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AFL-CIO, Washington State Labor Council audiovisual collection, 1944-1999

Overview of the Collection

Creator and collector
AFL-CIO. Washington State Labor Council
Title
AFL-CIO, Washington State Labor Council audiovisual collection
Dates
1944-1999 (inclusive)
1980-1998 (bulk)
Quantity
193 videocassettes : sound, color ; Betacam, Betacam SP, U-matic, U-matic S, VHS
1 open-reel video : sound, color ; 1 in.
2 sound tape reels : analog ; 1/4 in.
Collection Number
PH1134
Summary
Videotape programs produced by the Washington State Labor Council (WSLC) about labor grievances, rallies and events, including Washington Works episodes, Labor Institute of Public Affairs (LIPA) Video News Reports and other local/national programs
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections.
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Access to the original videocassettes is restricted due to preservation concerns. Arrangements can be made to view the videos by contacting the Visual Materials Curator.

Records stored offsite; advance notice is required for use.

Additional Reference Guides

These materials were relocated from the AFL-CIO, Washington State Labor Council records, Acc. no. 0450-012, which are described and indexed in A Guide to the AFL-CIO, Washington State Labor Council records .

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Washington State Labor Council (WSLC) was formed on Nov. 4, 1957, when the Washington branches of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) merged. These two labor bodies were bitter rivals in the 1930s, but the need to cooperate to defeat right-to-work measures (Initiative 198 in 1956 and Initiative 202 in 1958) ultimately cemented their alliance. After defeating these measures, labor groups took the offensive. The United Labor Lobby (ULL) -- a group that evolved from the committees created to battle the right-to-work initiatives -- won an extension of the 40 hour maximum work week for all Washington workers, as well as an expansion of the unemployment insurance system in 1959. The ULL and WSLC were not able to follow up on these victories in the early 1960s as the increasingly Republican state legislature soon forced labor back on the defensive.

When Evan (Ed) Weston retired as the WSLC president in 1961, Joe Davis was elected to succeed him. Davis was responsible for strengthening voter registration and the get-out-the-vote drives for the organzation. In 1966 Davis launched a major new effort, dubbed Project ‘66, to expand the influence of labor and broaden its political agenda. Project ‘66 also increased the amount of money that member unions paid to the Council and doubled the WSLC staff. These changes allowed the Council to monitor government agencies more closely and to lobby on new subjects of legislative interest, such as tax reform and consumer protection. The new program did score a few notable victories, particularly the increased influence in the Washington Department of Labor and Industries. In addition, the Council won limited collective bargaining rights for public employees in 1967, broadened the workers’ compensation program to include virtually all workers in 1971, provided assistance to the passing of civil rights laws in the 1960s, and was instrumental in enacting several consumer protection laws in the 1970s. Project ‘66 thus increased the number of issues on which the Council had legislative influence, and built greater cooperation between labor, civil rights, and consumer protection groups. Nonetheless, the WSLC did not substantially increase its ability to elect labor-friendly candidates to the legislature. As such, labor remained vulnerable to lobbying assaults from employer groups throughout the 1970s and 1980s, suffering occasional defeats in struggles over the workers’ compensation and unemployment programs.

Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

Forms part of the Labor Archives of Washington

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The videocassettes, video reel, and sound reels in this collection contain programs produced or otherwise collected by the Washington State Labor Council (WSLC). The collection was used by the WSLC to document labor-related activities and disseminate information to members of the greater labor community in Washington. Locally and nationally produced programs on the materials include interviews, panel discussions, documentaries, dramatizations, rallies, WSLC conventions, and other events related to labor issues.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

Individual program titles have been derived from videocassette labels present at the time of donation.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation, or publication. Contact the Special Collections division of the University of Washington Libraries for details.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Washington Works: Broadcast ProgramsReturn to Top

