheatreWorks
Session 2.4: Red, Green and International
Rosalinda Guillen, Michael Schulze-Oechtering, Cindy Domingo

Register for the 2021 PNLHA Conference Now!

A Pacific Northwest Tradition for Over 50 Years

The 2021 PNLHA Labor History Conference is here! Here is a link to the final conference program that you will need to attend the sessions.This program contains Zoom links to all conference sessions, session descriptions, and speaker bios. This program also contains links to the PNLHA general membership and business meetings.
https://tinyurl.com/PNLHA-2021-Dignity

Friday, June 25

5:00 PM (Pacific Time)                   Welcome and Introduction               
Tom Lux, PNLHA President               
Jo Blake, King County C.L.U.W. President

5:15 – 6:00 PM  (PT)                      
Keynote
Elise Bryant: We Did Not Come This Far To Turn Back Now

6:00 – 7:00 PM  (PT)                      
Video and Songs
Solidarity Notes Labour Choir 

7:00 PM and on (PT)                    
Zoom Social

Saturday, June 26
9:30 AM (PT)                    
 Welcome and Introduction               
Tom Lux, PNLHA President               
April Sims, Secretary-Treasurer, WSLC

9:40 – 10:30 AM (PT)                      
Keynote
Bill Fletcher Jr. The Rattle from the Rightwing Populist Snake:Trump, Jan. 6, and the Implications for Organized Labor 

10:30 – 11:15 AM (PT)                  
Panel Discussion: Essential Voices of Frontline Workers
Jane Hopkins, SEIU 1199NW; Martha Elana Sonato, PCUN; UFCW Local 555; UNITE-HERE Local 8; Hospital Employees Union, BC; Conor Casey (mod.)
11:15 – 11:30 AM (PT)                   

PNLHA Annual Awards              
Labor History Person of the Year               
Labor History Maker of the Year

11:30 – Noon (PT)                           

BREAK
Noon – 1:00 PM (PT)                    
Workshops/Panels/Videos1) Working in the Woods: Archives, Labour, and Forestry in British Columbia
Henry John, Dave Lang, Claire Williams

2) Love & Solidarity: James Lawson and Nonviolence in the Search for Workers’ Rights
Michael Honey
3) Educating Young Workers to Build Activism
Ephraim Weisstein
4) A Century of Radical Labor History in the Pacific Northwest
Kim England, Aaron Goings, James Gregory

1:00 – 1:15 PM (PT)                        BREAK

1:15 – 2:15 PM (PT)                        
Workshops/Panels/Production
1) Racialized Bodies: South Asian Labour and the Activities of the BC Organization to Fight Racism
Anushay Malik, Bailey Garden
2) Striking Switchmen: Railroad Worker Unrest and Unionism in the United States and Canada, 1888 – 1917
Kevin Kipers
3) March of the Innocents
TheatreWorks
4) Red, Green and International
Rosalinda Guillen, Michael Schulze-Oechtering, Cindy Domingo

2:15 – 2:30 PM (PT)                        BREAK

2:30 – 4:00 PM (PT)                      
PNLHA Annual General Membership and Business Meeting

Register for the PNLHA 2021 Conference here! https://tinyurl.com/PNLHA2021-Register

Download Conference Program here!

 This conference is free to participants and open to all. 

Register now for the 2021
PNLHA Labor History Conference

Order the 2021 Labor History Calendar!

Please consider joining the PNLHA in 2020 to reserve your calendar for 2021! Members who join in 2021 will receive the 2022 calendar.

Time to Order 2021 PNLHA Labor History Calendar!

ORDER: pnlha.calendar@gmail.com

We are now taking orders for the 2021 PNLHA Labor History wall calendar, in its 43rd edition, is the only regional labor calendar in the country! The theme this year is “Essential Work”, emphasizing the story of workers in the pandemic as well as the critical role of labor throughout history. As always, the calendar draws from workers’ histories in all three areas of the PNLHA: Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia, tracing the intertwined histories of the region.
The calendar puts women and people of color on the forefront and the narratives of individual workers alongside big organizational histories.

