LERA 72nd Annual Meeting, June 13-16, 2020, (Sat.-Tues.), Portland, OR
Preconference Day – June 12, 2020
Hilton Portland Downtown, 921 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204-1296


Social, Economic, and Environmental

Sustainability and the World of Work

Registration Opens February 1, 2020

Registration • Hotel  Program Special Events Student Consortium Jr. Faculty Consortium
Organizations Speakers Program Committee Participant Information Sponsors

Plan now to attend the LERA 72nd Annual Meeting, June 13-16, 2020 in Portland at the Hilton Portland Downtown. What do you get? Enjoy the sights and culture of Portland in addition to 4 days of intense learning and skill building at over 80 workshops, sessions, and more than 350 diverse presenters from every community focused on “the world of work.”

Build your networks with managers, unions, researchers, public policy and agency staff from throughout the US 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.

Click HERE to register on February 1, 2020 - standard pricing ends May 2

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, 2020. Online registration will be open through June 7, 2020. After that, onsite registration will be offered at the LERA headquarters hotel, the Hilton Portland Downtown, beginning June 13, 2020. 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.

Schedule of Events, Program and Presenters' Index

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


Featured Speakers

(To Be Confirmed)

(To Be Confirmed)




Special Events

Thank you to the Oregon Chapter Officers and Leaders for organizing these special events featuring local traditions and entertainment!

Tour 1: TBA

Tour 2: TBA

LERA Reception TBA

Pre-game Party and Game TBA

Oregon LERA Event TBA

Please find complete details here for all of our special events associated with LERA 72nd Annual Meeting. 

Hotel Accommodations

All LERA meetings will be held at the Hilton Portland Downtown, 921 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204-1296, United States. You can reserve your hotel accommodations online at the negotiated rate of $169 per night. Reservations cutoff is May 22, 2020 to guarantee block pricing, but only until the room block fills up:

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Please find complete details here associated with hotel accommodations at the Hilton Portland Downtown
for the LERA 72nd Annual Meeting.

LERA 22nd PhD Student Consortium

The LERA 22nd Annual PhD Student Consortium will be held in conjunction with LERA's 72nd Annual Meeting, and is chaired by: TBA.
The event will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2020, 8 - 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: http://lera.memberclicks.net/phd-student-consortium-2020.

LERA 5th Annual Junior Faculty Consortium

The LERA 5th Annual Jr. Faculty Consortium will meet Saturday, June 15, 2020 in the afternoon, and is chaired by TBA. 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-72nd-am-5th-jr-faculty-consortium-2020.

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-72nd-am-participant-information-2020

Transportation from Airport

Transportation in Portland

Organizations Represented at this Conference Include

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

LERA 72nd 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 LERA Reception TBA

Pre-Game Party and Game
Sponsors of LERA 72nd Annual Meeting Group Meals
Sponsors of the Oregon LERA Chapters Event

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 Baltimore!
(Find the Call for Proposals connected to this meeting here.)

LERA 72nd Annual Meeting Program Committee (2019/2020)

Adrienne Eaton, Rutgers University (left)
LERA President-Elect and Program Chair

Ann Frost, University of Western Ontario - Academic Vice Chair
Bonnie Summers, BCBS NLO - Practitioner Vice Chair
Cyndi Fuseth, Portland General Electric (ret.) - 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
Michele Hoyman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Maite Tapia, Michigan State University
Duanyi Yang
Bill Lavezzi, LERA-neo
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

Portland LERA Chapters Leaders:

Cyndi Furseth, PGE (ret.)
Lisa Hartrich, Washington PERC
Jonathan K. Uto, Kaiser Permanente
Jonathan Donehower, Kaiser Permanente
Julie Kettler, FMCS
Adrinne R. Kumud, Kaiser Permanente
Burton White, Arbitrator/Mediator

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