LERA 2015 Awards Announced May 2016
Please congratulate these deserving and accomplished LERA 2015 Award Recipients! Awards were presented in conjunction with the
LERA 68th Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, May 26-29, 2016.
LERA 2015 Award Recipients
Lifetime Achievement Awards
LAA in 2015 to: Castrey, Husted, Kochan, Lewin, and Pruitt
The LERA Lifetime Achievement Award is a capstone achievement for lifelong contributors to the field of Industrial Relations and Human Resources, from all perspectives. This award was established in 2000, and awardees are recognized at the LERA Annual Meeting, in conjunction with the Presidential Luncheon.
LERA Fellow Awards (Academic and Practitioner)
The LERA Fellows designation is meant to recognize scholars and practitioners who have made contributions of unusual distinction to the field and have been in the profession and field for longer than 10 years. The selection committee for the Fellow scholar title considered contributions from all disciplines such as Industrial Relations, Labor Law, Economics, Human Resources, Business, Sociology, Political Science, and Organizational Behavior.
Academic Fellows in 2015: Adams, Amsler, Kleiner, and Ghilarducci
Roy Adams (left),
"... with your lifetime contributions to international and comparative industrial relations, and your influential work on labor policy and industrial relations theory, and freedom of association as a human right."
Lisa Blomgren Amsler (right),
University of Minnesota
"... with your lifetime contributions to the analysis of institutions in the labor market, the influence of labor-management policies on organizations, and the role of labor unions in democratic societies. You are also the world's foremost authority on occupational licensing. In addition you have made significant contributions to LERA, including co-editing two LERA research volumes, convening the labor markets area for over 10 years, chairing the awards committee for multiple years, and serving on the executive board. Your scholarship and service have been exemplary."
Teresa Ghilarducci (right),
The New School for Social Research
"... with your lifetime contributions to academic and policy debates on retirement security, where you clearly are an esteemed expert who is helping to shape our understanding of retirement security and policies to increase the security of American workers.
Practitioner Fellows in 2015: Greenbaum, Heyser, and Mooshegian
Marcia Greenbaum (left),
"... with your long career as a nationally prominent neutral and your commitment to improving the field through research, writing, public speaking, mentoring and leadership."
Marlene Heyser (right),
Workplace Law Strategies
"... with your service as the Director of Labor Relations at the Orange County Transit Authority and following retirement, your vibrant, well respected workplace law practice. Your service to LERA has also been exceptional as a past president, fund raiser and activist willing to take on whatever tasks were needed. Locally, you were also President of OCLERA and Co-Chair of the Annual Labor Law conference for over 20 years."
Eric Mooshegian (left),
International Union of Operating Engineers
"... with your leadership for many years as a Business Agent of the Operating Engineers, helping to keep labor-management peace in the St. Louis community and to develop modern apprenticeship programs for the IUOE. As a long-standing member of the national organization and Gateway Chapter you have served on numerous committees, including the committee that planned the enormously successful St. Louis LERA Conference."
Susan C. Eaton Outstanding Scholar-Practitioner Award
The Eaton award is given annually to a member of the LERA for achievements of distinction as both an academic and practitioner in our field, emphasizing the value of bringing together the academic and practitioner communities.
David Weil (right), US Department of Labor and Boston University
"The multi-disciplinary awards committee was most impressed with how you have combined your excellent scholarship in The Fissured Workplace with your policy work as Administrator of the Wage and Hour division of the U.S. Department of Labor, which pull together your academic and policy interests and expertise in a highly productive way. The decision that your achievements are outstanding, and that you are deserving of this award speaks highly of your work and its contribution to enlightening labor issues and public policy."
John T. Dunlop Outstanding Scholar Awards
2015 Awards Given To: John-Paul Ferguson, Aaron Sojourner, and Xiangmin Liu
For outstanding contributions to research that address industrial relations/employment problems of national significance:
John-Paul Ferguson (left),
"... for contributions to enlightening labor issues, work on union organizing, employment segregation, career mobility, and the important role of task interdependence and formalized employment policies."
