About the organization

Who We Are

The United Association for Labor Education is a new, united organization of labor educators launched at the start of a century which promises progress, growth, and hope for the labor movement. Born of the merger between Workers' Education Local 189 and the University and College Labor Education Association, the UALE welcomes all labor educators into this new, exciting national and international organization. Together we will work to promote education as an essential tool in the process of union transformation, to develop new leadership, and to strengthen the field of labor education in order to meet the ever-changing needs of unions and workers.

To download a history of the organization, click on the link at right. Please note that the document is still a draft.    document UALE History - draft (24 KB)

Our Purpose

  • To promote and encourage the development of labor and worker education, to make labor education accessible to all working people, and to promote collective bargaining and the right to organize.
  • To bring labor educators together for mutual aid and benefit, to promote their professional development, and to advance their economic and social well-being.
  • To advocate for the development and support of labor education programs in higher education and the labor movement.
  • To promote professional standards for the field of labor education and labor studies.
  • To promote and publish relevant research.
  • To promote and facilitate cooperation among unions, union education departments, university and college-based labor centers and programs, and community-based labor education programs.
  • To advance affirmative action for women and people of color and other under-represented groups within the field of labor education.

How We Work

The governing body of UALE is the Executive Board, elected every two years at the annual meeting. Go to the Executive Board page to see the current Board members and their contact information.

The work of UALE between meetings is carried out by Committees, Caucuses, Working Groups and Task Forces listed on the Contacts and Committees page.

   folder Minutes of Meetings


You can join UALE by filling out an online membership form here for an individual membership.

Organizations and programs can also sign up for Institutional membership here. (Individual labor educators should sign up as individual members even if their organization has an institutional membership.

Please note that in order to submit an online membership form, you must be logged in to the website. If you do not yet have a member profile, you can easily create one by following the directions on the login page.