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Conference Activities  •  5/31/2023
8 am - 12 pm ET
LERA Regional Chapter Meeting—Separate Registration
We are excited to announce that the LERA Chapters in the Midwest have collaborated to organize a regional meeting of labor and employment relations professionals. This event is taking place in-person in Detroit, Michigan, at the MotorCity Casino & Hotel, on the pre-conference day to the LERA 75th Annual Meeting. Please register early to secure your spot. The full program is listed below; choose from 12 timely and practical workshops in four morning breakout sessions to customize your learning.
Moderators: Robert Chiaravalli, Strategic Labor & Human Resources, LLC; and Meeta Bass, Bass Dispute Resolution Services LLC
First Pitch 1:10 ET
Moderators: Emily Smith and Bernadette Tiemann, LERA


Conference Activities  •  6/1/2023
8 - 8:45 am ET
Moderator: Robert Chiaravalli, Strategic Labor & Human Resources, LLC
Featured Speaker: Paul F. Clark, LERA President
9 - 10:30 am ETConcurrent Sessions
Chairs: Paul F. Clark, LERA President; and David Jacobs, American University
Presenters: Greg J. Bamber*, Monash University (Melbourne); and Sean O'Brady, McMaster UniversityTransformations in Higher Education: Neoliberal Restructuring, Managerialism, and Precarity in Australia and Canada
Tobias Schulze-Cleven* and Rebecca Kolins Givan, Rutgers UniversityPrecarious Professionalism: Collective Voice and Evolving Employment in American Healthcare and Education
Alysa Hannon*, Rutgers UniversityA Racial Analysis of Human Capital Theory: The Search for a New Paradigm
Discussants: Janice Bellace, University of Pennsylvania; and Daniel J. Julius, Yale University
Chair: Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Brandeis University
Presenters: Lydie Koblan Huberson*, Universite Laval Quebec CanadaThe Hidden Dimension of the New Public Management in the French Civil Service
Liana Katz*, Rutgers UniversityHuman or Machine? How Race, Gender, and Technology Use Intersect at Work
Phela I. Townsend*, Rutgers UniversityA Black Worker Center: A Socio-structural Analysis of Race and Class in Worker Organizing
Discussant: Vanessa Bullock, Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service
Current hiring methods shrink talent pools by relying on online applications, traditional résumés, cover letters, criminal background checks, and HR management software that filter out qualified nontraditional candidates, particularly those with criminal records. The proposed session will emphasize the benefits of alternative models, tools, and cultural competencies for assessing candidates with criminal records in order to develop more diverse talent pools and address the current labor shortage. Panelists will explore connections that can be drawn from experiences of justice-impacted workers to other marginalized workers and how these experiences relate to broader themes of access to work, equity, and economic development.
Moderator: Ariel C. Avgar, Cornell University
Panelists: Brandi Mandato, Jobs for the Future; Matthew Saleh, Cornell University; Jodi Anderson, Stanford University; and Timothy Albert McNutt, Cornell University
Algorithmic management applications are increasingly popular in hospitality settings like hotel housekeeping. We however lack a clear understanding of how such technologies influence housekeepers' workflow and their subsequent well-being. As part of a multi-year project, we present early research that is aimed at understanding the impact of algorithmic management applications in the hospitality industry. We then discuss opportunities for developing mechanisms for worker input into the design, training, and deployment of algorithmic management systems and for assessing outcomes with multi-method evaluation.
Moderator: Christine Riordan, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Panelists: Ellen Mutari, Stockton University; Hye Jin Rho, Michigan State University; and Jodi Forlizzi, Carnegie Mellon University
Arbitration is supposed to be an efficient, cost-effective method of resolving disputes. Frequently, that is not the case. This session explores methods for advocates to control the cost of arbitration, while providing due process and a comprehensive, fair hearing. This session will explore practical, real-life methods that unions, employers and their advocates can develop protocols to streamline grievance and employment arbitration. Participants should expect to leave the session with tools in their toolbox to make arbitration more efficient and less expensive without sacrificing fairness or completeness.
Moderator: Steven H. Schwartz, Steven H. Schwartz & Associates, PLC
Panelist: Mark Gough, Pennsylvania State University
Chair: Tingting Zhang, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Presenters: Dylan Nelson*, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCreation for Some, Capture for Others: Investor Activism, Upgrading vs. Rechanneling, and Worker Earnings
Peter Norlander*, Loyola University of ChicagoAnti-Competitive Clauses in Franchise Documents: Understanding the Variety and Extent of Employer Collusion in the Labor Market
John Bound, Charlie Brown and Chichun Fang*, University of MichiganJob Demands and Social Security Disability Insurance Applications
Discussant: Basel Saleh, U.S. Department of Labor
9:30 - 11 am ET
10:45 am - 12:15 pm ETConcurrent Sessions
This session seeks to share diverse views on the impact of collective worker voice on outcomes related to quality jobs, economic stability and inclusion, and democracy globally. The session will highlight the newly launched Multilateral Partnership for Organizing, Worker Empowerment, and Rights (M-POWER), a multilateral and multi-stakeholder initiative spearheaded by the U.S. Government in partnership with labor, philanthropic, academic and civil society organizations to strengthen labor rights, and will include a policy and action-oriented discussion focused on challenges and opportunities to strengthen workers' voice, particularly for workers traditionally marginalized from economic and political representation.
Moderator: Laine Romero-Alston, Bureau of International Labor Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor
Panelists: Molly McCoy, Bureau of International Labor Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor; Mark Anner, Pennsylvania State University; Adrianna Paz, International Domestic Worker Federation; Anannya Bhattacharjee, Asia Floor Wage Alliance; and Laura Gutierrez, AFL-CIO
Despite a long decline in labor militancy and a hostile legal context, workers and labor organizations appear to be bringing back the strike to advance an increasingly diverse range of demands. This session focuses on strikes, both their internal dynamics and the outcomes they achieve for workers and labor organizations. Rather than occurring just as a product of collective bargaining negotiations, strikes today take on a diverse range of forms. Combining qualitative, quantitative, and theoretical work, we plan to discuss the role of strikes in this important moment for the labor movement, and, by extension, democracy, in the United States.
