About LAW

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No region has a more dramatic and consequential labor history than the Pacific Northwest. The Labor Archives of Washington (LAW) was founded in 2010 to preserve and make accessible the records of working people and their unions, documenting the local, national, and international dimensions of the labor movement in this region.

The Labor Archives is a collaborative project of the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies and the University of Washington Libraries. Funding for the Archives comes largely from the labor movement. The contributions of dozens of unions and hundreds of individuals make this possible (see Founders Circle information).

Mission

    Labor Archives Advisory Committee

    The Labor Archives is a unit of the Special Collections Division of the University of Washington Libraries. It is guided by an Advisory Board drawn from labor, academic, and community leaders of Washington State.

    Labor Archives Advisory Committee Members
    • Paul Constantine, Associate Dean of University Libraries, Special Collections
      University of Washington
    • David Freiboth, Executive Secretary
      ML King Jr. County Labor Council
    • James Gregory, Professor of History
      University of Washington
    • Ian Kennedy, past President
      ILWU Local 52
    • Margaret Levi, Jere L. Bacharach Professor of International Studies
      Department of Political Science, University of Washington
    • George Lovell, Professor of Political Science, Harry Bridges Chair of Labor Studies
      University of Washington
    • Ronald Magden, historian
      Tacoma Community College (Retired)
    • Terri Mast, Secretary Treasurer
      Inlandboatmen's Union of the Pacific
    • Ross Rieder, President
      Pacific Northwest Labor History Association
    • Eugene Vrana, ILWU Director of Educational Services (Retired)