"Washington Works" was a Seattle-based public access television show produced by the Washington State Labor Council. In addition to broadcasting locally and nationally produced programs pertaining to labor issues, "Washington Works" also conducted interviews and mediated panel discussions with regional figures in the labor movement.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box item
1 1
Land of Promise; Humphrey; Livable Income Campaign
1 videocassette (56 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
"Land of Promise" gives a historical outline of unionism, and it discusses how this history affects citizens' lives today. "Humphrey" contains moments from former U.S. Vice President Hubert Humphrey's last public appearance before a union audience at the Minnesota AFL-CIO convention on September 19, 1977. "Livable Income Campaign" consists of Karen Keiser of the Washington State Labor Council interviewing Jeff Johnson, the Director of Research for the Washington State Labor Council, about the low minimum wage in Washington.
1977, circa 1980s
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VC414 2
Rally '82 for Jobs and Justice; Rebuilding America's Competitive Edge  
"Rally '82" captures Washington State's 1982 labor rally, held in Olympia, as well as discussing the purpose of the meeting. The film includes workers, labor unions and comittees, and students from as far away as Bellingham and the Tri-Cities. "Rebuilding America's Competetive Edge" talks about the economic downturns that have caused the steel industry in America to falter, as well as the steps being taken in inclusive worker management to reverse the trend of closures.
Original1 videocassette (50 min.): sound, color ; U-matic
1982, circa 1980s
VC416 3
The Burning Issue; The Silent Attack; Washington State Labor Council Rally '82  
"The Burning Issue" discusses new threats to firefighters' safety in the form of toxic gases produced by the burning of modern materials. The program features Seattle firefighters and representatives from the Washington Federation of Firefighters. "The Silent Attack" is a dramatic portrayal of an EMT's struggle to get workers' compensation after contracting Hepatitis B on the job. Finally, Marv Williams and Larry Kenney discuss the Washington State Labor Council's 1982 rally in Olympia, Washington.
Original1 videocassette (55 min.): sound, color ; U-matic
1982, circa 1980s
Box
1 4
Musicians Union; Workers and Parents: Unions and Families
1 videocassette (56 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
"Musicians Union" is a 1988 program about labor disputes of musicians in Hawaii and Las Vegas. Includes interviews with both strikers and labor representatives. "Workers and Parents" is about the rising role of unions in clerical and office workplace settings, in addition to its presence in industrial facilities. The piece follows two members of the AFSCME union, a secretary from Washington and a social worker from Virginia, and the two talk about how their roles as workers impact their effectiveness as parents.
1986, 1988
1 5
The Bottom Line; Building our Future
1 videocassette (56 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
"The Bottom Line" discusses industry relocation in efforts to reduce input costs and the loss of jobs as a result. "Building our Future": The opening titles read: "Throughout 1986, the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO struggled to win union protections for the workers building a Toyota auto assembly plant in Georgetown, Kentucky. The outcome of those activities and the resulting project agreement have broad implications for all working men and women. What follows is a chronicle of that struggle."
1986, circa 1980s
1 6
Road To Haymarket; Memorial Day Massacre; Solidarity; Democracy at Work
1 videocassette (59 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
"Road to Haymarket" is a 1986 documentary that discusses the pro-labor Haymarket Affair in Chicago in 1886, as well as the resounding effects of this event in the century that followed. "Memorial Day Massacre" speaks of the incidents surrounding the 1937 steelworkers' strikes in Chicago. "Solidarity" discusses the idea of union solidarity as one of the most effective tools in fighting for labor rights. "Democracy at Work" is a piece about the union's role in supporting the democratic process in general, and governmental canditates in particular.
1986, circa 1980s
1 7
Pay Equity II; How About Some Respect Around Here?; Women of Summer
1 videocassette (61 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
"Pay Equity II" discusses the changing roles of women on the job and in society, as well as the legal and political consequences concerning the drive for equal pay between men and women. "How About Some Respect Around Here?" uses workplace reenactments to explore the correlation between stress-related diseases and poor supervision of clerical workers. "Women of Summer" is a 1986 documentary that tells the story of Bryn Mawr's Summer School for Working Women, which aimed to give educational opportunities to those women working in factories.
1986, circa 1980s
1 8
Challenge of the Future; Singing for the Union; First Comes Food
1 videocassette (56 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
"Challenge of the Future" discusses the importance of solidarity among members of the labor force. "Singing for the Union" focuses on the Great Labor Song Exchange and the role of music in the labor movement. "First Comes Food" pertains to closure of steel mills in Los Angeles, specifically how members of the labor community in California coped with various unemployment issues in the wake of shutdowns.
Videocassette is marked as "WSLC 1st program CATV master."
1988
1 9
The Changing State Economy; United Farmworkers of Washington State
1 videocassette (60 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
"The Changing State Economy" examines the "changing state of Washington's economy from the worker's point of view." Topics include the effects of income level disparity, the impact of technology on the employment landscape, increases in the female workforce, and industrial policies in Japan. "United Farm Workers of Washington State" looks at the creation of a UFW office in Washington State. Topics include the history of Washington farmworkers, the needs of this group, and bracero guest worker programs.
1988
1 10
TCI (Tele-Communications, Inc.) Studio Original: Candidate Interviews
1 videocassette (approx. 60 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Washington Works interviews Washington State political candidates for upcoming 1988 elections. Dan Grimm (for State Treasurer), Mike Murphy (for Commisioner of Public Lands), and Larry Kenney are interviewed. A move to clean up toxic waste in Washington State, Initiative 97, is a notable topic of discussion.
1988
1 11
Apprenticeships in Washington
1 videocassette (approx. 60 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
A panel discussion about various apprenticeships in Washington State. The program contains a question and answer session about who qualifies for apprenticeships, the purpose such appointments serve in the working world, and information as to how people apply for various apprenticeships.
1988
1 12
Election Special
1 videocassette (59 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
A special election edition of the program Washington Works, which includes discussions with labor-endorsed political candidates in the upcoming 1988 elections and working peoples' views on the political hopefuls.
1988
1 13
The Movement Makes the Music
1 videocassette (approx. 60 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
The program discusses the central role that song has played in the organization of labor movements over the years.
1988
1 14
Grounded!
1 videocassette (57 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Explores the role of labor unions in the airline industry, specifically for female flight attendants, and how unions are working to overcome systematized sexism in airline management.
1988
1 15
Making Legislatures Accountable; Voter Registration
1 videocassette (50 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
"Making Legislatures Accountable" discusses Legislative Action Committees as means of combating the anti-labor elements in government. "Voter Registration" speaks of the various methods currently in place to get unregistered American citizens to vote in the upcoming elections.
circa 1980s
2 16
Learning By Doing; Micro Electronics Revolution
1 videocassette (59 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
"Learning by Doing" concerns the United States' economic decline as a world power, and how this factor relates to lower wages and higher unemployment for workers. "Micro Electronics Revolution" similarly discusses the need for Americans to remain a competitive and skilled workforce in the world market, particulary as it pertains to technology.
circa 1980s
2 17
Talking About Women Workers; Plant Closures
1 videocassette (53 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
"Talking About Women Workers" discusses the integration of women within the workforce. Sexism, harrassment in working environments, gender discrimination, and the effects on marriage and homelife are some of the main topics of discussion. In "Plant Closures," the problem of disappearing jobs in America is addressed, along with steps that have been taken to forestall the effects of plant shutdowns.
circa 1980s
2 18
Industrial Policy; Job Retraining
1 videocassette (54 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
"Industrial Policy" discusses a cooperative relationship between government, labor, and management that attempts to spur domestic industrial employment and remain competitive with other nations. "Job Retraining" concerns the Jobs Training Partnership Act, a 1982 law that established federal assistance programs to prepare youth and unskilled adults for entry into the labor force.
circa 1980s
2 19
Wrath of Grapes; Health Care Cost Containment Crisis, Part 1
1 videocassette (59 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
"Wrath of Grapes" focuses on the United Farmworkers Union and Cesar Chavez's efforts to ban harmful pesticides to improve the health of farmworkers, and it also explores the struggles of California grape workers in forming a union. "Health Care Cost Containment Crisis, Part 1" is about the increasing costs of healthcare for workers and management's struggle to contain costs.
circa 1980s
2 20
Health Care Cost Containment Crisis, Part 2; Our Job's Not Done
1 videocassette (59 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
"Health Care Containment Crisis, Part 2" presents the negotiations between employers and employees on healthcare benefits."Our Job's Not Done" discusses the history of unions through some of its most longstanding members, the purpose of which is to highlight the ongoing struggle for fair treatment in the workplace.
circa 1980s
2 21
Why We’re Here; Organizing: The Road to Dignity
1 videocassette (59 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
"Why We're Here"" documents U.S. Steel workers being locked out of their jobs and laid off. They gather in front of the mill to protest against the company, and ultimatelly get their jobs back. People from different unions support these efforts because they believe that union busting will ultimately have a domino effect. "Organizing: The Road to Dignity" highlights the story of food production workers, and their efforts to form strong labor unions.
circa 1980s
2 22
To Dream; From Rags to Riches; Speech by Benjamin Hooks
1 videocassette (60 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
"To Dream" discusses Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous speech, and draws parallels between the struggle for racial equality and the goals of the American labor movement. "From Rags to Riches" is an expose of exploitative labor practices in Bangkok, Thailand, as well as of the western countries that benefit from this exploitation. The final piece is a recorded speech by Benjamin Hooks, the Executive Director of the NAACP, in which he speaks of the connection between his organization and the AFL-CIO.
circa 1980s
2 23
Workers and Parents: Unions and Families; Viet Vet Survival Guide
1 videocassette (57 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
"Workers and Parents" is about the rising role of unions in clerical and office workplace settings, in addition to its presence in industrial facilities. The piece follows two members of the AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) union, a secretary from Washington and a social worker from Virginia, and the two talk about how their roles as workers impact their effectiveness as parents. "Viet Vet Survival Guide" is a production of the AFSCME Labor News Network. Interviews in this program are conducted with the secretary of Vietnam Veterans of America and the director of the VVA Legal Service.
