Before coming to the Labor Center, Sarah was the Director of the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies at the University of Washington. She was also an adjunct faculty member teaching classes on labor research and women and work. In the mid-1990s, she was a graduate student in the Program in American Studies at the University of Minnesota, where she was also an instructor and an organizer with the Graduate Student Organizing Congress, an affiliate of the NEA/AFT. After leaving graduate school she became a field representative with the University Professional and Technical Employees (Local 9119 of the Communication Workers of America) in San Francisco, and in 2002 moved to Seattle to work as a researcher with Service Employees International Union Local 925. She joined the Labor Center staff in 2007 as the Labor Educator for Union and Community Women, and became the Director in 2010.
Before coming to the Labor Center, Cheryl was an organizer with the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (CNA/NNOC/NNU) in Austin, TX. Prior to joining CNA, she was an organizer with the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) and Service Employees International Union United Healthcare Workers-West (SEIU-UHW). She also is a graduate student at the University of Washington where she studies Labor History.
Before coming to the Labor Center, Will earned his Ph.D. in History at Brown University in May 2012. His dissertation, “On The Edgeof the Pacific Rim: Capitalism and Work on the Los Angeles Waterfront,” traces the economic, social, and labor histories of L.A. Harbor in the twentieth century and its role in the growth of global capitalism. Will worked as a union organizer in the public sector, healthcare, and human service industries throughout the country for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) from 2002 through 2004 and for the Maine State Employees Association/SEIU Local 1989 (MSEA-SEIU) from 2005 through 2006. Will has published a journal article inLabor History on environmental and labor activism in the Maine paper industry and a textbook chapter on U.S. labor history from the 1920s through the 1940s. He has also presented papers at several conferences and has taught U.S. and Latin American history.
Kia Sanger, Project Manager
Kia joins the Labor Center team as of April, 2013 to be the manager of our Washington State Workers' Rights Manual Project, funded by the Fetzer Institute. This year-long project will produce an updated version of the manual and much more! Go to the Workers' Rights Manual section of our website for more information. Before coming to the Labor Center Kia was a student at the Free University of Berlin. She has also interned for the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and studied in Guadalajara, Mexico. She is fluent in Spanish and German and brings many other skills and abilities to this work!