2015 March eBulletin

In this issue of LERA's eBulletin: March 2015

  • Early Bird Discount ends April 15th for 67th Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh.
  • Univ. of IL announces new Online Master's Degree for Working Professionals
  • Ron Bloom auto restructuring dealmaker featured speaker at Annual Meeting
  • Kochan and MIT MOOC with "American Dream" class.
  • Two journals part of LERA membership


Discount ends April 15th for LERA’s 67th Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh May 28-31.  Visit www.leraweb.org/67thAnnualMtg for details.

Beginning in fall 2015, the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois will offer an online Master’s program in human resources. Complementing the strengths of the on-campus curriculum, the online format is tailored to the needs of working professionals with three to five years of experience. Click HERE for more information.

Ron Bloom, a key dealmaker in the 2009 restructuring of GM and Chrysler announced as the featured speaker at this year's Annual Meeting National Policy Luncheon. Bloom left an investment-bankng career to become special assistant to United Steelworkers President George Becker. He went on to become the Obama administration's senior counselor for manufacturing policy. See more program highlights at www.leraweb.org/highlights

Tom Kochan sent out an invitation via LERA-D (dialog) listserv to sign up for his “MOOC” (Massive Open Online Course): The American Dream for the Next Generation. The course includes videos, short readings and an individually focused Personal Development Corner to guide students through a career development planning process. Finally, the development of a next-generation social contract with roles for business leaders, government officials and educators. Starts March 23. U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez interviewed in first week. Details HERE.

New resources in LERA's Members Only library: Have you noticed LERA's going digital faster than you can say “Apple-Google”? The latest additions: The Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal and the Journal of Labor Economics. You can also access and search past issues of Perspectives on Work, annual research volumes and other LERA papers from throughout our 67 years of existence. Click HERE.

Comments, questions, suggestions to [email protected].

Further reading of interest:


  • The Subcontracted Labor Market,” Richard Freeman’s feature-length review of David Weil’s book, The Fissured Workplace.Perspectives on Work, 2014.


  • Michael Reich and his colleagues at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at UC-Berkeley had their research cited in a New York Times article, “Aid to Needy Often Excludes Poorest in America,” Feb. 16, 2015. Click HERE.

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