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The United Association for Labor Education (UALE) is a national organization of labor educators working towards progress, growth, and hope for the labor movement. Education is an essential tool of union transformation, developing new leadership and meeting the ever-changing needs of unions and workers.

Everyone welcome

  • UALE Members
  • College Faculty
  • Union Leaders
  • Organizers
  • Union Members
  • Students
  • Community Groups

UALE to elect new officers at Conference

This year is an election year for UALE. Our Constitution calls for all Officers and EBoard members to be elected every 2 years. This year, some of our current EBoard members are planning to run for re-election, while others are termed out. A Nominations Committee has been in charge of looking for good candidates for all slots. But nominations from the floor are also always welcome.

There are also some volunteer jobs that we would like to fill. These are not members of the Executive Board, but they perform vital functions for the organization.

If you are considering running for UALE office, or stepping up to take on a volunteer role, you will find the attached description of officer and volunteer roles helpful:  Officer and Volunteer roles

You can also check out our Constitution for more information.


2014 UALE Women's Schools

Are you interested in attending one of UALE's exciting, informative, action-packed and fun Summer Institutes for Union Women this summer?

Preliminary information about all four 2014 UALE women's summer schools -- location, date, and contact person/people -- is now available on the Women's Schools page. And keep checking back; we will upload flyers, brochures, registration forms and more as it becomes available.


Murphy Institute launches scholarship program to promote diversity

The Joseph S. Murphy Institute at the CUNY School of Professional Studies has launched a national scholarship competition dedicated to fostering a diverse leadership in the labor movement and in the academic field of labor studies.

The Institute will award significant scholarships to deserving students: up to $30,000 for graduate students and up to $20,000 for undergraduates. The deadline for applying is March 31. See press release here: Murphy Institute Press Release

According to Murphy Institute Director (and long-time UALE member) Gregory Mantsios, “Our goal is to help prepare the next generation of union leaders, advocates, and labor scholars, and to do everything we can to ensure that the new leadership adequately reflects the diversity of the U.S. labor force.”

Read more: Murphy Institute launches scholarship program to promote diversity


Registration for the 2014 conference is still open

Please click on the link on the right side of the page. If you had trouble with early registration on January 31st, please contact the UALE treasurer, Dawn Addy, at 305-348-2615.



UALE Women's Caucus and Berger Marks Foundation announce collaborative project

The Women’s Caucus of the United Association for Labor Education (UALE) and the Berger Marks Foundation are pleased to announce a new collaborative project focused on assessing current practices and strategically planning ways to increase the impact of labor education and leadership programs for union women. Building on almost forty years of experience with the UALE Union Women’s Regional Summer Schools, related union and university programs, and the foundation’s scholarship and mentoring initiatives the project will gather data on existing programs and convene a conference of 25 labor educators with expertise in women’s leadership development. The weekend retreat will facilitate the intergenerational exchange of information and experience, develop strategies for improving union women’s leadership programs, and produce an on-line source of materials, a summer school coordinator’s guide, and a report on the state of women’s labor education. We are currently seeking applicants for the job of project coordinator. A job description follows.

Job Description UALE Berger Marks Women Project


  • Upcoming Events
  • Job Listings
  • Women's Schools

For listings of upcoming UALE activities, as well as events sponsored by other organizations in fields related to labor education, see our Calendar, at the top of the page.

Jobs in Labor Education

Visit our Job Board for the latest listings of jobs in labor education, labor research, and related fields.

You can also post job openings to the Board.

We list positions in unions, university/college programs, and community-based organizations.

2014 Women's Summer Schools

Each summer, UALE sponsors 4 regional "Women's Schools", 3-5 day residential educational events that bring together rank-and-file union members, officers and staff to strengthen their knowledge of the labor movement and develop skills.

This year's schools will be:

Northeast Regional Summer School for Union Women, Queens College (Queens, NY), Saturday, July 26 -Thursday, July 31, 2014.

Midwest School for Union Women, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Sunday, June 22 - Thursday, June 26, 2014

Southern School for Union Women, Highlander Center in Tennessee August 13-17.

Western School for Union Women: University of Victoria, Victoria (Vancouver Island), BC, Canada, July 8-13.

See the "Women's Schools" Tab for more information about our Women's Schools, past, present and future.



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