LERA 68th AM - Minneapolis 2016

LERA 68th Annual Meeting, May 26-29, 2016, Minneapolis, MN
Pre-Conference Day: May 25, 2016
Millennium Hotel Minneapolis, 1313 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403 USA

"Employment Relations in the Age of Uber:
Assessing our Past, Present, and Future"

Registration • Hotel  Program PreConf Tours  PreConf Workshops Jr Faculty Consortium • PhD Consortium 
Participant Info Program Committee  ISA Conference

Plan now to attend the LERA 68th Annual Meeting, May 26-29, 2016 in Minneapolis, MN. The meeting will be held at the Millennium Hotel Minneapolis. Join us in Minneapolis for exciting workshops, symposiums, section and industry council sessions and meetings, committee meetings, plenaries, breakfasts, luncheons, and receptions, and special pre-conference day professional development workshops and tours.

Registration is Open!

Registration opens online on February 18, 2016. All participants and attendees must register, including speakers and discussants (chairs, panelists, presenters, speakers, discussants, etc.). Those who pre-register by the earlybird registration deadline of March 25, 2016 will receive a discount. Online registration will be open through May 22, 2016. After that, onsite registration will be offered at the LERA headquarters hotel, the Millennium Hotel Minneapolis, beginning May 25, 2016. 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. Many (most!) of the meals and special events are included in the price of your registration, including breakfasts, luncheons, and the Welcome Reception.

Schedule of Events, Program and Presenters' Index

Complete Program and Presenters' Index can be found here: http://leraoffice.org/drupalinclude/program2016.html.

Hotel Accommodations

All LERA meetings will be held at Millennium Hotel Minneapolis, located at 1313 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403, United States. You can reserve your hotel accommodations online (see link below) or phone them toll-free at +1 612 332 6000alt, or email them at [email protected]

  • Reserve Online: Click here to book online for the Millennium Hotel Minneapolis. If you use this link, it will bring you to the booking screen, pre-populated with group rate information. From there, you will be prompted to enter your arrival/departure dates, personal information, and any special requests. You will receive an e-mail confirmation.
  • Instructions if you don't have link above: Go to Millennium Hotel Minneapolis, enter “Group Code” 1605LABORE then select the requested dates and follow the remaining prompts to complete the reservation.
  • Reserve by Telephone: Guests may call directly to Reservation Specialists during regular business hours at 800-522-8856alt or anytime at 612-332-6000alt and ask for the special group rate.
Millennium Hotel Minneapolis Discounted Rates: Single or Double: $129 | Triple: $149 | Quad: $169

Rates do not include applicable state and local taxes. Room rates will be available for three days prior and three days after the event dates, subject to availability guest rooms at the time of the reservation. An early departure fee of $75 will apply if an attendee checks out prior to the confirmed checkout date (once a guest has checked in to the hotel, if the guest decides to change their departure date, at that  point, a $75 fee is assessed.) You can, however, cancel or change your reservation up to 24 hours prior to check-in, without fees.

Discounted hotel rooms will be available starting January 1, 2016 and through 5:00 p.m. local time at Hotel on Monday, May 2, 2016. After the cut-off date, it is at the hotel's discretion whether to accept additional reservations, which would be subject to prevailing rates and availability.

  • Parking and Shuttle Information - coming soon
  • Hotel Amenities - coming soon
  • Shipping to Hotel - If you need to ship anything to the hotel, please ship it to your own attention at the hotel. The hotel will charge your room a handling fee per package.

LERA 18th PhD Student Consortium

The LERA 18th Annual PhD Student Consortium will be held in conjunction with LERA's 68th Annual Meeting, and is chaired by Nikolaus Krachler of Cornell University. The event will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2016, 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 intend to attend the PhD Student Consortium. For program and complete information, please visit: http://lera.memberclicks.net/phd-student-consortium-2016. You will be able to RSVP for this event when you register for the conference.

LERA Junior Faculty Consortium

The LERA Jr. Faculty Consortium will meet Saturday, May 28, 2016 in the afternoon, and is chaired by Alan Benson of the University of Minnesota. 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/jr-faculty-consortium-2016.

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/participant-information-2016

Pre-Conference Professional Development Workshops Available

On the pre-conference day, Wed., May 25, 2016, LERA will offer two professional development workshops. An additional fee will cover admission, meeting costs, additional amenities, and will be added to your registration fee if you choose to attend. Workshops will begin at 8 am and conclude at Noon.