Moderator: Sara Gia Trongone, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Presenters: John Kallas*, Cornell UniversityEmerging Categories of Strikes in the United States
Maite Tapia*, Michigan State University; Christian Ibsen, University of Copenhagen; Carla Lima Aranzaes and Phillip DeOrtentiis, Michigan State UniversityA Tale of Two Locals: The Strategic Choice of a Trade Union During the 2019 GM-UAW Strike and Member Satisfaction
Eric Benjamin Blanc*, New York UniversityWorker Perceptions of Strike Outcomes: A Computational Text Analysis of the West Virginia 2018 Educators' Walkout
Rebecca Kolins Givan and Jiyoon Park*, Rutgers UniversityReconceptualizing the Strike: An Integrative Framework
Rebecca Kolins Givan*, Rutgers UniversityAcademic Workers Rising: The 2023 Rutgers Strike
Chair: Rachel Aleks, University of Windsor
Presenters: Catrina Johnson*, Kent State UniversityImpact of Educational Initiatives and Pathway Programs on Employment
David Pitts*, Urban InstituteExpanding Access to Employment for People with Conviction Histories: A Review of Policies and Approaches
Kemi Salawu Anazodo*, University of Windsor; Jakari N. Griffith, Bridgewater State University; and Nicole C. Jones Young, Franklin & Marshall CollegeHiring Justice Involved Individuals: Exploring the Perspectives of Canadian Professionals
Discussants: Andrew Roeske, Turn Key Wealth Management; and Jakari N. Griffith, Bridgewater State University
Chair: Greg J. Bamber, Monash University (Melbourne)
Presenters: Xiangmin (Helen) Liu*, Todd Vachon and Adrienne E. Eaton, Rutgers UniversityThe Use of Algorithmic Hiring Tools: Evidence from a New Jersey Establishment Survey
Yeji Kee, Stanford University; and Yong Suk Lee*, University of Notre DameArtificial Intelligence and Occupational and Skill Demand in Banking
Ainhoa Urtasun*, Public University of Navarre; Avner Ben-Ner and - Adrianto, University of MinnesotaThe Effects of Adoption of Automation, AI and Robots on Skills, Employment, and Wages Different Occupations: Evidence from U.S. Manufacturing, 2010-2022
Discussant: Tingting Zhang, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
In the post-COVID workplace, employers and employees have confronted a myriad of issues arising from COVID-induced remote work applications. The tech sector, for example, has discovered that work formerly performed on campus is just as readily performed at a well-equipped home office or alternative location. At the same time, employees have consistently associated remote work with opportunities for improved work-life balances. This seminar/presentation will therefore examine current remote work-related trends, interests, and best practices impacting collective bargaining in the private and federal sectors.The presentation will cover, among other things, alternative workweek arrangements, remote and flexible-schedule work, and similar content.
Moderator: Barbara Lichtman, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Panelist: Jim Albano, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Discussant: Xavier A. Merizalde, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
This workshop will discuss the unrecognized intersection of labor history and African American history. The presenters will discuss union organizers in the South, the role of Pullman Porters, the impact of the Great Migration and unionization in the North, the intentional exclusion of  black labor from the NLRA and much more. 
Moderator: Jimmy O'Neal Valentine, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Panelist: Arthur Theotis Matthews, Pennsylvania State University
Discussant: Stephanie M. Collier, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
10:45 am - 12:15 pm ET
Moderators: David Lewin, University of California, Los Angeles; and Tazewell Victor Hurst III, IAMAW
10:45 am - 12:15 pm ET
LERA Editorial Committee Meeting—Sound Board Conference Room
Moderator: Ryan Lamare, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
12:30 - 2 pm ET
Ms. Collier directed the voter mobilization efforts for the AFL-CIO in 2020. Those efforts were vital to elections the AFL-CIO targeted because union mobilization was seen as key in battleground states like: Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Nevada. And, indeed, union votes did make a difference in setting record turnout in those states.
Moderator: Paul F. Clark, LERA President
Featured Speakers: Candace Archer, AFL-CIO; and Julie Collier, Chief of Staff to the AFL-CIO President
2:15 - 3:45 pm ETConcurrent Sessions
Chair: Maite Tapia, Michigan State University
Presenters: Christopher O'Leary*, W.E. Upjohn Institute; William Spriggs, LERA President-Elect and Program Chair; and Stephen Wandner, Urban InstituteEquity in Unemployment Insurance Benefit Access
Ian Greer*, Cornell UniversityUnemployment Benefits and Labor-Force Attachment: Qualitative Insights from Germany
Discussants: Steve Gray, University of Michigan; Tamara Lee, Rutgers University; and Anne Marie Brady, Cornell University
This session will look at the policy and legal impacts of policy frameworks to empower workers across a sector, focusing on the recent passage of the Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act in California, which establishes a sectoral standard-setting process for fast food workers in the state.
Moderator: Enrique Lopezlira, University of California, Berkeley
Panelists: Maria Maldonado, Fight for $15 and a Union; David Madland, Center for American Progress; and Ken Jacobs, University of California, Berkeley
To facilitate a dialogue between management and police unions concerning issues of public importance regarding public importance. Such matters include community policing, racial sensitivity, social justice, training and the joint effort to improve the perception and reality of how police officers perform their duties to serve and protect their communities in a racially unbiased manner. To facilitate a dialogue between management and police unions concerning issues of public importance regarding public importance. Such matters include community policing, racial sensitivity, social justice, training and the joint effort to improve the perception and reality of how police officers perform their duties to serve and protect their communities in a racially unbiased manner.
Moderator: Dean Burrell, Burrell Dispute Resolution
Panelists: Kenya Tyson, Senior Associate Provost at Dartmouth College; James Mets, Mets, Schiro & McGovern, LLP; and France Casseus, City of Newark, NJ - Law Department
3.4  Reconstructing Labor Relations (Symposium)—MCC 2
Chair: Janice Bellace, University of Pennsylvania
Presenters: Jana Karen Silverman*, The Pennsylvania State University; and Stanley Gacek, United Food and Commercial WorkersReconstructing Labor Relations in Brazil: Current Challenges and Opportunities
Tommaso Pio Danese*, University of Genoa, ItalyNew Syndical Sensemaking: A Comparative Study Between Italy and U.S.
Shannon Potter*, University of TorontoLERA Competitive Paper Winner: Do Strikes Spill Over? An Analysis of Local Strikes in Ontario, 1982-2014
This workshop will focus on the current state of international workplace dispute resolution, starting with a comparative analysis of four Asian countries. From there we will focus on the "shining stars" such as the Cambodia AC and Myanmar-ACT Fast Track Dispute Resolution Mechanism Project. Then we explore innovative labor law reforms in Mexico, with significant training support of the FMCS. The workshop will reflect on workplace practices in the global supply chain for garment production. We conclude with a vision for the future, exploring emerging trends and the potential of other models and private grievance arbitration to enhance workplace justice. This workshop is organized by the International Labor Committee of the National Academy of Arbitrators (NAA), dedicated to encouraging research and shaping the field of International Workplace Dispute Resolution. The Committee is part of the ILERA Study Group for Third-Party Neutrals.
Moderator: Richard Fincher, Workplace Resolutions LLC
Panelists: Rick Bales, Northern Ohio University; Eileen Hoffman, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service; and Joyce Sadka, The Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico
This panel will discuss the current social justice movements and the strife they may cause in the workplace, possible contract language implications and the emergence of employer specific unions based on social justice and workers' rights.
Moderator: Stephanie M. Collier, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Panelist: Jimmy O'Neal Valentine, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
2:15 - 3:45 pm ET
LERA Diversity and Inclusion Committee Meeting—Sound Board Conference Room
Moderator: Virginia Doellgast, Cornell University
4 - 5:30 pm ETConcurrent Sessions
Independent contractors (ICs) play an important role in our economy. They also create economic and legal issues because of their exemption from the Fair Labor Standard Act and employer payments into the Social Security Trust Fund, workers compensation and unemployment insurance funds. Too often unscrupulous employers misclassify employees to reduce their labor costs. The U.S. Department of Labor recently revised its rules for determining IC status. This panel brings a USDOL representative, in addition to an expert on misclassification, and a local union organizer to speak about the issue and the effects of changes in DOL rules.
Moderator: Dale Belman, Michigan State University
Panelists: David Weil, Brandeis University; Lisa Canada, Michigan Regional Council of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters; and Sally Dworak-Fisher, National Employment Law Project
Discussant: Phyllis Payne, Connerton & Payne, PLLC
The Worker Empowerment Research Network (WERN) has been tracking the upsurge in worker organizing and activism for the past year and will host a panel of leaders from the labor movement, worker advocacy groups, business, and government to discuss what we have learned from our research and their experiences about whether or not the current upsurge is a flash in the pan or a potentially transformational moment for restoring worker voice, representation and power in America's workplaces. Emphasis will be given to panel discussion portion of the roundtable session after brief summaries of our research findings to date are presented.
