UALE Membership Meeting

Toronto 4/19/13

Secretary’s report

  • Review of last year’s membership minutes
  • Reference to the UALE website to retrieve all membership minutes
  • Call out for people to run for UALE board in 2014

o Position descriptions will be posted to the website

Treasurer’s report

  • 2012 full budget
  • 2013-14 proposed budget
  • Membership is up at membership and institutional levels

o 380 members, 50 Canadians

  • Conference will likely break even
  • Overall healthy financial situation

Many of the community groups were not able to come to conference due to the Immigration reform activity. G. Perez notes we need to include Canadian groups among community groups to fund.

Motion made and seconded to accept 2012 budget

President’s report

  • Town hall meeting outcome from postings

o We share the same hopes

o Challenges to the organization as to the mission of UALE in the future. Mostly centered on broadening the scope of the organizations especially multinational

o Will post full report on the website

  • Research grants: one winner presented at the conference. Attendees should spread the word to take advantage. Bob Bussell will be posting criteria soon on the UALE website
  • Next year’s conference in LA March 26-29

o Will be able to showcase and highlight immigrant and worker center labor movements

o Lots of energy and culture

o 50 anniversary of the UCLA labor center

o Tony Michael will be notifying people about proposals in late August

o Consider having more information electronic vs hard copy conference materials.

  • Staffing of Special Committees

o Nominations/election committee

    • Elise Bryant
    • Verlene Jones Davis
    • Emily Twarog
    • Pat Hammell
    • Steve Schnapp

o Conference Committee

    • Sue Carter
    • Ketura Raabe
    • Debra Kidney
    • Verlene Jones Davis
    • Kent Wong
    • Barb Thomas
    • Casey Wagner
    • Susan Winning
    • Judy Ancel
    • Helen Moss
    • Deena Ladd

o Membership committee

    • Ashley Dwire
    • Erica Wills
    • Ruth Needleman
    • Adriane Paavo
    • Rae Sovereign
    • Gayle Hamilton
    • Clayton Sinyai
    • Eric Foreman
    • Yolanda Medina Dejesus
    • Mohammad Ali Aumeer
  • 2015 Conference

o South (limited union hotels) and Midwest are target location cities

o Good to have a union/program partner

o Straw poll of likely options: Washington DC (6) Chicago (20) Puerto Rico (43) Trinidad (5)

  • Membership recruitment: push for membership among colleagues

Caucus Reports

People of Color Caucus

  • Submitted a proposal re the 2014 conference theme and other items related to greater inclusion of people of color within UALE and labor education (see attached)

o Caucus would take charge of picking the proposed scholarships pick the winners

o Membership discussion about ensuring that the proposals are included within the conference yet allow the flexibility of developing the conference:

  • note conference committee inclusive of People of Color member.

o Amended resolution; passed

  document People of Color Caucus Resolution (15 KB)

Women’s Caucus

  • 483 went through the UALE summer schools
  • Please get more active in terms of recruitment and participating as instructors
  • Ithaca, Little Rock and Seattle are upcoming locations
  • Share women’s leadership curricula

Labor Studies Journal report

  • 120 clicks, 6000 subscriptions, SAGE promotes within universities,
  • Need more citations to get an impact factor (include in manuscripts so organization becomes more visible.)

CLC working group

  • is sending out an electronic survey re collaboration between labor educators with central labor bodies

Immigration and Globalization working group

  • Try to integrate issues of immigration and globalization more within other presentations instead of in one section
  • Helen Moss and Mary Bellman co-chairs for next two years
  • Immigration: Citizenship process; guidelines and ed materials including some union ed materials

o Discussion of immigration reform on the listserve

  • Globalization priorities: Transpacific Partnership, video on the state of labor rights in Columbia

K-14 Education working group

  • Commitment to do two sessions next year; examples from Canada and California
  • Resolution submitted: Community College of San Francisco under attack

o UALE will go on record defending the college, meet with Bill Shields to compose a letter and circulate for more signatures

o Resolution passed

Labor Filmmakers

  • Will meet later

Online Education working group

  • Difference in academia vs labor ed instructors for unions using online programs
  • Survey done (follow up with Helena Worthen re report details)
  • Need to explore the differences in the two groups: working conditions culture and purpose

Popular Ed Working Group

  • Maintain pop ed space within the conference, including a track
  • Do a write up on importance of popular ed within the labor movement
  • Develop more material for the conference
  • Deep the practice of labor ed beyond “participation and sticky notes” to incorporate more intentional political education focus

Worker Writers

  • Needs more volunteers
  • Pitch for more members to write their stories
  • Need to develop writer workshops
  • Guide on how to pitch your work to unions

Community based Educators

  • Create a working group
  • Themes: youth, tap into existing youth groups in the US and Canada, UALE needs to expand its topics. Will post to the website

New working group on Leadership Development in formation

  • Elaine Bernard
  • Susan Nosov
  • France Laurendeau

New Business

  • Dock workers in Hong Kong on strike

o Request for UALE to support the strike

o Form for donations or drop off money on the labor notes table

  • G. Perez: proposes to expand budget to increase community based funding by $3000 for Canadian groups in 2014 budget for the purpose to attend 2014 conference for. Pull the correct board people into the process of resolving this process issue. Regional reps, Martin, Perez and Schnapp. Passed
  • Commend E-board and planners of the conference

Meeting Adjourned at 5:45 pm