Many of our local unions buy the calendars and give as a “thank you’” to shop stewards, e-board members & the membership at-large. Some buy and resell to help fund educational or labor history committees. These calendars also make great gifts for family, friends and co-workers! There are many ways to spread the word about

The 2021 calendar includes dozens of historical pictures as well as local union charter dates and major labor events.

A large number of the union’s custom imprint their calendars advertising local union information, meeting dates, website/phone number


Preview Images of 2021 Labor History Calendar

As always, each 2020 PNLHA dues paying member is mailed a complimentary calendar.

2021 PNLHA Conference Call for Papers

CALL FOR Papers
You are invited to be part of the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association annual conference: June 25 – 26, 2021

Our annual conference will be on-line this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and, by necessity, will be streamlined and shorter.
We invite proposals for academic research, panels, individual presentations, interactive workshops, drama, music, and other forms of presentation. Workshops that we are not able to fit into the conference may be selected for webinars leading up to the conference.
Our goal is to have our program reflect the multi-generational, multi-racial, multi-ethnic, gender-diverse history of the working class and how we will together create a better future for working families.
The PNLHA brings a history of struggle for labor and human rights to the forefront of our consciousness. For over fifty years, we have explored regional, national, and international issues, and used music, drama, and re-enactments, talks and papers to highlight labor history.  


We welcome presentations and workshops based on the theme All Labor Has Dignity: Workers’ Creativity & Resilience, or other topics of interest.

Proposals due by January 31, 2020
Please send a short summary of your proposal and a brief biography of all presenters to Conor Casey, at email conor.michael.casey@gmail.com Or to Tom Lux at email pnlha2@gmail.com Or by mail to PNLHA, 17502 47th Ave. NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155.  

2021 PNLHA Conference Call for Papers

CALL FOR Papers
You are invited to be part of the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association annual conference: June 25 – 26, 2021
Our annual conference will be on-line this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and, by necessity, will be streamlined and shorter.
We invite proposals for academic research, panels, individual presentations, interactive workshops, drama, music, and other forms of presentation. Workshops that we are not able to fit into the conference may be selected for webinars leading up to the conference.
Our goal is to have our program reflect the multi-generational, multi-racial, multi-ethnic, gender-diverse history of the working class and how we will together create a better future for working families.
The PNLHA brings a history of struggle for labor and human rights to the forefront of our consciousness. For over fifty years, we have explored regional, national, and international issues, and used music, drama, and re-enactments, talks and papers to highlight labor history.  


We welcome presentations and workshops based on the theme All Labor Has Dignity: Workers’ Creativity & Resilience, or other topics of interest.

Proposals due by January 31, 2020
Please send a short summary of your proposal and a brief biography of all presenters to Conor Casey, at email conor.michael.casey@gmail.com Or to Tom Lux at email pnlha2@gmail.com Or by mail to PNLHA, 17502 47th Ave. NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155.  

2020 PNLHA Conference Call for Papers

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Call for Presentations, Workshops, and Displays

Newcomers: The impacts of 250 years of immigration on indigenous economies, the labour movement and work

52nd Annual Conference of the Pacific Northwest Labour History Association

with the BC Labour Heritage Centre and the Labour Studies Program at SFU

Friday night May 8 – Sunday noon May 10, 2020

Simon Fraser University – Downtown Harbour Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia

Indigenous peoples in the lands now known as the Pacific Northwest enjoyed strong and diverse relations of trade and exchange before contact with Europeans. Despite the vital role of Indigenous workers in early resource industries, ongoing colonization and commercialization eventually resulted in the systematic exclusion of First Nations from fishing, logging, trapping and other economic activity on their lands.

