About Ron Verzuh

Independent Labor Historian, Oregon Trustee, Pacific Northwest Labor History Association.

Summer 2021 Oregon Labor History Quarterly

This edition covers the Amazon drive, the new labor secretary, a national first in new bargaining units, an update on Working Oregon, plus book previews, a labor economics quiz, and much more. Send feedback and suggestions to Ron Verzuh at rverzuh@shaw.ca.

Colorado Labor History Group Sponsors Online Discussion

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The Colorado Labor Education Collaborative is sponsoring an online talk on “Building Worker Power in the Covid-19 Era.” Join in Thursday, May 6, 2021, 6:30 p.m. MDT.

The CLEC is the newest affiliate to the North American Labor History Network of which the PNLHA is a founder.

New Video History of Bend Labor

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Central Oregonizing: An Audio-Visual Labor History Of Central Oregon

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.

Spouse of Bend Bulletin striker pickets

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 funkeredfinn24@gmail.com.

Farmworker’s union leader Dolores Heurta visits Bend

Online Forum focuses on Canada-U.S. labor history

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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.

Click here to view the program. Use password: du1?HR39

Sara Nelson reported on the Amazon organizing drive in Alabama

KBOO, KSKQ, KMUZ and KPOV Feature Working Oregon

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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: rverzuh@shaw.ca

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KBOO

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https://drive.google.com/file/d/1D_wvm0kdoaWUbXPjBg3m9bS5j__tnNsX/view

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Oregon Labor History Quarterly Spring 2021

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.

Oregon Labor History Quarterly – Winter 2020-21

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.