  • Workshop 1: Tools for Addressing Contemporary Workplace Tensions and Conflicts
    Facilitated by Carolyn Chalmers, Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Erin Kelly, Thomas Kochan, Nancy Peace, and via skype, Mary Rowe
    Is your organization experiencing increased racial and gender tensions in the workplace? Have you heard or had reports of disparaging comments taking place in the workplace? This workshop will help you identify NEW ways to address workplace tensions before they escalate into potentially destructive conflicts. As just two examples, we can discuss adding an organizational ombuds office into a conflict management system, and strategies for teaching micro-affirmations as one way of preventing micro-inequities." We will focus on examples from organizations in the Twin Cities areas. Hands-on exercises illustrate how to utilize state-of-the art tools for conflict management in your workplace.
    Who should attend? Managers, union leaders, mediators and facilitators of organizational change and others who share an interest in and responsibility for addressing the tensions, inequities, and conflicts occurring in workplaces today.
  • Workshop 2: Unions and Internal Organizing
    Facilitated by Monica Bielski Boris, University of Minnesota and Michelle Kaminski, Michigan State University
    This workshop will address union strategies for internal organizing and membership mobilization. There has been a renewed focus on these strategies because of the spread of right-to-work laws and the possibility of open shop conditions for all public sector unions because of the Friedrichs case. Many unions have developed plans for outreach to both members and non-members to foster union commitment. These plans involve workplace mapping, relational organizing, and issue campaigns. We will explore various models with hands on exercises and interactive discussions.
    Who should attend? Leader unions and staff from unions should attend as well as academics and researchers interested in union member engagement.

Pre-Conference Tours Available - See Complete Info Here

LERA is offering educational and enjoyable tours, put together by the planning and logistics committee (James Bialke, John Budd, and Lane Harstad), in the afternoon on the pre-conference day, Wed., May 25, 2016. An additional fee is needed covering transportation, admission fees, and any additional amenities. A $30/40 charge is added on your registration fee, and is optional. Tours will depart from the hotel lobby at 3 pm and return approximately 5:30 to 6 pm.

  • Tour 1: Women's Work: A Walking Tour - Facilitated by Barb Kucera
    Meet us for a walking tour highlighting factories whose working conditions exposed by Eva Valesh in a series of published articles in 1888 and 1889. The tour will examine jobs available to women in th late 19th and early 20th century, and some key events in women's labor history in Minneapolis.
  • Tour 2: Project Labor Agreement at the Vikings Stadium - Facilitated by James Bialke
    The beautiful new construction of the Vikings Stadium is highlighted by a Project Labor Agreement.
  • Tour 3: Labor Relations at The Toro Company - Facilitated by John Budd
    A plant tour and labor relations discussion at the Toro Company's Shakopee plant that produces precise metal components for its lawnmowers and other products.

Industry Studies Association Conference - Meeting in Conjunction with LERA

We are pleased to announce that the Industry Studies Association will be meeting in conjunction with the LERA 68th Annual Meeting, in the same hotel, on May 25 and 26, with one day of overlapping programming. The LERA/ISA "joint" day will take place Thursday, May 26, 2016, will feature several jointly sponsored sessions and special events throughout the day. You can view their program and conference details here: https://www.industrystudiesconference.org/. Those who wish to attend both conferences will need to register for both, separately. Those attending from May 26-29, 2016 should register for LERA's conference.

Program Committee

A special thanks to the LERA Program Committee for their work over the past year to develop the LERA 68th Annual Meeting program. Find the Call for Proposals connected to this meeting here.

2015 LERA 68th Annual Meeting Program Committee
Bonnie Castrey, LERA President and Program Chair

Janice Fine, Academic Co-Chair
Nancy Peace, Practitioner Co-Chair
Daniel JB Mitchell, Policy Co-Chair
John Budd, *Arrangements Co-Chair

Don O’Brien*, Arbitrator/Mediator
Charles Whalen, Congressional Budget Office
Marcia Greenbaum, Arbitrator/Mediator
Marlene Heyser, Workplace Solutions
Lou Chang, Arbitrator/Mediator
Joan Husted, Hawaii IRRA
Joyce Najita, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Patrick Rasco, NASA
Jim Pruitt, Kaiser Permanente
Morris Kleiner*, University of Minnesota
James Bialke*, Minnesota Nurses Association

Lane Harstead*, FMCS
Cyndi Furseth, PGE
Jonathan Donehower, Kaiser Permanente
Josh Flax
Allison Beck, FMCS
Rose Batt, Cornell University
William Canak, Middle Tennessee State University
Alex Colvin, Cornell University
David Lewin, UCLA
Trevor Bain, University of Alabama Emeritus
Ken May, BloombergBNA
Eric Mooshegian*, Int'l Union of Operating Engineers
Honore Johnson, Cornell University
Janice Bellace, University of Pennsylvania
Bruce Kaufman, Georgia State University
Ruben Ingram, School Employers Assn of California
Ariel Avgar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Registration • Hotel  Program PreConf Tours  PreConf Workshops Jr Faculty Consortium • PhD Consortium 
Participant Info Program Committee  ISA Conference