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March 26 to Mar 29, 2014
Los Angeles

Find here results of the 2014 UALE Conference in Los Angeles: Papers and presentations given at the conference, winners of the 2014 UALE awards, etc.

We have also left up the conference schedule and links to conference documents which you can still download for your records (Program book, schedule, Call for Papers, etc.)

Papers and Presentations Awards
Conference Schedule Conference Downloads



 Organizing for Power: A New Labor Movement for the New Working Class

"Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot un-educate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore".– César E. Chávez

Diverse. Engaged. Unafraid. There is a new working class whose presence is undeniable; a new working class which is looking for a new labor movement. Labor education is the crux of a new labor movement. Labor education is defined as education to advance the collective needs and interests of working people, and over the last decade labor educators have facilitated significant growth and change in the labor movement. The United Association for Labor Education (UALE) invites labor educators, community organizers, and those committed to worker education to unite together in Los Angeles for a conference dedicated to educating, empowering, and organizing the new working class.


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UALE is happy to share papers and presentations made at our conferences for the benefit of labor educators everywhere. See separate page "Papers and Presentations, 2014 " for downloads. More will be added as it becomes available.

If you presented a paper, a workshop design, a PowerPoint or other presentation, and are willing to share it, please send it in to the Website Moderator .

Unless otherwise noted on the document itself or elsewhere, documents downloaded from this site may be copied, modified as needed, and used for purposes of labor education, as long as the authors are credited. These documents, or products derived from them, may not be sold or used for commercial purposes.

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The Executive Board of the UALE has established five awards for outstanding contributions and achievement in the field of labor education. With these awards, it hopes to generate interest and active participation on the part of UALE members in recognizing the best practices and products coming out of our field of labor education. These awards are presented at the closing luncheon of our Conference each year. A decription of the awards can be seen below.

The awards this year went to:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contributions in the field: Lois S. Gray
  • Outstanding contribution to the field in 2013: Elissa McBride 
  • Best book published in 2012-2013 related to the field of labor education William P. Jones , for The March on Washington:  Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights (W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. 2013
  • New Generation Award for the best first paper presentation Jackie Gabriel,   “Labor Displacement and Working-Class Resilience: A Case Study of Locked Out Grain Processing Workers in America’s Heartland.”
  • Best article in LSJ published in 2012-2013: Marissa Brookes for Varieties of Power in Transnational Labor Alliances: An Analysis of Workers’ Structural, Institutional, and Coalitional Power in the Global Economy

 See more about present and past Awards winners on the UALE Achievement Awards page.

Decription of UALE Awards

  1. Lifetime Achievement Award This award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of labor education over the course of his or her lifetime.
  2. Outstanding contribution to the field of Labor Education in 2013. This award recognizes an outstanding example of the connection between labor education and activism: a new curriculum, a documentary or social media project, a living history/labor theater initiative, an outstanding campaign on an issue, or an exemplary effort to use labor education to strengthen the labor movement. The contribution can involve a formal institution of labor education—university, union, or community-based; it can represent an independent effort outside an institutional labor education program; it can be an ongoing program, multi-year effort, or one that has ended. Some aspect of the program must have occurred within the calendar year 2013. The award can go to an individual, group, program, or project.
  3. Best Published Book 2012-2013 related to Labor Education . This award is for a book that has been especially valuable in labor education. It should be a book that represents responsible scholarship, new ideas, creative thinking, an intellectual contribution to the labor movement, the broader workers’ movement, labor economics or politics, culture, or any other topic related to work or labor. It should be a book that can be or is used in an educational setting.
  4. New Generation Award (best student paper presentation). This award is given for the best paper presentation at the conference by a new or aspiring student, labor educator or researcher.
  5. Best article in Labor Studies Journal. The recipient of this award is chosen by the LSJ editorial board.



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You can also download this schedule at the bottom of this page.