circa 1980s
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VC398 24
Construction is a Natural High; Drug and Alcohol Testing on the Job; Testing the Drug Testers  
"Construction is a Natural High" is a narrative that discusses substance abuse and on-the-job safety. "Drug and Alcohol Testing on the Job" is a panel discussion conerning the measures described in the title. "Testing the Drug Testers" is an expose about the margin for human error in regards to drug testing facilities.
Original1 videocassette (54 min.): sound, color ; U-matic
circa 1980s
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2 25
Toxic Earth: The Need to Unite; Right to Know
1 videocassette (49 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
"Toxic Earth" dicusses the common concerns between environmentalists and labor organizations regarding hazardous materials and transparency. "Right to Know" informs viewers of proper labeling procedures for potentially hazardous materials.
circa 1980s
2 26
Grievance Handling
1 videocassette (60 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
An explanation of grievance procedures and union contracts, with actor reenactments of workplace grievances and advice for management.
circa 1980s
2 27
Losing Ground: America's Shrinking Middle Class; Government for Sale: When Public Services Go Private
1 videocassette (57 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
"Losing Ground" and "Government for Sale" both discuss the loss of American jobs to foreign markets, as well as the shrinking middle class.
circa 1980s
2 28
50 Years of Industrial Unionism; The Luddites; Facing the Future: New Strategies for Labor
1 videocassette (60 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
"50 Years of Industrial Unionism" provides a history of the labor movement in the United States. "The Luddites" provides a history of the early attempt at labor organization and rights. "Facing the Future" is a panel discussion concerning shifts in the labor landscape in the Eighties.
circa 1980s
2 29
Pay Equity; Child Care in America: Today's Needs, Tomorrow's Challenges
1 videocassette (58 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
"Pay Equity" discusses the wage differential between men and women. "Child Care in America" looks at the difficulties associated with families that have two working parents.
circa 1980s
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VC415 30
Greatest Stories Never Told; Ed and Scab; Why We're Here  
"The Greatest Story Never Told" tells the story of thirteen union members that dramatized their jobs as a performance piece on stage in Los Angeles. "Ed and Scab" is a narrative that discusses the relationship between picket lines and strike breakers. "Why We're Here"" documents U.S. Steel workers being locked out of their jobs and laid off. They gather in front of the mill to protest the company, and ultimately get their jobs back. People from different unions support these efforts because they believe that union busting will ultimately have a domino effect.
Original1 videocassette (51 min.): sound, color ; U-matic
circa 1980s
VC374 31
A Conversation with Jack Miller; Northwest Labor History  
"A Conversation" discusses Northwest regional labor history, specifically the Everett Massacre, which Jack Miller elaborates on extensively. "Northwest Labor History" is a panel discussion that covers the myths and realities behind regional labor stories.
Original1 videocassette (60 min.): sound, color ; U-matic
circa 1980s
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3 32
Work Worth Doing, Parts 1 & 2
1 videocassette (56 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Discusses how management and labor work together to solve problems through a program called Worker Participation. The documentary focuses on New York City sanitation workers and United Steelworkers to illustrate this point, and it explores the relationship between labor and management in those factories where there is unity between the groups.
circa 1980s
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VC375 33
Fighting for the Future of Their Children; Farm Workers in Washington; Making Your Voice Heard  
"Fighting for the Future of their Children" discusses the hardship that farmworkers all over the nation face in making ends meet, and uses specific examples from Washington State to elucidate this point. "Farm Workers in Washington" is a panel discussion that addresses issuse relevant to the unionized members of this group. "Making Your Voice Heard" pertains to a union fight for healthcare benefits in the late 1980s.
Original1 videocassette (57 min.): sound, color ; U-matic
circa 1980s
Box
3 34
Leading the Way: Black Trade Unions in South Africa; The American Connection; The Global Assembly Line
1 videocassette (59 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
"Leading the Way" discusses unionized black workers in South Africa, specifically the confrontation between this group and their apartheid government over the right to collective bargaining. "The American Connection" provides background on the conflict in South Africa, and a panel discussion talks of the interrelatedness of this issue to business and labor affairs in the United States. "The Global Assembly Line" discusses the shipping of American jobs to overseas markets.
circa 1980s
3 35
The Economy Now And Then
1 videocassette (60 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Discusses the changing nature of Washington State's economy from the workers point of view, as well as what is happening in the overall fiscal landscape.
circa 1980s
3 36
From Bedside to Bargaining Table; Women of Steel; Job Security
1 videocassette (57 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
"From Bedside to Bargaining Table" is a portrait of nurses organizing around the issues of collective bargaining rights, professionalism, dignity on the job, and better patient care with scarce resources. "Women of Steel" is a documentary about female workers from a steel mill that has since closed down. "Job Security" discusses contracts won by the United Auto Workers, as well as strides made by other active unions.
circa 1980s
3 37
Cuts; Together We Have Come Far; Right to Know
1 videocassette (60 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
"Cuts" is a short documentary outlining workers in shingle mills. The film explores the working condition of these workers, the communities they live in, and personal stories and opinions about the jobs they perform in the Puget Sound area of Washington State. "Together We Have Come Far" is a portrait of railroad labor over the past century. "Right to Know" informs viewers of proper labeling procedures concerning potentially hazardous materials.
circa 1980s
3 38
My Boy Jeremy; Unions in the Community: Diabetes; In Our Hands
1 videocassette (60 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
"My Boy Jeremy" focuses on a student at Interlake School, a facility for disabled children in Medical Lake, Washington, that is being threatened with closure. "Unions in the Community" is hosted by Edward Asner and focuses on the efforts of labor unions to combat diabetes. "In Our Hands" focuses on a construction labor dispute in Florida.
circa 1980s
3 39
Apprenticeships in Washington; Training for Tomorrow
1 videocassette (approx. 60 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
"Apprenticeships in Washington" is a panel discussion about various apprenticeships in Washington State. It contains a question and answer session about who qualifies for apprenticeships, the utility they serve in the working world, and how people apply for these various apprenticeships. "Training for Tomorrow" talks of the various training programs put in place by unions to ensure the economic viability of their members.
circa 1980s
3 40
Expectations
1 videocassette (61 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
An episode of the "America Works" series, narrated by John Lithgow. The focus of the episode is on the decline of labor conditions in late twentieth century.
circa 1980s
3 41
Songs and Stories of Labor; It Could Be a Wonderful World
1 videocassette (57 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
"Songs and Stories of Labor" and "It Could Be a Wonderful World" both feature acoustic guitar-playing musicians performing pro-worker and union songs to groups of people, with labor stories told in between song performances.
circa 1980s
3 42
God and Country; The Cost of Money
1 videocassette (58 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
"God and Country" is a discussion of the religious right's desire to push religious beliefs and conservatism via the America political system. "The Cost of Money" addresses the fees associated with a culture based on credit.
circa 1980s
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VC376 43
I Am a Man; The Hatch Act  
"I Am a Man" is a narrative that tells the story of a sanitation strike in Memphis, Tenneessee in the late 1960s. "The Hatch Act" looks at federal employees picketing the Hatch Act, a United States federal law whose main provision prohibits certain federal employees from engaging in some forms of political activity. The program includes hearings before the State Senate in which union members relate their frustrations with the Hatch Act and call for reform.
Original1 videocassette (59 min.): sound, color ; U-matic
circa 1980s
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3 44
Child Care in America: Today's Needs, Tomorrow's Challenge; Child Care Challenge: Union Solutions
1 videocassette (59 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
"Child Care in America" and "Child Care Challenge" both look at the difficulties associated with families that have two working parents, and how the unions are working to address these issues.
circa 1980s
3 45
The Drug Testing Challenge; Work and Health; Resurgence
1 videocassette (57 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
"The Drug Test Challenge" discusses the subjecting of workers to random searches and drug tests without reasonable suspicion. "Work and Health" addresses the issue of sharing health problems with union representatives in order to get help. "Resurgence" provides various examples of recent union activites to illustrate the union's continued presence in the American workforce.
circa 1980s
4 46
Unions and Youth; Whither the Maritime Industry
1 videocassette (59 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
"Unions and Youth" explains what the organization has to offer to new members of the workforce. "Whither the Maritime Industry" provides a history of the Seafarer's International Union, as well as strategies to keep this organization vital.
circa 1980s
4 47
Locked Out
1 videocassette (approx. 60 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
The story of how chemical workers who were part of the oil, chemical, and atomic workers union in Louisiana were locked out of the plant where they worked for four years. BASF of Louisiana is specifically mentioned in the film, as the company locked out the OCAF union members because they would not negotiate to take wage rollbacks as well as cuts in health insurance benefits.
circa 1980s
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VC385 48
Fast Food Rap; Fast Food Blues Breakers; Gold Bar, A Labor, Music and Arts Exchange: Here's to the Women  
"Fast Food Rap" is a performance of a rap song about the inequities of fast food service jobs. "Fast Food Blues Breakers" discusses the United Food and Commercial Workers' support of a youth organization that strives for unity within the fast food service industry. "Here's to the Women" focuses on female performers and topics at the labor-themed music festival in Gold Bar, Washington.
Original1 videocassette (58 min.): sound, color ; U-matic
circa 1980s
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4 49
Gold Bar Labor Music Exchange
1 videocassette (57 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
A collection of performances from the festival that takes place in Gold Bar, Washington. The festival itself highlights music's place in the labor movement.
circa 1980s
4 50
Justice for Janitors
1 videocassette (approx. 60 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
A document of violent police actions against protesters at a Justice for Janitors rally in Century City, California.
1990
4 51
Training America's Workers
1 videocassette (approx. 30 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
A program that discusses technology as it relates to the workforce, specifically how the unions must focus on training to remain relevant in the 1990s.
1990
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VC379 52
Hold the Fort  
Special performance of "Hold the Fort," a musical and spoken-word production about the Wobblies and Washington State labor issues of the first two decades of the twentieth century. Performed by Chris and John O'Connor.
Original1 videocassette (29 min.): sound, color ; U-matic
1991