Moderator: Thomas A. Kochan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Presenters: Kate Bronfenbrenner*, Cornell UniversityUpdate on Union Organizing Campaigns
Janice Fine*, Rutgers UniversityUpdate on Worker Center and Other Organizing Outside of Collective Bargaining
John S. Ahlquist*, University of California, San DiegoWorkers' Survey
Suresh Naidu*, Columbia UniversityUpdate on Scope of Worker Organizing and Activism
Thomas A. Kochan*, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyBusiness Leader Interviews
Panelists: Cynthia Estrada, AFL-CIO; Roy Bahat, Bloomberg Beta; Veronica Mendez, CTUL, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha; and Lynn Rhinehart, U.S. Department of Labor
What’s new at the National Labor Relations Board? This session will highlight the latest news at the NLRB including the most recent unfair labor practice and representation case decisions.
Moderator: Colleen Carol, NLRB Region 7
Featured Speakers: Erikson Karmol and Mary Beth Foy, NLRB Region 7
Chair: Michael Loconto, Arbitrator
Presenters: Cory Runstedler*, University of ConnecticutCan the Few Replace the Many? Interpreting the New Wave of Union-Based Collective Action Focused on Smaller Groups
Weihao Li*, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace WorkersUnion Membership and the Radical Left in the Time of Radical Politics
Discussant: Sarah Cudahy, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
With the major expansion in the use of virtual hearings over the past few years, arbitrators are often faced with one party insisting on an in-person hearing and the other party insisting that the hearing be held virtually. The panel will consider how arbitrators should handle this type of situation.  The National Academy of Arbitrators long ago issued its "Advisory Opinion 26" that deals with holding a virtual hearing over the objection of one party, but does that opinion do enough? Is it time for updating? Should in-person be the default or is virtual accepted enough so that it should be the other way around? To what extent should parties address this in their CBAs?
Moderator: Arthur Pearlstein, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Panelists: Kathryn A. VanDagens, VanDagens ADR; and Jeanne Vonhof, Arbitrator
What happens when labor and management moves towards addressing DEIA issues through collective bargaining and contract language? In this workshop we will discuss why it is important to consider how to address DEIA matters in contract language and the challenges and concerns that parties face when bargaining DEIA language. There will be case studies and examples on DEIA contract language, as well as tips for how to bargain these areas.
Moderator: Liz Brenner, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Panelist: Stephanie M. Collier, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Discussant: Gemma Lopresti, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
4 - 5:30 pm ET
Moderator: Jim Pruitt, Kaiser Permanente
4 - 5:30 pm ET
Moderator: Saul Rubinstein, Rutgers University
6 - 10 pm ET
Moderator: Ingrid Fulmer, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


Conference Activities  •  6/2/2023
7:30 - 8:15 am ET
Moderator: Candace Archer, AFL-CIO
Featured Speaker: Fred Redmond, Secretary-Treasurer AFL-CIO
8:30 - 10 am ETConcurrent Sessions
We will discuss the Kaiser Permanente - Alliance of Healthcare Unions negotiations for the 2021-2025 contract, covering 50,000 KP employees nationally. The negotiations went beyond the expiration date of the previous contract and finally was settled late in the period of a ten-day strike notice. The historic Labor Management Partnership survived these difficult negotiations, with new and important mutual commitments on affordability, racial justice, and other areas. However, the negotiations threatened the future of the partnership and created some lasting challenges which will have to be addressed.
Moderators: Jim Pruitt, Kaiser Permanente; and Hal Ruddick, Alliance of Health Care Unions
Panelist: Sandra Flores, Alliance of Health Care Unions
Discussant: Dennis L. Dabney, Dabney Law LLC
A new generation of arbitrators is entering the practice with a diverse set of background and experiences. Hear from arbitrators about getting started and early experiences in labor-management dispute resolution.
Moderator: Michael Loconto, Arbitrator
Panelists: Bradley A. Areheart, University of Tennessee College of Law; E. Patrick McDermott, Salisbury University; Shianne Scott and Lisa W. Timmons, Arbitrator
Chair: Christine Riordan, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Presenters: Dylan Bellisle and Alison Dickson*, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Peter J. Fugiel, Rutgers University; Lonnie Golden, Penn State Abington; Larissa Petrucci, NorCal Construction Industry Compliance; and Robert Bruno, University of Illinois Urbana-ChampaignA Good Job, Not Just Any Job: Defining and Measuring Employment Quality in Illinois
Yaminette Diaz-Linhart* and Arrow Minster, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Dongwoo Park and Duanyi Yang, Cornell University; and Thomas A. Kochan, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyThe Missing Worker Voice in Job Quality: Developing a Conceptual Framework and Survey Instrument for Worker Voice
Kess Ballentine*, Wayne State UniversityJob Quality Factors Associated with Burnout, Secondary Trauma, and Compassion Satisfaction Among Healthcare Workers
Discussant: Jenny Weissbourd, Aspen Institute
Vera Meyers, an inclusion strategist and leader, said that diversity is being invited to the party, inclusion is being asked to dance. Join us to discuss what happens beyond the dance: how to integrate diversity, inclusion, belonging, and more into our organizations. In this highly interactive workshop, we will discuss some foundations of these ideas and build understanding around why diversity and inclusion is important for all, and how we can start or improve our efforts in these areas. This workshop will set the stage for the remaining technical workshops in the Diversity and Inclusion track.
Moderator: Cathy Stevens, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Panelist: Xavier A. Merizalde, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Discussant: Liz Brenner, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Chair: Basel Saleh, U.S. Department of Labor
Presenters: Hye Jin Rho, Michigan State University; and Andrew Weaver*, University of Illinois Urbana-ChampaignWhat Predicts Time-to-Hire? Evidence from Applicant Tracking Data
- Adrianto and Avner Ben-Ner, University of Minnesota; and Ainhoa Urtasun*, Public University of NavarreHow Things are Made Matters: The Effects of Technology on the Organization of Work
Morris M. Kleiner and Wenchen Wang*, University of MinnesotaThe Labor Market Effects of Occupational Licensing in the Public Sector
Discussant: Discussant Opportunity Available, Interested? Contact LERA
This roundtable will discuss economic research on policing and criminalization of Black and brown communities, the role that police unions in particular play in upholding stratification and economic inequality, and what pathways may exist for public safety that services the common good and economic security.
Moderator: Kate Bahn, The Washington Center for Equitable Growth
Presenters: Robynn Cox*, University of California, Riverside; Jamein Cunningham, Cornell University; and Alberto Ortega, Indiana UniversityThe Impact of Affirmative Action Litigation on Police Killings of Civilians
Maurice BP-Weeks*, Action Center on Race & the EconomyMonetary Cost of Police Brutality and the Role of Community Organizing
Featured Speaker: Fred Redmond, Secretary-Treasurer AFL-CIO
8:30 - 10 am ET
Moderator: Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Brandeis University
10:15 - 11:45 am ETConcurrent Sessions
In this session, the panelists will outline the debate and evidence around different policy approaches to addressing poverty and low-income in Canada, including living wages, wage insurance, basic income, universal services, and guaranteed jobs programs. Panelists and discussants will discuss how features of the Canadian institutional context, as well as activist campaigns and government-funded pilot studies and commissions, have affected not only the debate around these policies, but also the chances of successful implementation.
