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Anneta Argyres, Clare Hammonds, Kim Wilson Venancio, "Confronting Oppression in the 'Classroom'”

Workshop outline

As educators, we often find ourselves in teaching situations where a workshop participant makes an oppressive (racist, sexist, homophobic, classist, anti-immigrant, etc.) remark. Such comments are often made unintentionally or unthinkingly. Even so, if allowed to stand un-addressed, these comments can have damaging effects on other participants, on classroom dynamics, and on the relationship between workshop participants and the hosting union or organization. These situations also provide a “teachable moment” when individuals can learn about power and privilege. Using popular education methodologies, this workshop will explore how to identify and address oppressive behaviors and make the most of these teachable moments.



Nina Fendel, "Law-related Union Advocacy Online"

PowerPoint presentation

The Public Works Compliance Website is a password-protected legal and advocacy education website aimed at the building trades (unions and joint labor management compliance groups). It provides “one-stop shopping” in the area of public works construction advocacy (prevailing wages, competitive bidding, investigation skills, etc.), with overviews and links to statutes, regulations, cases, useful government websites, checklists, sample letters, etc. The Alliance for Labor Standards Education and Training is a non-profit associated with a union-side labor law firm (Weinberg, Roger, Rosenfeld). They do hands-on training around the country, provide subscriptions to the website at a very low cost, and would like to expand into other types of on-line education in this area, which is critical to providing work for building trades union members. The training is aimed at non-lawyer advocates (primarily union reps), though some lawyers subscribe, and provides useful education and extensive resources to people who work in this area.

Note: This PowerPoint presentation has been divided into 2 parts, due to its size and the limited capacity of our software.

document Public Works Compliance, part 1

document Public Works Compliance, part 2


Jackie Gabriel, "Labor Displacement and Working-Class Resilience: A Case Study of Locked Out Grain Processing Workers in America’s Heartland"


On August 22, 2008, approximately 360 workers were locked out of Grain Processing Corporation Inc. (GPC) in Muscatine, Iowa, after the company and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local (UFCW) 86D could not reach an agreement during contract negotiations. Over the ensuing five years contract negotiations between the company and the union have come to an impasse, with no end to the lockout in sight. This qualitative case study investigates the conditions leading up to and following the lockout in an effort to effectively capture the structural factors at play in the broader economy, while also emphasizing the qualitative objective and subjective experiences of worker displacement. Drawing on in-depth interviews with the locked out workers, this study aims to provide a comprehensive account of the complex and sometime contradictory experiences these workers encountered as a consequence of being displaced from their jobs and finding alternative financial security and employment.

document Labor Displacement and Working-Class Resilience:


Ken Kroeger, “Distinctive Ways Union Members Become Aware of Unions and Distinctive Reasons Union Members Become Activists in Unions Based on Generations”

(Paper: coming soon)

Survey data indicates that union membership has dropped considerably in recent years. Although there are many reasons for this decline in the popularity of unions, this paper will illustrate that one important reason may be that people in general are not informed about what unions have done, and can do, for them. The paper will examine the ways that people become aware of unions and the reasons that union members become activists. It will show that union history is not a focus in today’s school curricula, nor is information about unions shared as much today from one generation to the next as it has been in past generations.

pdf Ken Kroeger Poster


Sonia Mistry and Tim Ryan, "A Proactive Union Strategy To Eliminate Child Labor"


Specific recent examples of how trade laws were used successfully in Pakistan and Bangladesh to remove child labor from certain industries; and examples illustrating how organizing trade unions in Liberia and India removed child labor and improved the status of adult workers.

document A Proactive Union Strategy To Eliminate Child Labor


Bruce Nissen and Rick Smith, "A Novel Way to Represent the Interests of Workers: The People’s Budget Review in St. Petersburg, Florida

Paper for LSJ Session

In the unfavorable U.S. environment today, unions have been forced to consider new ways to represent worker interests. The more proactive unions have been experimenting with alternatives to traditional approaches, including corporate campaigns, various types of alliances with community partners, supporting workers centers and other independent non-union forms of worker organizations, and the like. Most recent attention has focused on non-union worker organizations such as OUR Walmart or the fast food workers uprising. These nascent organizing attempts are fascinating and deserve a great deal of scholarly attention. However, in this paper we will examine a different approach to worker representation. It concerns the role of a public sector union, the Florida Public Services Union (FPSU, an affiliate of the SEIU) working with community allies to create a movement/organization known as the People’s Budget Review (PBR)

document A Novel Way to Represent the Interests of Workers


Paul Clark, Introduction of Lois Gray, winner of 2014 UALE Lifetime Achievement Award

pdf Lois Gray Lifetime Achievement Award