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Meeting Highlights:

We passed a motion to support the AFT resolution supporting creation of a Task Force to support inclusion of labor in k-12 education. The Task Force to include NEA, AFL-CIO and other allies.

We passed two motions submitted by the People of Color Caucus:

  • “In light of the AFL-CIO Executive Council’s document ‘Resolution 2: A Diverse Movement Calls for Diverse Leadership’, we move that UALE do education around this document & try to move this resolution within unions.”
  • A resolution that UALE develop institutional partnerships with Workers Centers. Motion seconded.

We passed the following proposal from the EBoard:

"We propose the formation of a UALE task force to study the structural and financial challenges of the organization in response to the concerns and suggestions raised at the mid year meeting of the Union and University-based Labor Education directors.  Those suggestions included a more robust communications function, regional meeting schedules, and the hiring of staff to help the organization function at a higher level with greater impact.  We propose that the task force be composed of 4 current UALE Executive Bard members, and 3-4 volunteers not currently on the board.  The task force is charged with presenting a report that outlines options and makes a set of proposals at the next mid-year EBoard meeting to be held winter 2010."

We set up a Nominations/Elections Committee to prepare for next year's EBoard elections. Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich volunteered for the Nominations/Elections Committee.

UALE Membership Meeting
April 17, 2009

EBoard members present: Michelle Kaminski, Joan Hill, Dawn Addy, Verlene Jones, Helena Worthen, Dennis Serrette, Tess Ewing, Bob Ginsburg, Mike Wisniewski, Sally Alvarez, Eric Muldoon, Betsy McConnell-Gutierrez, Steve Schnapp, Howard Kling.

Pres. Dennis Serrette brought the meeting to order at 4:25.

President’s report: The conference has been going very well. Thanks to the EBoard for their work (applause), and to the relevance of the issues. Our survival in these hard times is an accomplishment, applause to members. This meeting has more people in attendance, proving we can keep growing, bringing in new people.  My experience running a local for the last 2 years & building a stewards’ army in CWA has shown me that workers now don’t know their history. They don’t know where they came from or where they are going. Unions have downgraded education. They need labor education; and they’ll need it more than ever if EFCA doesn’t pass or gets watered down. And we have heard there have already been compromises on EFCA.

Helena Worthen gave the Vice Presidents’ report: The Conference Committee was really active. Different people took responsibilities for different parts of the work, & actually did it. The Board gave permission to spend up to 20K over the cost of the conference in order to out on a really good conference, to reinvigorate the organization. We don’t have final figures to know how much of that 20K we actually spent.

Bob Ginsburg gave   document Treasurer’s report . In answer to the point Helena raised, we spent the 20K mostly on speakers & travel, and also on the scholarships for students.

Secretary’s report: Tess Ewing passed out the minutes from last year’s meeting, and gave a report on the website and email list. We have a new website since last year, with much expanded capabilities. It is more user friendly; it is very easy to learn how to post things to the site and Tess would be happy to teach anyone how. There are pages for job postings, the women’s schools, the Labor Studies Journal, Institutional members and affiliates, weblinks, and more. The Immigration Task Force has their own “group” on the website, which means they have a section of their own where they can post minutes, discussions, resources etc., some of which is only accessible to their members. Any UALE Task Force, Caucus or Committee could set up a similar group.  Also, if any presenter at this conference who is willing to share his/her paper or presentation, we will post it on the website. The email list is hosted by another company, and we have been experiencing problems with it. We are planning to transfer it over to the company that hosts the website very soon.

We discussed the minutes from last year’s meeting. Joan Hill moved to amend the minutes by removing the letter “A” from “USWA” since the correct abbreviation for the Steelworkers is now “USW”. There being no objection, the amendment was accepted. Bob Ginsburg moved to accept the minutes as amended. Motion seconded. Minutes adopted as amended.

Fred Glass was called upon to give a report from the Labor in the Schools Task Force:  They hadn’t thought they were a Task Force; just a group that got together. They talked about events, programs, and changes to education policy going on around the states. The AFT passed a resolution supporting creation of a Task Force to support inclusion of labor in k-12 education. The Task Force to include NEA, AFL-CIO and other allies. There will be a resolution in new business.

Lynn Feekin gave the report from the Organizing Task Force. We all know that EFCA is the most important piece of legislation that will affect organizing. The Task Force meeting included reports on what labor centers have been doing & what assistance they want, as well as organizing activities in states represented at the meeting. There was also a report on the 3 graduate student projects that the Task Force had sponsored.  We also discussed Bob Bruno’s research on public sector card check.

Immigration Task Force: Susan Winning gave the report. The Task Force has had periodic phone calls. It organized 3 workshops at this conference. The Task Force decided to do something small but doable this year: the website and the elist. We invite others to join.

