LERA 69th Annual Meeting, June 1-4, 2017, Anaheim, CA
Pre-Conference Day: May 31, 2017
Hilton Anaheim, 777 Convention Way, Anaheim, CA 92802, USA

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Registration • Hotel  Program Professional Workshops PreConf Tour Special Event Jr Faculty Consortium • PhD Consortium Participant Info Program Committee MCLE's available OCLERA Dinner Meeting

Up to 17 CLE credit's available through pre-conference and meeting sessions!

Plan now to attend the LERA 69th Annual Meeting, June 1-4, 2016 in Anaheim, CA. The meeting will be held at the Hilton Anaheim. Join us in Anaheim 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 open, next price increase is May 3!

  • Members and past presenters click HERE to register.

  • First-time attendees click HERE to register.

Registration opens online on February 15, 2017. 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, 2017 will receive a discount. Online registration will be open through May 25, 2017. After that, onsite registration will be offered at the LERA headquarters hotel, the Hilton Anaheim, beginning May 25, 2017. 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:

Hotel Accommodations

All LERA meetings will be held at Hilton Anaheim, located at 777 Convention Way, Anaheim, CA 92802, United States. You can reserve** your hotel accommodations online at the negotiated rate of $159 per night. Reservations cutoff is May 10, 2017 to guarantee block pricing, but only until the room block fills up (which it has on several nights):

Group Name:  Labor & Employment Relations Association (LERA)
Group Code:  LER
Call-in #:  877-776-4932

Hilton Anaheim main homepage

**IMPORTANT NOTE**: Even though our room block was large at Hilton Anaheim, LERA has over sold most of the nights in our contracted room block, and the hotel will no longer has availability to increase our block on some dates (such as June 3 and 4). The Hilton Anaheim is sold out on June 3 (almost, rooms at $615/night) and June 4 (completely). If the dates that you need fall before or after these dates, then please go to and book a room as they are still available to the general public.

If you need to look elsewhere than Hilton Anaheim, we suggest that you reserve a room (quickly) at the Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort, 1855 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92802, (714) 750-1811. Several LERA attendees will be staying at this hotel as well. This hotel is a union property, and it is the closest hotel to the Hilton Anaheim, directly adjacent, and is where Orange County LERA conducts its meetings.

***There is a city-wide event happening in Anaheim the week following our meeting, and it is causing all of the hotels to fill up on June 4, and even June 3. It would be best to make reservations wherever you prefer to stay as soon as possible.

Transportation from Airport

Super Shuttle has provided us with a discount code (10% off) to share with our meeting attendees. To take advantage of this you can enter the code JSHMR at check out or use the following link to reserve your shuttle: You can view their regular rates from close airports to Hilton Anaheim here.

LERA 19th PhD Student Consortium

The LERA 19th Annual PhD Student Consortium will be held in conjunction with LERA's 69th Annual Meeting, and is chaired by Tingting Zhang, University of Toronto; Federica De Stefano, Bocconi University; and Jung Ook Kim, Rutgers University. The event will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017, 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 plan to attend the PhD Student Consortium. For program and complete information, please visit: You will be able to RSVP for this event when you register for the conference.

LERA 2nd Annual Junior Faculty Consortium

The LERA 2nd Annual Jr. Faculty Consortium will meet Saturday, June 3, 2017 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:

OCLERA Dinner Meeting

Please Join OCLERA for a chapter event Wednesday, May 31, 2017 for a dinner meeting and expert presenters. Registration is separate from the LERA 69th Annual Meeting and does provide ONE HOUR of MCLE Credit. "Recovery Plans and Reciprocity Disputes: New Challenges for Taft-Hartley Trustees" For complete information please see their flier here.

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:

Pre-Conference Professional Development Workshops Available

On the pre-conference day, Wed., May 31, 2017, LERA will offer two professional development workshops (2 CLE credits each). 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 10 am and conclude at 3 pm. You may register for them both or individually. For complete details, visit

  • Professional Development Workshop 1: Negotiating Techniques to Resolve Workplace Conflicts (10 am - 12 pm)
    Co-Chairs: Marlene Heyser, Workplace Law Strategies and Bonnie Castrey, Mediator & Arbitrator

    This PDW will focus on how negotiating and mediation techniques can resolve workplace conflicts. The use of these techniques to resolve conflicts both informally and in a formal dispute will be explored.

    Who should attend: Union Officials and Shop Stewards; Company Executives and Managers; General Counsel; Human Resources
    Professionals; Labor & Employment Attorneys; Professors, Scholars and Researchers.
  • Professional Development Workshop 2: Litigation Mechanisms to Resolve Workplace Conflicts (1 - 3 pm)
    Co-chairs: Catherine Fisk, UC Irvine School of Law; David Lewin, UCLA Anderson School of Management
    Panelists: Thomas Lenz, Atkinson Andelson; Keith Watts, Ogletree Deakins; Carlos Perez, Reich Adell

    This PDW will explore key workplace dispute issues that are largely the subject of litigation rather than of internal dispute resolution procedures.  These issues include independent contractor v. employee status, no-poaching and non-compete agreements, and the reasonableness of executive compensation. Plaintiff and defendant
    perspectives on these issues will be presented, as will be the role of experts in these matters.

    Who should attend? Executives, especially Chief Operating Officers, General Counsel and Chief Human Resource Officers; Line Managers; Union Officials; Labor and Employment Attorneys; Labor and Employment Law Scholars and Researchers.

Pre-Conference Tour Available - See Complete Info Here

Tour:Long Beach Container Terminal Tour and Q&A with ILWU 13

Group facilitated by Donovan Russell, ILWU #13 and University of Illinois School of Labor and Employment Relations

LERA is offering an educational and enjoyable tour of the Long Beach Container Terminal and then lunch and Q & A with Union Local 13 (ILWU 13) on the pre-conference day, Wed., May 31, 2017. A $30/40 charge is added on your registration fee if participation in this tour is selected. The tour will depart the Hilton Anaheim at 8 am and plans to return to the hotel by 4 pm (traffic will play a large part in our return time, ample time factored in). This will include a guided tour of an automated terminal to observe operations, discuss safety and labor relation concerns, and will conclude with a working Q & A lunch with union representatives.
**Pants, close-toe shoes and photo ID are required, safety vests and hard hats will be provided


Special Event: Anaheim Angels vs Minnesota Twins

We have a block of tickets for the game, register before they're gone! We will be sitting right next to first base (section 126, see view from the section here). Interested in the history of the stadium? see their webpage here. Tickets are $60 and seats are in section 126. Game starts at 7 pm. Come network with other LERA members and enjoy the historic Angels Stadium



Program Committee

A special thanks to the LERA Program Committee for their work over the past year to develop the LERA 69th Annual Meeting program. Find the Call for Proposals connected to this meeting here.

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

Janice 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

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