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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Plan now to attend the LERA 70th Annual Meeting, June 14-17, 2018 in Baltimore at the Hilton next to Camden Yards!  What do you get? Baseball, crab cakes and 4 days of intense learning and skill building at over 80 workshops, sessions, and more than 250 diverse presenters from every community focused on “the world of work.”

Build your networks with managers, unions, researchers, public policy and agency staff from throughout the US and abroad.  Return home value added for your organization and your job.

Take part in practical workshops, join debates on the latest applied research topics and hear from experts on how their companies, organizations, and unions have successfully navigated workplace issues critical to success.

Featured Speakers

Catherine Pugh,
City of Baltimore Mayor
Dutch Ruppersberger,
U.S. Congressman MD 2nd Dist.


Special Events

Thank you to the Baltimore LERA Chapter Officers and Leaders, including but not limited to: Ezio Borchini, Daniel Altchek, Heather Heilman, and Christy Yoshitomi, for organizing these special events featuring local traditions and entertainment!

New to the agenda is a "Dinner in Little Italy" for Thursday evening. Please see details here.

Please find complete details here for all of our special events associated with LERA 70th Annual Meeting.

Registration open, standard pricing ends May 2

Click HERE to register

Registration is online. All participants and attendees must register, including speakers and discussants (chairs, panelists, presenters, speakers, discussants, etc.). The earlybird registration deadline is March 25, 2018. Online registration will be open through June 7, 2018. After that, onsite registration will be offered at the LERA headquarters hotel, the Hilton Baltimore, beginning June 14, 2018. 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.

Schedule of Events, Program and Presenters' Index

The Preliminary Program and Presenters' Index will be found at:

Hotel Accommodations

All LERA meetings will be held at Hilton Baltimore, located at 401 W Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21201, United States. You can reserve your hotel accommodations online at the negotiated rate of $169 per night. Reservations cutoff is May 22, 2018 to guarantee block pricing, but only until the room block fills up:

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Call-in #:  (443) 573-8700
Web-link:  https://aws.passkey.com/e/49263113 (choose "attendee")
Please find complete details here associated with hotel accommodations at the Hilton Baltimore
for the LERA 70th Annual Meeting.

LERA 20th PhD Student Consortium

The LERA 20th Annual PhD Student Consortium will be held in conjunction with LERA's 70th Annual Meeting, and is chaired by Duanyi Yang and Alex Kowalski (MIT), Yao Yao (Univ. of Toronto), Brandon Grant (Univ. of Illinois).
The event will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2018, 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: http://lera.memberclicks.net/phd-student-consortium-2018.

LERA 3rd Annual Junior Faculty Consortium

The LERA 3rd Annual Jr. Faculty Consortium will meet Saturday, June 16 2018 in the afternoon, and is chaired by Sean Rogers of Cornell University. You will be able to RSVP for this event when you register for the conference.
For program and complete information, please visit: https://lera.memberclicks.net/lera-70th-am-3rd-jr-faculty-consortium-2018.

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: https://lera.memberclicks.net/lera-70th-am-participant-information-2018

Transportation from Airport

The MARC Train and the light rail stop across the street from the hotel.

Transportation in Baltimore

Free Charm City Circulator (Bus): http://www.charmcitycirculator.com/

Organizations Represented at this Conference Include


LERA 70th Annual Meeting Event Sponsors and Partners

United Auto Workers
Ford Motor Company
UAW/Ford National Partnership
Kaiser Permanente
Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions
American Arbitration Association
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service

Sponsors of the LERA Welcome Reception, June 14, 2018 at the National Aquarium

The Martin and Laurie Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution,
The School of Industrial and Relations at Cornell University
Miles and Stockbridge P.C.

Sponsors of the June 15, 2018 Baltimore Orioles Pre-Game Party at Camden Yards

Kahn Smith and Collins, P.A.
Major Lease Baseball

Sponsors of LERA 70th Annual Meeting June 14-17, 2018 Catered Events

University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School
University of Minnesota, Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, School of Labor and Employment Relations
University of California-Los Angeles, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
University of California-Berkeley, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
Rutgers University, School of Management and Labor Relations
Pennsylvania State University, School of Labor and Employment Relation
Michigan State University, School of Human Resources and Labor Relations
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management
Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations
Brandeis University, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Boston University, Human Resources Policy Institute

Sponsors of the Maryland Crab Feast

American Federation of Government Employees, Local 1923
BlueCross BlueShield Association National Labor Office
John C. Alfano, Arbitrator & Mediator

Law Offices Abato, Rubenstein, and Abato, P.A.
Shawe Rosenthall LLP
Alabama LERA
Central PA LERA
LERA-CT Valley
Detroit Area LERA
Maryland LERA
Orange County LERA

Program Committee

This event has been made possible by the work of the LERA Program Committee over the past two years to develop all aspects of this meeting. Please join us in thanking these dedicated volunteers when you see them in Baltimore!
(Find the Call for Proposals connected to this meeting 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, Allison Beck LR Strategies
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:

Daniel Altchek, Miles & Stockbridge
Maryland LERA President
Christy Yoshitomi, FMCS
Maryland LERA First Vice President
Ed Mulford, Teamsters Local 355
Maryland LERA First Vice President
Heather Heilman, Kahn Smith
Maryland LERA Past President

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

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PhD Consortium Participant Info Program Committee