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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

Registration for UALE 2016 Conference is now open

Online Registration is now open for the UALE 2016 Annual Conference, which will take place in Washington, DC. You can register using the "Conference Quicklinks" on the right side of the page.

Or, even better, visit our conference page to see the Call for Proposals, the Call for papers for Labor Studies Journal, and other important information. Nominate a colleague for one of our annual awards. Submit a paper as a student or first-time presenter and be entered in the running for our New Generation Award.

More details about conference schedule, speakers, and other events will be added as they become available.


2015 Labor Education Curriculum Exchange


Building on the success of the curriculum exchange in 2014, the UALE is again planning this event for November 18th, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Time: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm.
Location: UFCW offices, 1775 K St NW, Washington, DC 20006

We are interested in brief (15-20 minute) demonstrations of curriculum that may, in actual practice, take many hours to implement. You are encouraged to distribute complete and detailed descriptions of the entire curriculum, but for the purposes of the demonstration we are asking that you extract one small section. This should be curriculum that has been successfully used in the past, or new curriculum ideas in development that you are seeking input on. Each demonstration will be followed by a 10-15 minute discussion.

Let us know that you will be submitting a proposal for a curriculum demonstration by October 28th, and/or register to attend by November 11th.

Read more: 2015 Labor Education Curriculum Exchange


Submissions requested for 2016 Student Paper Prizes

UALE seeks to support and encourage emerging scholars and writers in the vibrant fields of labor education and labor studies. To that end, we offer recognition for excellence in this arena each year at the UALE annual conference.

Students, labor educators or scholars new to their fields, or emerging researchers are welcome to submit a paper to the UALE Executive Board for consideration.

Veteran labor educators and scholars: Please help us identify and encourage newer colleagues to submit papers. Actively reach out to anyone you think is a good candidate for this award including students, activist, interns, researchers and staffers. Authors do not have to be UALE members. Their paper does not have to be written specifically for this competition.

For details and how to apply, click on "Read More".

Read more: Submissions requested for 2016 Student Paper Prizes


Applications are open for UALE 2016 research grants

UALE is pleased to continue awarding grants to fund research related to workers, unions, and employment policy. Preference will be given to UALE members in determining award recipients. UALE has allocated up to $5,000 for this purpose. We will select a maximum of two award recipients. The total number of awards for 2016 will be determined by the UALE executive board.

Applications for the 2016 grants are due by January 18, 2016. The recipients will be announced by February 5, 2016. UALE requests that successful applicants present the results of their research at a UALE conference within a few years following receipt of a UALE research grant.

For details on how to apply, click on "Read More"

Read more: Applications are open for UALE 2016 research grants


LSJ Issues Call for Papers for 2016 Conference

The Labor Studies Journal invites paper proposals for presentation at the 2016 UALE Conference on “Labor and Racial Justice.” This special issue is co-edited by Robert Bruno, Ph.D., University of Illinois and Alethia Jones, Ph.D. 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East.  

The conference will take place in Washington, DC, April 12-15, 2016

Read more: LSJ Issues Call for Papers for 2016 Conference

  • Upcoming Events
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  • 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.


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