Washington Works: Broadcast Production MaterialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
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VC377 53
Washington Works Rehearsal  
Interview with Larry Kenney, the president of the Washington State Labor Council, regarding the subject of politics and labor.
Original1 videocassette (30 min.): sound, color ; U-matic
1989
Box
4 54
Washington Works Openings, Bumps, Closings
1 videocassette (15 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Production segments used in the creation of Washington Works programs.
1989
4 55
Washington Works Opens and Closes
1 reel (approx. 5 min.) : sound, color ; 1-inch open-reel videotape
1989
4 56
Washington Works Promo
1 videocassette (approx. 60 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
A series of promotional segments created for the Washington Works program.
circa 1980s
4 57
Washington Works Demo
1 videocassette (approx. 30 min.) : sound, color ; VHS
Multiple segments from the Washington Works weekly show, with Karen Keiser discussing a range of labor-related topics with guests.
1991

Washington Works: Washington Works LiveReturn to Top

A live version of the "Washington Works" program created by the Washington State Labor Council, focusing primarily on panel discussions with Karen Keiser of the WSLC.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box item
4 58
Washington Works Live, Episode 1
1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Shop Talk, part 1: Karen Keiser talks with Tom Baker, the head of Boeing's District Lodge 751, regarding the Machinist Union contract negotiations.
September 12, 1989
4 59
Washington Works Live, Episode 2
1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Shop Talk, part 2: Karen Keiser talks with Tom Baker, the head of Boeing's District Lodge 751, regarding the Machinist Union contract negotiations.
September 19, 1989
4 60
Washington Works Live, Episode 3
1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Shop Talk, part 3: Karen Keiser concludes her talk with Tom Baker, the head of Boeing's District Lodge 751, regarding the Machinist Union contract negotiations.
September 26, 1989
5 61
Washington Works Live, Episode 4
1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Karen Keiser discussed the Boeing Machinist Strike with Tom Baker. The primary point of contention in this strike is wage rates.
October 5, 1989
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VC384 62
Washington Works Live, Episode 5  
Pat Stell and Susan Levy talk with Karen Keiser about the issue of abortion and how it affects the labor force.
Original1 videocassette (27 min.): sound, color ; U-matic
October 12, 1989
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5 63
Washington Works Live, Episode 6
1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Karen Keiser conducts a panel discussion with the Asbestos Workers Local in Washington State, with phone-in callers also supplying questions for the dialogue.
October 19, 1989
5 64
Washington Works Live, Episode 7
1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
A panel discussion, led by Karen Keiser, concerning plant closure and its effects on the labor force.
October 26, 1989
5 65
Washington Works Live, Episode 8
1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Karen Keiser leads a discussion pertaining to the unfair and potentially illegal labor practices of Nordstrom.
November 2, 1989
5 66
Washington Works Live, Episode 9
1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Jack Daniels leads a discussion about the most recent offers made by Boeing to the striking Machinist union.
November 9, 1989
5 67
Washington Works Live, Episode 10
1 videocassette (approx. 60 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
A program about problems pertaining to children's rights. Two social workers explain child maltreatment, as well as possible solutions for addressing this issues.
November 16, 1989
5 68
Washington Works Live, Episode 11
1 videocassette (approx. 60 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
A discussion of the mission of ANEW, or the Apprenticeship and Non-Traditional Employment for Women program. The company seeks to "provide women of all ages, races, and backgrounds with quality training, support services and employment preparation, leading to viable and satisfying non-traditional career pathways which lead to family wage jobs." In this case, "non-traditional" refers to careers in construction and manufacturing trades.
November 30, 1989
5 69
Washington Works Live, Episode 12
1 videocassette (approx. 30 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Karen Keiser leads a discussion pertaining to the ongoing dispute between unionized employees and Seafirst Bank. Union leaders are the guests of the show.
December 7, 1989
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Washington Works Live, Episode 13  
Karen Keiser interviews two former Boeing employees, and the topic is health conditions that arose as a result of the conditions at the Boeing facility. In addition, the program features an excerpt of the documentary entitled "Canary Blues," in which workers of Boeing describe how they were adversely affected by chemicals.
Original1 videocassette (approx. 30 min.): sound, color ; U-matic
December 13, 1989
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Washington Works Live, Episode 14
1 videocassette (approx. 60 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
A discussion with representatives from the Washington Federation of State Employees about their fight for a collective bargaining bill.
January 11, 1990
5 72
Washington Works Live, Episode 15
1 videocassette (25 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Larry Kenney, the Washington State Labor President, talks with Karen Keiser about various labor issues such as overtime and company lockouts. The show also fields questions from callers pertaining to these topics.
January 18, 1990
5 73
Washington Works Live, Episode 16
1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Dewey Brignone leads a panel discussion about the unemployment lockout bill that is currently before Congress.
January 25, 1990
5 74
Washington Works Live, Episode 17
1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Karen Keiser leads a panel discusion about on-the-job injuries and workers' compensation.
February 1, 1990
5 75
Washington Works Live, Episode 18
1 videocassette (28 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Jeff Johnson from the WSLC joins Karen Keiser in discussing workers' compensation bills in Olympia, Washington.
February 8, 1990
6 76
Washington Works Live, Episode 19
1 videocassette (59 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Karen Keiser leads a discussion pertaining to unemployment insurance during lockouts. A leader and a member of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union serve as the panel of this discussion.
February 15, 1990
6 77
Washington Works Live, Episode 20
1 videocassette (approx. 60 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Tom Baker speaks with Karen Keiser about a new bill that, if passed, will get rid of mandatory overtime.
February 22, 1990
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Washington Works Live, Episode 21  
The President of the Washington State Labor Council, Larry Kenney, talks with Karen Keiser about current labor issues, particularly the legislation that pertains to mandatory overtime.
Original1 videocassette (approx. 60 min.): sound, color ; U-matic
March 1, 1990
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Washington Works Live, Episode 22
1 videocassette (approx. 60 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Karen Keiser discusses the current Greyhound and Eastern Airlines labor strikes.
March 8, 1990
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VC405 80
Washington Works Live, Episode 23  
"Greyhound Update" is a live, call-in update show with a representative from the union that is striking at the Greyhound Bus Company. In the "De Bruijn Interview," the Dutch sociologists discusses the labor experience in both the Netherlands and the United States. She believes that Affirmative Action has greatly helped women in the U.S., and she focuses on America's equity laws as an example for Holland to follow.
Original1 videocassette (approx. 30 min.): sound, color ; U-matic
March 15, 1990
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Washington Works Live, Episode 24
1 videocassette (approx. 60 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Karen Keiser interviews the Committee on Political Education (COPE) director, and airs a video pertaining to various aspects of the labor struggle in the 1980s.
March 22, 1990
6 82
Washington Works Live, Episode 25
1 videocassette (approx. 60 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Karen Keiser interviews four different people who work or worked for Nordstrom. Two of the participant's identities are kept secret. They discuss the issues that Nordstrom employees face, and whether it is helpful for them join the union.
March 29, 1990
6 83
Washington Works Live, Episode 26
1 videocassette (approx. 60 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Karen Keiser leads a discussion pertaining to contract negotiations, and particularly wage increases, for parking enforcement employees.
April 5, 1990
6 84
Washington Works Live, Episode 27
1 videocassette (approx. 60 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Karen Keiser interviews Warren Bovee, who represents the union striking against the Greyhound company. Her second guest speaks on the various social programs supported by the unions over the years.
April 12, 1990
6 85
Washington Works Live, Episode 28
1 videocassette (approx. 60 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Richard Womack, the director of the civil rights department of the AFL-CIO, speaks about the importance of civil rights in the labor movement.
April 19, 1990
6 86
Washington Works Live, Episode 29
1 videocassette (approx. 60 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Karen Keiser leads a panel discussion about hazardous chemicals in the workplace.
April 26, 1990
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Washington Works Live, Episode 30  
A discussion pertaining to job-related cases of Repetitive Stress Injury and other workplace health issues. A group of journalists from Seattle-area newpapers weigh in on health issues specific to newsrooms. Part one of a two-part program.
Original1 videocassette (approx. 60 min.): sound, color ; U-matic
May 3, 1990
VC407 88
Washington Works Live, Episode 31  
A discussion pertaining to job-related cases of Repetitive Stress Injury and other workplace health issues. A group of journalists from Seattle-area newpapers weigh in on health issues specific to newsrooms. The conclusion of a two-part program.
Original1 videocassette (approx. 60 min.): sound, color ; U-matic
May 10, 1990
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6 89
Washington Works Live, Episode 32
1 videocassette (approx. 60 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Al Brisbois of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is interviewed on Washington Works. Discussions pertain to federal and state government policies in relation to OSHA, the current job market, and jobs in the near future (rise in retail and health industry, loss in timber industry) in Washington State.
May 17, 1990
6 90
Washington Works Live, Episode 33
1 videocassette (approx. 60 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Thirty-minute segment on Washington State's Basic Health Plan, and health care in general. Interview with Tom Kobler, director of the state's Basic Health Plan, and Leslie Thorpe, assistant director of the state's external affairs program. Topics of discussion include specific health care issues (people without health insurance), unemployment, and state's role in the health care issues.
May 24, 1990
7 91
Washington Works Live, Episode 34
1 videocassette (57 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Multiple people speak at a gathering of Eastern Airlines employees who are on strike in 1989.
May 31, 1990

