Please consider joining the PNLHA in 2021 to reserve your calendar for 2022! Members who join in 2022 will receive the 2023 calendar.
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 2022 calendar includes dozens of historical pictures as well as local union charter dates and major labor events.
A large number of the unions custom imprint their calendars advertising local union information, meeting dates, website/phone number
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com
The full PNLHA Oregon labor history chronology is now online. Print versions are still available on request with priority going to unionized education workers. However, visitors to this site can read a PDF copy by clicking on the cover image to the bottom right of the screen. Send print requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The full PNLHA Oregon labor history chronology is now online. More print versions are still available on request with priority going to unionized education workers. However, visitors to this site can read a PDF copy by clicking on the cover image to the bottom right of the screen.
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 themeAll 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 email@example.com Or to Tom Lux at email firstname.lastname@example.org Or by mail to PNLHA, 17502 47th Ave. NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155.
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 email@example.com.
Cost: Event is free for PNLHA members. $25 for non-members (ticket cost includes PNLHA membership and 2020 PNLHA Calendar)
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:
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: PNLHA2019@gmail.com
Over a hundred attendees were at the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association’s 50th Anniversary celebration in 2018 onApril 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 https://pipilio.smugmug.com/PNHLA-2018/
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.