Monica Bielski Boris gave the report of the Task Force on CLCs and State Feds. The Task Force discussed ongoing case studies on work of IBEW and work of CLCs and state feds to discuss education programming.

Women’s Committee. Monica also gave this report. There was a great turnout at the meeting, probably because of the lunch and because the meeting was not too early and was allotted a full 1.5 hrs. The lunch was sponsored by the Berger-Marks Foundation, who give out money for women organizing. The representatives from Berger Marks spoke about their funding opportunities. We also heard from Union plus,  who will provide scholarship money to women & people of color, up to $3K. Also a memorial fund has been set up in the name of one of the founders of  the Women’s Schools, Barbara Wertheimer, and this fund will also give some money to the schools. The Northeast School this year will be at Stonybrook, NY. The Midwest school will take place at  Indiana U @ Indianapolis. The Soiuthern school will be in Nashville, and the Western school at UCLA.  We already have 4 schools planned for next year: the Northeast school will be at Penn State; the Midwest at Wayne State; the Southern at the  National Labor College, and the Western at the University of Oregon.

University Diectors: Report given by Sally Alvarez. The Directors shared programmatic things people doing and structural things they are facing. 2 concrete things came out of the meeting: 1.) They set up a Task Force to collect data and produce a report on Landmark Legal Foundation. There have been different responses from Universities, ranging from the Universities coming down on the center to the University supporting the center and blowing off Landmark. The Task Force is charged with putting together a report for the mid-year meeting, that would include recommendations & proposals for good responses to Landmark.  2.) They set up another Task Force on what do people want to get from UALE,  to make it a more effective advocate for labor education, a more effective organization, and to attract more Centers to join UALE

People of Color Caucus: Thandabantu Iverson gave the report. 18 people attended, mostly African American or Latino/a, and also including the brother from Brazil. They had a discussion of the AFL-CIO diversity document (Executive Council Resolution 2). They have proposals that will come up under New Business.

Bruce Nissen gave the Labor Studies Journal report: The Editorial Board has 3 or 4 new people. The Journal is moving to new editorship: Bob Bruno and Michelle Kaminski will be the new editors. Bruce will continue on as an editorial board member. The Journal is in very good shape, They have a long list of articles in the bank.

Joe Berry moved that we thank Bruce for his wonderful work.
Bruce was given a prolonged standing ovation.

New Business

Fred Glass proposed a Resolution to support the AFT resolution on Labor Education in k-12 schools. John Kretzschmar seconded.  Discussion ensued. Motion passed.

Thandabantu Iverson made the following motion on behalf of People of Color Caucus:

“In light of the AFL-CIO Executive Council’s document ‘Resolution 2: A Diverse Movement Calls for Diverse Leadership’, we move that UALE do education around this document & try to move this resolution within unions.”

Discussion. A brother from Canada objected to being asked to pass this motion when he hadn’t had a chance to read the resolution.  It was explained that the resolution was passed over a year ago, and had been circulated and discussed at last year’s UALE meeting. Motion passed.

Thandabantu Iverson then moved (also on behalf of the People of Color Caucus) a resolution that UALE develop institutional partnerships with Workers Centers. Motion seconded. Sally Alvarez asked whether the intent was that UALE develop relationships with national groups like NDLON, or that UALE encourage its affiliates to build relationships with local centers. Verlene Jones replied that it was the latter. Steve suggested that we consider adding an EBoard seat for a Workers Center. Tess Ewing pointed out that that would require a constitutional amendment. After some further discussion, the proposal passed.

Sally Alvarez introduced the following proposal from the EBoard:

"We propose the formation of a UALE task force to study the structural and financial challenges of the organization in response to the concerns and suggestions raised at the mid year meeting of the Union and University-based Labor Education directors.  Those suggestions included a more robust communications function, regional meeting schedules, and the hiring of staff to help the organization function at a higher level with greater impact.  We propose that the task force be composed of 4 current UALE Executive Bard members, and 3-4 volunteers not currently on the board.  The task force is charged with presenting a report that outlines options and makes a set of proposals at the next mid-year EBoard meeting to be held winter 2010."

Speaking in support of the proposal, she said that the proposal came in response to ideas expressed during a brainstorming session at the mid year meeting of university & union directors. Motion seconded. Discussion. Motion passed.

Steve Ashby reported on the online teaching workshop. Helena says they are a Task Force. We will share resources etc.

Tess Ewing mentioned that we are required to set up a Nominations/Elections Committee now, since we will be having elections for EBoard positions next year.

Dennis called for volunteers to be on the Task Force and Nominations/Elections Committee.
John Kretzschmar volunteered for the Task Force
Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich volunteered for the Nominations/Elections Committee

Meeting adjourned

Respectfully submitted,
Tess Ewing
Secretary

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