Washington State Labor Council (WSLC): ProgramsReturn to Top

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7 92
Initiative 412
1 videocassette (1 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Campaign commercials in support of Initiative 412, a measure that would have set a maximum annual interest rate for retail installment contracts at 12%.
October 7, 1982
7 93
Washington State's Fiscal Crisis: Arm in Arm, #1A
1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
A discussion of the origins of the fiscal crisis in Washington State. Residents are asked how this particular economic downturn has affected their lives. Part one of a two-part program.
1983
7 94
Washington State's Fiscal Crisis: Arm in Arm, #1B
1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
A discussion of the origins of the fiscal crisis in Washington State. Residents are asked how this particular economic downturn has affected their lives. Part two of a two-part program.
1983
7 95
It's About Time Somebody Does Something; No Fair Olympic; Alive, Alive O; Footage Fragments
1 videocassette (43 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
"It's About Time" pertains to metal workers striking in the spring of 1983. Several men are interviewed and the strikers are seen verbally chastising others going into work. "No Fair Olympic" shows a labor gathering of Olympic Hotel employees as they boycott their employer. They are seen demonstrating in the streets of Seattle, Washington because their employer would not rehire union members. "Alive" pertains to mussel farming on Whidbey Island, Washington. The film was presented to Island County Commissioners, and prepared for Penn Cove Sea Farms.
All productions are documentary pieces created by Mark Dworkin.
1983
7 96
United Way: Labor Speaks Out
1 videocassette (11 min.) : sound, color ; VHS
The film is a promotion of the United Way program in western Washington, and it seeks to show the strong connection between the organization and labor unions in the area.
1983
7 97
Washington State Fiscal Crisis
1 videocassette (approx. 60 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Main topics of the program are the Washington State fiscal crisis, tax-based erosion, and a proposal for a state income tax. Includes views on the state economic situation as voiced by the general public.
1983
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VC413 98
Roll the Union On: Labor Heritage Concert  
The Seattle, Washington festival begins with the music of Shay's Rebellion, a group that draws upon the history of the protest song for their performance. Other labor-focused speakers and performers take the festival's stage over the course of the event.
Original1 videocassette (approx. 60 min.): sound, color ; U-matic
1988
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IFFA Interview; Coin Commercial
1 videocassette (5 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Interview with a representative from the International Federation of Flight Attendants (IFFA) that serves as an update on the labor issues of TWA's flight attendants after the airing of the Washington Works episode "Grounded!." "Coin Commercial" is a promo for a commemorative medal produced by the Washington State Labor Council for the state centennial.
1989, circa 1980s
7 100
Washinton State Labor Council Logo and Audio
1 videocassette (15 sec.) : sound, color ; U-matic S
Content is related to technical aspects of video productions made by the Washington State Labor Council.
circa 1980s
7 101
Composites in the Workplace: An Inside Look at Boeing; Shanty Cafe: Profile of a Union Cafe
1 videocassette (5 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic S
"Composites": Interviews with former and current Boeing employees regarding chemicals in the workplace, and the possible illness that have resulted from exposure. "Shanty Cafe": A profile of the Seattle-area restaurant that employs union workers.
circa 1980s
7 102
Washington State Labor Council Underwriting Credit
1 videocassette (1 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic S
Content is related to technical aspects of video productions made by the Washington State Labor Council.
circa 1980s
7 103
Washington State Labor Council: Can't Take No More
1 videocassette (approx. 30 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Historical outline of the American labor force, starting in the late 19th century. Safety and health problems in the workplace and work-related deaths and injuries are the main concerns of the episode.
circa 1980s
7 104
This Is Your WSLC, 1st Cut
1 videocassette (7 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
A short promotional piece for the Washington State Labor Council, highlighting the organization's efforts to support labor over the past twenty-five years.
circa 1980s
7 105
This Is Your WSLC, Final Cut
1 videocassette (approx. 30 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
A short promotional piece for the Washington State Labor Council, highlighting the organization's efforts to support labor over the past twenty-five years.
circa 1980s
7 106
Old Makah Footage
1 videocassette (approx. 60 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Video footage of Pacific Northwest mountains and beaches, as well as images of area Native American tribes.
circa 1980s
8 107
Shoptalk: Drug Testing and Your Job; Carpal Tunnel: Injury or Illness
1 videocassette (approx. 60 min.) : sound, color ; VHS
"Drug Testing and Your Job" is a live episode of "Shoptalk," a local Seattle show. A panel discussion with labor and management leaders is conducted with a studio audience, and the benefits and pitfalls of drug testing are the topics. "Carpal Tunnel: Injury or Illness," another live episode of "Shoptalk," is a panel discussion about carpal tunnel that includes an occupational therapist from the Washington Department of Labor and Industry and the director of Project Help.
circa 1980s
8 108
Union Busters: Lockheed Locks Out Workers
1 videocassette (approx. 60 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Stories from three employees affected by a lockout at Lockheed, each interviewed ten weeks into the event. The overall economic situation, labor politics, the origins of the lockout, and unfavorable contract renewals are all discussed.
circa 1980s
8 109
Washington State Labor Council, Part 1
1 videocassette (approx. 20 min.) : sound, color ; Betacam
The first part of a five-part videotaped meeting of WSLC members, in which issues and strategies of the upcoming calendar year are discussed.
January 9, 1995
8 110
Washington State Labor Council, Part 2
1 videocassette (approx. 20 min.) : sound, color ; Betacam
The second part of a five-part videotaped meeting of WSLC members, in which the issues and strategies of the upcoming calendar year are discussed.
January 9, 1995
8 111
Washington State Labor Council, Part 3
1 videocassette (approx. 20 min.) : sound, color ; Betacam
The third part of a five-part videotaped meeting of WSLC members, in which the issues and strategies of the upcoming calendar year are discussed.
January 9, 1995
8 112
Washington State Labor Council, Part 4
1 videocassette (approx. 20 min.) : sound, color ; Betacam
The fourth part of a five-part videotaped meeting of WSLC members, in which the issues and strategies of the upcoming calendar year are discussed.
January 9, 1995
8 113
Washington State Labor Council, Part 5
1 videocassette (approx. 20 min.) : sound, color ; Betacam
The fifth part of a five-part videotaped meeting of WSLC members, in which the issues and strategies of the upcoming calendar year are discussed.
January 9, 1995
8 114
Rick Bender on "Friday"
1 videocassette (approx. 60 min.) : sound, color ; VHS
Rick Bender of the Washington State Labor Council appears on a Seattle-area television show to discuss political campaign ads that disparage labor organizations.
1996
8 115
Strategic Media Campaign; Union Meeting Sound Clips
1 videocassette (approx. 30 min.) : sound, color ; Betacam SP
Rick Bender of the WSLC addresses people gathering together to collect signatures for I-688, an initiative that would raise the minimum wage in Washington State. The video shows people bringing in signature sheets. Sound clips from a union meeting are gathered.
August 12, 1997
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VC400 116
Raise the Minimum Wage: Yes on Initiative 688 - Signature Turn-In Day  
Rick Bender of the Washington State Labor Council addresses people gathering to collect signatures for I-688, a measure that increased the minimum wage in Washington State. The video shows people bringing in signature sheets.
Original1 videocassette (approx. 10 min.): sound, color ; U-matic
July 2, 1998