Moderator: Lorenzo Frangi, University of Québec at Montréal
Panelists: Danielle van Jaarsveld, University of British Columbia; Kourtney Koebel and Rafael Gomez, University of Toronto
Discussant: Dionne Pohler, University of Saskatchewan
6.2  White House Task Force Part I: Card Checks (Workshop)—Salon C
As a priority of the Biden administration to remove obstacles workers face in their efforts to organize, the Whitehouse Taskforce on Worker Organizing and Empowerment was established. This task force developed a set of recommendations that will promote worker organizing and collective bargaining. As a result, the FMCS is now offering card check services at no charge. Hear about the collaboration beween  governmental agencies to address the White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment, the development of FMCS providing card checks, and what you need to know about card checks.
Moderator: LaTwana Williams, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Panelist: Barbara Lichtman, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
When it comes to workers compensation insurance fraud, the default assumption is claimant fraud dominates, making claimants the bull's eye for investigations, prosecutions and policies battling fraud. In reality, employer premium fraud is far more costly to insurers and places the insurers at higher risk exposures. This panel will bring to light premium-fraud schemes and new data on the degree of employer premium fraud and the harm it is causing to insurers, workers (immigrant workers being frequently more endangered) and compliant employers. The panel will also discuss possible solutions to the problem.
Moderator: Matthew Capece, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America
Panelists: Grace Nicholas, Texas Mutual Insurance; and Michael R. Grenon, Employers (Insurance)
Discussant: William Canak, Middle Tennessee State University (ret.)
6.4  Bullying: A New Look at a Not-So-New Topic (Workshop)—MCC 2
Bullying can take on many forms in the workplace and sometimes can be hard to identify. Unfortunately, bullying left unchecked can erode workplace cultures and performance. In order for organizations to provide a positive environment for employees to stay engaged, it is important for bullying to be proactively eliminated in all forms. In this presentation you will learn about different types of bullying, ways to identify bullying, tools for handling a bully, and how to be an ally against bullying. Join us for a new view on a not-so-new topic.
Moderator: Kevin Hawkins, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Panelist: Ligia M. Velazquez, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Discussant: Dana Marinaro, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
6.5  Pandemic, Policies and Work-life Outcomes (Symposium)—MCC 3
Chair: Daniel J. Julius, Yale University
Presenters: Kaumudi Misra*, California State University, East BayVirtual Work Before and After the Onset of COVID-19: Employee Productivity and Work-Life Outcomes
Justin Vinton*, Rutgers UniversityCrisis and Opportunity in US Public Education: The Potential to Mitigate Negative Pandemic Effects Through Labor-Management Partnership
Gabrielle Pepin*, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research; and Yulya Truskinovsky, Wayne State UniversityNot Just for Kids: Child and Dependent Care Credit Benefits for Adult Care
Abay Asfaw*, National Institute for Occupational Safety and HealthAssociation Between Reasons for Not Working and Major Depression and Anxiety Symptoms Among the U.S. Adult Population
Discussant: Discussant Opportunity Available, Interested? Contact LERA
Leaders struggle to keep organizations alive in rapidly changing environments. During the automotive industry crisis, this struggle to adapt and survive was clearly illustrated by the players in the automotive industry. Driven by a pandemic and divisive politics, businesses increasingly weigh in on social issues. Using examples from automotive, healthcare, hospitality, and higher education, we will review these 2008-2010 and 2020-2021 challenges to understand how working together and building knowledge-sharing relationships allows a positive adaptation to challenging conditions. By applying these techniques, leaders in any industry can recognize and seize opportunities to improve and sustain superior performance for their organization.
Moderator: Raya Danielle York, University of Michigan
Panelist: Chris Emmons, Adaptive Strategy
10:15 - 11:45 am ET
Moderator: Paul F. Clark, LERA President
12 - 1:30 pm ET
On Jun 23, 1963, in gratitude for the UAW sending Bill Owen and Irving Bluestone to bail out Dr. King and others jailed in Birmingham, AL, Dr. King came to Detroit to lead a march of over 120,000 people to fight for civil rights. While he was at the UAW headquarters, Dr. King finished the draft for his "I Have a Dream Speech," which he delivered in Detroit ahead of the March on Washington speech in August. This session will commemorate the role of the UAW in this pivotal moment of the Civil Rights Movement. On Good Friday, April 12, Dr. King and the leadership of the Southern Christian Leadership Council were jailed in Birmingham for violating an injunction against protesting segregation. In response to a "Call for Unity" among white clergy in Birmingham to stand on the side of defending segregation, Dr. King penned his "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" confronting the silence of those in the face of the evil of segregation. On June 12, just weeks before Dr. King's Detroit appearance, NAACP leader Medgar Evers, fighting for voter registration in Mississippi, had been assassinated in front of his home. And this march was a response to growing violence of those suppressing civil rights.
Moderator: Barry Bluestone, Northeastern University
Featured Speakers: Gavin Strassel, UAW Archivist at Wayne State; and Alan Reuther, United Auto Workers (ret.)
1:45 - 3:15 pm ETConcurrent Sessions
Mexico adopted a major reform of its labor law in 2019, in part as a requirement of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement that replaced NAFTA. The new regime extends democratic rights to workers to control their unions and collective bargaining agreements. Independent unions have launched a wave of organizing in some of the largest Mexican manufacturing export plants of major US corporations, including General Motors, Panasonic, and 3M, in some cases in direct opposition to the official CTM union structures that have long dominated Mexican workplaces. The roundtable will bring together academics, top practitioners, and government officials to explore the factors in labor's recent successes, including grassroots mobilization, labor law reform, and the USMCA Rapid Response Mechanism. Roundtable participants will also analyze myriad challenges facing labor going forward.
Moderator: Mark Anner, Pennsylvania State University
Panelists: Cirila Quintero, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Mexico; Paolo Marinaro, Solidarity Center, Mexico; Samantha Tate, USMCA Monitoring and Enforcement, U.S. Department of Labor; United Automobile Workers Speaker TBA, ; Lynda Yanz, Maquila Solidarity Network; Benjamin Davis, United Steelworkers; and Imelda Jiménez, National Mine Workers Union of Mexico
As a priority of the Biden administration to remove obstacles workers face in their efforts to organize, the Whitehouse Taskforce on Worker Organizing and Empowerment was established. This task force developed a set of recommendations that will promote worker organizing and collective bargaining. This workshop will cover the challenges of initial contract bargaining, the recommendations of the Task Force, and how the FMCS has been working to improve and increase support provided to unions and employers as they work through the challenges of negotiating that first contract and begin their ongoing relationship as partners in the workplace.
Moderator: Jim Albano, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Panelist: Martin A. Callaghan, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Discussant: Valerie Harragin, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
This is a panel discussion of the current wave of unionization in social sector nonprofits. We will explore the challenges of managing unionization with a model designed for industrial relations, scarce resources and low level of unionization experience. We will share analysis of this current unionization wave in this sector, trends practitioners are seeing and hear from both bargaining unit members and management on how they've experienced the negotiation of a first contract. There will be ample time for questions and discussions with participants.
