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



Spokane Regional Labor Council
Wednesday April 22nd, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Thursday April 23rd - Saturday April 25th, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, April 26th , 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

This multi-day, multi-union school covers topics ranging from Labor History, to Health & Safety, to Organizing and Political Action. The Labor Center has implemented this successful leadership development event for the Spokane Regional Labor Council since 2006 and continues to help build the Spokane area labor movement!

For information about cost and registration, contact Beth Thew at




Pacific Northwest Labor History Association Conference

2015 theme: "Celebrate, Honor Act"

The 47th Annual Conference of the PNLHA will take place May 1-3 in Seattle. For more information go HERE

Georgetown Labor Exhibition on Apprenticeship!

Coming in May!

The Georgetown campus of South Seattle College is the largest apprenticeship training center in Washington State. This dynamic campus produces hundreds of skilled trades-people every year, from cement masons and tile setters to boilermakers and meat cutters. You may have heard it said "Apprenticeship is the original 4-year Degree," and it's true. With a rich history going back to the middle ages, the apprenticeship system has been higher education for skilled craft workers, a powerful way to sustain unionized, living wage jobs, and an acknowledged best practice in workforce development.

In 2014 the Labor Center entered a partnership with the Labor Archive of Washington State and the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies at the University of Washington to bring two special exhibitions a year on labor topics to the Georgetown campus. Our first exhibit has been on SPEEA, the Boeing engineers union and has been up since September, 2014. That union donated the funds for the display case.

Coming in March of 2015, the second of these exhibitions will be displayed, this time on apprenticeship! We'll let you know when it's ready for viewing. 


with Elise Bryant from the Labor Heritage Foundation
On the theme of worker experiences of solidarity!
Saturday, May 9th  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Registration cost: $50
Some grants are available
Application required - deadline, April 20th
Download more information HERE



Thursday May 28th– Saturday May 30th 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Georgetown Campus, S Seattle College
6737 Corson Ave S Seattle 98108, Bldg B, Room 102

Cost: $250 per person
Some grants are available

Grant Application Deadline: Monday May 4th
Registration Deadline: Monday, May 11th
Register through Continuing Education HERE

Class Description
This class is designed for union negotiators or teams that intend to go to the table within the next year. This is an intensive three-day training that covers a wide range of topics about bargaining including:

Contract Campaigns and Mobilizing Members
Building an Effective Negotiations Team
Table Tactics and Behaviors of a Successful Negotiator Crafting and Presenting Contract Language
Legal Considerations including Good Faith Bargaining

Unions who have sent their bargaining teams through this training have reported a significant improvement in the bargaining process and outcomes.

From an SIUW local: “I wanted to give you the update on the campaign I was kicking off during the class. We ratified the
new agreement this week with a 95% yes vote.  It took a lively informational picket, calling management on a few ULPs,
a 90% strike authorization vote and a whole lot of CAT team members to pull off! I can't thank you enough for the training. It was invaluable!”

From an AFSCME local: “Thank you for training our team, we are empowered!”

Email by May 15th for more information.





June 23rd - 27th

At Reed College in Portland, OR

Hosted by the University of Oregon Labor Education and Research Center

Co-sponsored by the Washington State Labor Education and Research Center

 For information about the program and how to register, click HERE



2015 Emerging Leaders Conference:
Leading from the Margins: Sustaining Ourselves and Building the Labor Movement

Friday September 11th (evening)
Saturday September 12th (all day)

Please send in ideas for workshops and speakers!

Download a Save-the-date flyer HERE

Contact Darby Frye at
or 206-934-5380