• UCLA Strategic Labor Research Conference

About the Conference

UCLA Strategic Labor Research Conference, August 2-4, 2024

Join California’s labor movement researchers in discussions about the future of research and organizing!

Hosted by the UCLA Labor Studies Program, the UCLA Strategic Labor Research Conference (August 2-4, 2024) is an annual event, offered free of cost, that includes workshops on applied skills and discussions about strategic campaigns designed for new and experienced union and labor movement researchers. 

Dynamic keynote speakers and a variety of exciting training sessions will help strengthen and add new skills to your research repertoires. Come join California’s labor movement researchers in discussions about the future of research and organizing!

Applications were due May 17. Sign up to receive updates about future strategic labor research opportunities: here.

Keynote Speaker

Kim Kelly profile picture

Kim Kelly is an independent journalist, author, and organizer. She is the author of Fight Like Hell:The Untold History of American Labor. Her writing on labor, class, politics, and culture has appeared in Teen Vogue, The New Republic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Baffler, The Nation, and Esquire. Previously, she was the heavy metal editor at VICE’s music vertical, and was an original member of the VICE Union. A third-generation union member, she is a member of the Industrial Workers of the World’s Freelance Journalists Union, as well as a member and elected councilperson for the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE).

Keynote Panel

Strategic Campaigning and the Green Economy

Panelists (pictured left to right): Tamina Chowdhury (BlueGreen Alliance), Julie Farb (AFL-CIO), Eliza Pan (Amazon Employees for Climate Justice), Grace Regullano (Sunrise Project). 

Moderator: Grace Regullano, Sunrise Project.

California is a national leader in the development of green technologies, but what kind of jobs these new sites of economic activity will create is still very much an open question. Led by Grace Regullano of the Sunrise Projectpanelists from a variety of backgrounds will discuss their takes on the possibility of running strategic campaigns around green projects, identifying policy leverage points, and the importance of “blue-green” coalitions.

FAST Reunion Panel

Moderator: Nelson Lichtenstein, Professor and Director the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy at UC Santa Barbara

In this panel several key FAST alumni will get together and share their thoughts on lessons from FAST for campaigns today. FAST was one of the first collectives within organized labor to take the idea of corporate campaigns seriously. Known for their aggressive take-no-prisoners tactics, FAST researchers hit corporations hard before the organization was disbanded in the early 2000s.

Confirmed Workshops

Workshop descriptions available for workshops listed in blue. 

Location

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

337 Charles E Young Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90095

The Luskin School of Public Affairs is located in the Northeast part of campus and the nearest parking lot is Structure 3. Structure 3 has a limited number of Pay-by-Space spots that can be purchased by machine or on your phone in the parking lot for $15 a day.

Otherwise, you may purchase an all-day permit from any UCLA parking kiosk.

Please Note: Two buildings on the UCLA campus are named after the Luskin family. The Luskin School of Public Affairs is in the northeast corner of campus, near the intersection of Sunset & Hilgard. You can find an interactive map of the UCLA Campus here.

Transportation

The Luskin School of Public Affairs is located in the Northeast part of campus and the nearest parking lot is Structure 3.  Structure 3 has a limited number of Pay-by-Space spots. Otherwise, you may purchase an all-day permit from any UCLA parking kiosk.

Conference Daily Schedule – Coming Soon

Stay Connected

Workshop schedule, announcements and other updates will be updated on this page regularly. 

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For general conference questions: laborresearchconference@irle.ucla.edu.

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About the Conference

UCLA Strategic Labor Research Conference, August 2-4, 2024

Join California’s labor movement researchers in discussions about the future of research and organizing!

Hosted by the UCLA Labor Studies Program, the UCLA Strategic Labor Research Conference (August 2-4, 2024) is an annual event, offered free of cost, that includes workshops on applied skills and discussions about strategic campaigns designed for new and experienced union and labor movement researchers. 

Dynamic keynote speakers and a variety of exciting training sessions will help strengthen and add new skills to your research repertoires. Come join California’s labor movement researchers in discussions about the future of research and organizing!

Applications were due May 17. Sign up to receive updates about future strategic labor research opportunities: here.

Keynote Speaker

Kim Kelly profile picture

Kim Kelly is an independent journalist, author, and organizer. She is the author of Fight Like Hell:The Untold History of American Labor. Her writing on labor, class, politics, and culture has appeared in Teen Vogue, The New Republic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Baffler, The Nation, and Esquire. Previously, she was the heavy metal editor at VICE’s music vertical, and was an original member of the VICE Union. A third-generation union member, she is a member of the Industrial Workers of the World’s Freelance Journalists Union, as well as a member and elected councilperson for the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE).

Keynote Panel

Strategic Campaigning and the Green Economy

California is a national leader in the development of green technologies, but what kind of jobs these new sites of economic activity will create is still very much an open question. Led by Grace Regullano of the Sunrise Projectpanelists from a variety of backgrounds will discuss their takes on the possibility of running strategic campaigns around green projects, identifying policy leverage points, and the importance of “blue-green” coalitions.

FAST Reunion Panel

Moderator: Nelson Lichtenstein, Professor and Director the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy at UC Santa Barbara

In this panel several key FAST alumni will get together and share their thoughts on lessons from FAST for campaigns today. FAST was one of the first collectives within organized labor to take the idea of corporate campaigns seriously. Known for their aggressive take-no-prisoners tactics, FAST researchers hit corporations hard before the organization was disbanded in the early 2000s.

Location

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

337 Charles E Young Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90095

The Luskin School of Public Affairs is located in the Northeast part of campus and the nearest parking lot is Structure 3. Structure 3 has a limited number of Pay-by-Space spots that can be purchased by machine or on your phone in the parking lot for $15 a day.

Otherwise, you may purchase an all-day permit from any UCLA parking kiosk.

Please Note: Two buildings on the UCLA campus are named after the Luskin family. The Luskin School of Public Affairs is in the northeast corner of campus, near the intersection of Sunset & Hilgard. You can find an interactive map of the UCLA Campus here.

Transportation

The Luskin School of Public Affairs is located in the Northeast part of campus and the nearest parking lot is Structure 3.  Structure 3 has a limited number of Pay-by-Space spots. Otherwise, you may purchase an all-day permit from any UCLA parking kiosk.

Conference Daily Schedule – Coming Soon

Stay Connected

Workshop schedule, announcements and other updates will be updated on this page regularly. 

Join our email list: Sign up here

For general conference questions: laborresearchconference@irle.ucla.edu.

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