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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


Online registration is back in working order.

In addition, the deadlines for early registration, and for the Join (or Renew) and Register option, have been extended through February 15.

If you registered at the regular (not early rate) between Feb 1 and Feb 4, you may be due a refund. Contact our Treasurer for details.

We're sorry for the inconvenience.



Dear Labor Activists and Labor Educators,

My ask is simple – join the United Association for Labor Education (UALE).   Here is why you should do this today.

Working people are under siege!   Where do you go to learn and share information about your craft of educating people who work?  Perhaps you work in a university or college and teach about worker rights.  Perhaps you work in the area of health and safety.  Perhaps you represent a worker organization, a labor union or alt labor.   Where can you go to share your craft and your knowledge?

Join the United Association for Labor Education (UALE) and learn how we can change the rules!    Membership in UALE is open to all persons engaged in or preparing to engage in labor education regardless of their race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, religious or political beliefs. Labor Education programs, unions, worker centers and other organizations engaged in labor education are eligible for institutional membership.

Read more: Join UALE


How to propose amendments to UALE's Constitution and Bylaws

This is a notice to the UALE membership [per Article XIII of the UALE Constitution] of the process by which UALE members can submit proposed amendments to the UALE Constitution and By-laws.

Any member of the Association in good standing or any committee, task force, caucus or subsidiary body of the Association may submit proposed amendments to the Constitution in writing to UALE President, Cheryl Teare (email to ) no later than February 15, 2016.

Proposed changes to the UALE By-laws must be submitted in writing to the Constitution and By-laws Committee no later than March 16. (email to Committee Chair Pierre Cote at )

Voting for both will be held at the annual meeting.

Read more: How to propose amendments to UALE's Constitution and Bylaws


Elections for UALE EBoard to take place at Annual Meeting

Elections for a new UALE Executive Board will occur at the UALE Annual Conference business meeting on April 15, 2016 in Washington, DC.

UALE members in good standing are eligible to run for any seat on the Executive Board. Executive Board members serve two-year terms and are term limited after four years of service.

The responsibilities of being on the UALE board include participating on monthly conference calls, helping with the annual conference, and performing the specific duties associated with a particular Executive Board position. Job descriptions and duties for each Executive Board position can be found on this website (under the “Constitution” tab in the "About Us" drop down menu)

Read more: Elections for UALE EBoard to take place at Annual Meeting


National Labor College announces Legacy Program

The closure of the National Labor College was a sore loss to the labor education community. However, the college’s archives and intellectual property, including curricula, are secure at the University of Maryland. Now, there is an opportunity for programs and institutions to carry forward the value of the NLC’s curriculum, and benefit from its name recognition and legacy.


The Board of Trustees of the National Labor College is currently soliciting shows of interest from higher education programs that share the NLC’s mission and wish to continue its degree and credit bearing programs, either on-line or in a traditional format. A description of the NLC legacy program is noted here: NLC Legacy Program


Click on "Read More" for further information.


Read more: National Labor College announces Legacy Program

  • 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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Buy labor books and help support UALE.

UALE has an affiliation agreement with Union Communication Services. Their book catalogue includes over 100 titles, many of them hard to find. UALE will receive a commission on each sale.