May 1st is International Workers’ Day—a worldwide holiday born right here in the U.S. in Chicago labor’s 1886 campaign for the eight-hour workday.
We can celebrate by learning some of Central Oregon’s labor history.
Michael Funke, host of KPOV’s Radical Songbook, narrates a half-hour presentation—“Central Oregonizing”— that covers more than 100 years of local labor history below.
“This is not a complete history by any means,” says Funke. “It is a work in progress developed over several months of research and conversations with local and national union activists and historians.”
KPOV listeners are encouraged to watch the presentation and send comments, questions, and suggestions for more avenues of research to Michael at email@example.com.
The PNLHA assisted with a virtual forum March 23 focused on the historical differences in approaches to political engagement between Canada and the United States. Alvin Finkel of the Alberta Labour History Institute spoke from the Canadian perspective and flight attendants president Sara Nelson offered her views on the American side. Nelson also reported on her visit to the Amazon organizing drive in Alabama.
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Sara Nelson reported on the Amazon organizing drive in Alabama
Working Oregon has been featured on Portland’s KBOO Labor Radio Show, the Brain Labor Report at KSKQ Community Radio in Ashland, KMUZ’s labor show in Salem, and KPOV’s Radical Songbook in Bend. KBOO host Lane Poncy, KSKQ host Wes Brain, KMUZ host Bob Rossi and KPOV host Michael Funke interviewed author Ron Verzuh about the 90-page booklet’s many entries on the history of Oregon working people. The links to the show are posted below.
A limited number of booklets are still available. Request a copy: firstname.lastname@example.org
The full PNLHA Oregon labor history chronology is now online. Print versions are still available on request with priority going to unionized education workers. However, visitors to this site can read a PDF copy by clicking on the cover image to the bottom right of the screen. Send print requests to email@example.com.
The full PNLHA Oregon labor history chronology is now online. More print versions are still available on request with priority going to unionized education workers. However, visitors to this site can read a PDF copy by clicking on the cover image to the bottom right of the screen.
The Spring 2021 edition of the Oregon Labor History Quarterly highlights Black History Month, International Women’s Day, new musicals, musicians, plays, books, and a report on Working Oregon, the labor history chronology now in circulation. Also highlighted are forthcoming virtual forums and conferences, commemorative events, A labor history quiz, and more. A special supplement is devoted to the oral history work being done by PNLHA members.
The Oregon Labor History Quarterly (Winter 2020-21) includes an update on PNLHA Oregon’s recently published Working Oregon – A Labor History Chronology. Also featured are a labor podcast roundup, labor film festival offerings, oral labor histories, labor history awards, a poem, a KBOO review of “Crazy Blues” by Mamie Smith, and a Solidarity Forever rap song. Plus historical facts about the Supreme Court, an Oregon connection to the Centralia Tragedy, labor dailies, police unions, and the real father of Labor Day. At 14 pages, it is the largest edition so far.
The Fall 2020 edition of the Oregon Labor History Quarterly contains an announcement about a new PNLHA chronology booklet, a look back at unions and the Spanish Flu of 1918, the first Labor Day remembered, and news from other labor history societies. The edition also includes book reviews, a free Zoom conference, “Covid Chronicles” in British Columbia, a remembrance of the Tolpuddle Martyrs in Britain, a feature on police unions, and another on the history of postal unions now battling to save the postal service.