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LERA 71st Annual Meeting, June 13-16, 2019, Cleveland, Ohio
Preconference Day – June 12, 2019
Westin Cleveland Downtown, 777 St. Clair Avenue NE, Cleveland, OH 44114


Ahead of the Curve:

Challenges Posed by Technology and the New Workforce

Registration open; click here to register

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Organizations Speakers Program Committee Participant Information Sponsors

Plan now to attend the LERA 71st Annual Meeting, June 13-16, 2019 in Cleveland at the Westin Cleveland Downtown. What do you get? Enjoy the sights and culture of Cleveland in addition to 4 days of intense learning and skill building at over 80 workshops, sessions, and more than 400 diverse presenters from every community focused on workplace issues.

Build your networks with managers, unions, researchers, public policy and agency staff from throughout the U.S. and abroad.  Return home value added for your organization and your job.

Take part in practical workshops, join debates on the latest applied research topics and hear from experts on how their companies, organizations, and unions have successfully navigated workplace issues critical to success.

Featured Speakers

City of Cleveland Mayor
U.S. Senator Brown




Special Events

Thank you to the LERA-neo and CO-LERA Chapter Officers and Leaders, including but not limited to: Dennis Minni, for organizing these special events featuring local traditions and entertainment!

Tour: Ford Motor Company Cleveland Engine Plant
*Registration for this tour has been closed (full)

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Indians v. Reds Game (first pitch 1:10 pm)
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

LERA Welcome Reception on the Goodtime Charter Ship
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Night out at the Improv Comedy Club
Friday, June 14, 2019

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame discount code 
(on-your-own event, open late to the public on Saturday, June 15, 2019)

Please find complete details here for all of our special events associated with LERA 71st Annual Meeting.

Registration open, Early Bird pricing ends March 25

Click HERE to register

Registration is online. All participants and attendees must register, including speakers and discussants (chairs, panelists, presenters, speakers, discussants, etc.). The earlybird registration deadline is March 25, 2019. Online registration will be open through June 7, 2019. After that, onsite registration will be offered at the LERA headquarters hotel, the Westin Cleveland Downtown, beginning June 13, 2019. 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.

Full Schedule: Events, Program and Presenters' Index

The Preliminary Program and Presenters' Index will be found at:

Practitioner Picks: Selected Workshops from the Program

Kris President, LERA President, and the Program Committee have looked through our program offerings and put together a selection of sessions throughout the conference that offer practical, hands-on professional development that will specifically appeal to our practitioner attendees ... including labor attorneys, arbitrators, mediators, government officials, and labor relations specialists, HR directors, managers, CEO's, and more.

Online Practitioner Program Guide

Downloadable Practitioner Program Guide

Hotel Accommodations

All LERA meetings will be held at the Westin Cleveland Downtown, located at 777 St. Clair Ave NE, Cleveland, OH 44114, U.S. You can reserve your hotel accommodations online at the negotiated rate of $139 per night. Reservations cutoff is May 21, 2019 to guarantee block pricing, but only until the room block fills up:

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Please find complete details here for hotel accommodations at the Westin Cleveland Downtown
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Pre-conference Training for Arbitrators, Mediators, and Fact-finders

The Dispute Resolution Interest section of LERA is pleased to announce an arbitration training seminar for aspiring or newer arbitrators interested in exploring how to commence and grow a career as a neutral.  This three (3) hour program will feature the basics of establishing  an arbitration practice plus an opportunity to interactively obtain guidance from a panel of five (5)  highly experienced labor and employment presenting arbitrators. 
For program and complete information, please visit:

LERA 21st PhD Student Consortium

The LERA 21st Annual PhD Student Consortium will be held in conjunction with LERA's 71st Annual Meeting, and is chaired by: Jenna Myers, MIT; Benjamin Kreider, Brandeis; Hyesook Chung, Cornell; and Bulin Zhang, Rutgers.

The event will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2019, 8:30 - 11:45 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: http://lera.memberclicks.net/phd-student-consortium-2019.

