About Ron Verzuh

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

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 and KSKQ Feature Working Oregon

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Working Oregon was featured March 29 on Portland’s KBOO Labor Radio Show and March 24 on the Brain Labor Report at KSKQ Community Radio in Ashland and Medford. KBOO host Lane Poncy and KSKQ host Wes Brain 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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Oregon Labor History Quarterly Spring 2021

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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

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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. 

Oregon Labor History Quarterly Fall 2020

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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.

Oregon Labor History Quarterly Summer 2020

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The Summer 2020 edition of the Oregon Labor History Quarterly includes information on proposed bylaw changes and where to vote, where to see a new musical on racism and the fight for social justice, and where to hear one of our favorite labor troubadours. Also noted is a film on the women’s emergency brigade during the 1936-1937 autoworkers sit-down strike in Flint, Michigan. Other items: labor radio on Covid-19, workers’ action during the pandemic, a celebration of the eight-hour movement, and more labor history resources.