Award Recipients 2020

LERA 2020 Awards

Please congratulate these deserving and accomplished LERA 2020 Award Recipients! Awards are presented in conjunction with the
LERA 72nd Annual Meeting, June 13-16, 2020.

You are invited to personally nominate someone deserving to receive a LERA Award at the
LERA 73rd Annual Meeting, in Detroit, MI, on June 2-6, 2021.

Please visit the LERA Deadlines page for complete information about each award, lists of past award recipients,
and nomination forms, which are due by January 15, 2021, or download the "Calls for Awards" below:

  • Call for Practitioner Award Nominations: https://lera.memberclicks.net/assets/docs/awardscall-practitioners2021.pdf
  • Call for Scholar Award Nominations: https://lera.memberclicks.net/assets/docs/awardscall-scholars2021.pdf
  • Call for Student Award Nominations: https://lera.memberclicks.net/assets/docs/awardscall-students2021.pdf

LERA 2020 Award Recipients

Lifetime Achievement Award

LAA in 2020: Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld 

The Labor and Employment Relations Association Lifetime Achievement Award is a capstone achievement for lifelong contributors to the field of Industrial Relations and Human Resources, from all perspectives. This award was established in 2000, and awardees are recognized at the LERA Annual Meeting, in conjunction with the Presidential Luncheon.
 Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld

Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld
Brandeis University

LERA Fellow Awards (Academic and Practitioner)

The Labor and Employment Relations Association annually bestows the LERA Fellows Award. The LERA Fellows designation is meant to recognize scholars and practitioners who have made contributions of unusual distinction to the field and have been in the profession and field for longer than ten years. The selection committee for the Fellow scholar title considered contributions from all disciplines such as Industrial Relations, Labor Law, Economics, Human Resources, Business, Sociology, Political Science, and Organizational Behavior.

Academic Fellows in 2020: Kim LaFevor, David Weil, Katharine Abraham, and Daniel JB Mitchell

Kim LaFevor David Weil   Katharine Abraham  Dan Mitchell
 Kim LaFevor
Athens State University
David Weil
Brandeis University
Katharine Abraham
University of Maryland

Daniel JB Mitchell
University of California-LA

Practitioner Fellows in 2020: Burton White and Jonathan Cohen

Burton White

  Jonathan Cohen
 Burton White
Arbitrator
 Jonathan Cohen
Plosia Cohen LLC 

Susan C. Eaton Outstanding Scholar-Practitioner Award

2020 Recipient: Saul Rubinstein

The Labor and Employment Relations Association has established an award in honor of Susan C. Eaton, scholar and practitioner and LERA member who passed away in 2003. The Susan C. Eaton Outstanding Scholar-Practitioner Award is given annually to a member of the LERA for achievements of distinction as both an academic and practitioner in our field, emphasizing the value of bringing together the academic and practitioner communities.

 Saul Rubinstein

Saul Rubinstein
Rutgers University 

Myron C. Taylor Management Award

2020 Recipient: Cyndi Furseth

The award recognizes outstanding contributions to management within the industrial relations profession consistent with the values and the mission of the LERA. The award commemorates Myron Taylor, Chairman of U.S. Steel in 1937, who signed a collective bargaining agreement with the Steel Workers’ Organizing Committee (SWOC). Myron did not endorse that unions were essential, but instead an unavoidable reality, and his decision to recognize SWOC blazed the trail for the rest of the steel industry.

 Cyndi Furseth

 Cyndi Furseth
Portland General Electric (ret.)

John T. Dunlop Outstanding Scholar Awards

2020 Recipients: John McCarthy and Jonathan Booth

The Labor and Employment Relations Association annually recognizes outstanding academic contributions to research by recent entrants to the field (recent is defined as receiving terminal degree within the last ten years) with the John T. Dunlop Outstanding Scholar Awards. One award recognizes the research contributions of international and/or comparative labor and employment research, and one award recognizes the research addressing industrial relations/employment issues of national significance.

For outstanding contributions to research that address industrial relations/employment problems of national significance:

 John McCarthy

For outstanding contributions to research that address industrial relations/employment problems of international significance:

 Jonathan Booth

John McCarthy, Cornell University

Jonathan Booth, London School of Economics and Political Science  

LERA Outstanding Practitioner Award

2020 Recipient: Christy Yoshitomi

The Labor and Employment Relations Association annually confers the LERA Outstanding Practitioner Award. This award recognizes a distinguished practitioner for unique contributions to labor and employment relations practice over her/his career, consistent with the values and the mission of the LERA.

  Christy Yoshitomi

Christy Yoshitomi
FMCS

James G. Scoville Best International/Comparative IR/HR Paper Award

2020 Recipient: Sean O'Brady

The Labor and Employment Relations Association annually selects the most outstanding international and comparative employment issues paper as the winner of the James G. Scoville Best International Paper Award, which carries a cash prize. The Award was established in conjunction with the Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies at the University of Minnesota to honor retiring professor and long-time member of the LERA, James G. Scoville. Eligible published papers on international and comparative employment issues are considered, including those with empirical material on employment issues from two or more countries, that examine transnational employment-relations phenomena, or that make theoretical contributions using empirical material from a single country with implicit international comparisons.

 Sean O'Brady

"Rethinking precariousness and its evolution: A four-country study of work in food retail" authored by Sean O'Brady, McMaster University.


