The Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA), founded in 1947 as the Industrial Relations Research Association, is an organization for professionals in industrial relations and human resources. LERA, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that draws its members from the ranks of academia, management, labor and “neutrals,” encourages research in all aspects of the field of labor, employment, and the workplace, including employer and employee organization, employment and labor relations, human resources, labor markets, income security and related fields. LERA promotes full discussion and the exchange of ideas between and among all constituencies—academic, labor, management, neutrals and the public.
LERA is where professionals interested in all aspects of labor and employment relations network to share ideas and learn about new developments, issues and practices in the field. National LERA has more than 3,000 members and 50 local chapters.
The Philadelphia Chapter of LERA has approximately 150 members and meets the second Tuesday of every month from October through May at The Racquet Club of Philadelphia. In recent years, the Philadelphia Chapter has presented such distinguished and nationally recognized speakers as Wilma Liebman, former Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board, Steve Greenhouse, author and labor and workplace correspondent for The New York Times, Andrew Stern, former President of the Service Employees International Union, George Cohen, Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, and Ron Gettlefinger, former International President of the United Auto Workers.