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Labor Studies Journal

The United Association for Labor Education (UALE) is a national organization of labor educators working towards progress, growth, and hope for the labor movement. Education is an essential tool of union transformation, developing new leadership and meeting the ever-changing needs of unions and workers.

Everyone welcome

  • UALE Members
  • College Faculty
  • Union Leaders
  • Organizers
  • Union Members
  • Students
  • Community Groups

What is the current status of Labor Education?

UALE has recently begun an ambitious research project to investigate the political and financial status of labor studies and labor education programs at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.

The project has a very short time line. The first report and presentation will take place at the November 13 Mid-Year UALE meeting in Washington, DC.

"In order to meet that deadline," says former UALE VP Helena orthen, who is heading up the research effort, "I am going to have to do some shameless crowd-sourcing, which means help from you and others who have been paying attention to labor education."

Please help out by taking the 10-question Surveymonkey survey that you can access here.

Keep track of the progress of this project on our Research Project Page.

Read more: What is the current status of Labor Education?




The UALE Conference “Organizing for Power: A New Labor Movement for a New Working Class” was held in Los Angeles from March 26 to 29. More than 200 people participated, including many labor educators from worker centers and community organizations.

The conference include a Labor Tour of Los Angeles, a street action in Downtown Los Angeles for worker and immigrant rights, and a cultural celebration at the Justice for Janitors union hall featuring Korean and African drummers and the “Jornaleros del Norte,” the band of the National Day Labor Organizing Network. Photos of these activities, as well as the conference itself, are being posted to the Conference 2014 photo gallery. (Some are there already; more ar coming soon.)

The opening plenary featured newly elected Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre, Pablo Alvarado from the National Day Labor Organizing Network, and Neidi Dominguez, the recently hired Assistant to President Richard Trumka who will spearhead the AFL-CIO’s work in building union and worker center partnerships. Three inspiring videos were shown at the opening plenary. You can see them on our 2014 Conference Videos page.

The second plenary featured the next generation of labor educators: Aida Cardenas from the Justice for Janitors worker training program, Lanita Morris from the Black Worker Center, and Greg Cendana from the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance. The final plenary featured a panel on organizing women in the global economy with women leaders from South Africa, Palestine, and Mexico.

In addition to the 3 plenary sessions, some forty breakout sessions, including workshops, panels, teaching demonstrations, roundtables, and poster sessions, dealt with numerous aspects of our conference theme, and elicited lively participation. Some of the papers and other materials from these sessions are posted on our Papers and Presentations, 2014 page. We would welcome other submissions from conference presenters.

The awards luncheon honored Lois Gray from Cornell with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and AFSCME Education Director and UALE Outgoing President Elissa McBride with the Outstanding Achievement in Labor Education. Other awards winners were Jackie Gabriel, for the New Generation Award; William P.Jones, for Best Book; and Marissa Brookes for bst Labor Studis Journal article. Formore about the awards, visit our Awards page.

At the General Membership meeting, Cheryl Teare (AFT) was elected as the new UALE President.  See the EBoard Directory for the entire newly elected EBoard.

The UALE 2015 Conference will be held in Florida.



UALE to elect new officers at Conference

This year is an election year for UALE. Our Constitution calls for all Officers and EBoard members to be elected every 2 years. This year, some of our current EBoard members are planning to run for re-election, while others are termed out. A Nominations Committee has been in charge of looking for good candidates for all slots. But nominations from the floor are also always welcome.

There are also some volunteer jobs that we would like to fill. These are not members of the Executive Board, but they perform vital functions for the organization.

If you are considering running for UALE office, or stepping up to take on a volunteer role, you will find the attached description of officer and volunteer roles helpful:  Officer and Volunteer roles

You can also check out our Constitution for more information.


2014 UALE Women's Schools

Are you interested in attending one of UALE's exciting, informative, action-packed and fun Summer Institutes for Union Women this summer?

Preliminary information about all four 2014 UALE women's summer schools -- location, date, and contact person/people -- is now available on the Women's Schools page. And keep checking back; we will upload flyers, brochures, registration forms and more as it becomes available.


Murphy Institute launches scholarship program to promote diversity

The Joseph S. Murphy Institute at the CUNY School of Professional Studies has launched a national scholarship competition dedicated to fostering a diverse leadership in the labor movement and in the academic field of labor studies.

The Institute will award significant scholarships to deserving students: up to $30,000 for graduate students and up to $20,000 for undergraduates. The deadline for applying is March 31. See press release here: Murphy Institute Press Release

According to Murphy Institute Director (and long-time UALE member) Gregory Mantsios, “Our goal is to help prepare the next generation of union leaders, advocates, and labor scholars, and to do everything we can to ensure that the new leadership adequately reflects the diversity of the U.S. labor force.”

Read more: Murphy Institute launches scholarship program to promote diversity

  • Upcoming Events
  • Job Listings
  • Women's Schools
  • Using the website

For listings of upcoming UALE activities, as well as events sponsored by other organizations in fields related to labor education, see our Calendar, at the top of the page.

Jobs in Labor Education

Visit our Job Board for the latest listings of jobs in labor education, labor research, and related fields.

You can also post job openings to the Board.

We list positions in unions, university/college programs, and community-based organizations.

2014 Women's Summer Schools

Each summer, UALE sponsors 4 regional "Women's Schools", 3-5 day residential educational events that bring together rank-and-file union members, officers and staff to strengthen their knowledge of the labor movement and develop skills.

This year's schools will be:

Northeast Regional Summer School for Union Women, Queens College (Queens, NY), Saturday, July 26 -Thursday, July 31, 2014.

Midwest School for Union Women, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Sunday, June 22 - Thursday, June 26, 2014

Southern School for Union Women, Highlander Center in Tennessee August 13-17.

Western School for Union Women: University of Victoria, Victoria (Vancouver Island), BC, Canada, July 8-13.

See the "Women's Schools" Tab for more information about our Women's Schools, past, present and future.


Get the most out of this website!

Most of the content on this website is accessible to everyone. However, there are a few things that are only visible to those who have registered for a website account. Other items are only visible to members of UALE. Still others can only be seen by members of particular groups, such as the UALE Working Groups.

Here's how to get the most out of this site


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