This year at the UALE Conference, we are inviting participants to bring examples of their teaching materials to display and share. We’ll have a row of tables on the mezzanine at the Kirkland Center where you can pile, stack or set them up and then either stand nearby and explain and discuss them, or else just leave them there with some of your business cards or a sign-up/contact sheet.
This is an experiment, a response to the evaluations last year that requested more opportunities to talk about teaching, so some of the logistical details will get worked out on the spot. But it starts with people bringing their materials.
So far, we have received word that the following materials will be on display:
Steve Schnapp, Senior Education Director for United for a Fair Economy, will bring copies of curricula materials for 2 workshops:
- “Bankers, Brokers, Bubbles & Bailouts: The Causes & Consequences of the Financial Crisis” and
- “Economic Refugees: Immigration and the Growing Divide”.
He will also have copies of a general economic inequality curriculum intended for high school economics teachers but suitable for college and adult learners, called:
- “Teaching Economics As If People Mattered” (TEAIPM)
He will offer TEAIPMs to UALE conference registrants for half price ($10). The other materials are free but donations to UFE will be accepted.
Senior Education Coordinator
United for a Fair Economy
29 Winter St, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02108-4799
Joe Berry will bring copies of
- “Access to Unemployment Benefits for Contingent Faculty: A Manual for Applicants and a Strategy for Change”, published by COCAL with funding from AFT, NEA and AAUP. This manual is the basis for “filing parties” where contingent faculty being laid off file collectively.
University of Illinois
504 East Armory, Champaign, IL 61820
Joe Berry: 217-333-3288
Maggie L. Cohen will bring copies of
- "Professional Responsibility for Unionists", a face-to-face course in Union Ethics taught at the National Labor College for the University of Baltimore's M.A. program in Legal and Ethical Studies  .
- "Ethics and Decision Making", an undergraduate course, presented several times as directed study courses for 1-3 students at the NLC, on line.
- Union Democracy, a booklet (bound by CWA)bringing together practical and theoretical primary materials, which was used as a documentary base for a workshop she led on Union Democracy at a CWA Civil Rights Conference.
- materials for a Labor Law course she has taught in the NLC's undergraduate curriculum. She adds, “Since I taught this in 2005 and 2006, it reads like a wake for workers' rights.”
Margaret L. Cohen, J.D., Ph.D.
Collegiate Professor and Business Ethics Course Chair
Global Business and Public Policy
University of Maryland University College
The UMass Labor Extension Program (Tess Ewing, Dale Melcher, Kim WIlson and Susan Winning) will bring 2 curricula for not-for-credit workshops/courses for unionists and other workers:
- "Changing the Future of Work: A Workers' Approach": a curriculum for workers organizing for power to shape workplace change (two sessions of 2.5-3 hours each.)
- "The Boss Can't Do That, Can He? A Workers' Rights Curriculum" 10 modules that can be taught together or as stand-alone workshops. Based on Massachusetts law but adaptable to other states.
Anne Nolan, work-life advocate, will share materials used at University of Minnesota for an
- overview of law and collective bargaining that includes a discussion of the EEOC’s May 2007 guidance on how Title VII and the ADA protect workers who have family responsibilities.
She includes contract language and examples from the Labor Project for Working Families. Work-life flexibility is treated as a social justice issue.
Jennifer Gordon Nemhard, Visiting Assistant Professor, Howard University, Department of Economics, Center for Race and Wealth (2008-09); and Visiting Scholar, Centre for the Study of Cooperatives, Univ. of Saskatchewan, Canada (08-09); Associate Professor, Community Justice and Social Economic Development, African American Studies Department, John Jay College, CUNY, will bring
- materials illustrating the Solidarity Economy Network. Materials will be a graphic of the solidarity economy , an article about it, and the US SEN brochure.
Fred Glass will bring materials created by and for elementary and secondary teachers who teach about labor in history and social studies classes. Teachers are often eager to teach labor issues but need materials; central labor councils and unions are often eager to support teaching labor issues but likewise need materials and advice. If you are on a Labor in the Schools Committee, wish to start one, or would like to learn more, please contact Fred Glass, , or 510.523.5238, prior to the conference. Join others at the Wednesday night Labor in the Schools task force dinner, and discuss a new national K-12 labor education policy initiative spearheaded by the AFT.