LERA 4th Annual Junior Faculty Consortium

The LERA 4th Annual Jr. Faculty Consortium will meet Saturday, June 15, 2019, 2 - 5: 15 pm and is chaired by Ting Zhang, University of Baltimore. 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/lera-71st-am-4th-jr-faculty-consortium-2019.

LRAN 2019 Conference, June 12-13, 2019, Cleveland

 The 2019 Labor Research and Action Network (LRAN) national conference will be held Wednesday, June 12 and Thursday, June 13 at Case Western Reserve University. Scholars, labor practitioners, and activists from across the country will convene in Cleveland, Ohio to share new ideas, research and best practices, and to identify points of connection and collaboration. This year’s conference will examine The Future of Workers and LRAN invites participants from universities, unions, worker centers, and policy centers. 

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/lera-71st-am-participant-information-2019

Transportation from Airport

Directions from area airports to Westin Cleveland Downtown can be searched here.
There is convenient train service from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) to downtown Cleveland, on the RTA Red Line. It costs $2.50 each way, departs every 15 minutes, and takes less than 30 minutes to travel to or from Downtown Cleveland’s "Tower City Station".

Transportation in Cleveland

Once downtown, at Tower City Station, you will find a free E-Line Trolley that loops between all the major downtown hotels and downtown destinations, Westin Cleveland Downtown included. Their hours of service are Monday - Friday from 7 am to 7 pm.

Organizations Represented at this Conference Include

https://lera.memberclicks.net/71st-annual-meeting-attendees (tba)

LERA 71st Annual Meeting Event Sponsors and Partners

United Auto Workers
Ford Motor Company
UAW/Ford National Partnership
Kaiser Permanente
Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions
American Arbitration Association
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service

Sponsors of the Indians Baseball Game
Sponsors of the LERA Welcome Reception
The Martin and Laurie Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution
The School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University
Sponsors of LERA 71st Annual Meeting Group Meals
Rutgers University
Cornell University

Sponsors of the LERA Preconference Training for neutrals


Program Committee

This event has been made possible by the work of the LERA Program Committee over the past two years to develop all aspects of this meeting. Please join us in thanking these dedicated volunteers when you see them in Cleveland!
(Find the Call for Proposals connected to this meeting here.)

LERA 71st Annual Meeting Program Committee (2018/2019)


Dennis DabneyDennis L. Dabney, Kaiser Permanente (left)Harry C. Katz
LERA President-Elect and Program Co-chair

Harry C. Katz, Cornell University  (right)
LERA Past President and Program Co-chair

Danielle van Jaarsveld, Univ. of British Columbia - Academic Vice Chair
Jeff Wheeler, Georgetown University - Practitioner Vice Chair
Dennis Minni, Arbitrator/Mediator
- Regional Vice Chair

Program Committee:

Ezio Borchini, Arbitrator/Mediator
Michael Brown, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia
Alex Colvin, Cornell University, ILR School
Charles Cookson, First Energy Corporation
Bill Dirksen, Ford Motor Co.
Thomas Dungy, DTE Energy
Valerie Harragin, Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service
Susan Helper, Case Western Reserve University
Michele Hoyman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Duanyi Yang, MIT
Adam Litwin, Cornell University
Mingwei Liu, Rutgers University
Marick Masters, Wayne State University, School of Business
Leo McCann, American Train Dispatchers Association
David Turner, First Energy Service Corporation
Mark Winters, SW PA LERA Chapter and Arbitrator

Ohio LERA Chapters Leaders:


Ex-officio Members of
Program Committee:

Ariel Avgar, Cornell University
LERA Editor-in-Chief
Ryan Lamare, University of Illinois
LERA Secretary/Treasurer
Andrew Weaver, University of Illinois,
LERA Poster Session Chair
William Canak, MTSU
NCAC Chair

Registration • Hotel  Program Professional Workshops PreConf Tour Special Event
Jr Faculty Consortium
PhD Consortium Participant Info Program Committee