Kenneth May Media Award

2020 Recipients: Josh Eidelson and Juliana Feliciano Reyes

The Labor and Employment Relations Association annually recognizes superior reporting regarding issues of importance to our labor-management community including academics, practitioners, industries, and dispute resolution professionals. In the past, the LERA has awarded Steven Greenhouse of the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and Ken May of Bloomberg BNA as its recipients for their respective contributions. This award carries the distinction of the recipient being invited to present at the LERA Annual Meeting on their journalistic body of work.

   Josh Eidelson  Juliana Reyes

Josh Eidelson
Bloomberg News

Juliana Feliciano Reyes 
Workplace & Workforce
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Thomas A. Kochan & Stephen R. Sleigh Best Dissertation Award

2020 Recipient: Joey Soehardjojo

The Labor and Employment Relations Association has established an annual competition for post-doctoral students in the field of industrial relations or related fields such as history, political science, economics, sociology, etc., as long as they are broadly related to employment relations as reflected in the publications and membership of the LERA. The purpose is twofold: (1) to stimulate greater awareness and interest among doctoral students at colleges and universities of the field of industrial  relations, and (2) to provide a vehicle by which an outstanding thesis by a doctoral student can be made more widely known to scholars in the field. Each year, the Thomas A. Kochan & Stephen R. Sleigh Best Dissertation Award committee reads thousands of pages of dissertations and determines which papers are the most significant contributions to the body of research in the field.

"Knowledge and HRM Practice Transfer in Emerging Economies: The Case of Japanese Joint Ventures in Indonesia"
  Joey Soehardjojo 
 Joey Soehardjojo, Cardiff Univeristy

UCIRHRP Best Paper Award

2020 Recipient: Yao Yao

The University Council of Industrial Relations and Human Resource Programs, UCIRHRP, sponsors a student paper competition at the LERA Annual Meeting. New developments in employment relations, organizational behavior, and social movements call for a closer look at emergent processes, outcomes and organizational forms. The motivation for this special award is to reflect the diversity of theoretical and methodological approaches to researching emergent phenomena in the field. Examples include, but are by no means restricted to new forms of labor market institutions; diversity in organizations; social movements; and international/transnational actors and organizations.

 Yao Yao
 Yao Yao, University of Toronto

LERA Chapter Awards

The Labor and Employment Relations Association annually recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of local LERA chapters with three levels of LERA Chapter Awards including Chapter Merit Awards, Outstanding Chapter Awards, and Chapter Star Awards.

LERA Chapter Star Awards 2020:
Long Island LERA

Long Island LERA was awarded the most prestigious LERA Chapter Award in 2020 for its significant contributions in the areas of Outstanding Programming, Member Innovation, Chapters Helping Chapters, Consistent Chapter Excellence, Chapter Communications, and Chapter to National Relations.


Outstanding Chapter Awards 2020:
Chicago LERA, DC LERA, Detroit LERA, Greater Rhode Island LERA, Greater Houston LERA, Maryland LERA, VLERA, and Wisconsin LERA 

Central PA LERA was awarded the Outstanding Chapter Award in 2020 for its significant contributions in the areas of Member Innovation, Consistent Chapter Excellence, Chapter Communications, and Chapter to National Relations.

NE Ohio LERA Chapter was awarded the Outstanding Chapter Award in 2020 for its significant contributions in the areas of Outstanding Programming, Consistent Chapter Excellence, Chapter Communications, and Chapter to National Relations.

New Jersey LERA was awarded the Outstanding Chapter Award in 2020 for its significant contributions in the areas of Outstanding Programming, Member Innovation, Consistent Chapter Excellence, Chapter Communications, and Chapter to National Relations.

NorCal LERA was awarded the Outstanding Chapter Award in 2020 for its significant contributions in the areas of Chapter Turnaround, Chapter to National Relations, Chapter Communications, Membership Growth or Development.

RU LERA was awarded the Outstanding Chapter Award in 2020 for its significant contributions in the areas of Chapter Communications, Membership Growth or Development, and Consistent Chapter Excellence.

Oregon LERA was awarded the Outstanding Chapter Award in 2020 for its significant contributions in the areas of Member Innovation, Consistent Chapter Excellence, Chapter Communications, and Chapter to National Relations.

TERRA was awarded the Outstanding Chapter Award in 2020 for its significant contributions in the areas of Outstanding Programming, Community Involvement, Consistent Chapter Excellence, Chapter Communications, and Chapter to National Relations.

 

LERA Chapter Merit Awards 2020:
RU LERA, Oregon LERA, Philadelphia LERA, VLERA

Chicago LERA Chapter received Merit Awards for Consistent Chapter Excellence, Chapter Communications, and Chapter to National Relations.

DC LERA Chapter received Merit Awards for Consistent Chapter Excellence, Chapter Communications, and Chapter to National Relations.

Detroit LERA Chapter received Merit Awards for Consistent Chapter Excellence, Chapter Communications, Chapter to National Relations.

Greater Rhode Island LERA Chapter received Merit Awards for Consistent Chapter Excellence, Chapter Communications, Chapter to National Relations.

Greater Houston LERA Chapter received Merit Awards for Consistent Chapter Excellence, Chapter Communications, Chapter to National Relations.

Maryland LERA Chapter received Merit Awards for Consistent Chapter Excellence, Chapter Communications, Chapter to National Relations.

VLERA Chapter received Merit Awards for Member Innovation, Chapter Communications, Chapter to National Relations.

Wisconsin LERA Chapter received Merit Awards for Outstanding Programming, Consistent Chapter Excellence, Chapter to National Relations.