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National Labor College (NLC) 2011 graduate Stephen Lockie (Labor Education and Labor Safety and Health) won the New Generation Award at the 2013 United Association for Stephen LockieLabor Education (UALE) conference in Toronto, Canada in April 2013.

Lockie is a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 570, Tucson, Arizona, and his paper was titled, “Organizing the Electrical Construction Industry of the 21st Century.”

“I was humbled to win the New Generation Award at the UALE conference in Toronto. All the entrants worked incredibly hard on their research projects and seeing two other NLC graduates presenting alongside me made me proud,” said Lockie.

The two other NLC finalists were:

  • 2010 Graduate Bridget Benjamin (Labor Safety and Health), United Association of Steamfitters Local 601, Milwaukee, Wisconsin  – “It’s Not the Fall; It’s the Sudden Stop: The Need for Light Weight, Comfortable Fall Protection in the Building Trades”
  • 2012 Graduate Jeff Hines (Labor Education), Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation, Toronto, Ontario  – “Encouraging the Canadian Youth to Enter the Skilled Trades”

UALE’s New Generation Award is awarded to the best paper presentation by a new or aspiring student, labor educator, or researcher. A selection committee appointed by the UALE Board chose the submissions, scheduled them together for a panel session at the conference, and selected the winner based on the quality of the papers as well as the presentation of the ideas during the panel.

I am grateful to have had support and encouragement from my professors and advisors during my time at National Labor College.

UALE is a national organization of labor educators working toward progress, growth, and hope for the labor movement. Education is an essential tool of union transformation, developing new leaders and meeting the ever-changing needs of unions and workers.

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