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The DC LERA Board of Governors invites
you to the monthly luncheon meeting...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Worker Voice: Collective Bargaining
& New Forms of Advocacy

With Guest Speaker

Harry Katz
Professor, Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations
President, Labor and Employment Relations Association

Harry Katz is one of the most distinguished thinkers in the field of labor relations. Please join us to hear Prof. Katz discuss new trends in collective representation, such as rights campaigns and associational representation, as well as growing union involvement in workplace restructuring and healtchcare benefits. 

As LERA President, Prof. Katz will also talk about LERA’s evolving role in promoting professional dialogue and helping local chapters.

Harry is currently the Jack Sheinkman Professor of Collective Bargaining and Director of the Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution at the ILR School and served as its Dean from 2005-14. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1977.

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  • Time: Sign-in begins: 11:30; Lunch: 12:00; Presentation and Q&A: 12:45 - 1:30.
  • Prices: Members $25; Students $20; Non-members $30. 
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  • Walk-ins OK:  But please register in advance by emailing your name and affiliation to Jackie Brown at jbrown@teamster.org so we can order enough food.
  • Venue: The historic Whittemore House (operated by the Woman’s National Democratic Club) at 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036, just one block from Dupont Circle and its Red Line Metro station.
     
The DC LERA is on the cusp of tidal changes in national labor policies. Battles between powerful political forces in Washington will determine the future of work for decades to come. We are a non-partisan forum in Washington where these conflicting ideas and ideologies coexist.
We sponsor a series of monthly luncheons on crucial economic, legal, and social issues in employer–employee relations. Thanks to our location, DC LERA draws support from the Washington policy community, with members and speakers from government, universities, unions, think tanks, and policy advocate organizations. Our luncheon programs offer great opportunities for labor rela­tions professionals, union leaders, policy special­ists, scholars, and students to express their views, enrich their knowledge and expand their networks.
A special dimension of DC LERA’s program is international labor relations. We are honored and privileged that representatives of Washington’s diplomatic delegations are active participants in our Chapter. They learn, but they also give back. Attachés and counselors give us inside views of labor relations in Asia and Europe.
We invite you to join us in this fascinating journey. You can join or renew by clicking here. Questions? Please send an email to Pat McHugh at mchughp@gwu.edu.  Thank you in advance for your support. We look forward to seeing you at our great events!  Your tax adviser should confirm that your payment is tax deductible as dues paid to a non-profit professional association.
 
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If you missed a
2017  meeting...
 

November
The State of Working America: Past as Prologue with Lawrence Mishel, President, Economic Policy Institute Click here for more information.
 
October
Sewing Hope: How One Factory Challenges
the Apparel Industry’s Sweatshops
A talk by
Prof. John Kline
Landegger Program in International Business Diplomacy, Georgetown School of Foreign Service Click here for more information...
 
September
The National Labor Relations Board
The Challenges Ahead
A talk by Philip A. Miscimarra, Chairman
of the NLRB
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June
The Toughest Job in Sports: Representing NFL Football Players
A talk by DeMaurice “De” Smith, Executive Director of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA)  Click here to read more...
 

May
The
Impact of Trade Policies on Labor & Employment: Global Developments and Emerging Trends
...With world leaders debating the future of trade, proponents assert that expanded trade through regional
or bilateral agreements will lift all boats while opponents decry its negative impact on a wide range of workers and local economies. What’s going on and how should we evaluate proposed future policies? A panel discussion chaired by professor Padideh Ala’i, Director of the Program on Trade, Investment and Development (TID) at America University’s Washington School
of Law. Joining Prof. Ala’I with their expert insights on some of these issues, such as the new Canada-EU Trade Agreement, included: Ben Harrison, Senior Trade Advisor, European Union Delegation to the U.S. and Jeff Wheeler, DC LERA President and adjunct assistant professor, Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, Landegger Program in International Business Diplomacy.
 

April
Muslim Americans in the Workplace: Melting Pot or Boiling Cauldron? with guest speakers Meira Neggaz and Qasim Rashid. Click here to learn more...
 

March
Why Some
Rustbelt Cities
Are Becoming the Smartest Places on Earth
A talk by Antoine van Agtmael, Senior Advisor Foreign Policy Analytics. Click here to learn more...
 
February
From the Mines to Your
Smartphone –
The Hidden Costs Workers Pay:
A talk by Todd Frankel, Staff Writer, The Washington Post. Click here to learn more...
 

January
Labor Confronts a New Era: Why US Unions Face an Existential Crisis, and What They Can Do to Meet It, A Symposium Led by Joseph McCartin, Professor, Georgetown University and Director, the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor.

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