Summer 2021 Oregon Labor History Quarterly

This edition covers the Amazon drive, the new labor secretary, a national first in new bargaining units, an update on Working Oregon, plus book previews, a labor economics quiz, and much more. Send feedback and suggestions to Ron Verzuh at

Register for the 2021 PNLHA Conference Now!


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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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.

New Video History of Bend Labor


Central Oregonizing: An Audio-Visual Labor History Of Central Oregon

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.

Spouse of Bend Bulletin striker pickets

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

Farmworker’s union leader Dolores Heurta visits Bend

Online Forum focuses on Canada-U.S. labor history


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.

Click here to view the program. Use password: du1?HR39

Sara Nelson reported on the Amazon organizing drive in Alabama

KBOO, KSKQ, KMUZ and KPOV Feature Working Oregon


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:




Oregon Labor History Quarterly Spring 2021

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.