Fw: CONFANN: Pacific NW Labor History Assn.

H. C. Covington (ach1@sprynet.com)
Sat, 18 Apr 1998 14:20:31 -0500


The Pacific Northwest Labor History Association's annual conference
will be held in Portland, Oregon, May 15-17, 1998.  The conference,
which rotates between Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, is a
unique opportunity for scholars and labor and community activists to
meet and discuss the rich heritage of working class solidarity in our
region, and to examine how these traditions affect the struggles
workers face today.

Registration is $50; for students, retirees and unemployed, the fee is $10.
For further information, call 541-346-2785 or 503-725-3295.  A more
detailed agenda follows:


1998 PNLHA Agenda
Friday, May 15
4:30-6:30 p.m.  Pre-Registration, Smith Memorial Center, Portland State
University
7:00-10:00              Reception and Social Hour, Oregon Historical
Society,
                        Music:  General Strike


Saturday, May 16, 1998

8:00-9:00       Registration, Continued, Portland State University

9:00-10:30      Introduction and Welcome
                Joey Hartman, President, Pacific Northwest Labor History
Association
                Marcus Widenor, Associate Professor, Labor Education and
Research Center,
                University of Oregon

                Plenary Session
                Keynote Speaker, Dorothy Sue Cobble, Associate Professor,
Rutgers University
                "Lost Tradition of Organizing and the Reinvention of
Unionism:
                        Lessons from a Century of U.S. Labor History"


10:30-10:45     Break

10:45-12:15     Session I

                Panel-"Oregon's Longest Labor Struggle:  Remembering the
                        Oregonian and Journal  Strike of 1959-64"

                        Bob Hulen, Portland Newspaper Guild
                        Gene Klare, Portland Newspaper Guild
                        Darrel Tarter, Multnomah Typographical Union #58
                        John Wykoff, Portland Newspaper Guild
                        Moderator:  Nellie Fox-Edwards, Former Political
Education                                               Director, Oregon
AFL-CIO


                Panel-"Workers and the Environment"

                        Peter Knutson, Professor, Seattle Central
Community
College,                                        "Fishermen and
Pentacostals:  Class
Alliances and the Defeat
                           of Initiative   640"
                      Aurian Haller, Simon Fraser University, "Labour and
the Ethics of Ecology"

                        Michael Matthews, Portland State University, "The
Hudson's Bay Company and the                            'Rogues':  Regional
Corporate Policy
Conflicts with Indigenous Society"
                        Moderator:  Barbara Byrd, Instructor, Labor
Education and                                                   Research
Center, University of
Oregon

                Workshop-Popularizing Labor History in the Local Union,
Schools and Community.  Local                   activists will discuss
their
activities in
popularizing the struggles of Pacific                   Northwest Workers

                        Bob Nightingale, Field Representative, AFT-Oregon,
"Creating and Displaying a Labor                        History 'Time
Line'"
                        Ed Beechert, Professor Emeritus of History,
University of Hawaii and Jim Strassmaier,
Oral Historian, Oregon
Historical Society,"  Doing Oral History"
                       Jim Cook, President, National Association of Letter
Carriers Branch 82, "Creating and                       Maintaining a Labor
in the Schools
Program"

12:15-1:30      Lunch (on your own)

1:30-2:45       Session II

        Panel-"African-American Workers in Portland"

                Rudy Pearson, Associate Professor, American River College,
"African-Americans and the Portland ILWU"
                Elizabeth McLagan, Freelance Writer and Historian,
Portland, "Legal Barriers to Equal Economic     Opportunity in Oregon,
1844-1980"
                Keith Edwards, Assistant Business Manager, International
Brotherhood of Electrical Workers       Local 48, "A Minority Caucus in the
IBEW"
                Moderator:  Bob Williams, President, Oregon Chapter, A.
Philip Randolph Institute
                Commentary:  Bob Boyer, Former State Senator, Former
President,  Inland Boatmen's Union

        Workshop-"Collecting Union Memorabilia"  Oregon trade unionists
will display their collections of               union memorabilia including
buttons,
banners and documents and discuss how individuals and
organizations can
best preserve their heritage through them.