- Collective Bargaining Education Project, United Teachers Los Angeles (roleplay-based curricula on contract negotiations and labor history for high school students)
- Golden Lands, Working Hands, California Federation of Teachers (10 part DVD and classroom package on labor history for high school and college)
- "Work, Money, and Power: Unions in the 21st Century," CFT/UC Berkeley Labor Center, 24 page pamphlet introducing unions to students and young workers
- Teen Worker Safety materials, UC Berkeley Labor Occupational Health Program
- Lost Futures: The Problem of Child Labor, AFT, middle school video and classroom package
- The California labor history map and exhibit
- Elementary curricula, including "The Yummy Pizza Company" simulation, On the Shore coloring book, Let Me Tell You About This Man: Cesar Chavez, Union Organizer and I, Tomato readers, Trouble in the Hen House readers theater, Autoworks UAW history comic book, and more
Fred Glass, Communications Director
California Federation of Teachers, AFT/AFL-CIO
1201 Marina Village Parkway, Suite 115
Alameda, CA 94501
(o) 510-523-5238 (c) 510-579-3343 (fax) 510-523-5262
Cornell University ILR will bring
- Managing Union Staff with Labor's Values A new workshop curriculum for union managers and supervisors. Ken Margolies and Sally Alvarez, Cornell ILR Extension
Logic tells us that unions should be the best-managed organizations with the most satisfied staff anywhere in the world.....after all, don't unions tell employers how to treat their employees? Yet managers in unions are often conflicted about their role as managers, while employees of unions sometimes resent being supervised. Unions are often adamantly opposed to their own employees unionizing, and have contentious relationships with their staff unions. Very few programs on managing and supervising employees exist anywhere in the U.S. that are customized to the unique needs of union leaders and staff. The emphasis of this new workshop curriculum is on managing and supervising staff using union values to build the union into the most effective and dynamic organization it can be.
- Women and Work A new college-level course on issues affecting women in unions and workplaces. Supported by a grant from the Berger-Marks Foundation. Pam Whitefield , Cornell ILR Extension
This course examines what determines and shapes women's waged work in the United States, paying particular attention to the differing experience of women of various racial-ethnic and class locations in a range of occupations. We will examine the relationship between women's waged work and family work. The course will also look at how public and workplace policy has developed to address some of the realities of women's employment, such as its impact on family work, employment discrimination and sexual harassment, the wage gap, and the clustering of women in a relatively small number of largely female occupations.
Cassandra Baker will bring 2 pieces of their Women, Labor and Leadership Curriculum, which systemizes their leadership development workshops and exchanges that increase the skills and strategies of women worker who are organizing against substandard wages that keep them in the poverty cycle. This uses the best techniques from the popular education education model that begins with the participants experience and ends with their commitment to new practices.
- Global Economy: What is it? How does it impact our lives as women workers?
- Our Identity as Women Leaders : Understanding the challenges faced by Latinas, women and Immigrants and how to overcome them to be leaders
Netsy Firestein, Labor Project for Working Families, will bring copies of:
- Making it Work Better: A Work Family Educational Program. Available for FREE download at http://www.working-families.org/organize/curriculum.html
- A Job and a Life: Organizing and Bargaining for Work Family Issues. To order, visit http://www.working-families.org/organize/guide.html
- Flex Pack – A toolkit on organizing, bargaining and legislating for worker controlled flexibility. Available for FREE download at http://www.working-families.org/organize/flexpack.html
- The Labor Project will also demonstrate – LEARN WorkFamily (www.learnworkfamily.org) – a FREE online labor education and resource network to help unions build a family friendly workplace culture. LEARN WorkFamily features the nation's only online database of contract language on work family issues such as family leave, childcare, elder care, flexible work options, adoption, bereavement leave and much more.
Netsy Firestein, Executive Director
Labor Project for Working Families
2521 Channing Way No. 5555
Berkeley, CA 94720
Phone: (510) 643-7088