Labor-Management Conferences

2022 Mid-America Labor Management Conference, Lake Ozark, MO. (Photo Credit: B. Jacobi).

Dialogue and learning

I am empaneled on labor arbitration rosters in over forty states and localities nationwide and make an effort to attend labor-management conferences whenever possible to meet the parties and keep up on local issues. 

I often hear colleagues lament that there has not been a central online repository for neutrals, advocates, employers and union representatives to learn about upcoming conferences.

As a service to our colleagues, I have collected conference information below.  If I have missed or misstated any information, please email updates to and I will add information as it is received.  I hope you find that this page provides a valuable resource and that you will share it with our colleagues in the labor-management community.

National Organizations 

National Academy of Arbitrators (NAA) 76th Annual Meeting & Education Conference, May 3-6, 2023, Grand Hyatt, Denver, CO.  Note that the NAA also maintains a calendar of continuing education and regional activities; in particular:

Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) 75th Annual Meeting, June 1-4, 2023, MotorCity Hotel and Casino, Detroit, MI (*I led panels on organizing and starting a new arbitrator practice; materials available online).  LERA also maintains a calendar of the 36 local chapters that meet across the country on a regular basis, with a mix of in-person gatherings and many virtual and hybrid attendance options.

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) National Labor-Management Conference.  The NLMC brings together labor, management, practitioners, government agencies, advocates, and neutrals.  Meetings have typically been held in Washington, D.C. and Chicago, IL, with virtual convenings in 2020 and 2022.  In 2024, the NLMC will take place in New York, NY alongside the LERA and ILERA meetings (June 26-30, 2024, Hilton Midtown Manhattan - call for proposals now available on the LERA website).  

The FMCS Arbitrator Symposium, co-sponsored by the NAA Mid-Atlantic Region and the New Jersey chapter of LERA, will be held on October 12-13, 2023 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.

American Bar Association (ABA)The Labor and Employment Law Section hosts a number of events online and in-person throughout the year, including an annual conference each fall.  The 2023 Section conference will be held November 8-11, 2023 in Seattle.

National Association of Railroad Referees (NARR) -  2023 ConferenceSeptember 20-22, 2023, Chicago, IL. The annual gathering brings together rail carriers, rail unions, arbitrators and the National Mediation Board to discuss issues under the Railway Labor Act.

National Centers for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education Professions (NCSCBHEP) 50th Anniversary Annual Conference. March 26-28, 2023, Hunter College, New York, NY (*I led a panel on discrimination in religious institutions).  This annual gathering brings together faculty and staff unions, institutional representatives, advocates, neutrals and policymakers to discuss labor and employment-related issues in higher education.  2024 conference save the date: March 17-19.

Society of Federal Labor & Employee Relations Professionals (SFLERP) - 49th Annual SymposiumMarch 23-24, 2023, Hilton Arlington National Landing Hotel, Arlington, VA.  Annual gathering of labor, management and neutrals in the federal sector.  Check the SFLERP website for additional training opportunities throughout the year, including an online panel set for September featuring discussion on selecting arbitrators in the federal sector (details to follow).  2024 conference save the date: March 14-15.

Boston LERA Chapter Meeting, November 15, 2022, Dorchester Brewing Co. (Photo Credit: M. Loconto).

state and local organizations

Local LERA Chapters

*Remember to check the local LERA chapters for upcoming gatherings, which are regularly updated.  Two upcoming statewide and regional conferences to be aware of are:

California: 40th Annual Labor and Employment Law ConferenceVirtual event, July 19, 2023 (an in-person reception will take place at the Los Angeles Athletic Club on July 18).  Sponsored by the SoCal LERA Chapter.

Washington state: 46th Collective Bargaining and Arbitration ConferenceApril 20-21, 2023, Hotel Murano, Tacoma, WA.  Sponsored by the Northwest LERA Chapter.

Maine: save the date for the LERA-Maine Chapter's conference on November 17, 2023; details TBD.


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 will take place on October 19 in Orlando (more details to come at the link above).

Advanced Labor Topics 2023.  The Florida Bar Labor and Employment Law Section will host 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 ConferenceJune 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 ConferenceSeptember 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.


49th Annual Robert Fuchs Labor Law ConferenceFebruary 16, 2023, Suffolk Law School, Boston, MA.  A program of the Massachusetts Bar Association.

44th Annual Labor & Employment Spring ConferenceMay 24, 2023, Suffolk Law School, Boston, MA.  A program of the Massachusetts Bar Association.  One-day conference (10 am to 6 pm) featuring EEOC Vice Chair Jocelyn Samuels and a networking reception.  Agenda to follow.


Upper Peninsula Labor-Management Council 2023 Annual Conference. March 9, 2023, Island Resort & Casino, Harris, MI.


Mid-America Labor/Management ConferenceJuly 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 ConferenceAugust 9-11, 2023, Big Sky, MT

43rd Annual Arbitration and Labor Relations ConferenceAugust 29-31, 2023, Billings Convention Center, Billings, MT.  2024 conference save the date: October 1-3, Copper King Hotel & Convention Center, Butte, MT.

New Jersey

2023 Public Employment ConferenceMay 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. 

New York

75th Annual NYU Conference on Labor & Employment LawMay 23-24, 2023, NYU Law, New York, NY (*note updated date as of March 2023). 


          Annual Arbitrator & Advocate Symposium.  Fall meeting co-sponsored by FMCS, LERA and NAA.


2023 Oklahoma Labor/Management ConferenceMay 3-4, 2023, Renaissance Waterford Oklahoma City Hotel, Oklahoma City, OK.


Oregon Labor Law Conference (OLLC) 2023January 27, 2023, IBEW Local 48 Meeting Hall, Portland, OR.  Check back on the website for the 2024 event.

Oregon Employment Relations Board 2023 Conference.  Information forthcoming, tentatively scheduled for October 2023.


2023 Pennsylvania Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section Annual RetreatMarch 17-18, 2023, The Hotel Hershey, Hershey, PA.

Rhode Island

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 Fall conference is co-planned by the NAA New England region and is scheduled to take 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, will be moderating panels at the conference.


34rd Annual Tennessee Labor-Management Conference.  The Tennessee Labor-Management Foundation hosts two annual meetings.  The next scheduled meeting is in Gatlinburg on August 21-23, 2023.


Collective Bargaining & Collaborative Approaches to Labor Relations Conference. The Virginia LERA chapter recently hosted a full-day conference in Richmond on statewide issues; a meeting is scheduled for September 14, 2023 at the Marriott in Richmond (*I will participate as a panelist on the "red light/green light" arbitrator panel).

53nd Annual Conference on Labor and Employment Law.  The Virginia Bar Association will host a multi-day gathering of the labor and employment law section at the Hyatt Regency in Reston on September 21-23, 2023.

2022 Georgia Labor-Management Conference, St. Simons Island, GA.  (Photo Credit: K. McVay).

additions or corrections?

I strive to keep this information up-to-date (last update: September 26, 2023).  Please email me at with any additions or corrections to these events.  Thank you.

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