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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!


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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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UALE Annual Awards

The following awards will be given at the conference awards banquet on Saturday, December 8th:

  • Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Labor Education in 2017 (winner selected by UALE members)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contributions in labor education (winner selected by the UALE Executive Board)
  • Best Book published in the two years prior to the 2018 conference related to labor education (winner selected by UALE members)
  • Best Article published in the Labor Studies Journal in 2017 (chosen by the LSJ Editorial Board)
  • The New Generation Award: Eligible applicants include students enrolled in any academic program, community-based scholars, writers, or multi-media producers, or any union, academic, or community-based researchers who are within the first five years of their labor education careers. Finalists will present at the conference and the winner will be chosen after the presentations. This award provides free conference registration and lodging subsidy.


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To register online, click on the "Register online" link under Conference Quicklinks at the top right of 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. Download the Vendor Registration form document here (33 KB) or at bottom of page.

How to Register

Register online by clicking on the "Register online" link at the top right of this page.

To register by mail: click on the link  here or at bottom of page to print a paper registration form.

Registration deadlines

  • Online registration closes March 15, 2018. After this date, registration costs are non-refundable.
  • Checks must be received by March 20. After this please pay at the conference

Registration will also be available at the conference.

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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Conference Location and Hotel Accommodations

All sessions will be held at the Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center adjacent to SeaTac Airport. Please make reservations directly with the hotel on-line using this link: https://aws.passkey.com/go/UALE18 or call 206-244-4800. If you call, make sure to say that you are reserving a room in the UALE conference block to get the special rate.

(Note: the above link has been fixed, as of Wednesday, October 25.)

The hotel is located at 17620 International Blvd, Seattle, Washington, 98188-4001, adjacent to Seattle-Tacoma Airport and there is a shuttle.

Rate: $149 per night single or double occupancy

Reservations must be made before March 13th, 2018 for the guaranteed conference rate as long as rooms in the reserved block remain available. If you want to spend additional time in Seattle either before or after the conference you can get the conference rate for 3 days before and 3 days after the conference, subject to availability.

Questions about the conference? E-mail


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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Conference Downloads

pdf 2018 Program (1.55 MB)

pdf 2018 Conference brochure (609 KB)

pdf 2018 UALE Proposal form revised (156 KB)

New Generation Award 2018

document LSJ Call for Papers 2018 (16 KB)

Community Organization Grant Application English

document Community Organization Grant Application Spanish (50 KB)

pdf 2018 Research Grant Announcement (551 KB)

document 2018 Registration form (145 KB)

document 2018 UALE Conference Vendor Registration Form (33 KB)



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