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Conference 2008

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Dates: April 8-12, 2008
Location: Minneapolis, MN
 


First Annual UALE Achievement Awards

The Executive Board of the UALE has established four awards for outstanding contributions and achievement in the field of labor education. These awards were presented at the 2008 UALE Conference in Minneapolis in April. The award categories were:

  1. Outstanding contribution to the field.
  2. Best book published in 2002-2007 related to the field of labor education.
  3. New Generation award for the best first paper presentation
  4. Best article in LSJ published in 2005-2007.

(See below for awards criteria.)


Winners of the Awards

1. For outstanding contribution to the field

The First Annual UALE Award for Outstanding Contribution to our field goes to a Labor Educator who has continuously and relentlessly called our attention to the potential of changing technology, in its ability to reorganize and redefine work and workers, and its continuous impact on the ability of workers to organize and form unions in the future.

2. Best Published Book 2002-2007.

The Award for Best Book Related to the Field of Labor Education published between 2002 and 2007 went to Education for Changing Unions, by Bev Burke, JoJo Geronimo, D’Arcy Martin, Barb Thomas, and Carol Wall

3. New Generation Award

The New Generation Award for the best paper presentation at the 2008 UALE conference by a new or aspiring labor educator or researcher went to Nathan Banditelli, Graduate Student, University of Massachusetts Amherst Labor Relations and Research Center, for his paper: "Lessons Learned from the South California Grocery Strike, 2003-2004".

4. Best article in Labor Studies Journal

The Award for Best article in Labor Studies Journal published between 2005 and 2007 was given to Gordon Lafer, Labor Education and Research Center, University of Oregon, for his article: “Hospital Speedups and the Fiction of a Nursing Shortage” LSJ Vol. 30, No. 1 (Spring 2005).

Criteria for the Awards

I. Outstanding contribution to the field.
This award recognizes an outstanding example of the connection between labor education and activism: a new curriculum, important project, outstanding campaign on an issue, or an exemplary effort to use labor education to strengthen the labor movement. It can involve a formal institution of labor education, either university-, union-, or community-based. Or it can represent an independent effort outside an institutional labor ed program. It can be an on-going program, multi- year effort, or one that has ended. Some aspect of the program must have occurred within the calendar year 2007. An individual, a program, or a project can be nominated.


II. Best Published Book 2002-2007.
This award is for a book that has been especially valuable in labor education. It should be a book that represents responsible scholarship, new ideas, creative thinking, an intellectual contribution to the labor movement, the broader workers’ movement, labor economics or politics, culture, or any other topic related to work or labor. It should be a book that can be or is used in an educational setting. The recipient of this award is determined by vote of the membership.

III. New Generation Award . This award is for a labor educator who is presenting for the first time at a UALE conference.

IV. Best article in Labor Studies Journal. The recipient of this award is determined by the LSJ editorial board.

Conference Outline

Click on links in schedule to download daily session details

Tuesday, April 8
5:00 - 8:00PM Registration/Welcome Table open (Banquet Foyer)
7:00 - 10:00PM UALE Dinner/Executive Board meeting
Wednesday, April 9
7:00AM - 12:00 noon Registration/Welcome Table open (Banquet Foyer)
10:00 - 11:45AM Session A. Concurrent Presentations
10:00 - 12:30AM Minneapolis Labor History Bus Tour (Please sign up in advance.)
11:45AM - 1:30PM Lunch (on your own) & Committee/Task Force Meetings
11:45AM - 1:30PM Labor Studies Journal Board Meeting and luncheon
1:30 - 3:30PM Session B. Opening Plenary: Worker Rights as Human Rights: What does the rubric of "human rights" have to do with organizing workers and building workers' power?
3:30 - 5:30PM Session C. Concurrent Presentations
6:15 - 8:30PM Welcome Reception: Local Labor Reception and Multicultiral Evening of Spoken Word
9:00 - 10:30PM Session D. Film and Discussion
Thursday, April 10
7:00AM - 12:00 noon Registration/Welcome Table open (Banquet Foyer)
7:00AM - Continental breakfast
8:00 - 10:00AM Session E. Concurrent Presentations
10:00AM - 12:00PM Session F. Concurrent Presentations
12:15 - 2:00PM Lunch (on your own)
12:15 - 2:00PM Union Educators brown bag lunch
12:15 - 2:00PM UALE University Directors Luncheon Meeting
2:00 - 4:00PM Session G. Concurrent Presentations
4:00 - 5:00PM Session H. Concurrent Presentations
5:30 - 7:00PM

Door Knocking with Working America (Bus/van leaves from hotel lobby

5:00 - 7:30 PM Dinner (on your own)
7:30 - 11 :00PM Session I. An Evening of Film and Film Makers
Friday, April 11
7:00AM - 12:00 noon Registration/Welcome Table open (Banquet Foyer)
7:00AM - Continental Breakfast
8:00 - 10:00AM Session J. Concurrent Presentations
10:00AM - 12:00PM Session K. Concurrent Presentations
12:15 - 2:00PM Lunch (on your own)
12:15 - 2:00PM Caucus and Task Force Meetings (watch bulletin board for announcements)
2:00 - 5:00PM UALE Business Meeting
Saturday, April 12
7:00 - 10:00 AM Registration/Welcome Table open (Banquet Foyer)
7:00AM - Continental breakfast
8:00-10:00AM Session L. Concurrent Presentations
10:00AM -12:00 noon Session M. Concurrent Presentations
12:00 - 2:00PM

Session N. Closing Luncheon
Keynote Speaker:
Bill Scheuerman, President, National Labor College
Presentation of UALE Awards

3:00 - 7:00PM UALE Executive Board meeting (newly elected E. Board)

We look forward to seeing you in next year!

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