Award Recipients 2024

 

LERA 2024 Award Recipients

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Please congratulate these deserving and accomplished LERA 2024 Award Recipients!

These awards will be recognized at the general membership meeting and awards ceremony at the 2024 Triad
LERA 76th Annual Meeting, June 26-30, 2024 in Manhattan, New York!

Click here to nominate someone deserving for a future award!


2024 Lifetime Achievement Award

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.

Robert Chiaravalli Teresa Ghilarducci
Strategic Labor and HR LLC
New School for Social Research

2024 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.

2024 Fellows

Peter Berg
Stephen Silvia
Paul Clark Laura Dresser
Michigan State University American University Penn State University University of Wisconsin-Madison/COWs

2024 Fellows

Michael LeRoy
Hal Ruddick
Beverly Harrison Jeanne Charles
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Alliance of Healthcare Unions

Arbitrator/Mediator

Arbitrator/Mediator


2024 Susan C. Eaton Outstanding Scholar-Practitioner Award

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.

Terri Gerstein

NYU Wagner Labor Initiative, NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

 

2024 John T. Dunlop Outstanding Scholar Awards

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.

Tingting Zhang Hatim Rahman
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

For outstanding contributions to research that address industrial relations/employment problems of
national significance.
Northwestern University

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

 

2024 LERA Outstanding Practitioner Award

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.

Javier Ramirez

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service

 

2024 Myron T. Taylor Management Award

The Labor and Employment Relations Association established the Myron T. Taylor Management Award to commemorate Myron Taylor, Chairman of U.S. Steel who in 1937 signed a collective e bargaining agreement with the SWOC (the Steel Workers’ Organizing Committee), which John H. Lewis had been instrumental in founding. Myron Taylor did not endorse the proposition that unions were essential to the long-run survival of the country, but were instead “ ... an unavoidable reality in the future of steel production, and that continued resistance would only delay the inevitable while exposing the company to considerable political and economic risks.” But regardless of Taylor’s motive, to his credit, Taylor made his decision to recognize the SWOC when the leaders of the rest of the steel industry persisted in their vigorous resistance to unionization. Indeed, the organizing campaign in the rest of the steel industry – known as Little Steel – that followed the recognition of the UWOC by U.S. Steel resulted in a series of violent confrontations that have been termed “The Last Great Strike” in American labor history.

 Jim Pruitt

Kaiser Permanente

 

2023 James G. Scoville Best International/ Comparative IR/HR Paper Award

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. 

Preminger, J., & Bondy, A. S. (2023). Conflicting imperatives? Ethnonationalism and neoliberalism in industrial relations. ILR Review, 76(4), 646-673.
Krachler, N. (2023). Institutional support for new work roles: The case of care coordinators in the United States and England. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 61(4),  951-974
Jonathan Preminger Assef Bondy

Nick Krachler


2024 Kenneth May Media Award

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. This award carries the distinction of the recipient being invited to present at the LERA Annual Meeting on their journalistic body of work.

Heather Cox Richardson
Derek Seidman

 

2024 Thomas A. Kochan & Stephen R. Sleigh Best Dissertation Award

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.

John Kallas
Imge Akaslan

“Bringing the strike back in: Understanding strike strategies and effectiveness in the United States”
John Kallas, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, dissertation completed at Cornell ILR School

“Brokering labor rights in global supply chains: Buying agents and the challenges of small and medium-sized enterprises”
Imge Akaslan, Max Planck Institute, dissertation at the University of Connecticut (honorable mention)

 

DCDC Best Paper Award

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.
 Cherise Regier
 

"Digital Overconnectivity and Employee Wellbeing: An Empirical Evaluation of the Right-to-Disconnect Legislation in Europe"
Cherise RegierUniversity of Oxford

   

2024 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.

2024 LERA Chapter Star Awards

  • NYC LERA is awarded the Chapter Star Award in 2024 for its significant contributions in the areas of Outstanding Programming (2023), Community Involvement, Consistent Chapter Excellence (2023), Chapter Communications, Chapters Helping Chapters, and Chapter to National Relations (2021).
2024 LERA Outstanding Chapter Awards
  • Houston LERA is awarded the Outstanding Chapter Award in 2024 for its significant contributions in the areas of Outstanding Programming, Community Involvement, Consistent Chapter Excellence, Chapter Communications, and Chapter to National Relations.

  • Virginia LERA is awarded the Outstanding Chapter Award in 2024 for its significant contributions in the areas of Chapter Startup (2021), Outstanding Programming, Consistent Chapter Excellence, and Chapter to National Relations.

2024 LERA Chapter Merit Awards

  • Chicago LERA received Merit Awards for Outstanding Programming and Consistent Chapter Excellence.

  • Maryland LERA received Merit Awards for Outstanding Programming and Consistent Chapter Excellence.

  • North Star LERA received a Merit Award for Chapter Startup.

  • Northwest LERA received Merit Awards for Outstanding Programming and Consistent Chapter Excellence.

  • Rutgers LERA received a Merit Award for Outstanding Programming.

  • VLERA received Merit Awards for Outstanding Programming and Consistent Chapter Excellence.

You are invited to personally nominate someone deserving to receive a LERA Award at the
LERA 77th Annual Meeting, in Seattle, WA, on June 6-10, 2025.

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, 2025, or download the "Calls for Awards" below:

Call for Practitioner Award Nominations: https://lera.memberclicks.net/assets/docs/awardscall-practitioners2024.pdf
Call for Scholar Award Nominations: https://lera.memberclicks.net/assets/docs/awardscall-scholars2024.pdf
Call for Student Award Nominations: https://lera.memberclicks.net/assets/docs/awardscall-students2024.pdf