Aaron Sojourner (right),
University of Minnesota
"... for contributions to enlightening labor issues, work on education reform and the impact of unionization in nursing homes and charter schools."
For outstanding contributions to research that address industrial relations/employment problems of international significance:
Xiangmin “Helen” Liu (left),
"... for contributions to enlightening labor issues, research on contingent work in China, particularly novel questions and significant efforts to dissect the role of institutional and organizational characteristics in explaining the growth of contingent work."
LERA Outstanding Practitioner Award
The award is for outstanding contributions to the industrial relations profession consistent with the values and the mission of the LERA.
Allison Beck (left), Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
"...The committee was particularly impressed with the importance of your appointment as the first woman to serve as the Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, marking your long and distinguished career in the labor relations field. Under your active direction, FMCS has embraced a culture of innovation, experimentation, and operational excellence. Your unveiling of “FMCS 2.0” has been a clear signal that FMCS is looking to the future and is ready to help labor and management to meet the challenges of the 21st Century workplace and economy.
As the nation’s chief mediator, you have helped to resolve major labor disputes involving health care, communications, and public sector pensions. In addition, you are bringing back the FMCS’s National Labor-Management Conference in August 2016 and have served as an ambassador for the agency’s enhanced efforts in innovation, providing alternative dispute resolution training and approaches to government agencies, labor and management both in the US and abroad. Through the use of technology to reach the widest possible audience, helping organizations effectively leverage the opportunities that are presented in today’s multi-generational workplace, offering cutting-edge conflict resolution processes and services, and a recognition that collective bargaining still offers the best hope for achieving productivity, competitiveness and good, middle class jobs, your contributions epitomize the values and mission of the LERA."
James G. Scoville Best International/Comparative IR/HR Paper Award
The Scoville Best Paper award is an award given annually to a member of the LERA for authoring an international and comparative employment issues paper designated by LERA International Awards Committee as the “most outstanding.”
Co-Winners in 2015: Valeria Pulignano and Jasmine Kerrissey
Valeria Pulignano (left), Katholieke University Leuven, "Flexibility and Security Within European Labor Markets: The Role of Local Bargaining and the ‘‘Trade-Offs’’ Within Multinationals’ Subsidiaries in Belgium, Britain, and Germany"
"The paper argues that the effectiveness of flexicurity strategy depends on institutional variation at sector and company level. It focuses on structural power at subsidiary level in 12 subsidiaries in 3 countries. The Committee Members were impressed with the paper’s conceptual grounding, robust research design and careful qualitative analysis that convincingly drew out macro-micro dynamics and that went beyond the role of national institutions in explaining trade-offs.
Jasmine Kerrissey (right), University of Massachusetts, Amherst, "Collective Labor Rights and Income Inequality"
“The paper argues convincingly that the repression of labor rights reduces the capacity of worker organizations to effectively challenge income inequality through market and political processes in capitalist societies. While previous studies have demonstrated the centrality of worker organization to explaining income inequality, much of this is focused on developed countries. The originality of Jasmine Kerrissey’s work is that it uses panel data for 100 developed and less developed countries from 1985 to 2002, and draws out carefully any comparative regional effects. It is clearly theorised with rigorous statistical analysis and makes an argument that has important significance for policy.”
LERA Media Award
The Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) annually recognizes superior reporting regarding issues of importance to our labor-management community including academics, practitioners, industries, and dispute resolution professionals. In the past, the LERA has awarded Steven Greenhouse of the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and Ken May of Bloomberg BNA as its recipients for their respective contributions. This award carries the distinction of the recipient being invited to present at the LERA Annual Meeting on their journalistic body of work.
2015 Recipients Include: Lydia DePillis and Barb Kucera
Lydia DePillis (left pictured next to Steven Greenhouse), Houston Chronicle -
for outstanding reporting on employment and labor topics while at the Washington Post.
Barb Kucera (right), WorkDay Minnesota -
for outstanding reporting on employment and labor topics while working as editor of Workday Minnesota since its launch in 2000, and prior to that as editor of The Union Advocate.