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Portland Jobs with Justice

1500 NE Irving Street, Ste 585
Portland, OR 97232, US (map)

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  • Tuesday
    Oct 10 2017
    Labor History for Labor Activists - Class is Full

    Portland Rising (Jobs with Justice) presents - Five Tuesday evenings from Oct. 10 - Nov. 7, 2017

         (apply by Sept. 18)   

    • Session 1: Early Twentieth Century. AFL and IWW; Lawrence Textile Strike; Seattle General Strike. • Session 2: 1930s. Workers’ Self-Organization Before the CIO; Creation of the ILWU (west coast longshore union). • Session 3: 1930s. Origins of the CIO. • Session 4: Post-World War II. Attack on Labor and Labor’s Response; Retail Workers Organize; Revolutionary Union Movement in Auto. • Session 5: Our More Recent Past. Public Sector Unions; United Farmworkers; New Issues and Continuing Struggle.

    Here are some of the themes that will be engaged across all the sessions: • Different visions for how to organize, what kind of organizations to build, and what organizing is for. • Unions as representatives of the broader working class or as membership organizations. • Different criteria for whom to target, whom to include, and whom to reach out to for support (race, gender, skill, and the role of community). • The changing nature of work, its relation to nature, and its impact on worker organization. • Labor’s relation to government, law, political parties and the State. • Different conceptions of leadership. Each class session will also have a cultural component, through labor song, poetry, humor, graphic arts, theatre, film, stories or novels.

    The instructor Norm Diamond has worked in factories and universities and written extensively on labor and labor history. He is the co-author of The Power In Our Hands: A Curriculum on The History of Work and Workers in the United States and was president of the Pacific Northwest Labor College where he developed a program on labor environmentalism and trained workplace organizers. He is currently Oregon trustee of the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association.

    The application process The class size is limited to 15 in order to promote active engagement among participants and with the material. Those who wish to take the class must complete the application form, between now and Sept. 18. The selection period will begin September 18, 2017 and end once the class limit is reached. Our aim is a diverse group of students in terms of workplace and activist experience. Applicants will be notified whether they have been selected for the class no later than October 1, 2017.

    For more information & to fill out an application form, visit the class webpage: https://jwjpdx.org/labor-activist-class/ or send an email to JwJlaborclass@gmail.com