The Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies at the University of Washington, the Labor Archives of Washington at the University of Washington, and the Labor Education and Research Center at South Seattle Community College partner to provide labor studies and labor education services to students, scholars, and labor activists throughout Washington state.
Founded in 1992 following a unprecedented grassroots fundraising campaign in the labor community, the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies honors the memory of legendary leader Harry Bridges, former president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. Based at the University of Washington (UW), the Center promotes the study of work, workers, and their organizations, annually awarding over $65,000 in scholarships and research funding. The Center also provides a meeting place where people from the academic world, the labor movement, and the community can exchange ideas and insights.
The Labor Archives of Washington (LAW) was founded to preserve the records of working people and their unions and to serve as a center for historical research, ensuring that new generations have access to the rich labor history of the region. A unit of the Special Collections Department of UW, the Labor Archives is a collaborative project of the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies and the UW Libraries. Funding for the Archives comes largely from the labor movement, and includes the contributions of unions and individuals. LAW contains more than 200 separate collections of labor-related materials that document the local, national and international dimensions of the labor movement in the Pacific Northwest and provides workshops on maintaining, preserving, and donating labor history records directly to unions and labor organizations. For more information, visit: www.laborarchives.org
The Labor Education and Research Center (LERC) at the South Seattle Community College provides direct training and education to unions and other groups interested in workplace rights. Founded by legislative mandate in 1987 at The Evergreen State College, then relocated to South Seattle in 2010, the Labor Center provides classes in labor history, popular economics, leadership development and union skills like collective bargaining. LERC offers a series of classes called Union Programs on Worker Education and Rights through Continuing Education that are open to the public. For more information, visit: http://georgetown.southseattle.edu/lerc/