This looks great - especially for those in North America who can get there.
It is easier to read in the attached file.
>CALL FOR PAPERS / REQUEST FOR WORKSHOPS
>BUILDING UNION POWER
>IN A CHANGING ECONOMY
>AFL-CIO / UALE EDUCATION CONFERENCE
>April 26-29, 2001, Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts
>This conference aims to bring together people from unions, universities,
>social action groups who want to collectively explore ways of
>corporate power at home and around the world in their work as trade
>unionists, educators, researchers and community activists. We are
>proposals for papers, workshop sessions and round table discussions.
>we will consider all proposals that relate to the theme of the
>we are especially interested in encouraging research and discussions
>provide fresh insights into and analysis of issues relating to corporate
>power and union strategic initiatives and responses to it, as well as
>implications for the practice of labor education and social/community
>action. We welcome paper and workshop proposals from researchers, labor
>educators, unionists, and activists from other countries. In particular
>are looking for presentations which directly focus on the following
>¨ Corporate control over the economy: Nature and degree of private
>changes over time (how "new" is the new economy?) Can unions gain power
>this environment? Challenges by unions and communities. Labor's
>role: a counter to corporate power? Teaching economics and politics to
>workers: what is our message? How effective are we?
>¨ Organizing in the "new" economy: Analysis of efforts such as Voice @
>Work, coalition building, community outreach, organizing strategies for
>workers: youth, immigrants, college educated, "dot.com" workers.
>organizing and coalition building: what works, what doesn't?
>¨ A changing labor market: the struggle for jobs. Analysis of labor
>institutions and effects on women, youth, people of color, immigrants,
>wage workers, highly skilled workers: including issues of access and
>discrimination. Who defines skill? Unions and workforce development:
>we mount an effective challenge to corporate control of training?
>Government and community responses: how helpful is the law? Strategies
>bargaining, education, coalition work.
>¨ Technology, media, culture and information. Effects of private
>mass media and information/monitoring technology. Strategies for
>establishing a challenge to the ideology and practice of neo-liberalism
>consumerist culture. Mass culture vs worker culture: developing class
>consciousness. The role of alternative and labor press and info
>technologies. How can we use the new information technologies in
>organizing, bargaining, and labor education?
>¨ Collective bargaining in a changing economy-challenging corporate
>of the workplace and the bargaining agenda. Bargaining as it relates to
>contingent workers, privatization and contracting out, technology,
>organizing rights. Bargaining across borders-what evidence of progress?
>Teaching bargaining in the context of economic change-innovations and
>Workshop and Roundtable Discussion Proposals: Workshops should be
>on the craft of labor education as it tackles the challenges of teaching
>about, and in, an environment of immense corporate power, particularly
>the sub-themes listed above. Workshops should demonstrate a teaching
>technique on a topic relevant to our themes, introduce materials, and
>a discussion that allows for feedback and sharing of experience. A
>number of workshops and roundtable discussions may address topics
>the theme which relate to general issues facing the labor movement and
>education. Proposals for workshops and roundtables should be one or two
>pages and include the session title and topic, a description of the
>and the names and addresses of the presenters. Proposals are due no
>than September 29, 2000.
>Paper Proposals: Research papers which advance our understanding of the
>mechanisms and effects of corporate power are as important as
>workshops. We are particularly interested in both case studies and
>quantitative research that use original data. (Opinion papers not
>by original research, should be submitted for roundtable topics). All
>papers must be written in a format and style which are accessible to the
>general reader, free from academic jargon. Paper presentations at the
>conference should be lively and informal presentations of the major
>and implications of the research. Papers will be grouped into sessions
>approximately 3 papers on a related theme. Paper sessions will have
>and university co-chairs. It is anticipated that a collection of
>papers from the conference will be published in a special issue of the
>Studies Journal (see below). Paper proposals should be approximately
>750-1000 words in length and are due no later than September 20, 2000.
>Proposals should describe the topic, state all working hypotheses, and
>explain the research methodology. Proposals must include the author's
>address, phone number, fax number, and where relevant, e-mail address.
>All presenters are responsible for registration fees and will have to
>their own expenses to, and at, the conference.
>Send proposals to Roberta Till-Retz, Vice President, UALE, Labor Center,
>University of Iowa, Oakdale Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242-5000. FAX (319)
>335-4464. Proposals can also be sent as e-mail messages or attachments
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>September 20, 2000 while deadline for receipt of workshop or roundtable
>proposals will be September 29, 2000. Decisions regarding acceptance of
>papers and the workshops for the conference will be made jointly by the
>AFL-CIO Education Department and the UALE conference planning committee.
>a paper proposal is accepted, the deadline for receiving the working
>of your paper, along with an abstract, will be March 16, 2001. Papers
>be considered for publication in the Labor Studies Journal by an
>panel of reviewers. Final papers submitted for consideration for the
>Journal should be 20 double-spaced pages in length, including all
>tables, and references and will be due by June 1, 2001. If you have
>questions, please call Roberta Till-Retz (319) 335-4145, or her
>Nancy Pounds, at (319) 335-4177.
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Dr Jane Wills
Department of Geography
Queen Mary and Westfield College
University of London
Mile End Road
London E1 4NS
0207 7882 5414
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