Who We Are

The United Association for Labor Education is an organization of labor educators 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.

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

UALE is governed by an Executive Board that is elected every two years at our Membership Meeting held at our biennial conference.

The work of UALE between meetings is carried out by Committees, Caucuses, Working Groups and Task Forces.

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