LERA 69th AM - Call for Proposals 2017
Call for Session and Paper Proposals: LERA 69th Annual Meeting

Posted: May 30, 2016
Organization: Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA)

Submission Date:
November 15, 2016 to December 15, 2016
Submission Forms:
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LERA 69th Annual Meeting,
June1-4, 2017, Anaheim, CA

Pre-Conference Day May 31, 2017

Call for Proposals

"Jobs, Opportunity and Equity in the New World of Work"

Janice Bellace, LERA President and Program Chair
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The Chair and Program Committee welcome session proposals from the best and brightest. At least one participant in a session must be a LERA member, and one author on each paper.

The LERA Program Committee invites proposals for stimulating and creative proposals related to engaging various, sometimes differing, stakeholders involved in employment relations with the end goal of enriching investors, managers, employees, policy makers, and unions. LERA’s program format offers fresh opportunities for thought leaders from all aspects of employment and industrial relations. LERA’s mission connects research, practice and policy, as well as stakeholders. Proposals connecting these three aspects are strongly encouraged. We encourage submissions from different disciplines, including, but not limited to:

Economics • Sociology Political Science Labor and Employment Law Industrial Relations Human Resource Studies  Organizational Behavior  Labor Relations  Labor Unions and Social Movements  Work, Globalization, and Migration  Diversity  Work Organization and Management

Presentations may take a variety of forms: Symposia, panels, workshops, posters, skill-building, debates, roundtable discussions, etc. The number of tracks and lengths of sessions depends on the quantity and quality of proposals. To encourage thought diversity, participants may only present on the program once per role. Deadline: November 15, 2016.

Other paper competitions include LERA Competitive Papers (complete papers up to 30 pages) or the AILR/LERA Best Papers Competition (paper proposals up to 3 pages), and the special LERA Best Papers edition of the AILR Journal (complete papers up to 30 pages). Winning authors will be invited to present in special sessions at the meeting and may earn invitations to publish. Deadline: December 15, 2016.

Organizers are required to provide a session abstract and description, identify participants (confirmed or invited), and provide full contact information at the time of submission for all session participants. If you have questions about this Call for Proposals, contact: [email protected].

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.


 Before submitting your proposal, consider these points:

  1. What is today's date? Session and general paper/poster proposals are not accepted after November 15, 2016. Competition papers and must be submitted no later than December 15, 2016. (Still other paper competitions are due Jan. 15, 2016 - please see http://www.leraweb.org/deadlines for complete list.)
  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 Emily at LERA (217) 333-0072 or [email protected] if you are interested in recognition options.
  6. LERA Program Committee guidelines will not allow any participant to act within a single session in more than one role (chair, panelist/presenter, discussant), and an individual cannot act twice in a given role throughout the entire program (all sessions at the conference). Someone can participate once as chair, once as panelist/presenter, and once as discussant. This is to ensure broad representation and participation of all LERA members and constituencies at the LERA Annual Meeting. There are a few exceptions to this rule to allow for competition winners, etc., but please use this as your guideline when crafting session proposals.

Proposal Submission Forms

* More complete details for individual paper competitions such as LERA Competitive Papers, AILR/LERA Best Papers can be found at the LERA Deadlines page here: http://lera.memberclicks.net/deadlines.

LERA 69th Annual Meeting Program Committee (2016/2017)

altJanice Bellace, LERA President and Program Chair (pictured left)

Paul Clark, Academic Co-Chair
Stephen Sleigh, Practitioner Co-Chair
Marlene Heyser, Arrangements Co-Chair

Committee Members:

  • Allison Beck, FMCS, Neutral (2019)
  • Earl Brown, Solidarity Center, Labor (2018)
    Monica Bielski Boris, University of Minnesota Labor Program, Labor (2017)
  • Alex Colvin, Cornell University, Academic (2019)
  • Jon Donehower, Kaiser Permanente, Management (2018)
  • Cyndi Furseth, Portland Gas & Electric, Management (2019)
  • Jody Hoffer Gittell, Brandeis University, Academic (2018)
  • Nick Krachler, Cornell University, PhD Student (2018)
  • Lynda Lee, FMCS, Neutral (2018)
  • Jim Pruitt, Kaiser Permanente, Management (2017)
  • Ami Silverman, NLRB, representing local chapters (2017)
  • Charles Whalen, Congressional Budget Office, Neutral (2017)

Ex-officio Members of LERA 69th Annual Meeting Program Committee:

  • Bonnie Castrey, Arbitrator/Mediator, LERA Past President
  • Ariel Avgar, Cornell University, LERA Editor-in-Chief
  • Craig Olson, Univ of Illinois, LERA Secretary/Treasurer
  • Ryan LaMare, University of Illinois, Chair, LERA Poster Session
  • William Canak, Middle Tennessee State Univ, NCAC Chair        
  • Harry Katz, Cornell University, LERA President Elect