The Labor Studies Journal begins its second quarter century of publication by moving to the West Virginia University Press. The Journal focuses on work, workers, labor organizations, and worker education in the United States and internationally. It is the official journal of the United Association for Labor Education (UALE), whose members are union, university, and community-based educators, labor activists, and scholars.


“When we began looking for a new publishing home, West Virginias rich labor history made coming to the WVU Press seem like the natural choice,”says Dr. Sarah Etherton, an associate professor in the Institute for Labor Studies and Research, and also the Journals managing editor.”We see a connection to a couple of the Presss own goals, providing a scholarly publication while also reflecting the culture of working men and women.”


Another reason to forge a publishing relationship with the WVU Press is that the Journal is seeking to broaden its audience and to strengthen its presence as a relevant, scholarly periodical.”The Journals Editorial Board is excited about this new association because we feel certain that the new direction given by WVU Press will help us to accomplish both goals,”adds Dr. Etherton.


Dr. Patrick W. Conner, Eberly College Centennial Professor of English and Director of the WVU Press, agrees that this new collaboration will benefit both the Journal and the Press.”This is an internationally respected publication in a very important field, and it can only add to the reputation of WVU Press as a serious source of scholarly work. At the same time, our expertise will help the journal maintain its high standard of quality, and reach its full potential readership.”


The upcoming issue of The Labor Studies Journal, the first under WVU Press, will be released on April 13, 2001.