Call for Session and Paper Proposals: LERA 70th Annual Meeting

Posted: May 15, 2017
Organization: Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA)

Submission Date:
November 15, 2017 to December 15, 2017
Submission Forms:
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LERA Call for Session and Paper Proposals

LERA 70th Annual Meeting, June 14-17, 2018, Baltimore, MD
Preconference Day – June 13, 2018
Hilton Baltimore, 401 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA


Shaping the Future of Work

Challenges, Opportunities and New Models

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Harry Katz, LERA President and Program Co-chair
Kris Rondeau, LERA President Elect and Program Co-chair

The Co-chairs and Program Committee welcome session proposals from the best and brightest. At least one participant in a session must be a LERA member, and one author on each paper.

The LERA Program Committee invites proposals for stimulating and creative proposals related to engaging various, sometimes differing, stakeholders involved in employment relations with the end goal of enriching investors, managers, employees, policy makers, and unions. LERA’s program format offers fresh opportunities for thought leaders from all aspects of employment and industrial relations. LERA’s mission connects research, practice and policy, as well as stakeholders. Proposals connecting these three aspects are strongly encouraged. We encourage submissions from different disciplines, including, but not limited to:
Economics • Sociology Political Science Labor and Employment Law Industrial Relations Human Resource Studies  Organizational Behavior  Labor Relations  Labor Unions and Social Movements  Work, Globalization, and Migration  Diversity  Work Organization and Management
Presentations may take a variety of forms: Symposia, panels, workshops, posters, skill-building, debates, roundtable discussions, etc. The number of tracks and lengths of sessions depends on the quantity and quality of proposals. To encourage thought diversity, participants may only present on the program once per role. Deadline: November 15, 2017.

Other paper competitions include LERA Competitive Papers (complete papers up to 30 pages) or the AILR/LERA Best Papers Competition (paper proposals up to 3 pages), and the special LERA Best Papers edition of the AILR Journal (complete papers up to 30 pages). Winning authors will be invited to present in special sessions at the meeting and may earn invitations to publish. Deadline: December 15, 2017.

Organizers are required to provide a session abstract and description, identify participants (confirmed or invited), and provide full contact information at the time of submission for all session participants. If you have questions about this Call for Proposals, contact: [email protected].

LERA's Annual Meeting program branched into new formats in the past two years. The long-appreciated format of research papers and discussants lay the foundation to new ways of organizing sessions. New formats include:

  • Facilitated panels of practitioners
  • Workshops hosted by one person
  • Hands-on case studies workshops, like the Arbitrator Panel
  • Point/Counter Point debates

The over-arching goal for the annual meeting program: Bring the labor and employment relations experts from all industries and perspectives and discuss how research-based practices improve work environments for everyone.


 Before submitting your proposal, consider these points:

  1. What is today's date? Session and general paper/poster proposals are not accepted after November 15, 2017. Competition papers and must be submitted no later than December 15, 2017. (Still other paper competitions are due Jan. 15, 2018 - please see for complete list.)

  2. Get the contact information for ALL participants of your session before you start. LERA communicates with all participants at different stages before the annual meeting. Email addresses are especially crucial for communicating updates. Collect all the needed information in a document before starting the submission form.

  3. Sessions are now 90 minutes long. This change from 120 minutes (2 hours) was very popular with attendees and encouraged brisk, on-point discussions allowing for more sessions.

  4. All participants are expected to register even if it is for one day. This requirement raises a one or two questions every year. LERA's mission focuses on being facilitators of open discussions on LER trends and practices. Our hope is the experts on all sessions will network and share throughout the day and meeting. All attendees benefit. From a practical point of view, with over 300 program participants, developing criteria for who pays and who doesn't was too challenging. The Executive Board understands the new session formats and an even more diverse audience means being flexible, which is why all program participants are eligible for the early-bird, member discount, whether they are a member or an early bird.

  5. Don't let item #4 discourage you. Most completely understand the requirement. Be upfront when you invite the participants and the rationale for why this is LERA's tradition. Most will register because they will gain more than they give. The experts attending are the cream of labor issues and practice. Less than a handful mention any inconvenience. Consider sponsoring your panel's registration(s) through your organization and be recognized as an industry supporter of improving work. Contact Emily at LERA (217) 333-0072 or [email protected] if you are interested in recognition options.

  6. LERA Program Committee guidelines will not allow any participant to act within a single session in more than one role (chair, panelist/presenter, discussant), and an individual cannot act twice in a given role throughout the entire program (all sessions at the conference). Someone can participate once as chair, once as panelist/presenter, and once as discussant. This is to ensure broad representation and participation of all LERA members and constituencies at the LERA Annual Meeting. There are a few exceptions to this rule to allow for competition winners, etc., but please use this as your guideline when crafting session proposals.

Proposal Submission Forms

Due date:
Nov. 15, 2017
Due dates:
Dec. 15, 2017 - Jan. 15, 2018
Proposals for
Sessions and Papers
Proposals for
Competition Papers

Start Your Session Proposal

Start Your Paper Abstract Submission

Start your Poster Abstract Submission

Start Your LERA Competitive Paper Submission*
(Due Dec. 15, 2017)

Start Your AILR/LERA Best Papers Proposal*
(Due Jan. 15, 2018)


* More complete details for individual paper competitions such as LERA Competitive Papers, AILR/LERA Best Papers can be found at the LERA Deadlines page here:

LERA 70th Annual Meeting Program Committee (2017/2018)


Harry C. KatzHarry C. Katz, Cornell University (left)Kris Rondeau
LERA President and Program Co-chair

Kris Rondeau, AFSCME (right)
LERA President Elect and Program Co-chair

Danielle van Jaarsveld, Univ. of British Columbia - Academic Vice Chair
Jeff Wheeler, Georgetown University - Practitioner Vice Chair
Ezio Borchini, Arbitrator/Mediator
- Baltimore Vice Chair

Program Committee:

John Amman, IATSE Local 600
Allison Beck
Alex Colvin, Cornell University
David A. Petersen, NAA/LERA Liaison
Bill Dirksen, Ford Motor Company
Jon Donehower, Kaiser Permanente
Cyndi Furseth, Portland Gas & Electric
Jody Hoffer Gittell, Brandeis University
Sally Klingel, Cornell University
Nick Krachler, Cornell University
Lynda Lee, FMCS
Leo McCann, American Train Dispatchers Association
Christine Newhall, AAA
Arthur Pearlstein, FMCS

Baltimore LERA Chapter Leaders:

Heather Heilman, Kahn Smith
Maryland LERA President
Daniel Altcheck, Miles Stock Bridge
Maryland LERA President Elect
Christy Yoshitomi, FMCS

Ex-officio Members of
Program Committee:

Janice Bellace, Univ. of PA
LERA Past President
Ariel Avgar, Cornell University
LERA Editor-in-Chief
Craig Olson, University of Illinois
LERA Secretary/Treasurer
Ryan LaMare, University of Illinois,
LERA Poster Session Chair
William Canak, MTSU
NCAC Chair