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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

Call for Proposals for 2015 UALE conference in Orlando

The United Association for Labor Education (UALE) invites labor educators, community organizers, organizers based in worker centers, and others committed to worker education to unite together in Orlando, FL from March 25-28, 2015 for a conference dedicated to addressing the needs workers and labor educators in a an increasingly changing environment.

UALE seeks proposals on how labor education can contribute to addressing these changes as we move from local to global work environments and market places.

See the complete Call for Proposals here: Call for Proposals 2015

More information will be coming soon to our Conference 2015 page.


UALE Announces 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 2015 will be determined by the UALE executive board.

A subcommittee comprised of three UALE executive board members (one union, one higher education, and one community-based) will review all applications and make a recommendation to the entire UALE board, which will have final approval.

Applications for the 2015 grants are due by January 16, 2015 . The recipients will be announced by February 6, 2015. 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.

Click on "Read more" for details of how to apply.

Read more: UALE Announces Research Grants


UALE to hold Curriculum Exchange session

Please note clarification, as of October 6

This year, UALE will hold a Curriculum Exchange session as part of its annual mid-year Directors' meeting in Washington, DC. The session will take place Wednesday, November 12, from 1:00 - 5:00 pm, specific location TBA.

All labor educators are invited to submit proposals to present curriculum. (The audience will be UALE member program directors, but non-directors are welcome as presenters.)

Volunteer to Share Your Work! Bring your latest workshop outline or class description, as well as a piece of interactive curriculum to share with other labor educators. In a 50-minute session, take a few minutes to outline the class and then demonstrate a hands-on exercise. It’s a great way to generate new ideas and share what’s working!

If you would like to present a piece of curriculum you have developed, the deadline for presentation proposals is October 20. See the flyer for details: Teaching Demos and Curriculum Exchange flyer

Directors who plan to attend the meeting should also RSVP by contacting Kate Shaughnessy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Curriculum Exchange is being held in conjunction with the UALE annual Mid-Year EBoard meeting, which will take place on Thursday, November 13. For more info on that meeting, see the Calendar page.


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.


  • 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.


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