The North American Labor History Conference is a nationally-recognized conference exploring the past, present, and future of the labor movement in the Americas.
Established in 1979 by Philip P. Mason, the founder and first director of the Walter P. Reuther Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, it grew from a small regional conference to the major labor conference in the country. The NALHC showcased an entire generation of labor scholars with cutting-edge research and gave budding graduate students their start not to mention serving as the launching pad for the Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA).
Having run continuously from 1979 as an annual conference, we began a biennial schedule in 2018 in recognition of everyone's tightening travel budgets. But the pandemic pause has been overlong, and we are very much looking forward to a return to normal.
In October 2024 we are bringing back the NALHC as a three-day conference, hosted by the Department of History, Labor@Wayne, and the Reuther Archives at Wayne State University. Elizabeth Faue, long-time coordinator of the conference and current director of Labor@Wayne, will lead the team for the return of this vital conference. We encourage scholars, students, activists, archivists and union members to submit proposals.