50th Annual Conference:
Preserving the History and Heritage of Workers in the Pacific Northwest
“Honoring Our Past, Creating Our Future”
You are invited to the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association’s Annual Conference and 50th Anniversary celebration! Our conference will be April 6 – 8, 2018 at the Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center in SeaTac, WA.
Registration includes a Friday night social and movie co-sponsored with the United Association of Labor Educators (UALE). This year’s conference promises to be one of our best. We have two dynamic keynote speakers in Bill Fletcher Jr. and Kent Wong. Saturday evening we have our Annual Awards Banquet where we honor our own who are making labor history today. The featured speaker will be Nikkita Oliver, organizer, educator, teaching-artist, social justice activist.
We have sixteen excellent workshops as well as three movies: we are collaborating with UALE in premiering the new film 9to5/925 Legacy which looks at the 40 year history of the National Association of Working Women and its sister union, SEIU 925 based in Seattle; Witness to Revolution on the 1919 Seattle General Strike; and the just-released Verona which explores the events surrounding the Everett Massacre.
The PNLHA brings a history of struggle for labor and human rights to the forefront of our consciousness. For fifty years, we have explored regional, national, and international issues, and used music, drama and re-enactments, talks and papers to highlight labor history. In this era of disaster capitalism, we especially need to remember what working people and unions have done, and need to do, to make the world a better place.
Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center
17620 International Blvd.
Seattle, WA 98188
Room Rate: $149 + taxes before March 16
Reservation Link: https://aws.passkey.com/go/PNLHA2018
27920 – 68th Ave. E
Graham, WA 98338
Phone: Tom Lux, 206-551-1371
PNLHA Labor History Conference is part of WSLC MayWorks 2018
Registration fees include all workshops and plenaries. They do not include accommodations, meals or transportation. Conference attendees are expected to pay registration fees. Some Youth Scholarships may be available.
2018 PNLHA Labor History Calendar — Time to Order
TO ORDER: EMAIL email@example.com
Last year, the PNLHA distributed 8,000 calendars.
Please consider joining the PNLHA in 2017 to reserve your calendar for 2018!
We are now taking orders for the 2018 PNLHA Labor History wall calendar, in its 39th edition, is the only regional labor calendar in the country and we are extremely proud of that!
Last year, over 8,000 calendars were distributed and with your help we can accomplish this again.
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 2018 calendar will include 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
As always, each 2017 PNLHA dues paying member is mailed a complimentary calendar
“Honoring Our Past, Creating Our Future”
You are invited to the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association’s 50th Anniversary celebration in 2018! Our annual conference will be April 6 – 8, 2018 at the Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center in SeaTac, WA. Our program includes a Friday night social, Saturday keynote speakers, workshops and a lunch. Saturday evening we have our Annual Awards banquet where we honor our own who are making labor history today.
The PNLHA brings a history of struggle for labor and human rights to the forefront of our consciousness. 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. In this era of disaster capitalism, we especially need to remember what working people and unions have done to make the world a better place.
This coming year we will focus on our annual conference and planning for the centennials of the 1919 Seattle General Strike and the Centralia Massacre.
We are asking for your financial support to continue PNLHA’s goal of preserving the history and heritage of workers in the Pacific Northwest. We hope your organization will contribute by purchasing an acknowledgement in our PNLHA 50th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet.
- $2,000 – 50th Anniversary Sponsors- full page acknowledgement* & 2 free registrations
- $1,000 – Solidarity Sponsors – 1/2 page acknowledgement* and 1 free registration
- $500 – Solidarity Supporters – 1/4 page acknowledgement*
- $250 – Solidarity Friends – 1/8 page acknowledgement*
- Other Donation of ________ is greatly appreciated and will be acknowledged in the Commemorative Booklet
There are several ways to make a contribution:
1) Mail a check to
ATTN: 2018 PNLHA Conference Sponsorship
27920 – 68th Ave. E., Graham, WA 98338.
2) Send payment via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org with your desired sponsorship amount from options above.
