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A Pacific Northwest Tradition for Over 50 Years

The 2021 PNLHA Labor History Conference is here! Here is a link to the final conference program that you will need to attend the sessions.This program contains Zoom links to all conference sessions, session descriptions, and speaker bios. This program also contains links to the PNLHA general membership and business meetings.

Friday, June 25

5:00 PM (Pacific Time)                   Welcome and Introduction               
Tom Lux, PNLHA President               
Jo Blake, King County C.L.U.W. President

5:15 – 6:00 PM  (PT)                      
Elise Bryant: We Did Not Come This Far To Turn Back Now

6:00 – 7:00 PM  (PT)                      
Video and Songs
Solidarity Notes Labour Choir 

7:00 PM and on (PT)                    
Zoom Social

Saturday, June 26
9:30 AM (PT)                    
 Welcome and Introduction               
Tom Lux, PNLHA President               
April Sims, Secretary-Treasurer, WSLC

9:40 – 10:30 AM (PT)                      
Bill Fletcher Jr. The Rattle from the Rightwing Populist Snake:Trump, Jan. 6, and the Implications for Organized Labor 

10:30 – 11:15 AM (PT)                  
Panel Discussion: Essential Voices of Frontline Workers
Jane Hopkins, SEIU 1199NW; Martha Elana Sonato, PCUN; UFCW Local 555; UNITE-HERE Local 8; Hospital Employees Union, BC; Conor Casey (mod.)
11:15 – 11:30 AM (PT)                   

PNLHA Annual Awards              
Labor History Person of the Year               
Labor History Maker of the Year

11:30 – Noon (PT)                           

Noon – 1:00 PM (PT)                    
Workshops/Panels/Videos1) Working in the Woods: Archives, Labour, and Forestry in British Columbia
Henry John, Dave Lang, Claire Williams

2) Love & Solidarity: James Lawson and Nonviolence in the Search for Workers’ Rights
Michael Honey
3) Educating Young Workers to Build Activism
Ephraim Weisstein
4) A Century of Radical Labor History in the Pacific Northwest
Kim England, Aaron Goings, James Gregory

1:00 – 1:15 PM (PT)                        BREAK

1:15 – 2:15 PM (PT)                        
1) Racialized Bodies: South Asian Labour and the Activities of the BC Organization to Fight Racism
Anushay Malik, Bailey Garden
2) Striking Switchmen: Railroad Worker Unrest and Unionism in the United States and Canada, 1888 – 1917
Kevin Kipers
3) March of the Innocents
4) Red, Green and International
Rosalinda Guillen, Michael Schulze-Oechtering, Cindy Domingo

2:15 – 2:30 PM (PT)                        BREAK

2:30 – 4:00 PM (PT)                      
PNLHA Annual General Membership and Business Meeting

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 This conference is free to participants and open to all. 

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PNLHA Labor History Conference

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.

2021 PNLHA Conference Call for Papers

You are invited to be part of the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association annual conference: June 25 – 26, 2021
Our annual conference will be on-line this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and, by necessity, will be streamlined and shorter.
We invite proposals for academic research, panels, individual presentations, interactive workshops, drama, music, and other forms of presentation. Workshops that we are not able to fit into the conference may be selected for webinars leading up to the conference.
Our goal is to have our program reflect the multi-generational, multi-racial, multi-ethnic, gender-diverse history of the working class and how we will together create a better future for working families.
The PNLHA brings a history of struggle for labor and human rights to the forefront of our consciousness. For 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.  

We welcome presentations and workshops based on the theme All Labor Has Dignity: Workers’ Creativity & Resilience, or other topics of interest.

Proposals due by January 31, 2020
Please send a short summary of your proposal and a brief biography of all presenters to Conor Casey, at email Or to Tom Lux at email Or by mail to PNLHA, 17502 47th Ave. NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155.  

Oregon Labor History Quarterly Summer 2020


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.

RSVP Now: Seattle General Strike Bus Tour

Saturday, February 9, 2019, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM

Join the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association (PNLHA) on a bus tour of the important 1919 General Strike Sites. Space is limited, reserve a seat by calling (206) 367-0288 or emailing
Cost: Event is free for PNLHA members. $25 for non-members (ticket cost includes PNLHA membership and 2020 PNLHA Calendar)




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SAVE THE DATE: Pacific Northwest Labor History Association Annual Conference May 3-5, 2019 Portland, Oregon

Call for Papers, Presentations and Performances

General Strike 1919-2019 – Radicalism, Repression, and Solidarity

2019 marks the 100th anniversary of a watershed year in American and Canadian labor history, especially in the West. The year was defined by the Seattle and Winnipeg General Strikes, the Centralia Massacre, and the wave of state sponsored repression of immigrant workers during the Palmer Raids. Reflecting on these events a century later encourages us to consider the significance of radicalism as well as ways that organized labor has both enforced and overcome racial and gendered barriers to solidarity.

The Pacific Northwest Labor History Association seeks presentations performances, and papers that examine labor history of the past 100 years, especially related to:

  • Labor Radicalism
  • Patriarchy and Feminism
  • Employer and State Repression
  • Racism, including White Supremacy
  • Immigrant Workers and Xenophobia

We encourage proposals that illustrate how the events of 1919 demonstrate strategies and tactics of workers, employers, and the State, and how they are relevant to today’s labor struggles. Specific examples might include:

  • Labor and Race
  • Women in the Labor Movement
  • Labor and trade policy in historical perspective
  • The open shop movement in history:  The American Plan to the Janus decision
  • Right Wing populism and the working class

The PNLHA values intersectional approaches to working class history.  We especially encourage exhibits and performances of art and music that reflect working class culture and history, and non-traditional, popular education approaches.  Presentations should be addressed to a broad range of conference participants includng academics, students, workers and community members.

Submit one-page proposals electronically, by January 7, to the Conference Program Committee Coordinator, Nikki Mandell:


Well-Attended PNLHA 50th Anniversary Conference Looks at Intersections of Labor and Social Justice

Over a hundred attendees were at the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association’s 50th Anniversary celebration in 2018 on April 6 – 8, 2018 at the Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center in SeaTac, WA.

Highlights included a myriad of workshops and keynote speeches by Nikkita Oliver, Bill Fletcher, Jr., and Kent Wong.

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. All photographs by Garet Munger. See more of this event and Garet’s other photos at


PNLHA 2018 Conference Schedule (Link to downloadable PDF schedule at bottom)

PNLHA brochure 2018_Page_1PNLHA brochure 2018_Page_2


The Hilton has offered to lower the guest room rates from $149 + taxes to $113 + taxes.  Take advantage of this new lower rate for the Labor History Conference before March 16th.  If you have already booked your room your rate will be decreased to $113 + taxes.

PNLHA brochure 2018