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A Pacific Northwest Tradition for Over 50 Years

You will receive links to the conference, descriptions of all the events, and biographies of the presenters.

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. 

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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

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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.

RSVP Now: Seattle General Strike Bus Tour

Saturday, February 9, 2019, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM

Join the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association (PNLHA) on a bus tour of the important 1919 General Strike Sites. Space is limited, reserve a seat by calling (206) 367-0288 or emailing pnlha2@gmail.com.
 
Cost: Event is free for PNLHA members. $25 for non-members (ticket cost includes PNLHA membership and 2020 PNLHA Calendar)

 

 

 

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SAVE THE DATE: Pacific Northwest Labor History Association Annual Conference May 3-5, 2019 Portland, Oregon

Call for Papers, Presentations and Performances

General Strike 1919-2019 – Radicalism, Repression, and Solidarity

2019 marks the 100th anniversary of a watershed year in American and Canadian labor history, especially in the West. The year was defined by the Seattle and Winnipeg General Strikes, the Centralia Massacre, and the wave of state sponsored repression of immigrant workers during the Palmer Raids. Reflecting on these events a century later encourages us to consider the significance of radicalism as well as ways that organized labor has both enforced and overcome racial and gendered barriers to solidarity.

The Pacific Northwest Labor History Association seeks presentations performances, and papers that examine labor history of the past 100 years, especially related to:

  • Labor Radicalism
  • Patriarchy and Feminism
  • Employer and State Repression
  • Racism, including White Supremacy
  • Immigrant Workers and Xenophobia

We encourage proposals that illustrate how the events of 1919 demonstrate strategies and tactics of workers, employers, and the State, and how they are relevant to today’s labor struggles. Specific examples might include:

  • Labor and Race
  • Women in the Labor Movement
  • Labor and trade policy in historical perspective
  • The open shop movement in history:  The American Plan to the Janus decision
  • Right Wing populism and the working class

The PNLHA values intersectional approaches to working class history.  We especially encourage exhibits and performances of art and music that reflect working class culture and history, and non-traditional, popular education approaches.  Presentations should be addressed to a broad range of conference participants includng academics, students, workers and community members.

Submit one-page proposals electronically, by January 7, to the Conference Program Committee Coordinator, Nikki Mandell:  PNLHA2019@gmail.com