Oral history interviews of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Pacific Coast Pensioners Association Oral History Project, 2013-2017  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Pacific Coast Pensioners Association. Oral History Committee
Title
Oral history interviews of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Pacific Coast Pensioners Association Oral History Project
Dates
2013-2017 (inclusive)
Quantity
26 digital video recordings
Collection Number
6194 (Accession No. 6194-001)
Summary
Oral history interviews collected by the Oral History Committee of the Pacific Coast Pensioners Association of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union between 2013-2017.
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

The collection is entirely digital and can be accessed only on the Libraries' Digital Collections website.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The first pensions dispensed to retiring longshore workers, members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, were issued in July 1952. Soon after retiring, many of this first wave of ILWU pensioners organized into regional clubs on the West Coast. At first, they served mainly as fraternal organizations for retired ILWU members and partners to socialize. Soon, however, the activist culture of the ILWU became evident and the clubs began to take action on senior citizens' issues, labor problems and matters relating to the ILWU locals from which they retired. In 1968 those regional ILWU pensioner clubs formed the coastwide Pacific Coast Pensioners Association, calling an organizing convention in September of 1968 with the goal of founding a fraternal organization of ILWU pensioners that would allow them to act with unity as an advocacy as well as a social organization, their official motto becoming "Retired from the Job But Not From the Struggle". The PCPA holds an annual convention at a port on the West Coast, with the location changing every year. They also have the unusual position within union retiree organizations of having a member on the ILWU's contract negotiation team during the collective bargaining process to ensure the concerns of retired members are addressed. https://www.ilwu.org/why-the-pacific-coast-pensioners-association/

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Oral history interviews collected by the Oral History Committee of the Pacific Coast Pensioners Association of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union between 2013-2017. Video oral history interviews of ILWU pensioners and PCPA members on their worklives, career and membership in the ILWU, and membership and participation in the PCPA. Project files also include some brief video clips of ILWU pickets and actions and short anecdotes taken by historian Ron Magden, who also did many of the oral histories. ILWU oral historian Harvey Schwartz performed the rest of the interviews.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Alternative Forms Available

Connect to the interviews on the Libraries' Digital Collections website

Restrictions on Use

Creator's copyrights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Labor movement--Pacific States--History--Sources
  • Labor union members--Pacific States--Interviews
  • Labor unions--Pacific States--History--Sources
  • Labor--Pacific States--History--Sources
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)
  • Retirees--Pacific States--Interviews
  • Stevedores--Pacific States--Interviews
  • Corporate Names :
  • International Longshore and Warehouse Union--History--Sources
  • Pacific Coast Pensioners Association. Oral History Committee--Archives
  • Pacific Coast Pensioners Association--History--Sources