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 mtl@locontoadr.com 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, the Southwest Rockies Region will host its 44th Annual Labor-Management Conference on February 23-25, 2023, Houston Hobby Airport – Double Tree by Hilton, Houston, TX.

Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) 75th Annual Meeting, June 1-4, 2023, MotorCity Hotel and Casino, Detroit, MI. 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).

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.

National Association of Railroad Referees (NARR) - 2023 Conference. September 20-22, 203, 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. 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.

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 Conference. July 19, 2023, Sheraton Park Hotel, Anaheim, CA. Sponsored by the SoCal LERA Chapter.

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

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Alphabetical, by state:

Alabama

Governor’s Labor Management Conference. The conference last met prior to the pandemic.

Arkansas

Annual Labor & Management Conference. Summer meeting co-sponsored by the Arkansas AFL-CIO and local industry.

Florida

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.

Florida Labor Management Conference. The conference last met in 2019.

Georgia

2023 Georgia Labor Management Conference. June 21-23, 2023, Sea Palms Resort, St. Simons Island, GA.

Illinois

Federal Sector Labor Relations and Labor Law Conference. Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, IL.

Kentucky

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

Louisiana-Mississippi Labor-Management Conference. The 2022 conference was cancelled.

Massachusetts

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

Missouri

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.

Montana

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.

New York

75th Annual NYU Conference on Labor & Employment Law. May 18-19, 2023, NYU Law, New York, NY.

Ohio

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

Pennsylvania

2023 Pennsylvania Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section Annual Retreat. March 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 will be held April 14, 2023, Roger Williams Law School Appellate Courtroom, Bristol, RI. The Fall conference is co-planned by the NAA New England region; the most recent meeting took place in Newport in November 2022.

Tennessee

33rd Annual Tennessee Labor-Management Conference. The Tennessee Labor-Management Foundation hosts two annual meetings. The last summer meeting took place in Murfreesboro, TN in September 2022. The 2023 mid-year conference will be held in Memphis (date and details TBA).

Virginia

Collective Bargaining & Collaborative Approaches to Labor Relations Conference. The Virginia LERA chapter recently hosted a full-day conference in Richmond on statewide issues.

52nd Annual Conference on Labor and Employment Law. The Virginia Bar Association hosted the last gathering of the labor and employment law section at a two-day meeting in Charlottesville in September 2022.

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. Please email me at mtl@locontoadr.com with any additions or corrections to these events. Thank you.

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