The Labor and Employment Relations Association tapped Peter “Pete” Feuille for its Lifetime Achievement Award Monday, Dec. 8. Feuille received the award at a luncheon at the University of Illinois’ School of Labor and Employment Relations, where LERA’s home offices are located.
He was instrumental in relocating LERA headquarters from the University of Wisconsin to the University of Illinois in 1999. He was named LERA secretary-treasurer in January 2000. He served until November 2014.
National workplace changes inspired ILR School's 1945 start
The rich history of the ILR School, shaping labor-management values and impacting lives right from its start 70 years ago, is tied to the social, economic and political landscapes of the Great Depression.
That's when U.S. Labor Secretary Frances Perkins, who later taught at ILR, and others led the nation into dramatic workplace change.
Legislation such as the Fair Labor Standards Act, securing wages and hours, and the National Labor Relations Act, protecting workers' rights to organize, reshaped the employer-employee relationship.
What is LERA? The Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) is the singular organization in the country where professionals interested in all aspects of labor and employment relations network to share ideas and learn about new developments, issues, and practices in the field. Founded in 1947 as the Industrial Relations Research Association (IRRA), the National LERA provides a unique forum where the views of representatives of labor, management, government and academics, advocates and neutrals are welcome.