Labor Archives of Washington Launches web archives on SeaTac/Seattle Minimum Wage Campaigns


This Thursday, March 3, the will mark the official launch of a new web archives documenting the historic $15 an hour minimum wage campaigns in SeaTac and Seattle in 2013-2014.

The project, a collaboration between the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies and the Labor Archives of Washington at the University of Washington Libraries’ Special Collections,  focuses on the SeaTac and Seattle victories, ensuring that scholars, activists, journalists, and students can learn from the minimum wage campaigns well into the future. The SeaTac/Seattle Minimum Wage History Project  is a digital repository of close to oral history interviews (videos, audio, and transcriptions) with key players, along with rally signs and campaign website captures. New sections of analytical essays, a timeline of wage increases nationwide, and other interview and digitized records will join the archives over time.

Guest blogger Conor Casey, Labor Archivist
UW Special Collections, Labor Archives of Washington

Labor Archives First Annual Event

Labor Archives of Washington

PLabor Archives Event 2015 3reserving Solidarity Forever: The Labor Archives Minimum Wage Project
Walker-Ames Room (225), Kane Hall, University of Washington

Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
University of Washington
4000 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98195

Join the Labor Archives of Washington as we kick off the SeaTac-Seattle Minimum Wage History Project!

The Minimum Wage History Project documents the historic and nationally recognized campaigns that in 2013-14 succeeded in mandating a $15 minimum wage in SeaTac and Seattle. The project will culminate in an on-line resource for students, faculty, and the general public who seek to understand how the campaigns achieved victory.

Speakers to include:

KSHAMA SAWANT, Seattle City Council
JAMES GREGORY, Professor of History, University of Washington
SARAH CHERIN, Political Director, UFCW 21
HEATHER WEINER, YES! for Sea-Tac Campaign

The mission of the Labor Archives of Washington at the University of Washington is to preserve…

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Labor Archives of Washington Event: Public Screening and Talk: One Generation’s Time: The Legacy of Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes, October 31












One Generation’s Time: The Legacy of Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes tells the story of Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes, two Filipino American cannery worker activists who were murdered in Seattle in June 1981.

A free screening* of the one-hour documentary will take place, Thursday, October 31, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Museum of History and Industry, 860 Terry Ave N Seattle, WA 98109 (206) 324-1126 ext 165

Admission to the preview screening is free, however seating is limited. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.; screening at 6:10 p.m.; followed by a post-film discussion led by Seattle Channel Senior Producer.

*The screening is free but does not include museum admission. People attending the event may proceed to the screening; regular admission rates will apply only for those who wish to visit MOHAI’s galleries before the event. People attending the event to proceed to the screening but not MOHAI’s galleries.


Shannon Gee, who wrote, directed, photographed and edited the documentary.
Ron Chew, documentary co-producer, author of the companion book Remembering Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes: The Legacy of Filipino Labor Activism, published earlier this year by University of Washington Press.
Conor Casey, Labor Archivist from the Labor Archives of Washington, will speak about some of the archival collections that were used in the documentary and to talk about the new Cannery Worker Unions section of the Labor Archives Digital Collections Portal.

Domingo and Viernes, two reform officers in Seattle’s Alaska Cannery Workers’ Union, Local 37 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), were gunned down as they worked in the union offices near Pioneer Square. The men were attempting to reform the union and were calling for better working conditions in the canneries. On the surface, their murders were meant to look like just another gang-related slaying, but later were revealed to be a hit originating from the Marcos regime.

The documentary details the murders, the fight for fair labor conditions, the civil rights movement the murdered men helped foster and the ensuing efforts to seek justice for their killings.

Chew will sign copies of his book, which will be available for purchase, at the screening.

Co-Sponsors: Labor Archives of Washington, the Pacific Northwest Historians Guild, Seattle Channel, Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific, the Museum of History and Industry, and the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies

Labor Archives of Washington Saves Labor History, Wins Major Award

Labor Archives of Washington

Five years ago, labor history in Washington State was facing a crisis. Labor activists and unions played central roles in the region’s history, but the evidence of their accomplishments was being lost. Their papers and records were being thrown away forever, or when saved, sitting forgotten in local libraries.

Recognizing the urgent need to preserve and share its history, Washington’s labor movement, teamed with the University of Washington’s Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies and the University of Washington Libraries, to launch the Labor Archives of Washington. Local unions raised the funds to establish the Labor Archives in 2010. Spearheaded by a 3-year, $150,000 matching grant from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and a 3-year fundraising campaign by the Washington State Labor Council. County labor councils and unions throughout Washington State have provided critical support. To date nearly 100 labor organizations and over 175 individuals have contributed almost half…

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New Exhibit-Images of Labor and Social Justice: The Art of Richard V. Correll

Images of Labor and Social Justice: The Art of Richard V. Correll

New Additions to the Collection of the Labor Archives of Washington State, UW Special Collections

December 6, 2012 – April 19, 2013
Special Collections Basement Lobby
Allen Library North First Floor Balcony

Richard V. (Dick) Correll (1904-1990), was “one of the leading masters of printmaking in the West.” Best known for his powerful black and white linoleum cuts, etchings and woodblock prints, for most of his life he earned a living as a commercial artist in the book publishing and advertising fields while producing a large body of fine art in his own time.
Correll’s themes ranged from landscapes, animals and agricultural scenes, harbors and ships, and music and dance to those which reflected his lifelong concern with political and social issues. This exhibit features selections from several core areas of Correll’s recently donated collection at the Labor Archives of Washington, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections: Images of labor, social justice, civil rights, anti-war themes, work for the Great Depression-era Federal Art Project of the Works Projects Administration, and his work for the progressive Depression-era newspaper the Voice of Action.

UW Activists and the Farmworkers’ Movement

Antonio Salazar's photographs of Chicano activists form the core of this exhibit.

UW Activists and the Farmworkers’ Movement

Special Collections, Allen Library South Basement :: April – June 2011

A new Labor Archives of Washington State, UW Special Collections exhibit illustrating the history of activism on the UW campus featuring the photographs of Antonio Salazar, artifacts from Professor Erasmo Gamboa’s personal collection and material from the UW Libraries Special Collections.

For more information, visit the event website.