The Seattle Labor Chorus was formed in March, 1997 for a performance at the Northwest Folklife Festival with Pete Seeger and several other well-known folksingers. Since then, the chorus has performed for the King County Labor Council, Washington State Labor Council, and many local unions, as well as in concert with folk musician Charlie King. Recent performances include the 50th anniversary conference of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, the AFL-CIO rally to protest the World Trade Organization, and the Western Workers Heritage Festival. Directed by Janet Stecher, an experienced vocal performer and recording artist (in the duo Rebel Voices), the chorus is a nonprofit organization dedicated to economic and social justice, and the fundamental right of all workers to organize as a means of securing a living wage. Membership is open and there are no auditions. Officers are elected annually by the members. While the chorus primarily serves the labor community, its repertoire reflects the concerns of all who wish to promote a healthier, more equitable society.
To find out more about us, watch this video produced by Northwest Folklife:
Also watch "Will You Stand", a video by Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin about the 1997 events when labor groups joined with NW Folklife (resulting in the birth of the Seattle Labor Chorus).
And with so much appreciation of our Beloved Comrade, we remember PETE SEEGER (1919 - 2014).
"It is always a highlight of my year to sing with the Seattle Labor Chorus. The power, skill and joy they bring to my music, to our music, is infectious, illuminating, and inspiring. They embody the old adage, 'In Union we are strong.'" -- John McCutcheon
"The Seattle Labor Chorus is a labor of love. The chorus endows each song, old or new, with passion, conviction and deep understanding." -- Utah Phillips
"This CD [Songs of Working People] should come with a warning label: Listening to these fabulous songs so beautifully performed can lead to spontaneous acts of hand clapping, foot stomping, , singing along and hell raising." -- Anne Feeney
“In a perfect world we would wake up each morning to the music of the Seattle Labor Chorus. When the Seattle Labor Chorus sings, you can feel the spirit and energy of working people coming together in solidarity to make our world a better place to live. Music and song has been an essential part of peoples’ movements throughout history. The Seattle Labor Chorus is reawakening the labor movements’ recognition that we express our better selves through music and song; that we organize better through music and song; and that singing is damn fun!” -- Jeff Johnson, President Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO
You can join us
What it takes to join us:
- Show up and learn the songs
Tuesdays from 7:15 to 9:15
5019 Keystone Place North
Seattle, WA 98103
We rehearse from the beginning of September to the end of May, with occasional rehearsals and events in the summer. You are welcome at any rehearsal; some will be easier than others for a newcomer.
Please call ahead (206 524-7753) if you have any questions, you want to know a good time to come, or will need a stair-free entry or other accommodation. We try to maintain a fragrance-free environment.
You can support us
Keeping the Labor Chorus Singing takes money as well as time, effort and audiences. You can show your support by coming to our gigs, letting us know about performance opportunities, and by donating to us. We are a 501(3)c organization and your donations are tax deductible. We are not currently able to take donations over the web, but you can send funds to us at PO Box 17961, Seattle WA 98127-1954. All donations will be used to support our ongoing work and pay our director.