Labour and Technology

Pacific Northwest Labor History Conference

Labor History Conference to Focus on Effects of Technology
Authors Aronowitz, Dowd, Shostak, Wellman Featured


The 32nd Annual Pacific Northwest Labor History Conference will focus on the effects of technology on workers and their organizations.

From Artisanship to Information Age: Lessons for Labor's Struggle is the theme of the prestigious annual conference.

The conference will be held at the Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, Washington from May 19 — 21, 2000.

Friday evening keynote speaker is Douglas Dowd, author of recently published Triumph or Calamity: A Critical History of Capitalism and its Economics. Dowd will speak in the Museum Auditorium at 7.00 pm. His talk is titled "Capitalism, Technology, and Workers: Loaded Dice".

City University of New York professor Stanley Aronowitz will speak to the conference Saturday, May 20, using the titles of his most recent book From the Ashes of the Old to address the conference theme.

Two other authors of books relating to the conference theme will discuss their works. Arthur B. Shostak, Drexel University (Philadelphia), author of Cyber Union: Empowering Labor Through Computer Technology, and David Wellman, UCSC, author of The Union Makes Us Strong, (about ILWU) will conduct discussions at Saturday, May 20 sessions.

At the Saturday night banquet Los Angeles area actor Ian Ruskin will present a "talk" from Harry Bridges. Ruskin, who impersonates Harry Bridges, late leader of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union(ILWU), will use Bridges' words on life and the problems of waterfront mechanization.

For further information contact:

Ross Rieder, association president
Pacific Northwest Labor History Association
PO BOX 75048, Seattle WA 98125
Tel 206.524.0346

Email registration is available. You can also visit the PNLHA Web Site for more information:

Posted: 21 February 2000