Call for Session and Paper Proposals - 2024 Triad

LERA 76th Annual Meeting | ILERA 20th Triennial World Congress | FMCS 2024 National Labor-Management Conference

Posted: June 5, 2023
Organizations: LERA | ILERA | FMCS
General Submission Deadline (Sessions and Papers/Posters): November 15, 2023
Other Paper Deadlines: December 15, 2023 and January 15, 2024

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LERA 76th Annual Meeting
ILERA 20th World Congress
FMCS National Labor-Management Conference
June 26 30, 2024 in Manhattan, New York City, NY
(Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

Call for Proposals Flyer Download | Deadline for session proposals is Nov. 15, 2023.

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

LERA/ILERA/FMCS Joint Program Committee Welcomes You!

The Program Committee welcomes session proposals from the best and brightest.

"Challenges and Choices at Work in a Time of Heightened Worker Activism"

LERA, ILERA, and the FMCS are excited to bring you this unique joint conference that brings together the finest practitioners, academics, and neutrals in the world of labor relations. Submit your proposals to be a part of this one-of-a-kind event. LERA's mission bridges research, practice and policy, as well as stakeholders. ILERA's general purpose is to promote the study of labor and employment relations throughout the world in the relevant academic disciplines. The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) is a federal agency that works to build better, more effective workplace relationships and mitigate the damage from inevitable conflict through preventative dialogue, honest communication, and responsive strategies.

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 and disciplines and encourage proposals incorporating a balance of perspectives, expertise, and content. We also encourage a balance of gender, racial, and generational diversity among the proposed participants. The missions and wide range of expertise of LERA, ILERA, and the FMCS make this meeting an ideal forum for exploring and debating competing and compelling ideas about a way forward. Submissions from multiple disciplines are encouraged, but are not limited to:
Economics • Sociology Political Science Labor and Employment Law Industrial Relations Human Resource Studies  Organizational Behavior and Psychology  Labor Relations  Labor Unions and Social Movements  Work, Globalization, and Migration  Diversity  Work Organization and Management

To encourage thought diversity, participation from a wide variety of perspectives is encouraged.
Program Committee guidelines ask meeting participants to act within a single session in only one role (chair, panelist/presenter, discussant). Additionally, an individual should participate in a given role throughout the entire program (all sessions at the conference) only once. Someone can participate once as chair/moderator, once as panelist/presenter, and once as discussant. This is to ensure broad representation and participation of all members and constituencies. There are a few exceptions to this rule to allow for competition winners, plenaries, etc., but please use this as your guideline when crafting session proposals.

Session Proposals
 Deadline: November 15, 2023



Try our Session Builder Tool!

Would you like to organize a session? Are you interested in speaking at the conference? We have a session builder tool that will help you organizers and speakers connect, coordinate, for the purpose of organizing a session proposal to submit to the program committee.

1. Submit details about your own interests.

Go to the Session Builder form:

2. Review what others have submitted.

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Other paper competitions and their deadlines are below.
LERA Competitive Papers - double-blind, refereed
Deadline: December 15, 2023
(complete papers up to 30 pages)

LERA/AILR Papers Competition
Deadline: January 15, 2024
(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.

LERA/ICJI Paper Competition
Deadline: January 15, 2024
(paper proposals up to 3 pages)
The best research proposals on work and climate will be selected with completed 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.

DCDC Best Student Papers
Deadline: November 15, 2023
*$300 Cash Prize
(complete papers)

LERA Papers
Deadline: November 15, 2023
(paper abstract)
Winners will present in a LERA Best Papers session and be invited to publish their paper in the LERA Proceedings and can compete for journal publication in the ILR Review.

LERA Best Posters
Deadline: November 15, 2023
(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, roundtables, or expert lectures including a variety of perspectives
• Workshops, skill-building sessions, or professional development sessions
• 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, ILERA, and the FMCS seek to provide a professional environment that is diverse and inclusive of all perspectives in the workplace. To that end, we ask 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 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.

We also have some limited funding to support meeting registration fees and remove financial barriers for under-represented minorities and others who are speaking on the program and could not otherwise afford to participate, so please do let us know if you feel someone in your proposed session 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, 2023. Most competition papers and must be submitted no later than December 15, 2023. (Still other paper competitions are due Jan. 15, 2024 - 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 2024 will be 75 minutes long.

  4. All participants are expected to register for the conference (and pay) even if it is for one day. This requirement raises a one or two questions every year. Our 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 an expected 650+ 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 LERA (217) 333-0072 or LERAo[email protected] if you are interested in recognition options.

 Start Your Proposal Below!

Please copy and paste from a document where you have collected all your data to make this a simpler process. However, new this year, your information will be saved if you leave and come back.

Nov. 15, 2023
Dec. 15, 2023 - Jan. 15, 2024
Proposals for
Sessions and Papers
Proposals for
Competition Papers

Start Your Session Proposal

Start Your Paper/Poster Proposal

Start Your LERA Competitive Paper Submission*
(Due Dec. 15, 2023)

Start Your LERA/AILR Paper Abstract Proposal*
(Due Jan. 15, 2024)

Start your LERA/ICJI Paper Abstract Proposal*
(Due Jan. 15, 2024)


* More complete details for individual paper competitions such as LERA Competitive Papers, LERA/AILR Paper Competition, and the LERA/ICJI Paper Competition can be found at the Deadlines page here:

Practitioner Vice Chair: Hal Ruddick, Alliance of Healthcare Unions
Academic Vice Chair: Hye Jin Rho, Michigan State University
Regional Vice Chair: William Herbert, CUNY

Joint Program Committee Members:

Candace Archer, AFL-CIO
Amanda Ballantyne, Technology Institute, AFL-CIO
Mark BayardInstitute for Policy Studies
Elaine Buckberg , General Motors
Lisa Charles, Arbitrator/Mediator
Dennis Dabney, Dabney Law LLC
Rebecca Dixon
Mark Gaston Pearce, Georgetown University
Lu Ann Glaser, American Water Co.
Cynthia Hewitt, Morehouse College
Tamara Lee, Rutgers University
Enrique Lopezlira, UC Berkeley Labor Center
Dana Peterson, The Conference Board
Beth Schindler, FMCS
Lionel Sims, Kaiser Permanente
Jason Tomlison, Jobs with Justice
Michael Wasser, AFL-CIO Dept. of Professional Employees

ILERA Team: Harry Katz, Cornell University, Program Co-Chair; Oscar Molina Romo, Autonomous University of Barcelona; Valeria Puglignano, KU Leuven

FMCS Team: Javier Ramirez, FMCS, Program Co-Chair; Sarah Cudahy, FMCS; Heather Brown, FMCS

Regional Planning Team: William Herbert, CUNY, Regional Chair; Ruth Milkman and Penny Lewis, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies; Sam Estreicher, NYU Law School; Allison Schifini, ED of NYU Labor and Employment Law Center; Joshua Freeman (retired), historian and editor of book on NYC labor history; and Alyssa Zuckerman, LI LERA

Ex-officio Members of the Program Committee:

Dennis Dabney, 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)