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Release: Feb. 5, 2001

UI Labor Center sponsors song contest

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Labor Center is sponsoring a labor song contest to mark its 50th year of labor education.

In the tradition of work and union songs by artists such as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, the Labor Center is sponsoring this contest to celebrate the union movement and its values. The contest offers a $500 prize and is open to anyone.

"Rather than sponsor an event or dinner, we wanted to do something different that represented what we do as labor educators," said Clara Oleson of the Labor Center. "We hope it will be sung at labor meetings and gatherings across the state."

Judges include Si Kahn, a renowned labor and folk music composer who is also involved with grassroots organizing in the fields of civil rights, labor, voting rights, health care, welfare, and the environment. David Gompper, director of the Center for New Music at the UI, and Midge Slater of the Communications Workers of America, will also be judges.

Entries should be submitted on tape or compact disc along with written lyrics by April 5 to: Midge Slater, Communication Workers of America, 6200 Aurora Ave. Urbandale, Iowa 50322.

For more information, call (515) 278-5551.