Everett Massacre Commemorative Boat Tour Planned for November 12, 2016 – SOLD OUT – Inquiries about the Centennial Sailing: email Tom Lux at pnlha2@gmail.com.

everett-massacre-dock

The headline in the local paper and a contemporary photo of the Everett dock. Source: http://patrickmurfin.blogspot.com/2015/11/the-welcoming-committee-at-dock-opened.html

 

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
• Entertainment
• Program and Refreshments at the Everett Yacht Club
“Verona” at the Everett City Dock
Contacts:
Tom Lux, PNLHA President
pnlha2@gmail.com
206.551.1371 Ron MGaha,
PNLHA Committee
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206.409.8217

2016 PNLHA Conference Program & Early Registration

Labor, Justice and the Environment: Historical Insights, Alliances and Challenges
Portland, Ore.
May 20 – May 22
Printable Conference Brochure

Labor environmentalism and climate change headline program

Registration & Lodging

Registration & Lodging

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.

Schedule of Plenaries, Workshops, & Panels

Schedule of Plenaries, Workshops, & 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.

Register Online Now:
U.S. registration link
Canadian registration link

Preview:
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
Photo Credit: Creative Commons – Stuart Seeger

Photo Credit: Creative Commons – Stuart Seeger

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.

 

Contact:
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 AFL-CIO
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
Marcus Widenor

CFP for CAWLS Calgary conference

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 cawls2016@gmail.com. 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/ .

Portland:  A Union Town

factsrosecitya02November 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.

“Make some labor history,” PNLHA tells AFL-CIO summer school

PNLHA table 2 - AFL-CIO summer school - August 7-9, 2015Several PNLHA members and trustees were among the 150 participants at this year’s AFL-CIO summer school held at the University of Oregon in Eugene on August 7-9.

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.

PNLHA table - AFL-CIO summer school - August 7-9, 2015“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.

Joe Hill & Pride movie nightThe 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.

Concert stresses cross-movement links

Feeney performs; Lyons in background

Feeney on stage with Lyons in background

on stage

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.

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SEIU Local 503 singers

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.

Eugene Raging Grannies

Eugene Raging Grannies

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 .

Oregon trustees talk roots music on KBOO

Nathan and Kate in concertThe Low Tide Drifters, Eugene’s premiere roots band, were the subject of a half-hour discussion about their music, their passions, and their labor-oriented politics on Portland radio station KBOO’s Old Mole Variety Hour.

Oregon trustee Nathan Moore, his partner Kate Dowling, and Chico Schwall joined host Norm Diamond, another Oregon trustee, for a lively and informative talk punctuated by some of the group’s best-known tunes performed live on air.

Listen to the July 6 broadcast here: http://kboo.fm/lowtidedriftersunderdogfolkmusic . For a further taste of LTD’s “underdog folk music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=10&v=1au_STyB2IY .

Commemorating Portland’s “Bloody Wednesday”

PORTLAND – On Saturday, July 11, the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association (PNLHA) will host a Commemoration of Portland’s “Bloody Wednesday,” the day when BloodyWednesdayPoster (2)police fired upon picketers near Pier Park during the 1934 West Coast Longshore Strike. The event features a guided walk through the park as local historians join union members and the community to discuss what happened that day, the meaning it had for those who were there, and reflect on the strike’s role in Portland’s history.

On the morning of July 11, 1934, a hundred policemen piled aboard a train headed to Terminal No. 4 with the intent of forcefully breaking the picket lines of striking longshoremen. Near the intersection of what is now Columbia Blvd. on the edge of Pier Park, picketers blocked the train’s passage with their bodies and makeshift barricades. Chief of police Burton K. Lawson ordered the officers to open fire upon the unarmed workers using pistols and shotguns. Four men were wounded in this incident, but the picket line held firm and the strikers won their demands a few weeks later.

Also see story in the latest NW Labor Press at nwlaborpress.org.  

Pier Park & Bloody Wednesday Podcast Episode

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Oral History Workshop

Do you know a fellow worker, union leader, family member who, as they say, ‘should be recorded’?

Here is an opportunity to contribute to preserving the history of labor and workplace in the Northwest. The workshop will provide essential instruction on getting started, effective procedure, interviewing technique, and standards for recording and preservation. Follow-up assistance will be available.

Saturday, May 9
10:00am – 12:30pm
at the Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205

Presenters: Jim Strassmaier & Michael O’Rourke, former OHS Oral Historians

$20, $15 for OHS members – register at www.OHS.org or contact Jim Strassmaier: 503-236-1094, strassj@spiritone.com.

Presented in association with the Oregon Labor Oral History Program of the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association and the Labor Education and Research Center (LERC), University of Oregon.

First Annual Labor Archives of Washington Annual Event April 11

PLabor Archives Event 2015 3reserving Solidarity Forever: The Labor Archives Minimum Wage Project
Walker-Ames Room (225), Kane Hall, University of Washington

Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Address:
University of Washington
4000 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98195

Join the Labor Archives of Washington as we kick off the SeaTac-Seattle Minimum Wage History Project!

The Minimum Wage History Project documents the historic and nationally recognized campaigns that in 2013-14 succeeded in mandating a $15 minimum wage in SeaTac and Seattle. The project will culminate in an on-line resource for students, faculty, and the general public who seek to understand how the campaigns achieved victory.

Speakers to include:

KSHAMA SAWANT, Seattle City Council
JAMES GREGORY, Professor of History, University of Washington
SARAH CHERIN, Political Director, UFCW 21
HEATHER WEINER, YES! for Sea-Tac Campaign

The mission of the Labor Archives of Washington at the University of Washington is to preserve and make accessible the history of work, workers, and their organizations. Founded in 2010, the Labor Archives is made possible by the contributions of dozens of unions and hundreds of individuals.

This event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available and a reception with drinks and refreshments will follow the program.

Questions? Call (206) 543-7946, or e-mail uwlabor@uw.edu.

Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Address:
University of Washington
4000 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98195