Rallies and Strikes: Washington StateReturn to Top

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VC397 117
Greyhound Strike  
Footage of Greyhound workers striking at the Greyhound station in downtown Seattle, Washington.
Original1 videocassette (approx. 10 min.): sound, color ; U-matic
1988
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8 118
NAFTA Rally, Part 1
1 videocassette (approx. 20 min.) : sound, color ; Betacam
An anti-North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) rally in downtown Seattle, with speakers, musicians, and various other labor community activities. Part one of a three-part program.
May 1, 1993
8 119
NAFTA Rally, Part 2
1 videocassette (approx. 20 min.) : sound, color ; Betacam
An anti-North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) rally in downtown Seattle, with speakers, musicians, and various other labor community activities. Part two of a three-part program.
May 1, 1993
8 120
NAFTA Rally, Part 3
1 videocassette (approx. 20 min.) : sound, color ; Betacam
An anti-North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) rally in downtown Seattle, with speakers, musicians, and various other labor community activities. Part three of a three-part program.
May 1, 1993
8 121
Boeing Machinist Strike, Part 1
1 videocassette (approx. 30 min.) : sound, color ; Betacam
A document of the Boeing Machinist Strike of 1995. Speeches from local and national labor leaders are included, as are discussions involving rank and file union members. Part one of a four-part program.
November 12, 1995
8 122
Boeing Machinist Strike, Part 2
1 videocassette (approx. 30 min.) : sound, color ; Betacam
A document of the Boeing Machinist Strike of 1995. Speeches from local and national labor leaders are included, as are discussions involving rank and file union members. Part two of a four-part program.
November 12, 1995
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VC401 123
Boeing Machinist Strike, Part 3  
A document of the Boeing Machinist Strike of 1995. Speeches from local and national labor leaders are included, as are discussions involving rank and file union members. Part three of a four-part program.
Original1 videocassette (approx. 30 min.): sound, color ; Betacam
November 12, 1995
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8 124
Boeing Machinist Strike, Part 4
1 videocassette (approx. 30 min.) : sound, color ; Betacam
A document of the Boeing Machinist Strike of 1995. Speeches from local and national labor leaders are included, as are discussions involving rank and file union members. Part four of a four-part program..
November 12, 1995
8 125
Stand Up for Family Jobs Rally, Part 1
1 videocassette (approx. 60 min.) : sound, color ; VHS
Rick Bender of the Washington State Labor Council addresses people gathering to collect signatures for I-688, a measure that increased the minimum wage in Washington State. The video shows people carrying in signature sheets. Part one of a two-part program.
February 19, 1996
8 126
Stand Up for Family Jobs Rally, Part 2
1 videocassette (approx. 60 min.) : sound, color ; VHS
Rick Bender of the Washington State Labor Council addresses people gathering to collect signatures for I-688, a measure that increased the minimum wage in Washington State. The video shows people carrying in signature sheets. Part two of a two-part program.
February 19, 1996
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VC380 127
AFL-CIO Rally Against WTO, Part 1  
A video program documenting the AFL-CIO activities during the WTO protests in Seattle in 1999. Pro-labor speeches, musical acts, and various others take the stage at the large rally. Part one of a two-part program.
Original1 videocassette (approx. 120 min.): sound, color ; VHS
November 30, 1999
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VC381 128
AFL-CIO Rally Against WTO, Part 2  
A video program documenting the AFL-CIO activities during the WTO protests in Seattle in 1999. Pro-labor speeches, musical acts, and various others take the stage at the large rally. Part two of a two-part program.
Original1 videocassette (approx. 120 min.): sound, color ; VHS
November 30, 1999

