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    LERA 67th Annual Meeting, May 28-31, 2015, Pittsburgh, PA   

   "Evolving Workplace Relations: Connecting Research to Best Practices"   
    The Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh, 1000 Penn Avenue, Pennsylvania, PA 15222, USA   

    Registration • Hotel  Program  PhD Consortium  Participant Info Committee Tours

Plan now to attend the 67th Annual Meeting of the Labor and Employment Relations Association on May 28-31, 2015. The meeting will be held in Pittsburgh, PA at the The Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh.The LERA Program Committee requested sessions proposals for stimulating, creative, and controversial panels and workshops related to the theme "Evolving Workplace Relations: Connecting Research to Best Practices" as well as other proposals that deal with topics of current interest and the mission of LERA. We encouraged submissions from the perspectives of multiple disciplines – including but not limited to economics, sociology, political science, labor and employment law, industrial relations, and human resource studies – and the perspectives of multiple stakeholders, including investors, managers, workers and unions. Join us in Pittsburgh for exciting workshops, symposiums, section and industry council sessions and meetings, committee meetings, plenaries, breakfasts, luncheons, and receptions.

Why go? Click for HIGHLIGHTS!

Program and Presenters' Index

Complete Program and Presenters' Index can be found here:


Members and past presenters click HERE to register. First-time attendees click HERE to register.

Registration opens online on February 6, 2015. 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 April 14, 2015 will receive a discount. Online registration will be open through May 20, 2015. After that, onsite registration will be offered at the LERA headquarters hotel, the The Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh, beginning May 28, 2015. 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.



Hotel Accommodations

All LERA meetings will be held at The Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh, located at 1000 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, United States. You can reserve your hotel accommodations online or phone them toll-free at 888-627-7053. There is no code, you simply state that you are with the LERA 67th Annual Meeting, and the dates, and they will grant you the discounted rate.

**********************The Westin Convention Center is CURRENTLY SOLD OUT on all nights except May 27, 2015!!*****************

UPDATE! Overflow Hotel and Rates!

Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square $159 single (LERA Rate EXCEPT FOR Saturday May 30th!)
Our Shuttle runs every day – 6:30am – 10:00pm (typically tries to leave every 30 minutes)
LERA 67th Annual Meeting 2 Att00-278DCE1 (OR copy and paste the following link into a web browser)

One challenge is that Kenny Chesney sold out PNC Park on Saturday, so rooms downtown for Saturday night are VERY scarce.

Other Hotels:

1-2 block(s)
Marriot Courtyard. $209 ( as of 5/7/2015 3:14 p.m.)
Courtyard Pittsburgh Downtown
945 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 434-5551

3 blocks
Hampton Inn & Suites Pittsburgh-Downtown $199 ( as of 5/7/2015 3:14 p.m.)
1247 Smallman St
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 288-4350

Westin Discounted Rates:
Standard King or 2 double beds: $159
Corner Suite: $219
Business Suite: $259
Parlor Suite: $309
Luxury Suite: $1159
Additional Person: $10

Rates do not include applicable state and local taxes, currently 14%. Room rates will be available for three days prior and three days after the event dates, subject to availability guest rooms at the time of the reservation. An early departure fee of $75 will apply if an attendee checks out prior to the confirmed checkout date (once a guest has checked in to the hotel, if the guest decides to change their departure date, at that  point, a $75 fee is assessed.) You can, however, cancel or change your reservation up to 24 hours prior to check-in, without fees.

Discounted hotel rooms will be available starting February 1, 2015 and through 5:00 p.m. local time at Hotel on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. After the cut-off date, it is at the hotel's discretion whether to accept additional reservations, which would be subject to prevailing rates and availability.

Check in time is 3PM, and checkout is 12PM. The hotel has both self and valet parking facilities, and if traveling by GPS, please input 1000 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 to get directions. Hotel amenities include a fitness studio, an indoor heated pool, and complimentary high speed internet access in all guest rooms.

If you need to ship anything to the hotel, please ship it to your own attention at the hotel (John Doe's Room/Hotel Guest, The Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh, 1000 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, USA). The hotel will charge your room a handling fee per package.

Parking and Shuttle Service
The Westin offers on-site hotel valet and self-service parking for $24 and $20 per night respectively. There is also off-site parking one block away (11th & Penn) for $13 per day and five blocks away (15th & Smallman) for $6 per day. Prices are subject to change. The complimentary Westin hotel shuttle operates within a one mile radius of our Pittsburgh hotel Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 11 PM. Contact the front desk for more details.

The Westin is 17 miles (~25 minutes) from the Pittsburgh International Airport. There is an airport shuttle bus that provides convenient transportation between our Pittsburgh hotel and Pittsburgh International Airport. The shuttle runs 24 hours a day and advance reservations are required. Please call 1-800-258-3826, or visit to make your reservation. Cost is $24 one way and $46 round trip.


LERA 17th PhD Student Consortium

The LERA 17th Annual PhD Student Consortium will be held in conjunction with LERA's 67th Annual Meeting. The event will be held on Friday, May 29, 2015, 8 - 11:15 am with other events continuing throughout the day.  To register for this event, you must first register for the meeting, then send an RSVP to the Consortium Co-Conveners. 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.

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An additional fee is needed covering transportation, admission fees, and any additional amenities. A $20 charge is added on your registration fee.

Labor Relations in Pro Football Tour leaves Westin Friday at 12:15 p.m. returns 1:45 p.m.
30-45 minute session with Art Rooney or senior front office personnel from the Pittsburgh Steelers who can talk about the state of labor relations between the teams/league and the NFLPA and the leadership role the Steelers organization plays in labor-management relations in pro football.

Labor History in Pittsburgh leaves Westin at Friday 9:45 a.m. returns 2:15 p.m.
Pittsburgh has played a critical role in the history of the American labor movement and American employment relations. Several modern unions were founded in Pittsburgh, as was the American Federation of Labor. And a number of historic confrontations that shaped the relationship between labor and management took place in Pittsburgh, including the Rail Strike of 1877, the Homestead Strike/Lockout of 1892, and the 1919 Steel Strike. As a result, the history and culture of Pittsburgh reflects its working-class, blue collar roots, even as Pittsburgh has reinvented itself as a city driven by the technology, healthcare, and finance industries.

The Labor History Tour will travel to Homestead to visit the original Carnegie Steel Pump House, scene of the dramatic 1892 battle between Pinkerton agents. We will visit a few other historic sites in that community before traveling to the working class neighborhood of Millvale for a tour of the world famous Maxo Vanka Working Class Murals at St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church.

IBEW Joint Apprenticeship Training Center leaves Westin Friday at 12:15 p.m. returns 1:45 p.m.
The finest and most highly trained electrical workers in the country receive their training through local joint apprenticeship training committees utilizing the standardized education programs developed by the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the Electrical Industry. Providing the highest level of training through the support of our partners.

Program Committee

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

Martin Mulloy, President/Program Chair
Paul Clark, Pennsylvania State University
Jonathan Donehower, Kaiser Permanente
Lisa Ewing, United Auto Workers
Fred Foulkes, Boston University
Cyndi Furseth, Portland General Electric
Marlene Heyser, Workplace Law Strategies
Eileen Hoffman, FMCS
Larry “Chip” Hunter, Univ. of Wisconsin
Mingwei Liu, Rutgers University
Lisa Lynch, Brandeis University
Revea Moran, US GAO
Chris Tilly, UCLA
Michael Wasser, Jobs With Justice
Marc Winters, Alternative Dispute Resolution Services

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