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2015 Calendar Workshops and Events
All events take place at the Georgetown Campus unless otherwise stated


POWER Class: U.S. Labor History
Saturday, January 24, 9.30 am to 5.30 pm
$75 per person*
Room C212

Registration is now closed.

Description: Labor rights activism today looks quite different than it did in the post-war period when union density was at its height in the United States.  Instead of the "Big Three" United Autoworkers contracts in the auto industry, we now see fast food workers organizing.  Instead of the boom of collective bargaining rights in health care and the public sector, we see the growth of Workers' Centers, organizing among day laborers and domestic workers, and the concerted effort of Our Walmart. What are the political and social forces that have pushed the labor movement in these non-traditional directions?  What role does economics play?

Whether you are an experienced labor activist, or have never studied the history of workers in the U.S. before, you will walk away from this class with a lot to think about.  The class will look briefly at the early history of labor organizing but will focus in on the transition from the 1930's to the post-war period, and then on more recent events.

The Labor Education Center's classes are interactive and multi-media.  We use films, music, art, and storytelling to illustrate and supplement traditional lecture formats.  Start 2015 with a vision of the future, informed by the past. 

Registration Deadline: January 21, 2015
Grant Application Deadline: January 9, 2015


P.O.W.E.R. CLASS--Safety at Work: Take it Back
Saturday, February 21, 2015, 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
$75* per person--
includes lunch

Description:  The passage of the Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA) of 1970 was a great victory for working people in the U.S. After hundreds of years of dangerous working conditions and political wrangling, the U.S. government mandated that workers should go home alive and well at the end of the workday. 
   Over the last four decades, OSHA has been used to respond to life-threatening or health-threatening conditions in many industries and professions, not just manufacturing and construction. However, like any law, the Act does not stand up for itself. That requires workplace leadership. One measure of how safety regulations are understood is who gets the blame when workers get hurt on the job. Over time, the pendulum swings between blaming the employer and blaming the worker.
Effective and positive workplace safety culture and climate depends on integrating both the best ideas and the best practices into daily work life.  Workers can take the lead in the relationships both between employers and workers, and among workers themselves. Unions and workers' organizations also play important roles. This class will challenge you to think critically about safety culture and climate and help you develop leadership skills you can use at work.

Instructor Bios:

Nancy Simcox, MS
Nancy is a research industrial hygienist with over 20 years of experience in providing occupational health assessments and interventions in workplaces and for academic research projects.  She is currently the Director of the Continuing Education Programs at the University of Washington, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) where she develops and delivers research-based education programs for labor, government, and practicing health and safety professionals.  She is also a Governing Councilor of the Occupational Health Section Planning Committee of the American Public Health Association.

Rick Gleason has been a Safety Lecturer at the University of Washington in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and the Region XOSHA Training Center for the last 20 years.  He also worked for Federal OSHA and State OSHA (Labor and Industries, Division of Occupational Safety and Health) for 13 years as an inspector and consultant.  He has completed over 2000 safety and health surveys in the Seattle area over the last 37 years.

Jay Herzmark
While attending graduate school at some university in New York City, Jay worked as an RN in an emergency room where he claims to have saved Cher’s life. Among the 29 jobs he has held since graduating college was one where he worked for 22 years at a large, increasingly expensive, state university in Seattle where he was a company safety guy. He has been an active member of at least six unions and is currently working on a grant with the Washington State Labor Council. Jay has ridden his bike over 40 thousand miles just to go to work.

Registration Deadline: February 11, 2015
Grant Application Deadline: February 6, 2015


Caring for Others, Caring for Ourselves:
Workplace Rights for Direct Service Staff at Non-profit Social Service Agencies 
Sponsored by OPEIU 8 and the Labor Center

Download flyer here
 February 28, 2015, 9 am to noon

Cost: $10*. Fee includes a copy of the Washington State Workers' Rights Manual.

Details: Join us for a morning of learning about rights on the job and how to improve working conditions.  Be part of raising standards for work in this essential field.  This workshop features two breakout sessions and one joint session on collective action for workers rights and improved services.  Please select a breakout session when registering.

Breakout Sessions, 9:30-11 am

  • Taking Time Off From Work
    Sean Phelan, Attorney
    Frank Freed, Subit & Thomas, LLP

    Learn about leave laws like the Family Care Act and the Domestic Violence Leave Act, and the workers' rights to use them.


  • Safety at Work
    Anura Shah, Drictor, Workplace Violence Prevention Program, VA
    Working in a high-stress environment serving people in crisis creates real and tangible workplace hazards. This session will offer you tools for coping with dangerous working conditions.

Joint Session, 11 am to Noon
Collective Action for Workers' Rights and Improved Services
Sarah Laslett, Director, Washington State Labor Education and Research Center
In this plenary session, participants will work together to explore creative strategies for quality jobs and quality services and how we can build a movement to continue to affect positive change in our industry.
Registration: Contact Sarah Laslett to register. 


April 10 & 11: Shop Steward Training

Friday, 1:30-5:00 pm
Saturday, 8:30 am-5:00 pm



May 28-30: Collective Bargaining Training
9 am-5 pm



*Financial Assistance is available.