2021 PNLHA Conference 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 theme All 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 conor.michael.casey@gmail.com Or to Tom Lux at email pnlha2@gmail.com Or by mail to PNLHA, 17502 47th Ave. NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155.  

Oregon Labor History Quarterly – Winter 2020-21


The Oregon Labor History Quarterly (Winter 2020-21) includes an update on PNLHA Oregon’s recently published Working Oregon – A Labor History Chronology. Also featured are a labor podcast roundup, labor film festival offerings, oral labor histories, labor history awards, a poem, a KBOO review of “Crazy Blues” by Mamie Smith, and a Solidarity Forever rap song. Plus historical facts about the Supreme Court, an Oregon connection to the Centralia Tragedy, labor dailies, police unions, and the real father of Labor Day. At 14 pages, it is the largest edition so far. 

Oregon Labor History Quarterly Fall 2020


The Fall 2020 edition of the Oregon Labor History Quarterly contains an announcement about a new PNLHA chronology booklet, a look back at unions and the Spanish Flu of 1918, the first Labor Day remembered, and news from other labor history societies. The edition also includes book reviews, a free Zoom conference, “Covid Chronicles” in British Columbia, a remembrance of the Tolpuddle Martyrs in Britain, a feature on police unions, and another on the history of postal unions now battling to save the postal service.

Oregon Labor History Quarterly Summer 2020


The Summer 2020 edition of the Oregon Labor History Quarterly includes information on proposed bylaw changes and where to vote, where to see a new musical on racism and the fight for social justice, and where to hear one of our favorite labor troubadours. Also noted is a film on the women’s emergency brigade during the 1936-1937 autoworkers sit-down strike in Flint, Michigan. Other items: labor radio on Covid-19, workers’ action during the pandemic, a celebration of the eight-hour movement, and more labor history resources.

Oregon Labor History Quarterly Winter 2019-2020


The Winter 2019-20 edition of the Oregon Labor History Quarterly contains conference announcements, calls for papers, awards, new studies, novels, films, and lectures. And it’s all about labor history. This edition also features a roundup of Oregon radio labor programs and a look at other labor history associations in the United States. Send feedback to rverzuh@shaw.ca.

2020 PNLHA Conference Call for Papers


Call for Presentations, Workshops, and Displays

Newcomers: The impacts of 250 years of immigration on indigenous economies, the labour movement and work

52nd Annual Conference of the Pacific Northwest Labour History Association

with the BC Labour Heritage Centre and the Labour Studies Program at SFU

Friday night May 8 – Sunday noon May 10, 2020

Simon Fraser University – Downtown Harbour Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia

Indigenous peoples in the lands now known as the Pacific Northwest enjoyed strong and diverse relations of trade and exchange before contact with Europeans. Despite the vital role of Indigenous workers in early resource industries, ongoing colonization and commercialization eventually resulted in the systematic exclusion of First Nations from fishing, logging, trapping and other economic activity on their lands.

Immigration enabled these processes, but was also highly stratified. This conference will examine the methods and impacts of those measures, and how successive waves of migrants have been received through a lens of labour history, racism & exclusion, reconciliation and new forms of organizing.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • First Nation economies – then and now
  • Why they came – opportunities and broken promises
  • Exclusion and attraction – political determinations around immigration and refugees
  • The role of organized labour in giving welcome or advocating exclusion, and advancing equity
  • Continued racism and discrimination – Farm workers, domestic workers, temporary foreign workers
  • Reconciliation and de-colonization
  • The connection between attacks on unions and precarious work
  • Music, theatre, poetry, film, memorabilia and visual arts

We invite proposals for panels, individual presentations, academic research, workshops and other forms of presentation.  Interactive sessions are preferred, and the reading of papers is discouraged.

Please send a short (1 -2 page) proposal to Joey Hartman at joeyhartman@shaw.ca

  • Summary of your workshop or presentation
  • Anticipated duration (typically 30, 60 or 90 minutes)
  • Presenter(s) name(s) and contact information, plus a short bio and vitae of presenter(s)
  • Audio / Visual requirements

DEADLINE:  December 2, 2019. We will respond by January 10, 2020.

For more information: joeyhartman@shaw.ca  1-778-870-0703

Oregon Labor History Quarterly Fall 2019


The Fall 2019 edition of the Oregon Labor History Quarterly has been expanded to include more labor history background on current labor news issues. It also features a special section of excerpts and summaries from some of the presentations at the Portland conference in May. See the full newsletter below.

Happy Labor Day film watching

There aren’t many movies that qualify as appropriate viewing on Labor Day. One that does is Salt of the Earth, the story of a 1950s strike at a zinc mine in New Mexico that features a clash between the company and the mostly Mexican-American miners. It also features early feminist union supporters in action. You can see it on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3VPWmqaOb4. A PNLHA connection: Oregon trustee Ron Verzuh has made a short documentary film called Remembering Salt that is also available on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQdV9B8Zj-c.