LERA 67th AM - Call for Proposals 2015
LERA 67th Annual Meeting, May 28-31, 2015, Pittsburgh, PA

Evolving Workplace Relations:

Connecting Research to Best Practices

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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.

2015 LERA 67th Annual Meeting Program Committee
Martin Mulloy, LERA President and Program Chair
Paul Clark, Pennsylvania State University
William Canak, Middle Tennessee 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, Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service
Larry “Chip” Hunter, University of Wisconsin
Mingwei Liu, Rutgers University
Lisa Lynch, Brandeis University
Revea Moran, US Government Accountability Office
Chris Tilly, University of California, Los Angeles
Michael Wasser, Jobs With Justice
Marc Winters, Alternative Dispute Resolution Services


 Before submitting your proposal, consider these points:

  1. What is today's date? Session and general paper proposals are not accepted after November 15, 2014. Competition papers must be submitted no later than December 15, 2014.
  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 Eric at LERA (217) 300-2888 or [email protected] if you are interested in recognition options.
Due date:
November 15, 2014
Due date:
December 15, 2014
Proposals for
Sessions and Papers
Proposals for
Competition Papers