In “Add a Note” option, note that this is 2018 Conference Sponsorship/Donation
3) Donate via this online form
If you would like one of our 2018 PNLHA Conference Planning Committee members to address your organization please contact Tom Lux at (206) 551-1371 or email@example.com.
EVERETT MASSACRE BOAT TOUR AND COMMEMORATION EVENT
Join in Solidarity to Commemorate the Everett Massacre 100th Anniversary
Sail from Seattle to Everett on the Virginia V
Saturday November 12 , 2016
with the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association (PNLHA)
and the Snohomish County Labor Council, AFL-CIO
• $100 Boarding Fee
• Program and Refreshments at the Everett Yacht Club
“Verona” at the Everett City Dock
Tom Lux, PNLHA President
206.551.1371 Ron MGaha,
Labor, Justice and the Environment: Historical Insights, Alliances and Challenges
May 20 – May 22
Printable Conference Brochure
Labor environmentalism and climate change headline program
Labor historians, students, environmental activists, politicians and trade unionists will gather at the Portland State University Conference Center in Portland on May 20-22 to share views on “Labor, Justice and the Environment.” See program brochure for complete details on how to register and list of panels.
Washington AFL-CIO president Jeff Johnson will update the conference on the Paris Climate Change Conference with author Jeremy Brecher joining him via Skype.
More than 20 workshops, presentations, films and displays will bring labor history to life. Among the topics to be addressed:
- A historic coal strike in Depression-era Washington and the 1980s canning strike in Watsonville, California
- Fighting to save the Canadian and US postal services and longshore workers in the Pacific Northwest
- Labor environmentalism and building coalitions to tackle climate change
- Conscientious war objectors on the Oregon coast and making labor history digital style
- Chinese and Indian workers in Astoria, Oregon, and the history of Oregon’s African-American loggers
- Canadian women’s march against poverty, the living wage fight, and retirement security
- US premiere of Goodwin’s Way and a film about the Denver Romero Theatre Troupe
- The literature of labor, and preserving historical labor records
Conference participants will also enjoy musical interludes provided by the Portland band General Strike, Washington State environmental singer-songwriter Dana Lyons, and Eugene’s roots duo Monday Morning Denial. Exhibitor display tables will also be available.
Ron Verzuh, Oregon Vice-President, Pacific Northwest Labor History Association.
We thank these Co-Sponsors for their support:
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757
BC Government Employees Union
International Association of Machinists District W24
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Credit Union
Labor’s Community Service Agency, Inc.
Labor Education and Research Center
Marion-Yamhill Central Labor Council
Northwest Oregon Labor Council
Oregon Historical Society
Oregon School Employees Association
Portland Federation of School Professionals
Service Employees International Union Local 49
International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 206
United Steel Workers District 12
The Canadian Association of Work and Labour Studies (CAWLS) has issued a call for proposals for its June 1-2, 2016 conference at the University of Calgary. The theme: “Re-energizing Communities: Building Worker Solidarity and Social Justice.”
The conference, part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, invites proposals for single papers, multiple paper panels, roundtables and/or workshops. “The participation of researchers in union and community settings is encouraged,” the CFP says.
Organizers “seek to engage our collective interest in how communities are organized, how they respond to social change and how we build alliances with like-minded groups. In both the developed and developing worlds, “energizing communities” includes examining workers in the commodity sectors, the role of the environment within the class struggle, and how labour builds alliances with other groups, including Indigenous communities.”
Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. All panel and section proposals are due by December 1, 2015. All paper proposals are due by January 15, 2016For more information go to www.cawls.ca . For the complete CFP go to http://cawls.ca/en/call-for-papers-cawls-2016-conference/ .
November is labor history month in Portland and the Northwest Oregon Labor Council’s labor history committee will celebrate it with a presentation of its 2015 program, “Portland: A Union Town” on Nov. 23.
This year, committee members are compiling a timeline beginning with Portland’s earliest worker organizations and unions. The project, which includes narration and photographs, will highlight the numerous contributions to the community.
