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Archives & Special Collections

Accession 1990-13
Academic Affairs
Academic V.P. & Provost
Public Services Institutes
Labor Center

Historical Note:

History The Evergreen State College Labor Education and Research Center was established by the Washington State legislature in July of 1987 with a mandate to provide access for union members in Washington to education and research opportunities at the post-secondary level. The Center became part of the Academic Division of Evergreen and one of the Public Service Centers of the College. Dan Leahy became the Center’s first Director in 1987. Helen Lee was hired that same year as Associate Director and succeeded Dan Leahy as Director in 1995. Peter Kardas became the third Director of the Center in 2000. The Center employed a number of labor educators over the years in both full and part-time positions, and also worked with many Evergreen student employees. The Center has always had an Advisory Committee comprised of members of the labor community, from unions and other worker-centered organizations. Evergreen faculty also worked closely with the Center over the years, teaching Labor Studies classes on campus, facilitating community-based Labor Education classes, and supporting student activities with the Center. Sarah Ryan was a particularly active faculty member in Center activities and continues to teach Labor Studies classes at Evergreen. The Center has had three main areas of work: residential or multi-day schools, shorter workshops and trainings, and public conferences. Perhaps the most enduring has been the Summer School for Union Women. The first school was offered in 1987 and continued almost annually up until 2009. Some of the other early initiatives included the African American Leadership Conferences which ran for several years and the New School for Union Organizers. Some of the recent conferences the Center sponsored and/or collaborated on with other organizations have included the Women of Color conference in 2002, the Union-Community Coalitions Conference in 2004, and the Workers’ Assembly on Immigration in 2008. In addition the Center has offered multiple steward trainings, collective bargaining trainings, Labor History classes, and Rank-and-File Leadership schools through the Spokane Regional Labor Council, to name only a few of our educational offerings. On July 1st, 2010 we moved from The Evergreen State College to the South Seattle Community College and became the Washington State Labor Education and Research Center

Series: Announcements 1987-2010

Series: Labor Center Review 1986-2010

Series: Audio and Video Productions 1986-2010

Series: Labor Center Publications 1986-2010

Triffleman, Nina and Kardas, Peter. Un Manual de Derchos de los Trabajadores Para El Estado de Washington: Version de Bolsillo (Abreviada). Edicion de Primavera del 2007. Olympia, Wa: Labor Center, The Evergreen State College, 2007.

Series: Summer School for Union Women

SubSeries: 1998-1999 Oral Histories: ( Labor Studies Program - winter )

SubSeries: Audio cassette tapes: Civil Rights Activists of the ' 60's
SubSeries: Transcriptions

Subseries: Video Tapes (received 06/28/2014)

Subseries: Berger-Marks Foundation

Evergreen State College Summer School for Union Women

Series: Photographs (received 06/28/2014)