Seattle Labor History Bus Tour
Weds April 4th - Departs hotel lobby at noon, returns at 2:30 p.m.
On this tour we will visit the gravesites of author, poet, labor activist Carlos Bulosan, IWW Everett Massacre martyrs, as well as where Joe Hill’s ashes were spread. We will visit the site of the Battle of Smith Cove where the 1934 West Coast Waterfront Strike came to a stand-off between the longshore workers and the police. Several sites in downtown Seattle have significance for the labor movement including the Labor Temple, Hammering Man, Pike Market, the WTO Protests, and the Seattle General Strike of 1919. During our tour we will also visit the Machinist District 751 sculpture lawn and discuss the role the Machinists and The Boeing Co. had in the development of labor’s story and struggle in the Northwest.
The Labor Archives of Washington
Our Time Has Come
Film by Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar
Fri April 6th 7:00 – 8:30 in Crystal A/B
Most of us have heard the song “Nine to Five,” sung by Dolly Parton. Then there’s the star-studded Hollywood movie NINE TO FIVE, the second highest grossing movie of 1980. Yet few realize that these two icons of popular culture actually grew out of a social movement that spanned over twenty-five years, and which sought to have a profound impact on work for women, and the labor movement itself. The film we are making seeks to discover the story and the long-term implications of this movement of clerical workers for today. Also, the Service Employees International Union Local 925 in Seattle grew from this movement.
Julia Reichert will also run a session on Saturday morning to discuss labor education uses of this film.
Seattle Labor Chorus
Will perform at the annual awards luncheon, Sat. April 7th
The Seattle Labor Chorus was formed in March, 1997 for a performance at the Northwest Folklife Festival with Pete Seeger and several other well-known folksingers. The chorus sees itself as the musical voice of labor in Seattle with singers from all walks of life who serve the labor community in song. They appear at rallies, protests, union meeting and on stages around the Seattle area and across the region to inspire and educate in four-part harmony. The chorus is a nonprofit organization dedicated to economic and social justice, and the fundamental right of all workers to organize. Functioning as a member-driven, democratic organization, the chorus primarily serves the labor community, but its repertoire reflects the concerns of all who wish to promote a healthier, more equitable society. The chorus has enjoyed broad success under the direction of Janet Stecher of the duo Rebel Voices. You can learn more about them, and their CDs, at their website seattlelaborchorus.org.