Sold Out Premiere at MOHAI

On February 2, 2019, Labor Wars of the Northwest premiered at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) in Seattle. The event was part of the Solidarity Centennial which celebrated with several events around Seattle marking the 100 year anniversary of the Seattle General Strike. Both showings pla...

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Our Team

PACIFIC NORTHWEST LABOR HISTORY ASSOCIATION This non-profit association has been passionately preserving the history and heritage of workers in the Pacific Northwest for more than five decades. Trade unionists, students, academics, and others believe the labor movement must know where it’s ...

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Story Elements

Blending interviews with labor historians with hundreds of historical photographs and films, Labor Wars will bring the region’s labor history to life for students of all ages. From the strikes and deadly violence in the cities, to the struggles played out for fairness and equity in the in the c...

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Our Objectives

We plan to tell a balanced story of the conflicts between business and labor in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The second result will be a new and important piece of curriculum for college and high school students, consistent with guidelines under the OSPI and EARLs....

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Our Audiences

Our goals are educational. We want to reach students in Pacific Northwest colleges, universities and high schools. as well as television viewers who enjoy historical documentaries...

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The Story

By the 1880s, with railroad transportation in place, the era of settlement in the Pacific Northwest gave way to industrializaon. Jobs accelerated with the power of a locomotive as tens of thousands of unskilled workers came seeking a living wage in the forests, mines and shipyards. Instead the...

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Seattle Streetcar Strike

In November 1903, traffic came to a halt when members of the Amalgamated Association of Street and Electric Railway Employees of America walked off the job over wages and over5me pay....

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Why Is This Story Important?

February 6, 2019, marks the 100th anniversary of the Seattle General Strike, the first such worker protest in U.S. history and the culmination of more than two decades of regional labor strife. No film historian has put this story together into a single program. The centennial offers a timely ...

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