Next Year's Conference

Save the dates: April 2-5, 2019

Make plans to join us next year at the 2019 annual UALE conference in Philadelphia, PA


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United Association for Labor Education – 2018 Annual Conference

Seattle – April 4-7, 2018

Hosted by the Washington State Labor Education and Research Center at South Seattle College and the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies at the University of Washington. Offered in partnership with the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association.

“The most important word in the language of the working class is ‘solidarity.’”

- Harry Bridges, leader of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and lifelong labor activist (1901-1990)


Shared Struggle, Strategy and Success!

Labor Education Takes on Today’s Challenges

Workers and unions within the U.S. and Canada and across the globe are divided in so many ways: physical geography and the politics of borders; private and public sector workplaces; different laws governing organizing and worker rights; citizenship status and migrant experience; gender, race, class and other identities; political philosophy – and the list goes on.

In the United States we face the likelihood of becoming a ‘Right-to-Work’ (for less) nation within the current presidential term. In both developed and developing countries, workers face poverty, unsafe working conditions, environmental destruction and the undermining of pro-worker policies in the service of global capital.

Labor education and scholarship support learning communities’ efforts to analyze the issues that affect us and the divisions that make it difficult to work in solidarity. Together, we can identify strategies for taking on these challenges.

Join us April 4-7, 2018, in Seattle for the United Association for Labor Education’s annual conference where labor and community educators, scholars and activists will share analyses, best practices and new approaches to responding to crisis and bridging the borders that divide us. Come talk about how worker solidarity wins dignity and a collective voice on the job, decent working conditions, political power and wages that reflect the wealth our labor creates!


Annual Awards

Papers and Presentations
from 2018 Conference

Conference Schedule
About UALE Next Year's Conference Downloads


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UALE Annual Awards

The following awards were given at the conference.


Barb Thomas receiving Lifetime Achievement Award from President Cheryl Teare and fellow Ontarian Kai Lai
  • Lifetime Achievement Barb Thomas, popular educator and author


Hugo Romero
Hugo Romero with EBoard members Jeannette Huezo and Mary Bellman   Greg Mantsios (center) flanked by Kent Wong and Mary Bellman
  • 2018 Special Award: Dream Resource Center at the UCLA Labor Center. Accepted on behalf of the Center by Hugo Romero
  • Outstanding Contribution – Greg Mantsios , Director of the Murphy Institute at CUNY

  • Best Book Alexandra Bradbury, Mark Brenner and Jane Slaughter, Secrets of a Successful Organizer (Labor Notes Project, 2016)
  • Best Labor Studies Journal Article –  Venise Wagner "Living in the Red: Black Steelworkers and the Wealth Gap" Volume 42 (1) – March 2017
  • (There was no New Generation Award given, due to insufficient submissions.)

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Conference Schedule

(This schedule may be modified a number of times before the conference. Keep checking back for updates.)

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
April 3
  10:30 - all day UALE EBoard Meeting
April 4
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  8:30 - noon UALE EBoard Meeting,
  noon- 3:00 PM Labor History Tour
See details here
  2:00 PM

UW Archive Exhibits

  • Fight for $15
  • Tradeswomen

UALE Poster

Gisbert - "Cents Not Percents: Bargaining Wage Equity"

  2:00 PM Conference registration begins

4:00 PM
Crystal A/B

Welcome & Conference Orientation (4:00 - 4:30)
    MLK Jr. Rememberance (4:30 - 4:45)
    Plenary: Local Labor Movement United: Women's Leadership in the Struggle Against Anti-Union Attacks - Dodson et al (4:45 - 6:15)
  6:15 - 7:30 PM Dinner Break on your own
    4 breakout rooms available 6:30 - 11:00 PM
  7:30 -8:30 PM Dessert served - UALE Membership Orientation in Crystal A/B

April 5

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  8:30 - noon Conference registration open
  8:30 - 10:00 AM  Plenary: We Need to Talk: A Candid Conversation About Sexual Harassment on the Job - Avendano/Alemzadeh/Diaz/Seabrook
  10:30 - noon  Concurrent Sessions (Click here for details)
  12:15 - 1:30 PM  Women Workers Caucus Lunch
(UALE sponsored lunch)
  1:30 - 3:00 PM  Concurrent Sessions (Click here for details)
  3:30 - 5:00 PM  Concurrent Sessions (Click here for details)
  5:00 -7:00 PM

 Directors Dinners

  • Higher Education (Mercer A)
  • Community Organizations (Mercer B)
  • Union Directors (Orcas A)

 Immigration and Globalization Working Group (Orcas B)

Space available

  7:00 - 9:00 PM

Working Group Meetings

  • K-14 (Mercer A)
  • Online Education (Mercer B)
  • Central Labor Councils (Orcas A)
  • Popular Education (Orcas B)

Labor Film (San Juan) 

April 6
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  8:30 - 10 AM  Concurrent Sessions (Click here for details)
  8:30 - 10 AM  Worker Writers Working Group Meeting
San Juan
  10:30 - noon  Concurrent Sessions (Click here for details)
  12:15 - 1:30 PM

 Workers of Color Caucus lunch
 (UALE sponsored lunch)

 LSJ Board Meeting
 Mercer A/B

  1:30 - 3:00 PM  Concurrent Sessions (Click here for details)
  1:30 - 3:00 PM  Young Worker Working Group Meeting
 Orcas A
  3 :15 - 4:15 PM

 Regional Meetings

  • Western -  Mercer A
  • Northeast - Mercer B
  • South - Orcas A
  • Canada - Orcas B
  • Midwest - San Juan
  4:30 - 6:00 PM  UALE Membership Meeting
 Crystal A/B
  6:00 - 7:00 PM  Reception: Welcome New UALE Members, Opening of the PNLHA
 (Reception is co-sponsored by UALE, the PNLHA and the 9to5 Project)
  Crystal Foyer  & C
  7:00 - 8:30 PM  Our Time Has Come
See details here
 Crystal A/B
April 7
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  8:30 - 9:45 PNLHA: Duwamish Tribe greeting (8:30 - 8:45) and Keynote: Bill Fletcher (8:45 - 9:45) - Racial Justice in the Labor Movement
  9:50 - 11:00 PNLHA panel Honey/Fletcher/Wong/De Jesus - Fifty Years Since King and Our Continuing Fight for Economic Justice
  10:30 - noon  Concurrent Sessions (Click here for details)
  11:00 -  PNLHA Sessions ongoing
  12:15 - 2:30

UALE Awards luncheon

Seattle Labor Chorus
See details here

  2:30 PM  UALE EBoard Meeting

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About UALE

The United Association for Labor Education brings labor educators together to promote education that advances the collective needs and interests of working people. Membership is open to all individuals regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability, religious or political beliefs. Labor education programs, unions and other organizations engaged in labor education are eligible for institutional membership. For more information, see www.uale.org/about

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Next Year's Conference

Save the dates: April 2-5

Make plans to join us next year at the 2019 annual UALE conference in Philadelphia, PA

Details will be provided later this year


Conference Downloads

2018 Program

2018 Conference brochure

2018 UALE Proposal form revised

New Generation Award 2018

LSJ Call for Papers 2018

Community Organization Grant Application English

Community Organization Grant Application Spanish

2018 Research Grant Announcement

2018 Registration form

2018 UALE Conference Vendor Registration Form

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