Latest upodate: March 19, 2014


Date/Time Agenda Item
Tuesday, Mar. 25  
4:00 - 7:00pm UALE Executive Board Meeting (UCLA Labor Center)
Wedesday, Mar. 26  
8:30 - 1:30pm

 Labor Tour (cost $30 key sites and interactive tour) Please note changed times.
Includes lunch at downtown labor center.
Spaces are limited. Register by Mar 24 to be assured of a spot.

 2:00 -  5:00pm  PLENARY: A New Labor Movement
 5:00 -   7:00pm

 Action: March/Rally

 7:00 - 9:00pm

 Cultural Evening& Dinner at Justice for Janitors
 ($20 donation for artists appreciated)

 6:30 - 8:30pm

 Common Sense Economics Trainig Coordination Session

 9:00 - 11:00pm  Networking opportunity
 Thursday, Mar. 27  
 7:00 -  8:00am

 Breakfast (buffet)

 8:00 - 10:00am

 Concurrent sessions
  (Click link on right side of page to download schedule of concurrent sessions)

 10:00 - 10:30am

 Break and Informal networking

 10:30am - 12:30pm  PLENARY: Labor Education in the Next Generation
 12:30 - 2:00pm

 Lunch (on your own)

Directors' luncheon (UALE-sponsored lunch)
K-14 Labor Education Working Group Meeting
Central Labor Councils Working Group Meeting

 2:00 - 4:00pm

 Concurrent sessions
  (Click link on right side of page to download schedule of concurrent sessions)

 4:00 - 4:30pm  Break and Informal networking
 4:30 - 6:30pm

 Concurrent sessions
  (Click link on right side of page to download schedule of concurrent sessions)

 6:30 - 8:30pm  Dinner: groups, or on your own
 6:30 - 8:30pm  Meet New Members Reception and Poster Session
 (light horsd'oeuvres, selection of wine & beer)
 7:30 -  9:30pm Immigration and Globalization Working Group Meeting
Worker Writers Working Group Meeting (?)
Self-Organized sessions
Friday, Mar. 28  
 7:00 -  8:00am  Breakfast (buffet)
 8:00 - 10:00am  Concurrent sessions
  (Click link on right side of page to download schedule of concurrent sessions)
 10:00 - 10:30am  Break and Informal networking
 10:30am - 12:30pm  PLENARY: Women, Organizing and the Global Economy
 12:30 - 2:00pm  Lunch
     Women's Caucus meeting (UALE-sponsored lunch)
 2:00 - 4:00pm  Concurrent sessions
  (Click link on right side of page to download schedule of concurrent sessions)
 4:00 - 4:30 pm  Break and informal networking
 4:30 - 6:30pm  UALE membership Meeting and elections
 6:30pm  Dinner (on your own)
 6:30 - 8:00pm

 LSJ Editorial Board meeting
 On-line Education Working Group Meeting
 Popular Education Working Group Meeting
 People of Color Caucus

6:30 - 9:30pm

 Labor Filmmakers Working Group Meeting
 Film screening with the filmmaker, "Trash Dance", by Andrew Garrison
(See trailer here)

Saturday, Mar. 29  
 7:00 -  8:00am   Breakfast (Buffet)
 8:00 - 10:00am  Concurrent sessions
  (Click link on right side of page to download schedule of concurrent sessions)
 10:00 - 10:30am  Break and informal networking
 10:30am - 12:30pm  Concurrent sessions
  (Click link on right side of page to download schedule of concurrent sessions)
  1:00 - 3:00pm  Awards Luncheon (UALE-sponsored lunch)
  3:00 - 5:00 pm  UALE Executive Board Meeting


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  pdf 2014 Conference Program Book (1.82 MB)

  pdf Concurrent Sessions as of 3-20 (98 KB)

  pdf Conference Agenda at a glance 3-20 (217 KB)

  pdf Lois Gray Lifetime Achievement Award (97 KB)



  pdf 2014 Conference Brochure (3.52 MB)

  document 2014 Call for Proposals (21 KB)

document LSJ Call for Papers 2014

  document Call for Student Papers (17 KB)

  pdf 2014 Conference registration (800 KB)

  document Awards Nomination Form 2014 (28 KB)

  pdf Revised Research Grant Application (76 KB)