Each summer, the United Association of Labor Educators (UALE) sponsors four regional “women’s schools”. These residential programs typically last between 4 and 5 days, and include classes and workshops on a variety of union-related topics. Women who attend develop the skills and knowledge needed to take on leadership roles in their unions. One of the most valuable aspects of the schools is the chance to meet and network with other union women from a variety of unions and places. Visitors from unions in other countries frequently participate.
Now in their 42nd year, the Union Women’s Summer Schools are designed by a committee of labor educators. The residential schools bring together rank and file women workers, officers, and staff to strengthen their knowledge of the labor movement, become more active and influential in their unions, and share their experiences and support with other women unionists. As Gloria Johnson, past President of CLUW and frequent speaker at the schools’ graduations ceremonies pointed out, “We have to create ‘old girls’ networks to be able to support each other and advance. “The schools contribute to this objective, as evidenced by the record of participants. Over the past 37 years, the schools have educated thousands, many of whom have become leaders of their unions.
Qualifying IATSE Local Union Officers, Officials and Staff may be eligible for LEAP funding to attend these sessions. Information about LEAP can be found on the IATSE web site. Scholarships may also available through the individual schools. Information can be found on their registration sites, below.
For more information on all the schools, see the UALE website.
DATES and CITIES for 2018 UALE Women’s Schools:
- Midwest School for Women Workers: June 25-28, 2018 University of Minnesota — Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN
- Northeast School for Women in Unions and Worker Organizations: July 21-25 — Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
- Western Summer Institute for Women: July 10-14 — Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA
- Southern School for Women Workers: August 2-5, 2018 — Highlander Center, New Market, Tennessee