Moderator: Julie A Emery, Serendipity Strategies
Panelists: Amy Smoucha, Listening Tree Consulting; Natalia Espina, Land Stewardship Project; Christy Yoshitomi, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service; and Fatoumata Keita, National Women's Law Center
7.4  Understanding Bias (Workshop)—MCC 2
Ingrained in all of us, personal biases impact our everyday decisions and actions. While some forms of bias can be harmless, others can lead to unreasoned judgements about people and unfairness in the workplace. In this interactive session, we will explore how conflict, prejudice and discrimination are deeply rooted in personal biases. We will discuss how having a greater understanding of our own biases can improve relationships and is crucial in addressing these systemic problems on a human level. Topics covered: The nature of bias, conscious and implicit bias, sources of bias, examples of different kinds of biases, impact of bias in the workplace, and tips and tools to address bias.
Moderator: Herman Brown, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Panelist: Gemma Lopresti, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Discussant: Tom Louis Melancon, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
7.5  Law and Regulations in the Workplace (Symposium)—MCC 3
Chair: Lisa W. Timmons, Arbitrator
Presenters: Bradley R. Weinberg*, Queen's UniversityA Tale of Two Centuries: Expanding Constitutional Labour Rights in Canada and their Impact on Legislation, Conflict and Wages
Zoe Chanin*, University of MichiganThe Impact of Negative Publicity and Enforced Confidentiality on Employment ADR Adoption
Gregory Lyon*, Georgetown UniversityThe Conditional Relationship Between Labor Market Institutions and Employee Health
Deanna Malatesta* and Lisa Blomgren Amsler, Indiana UniversityLERA Competitive Paper Winner: Naming, Blaming, and Claiming: Dispute Settlement in OSHA Civil Enforcement and OSHRC Appeals
This session discusses two books that examine union struggles to fight for good, secure, humane jobs in the rapidly changing telecommunications industry. In Resistance in the Digital Workplace, Debbie Goldman analyzes union responses to downward pressure on living standards, working conditions, and job security in the call centers of two US companies, AT&T and Bell Atlantic (now Verizon), focusing on the 1965-2005 period. In Exit, Voice, and Solidarity (OUP 2022), Virginia Doellgast compares union responses to downsizing, outsourcing, and intensifying performance management at 10 incumbent telecom firms in US and Europe from the mid-2000s.
Moderator: Rosemary Batt, Cornell University
Panelists: Debbie Goldman, Communication Workers of America; and Virginia Doellgast, Cornell University
Discussants: Maite Tapia, Michigan State University; David Weil, Brandeis University; and Blandine Emilien, University of Quebec in Montreal
1:45 - 3:15 pm ET
Deans, Chairs, and Directors Council Meeting—Sound Board Conference Room
Moderator: Marc Weinstein, Florida International University
3:30 - 5 pm ETConcurrent Sessions
Chair: Dionne Pohler, University of Saskatchewan
Presenters: Dalia Gesualdi-Fecteau*, University of Montreal; Christian Levesque, HEC Montreal; Gregor Murray and Nicolas Roby, University of MontrealWhat Is Better Work and What Is Worse Work and Why?
Valeria Pulignano*, Katholieke University Leuven; Claudia Marà, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven; Milena Franke, Centre for Sociological Research (CeSo), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven; and Karol Muszynski, Katholieke Universiteit LeuvenInformality of Employment in Digital Care Platforms: A Study on the Individualization of Risk and Unpaid Labour in Mature Market Contexts
Maxime Bellego, Ecole Centrale de Marseille; Virginia Doellgast*, Cornell University; and Elisa Pannini, London School of EconomicsFrom Taylorism to Teams: Negotiating Work Reorganization and Partnership for Technicians at France Telecom
Robert Hickey*, Queen's UniversityCan Public Health Directives Make Worse Work Better: The Case of Disability Services?
Discussant: Adrienne E. Eaton, Rutgers University
As a priority of the Biden administration to remove obstacles workers face in their efforts to organize, the Whitehouse Taskforce on Worker Organizing and Empowerment was established. As a partner on the White House Task Force for Worker Organizing and Empowerment, the FMCS has increased its resources to support labor management partnerships in all sectors. This session will discuss FMCS's role on the White House Task Force, the benefits of a labor-management partnership, and how FMCS has enhanced its support for parties to build strong labor-managment partnerships.
Moderator: Martin A. Callaghan, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Panelist: LaTwana Williams, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Discussant: Jimmy O'Neal Valentine, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
This session uses the "author meets critics" discussion format for the book: Stephen J. Silvia, The UAW's Southern Gamble: Organizing Foreign Vehicle Plants.
Moderator: Jeffrey S. Wheeler, Global Trace Protocol, ELEVATE Ltd./LRQA
Presenter: Stephen Silvia*, American UniversityUAW's Southern Gamble: Organizing Workers at Foreign-Owned Vehicle Plants
Discussants: Marissa Brookes, University of California, Riverside; Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Brandeis University; and Bob King, University of Michigan (former UAW President)
Attendees will learn about how arbitral institutions, parties, lawyers, and arbitrators - everyone who might find themselves in the "appointer"-seat - move from Pledge to performance by actively taking steps ensure that diverse neutrals are appointed in disputes.
Moderator: Sarah Miller Espinosa, SME Dispute Resolution, LLC
Panelists: Homer C. La Rue, Howard University; Katherine Simpson, Simpson Dispute Resolution; and Alan Symonette, SymonetteADR Services Inc
8.5  LERA/AILR Best Papers (Symposium)—MCC 3
Chairs: David Lewin, University of California, Los Angeles; and Paul J. Gollan, University of Wollongong
Presenters: Sandrine Julia Haentjens*, University of TorontoCanada’s Captive Workforce: Incarcerated Workers’ Exclusion from Canadian Employment Legislation
Hatim A. Rahman*, Northwestern University; Tim Weiss, Imperial College; and Arvind Karunakaran, Stanford UniversityThe Experimental Hand: How Platform-based Experimentation Reconfigures Worker Autonomy
Ashley E. Orr*, Carnegie Mellon University; Bethia Burke and Reanna Karousis, Fund for our Economic Future“Where are the Workers and What Do They Need?” Job Characteristics for Worker Retention in Northeast Ohio
John A. Logan*, San Francisco State UniversityStarbucks Workers United and the Revival of Industrial Syndicalism
8.6  LERA Best Posters (Symposium)—Conference Foyer
Chair: Hye Jin Rho, Michigan State University
Presenters: Nien-chi Liu, National Taiwan University; Yung-Chun Wang, National Central University; and Ming-Jhe Jeng*, National Taiwan UniversityFirm-Sponsored Training, Training Incentives and Training Effectiveness - An Empirical Investigation in Taiwanese Establishments
Hayoung Shin, Kyoto Sangyo University; and Tomoyuki Shimanuki*, Chuo UniversityEffects of the Prosocial Motivation of Healthcare Workers on their Attitudes and Behaviors: Evidence from Japan
- Adrianto* and Avner Ben-Ner, University of Minnesota; Jason Sockin, University of Pennsylvania; and Ainhoa Urtasun, Public University of NavarreAre Workers Better Off in Firms They Own than in Firms Owned by Others? Evidence From Matched Manufacturing Plants
Zachary Schaller* and John Killingsworth, Colorado State UniversityA Game Theory Perspective on Delivery Methods in Construction
Nubong Gabila Fohtung*, North-West UniversityRegional Integration as a Determinants of FDI Inflows to SADC
Augustus Wood*, Stephanie Fortado and Emily E. LB. Twarog, University of Illinois Urbana-ChampaignSteelworkers on Campus: 75 Years of the United Steelworkers of America Summer School
5:15 - 6:45 pm ET
Moderator: Paul F. Clark, LERA President
7 - 8:30 pm ET
Moderator: Paul F. Clark, LERA President


Conference Activities  •  6/3/2023
7:30 - 8:30 am ET
Moderator: Paul F. Clark, LERA President
8:45 - 10:15 am ETConcurrent Sessions
Chair: Greg Distelhorst, University of Toronto
Presenters: Mark Anner*, Pennsylvania State UniversityInteracting Mechanisms for Addressing Decent Work Deficits in Global Supply Chains: Enforceable Brand Agreements, Public Governance, and Grassroots Labor Organizing
Matthew Fischer-Daly*, Pennsylvania State UniversityInternational Commodity Network Analysis of Bargaining Power: Methodological Insights from the Strawberry Sector
Desiree LeClercq*, Cornell UniversityA Worker-Centered Trade Policy
Discussant: Sarosh C. Kuruvilla, Cornell University
Chair: Hana R. Shepherd, Rutgers University
Presenters: Joy J. Kim*, Rutgers UniversityConceptualizing Employers' Violations of Labor Standards: Towards Explanation, Prediction, and Prevention
Jake Barnes*, Rutgers UniversityUnderstanding the Powers, Practices, Politics, and Behaviors Behind Labor Standards Compliance and Enforcement
Andrew Wolf*, University of Wisconsin, MadisonThe Creation of Tripartism in the Regulation of Fissured and Informal Immigrant Work in New York City and Seattle
Peter J. Fugiel*, Rutgers UniversityThe Politics of Progressive Labor Standards
Isaac Jabola-Carolus*, City University of New YorkLocal Innovations in Protecting Rights of Home Care Aides and Domestic Workers: The Case of New York City's Paid Care Division
Discussants: David Weil, Brandeis University; and Janice Fine, Rutgers University
9.3  In Search of Allyship (Workshop)—MCC 1
What can we do to transform our workplace to become more inclusive? Many people want to stand up for one another, want to be considered allies, but, too often, difficult conversations never happen because people get uncomfortable, anxious, or nervous. They are afraid they will say or do the wrong things and maybe even make matters worse. Instead of letting those feelings stifle important conversations, allow them to help you grow. In this workshop, you will learn and practice strategies to help build a more equitable and inclusive place of work through allyship.
