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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:
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:
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 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 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.
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: $113 + 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.
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.
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.
The Labor Archives of Washington, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections, is pleased to announce the first episode of our new segment on the news magazine show UW360. The multi-episode segment will highlight the Labor Archives’ collections, researchers, and community supporters, will air on KOMO TV on Sunday, October 2 at 5:30 PM and stream on various media platforms including YouTube, Roku and Amazon Fire TV, thereafter. The rest of the episodes of the series are in production and will air over the next year.
Here’s the direct link to the Labor Archives segment: http://uwtv.org/series/uw360/watch/kfs6VK-HpS4/
Here’s the link to the entire episode:
May 26 – 28, 2017
Labour History Conference
Vancouver, British Columbia
Sponsors: Pacific Northwest Labour History Association & BC Labour Heritage Centre
The Russian Revolution was one of the most significant events of its decade. As described in Oregonian John Reed’s book, there were events leading to and flowing from those “Ten Days That Shook the World” in October 1917.
In Canada and the US, many workers saw an opportunity for class war, believing that socialism could overcome capitalism as the dominant political reality. In the Pacific Northwest, new forms of industrial organizing were bolstered by aspirations of a new world order, and the labour movement briefly swelled with enthusiastic members who were eager to be part of the change.
Communists and socialists developed as key leaders in the labour movement, and in organizing the unemployed and disenfranchised. General strikes in Vancouver, Seattle, and Winnipeg, the OBU, On-to-Ottawa Trek, and jobless sit-down strikes, and new unions of woodworkers, miners, shipyard workers, and fishers were all communist and socialist-led.
The cold-war politics lasted decades, with “red-led” unions subject to purges and disbandment. Many individuals suffered personal consequences, including losing their livelihood.
This conference will explore the impacts and lasting influences of this history on contemporary labour.
Know Your City invites you to its May Day inspired People’s History of Portland walking tour. A People’s History of Portland highlights the roots of Portland’s downtown immigrant and working class communities, and celebrates the ongoing decades of social justice leaders and grassroots movements.
Date: Saturday, April 30
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Complete details and RSVP
Before Portland was known for Portlandia, the foundation of the city was built by immigrant labor. This tour tells Portland’s story from the viewpoint of Chinese people, Japanese people, African American people, Jewish people, and LGBTQ communities, whose histories are often left out of the mainstream. A People’s History of Portland tour challenges you to take a closer look at Portland and how we got to where we are today.
Our special May Day themed tour includes new sites of significance that are important places for labor activism and direct action; and will be led by local historian Ryan Wisnor, whose work focuses on labor and working-class history as documented through oral histories. He also serves as a Trustee for the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association (PNLHA) and is a Masters student in History at Portland State University.
– Portland’s “Old” and “New” Chinatowns
– The site of Portland’s first African American community
– “Nihonmachi,” Portland’s Japantown
– LGBTQ roots in Old Town
– Marie Equi in Portland and early Portland women’s history