United Association for Labor Education - 2019 Conference

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Philadelphia, PA
April 2-5,  2019

Call for Proposals Community Organization Grants Conference Format
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Call for Proposals

UALE seeks proposals from labor union, university, and community practitioners for conference sessions on our 2019 theme:


Our perilous and rapidly evolving contemporary period illustrates both the various challenges workers experience on the job and in society, and the resiliency and militancy with which workers have mobilized. Facing capital flight, contingent labor systems, automation, structural inequality and racism, and strident political opposition, workers have cultivated new movements and avenues for mobilizing to challenge—and often to emerge victorious against—these powerful forces. For example, movements and strikes in areas such as education, health care, telecommunications, hospitality, technology, fast-food, transportation, the growing fields of contingent employment, and the incarcerated in recent years have frequently crossed boundaries of race, gender, nationality, class, and other identities to grow bases of support and achieve important gains.

Please join us April 2-5, 2019, in Philadelphia for the United Association for Labor Education’s conference where labor and community educators, scholars and activists will share teaching innovations, analyses, applied research and experiences in the field. We aim to highlight and understand new approaches to labor organizing that respond to current challenges, as well as the role of labor education in building power. Finally we are interested in practices and ideas that support leadership development of young workers to expand and strengthen our movement.

To submit a proposal, please email it to Jason Kozlowski at . You will receive an email confirmation when your submission in received.

Although UALE membership is not required to submit a proposal, it is strongly encouraged.

Deadline for proposal from individuals and panels:  December 21, 2018

Deadline for proposals from UALE working groups: January 11, 2019


Conference proposals will be selected based upon:

1)    Relevance of proposals to the conference theme;

2)    Having a balance of academic, union, and community presenters;

3)    Demographic inclusivity (race, gender, region, age, etc.);

4)    A balance between the number of proposals and the depth of presentations;

5)    Proposals that spark and hold people’s interest.


Proposal Requirements:

1)    Presentation Format (i.e., paper, panel, poster, roundtable, teaching demonstration)

2)    Presentation Title

3)    Individual or Panel Designation

4)    Contact Information for Each Presenter/Participant

  1. Name
  2. Organization/Affiliation
  3. Mailing address
  4. E-mail address
  5. Phone number

5)    Proposal describing topic, presenter expertise, and presentation form (300-500 words)

6)    Abstract or synopsis (100 words). This will be published in the conference program.

7)    Please indicate if you would like your proposal submitted to one or more of the Working Groups

Timely submissions are essential. Late proposals cannot be considered.



Community Organization Grants

Grants Available for Community Organizations: UALE offers a limited number of grants for community groups involved in labor education to attend the annual conference. Contact Susan Williams at .

Deadline for community grant applications: January 11, 2019.

Grant recipients are encouraged to submit proposals for a conference session.

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Conference Format

The UALE Conference generally offers two types of sessions: plenary and concurrent.

Concurrent Sessions run for up to two hours, several of which take place during the same time slot. Sessions vary in structure to provide a rich and diverse conference experience for presenters and participants; they offer some combination of the formats listed below.

  • Panel Sessions include multiple presenters who share their work on a similar topic. Each panelist will have equal time to present his or her work, followed by Q&A and discussion. By offering presentations on different aspects of a single topic, panel sessions engender engaging discussion among presenters and the audience. Session chairs will be appointed in advance and will be responsible for planning with panelists prior to the session.
  • Paper Sessions can include research papers, case studies, or other kinds of reports related to labor education. These sessions offer presentations from authors who have written about a generally related topic. Each author will have equal time to present their work, after which the session chair will lead discussion.  Authors should submit an abstract for consideration; full-length manuscripts should be submitted prior to the conference. Session chairs will be appointed in advance and will be responsible for planning with authors prior to the session.
  • Roundtable Discussions provide an opportunity for participatory discussion of labor education issues or programs, research in progress, or other relevant topics in an informal setting around a table or in a circle of chairs. The convener poses a series of questions to participants and leads a conversation. Roundtable Discussions draw heavily on the experience of those in the room.
  • Teaching Demonstrations engage participants in an interactive manner that facilitates group participation in some form, and utilizes labor education techniques, particularly popular education. Activities are typically followed by discussion of the technique(s) demonstrated and the uses to which they might be put. Facilitators are encouraged to offer their design and materials to participants to adapt and use.
  • Poster Sessions provide an opportunity to present and discuss a single theme or relevant topic in an informal setting, somewhat like an exhibit hall or information fair. A good poster presents useful information with engaging graphics to stimulate discussion. Poster presenters should prepare a display using easily understood printed text and graphics on a board no larger than 30” x 40.” Presenters should prepare welcoming remarks for conference attendees and explain their posters. Attendees and presenters will then discuss the posters and the topics they address. It is helpful to provide handouts for participants with presenters’ contact information to facilitate future dialogue. In order to have a poster accepted for display at the conference, please submit a photograph of the poster with a brief accompanying explanation of its content and purpose.

Plenary Sessions are two hours long and designed to bring all conference attendees together around important areas of labor education. Plenary sessions are determined by UALE’s Executive Board, but UALE members are welcome to submit suggestions and volunteer to help develop plenary sessions.  

UALE encourages submissions that relate directly to the conference theme. However, we will accept submissions focused on other areas.  

Some sessions are organized by Working Groups around their specific areas of interest. Working Groups typically solicit group-member input to develop proposals, and new members are always welcome. Working Group information is available at www.uale.org, and current Working Groups include:

  • Central Labor Council (CLC)
  • Immigration/Globalization
  • K-14 Labor Education
  • On-Line Education
  • Popular Education
  • Worker Writers
  • Labor Film Documentarians
  • Young Workers

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Registration Information

Online registrtation will be available soon. Keep watching this page.



(by February 28)

(after February 28)
Member 350 425
Non-member 450 525
Community Group Attendee 110 160
Low income, student
or unemployed
75 150
One-day attendance 175 225
Vendor table**
(Vendor must register as a conference participant for this rate.)
100 150
Labor History Tour 30 30

* Early registration offers the opportunity to renew your UALE membership at a discount

** In addition to registration, vendors and exhibitors must complete a supplemental Conference Vendor Registration Form and pay the per-table fee above. A Vendor Registration form will be available soon.

Financial assistance for Community-based organizations: UALE has established a grant to help one or more community-based organizations defray the costs of attending the conference. See "Grants Available for Community Organizations" above. 

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