“This will be a work in progress, as long as individuals step up and do the work necessary to save, preserve and document Portland-area workers’ rich history,” said committee chair Jim Cook. “Portland was, is and will forever be a union town.”
Local unions are participating via a history committee survey, listing charter dates, contributions to our community such as improvements on the job and for public safety, apprenticeship programs, public education, job actions, boycotts, community service, charities, etc.
“Portland: A Union Town” will be introduced at the NOLC delegates’ meeting at the IBEW Local 48 Hall, 15937 NE Airport Way, Portland. The event begins at 7 p.m. on Nov. 23.
The annual summer school, organized by the Labor Education and Research Centre (LERC) at UO, provides union members from across the state with courses on bargaining, labor law and numerous other topics of value and interest to union activists.
Preceding a rousing “fight back” speech on opening night from AFL-CIO Oregon president Tom Chamberlain, PNLHA Oregon vice-president Ron Verzuh encouraged participants to join or renew their memberships.
“Make some labor history of your own,” he told the plenary session after presenting some background on the PNLHA and outlining the benefits of membership.
“This is your kind of organization because the PNLHA doesn’t lose site of who makes labor history – its YOU,” Verzuh said. “The PNLHA offers a healthy mix of academic scholars and street-wise union activists.”
“By reviving and commemorating past events,” Verzuh said, “we not only celebrate their historical significance but we also remind ourselves that the struggle continues and that we can learn from our history.”
He then offered several examples of how labor history is relevant to today’s labor movement, citing both the Oregon PNLHA’s recent “Bloody Wednesday” event which commemorated the 1934 ILWU strike and the Astoria mini-conference earlier this year.
“Our annual conference is also full of other examples of how labor history can assist today’s unions,” Verzuh added, noting the May 20-22, 2016, Portland conference dates.
The PNLHA also got a plug for new members on the school’s film night when Verzuh’s short documentary, Joe Hill’s Secret Canadian Hideout, opened for Pride, the British feature film about an LGBT group that supported the coal miners during their 1980s strike.
“People will always remember Joe Hill,” Verzuh told the film night audience, “and his songs still influence local actions to promote progressive social change. It’s another example of how history helps the contemporary labor movement.”
Another well-liked feature during the school was the Saturday night concert performed by Eugene’s Low Tide Drifters with PNLHA trustee Nathan Moore on guitar and vocals.
Many school participants visited the PNLHA booth during the three-day event to discuss their own interest in labor history and to join the association.
PNLHA members attended a musical event in Springfield, OR, July 18 designed to encourage cooperation between social movements, particular trade unions and environmentalists.
Billed as “a night of solidarity of environmental and labor activist, the 50-75 attending the event clapped, and sang along to some of the old movement favorites modified to suit the theme of the “Teamsters & Turtles – Together at Last” tour.
Labor singer Anne Feeney told the audience that the idea for the tour grew from her experiences as a participant in the 1999 Seattle protests against the World Trade Organization.
The show featured Feeney and Dana Lyons, called the environmental movement’s minstrel, with warm-up performances by the Eugene Raging Grannies and the SEIU Local 503 singers. Many of the songs, including the labor anthem Solidarity Forever, were inspired by labor history events. Visit http://www.annefeeney.com and http://www.cowswithguns.com for more on Feeney and Lyons.
Proceeds from the event will go to the Civil Liberties Defense Center’s Backbone Campaign to run the “Next Generation Action Camp,” a week-long training workshop for youth 14 to 18.
The workshop is intended to “empower youth around the region by providing age-appropriate training and mentoring for future social justice and climate justice organizers and activists,” said a leaflet at the event. To donate or register visit: http://cldc.org/2015/02/20/2015-camp/ .
For more on Dana Lyons’s environmental music and a delightful animated version of his Cows With Guns theme song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5s5qGg01nE For Eugene’s Raging Grannies: http://www.raginggrannieseugene.com/home.html .