Ports, Borders, and Labor in the Pacific Northwest.
A Conference for Labor Activists, Organizers, Workers, Students, Educators and Scholars
June 2-4, 2006
The Evergreen State College¡ Olympia, WA
Ports, whether for ships, airplanes, trains, or people, are openings to other countries, continents, regions, and peoples. As openings they also suggest borders, and borders bring to mind immigration, globalisation, separation and distinction, integration and solidarity. Ports also are places where people work and where workers have organized themselves into unions, including into the ILWU, which in 2006 will be roughly, if not exactly, 70 years old. For all these reasons the 2006 conference of the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association will focus on the theme of Ports, Borders, and Labor in the Pacific Northwest.
We invite proposals for academic research, panels, individual presentations, interactive workshops, drama, music, video, art and memorabilia related to the theme of the conference.
We prefer interactive sessions and discourage the reading of papers. We also encourage proposals that link history with current issues, and especially welcome submissions that address the following:
ƒæ Histories of the ILWU & Other Unions on the Waterfront
ƒæ Immigrant Workers on the Docks and in Airports (Then and Now)
ƒæ Union Attitudes Towards Immigrant Workers & Immigration Policy
ƒæ Organizing Immigrant Workers (Bridging and Respecting Borders Between Workers)
ƒæ U.S. and Canadian Ports and the World: Environmental and Economic Issues
ƒæ Exporting Jobs, Importing Goods: Wal-Mart, Ports, and Unions
ƒæ Ports, Unions and War: Historical and Contemporary Issues
ƒæ Post-9/11 Port Security: Union Busting in a New Uniform?
ƒæ The History of Public and Elected Port Commissions
ƒæ Direct Action, Affirmative Action, and the 1970s Desegregation of Airport Construction Projects
ƒæ Ports, Unions, and International Solidarity
Proposals should include a short summary and a list of all presenters, and be sent to:
Ross Rieder, PNLHA President, P.O. Box 75048, Seattle WA 98125. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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