                Don Patch, Oregon Public Employees Union
                Tracy Pierce, Oregon Public Employees Union
                Michael Richards, United Brotherhood of Carpenters
Local 1388
                John Williams, United Association of Plumbers and Fitters
Local 290

2:45-3:00       Break

3:00-4:30       Session III

        Panel-Labor and the Community

                Roger Yockey, United Food and Commercial Workers Local
1105,
                "Labor, Social Justice Movements and the Church in the
Pacific Northwest
                Andy Parnaby, Memorial University of Newfoundland, "On the
Hook:  Waterfront Work and the          Rhythms of Family Life in
Vancouver"
                M. Diane Rogers, Simon Fraser University, "'More Working
than Weeping':  1910's Attitudes                Towards Women's Suffrage in
Coquitlawm,
B.C."
                Moderator:  Laurie Mercier, Assistant Professor,
Washington
StateUniversity Vancouver

        Panel:  Young Workers and the New Economy

                Roger Crowther, Staff Representative, Canadian
Autoworkers,
Vancouver, B.C.
                Lori Banong, CAW member, Starbucks Organizing Campaign
                Erik Amos, Retail Worker, Portland
                Warren Mar, Northwest Region Coordinator, Organizing
Department, AFL-CIO
                Moderator:  Mark Hinz, PSU Students for Unity

       Workshop-"WPA Art of the Pacific Northwest"  A display and
discussion of WPA art.

                Trish Kaufman, ARTSPACE, Bay City, Oregon



6:30-7:30               Social Hour

7:30-10:00 p.m.         Banquet

                        Music:  Jon Fromer, San Francisco labor Singer and
Songwriter, member American Federation of Musicians Local1000
                        Presentation of PNLHA "Person of the Year Award"

Sunday, May 17

9:00-10:30      Session 4
        Panel-"Latino Railroad Workers in the Pacific Northwest:
1890-WW II"

                Erasmo Gamboa, Associate Professor, University of
Washington,
"Keep 'Em Rolling:  Mexican Track Labor in the PNW During WWII"

                Jeff Garcilazo, Assistant Professor, University of
California, Irvine, "Wobblies and               Traqueros:  The IWW and
Mexican
Trackworkers in the West, 1900-1917"

                Moderator:  Luis Machorro, Retention Coordinator, Portland
Public Schools
                Commentator:  Yvonne Martinez, Jobs with Justice and
AFSCME
Council 75

        Panel-"Portland's Workers and Bosses in the 1934 Maritime Strike"

                Michael Munk, "Portland's 'Silk Stocking Mob': the
Citizens
Emergency League in the 1934 Longshore Strike."
                Ottilie Markholt, Independent Historian, Office and
Professional Employees
        Union Local 28, Tacoma,  "The Portland Central Labor Council During
the
1934 Maritime Strike"
                Moderator:  Craig Wollner, Professor of Social Sciences,
Fellow
                 Institute for Portland Metropolitan Studies, Portland
StateUniversity

        Workshop-Labor Videos

                "Good Work Sister," Sandy Polichuk
                "OPEU Strike in Photographs," Bette Lee

10:30-10:45     Break

10:45-12:15     Session 5

        Panel:  Wobblies and PNW Free Speech Fights

                Jay Mullen, Associate Professor, Associate Professor,
Southern
Oregon State College, "The 1911 IWW Walk Over the Siskyous"
                John-Henry Harter, President, President, Support Staff
Union,
Simon Fraser University "'True to Her Class and True to Her Kind':
Gender and the Industrial Workers of the World"
                Terry Willis, Ph.D., Independent Scholar,"The Black
Hole of
Seattle':  Socialist Free Speech Fights of 1906 and 1907"
                Moderator: Ross Rieder, Organizer, Snohomish County Labor
Council, Everett, Washington

Workshop-Working Class Literature of the Pacific Northwest.  A panel of
regional authors will read from their writings on work and workers.

                Moderator:  Norm Diamond, Communication Workers of
America,
Workers Education Local 189
                Readers To Be Announced