2011 National Policy Forum

"Competition, Jobs, and Equity in a Recovery Economy"
Mark your calendars to join us June 6-7, 2011 for LERA's 9th Policy Forum. Online Registration is open through May 27, 2011.
 LERA's 9th National Policy Forum | June 6-7, 2011, Washington, D.C.
Cafritz Conference Center • George Washington University Campus 800 21st Street, NW Washington, DC 20052
Co-sponsored by The Bureau of National Affairs and BlueCross BlueShield Assn
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Program Chair: Gordon Pavy, AFL-CIO, LERA President 2011
Co-vice Chairs: Patrick McHugh, George Washington University and Bonnie Castrey, Arbitrator/Mediator

LERA National Policy Forums are designed to connect theory and practice with policy issues in ways that have impact.  Hosted by George Washington University at the Cafritz Conference Center in Washington D.C. the 2011 Forum theme signals what may be an end to over two decades of gridlock on a broad range of labor and employment policy issues and explores what may be new frontiers in labor and employment policy. 

This year's Policy Forum will have a particular focus on policy issues around union organizing, pension and health care benefits, and other issues for which legislative debates are anticipated and where public policy can be informed by scholarly research and practitioner perspectives.   The Forum will also consider state and industry-level challenges in rebuilding the American Dream and surface deeper underlying assumptions about the workforce, unions, employers and other stakeholders. 

Keynote Addresses by National Leaders:
Hon. Hilda Solis, Secretary, US Department of Labor
Jared Berstein, Senior Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Steven Greenhouse, New York Times

Through a series of workshops and plenary sessions featuring panels of legislators, labor and management practitioners, and leading researchers, the LERA 2011 NPF will provide a unique opportunity to participate in the public policy dialogue concerning today’s most pressing problems.

Blue Ribbon Panels Featured Leading Experts on:

  • Manufacturing in Crisis and Strategies for Recovery
  • Energy, Infrastructure and the Goal of Green Jobs
  • Immigration Policy: Contested Terrain
  • Financial Regulation and the Role of Private Equity in Employment
  • Public Employee Pensions: Balancing Rights and Reform 
  • Private Sector Retirement Security: Myths and Realities
  • Health Care Reform: Prospects for Bending the Cost Curve while Expanding Coverage to the Uninsured
  • Collective Bargaining Challenges for Policy Makers Today   
  • Corporate Lobbying on Labor Policy: The Role of HR Executives
  • Nations Elevating Labor and Employment Policy in Strategic Ways

This conference is for: employment relations practitioners, company executives, union officials, Capitol Hill staffers, attorneys, government employees, mediators and arbitrators, journalists, researchers, academics, and others involved with labor and employment relations practices, law, and policy.

Early-bird registration runs through May 6th. Discounted hotel room rates have been arranged at the Washington Hilton and are available through May 6, 2011. To register for the conference, reserve a hotel room, or view the current program, visit this website in March.