Moderator: Xavier A. Merizalde, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Panelist: Cathy Stevens, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Discussant: Herman Brown, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
This panel discussion will examine "overemployment" - the new trend of working two full-time remote jobs at the same time without either employer knowing. The panel will look at the current law on this topic to see if it applies to the new trend. The panel will also present a hypothetical scenario involving an employee engaging in overemployment and examine the legal issues involved.
Moderator: Aaron Schmidt, American Arbitration Association
Discussants: Rudolph P. Makupson, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; Kathryn A. VanDagens, VanDagens ADR; and Angela Mannarino, Gasiorek Morgan
Chair: Ying Chen, University of Rhode Island
Presenters: Adam (Chuling) Huang*, Cornell University; Binbin Wang and Yan Huang, South China University of TechnologyJudges' Interpretation of Laws and Labor Rights Protection: A study of Labor Contract-Related Court Decisions in China
Ruofan Ma*, Harvard UniversityWeak Institution, Weak Compliance?
Mengjie Lyu*, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Binyi Yang, Capital University of Economics and Business; and Quan Meng, China University of Labor RelationsThe Fissured Platform and Workers' Internal Mobility: Evidence from China's Food Delivery Platform
Discussant: Harshitha Ram, Attorney & International Arbitrator
Chair: Erin L. Kelly, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Presenters: Milosz Miszczynski*, Kozminski University; and Patrizia Zanoni, Utrecht UniversityDigital Taylorism at the Frontier of Europe: Emancipation Through Alienating Work in the Amazon Warehouse
Yaminette Diaz-Linhart* and Erin L. Kelly, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Alex M. Kowalski, Cornell University; and Laura Kubzansky, Harvard UniversityThe Role of Voice Environment in Warehouse Worker Well-Being
Steven Vallas*, Northeastern University; and Anne-Kathrin Kronberg, University of North Carolina Charlotte'It's Like They Own You Every Minute': Threats to Wellbeing and Working-Class Consciousness among Amazon's Warehouse Employees
Discussant: Hatim A. Rahman, Northwestern University
8:45 - 12 pm ET
Moderators: Alyson Jane Gounden Rock, McGill University; Ana Cristina Rodrigues De Oliveira, University of Toronto; and Arrow Minster, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
10:30 am - 12 pm ETConcurrent Sessions
Chair: Jeffrey S. Wheeler, Global Trace Protocol, ELEVATE Ltd./LRQA
Presenters: Sarosh C. Kuruvilla* and Ayaj Rana, Cornell UniversityThe Impact of Sourcing Practices and Prices on Suppliers and Workers in Global Supply Chains: An Empirical Investigation
Jinsun Bae*, Carleton UniversityDoes Private Labor Regulation Reward Self-regulating Suppliers?
Greg Distelhorst and Yichen Liu*, University of TorontoLabor Violations, Profitability, and the Moderating Effects of Competition: Evidence from China
Discussant: Anil Verma, University of Toronto
10.2  Restorative Mediation: Tools and Tips (Workshop)—Salon C
Restorative mediation draws from restorative justice tenets, as well as transformative and facilitative mediation practices. In addition to mediation sessions, participants in restorative mediation also commit to pre-work, as well as an honest and transparent dialogue in a safe space created by the mediator. This session explores the development of this process, how to deliver/facilitate a restorative mediation process for a labor-management grievance or for an employment-based grievance, and how to determine if parties are right for a restorative mediation process.
Moderator: Brenda Pryor, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Panelist: Liz Brenner, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Discussant: Carrie Foster, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Are microaggressions affecting your workplace culture and bottom lines? Understanding microaggressions and their impacts in the workplace are critical to building a positive organizational culture. This presentation will provide information and strategies so that you are empowered to identify microaggressions, respond to and overcome microaggressions, be an ally and learn how to respond in order to build a stronger environment and effectively move forward.
Moderator: Tom Louis Melancon, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Panelist: Dana Marinaro, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Discussant: Ligia M. Velazquez, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
The challenges of the pandemic changed the workforce and how labor and management interact. This session will provide insights from experienced labor relations professionals on coping with the lingering effects of the pandemic, from continuing demands for remote work, wage and hour issues when employees work from home, bargaining new contracts, requests for accommodation for disabilities, and litigating these and other disputes in arbitration and before the NLRB.
Moderator: Thomas A. Lenz, Atkinson Andelson Loya Ruud & Romo
Panelists: Joseph L. Paller, Gilbert & Sackman, a Law Corporation; and Christopher David Ruiz Cameron, Southwestern Law School
Discussant: Elizabeth Kerwin, Regional Director NLRB Region 7, Detroit, Michigan
10.5  Innovations in Organizing (Symposium)—MCC 3
Chair: Alan Roe, University of Leeds
Presenters: Yao Yao*, University of Ottawa; and Lorenzo Frangi, University of Québec at MontréalOrganizing with Digital Technologies: A Conceptual Tool for E-Employment Relations
Carla Lima Aranzaes*, Michigan State UniversityGaining Support Via Social Media: Evidence from Amazon's Unionization Campaign
Discussant: Gerard Looker, University of Leeds
This is the second panel of a two-panel proposal in which we focus on warehouse work and control. While Part 1 introduces research on warehouse work from an international comparative perspective, Part 2 focuses on the managerial strategies of control towards Amazon workers in the US more specifically.