Immigration enabled these processes, but was also highly stratified. This conference will examine the methods and impacts of those measures, and how successive waves of migrants have been received through a lens of labour history, racism & exclusion, reconciliation and new forms of organizing.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • First Nation economies – then and now
  • Why they came – opportunities and broken promises
  • Exclusion and attraction – political determinations around immigration and refugees
  • The role of organized labour in giving welcome or advocating exclusion, and advancing equity
  • Continued racism and discrimination – Farm workers, domestic workers, temporary foreign workers
  • Reconciliation and de-colonization
  • The connection between attacks on unions and precarious work
  • Music, theatre, poetry, film, memorabilia and visual arts

We invite proposals for panels, individual presentations, academic research, workshops and other forms of presentation.  Interactive sessions are preferred, and the reading of papers is discouraged.

Please send a short (1 -2 page) proposal to Joey Hartman at joeyhartman@shaw.ca

  • Summary of your workshop or presentation
  • Anticipated duration (typically 30, 60 or 90 minutes)
  • Presenter(s) name(s) and contact information, plus a short bio and vitae of presenter(s)
  • Audio / Visual requirements

DEADLINE:  December 2, 2019. We will respond by January 10, 2020.

For more information: joeyhartman@shaw.ca  1-778-870-0703

Call for Presentations, Workshops, and Displays 2020 PNLHA Conference.

Call for Presentations, Workshops, and Displays

Newcomers: The impacts of 250 years of immigration on indigenous economies, the labour movement and work

52nd Annual Conference of the Pacific Northwest Labour History Association

with the BC Labour Heritage Centre and the Labour Studies Program at SFU

Friday night May 8 – Sunday noon May 10, 2020

Simon Fraser University – Downtown Harbour Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia

Indigenous peoples in the lands now known as the Pacific Northwest enjoyed strong and diverse relations of trade and exchange before contact with Europeans. Despite the vital role of Indigenous workers in early resource industries, ongoing colonization and commercialization eventually resulted in the systematic exclusion of First Nations from fishing, logging, trapping and other economic activity on their lands.

Immigration enabled these processes, but was also highly stratified. This conference will examine the methods and impacts of those measures, and how successive waves of migrants have been received through a lens of labour history, racism & exclusion, reconciliation and new forms of organizing.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • First Nation economies – then and now
  • Why they came – opportunities and broken promises
  • Exclusion and attraction – political determinations around immigration and refugees
  • The role of organized labour in giving welcome or advocating exclusion, and advancing equity
  • Continued racism and discrimination – Farm workers, domestic workers, temporary foreign workers
  • Reconciliation and de-colonization
  • The connection between attacks on unions and precarious work
  • Music, theatre, poetry, film, memorabilia and visual arts

We invite proposals for panels, individual presentations, academic research, workshops and other forms of presentation.  Interactive sessions are preferred, and the reading of papers is discouraged.

Please send a short (1 -2 page) proposal to Joey Hartman at joeyhartman@shaw.ca

  • Summary of your workshop or presentation
  • Anticipated duration (typically 30, 60 or 90 minutes)
  • Presenter(s) name(s) and contact information, plus a short bio and vitae of presenter(s)
  • Audio / Visual requirements

DEADLINE:  December 2, 2019. We will respond by January 10, 2020.                                                      

For more information: joeyhartman@shaw.ca  1-778-870-0703

Vote Now in the 2019 PNLHA Election April 15-April 25, 2019

  • Every two years we nominate and elect our officers and trustees. The elections are held in relation to our annual conference, which this year is May 3 – 5 in Portland.
  • The officers of PNLHA are: President, Oregon Vice-president, Washington Vice-president, British Columbia Vice-president, Secretary, Treasurer USA, and Treasurer Canada.
  • Nominations for these officers were held between 60 and 30 days before our general membership meeting which will be held May 5th immediately after the conference and are now closed.
  • There are three or more trustees for each of our three areas. Nominations for trustees will continue up to the membership meeting at which time we will have that election.