Speeches and Conventions: Washington StateReturn to Top

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8 129
Olympia '75
1 sound tape reel (approx. 30 min.) : analog, 7.5 IPS ; 1/4 in.
April 4, 1975
8 130
Olympia '75
1 sound tape reel (approx. 30 min.) : analog, 7.5 IPS ; 1/4 in.
April 9, 1975
8 131
The Hatch Act: A Community Forum, Part 1
1 videocassette (47 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Norm Dicks speaks at a conference that is intended to suggest reforms and improvements to the Hatch Act. This is the first part of a three-part program.
April 7, 1988
8 132
The Hatch Act: A Community Forum, Part 2
1 videocassette (56 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Extended footage of the Hatch Act reform committee. A speaker explains that the Hatch Act must be reformed to reclaim basic constitutional rights for federal workers. The speaker also describes the navy gag order that workers have demosntrated while at a caucus. This is the second part of a three-part program.
April 7, 1988
8 133
The Hatch Act: A Community Forum, Part 3
1 videocassette (46 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
A congressman speaks about the necessity of the Hatch Act on the basis that it allows people to keep their rights, as well as keeping the government in check. This is the final part of a three-part program.
April 7, 1988
9 134
Machinists Hall, Part 1
1 videocassette (20 min.) : sound, color ; Betacam S
A Washington State Labor Council conference, featuring Elaine Bernard from the Harvard Law School as the key speaker. Part one of a three-part program.
March 10, 1989
9 135
Machinists Hall, Part 2
1 videocassette (20 min.) : sound, color ; Betacam S
A Washington State Labor Council conference, featuring Elaine Bernard from the Harvard Law School as the key speaker. Part two of a three-part program.
March 10, 1989
9 136
Machinists Hall, Part 3
1 videocassette (10 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
A Washington State Labor Council conference, featuring Elaine Bernard from the Harvard Law School as the key speaker. Part three of a three-part program.
March 10, 1989
9 137
Labor Secretary Robert Reich's Address to 1995 WSLC Convention; United Pilots Strike Preparedness Committee.
1 videocassette (50 min.) : sound, color ; VHS
Produced by the U.S. Department of Labor, this is a brief talk by Robert Reich, Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton. The program was recorded in Washington, D.C. and shown to attendees of the 1995 WSLC Convention. The speech is followed by a meeting of the United Pilots Strike Preparedness Committee.
1995
9 138
1995 Washington State Labor Council Convention: Opening Ceremonies
1 videocassette (approx. 90 min.) : sound, color ; VHS
The 1995 WSLC convention, held in Tacoma, Washington. Father John Boonstra blesses the convention. Speakers include: John Thompson (Pierce County Labor Council); Harold Moss (Mayor of Tacoma); Al Link (WSLC Secretary-Treasurer); Dan Bertrand (WSLC Chair, Rules and Order Committee); Rick Bender (WSLC President); William Lucy (AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer).
September 21, 1995
9 139
1995 Washington State Labor Council Convention: Patty Murray
1 videocassette (approx. 60 min.) : sound, color ; VHS
The 1995 WSLC convention, held in Tacoma, Washington. Senator Patty Murray of Washington State addresses convention attendees.
September 22, 1995
9 140
1995 Washington State Labor Council Convention, Part 1
1 videocassette (approx. 90 min.) : sound, color ; VHS
The 1995 WSLC convention, held in Tacoma, Washington. Speakers include: Joe Ogden (WSLC), Rick Bender (President, WSLC), Mike Lowry (former Governor, Washington State); Elaine Bernard (Trade Union Program, Harvard University). Part one of a three-part program.
September 22, 1995
9 141
1995 Washington State Labor Council Convention, Part 2
1 videocassette (approx. 120 min.) : sound, color ; VHS
The 1995 WSLC convention, held in Tacoma, Washington. Mark Brown, Vernon Stoner, Richard Womack, and George Kourpias are among the presenters discussing pertinent labor issues. Part two of a three-part program.
September 22, 1995
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VC386 142
1995 Washington State Labor Council Convention, Part 3  
The 1995 WSLC convention, held in Tacoma, Washington. Jeff Johnson, Rosalinda Gion, and representatives of organized farm labor are among the presenters discussing pertinent labor issues. Part three of a three-part program.
Original1 videocassette (approx. 60 min.): sound, color ; VHS
September 22, 1995
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9 143
1997 Washington State Labor Council Convention: John Sweeney Address, Part 1
1 videocassette (84 min.) : sound, color ; VHS
The 1997 WSLC convention, held in Wenatchee, Washington. John Sweeney, president of the AFL-CIO, addresses the conference attendees. Part one of a two-part program.
July 9, 1997
9 144
1997 Washington State Labor Council Convention: John Sweeney Address, Part 2
1 videocassette (53 min.) : sound, color ; VHS
The 1997 WSLC convention, held in Wenatchee, Washington. John Sweeney, president of the AFL-CIO, addresses the conference attendees. Part two of a two-part program.
July 9, 1997
9 145
1997 Washington State Labor Council Convention: School-to-Work Workshop
1 videocassette (100 min.) : sound, color ; VHS
The 1997 WSLC convention, held in Wenatchee, Washington. Local speakers on the subject talk about the receiving education grants in Washington State for the purpose of strenthening the qualifications of the regional labor force.
July 9, 1997
9 146
1997 Washington State Labor Council Convention: Ron Sims, Mike Lowry, and Pat Stell Addresses, Part 1
1 videocassette (80 min.) : sound, color ; VHS
The 1997 WSLC convention, held in Wenatchee, Washington. Speakers include: Bob Abbott (President, North Central WSLC); Steve Powers (Vice President, Wenatchee WSLC); Ron Sims (King County Executive); Mike Lowry (former Washington State Governon); Pat Stell (U.S. Department of Labor); Robbie Stern (WSLC); Elaine Bernard (Trade Union Program, Harvard University). Part one of a two-part program.
July 10, 1997
9 147
1997 Washington State Labor Council Convention: Ron Sims, Mike Lowry, and Pat Stell Addresses, Part 2
1 videocassette (82 min.) : sound, color ; VHS
The 1997 WSLC convention, held in Wenatchee, Washington. Speakers include: Henry Nicholas (Internatinoal V.P., AFSCME); Aletha Burton-Lute (WSLC); Jeff Johnson (WSLC); Tony Lee (Fremont Public Association); Robbie Stern (WSLC). Part two of a two-part program.
July 10, 1997
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VC399 148
1997 Washington State Labor Council Convention: Banquet with Former WSLC Presidents  
The 1997 WSLC convention, held in Wenatchee, Washington. Speakers include: Rick Bender (President, WSLC); Gary Locke (Washington State Governor); Marv WIlliams (former WSLC President); Larry Kenney (former WSLC President).
Original1 videocassette (56 min.): sound, color ; VHS
July 10, 1997
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9 149
1997 Washington State Labor Council Convention: Economic Development Workshop
1 videocassette (75 min.) : sound, color ; VHS
The 1997 WSLC convention, held in Wenatchee, Washington. A panel of Washington State journeymen tradespeople discuss the public perception of economic prosperity as it compares with the realities of the working class in America.
July 10, 1997
9 150
1997 Washington State Labor Council Convention: Breakfast, Henry Nicholas Address
1 videocassette (51 min.) : sound, color ; VHS
The 1997 WSLC convention, held in Wenatchee, Washington. Speakers include: Nancy Holland Young (Executive Director, King County Labor Agency); Bill Cunningham (Executive Director, United Way); Henry Nicholas (International V.P., AFSCME).
July 11, 1997
9 151
1997 Washington State Labor Council Convention: Elaine Bernard Address
1 videocassette (95 min.) : sound, color ; VHS
The 1997 WSLC convention, held in Wenatchee, Washington. Speakers include: Carver Gayton (Director, Department of Employment Security); Bill Holyater (National Council of Senior Citizens); Gary Moore (Director, Department of Labor and Industries); Elaine Bernard (Harvard University).
July 11, 1997
9 152
1998 Washington State Labor Council Convention: Rick Bender Address
1 videocassette (107 min.) : sound, color ; VHS
The 1998 WSLC convention, held in Spokane, Washington. Rick Bender, Al Link, and other leaders of the Washington State labor movement open the convention. A group of union organizers from around the state share their success stories.
August 17, 1998
9 153
1998 Washington State Labor Council Convention: US Representative Maxine Waters Address
1 videocassette (42 min.) : sound, color ; VHS
The 1998 WSLC convention, held in Spokane, Washington. Rick Bender introduces Maxine Waters (U.S. Representative, California) as a keynote speaker of the conference.
August 17, 1998
9 154
1998 Washington State Labor Council Convention: Governor Gary Locke Address
1 videocassette (22 min.) : sound, color ; VHS
The 1998 WSLC convention, held in Spokane, Washington. Gary Locke, Washington State Governor, addresses the convention attendees.
August 18, 1998
9 155
1998 Washington State Labor Council Convention: Nancy Riche Address
1 videocassette (70 min.) : sound, color ; VHS
The 1998 WSLC convention, held in Spokane, Washington. Nanch Riche, the Executive Vice President of the Canadian Labor Congress, addresses the convention attendees.
August 18, 1998
9 156
1998 Washington State Labor Council Convention: Richard Trumka Address
1 videocassette (93 min.) : sound, color ; VHS
The 1998 WSLC convention, held in Spokane, Washington. Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO, addresses the convention attendees.
August 19, 1998
9 157
1998 Washington State Labor Council Convention: Gary Moore Address
1 videocassette (51 min.) : sound, color ; VHS
The 1998 WSLC convention, held in Spokane, Washington. Speakers include: Brad Lyons (Candidate, Congress, 5th District); Ken DeBay (Working for America Institute); Gary Moore (Director, Department of Labor and Industries).
August 19, 1998
9 158
1998 Washington State Labor Council Convention: Tim Wise Address, Part 1
1 videocassette (90 min.) : sound, color ; VHS
The 1998 WSLC convention, held in Spokane, Washington. Speakers include: David Smith (Director of Public Policy, AFL-CIO); Tim Wise (author and essayist). Part one of a two-part series.
August 19, 1998
9 159
1998 Washington State Labor Council Convention: Tim Wise Address, Part 2
1 videocassette (31 min.) : sound, color ; VHS
The 1998 WSLC convention, held in Spokane, Washington. Speakers include: Tim Wise (author and essayist); Carver Gayton (Director, Department of Employment Security). Part two of a two-part series
August 19, 1998

Labor Institute of Public Affairs (LIPA): ProgramsReturn to Top

The Labor Institute of Public Affairs is a media production and distribution unit for organized labor. The AFL-CIO created LIPA to urge union affiliates to use television and other technologies to get their message out to the general public.

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9 160
Images of Labor: Between Rock and a Hard Place
1 videocassette (1 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
A documentary that tracks the lives of American miners. While some of the older interview subjects view mining as lifelong profession, many of the younger generation see it as only a temporary source of income.
1983
9 161
CableLINE: Promotional Spot
1 videocassette (1 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
30-second promotional for a CableLINE tv series that outlines workers' issues and concerns.
1983
9 162
Labor Institute of Public Affairs: America Works Opening
1 videocassette (1 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
The "America Works" opening, repeated several times. The introduction shows the United States in a grid layout, with "America Works" written above.
1983
10 163
Labor Institute of Public Affairs: 1984 Issues Campaign Spots
1 videocassette (4 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
A series of television spots that address labor and working class issues, such as wage inequality and the high cost of health care.
1984
10 164
1985 AFL-CIO Convention: Commitment
1 videocassette (28 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Outlines the 1985 AFL-CIO Convention. Discusses the various problems facing American workers, and explores the ways in which unions address these issues. Civil rights in the workforce, equality of the sexes, and political influence are among the topics discussed.
1985
10 165
B-Roll Footage
1 videocassette (6 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Outtakes of airport runway activity, as well as labor organization meetings.
1989
10 166
Nelson Mandela Visits The AFL-CIO
1 videocassette (58 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Brief introduction by Lane Kirkland, AFL-CIO President, followed by a speech by Nelson Mandela to members of the AFL-CIO and a post-talk meeting.
June 25, 1990
10 167
Minimum Wage Goes Up
1 videocassette (2 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
News report on law increasing the minimum wage ($3.35 to $3.80). Also includes specific details on the law regarding teenage workers' training wage and restrictions for employers (additional notes for film report and B-roll included).
1990
10 168
Union Privilege Home Mortgage
1 videocassette (approx. 10 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic S
Discusses the AFL-CIO plan that offers assistance to union members with mortgages.
circa 1991
10 169
Shop Talk Opening
1 videocassette (30 sec.) : sound, color ; VHS
The opening credits for "Shoptalk," a program produced by the Labor Institute for Public Affairs.
1992
10 170
Initiative for National Health Care Reform
1 videocassette (approx. 30 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
The program begins with suggested lines for a news anchor to introduce the report in the video. Larry Pintak then reports about how the AFL-CIO has supported an initiative for national health care reform.
circa 1990s
10 171
Office of the Future
1 videocassette (28 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Technology's influence on the workforce, positive and negative (especially the shift towards digital technologies in the late 1980s and early 1990s), is the main topic of discussion on this episode of America Works.
circa 1990s