Moderator: Maite Tapia, Michigan State University
Presenters: Tamara Lee*, Rutgers University; Maite Tapia, Carla Lima Aranzaes and Salil Sapre, Michigan State University; and Spencer Shimek, Rutgers UniversityThe Militarization of Human Resources: Contemporary Worker Control in Amazon Fulfillment Centers
Teke Wiggin*, Northwestern UniversityWorker Captivity and the Weaponization of Algorithmic Management: Lessons from Amazon's Anti-Union Campaign in Bessemer
Sanjay Joseph Pinto*, Rutgers University; and Beth Gutelius, University of Illinois ChicagoControl and Resistance at Amazon Warehouses: Results from a National Survey
Discussant: TBA TBA,
12:15 - 1:45 pm ET
Moderator: Dennis L. Dabney, Dabney Law LLC
Featured Speaker: Paul F. Clark, LERA President
2 - 3:30 pm ETConcurrent Sessions
Chair: Desiree LeClercq, Cornell University
Presenters: Matthew Amengual, University of Oxford; Greg Distelhorst*, University of Toronto; and Alessandro Guasti, University of OxfordWhat Do Supply Chain Workers Value? Evidence from a Choice Experiment
Chunyun Li, London School of Economics and Political Sciences; Dongwoo Park* and Kyle Beck, Cornell UniversitySuppliers' Compliance Strategies and Private and Public Regulation
Kelly I. Pike, York University; Beth English, Indiana University; and Tinu Mathew*, York UniversityRole of Training in the Prevention of Sexual Harassment in Garment Sector Factories: A Comparative Study of Nicaragua, Indonesia, Jordan, and Vietnam
Jeffrey S. Wheeler*, Global Trace Protocol, ELEVATE Ltd./LRQAHow Does Traceability Help Address Forced and Child Labor in Global Supply Chains: A case study of the Global Trace Protocol Project
Discussant: Sarosh C. Kuruvilla, Cornell University
11.2  Refusing to Arbitrate (Workshop)—Salon C
In many cases, where one party invokes arbitration under the collective bargaining agreement, the other party will not cooperate. This often involves refusal to participate in the arbitrator selection process and/or in the scheduling of a hearing based on an alleged failure of the requesting party to follow the grievance steps (procedural arbitrability) or a claim that the subject matter of the grievance is not subject to arbitration under the CBA (substantive arbitrability). Although the parties can address this by specifying consequences in the CBA, most commonly fail to do so. This session will consider the widespread occurrence of initial refusal, how a party can enforce the arbitration requirement, what kind of language parties could consider including in their labor contracts to eliminate the problem, and whether refusal to arbitrate is ever in one party’s best interests.
Moderator: Arthur Pearlstein, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Panelist: LaTwana Williams, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Discussant: David McIntosh, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
11.3  Why Does DE&I Matter? (Workshop)—MCC 1
Over the past three days, we have heard presentations about the development of civil rights into the present societal issues impacting the workplace. We've also heard presentations on how to be more aware as we address DE&I issues in collective bargaining agreements. This workshop will pull all three days together to engage in exciting dialogue on how you can improve your DE&I culture, the challenges you may encounter, and how to overcome those challenges with the assistance of FMCS.
Moderator: Dana Marinaro, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Panelist: Herman Brown, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Discussant: Cathy Stevens, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Teacher shortages - alarming before the pandemic began - are now at crisis levels. There is abundant evidence as to why educators leave the profession. Until recently, however, there has been less attention paid to capture what facilitates educators- well-being and likelihood to stay. In partnership with the American Federation of Teachers, Educators Thriving developed an educator-generated definition of well-being and accompanying survey tool, based on interviews with nearly 100 educators and data from 1,285 survey participants. Come learn how a data-driven process for labor management collaboration is now improving educator well-being in two districts.
Moderators: Laura Andersen, Educators Thriving; and Harriet B. Fox, George Washington University
Discussants: Marie-Louise Caravatti, American Federation of Teachers; Ray Gaer, ABC Federation of Teachers Local #2317; and Tiffany Dittrich, White Bear Lake Area Educators Local #7286
11.5  Evolving Power Dynamics Impacting Work (Symposium)—MCC 3
Chair: Tingting Zhang, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Presenters: Jianxuan Lei*, University of MinnesotaTrade Union Membership and Women's Right to Work: The Complex Dynamics between Gender, Labor, and Politics in Europe
Andrea Signoretti, University of Trento; Lorenzo Frangi*, University of Québec at Montréal; and Tingting Zhang, University of Illinois Urbana-ChampaignWhen Union Officers Leave the Unions: A Three-Country Comparison
Youbin Kang*, University of Wisconsin-MadisonWorkers in Barricades and Mayors on Bicycles: Race, Class, and Subway Strikes after financial crises in New York City and Seoul
Discussant: Discussant Opportunity Available, Interested? Contact LERA
A discussion of how at the state level, unions play a vital role in protecting the rights of workers to vote and provide the legs to get members to the polls so the voice of working Americans can continue to be the backbone of American democracy.
Moderator: Clayola Brown, AFL-CIO
Panelist: Andre Washington, Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute
2 - 3:30 pm ET
LERA NCAC Chapter Administration Workshop—Sound Board Conference Room
Moderators: William Canak, Middle Tennessee State University (ret.); and Bonnie Castrey, Dispute Resolution Services
3:45 - 5:15 pm ETConcurrent Sessions
Chair: Anil Verma, University of Toronto
Presenters: Jennifer M. Harmer*, University of TorontoEmbracing managerial tactics: Exploring the use and potential gains of Human Resources Management (HRM) in unions
Shannon Potter*, University of TorontoInter-union competition and wages of unionized workers
Tingting Zhang*, University of Illinois Urbana-ChampaignFighting for Collective Bargaining Rights: Labor Unions Social Media Discourse in Mobilizing Public Support
Lorenzo Frangi*, University of Québec at Montréal; and Anthony C Masi, McGill UniversityLooking Outside and Supporting from Inside" Social Movement Unionism in Quebec (Canada)
A pilot project between FMCS with MIT’s Center for Constructive Communication and Cortico illuminated a valuable and potentially groundbreaking innovation in conflict management and prevention.  This program will discuss the background of MIT and Cortico, the genesis of their approach and development of technologies to elevate the quality of social dialogues, and potential uses of this technology to advance the art & science of conflict management & prevention.
Moderator: Ligia M. Velazquez, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Panelist: Tom Louis Melancon, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Discussant: Kevin Hawkins, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
A panel of practitioners will share their experiences and reasons for opting for interest based approaches in addressing negotiations, conflict resolution and settlement discussions as a superior method of achieving client results and mutual satisfaction.
Moderator: Stanislaw Damas, Collaborative Strategies LLC
Panelists: Kendall B. Williams, The Williams Firm; Bonnie Cullison, Collaborative Strategies LLC; and David Rodich, Collaborative Strategies, LLC
LERA's Teaching Section group is sponsoring this session. The session will provide three different approaches to addressing race and related issues into the college classrooms. Each of the three presenters will share their personal classroom approaches and experiences as they seek to help students understand issues related to discrimination, power and justice in the workplace. Race will be a prominent issue the presenters will discuss; however, some materials will also address how the materials are related to other identities as well. Attendees will have time to engage in dialogue with the panelists.
