Call for Session and Paper Proposals: LERA 75th Annual Meeting

Posted: June 1, 2022
Organization: Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA)

Session Proposal and Single Paper Proposal (LERA Best Paper) Submission Deadline:
November 15, 2022
LERA Competitive Papers Deadline:
December 15, 2022
AILR/LERA Best Papers Deadline: January 15, 2023

Submission Forms: Click Here

LERA 75th Annual Meeting, June 1 4, 2023 in Detroit, Michigan
(Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Pre-conference is Wednesday, May 31, 2023.

"Workers and American Democracy: Challenges Ahead, Lessons from Before"

LERA 75th Annual Meeting Call for Proposals Flyer Download | Deadline for session proposals is Nov. 15, 2022.

Call for Papers and Posters Flyer Download | Jump to Submission Forms.See Program Committee.

William E. Spriggs, Program Committee Chair, at the micWilliam E. Spriggs, LERA President Elect and Program Chair

The 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 must be a LERA member.

The LERA Program Committee welcomes proposals for sessions and individual papers addressing the annual meeting’s theme. We seek contributions from a broad range of perspectives (incl. domestic and global, academic and practitioner -- worker, union, management and neutral) and disciplines (incl. but not limited to history, political science, labor and employment law, economics, sociology, industrial relations, human resource studies).
We encourage proposals incorporating research, practice and policy; we also encourage a balance of gender, racial, and generational diversity among the proposed participants. LERA’s mission and the wide range of expertise of LERA’s community make it an ideal forum for exploring and debating competing and compelling ideas about a way forward. At this critical moment, dynamism and innovation in thought and action are badly needed. Additionally, 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
To encourage thought diversity, participants may only present on the program once per role.
Session Proposals Deadline: November 15, 2022
Other paper competitions and their deadlines are below.
LERA Competitive Papers
Deadline: December 15, 2022
(complete papers up to 30 pages)

AILR/LERA Best Papers Competition
Deadline: January 15, 2023
(paper proposals up to 3 pages)
The special LERA Best Papers edition of the AILR Journal will be created out of winning proposals, and complete papers up to 30 pages due the following April. Winning authors will be invited to present in a special session at the meeting and may earn an invitation to publish.

UCIRHRP Best Student Papers
Deadline: November 15, 2022
*$300 Cash Prize
(complete papers)

LERA Best Papers
Deadline: November 15, 2022
(paper abstract)
Winners will present in a LERA Best Papers session and be invited to publish their paper in theLERA Proceedings and can compete for journal publication in the ILR Review.

LERA Best Posters
Deadline: November 15, 2022
(paper abstract)
Winners will present in a LERA Best Posters session and be invited to publish an abstract in the LERA Proceedings

Organizers are required to provide a session abstract and description, identify participants (confirmed or invited) and brief 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 over the past several years. The long-appreciated format of research papers and discussants lay the foundation to new ways of organizing sessions. Presentations may take a variety of forms including symposia (research paper presentations), 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. 
New formats include:
Facilitated panels or roundtables including a variety of perspectives
Workshops or skill-building sessions hosted by one or more experts
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.
LERA seeks to provide a professional environment that is diverse and inclusive of all perspectives in the workplace. To that end, we are asking that you include race and gender for your session participants, and comment more broadly on if/how your session will increase diversity on the program.
While we have no rules regarding the gender and ethnicity makeup of a single session, LERA will use this information to gauge our progress from year to year in creating a more inclusive overall program.
And to offset your workload, we have removed department and all address fields for every session participant except for you, the organizer. We hope this makes the form easier to complete!
Are you looking to diversify the participants you have listed in your session proposal? LERA is gathering perspective, areas of expertise, race and gender information from our members and meeting participants to try to put this at your fingertips in our member directory.
While that information is building, you may wish to refer to these resources below in the meantime, which might be of assistance.

We also have some limited funding to support meeting registration fees for under-represented minorities who are speaking on the program and could not otherwise afford to participate at the LERA Annual Meeting, so please do let us know if you feel someone on your session proposals qualifies for and needs assistance.

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, 2022. Most competition papers and must be submitted no later than December 15, 2022. (Still other paper competitions are due Jan. 15, 2023 - please see for complete list.)

  2. Collect affiliation and email addresses for all participants of your session in a document before starting the submission form. LERA communicates with all participants at different stages before the annual meeting. Email addresses are crucial for communicating updates.

  3. Sessions in 2023 will return to 90 minutes long (as opposed to the 60-minute sessions we have conducted for virtual meetings)

  4. All participants are expected to register (and pay) 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 400 program participants, developing criteria for who pays and who doesn't is too challenging, and we price registration as low as possible so that as many people as possible can participate and be heard.

  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 and very few 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.

 Start Your Proposal Below!

Please copy and paste from a document where you have collected all your data ... we don't want you to lose your work!

Due date:
Nov. 15, 2022
Due dates:
Dec. 15, 2022 - Jan. 15, 2023
Proposals for
Sessions and Papers
Proposals for
Competition Papers

Start Your Session Proposal

Start Your Paper Abstract Submission
(LERA Best Papers)

Start your Poster Abstract Submission
(LERA Best Posters)

Start Your LERA Competitive Paper Submission*
(Due Dec. 15, 2022)

Start Your AILR/LERA Best Papers Proposal*
(Due Jan. 15, 2023)


* 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:

75th Annual Meeting Program Committee:

Ariel Avgar, Cornell University
Amanda Ballantyne, Technology Institute, AFL-CIO
Mark BayardInstitute for Policy Studies
Elaine Buckberg , General Motors
Lisa Charles, Arbitrator/Mediator
Rebecca Dixon, NELP
Felipe Juan, Howard University
Mark Gaston Pearce, Georgetown University
Lu Ann Glaser, American Water Co.
Beverly Harrison, Arbitrator/Mediator
Cynthia Hewitt, Morehouse College
Tamara Lee, Rutgers University
Enrique Lopezlira, University of California-Berkeley Labor Center
Dana Peterson, The Conference Board
Dionne Pohler, University of Saskatchewan (mini-symposium on Canadian Labor Issues)
Jason Tomlison, Jobs with Justice
Michael Wasser, AFL-CIO Dept. of Professional Employees
Nathan Wilmers, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Regional Planning Team:

Robert Chiaravalli, Strategic Labor and HR LLC, Regional Vice Chair
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 the Program Committee:

Paul Clark, President
Ryan Lamare, Editor-in-Chief
William Canak, NCAC Chair
Hye Jin Rho, Poster Session Chair
Andrew Weaver, Secretary/Treasurer

Administrator: Emily Smith, LERA (non-voting)