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 email@example.com.
The PNLHA assisted with a virtual forum March 23 focused on the historical differences in approaches to political engagement between Canada and the United States. Alvin Finkel of the Alberta Labour History Institute spoke from the Canadian perspective and flight attendants president Sara Nelson offered her views on the American side. Nelson also reported on her visit to the Amazon organizing drive in Alabama.
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Sara Nelson reported on the Amazon organizing drive in Alabama
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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.
The Spring 2021 edition of the Oregon Labor History Quarterly highlights Black History Month, International Women’s Day, new musicals, musicians, plays, books, and a report on Working Oregon, the labor history chronology now in circulation. Also highlighted are forthcoming virtual forums and conferences, commemorative events, A labor history quiz, and more. A special supplement is devoted to the oral history work being done by PNLHA members.
We are now taking orders for the 2021 PNLHA Labor History wall calendar, in its 43rd edition, is the only regional labor calendar in the country! The theme this year is “Essential Work”, emphasizing the story of workers in the pandemic as well as the critical role of labor throughout history. As always, the calendar draws from workers’ histories in all three areas of the PNLHA: Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia, tracing the intertwined histories of the region. The calendar puts women and people of color on the forefront and the narratives of individual workers alongside big organizational histories.
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 2021 calendar includes dozens of historical pictures as well as local union charter dates and major labor events.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Or to Tom Lux at email email@example.com Or by mail to PNLHA, 17502 47th Ave. NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155.