LERA 73rd Annual Meeting, June 5 – 8, 2021 — Virtual
(Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday)
Committee Meetings will take place on the Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

"A Transformational Moment?

Work, Worker Power, and the Workplace in an Era of Division and Disruption"


* * * Due to the continued uncertainties related to COVID-19, the LERA 73rd Annual Meeting will be a virtual event, June 5  8, 2021, and sessions will be sixty minutes in length. * * *

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Registration Program Student Consortium Jr. Faculty Consortium • Award Winners
Organizations Featured Speakers Program Committee • Participant Information Sponsors

Plan now to attend the LERA 73rd Annual Meeting, June 5 – 8, 2021 virtually. The program will feature four 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.”

This year will be an opportunity to attend from anywhere in the world, from the comfort of your own office or home. Build your knowledge base with other managers, unions, researchers, public policy and agency staff from throughout the US and abroad.

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.

Registration is online now. All participants and attendees must register, including speakers and discussants (chairs, panelists, presenters, speakers, discussants, etc.). The early bird registration deadline is March 25, 2021. Online registration will be open through June 8, 2021.


LERA Member registration - $150
LERA Student/Apprentice member registration - $45
LERA Emeritus member registration - $100
Non-member registration - $200 

Schedule of Events, Program and Presenters' Index

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

Featured Speakers

Saturday, June 5, 2021, from 11 am to 11:30 pm Eastern Time

Opening Plenary: Labor and Employment Policy in the New Administration
Sponsored by Cornell University

 Featured Speaker TBA - Government


 Saturday, June 5, 2021, from 2:15 to 3 pm Eastern Time

LERA National Policy Forum Plenary: The COVID-19 Crisis Shaping the Future of Work
Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente

David Autor
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


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Kimberly A. Lawrence
CVS Health Corporation 

Rebecca Dixon
National Employment Law Project


 Monday, June 7, 2021, from 10:20 to 11:15 am Eastern Time

LERA Plenary: Meeting the Challenge of Racial Equity and Justice in the Workplace
Sponsored by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Darrick Hamilton
The New School

Fred Redmond
United Steelworkers

Johnna Torsone (invited)
Pitney Bowes


Tuesday, June 8, 2021, from 11 am to 12 pm Eastern Time

LERA Plenary: Competing Ideas on a Way Forward for America’s Workers
Sponsored by Penn State University


Oren Cass
American Compass


Damon Silvers

LERA 23rd PhD Student Consortium

The LERA 23rd Annual PhD Student Consortium will meet Monday, June 7, 2021 in the morning, and is chaired by Matt Hinkel, MSU and Ki-Jung Kim, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. To register for this event, you must first register for the LERA 73rd Annual 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-2021.

LERA 6th Annual Junior Faculty Consortium

The LERA 6th Annual Jr. Faculty Consortium will meet Monday, June 7, 2021 in the afternoon, and is chaired by Mark Gough, PSU. To register for this event, you must first register for the LERA 73rd Annual Meeting, and indicate on the registration form that you plan to attend the Jr. Faculty Consortium. 
For program and complete information, please visit: https://lera.memberclicks.net/lera-73rd-am-6th-jr-faculty-consortium-2021.

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-73rd-am-participant-information-2021

Organizations Represented at this Conference Include

More information will be posted in the coming months; please check back.

LERA 73rd Annual Meeting Event Sponsors and Partners

Kaiser Permanente and Labor Management Partnership
Ford Motor Company
Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, School of Labor & Employment Relations
Rutgers University, School of Management and Labor Relations
Florida International University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management
Michigan State University, School or Human Resources and Labor Relations
Pennsylvania State University, School of Labor and Employment Relations
University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School
University of Toronto, Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources
BlueCross BlueShield Association National Labor Office
Cornell University Press

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

LERA 73rd Annual Meeting Program Committee (2020/2021)

Wilma Liebman, Esq. (left)
LERA President-Elect and Program Chair

Aaron Sojourner, University of Minnesota - Academic Vice Chair
Lynn Rhinehart, Economic Policy Institute - Practitioner Vice Chair
Robert Chiaravalli, Strategic Labor and HR LLC - 
Regional Vice Chair

Program Committee:

Ben Begleiter, UNITE HERE
Ezio Borchini, Arbitrator/Mediator
Michael Brown, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia
Bill Dirksen, Ford Motor Co. (ret.)
Adrienne Eaton, Rutgers University
Jody Hoffer Gittell, Brandeis University, Heller School of Policy
Steven Greenhouse, Author and former New York Times reporter
Valerie Harragin, Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service
Ryan Lamare, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Bill Lavezzi, Ohio Education Association
Weihao Li, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Adam Litwin, Cornell University
Mingwei Liu, Rutgers University
Brad Markell,
Sarah Mason
, UC Santa Cruz
Marick Masters, Wayne State University
Maite Tapia, Michigan State University
Allynn Umel, SEIU Fight for 15
Richard Warters, United Technologies Corp. (ret.)
Andrew Weaver, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Alan Wild, HR Policy Association
Marc Winters, SW PA LERA Chapter and Arbitrator

Regional Planning Team:
Robert Chiaravalli,
Strategic Labor and HR LLC
Bill Dwyer, Ford Motor Co. (ret.)
Brad Markell, AFL-CIO
Marick Masters, Wayne State University
Lynn Rhinehart, Economic Policy Institute
Maite Tapia, Michigan State University

Ex-officio Members of 
Program Committee:

Ryan Lamare, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
LERA Editor-in-Chief
Andrew Weaver, University of Illinois
LERA Secretary/Treasurer
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