Local LERA Chapters
*Remember to check the local LERA chapters for upcoming gatherings, which are regularly updated. Upcoming and recent statewide and regional conferences to be aware of are:
California: 40th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference. Virtual event, July 19, 2023 (an in-person reception took place at the Los Angeles Athletic Club on July 18). Sponsored by the SoCal LERA Chapter.
Virginia: Collective Bargaining & Collaborative Approaches to Labor Relations Conference. The Virginia LERA chapter recently hosted its second annual full-day conference in Richmond on statewide public sector issues, on September 14, 2023 at the Richmond Marriott (*I participated as a panelist on the "red light/green light" arbitrator panel).
Maine: the LERA-Maine Chapter's half-day conference will be held in Scaroborough on November 17, 2023.
Washington state: 46th Collective Bargaining and Arbitration Conference. April 20-21, 2023, Hotel Murano, Tacoma, WA. Sponsored by the Northwest LERA Chapter. The 47th annual conference will be held at the same location on March 28-29, 2024.
Alphabetical, by state:
Governor’s Labor Management Conference. The conference last met prior to the pandemic.
Annual Labor & Management Conference. Summer meeting co-sponsored by the Arkansas AFL-CIO and local industry. There does not appear to be a 2023 meeting scheduled.
2023 Western Mechanical Labor Management Conference. April 12-14, 2023, Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort, Rancho Mirage, CA. A program organized by unions and employers in the mechanical and plumbing industry across the Western United States and Canada.
Annual Public Employment Labor Relations Forum. The Florida Bar Labor and Employment Law Section maintains a roster of annual events, including a fall meeting focused on public sector labor issues. The 2023 event took place on October 19 in Orlando (more details at the link above).
Advanced Labor Topics 2023. The Florida Bar Labor and Employment Law Section hosted this two-day conference on May 19-20, 2023 at the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island, FL.
Florida Labor Management Conference. The conference last met in 2019.
2023 Georgia Labor Management Conference. June 21-23, 2023, Sea Palms Resort, St. Simons Island, GA.
Federal Sector Labor Relations and Labor Law Conference. Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, IL.
Kentucky Labor-Management Conference. September 12-14, 2023, Kentucky Dam Village State Park, Gilbertsville, KY.
Northern Kentucky University Alternative Dispute Resolution Center. The Center hosts an annual labor-management conference in the spring.
Louisiana-Mississippi Labor-Management Conference. The 2022 conference was cancelled (web domain no longer operational).
49th Annual Robert Fuchs Labor Law Conference. February 16, 2023, Suffolk Law School, Boston, MA. A program of the Massachusetts Bar Association, focused on the public sector.
44th Annual Labor & Employment Spring Conference. May 24, 2023, Suffolk Law School, Boston, MA. A program of the Massachusetts Bar Association. One-day conference (10 am to 6 pm) featured EEOC Vice Chair Jocelyn Samuels and a networking reception.
Upper Peninsula Labor-Management Council 2023 Annual Conference. March 9, 2023, Island Resort & Casino, Harris, MI.
Mid-America Labor/Management Conference. July 9-12, 2023, Camden on the Lake, Lake Ozark, MO. The Labor-Management Council of Greater Kansas City organizes this annual event; watch the website or the organization’s Facebook page for registration information.
Big Sky Labor & Employment Conference. August 9-11, 2023, Big Sky, MT.
43rd Annual Arbitration and Labor Relations Conference. August 29-31, 2023, Billings Convention Center, Billings, MT. 2024 conference save the date: October 1-3, Copper King Hotel & Convention Center, Butte, MT.
2023 Public Employment Conference. May 4, 2023, Hilton East Brunswick, East Brunswick, NJ. Annual public-sector labor law conference sponsored by the state Public Employee Relations Commission; first time back in-person since 2019.
75th Annual NYU Conference on Labor & Employment Law. May 23-24, 2023, NYU Law, New York, NY.
Annual Arbitrator & Advocate Symposium. October 26-27, 2023, Crown Plaza Columbus-North Worthington, Columbus, Ohio. Fall meeting co-sponsored by FMCS, LERA and NAA.
2023 Oklahoma Labor/Management Conference. May 3-4, 2023, Renaissance Waterford Oklahoma City Hotel, Oklahoma City, OK.
Oregon Labor Law Conference (OLLC) 2023. January 27, 2023, IBEW Local 48 Meeting Hall, Portland, OR. Check back on the website for the 2024 event.
2023 Pennsylvania Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section Annual Retreat. March 17-18, 2023, The Hotel Hershey, Hershey, PA.
University of Rhode Island Schmidt Labor Research Center. The Center hosts two annual conferences. The Spring conference focuses on labor and employment law issues at the state and federal level and took place on April 14, 2023 at the Roger Williams Law School Appellate Courtroom, Bristol, RI. The 2024 conference will return to Roger Williams on April 4.
The Fall conference is co-planned by the NAA New England region and took place on November 6, 2023 at the Newport Marriott, Newport, RI (pre-conference activities on the evening of November 5); members of the NAA New England region arbitrator salon, including me, moderated panels at the conference.
34rd Annual Tennessee Labor-Management Conference. The Tennessee Labor-Management Foundation hosts two annual meetings. The most recent scheduled meeting was in Gatlinburg on August 21-23, 2023.
53nd Annual Conference on Labor and Employment Law. The Virginia Bar Association recently hosted a multi-day gathering of the labor and employment law section, at the Hyatt Regency in Reston on September 21-23, 2023.