Moderator: Yao Yao, University of Ottawa
Presenters: John W. Budd*, University of MinnesotaDeveloping a "Race, Power, and Justice in Business" Course
Tamara Lee, Rutgers UniversityRace and Other Identities as Pedagogical Tools
Sean E. Rogers, University of Rhode IslandIntegrating Race-Related Materials into College Classes
12.5  Historical and Theoretical Perspectives (Symposium)—MCC 3
Chair: Gregory M. Saltzman, Albion College
Presenters: Jerome Braun*, Loyola University, ChicagoThe Relevance of Institutional Economics for Labor Economics through Understanding American Economic History
Mark R Reiff*, University of California at DavisUnionization and the Argument from Liberty
Scott Abrahams*, Louisiana State University; and Frank Levy, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyThe Run-Up to Populism: A 39-Year U.S. Perspective
Jack Fiorito* and Andrew Keyes, Florida State University; and Zachary A. Russell, Xavier UniversityWhy Do People Really Support Unions?
Discussant: Zachary Schaller, Colorado State University
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Labor-Management Partnership Program is an Office of Labor-Management Standards initiative that promotes positive labor-management partnerships from across the nation. The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service provides training and facilitation of labor-management partnerships among all sectors and industries. Together, these two federal agencies are providing resources to directly help workers and employers, alike. In this interactive workshop, you will be introduced to the Labor-Management Partnership Program and how they are showcasing this important work, and how FMCS can be a resource to achieving success for your organization. Joining the discussion will be a panel of experienced labor-management partnership who will discuss what it takes to get the resources you need, how to start your own labor-management partnership, keys to success, and how to overcome obstacles and pitfalls along the way.
Moderator: Andrew Auerbach, U.S Department of Labor
Panelists: Darnice C. Marsh, U.S. Department of Labor; Andrew C. Hasty and Taurean Johnson, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
3:45 - 5:15 pm ET
LERA NCAC Chapter Representatives Meeting—Sound Board Conference Room
Moderators: William Canak, Middle Tennessee State University (ret.); and Bonnie Castrey, Dispute Resolution Services
6 - 8 pm ET
Moderator: Paul F. Clark, LERA President


Conference Activities  •  6/4/2023
8 - 9:30 am ETConcurrent Sessions
Chair: Rosemary Batt, Cornell University
Presenters: Beth Gutelius* and Nik Theodore, University of Illinois ChicagoThe Warehouse Sector Under Pressure: Technological Change in the Wake of the Pandemic
Françoise Carré, University of Massachusetts-Boston; and Chris Tilly*, University of California, Los AngelesHow Employers use Digital Technology to Reshape Work in Mass Market Retail: Management Visions, Worker Experiences
Steve Viscelli*, University of PennsylvaniaHow Technology and Subcontracting are Transforming Work and Labor Markets in Last-Mile Delivery
Discussants: Heidi Gottfried, Wayne State University; and Mark Gaffney, Teamster Local 124
Chair: Jake Rosenfeld, Washington University in St. Louis
Presenters: Michael M. Oswalt*, Wayne State University; Jake Rosenfeld, Washington University in St. Louis; and Patrick Denice, Western University (Canada)Power and Pay Secrecy
Ryan Finnigan and Savannah Hunter*, University of California, BerkeleyRegulation of Precarious Work Schedules and Bottom-Up Enforcement: An Evaluation of State Reporting Pay Policies
Janice Fine* and Hana R. Shepherd, Rutgers UniversityWalking the Tightrope: Negotiating Business Interests in the Enforcement of Local Labor Standards Laws
Discussant: John W. Budd, University of Minnesota
This workshop explores how unions and worker centers can use peer education and training-of-trainer (ToT) models to expand worker-led organizing and develop stronger member leadership. The workshop will begin by exploring the impact of these models through sharing emerging findings of an evaluation research project, and then participants will be guided through an overview of the key elements of peer education models and explore how these can be integrated into their existing programs. Participants will leave the workshop with guiding questions to begin planning their own peer education programs.
Moderator: Anne Marie Brady, Cornell University
Panelists: Zoë West and Arianna Schindle, Cornell University
13.4  Employment Effects in Four Industries (Symposium)—MCC 4
Chair: Harshitha Ram, Attorney & International Arbitrator
Presenters: Juan Carlos Moreno-Brid, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico; Joaquin Sanchez-Gomez*, CUNY City College; Rosa Gomez Tovar and Lizzeth Gomez Rodriguez, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de MexicoTrade and Decent Work in Mexico's Automobile Sector: The Road Traveled and the Unchartered Territory Ahead
Patrice M. Mareschal* and Jeffrey H. Keefe, Rutgers UniversityPolice Use of Force, Discipline, and Turnover Across Jurisdictions in New Jersey
Virginia Parks and Ian Ross Baran*, University of California IrvineFossil Fuel Layoff: The Economic and Employment Effects of a Refinery Closure on Workers in Northern California's Bay Area
Discussant: Discussant Opportunity Available, Interested? Contact LERA
9:45 - 11:15 am ETConcurrent Sessions
Chair: Nathan Wilmers, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Presenters: Elizabeth Weber Handwerker*, Matthew Dey and David S. Piccone Jr, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; and John Voorheis, U.S. Census BureauWere Wages Converging During the 2010s Expansion?
Brad Hershbein*, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research; and Bryan A. Stuart, Federal Reserve Bank of PhiladelphiaThe Evolution of Local Labor Markets After Recessions
Clem Aeppli*, Harvard University; and Nathan Wilmers, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyRapid Wage Growth at the Bottom has Offset Rising U.S. Inequality
Chair: Chris Tilly, University of California, Los Angeles
Presenters: Maximilian Kasy and Lukas Lehner*, University of OxfordEmploying the Unemployed of Marienthal: Evaluation of a Guaranteed Job Program
Vegard M. Nygaard*, University of Houston; and Gajendran Raveendranathan, McMaster UniversityThe Impact of U.S. Employer-Sponsored Insurance in the 20th Century
Amanda Chuan* and Hye Jin Rho, Michigan State UniversityThe Value of Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Job Amenities for Students: Evidence from a Field Experiment
Discussant: Discussant Opportunity Available, Interested? Contact LERA
The day-to-day experience of work can be stressful and demeaning when you are at the bottom of the hierarchy in a command-and-control culture -- even when you have a union. Unit Based Teams enable workers to take a leading role in changing how it feels to be at work by engaging them in measurably improving the work itself. This workshop takes an in-depth look at the role of Unit Based Teams directed by the labor-management partnership of SHARE/AFSCME and UMass Memorial Health in Massachusetts.
Moderator: Arrow Minster, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Panelists: Will Erickson, SHARE/AFSCME, University of Massachusetts Memorial Partnership Office; Mike Pacinda, University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center; and Janet Wilder, SHARE/AFSCME
Discussant: Kris Rondeau, AFSCME
14.4  Voice for Vulnerable Workers (Symposium)—MCC 4
Chair: Sondra Menzies, University of Minnesota
Presenters: Michael David Maffie*, Cornell UniversityWhat Do Gig Workers Want? New Evidence from Instacart and Ride-hail Workers
Sandrine Julia Haentjens*, University of TorontoCanada's Captive Workforce: Incarcerated Workers' Exclusion from Canadian Employment Legislation
Resha T. Swanson* and Hyojin Cho, University of Chicago"He Worked One Day, and Didn't Come Back.": Challenges and Possibilities for Frontline Jobs in the Great Resignation
Adam Kaelin Schoenbachler*, Vanderbilt UniversityTipping Regimes: Examining organizational control of tipped labor on Nashville's Honky-Tonk Highway