LERA 69th Annual Meeting, June 1-4, 2017, Anaheim, CA
Pre-Conference Day: May 31, 2017
Hilton Anaheim, 777 Convention Way, Anaheim, CA 92802, USA

"Jobs, Opportunity and Equality in the
New World of Work"

Registration • Hotel  Program PreConf Tours  PreConf Workshops Jr Faculty Consortium • PhD Consortium Participant Info Program Committee

Plan now to attend the LERA 69th Annual Meeting, June 1-4, 2016 in Anaheim, CA. The meeting will be held at the Hilton Anaheim. Join us in Anaheim for exciting workshops, symposiums, section and industry council sessions and meetings, committee meetings, plenaries, breakfasts, luncheons, and receptions, and special pre-conference day professional development workshops and tours.

Registration open, EarlyBird ends March 25

  • Members and past presenters click HERE to register.

  • First-time attendees click HERE to register.

Registration opens online on February 15, 2017. All participants and attendees must register, including speakers and discussants (chairs, panelists, presenters, speakers, discussants, etc.). Those who pre-register by the earlybird registration deadline of March 25, 2017 will receive a discount. Online registration will be open through May 25, 2017. After that, onsite registration will be offered at the LERA headquarters hotel, the Hilton Anaheim, beginning May 25, 2017. Registration will open at 7am on the opening day of the conference and at 8am on the second, third, and fourth day of the conference. Many (most!) of the meals and special events are included in the price of your registration, including breakfasts, luncheons, and the Welcome Reception.

Schedule of Events, Program and Presenters' Index

Complete Program and Presenters' Index can be found here:

Hotel Accommodations

All LERA meetings will be held at Hilton Anaheim, located at 777 Convention Way, Anaheim, CA 92802, United States. You can reserve your hotel accommodations online at the discounted rate of $159 per night. Reservations must be made by May 10, 2017 to guarantee block pricing:

Group Name:  Labor & Employment Relations Association (LERA)
Group Code:  LER
Call-in #:  877-776-4932

Hilton Anaheim main homepage

LERA 19th PhD Student Consortium

The LERA 19th Annual PhD Student Consortium will be held in conjunction with LERA's 69th Annual Meeting, and is chaired by Tingting Zhang, University of Toronto; Federica De Stefano, Bocconi University; and Jung ook Kim, Rutgers University. The event will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017, 8:15 - 11:30 am with other events continuing throughout the day. To register for this event, you must first register for the meeting, and indicate on the registration form that you plan to attend the PhD Student Consortium. For program and complete information, please visit: You will be able to RSVP for this event when you register for the conference.

LERA 2nd Annual Junior Faculty Consortium

The LERA 2nd Annual Jr. Faculty Consortium will meet Saturday, June 3, 2017 in the afternoon, and is chaired by Alan Benson of the University of Minnesota. You will be able to RSVP for this event when you register for the conference. For program and complete information, please visit:

Participant Information

If you are participating in this meeting as a session chair, paper presenter, a panelist, a speaker, a discussant, or poster presenter, there is information that you will need to refer to here throughout the next several months, and after the meeting is complete. For complete details, visit:

Pre-Conference Professional Development Workshops Available

On the pre-conference day, Wed., May 31, 2017, LERA will offer professional development workshops. An additional fee will cover admission, meeting costs, additional amenities, and will be added to your registration fee if you choose to attend. Workshops will begin at 8 am and conclude at Noon.

  • Workshop 1: Tools for Addressing Contemporary Workplace Tensions and Conflicts
    Facilitated by Carolyn Chalmers, Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Erin Kelly, Thomas Kochan, Nancy Peace, and via skype, Mary Rowe
    Is your organization experiencing increased racial and gender tensions in the workplace? Have you heard or had reports of disparaging comments taking place in the workplace? This workshop will help you identify NEW ways to address workplace tensions before they escalate into potentially destructive conflicts. As just two examples, we can discuss adding an organizational ombuds office into a conflict management system, and strategies for teaching micro-affirmations as one way of preventing micro-inequities." We will focus on examples from organizations in the Twin Cities areas. Hands-on exercises illustrate how to utilize state-of-the art tools for conflict management in your workplace.
    Who should attend? Managers, union leaders, mediators and facilitators of organizational change and others who share an interest in and responsibility for addressing the tensions, inequities, and conflicts occurring in workplaces today.
  • Workshop 2: TBA

Pre-Conference Tours Available - See Complete Info Here (coming soon)

LERA is hoping to once again offer educational and enjoyable tours, put together by the planning and logistics committee, in the afternoon on the pre-conference day, Wed., May 31, 2017. An additional fee is needed covering transportation, admission fees, and any additional amenities. A $30/40 charge is added on your registration fee, and is optional. Tours will depart from the hotel lobby at 3 pm and return approximately 5:30 to 6 pm.

Program Committee

A special thanks to the LERA Program Committee for their work over the past year to develop the LERA 69th Annual Meeting program. Find the Call for Proposals connected to this meeting here.

LERA 69th Annual Meeting Program Committee (2016/2017)

altJanice Bellace, LERA President and Program Chair (pictured left)

Paul Clark, Academic Co-Chair
Stephen Sleigh, Practitioner Co-Chair
Marlene Heyser, Arrangements Co-Chair

Committee Members:

  • Allison Beck, FMCS, Neutral (2019)
  • Earl Brown, Solidarity Center, Labor (2018)
    Monica Bielski Boris, University of Minnesota Labor Program, Labor (2017)
  • Alex Colvin, Cornell University, Academic (2019)
  • Jon Donehower, Kaiser Permanente, Management (2018)
  • Cyndi Furseth, Portland Gas & Electric, Management (2019)
  • Jody Hoffer Gittell, Brandeis University, Academic (2018)
  • Nick Krachler, Cornell University, PhD Student (2018)
  • Lynda Lee, FMCS, Neutral (2018)
  • Jim Pruitt, Kaiser Permanente, Management (2017)
  • Ami Silverman, NLRB, representing local chapters (2017)
  • Charles Whalen, Congressional Budget Office, Neutral (2017)

Ex-officio Members of LERA 69th Annual Meeting Program Committee:

  • Bonnie Castrey, Arbitrator/Mediator, LERA Past President
  • Ariel Avgar, Cornell University, LERA Editor-in-Chief
  • Craig Olson, Univ of Illinois, LERA Secretary/Treasurer
  • Ryan LaMare, University of Illinois, Chair, LERA Poster Session
  • William Canak, Middle Tennessee State Univ, NCAC Chair        
  • Harry Katz, Cornell University, LERA President Elect

Registration • Hotel  Program PreConf Tours  PreConf Workshops Jr Faculty Consortium • PhD Consortium Participant Info Program Committee