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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oral History Training Workshop
June 3, 2017 – 9 AM to 12:30 PM
OREGON LABOR ORAL HISTORY PROGRAM
Pacific Northwest Labor History Association
HELP RECORD OUR LABOR HISTORY! Interview a fellow worker, a respected leader, a community activist, a family member, so that what they have been through and managed to accomplish is not lost down the drain of time. Make it available* – to inform and inspire, to caution and counsel future generations. Take part in this training workshop presented by the Oregon branch of the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association.
WHEN: Saturday, June 3, 2017 – 9 AM to 12:30 PM
WHERE: American Postal Workers Union Hall, 2360 SE Morrison St., Portland, Oregon
Workshop entrance is in the rear of the building, on Belmont St., where there is a small parking lot.
Union member? Ask your union to sponsor you.
REGISTER: contact Jim Strassmaier, 503-236-1094, email@example.com or Carolyn Matthews, 503-287-7690, firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more about OLOHP, go to: https://pnlha.wordpress.com/resources/labor-oral-history
*OLOHP oral histories are archived at the Oregon Historical Society.
This submission to PNLHA was suggested by Dr. Mark Gregory
Honorary Post-Doctoral Research Associate
School of Humanities and Social Inquiry
University of Wollongong Australia
Sydney Morning Herald, 23 December, 1861 p. 3.
JOHN BROWN OF HARPER’S FERRY.-The following is from the New York Independent, August 29 :—
Who would have dreamed, a year and a half since, that a thousand men in the streets of New York would be heard singing reverently and enthusiastically in praise of John Brown ! Such a scene was witnessed on Saturday evening last. One of the new regiments from Massachusetts, on its way though this city to the seat of war, sang—
John Brown’s body lies a-mouldering in the grave,
John Brown’s body lies a-mouldering in the grave,
John Brown’s body lies a-mouldering In the grave,
His soul’s marching on !
Glory Hallelujah ! Glory Hallelujah ! Glory Hallelujah !
The stanzas which follow are in the same wild strain—
He’s gone to be a soldier in the army of the Lord, &c,
His soul’s marching on !
John Brown’s knapsack is strapped upon his back, &c,
His soul’s marching on !
His pet lambs will meet him on the way, &c.
They go marching on !
Seldom, if ever, has New York witnessed such a sight or heard such strains. No military hero of the present war has been thus honoured. No statesman has thus loosed the tongues of a thousand men to chant his patriotism. Little did Captain Brown think of the national struggles that were to follow his eventful death. But his calmness and firmness gave evidence of his faith that the cause of freedom demanded the sacrifice of his life, and he nobly died. It was a notable fact that while the regiment united as with one voice singing this song, thousands of private citizens, young and old, on the sidewalks and in crowded doorways and windows, joined in the chorus. The music was in itself impressive, and many an eye was wet with tears. Few who witnessed the triumphal tread of that noble band, arrayed for the war for freedom, will ever forget the thrilling tones of that song.
In March of 2017, PNLHA, the Washington State Labor Council, the Labor Education and Research Center, and the Labor Archives of Washington made a series of joint educational presentations at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater for musical “The Pajama Game” exploring the legacy and promise of the labor movement in Washington through a tour of the past and present roles unions play in vastly improving the lives of working people, their families, and their communities. The presentations highlighted what unions have done and continue to do to resist oppression and amplify the voices of working people, tying them into the universal themes in the Pajama Game and current fights for social, racial and economic justice in our region.
See the slideshow from the heavily-attended sessions here!
Echoes of the 1917 Russian Revolution: Decades of Radicalism and Red Scares in the Labour Movements of the Pacific Northwest
May 26 – 28
Presented in collaboration with the BC Labour Heritage Centre
The PNLHA and BC LHC welcome trade unionists, students, academics and others interested in labour history and worker’s heritage to this conference.
Register online with PayPal or
download instructions for registration by mail with check.
Registrants are responsible for booking your own accommodation. A limited block of rooms has been secured at the Ponderosa Suites – 2017 W. Mall. This is a new student residence 5 minutes walk from the conference site. (Shuttle for those requiring).
There are 2 options, both offer daily housekeeping:
A) Ponderosa Studio Suite: double bed, full kitchen, private bath @ $120.00 per room/night + 13% taxes; or
B) Ponderosa Premium Single: a single bed within a 4-bedroom unit with 2 full bathrooms, kitchen, dining and sitting area @ $56.00 per person/night + 13% taxes
Make reservations by APRIL 25th directly with UBC Accommodations. Indicate you are with the “PNLHA Labour History Conference” for the reduced rate.
Tel (604) 822-1000 | Toll Free 1-888-822-1030 | Fax (604) 822-1001
Subject to availability, these rates are extended 3 days before and 3 days after the conference for those wishing an extended stay in Vancouver. Cancellation charges will apply.
Note: Parking is an additional $16/day or $35/wk. Transit express bus to downtown 20 minutes.
Questions? Email email@example.com or call Joey Hartman at 778-870-0703
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:
With today’s labor civil rights still under attack, join us to remember and to commemorate the brave people who sailed to Everett from Seattle in a fight for free speech. Theirs is a cause to remember, to celebrate, to win. Their fight is our fight.
Sail from Seattle to Everett on the Virginia V November 12, 2016 with the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association (PNLHA) and the Snohomish County Labor Council.
Boat Tour Schedule:
9:30 AM Board Virginia V at Shilshole Bay Marina.
9:30AM-11:30 AM Sailing Aboard the Virginia V to Everett
c. 11:30 AM- c. 1:30 PM Event at Port of Everett
c. 2:00PM- c. 4:00 PM Sail back aboard Virginia V to Shilshole Bay Marina.
There will also be a free event from noon to 2:30 PM at the Port of Everett if you are not able to sail with us.
Boat Tour Tickets: The boat tour has been sold out. If you still wish to participate, please consider joining us at the FREE event from 12pm-2:30pm at the Port of Everett on November 12.
On November 5th, 1916 250 men packed aboard the steamers Verona and Calista and sailed from Seattle to fight for their right to free speech and to support striking shingle workers in Everett. Five of them would never make it back.
These men, from the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), though not part of the AFL like the shingle weavers, felt the need to help their fellow workers get a decent wage for their work. As they were landing they sang, “Hold the Fort for we are coming, Union hearts be strong…”
The business leaders in Everett, fearful of the IWW’s revolutionary rhetoric, had the sheriff and some 200 “deputized” and armed men confront the union men at the docks. Undeterred by the hundreds of guns pointed at them, they prepared to disembark.
“Who is your leader,” shouted Sheriff Donald McRae.
“We are all leaders here.” Came the reply.
McRae pulled his gun. The gangplank was almost in place. “You can’t land here!” McRae shouted.
“The hell we can’t!”
A shot rang out from somewhere. Then another. Then the battle was on and all chaos erupted. After the shooting stopped, five men from the IWW lay dead as did two deputies. Many more were wounded. Once the members of the IWW returned to Seattle they were arrested and charged with murder, but no one was convicted and eventually all charges were dropped.