Vision Statement: LERA has to further its efforts to be inclusionary while remaining true to its original mission. We need to find additional ways to link with related associations in fields such as sociology, political science, management, and conflict resolution and also enhance our interactions with young scholars in those fields. The involvement of the practitioner community strengthens LERA, adds to our policy relevance, and should be enhanced. LERA faces financial pressures, which I would address by drawing on the fundraising skills developed while I was dean of the ILR School. As a field, we address the most critical issues facing our country and the global economy including income inequality and international labor rights. We need to better publicize our contributions.
Current Position: Jack Sheinkman Professor, ILR School, Cornell University
LERA Activities: IRRA (LERA) Executive Board, 1989-91; ILERA Executive Committee, 2012-present; IRRA (LERA) Nominating Committee, various years; LERA John Dunlop young scholar award selection committee, various years; LERA Susan Eaton practitioner/scholar award selection committee, various years
ANNOUNCING THE NEWEST ACADEMIC MEMBER OF THE LERA 2016 BOARD - Back to Top
Vision Statement: LERA stands to make vital contributions in this time of extraordinary change, both in labor markets and the nature of employment, and in social movements to address inequality. My goal is to help LERA continue and strengthen its work to bring together researchers committed to an institutional analysis with practitioners, policymakers and organizers.
Current Position: Senior researcher at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment/Labor Center; fellow at the Roosevelt Institute.
LERA Activities: LERA member since 1996. Have presented at (and helped to organize) panels at multiple annual meetings.
ANNOUNCING THE NEWEST NEUTRAL MEMBER OF THE LERA 2016 BOARD - Back to Top
Vision Statement: In my 27 years of domestic, international and comparative work in the field, I have found LERA to be an invaluable and unique forum for bridging the gap between theory and practice, labor and management, and government and civil society. If elected, I will help continue and expand its exploration of new areas of research and enhance the dialogue between academics and practitioners. I will also strive to help ensure that LERA manages its resources effectively, engages in robust planning, and is inclusive, serving as a big tent for a wide range of perspectives.
Current Position: International Relations Officer in Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) at the US DOL, working extensively in Asia, Africa and Latin America and serves as an expert on labor law, labor relations, and capacity building, with 25 years’ experience; and shop steward for AFGE Local 12 in DOL.
LERA Activities: Joined LERA in the early 1990s; current board member and President-elect of the DC LERA chapter; chapter president, 2000-2001; spoken on numerous national LERA conference panels and served in various capacities, including co-chair of the International Section.
ANNOUNCING THE NEWEST LABOR MEMBER OF THE LERA 2016 BOARD - Back to Top
Vision Statement: Retirement of the baby boom generation, and the rise of an on-demand economy, signals that the labor market has entered into a transitional period whose dynamics will impact the lives of working families and the traditional employment relationship. Union and employer commitment to skill training and work-based learning is part of the solution to building a sustainable economy with shared prosperity. Cooperation between unions, employers and community-based organizations is critical to realizing the potential of continuous learning. As a member of the Executive Board, I would work to ensure that joint skill training continues to be addressed in LERA forums.
Current Position: Executive Director, AFL-CIO Working for America Institute
LERA Activities: I have spoken at events sponsored by the Washington, DC, LERA chapter on employment and training issues.
ANNOUNCING THE NEWEST MANAGEMENT MEMBER OF THE LERA 2016 BOARD - Back to Top
Vision Statement: In an increasingly polarized world, LERA provides a unique and valuable neutral forum for labor and management to share new ideas and best practices, while gaining insights from the latest academic research. LERA also faces stiff competition for the next generation of potential LERA members. In order to survive LERA must bring in a new generation of academics and practitioners to grow its membership. I believe LERA must turn to its Local Chapters as a guide on how LERA can remain relevant, grow membership and provide innovative content in a competitive market.
Current Position: Manager, Employee & Labor Relations, Kaiser Permanente, 2013-present
LERA Activities: Oregon LERA Past President, 2014; Board Member Oregon LERA, 2011-2016; Member National LERA Program Committee, 2014-2016