The New Faces of the American Worker:
What Implications for Organized Labor?
March 8-11, 2007
Location: National Labor College (NLC)
George Meany Center Campus,
Silver Spring, MD
About the Conference
For the past two years the UALE annual conference has focused on structural issues for the Labor Movement and Labor Education. This year we hope to move the topic to examine our constituency groups.
The following topics have ongoing impact on the labor movement. We are calling for presenters to describe the research, demonstrate the practices, celebrate the achievements, and chart the challenges of:
A. Organizing and representing the issues of new immigrant groups
B. Promoting worker self-organization
C. Supporting increased activity of women and non-anglo people in leading their union organizations
D. Fighting against the expansion of informal conditions of employment
E. Opposing deregulation of economic life as it impacts U.S. workiers
F. Developing strategies to protect the individual against corporate greed
G. Identifying and opposing increased anti-union and anti-working class activity by employers
H. Exposing the recycling of race and gender stereotypes
I. Promoting the access of minorities and working class to wealth-building opportunities
J. Defending our rights to democracy and the democratic participation of working-class communities
K. Confronting conservative anti-union attitudes
L. The ability of union strategies and structure to respond to the needs of the new American workers
M. Strengthening community partnerships
N. Strengthening the relationship between Universities and Unions.We reserve the right to expand and define these topic areas as needed. We also welcome proposals that challenge the very assumptions and directions of labor education and the labor movement, as well as those that interpret the present or imagine the future of labor education or the labor movement differently. The United Association of Labor Educators encourages the following types of submissions: Research Papers Completed research papers in any of the topic areas listed above or related areas.
Abstracts of completed or proposed research in any of the topic areas listed above, or related areas. The abstract for proposed research should include the research objectives, proposed methodology, and a discussion of expected outcomes.
- Student Papers
Research done by students in any of the topic areas listed above, or related areas.
- Case Studies
Case studies in any of the topic areas listed above, or related areas.
- Work-in-Progress Reports or Proposals for Future Research
Incomplete research or ideas for future research in order to generate discussion and feedback in any of the topic areas listed above, or related areas.
- Reports on Issues Related to Teaching
Reports related to innovative instruction techniques or research related to teaching in any of the topic areas listed above or related areas.
The Labor Studies Journal invites submissions of papers on the theme of labor and immigration for the LSJ Special Sessions at the UALE Conference. The best of these papers will also be published in a special edition of the Labor Studies Journal, to be guest edited by Carolina Bank Muñoz and Stephanie Luce.
We encourage papers on themes such as:
- Labor, migration and unions
- Building alliances between immigrant communities
- Building alliances between US-born and immigrant workers
- Labor law and immigrant workers
- New strategies for organizing immigrant workers
- Lessons from worker centers
- Immigration, globalization, and building an international labor movement
Paper sessions will consist of three to five presentations in a 90 minute session. The session will be divided equally between the presenters. A session moderator will time each presentation and introduce the session.
Workshop presentations will be given a full 90 minute session. Workshops are interactive sessions with participant involvement.
Panel sessions will provide an opportunity for three or more presenters to speak in a more open and conversational setting with conference attendees. Submissions for these 90 minute sessions should include the name, department, affiliation, and email address of each panelist in addition to a description of the presentation and the title page.
Roundtable sessions will last approximately 90 minutes and consist of a large number of presenters. Roundtable sessions allow attendees to speak with the presenters on a one-to-one basis.
EARLY BIRD registration is accepted until January 30, 2007. Early bird rates include:
$250 – UALE Members or AFL-CIO Affiliated unions
$300 – non-members
$100 – one day attendance
$30 – students, retirees, unemployed (includes no food)
ADVANCE registration is accepted until March 1, 2007. Advance registration rates include:
$275 – UALE Members or AFL-CIO Affiliated unions
$325 – non-members
$125 – one day attendance
$40 – students, retirees, unemployed (includes no food)
LATE registration (or at the door) includes:
$300 – UALE Members or AFL-CIO Affiliated unions
$350 – non-members
$150 – one day attendance
$50 – students, retirees, unemployed (includes no food)
$30 – fee per table for vendors
All accomodations are at the conference site, the National Labor College. Please book your room directly through them. Room prices include meals.
Please note: commuters will be charged a daily fee of $35 to cover meals at the conference.