About Ron Verzuh

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

Winter 2021-2022 Quarterly

Featured

Welcome to the first edition of the Pacific Northwest Labor History Quarterly (formerly the Oregon Labor History Quarterly). This issue is packed with news and ideas from all of PNLHA’s territory. The expanded coverage area opens up new space for historians and commentators on labor history. PNLHA president Tom Lux is acting as editor with assistance from Ron Verzuh, but were looking for someone to take the reins. If you’re interested and have some writing and editing experience, email Tom at pnlha2@gmail.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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