The 36th Annual Northeast Regional Summer School for Union Women

Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire


What is the Summer School?

The 36th UALE Northeast Regional Summer School for Union Women, July 17-22, 2011, is a five-day residential program, sponsored by the United Association of Labor Education (UALE). The school brings together union women who are rank-and-file members, staff, and officers to strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the American labor move-ment in an effort to develop skills that will prepare them to be more active union members and leaders. UALE works to promote education as an essential tool to develop new un-ion leadership and in the process of union transformation.
This year’s school will be hosted by Labor Education and Research Now (LEARN, Tracy Chang, Director) and the Dept. of Labor Studies and Employment Research of the School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR), Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. The School will be coordinated by Donna Schulman, Carey Library, Rutgers, and Karen Bellamy Lewis, IFPTE, AFL-CIO, CLC.

As a former student and instructor, I encourage every union woman to participate and to experience first hand the education, solidarity and lasting sisterhood the summer school provides. — Laurel Brennan, Secretary-Treasurer, New Jersey State AFL-CIO.

The Program

All students attend classes designed to teach and improve leadership skills. In addition, each student chooses two workshops, which meet Monday through Thursday, and there are evening activities and receptions. Summer School instructors are union officers, staff and labor educators from universities and unions. All workshops will be held at the Labor Education Center on the Cook Campus of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.


Register early, as space is limited. The cost includes tuition, housing, meals, and parking for the five days of the sum-mer school. The costs for commuters includes tuition, 2 meals/day and parking. Participants will be housed in on-campus apartments near the Labor Education Center. Each apartment consists of 2 bedrooms, a full kitchen, and a bathroom. All rooms are non-smoking. To register, please return the registration form with the full registration fee, no later than June 27, 2011. You will receive confirmation of registration by e-mail. An information packet and course selection material will be sent to the e-mail address listed on your registration form. (Please indicate if you require a print mailing.)


A limited number of partial scholarships are available and will be awarded based on individual needs. In addition, the Berger Marks Foundation is offering  FULL scholarships to four young union women.  The deadline for the Berger Marks Scholarship has been extended to July 1, 2011.

Please encourage your union or central labor body to cover your registration costs before you apply for a scholarship. For scholarship applications, download the forms at the right, or contact Donna Schulman at (848) 932-9608 or via email at


The Labor Education Center, Rutgers, is easily accessible by car, train or plane. Travel instructions as well as will be included in your information packet. Click here for directions.

Child care

Because of limited resources and a lack of child care providers on campus, we regretfully cannot offer childcare.

Cancellation and Refunds

Cancellations must be received in writing. Full refunds are available until July 1, 2011. Written cancellations made after July 5, 2011 will incur a late cancellation fee of $100. Registered participants who fail to cancel in writing prior to the start of the summer school and do not attend the program (i.e. no-shows) will not receive a refund except in extreme circumstances addressed on a case-by-case basis.