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 Professional Workshops PreConf Tour Special Event Jr Faculty Consortium • PhD Consortium Participant Info Program Committee MCLE's available

Up to 17 CLE credit's available through pre-conference and meeting sessions!

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, next price increase is May 3!

  • 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 two professional development workshops (2 CLE credits each). 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 10 am and conclude at 3 pm. You may register for them both or individually. For complete details, visit

  • Professional Development Workshop 1: Negotiating Techniques to Resolve Workplace Conflicts (10 am - 12 pm)
    Co-Chairs: Marlene Heyser, Workplace Law Strategies and Bonnie Castrey, Mediator & Arbitrator

    This PDW will focus on how negotiating and mediation techniques can resolve workplace conflicts. The use of these techniques to resolve conflicts both informally and in a formal dispute will be explored.

    Who should attend: Union Officials and Shop Stewards; Company Executives and Managers; General Counsel; Human Resources
    Professionals; Labor & Employment Attorneys; Professors, Scholars and Researchers.
  • Professional Development Workshop 2: Litigation Mechanisms to Resolve Workplace Conflicts (1 - 3 pm)
    Co-chairs: Catherine Fisk, UC Irvine School of Law; David Lewin, UCLA Anderson School of Management
    Panelists: Thomas Lenz, Atkinson Andelson; Keith Watts, Ogletree Deakins; Carlos Perez, Reich Adell

    This PDW will explore key workplace dispute issues that are largely the subject of litigation rather than of internal dispute resolution procedures.  These issues include independent contractor v. employee status, no-poaching and non-compete agreements, and the reasonableness of executive compensation. Plaintiff and defendant
    perspectives on these issues will be presented, as will be the role of experts in these matters.

    Who should attend? Executives, especially Chief Operating Officers, General Counsel and Chief Human Resource Officers; Line Managers; Union Officials; Labor and Employment Attorneys; Labor and Employment Law Scholars and Researchers.

Pre-Conference Tour Available - See Complete Info Here

Tour: ILWU #13 / PMA Port Terminal Tour

Facilitated by Donovan Russell

LERA is offering an educational and enjoyable tour of an active Port Terminal of the International Longshore Warehouse Union Local 13 (ILWU) / Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) on the pre-conference day, Wed., May 31, 2017. A $30/40 charge is added on your registration fee if participation in this tour is selected. The tour will depart the Hilton Anaheim at 8 am and plans to return to the hotel by 4 pm (traffic will play a large part in our return time, ample time factored in). This will include a guided tour of one working terminal to observe operations, discuss safety and labor relation concerns, and will conclude with a working Q & A lunch with union and management representatives.


Special Event: Anaheim Angels vs Minnesota Twins

We have a block of tickets for the game, register before they're gone! We will be sitting right next to first base (section 126, see view from the section here). Interested in the history of the stadium? see their webpage here. Tickets are $60 and seats are in section 126. Game starts at 7 pm. Come network with other LERA members and enjoy the historic Angels Stadium



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

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