Labor Institute of Public Affairs (LIPA): Labor Video BulletinsReturn to Top

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10 172
Labor Video Bulletin #2: Molder's Magic Chef Strike; LIPA: A Voice for Labor in the Electronic Media
1 videocassette (29 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
"Molder's Magic Chef Strike" outlines a Molders' Union strike against Magic Chef, a stove manufacturing company based in Tennessee that has antagonized labor through union busting tactics and the inability to negotiate contract renewals. "A Voice for Labor" discusses the creation of LIPA within the AFL-CIO organization in 1981 for the purpose of establishing a presence in technology professions.
1981, 1983
10 173
Labor Video Bulletin #11: We Will Be Heard; Solidarity Day III Summary; Labor's Endorsement Process
1 videocassette (36 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
"We Will Be Heard" compiles images from the first three Solidarity Day events, and discusses the importance of these gatherings to the labor movemnt as a whole. "Solidarity Day III Summary" is a short document of the events that took place on Solidarity Day in 1983. "Labor's Endorsement Process" discusses the ways in which labor organiations mobilize to encourage large voter turnouts within their communities.
1983
10 174
Labor Video Bulletin #12: Excerpts from "Laborvision"
1 videocassette (approx. 60 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Short video on how women make less money than men do, and the woman labor force has risen significantly since the 1960s. There is another short video that analyzes how some families struggle to support themselves because the minimum wage is too low compared to costs of living.
1983
10 175
Labor Video Bulletin #13: Thomas Donahue on Future of Work Report; AFSCME Staffers on VDTs; The Microelectronics Revolution: Ready Or Not
1 videocassette (47 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
"Thomas Donahue" is an interview with the Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO, the topic of discussion being robotics and automation in the workplace. "AFSCME" discusses the effect that persistent use of video display terminals (VDTs) has on the overall health of office workers."Microelectronics" explores the ramifications of technological advancements on the labor landscape.
1984
10 176
Labor Video Bulletin #22: CLUW: The First Decade
1 videocassette (18 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
"CLUW" discusses the Coalition of Labor Union Women and its 1974 origins, as well as the advancements that have been made during the first ten years of the organization's existence.
The videotape label also lists a six-minute program titled "America Works." This program does not exist on the video.
1984

Labor-Related National ProductionsReturn to Top

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10 177
The Valley of the Tennessee
1 videocassette (29 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
"The Valley of the Tennessee" is a film showing the hardships of agriculture before the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) came in and built dams to help prevent the problems of flooding, erosion, and poor irrigation.
This is a U-matic transfer of the 1944 film that was produced by the Office of War Information. It features Frederic March as the narrator, as well as Franklin D. Roosevelt.
1944
11 178
Union and the Community
1 videocassette (17 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
A mid-20th century film about the town of Chester, Pennsylvania. The narrator of the video is a worker in a factory that produces train parts. He helps organize a blood donation drive through his union and also goes to classes offered by his union.
This is a U-matic transfer of the 1951 film that was produced by the United States Army.
1951
11 179
If You Don't Come in on Sunday, Don't Come in on Monday
1 videocassette (approx. 60 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
A documentary made for the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA) in 1964. The union was formed in the early 1900s by immigrant workers — Jewish, Italian, and Eastern European laborers, among others. The movie documents their early efforts to win a union, the events of the Depression, the New Deal, and World War II. It ends with the 1963 civil rights march on Washington, linking the struggles of the union with those of the civil rights movements.
1964
11 180
COPE: Good Work for Democracy
1 videocassette (approx. 30 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
An overview of the Committee on Political Education (COPE), an organization that seeks to politicize union members across all trades. Actor Ned Beatty narrates the production.
circa 1970s
11 181
OSHA: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration
1 videocassette (approx. 30 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Describes the background, purpose, and activities of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Unhealthy and unsafe working conditions are addressed, as are the efforts to regulate and enhance workplace safety for employees.
circa 1970s
11 182
Labor's Centennial, 1881-1981
1 videocassette (12 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Narration and images tell the story of the first one hundred years of the labor movement.
The videotape is incorrectly labeled "Achievement and Challenge; Solidarity Day; 30:00."
1981
11 183
Knock on Wood, Part 1
1 videocassette (47 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
"Knock on Wood" is a labor-inspired musical set in Chicago, Illinois. The story begins with the character Peter J. McGuire as he narrates the history of the carpenter's union that was formed in Chicago. Part one of a two-part program.
1982
11 184
Knock on Wood, Part 2
1 videocassette (40 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
"Knock on Wood" is a labor-inspired musical set in Chicago, Illinois. As the story continues, families of carpenter's union must deal with an impending strike. Part two of a two-part program.
1982
11 185
A Matter of Fairness
1 videocassette (28 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
A program that discusses the issue of pay equity through monologues and panel discussions.
1985
11 186
San Diego-Imperial Counties' Labor Council, AFL-CIO
1 videocassette (11 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
A brief outline of the pro-worker activities being performed by the labor councils of San Diego and Imperial Counties.
1985
11 187
Redeeming A Promise: Community Care for the Mentally Disabled
1 videocassette (29 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
A program that discusses the problems of the mentally disabled homeless population in America's urban areas.
1986
11 188
Clean Sound Track
1 videocassette (approx. 20 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
A series of short public service announcements made with the purpose of combatting drug use. The campaign, titled Rock Against Drugs (or R.A.D.), utilizes the talent of several notable musicians of the era.
1986-1987
11 189
The Blue Wave: America's Prison System on the Edge
1 videocassette (29 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Interviews with sheriffs, guards, and other prison system workers about the issues facing prison management.
1988
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Union Yes Campaign Compilation  
Various promotional television spots for the "Union Yes" campaign, featuring both celebrity endorsements and workplace re-enactments.
Original1 videocassette (14 min.): sound, color ; U-matic
1988
Box
11 191
April 28: Worker's Memorial Day
1 videocassette (10 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
The video contains images and interviews pertaining to workers who died on the job. Fellow workers share the stories of those killed at their places of employment.
1989
11 192
Grieving Waitress
1 videocassette (20 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
The film begins with people being served food in a diner. When one of the waitresses, Jane, finishes her shift, the owner of the diner asks her to work a double shift. Jane declines, and leaves to pick up her son from school. The next day, Jane's boss tells her not to get ready for work because she is on unpaid vacation.
circa 1980s
12 193
Letter Carriers, You Are America; Anson Jones 14; 95 Years of Struggle and Service
1 videocassette (49 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
Produced by the National Association of Letter Carriers AFL-CIO. A brief promo called "You Are America" is followed by a special on the Anson Jones 14, a group of letter carriers at the Anson Jones Post Office in Houston, Texas, who went on strike, were sued by the USPS, and then fought for reinstatement. "95 Years of Struggle and Service" is about the history of the National Association of Letter Carriers.
circa 1980s
12 194
Solidarity Day II
1 videocassette (6 min.) : sound, color ; VHS
A document of the second Solidarity Day march, when more than 350,000 union members marched in Washington D.C. to demand workplace fairness and health care reform.
1991
12 195
Solidarity Day '91
1 videocassette (5 min.) : sound, color ; VHS
A document of the second Solidarity Day march, when more than 350,000 union members marched in Washington D.C. to demand workplace fairness and health care reform. While the subject is the same, this production differs from "Solidarity Day II."
1991
12 196
Affiliation Brings Us Together
1 videocassette (12 min.) : sound, color ; U-matic
A program that discusses the importance of joining together to lobby for union issues at the state and local level.
1995