About LERA

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.

Today, LERA constituencies include professionals in the areas of academic research and education, compensation and benefits, human resources, labor and employment law, labor and management resources, labor markets and economics, public policy, training and development, and union administration and organizing. Membership includes subscriptions to a number of publications, advance information and discounts on meetings, and many other opportunities to meet the leaders in our field and share ideas through participating in industry councils and interest sections. Join our professional community and become part of the dialog to share the workplace of the future.

The National LERA encompasses more than 3,000 members. Sign up online using our Membership Enrollment Form. Here is our Membership Brochure, to view and/or print.

Industry Councils
Industry Councils represent a bold new initiative for the LERA, building on a long tradition of industry-focused analysis and publications by the Association. A network of tri-partite industry councils is organizing, with efforts already underway in aerospace, airline, automotive, construction, health care, public sector, steel, utilities and other industries. LERA members can join up to two Industry Councils.

Interest Sections
Members can join up to two Interest Sections. These sections meet annually and include collective bargaining, dispute resolution, international, labor and employment law, labor markets/economics, labor unions/labor studies, NAFTA/regional integration, and work and employment relations (HR).

LERA Publications
Each year the LERA publishes a wealth of information and insight into the field of industrial relations and human resources. LERA publications are provided to members free of charge. Read on to learn more about LERA publications.

Annual Research Volume
The annual Research Volume includes scholarly work on fields of interest to LERA members. Edited by LERA members, the Research Volume provides ample teaching and research material.

Annual Meeting Proceedings
Papers presented at the LERA annual meeting are also published online as the Annual Meeting Proceedings, and are posted on the LERA website in html and .pdf formats, allowing searches and quality printing. These volumes enable the entire membership to share in the ideas and discussions of timely topics.

LERA Newsletter
Published four times a year, the LERA Newsletter will keep you informed on chapter news, national and international meetings, LERA events and programs, new publications, job openings, and publishing opportunities. Newsletters are mailed each March, June, September and November and posted on the web in html and .pdf formats for member access.

Local Chapters
Become a part of the large network of 50+ LERA chapters where members meet colleagues in the private and public sectors, as well as college and university faculty and third party neutrals. Local chapter members learn about issues important in their specific areas and develop a network of professional contacts. The National LERA will put you in touch with your Local LERA Chapter or all us today for information.

Perspectives on Work
The LERA bi-annual magazine, Perspectives on Work, features incisive articles written by expert workers, students, labor leaders, human resources managers, arbitrators, mediators, government officials, and academics who draw upon the rich history and tradition of the LERA and the precedents set by its accomplished membership in developing their own visions for the future world of work. Pdf versions are posted on the web for member access (selected articles).

Online and Printed LERA Membership Directories
The LERA Membership Directories contain the "Who's Who" of professionals in the field. The Online Directory is a 'members only' benefit and includes the latest contact information for members in our professional community. The printed Membership Directory is published every four years, with the 2006 edition due for release this fall. Members will be able to purchase a copy the printed directory at-cost for the price of $10.00 each. Directory pre-order information will posted to soon.

Network at Meetings
As a National LERA member, you are invited to attend the LERA Annual Meeting where you will meet with colleagues and members of LERA's 50+ local chapters, and hear educational presentations from academic and practitioner leaders in your field.

LERA Logos
LERA logos are available for download and may be used with authorization from the LERA National Office. For information on downloading usage, contact (217) 333-0072.