The Harry Bridges Institute (HBI) was founded to meet a pressing need to educate a new generation of workers about the rich history of the labor movement; to demonstrate the working community and to showcase and celebrate the contributions of labor leaders as well as rank-and-file trade unionists, not only in the founding of unions, but in the continuous struggle for worker’s rights.

Hosted by the HBI at the Doubletree Hotel in San Pedro, the Working Class Women’s Luncheon honors working women in unionized industries that have contributed to the advancement of the working class. Dozens of women are nominated each year, but only those with significant contributions to their union and their community are chosen. Each woman is recognized as being both a good worker and a strong role model for her family.


HBI Working Class Women’s Luncheon honoring outstanding women in labor