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Join us for the LERA 60th Annual Meeting
& Anniversary Celebration!

Rebuilding America in a Changing Global Context

Registration is now closed. You can register on site in New Orleans for $125.

The setting is New Orleans and a wonderful program is planned.View the Complete program and schedule of events and plan to attend!

AFL-CIO Breakfast Speaker Announced
Please join us for coffee and pastries along with Paul Krugman's commentary. The continental breakfast will take place in the LaSalle A Room of the InterContinental New Orleans hotel from 7:00-8:00 a.m., Saturday, January 5, 2008.



Distinguished Speaker Announced
LERA is proud to announce the Distinguished Speaker and the Distinguished Panel for the 2008 LERA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, January 4-6, 2008.

Claudia Goldin, Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University has been invited as LERA's Distinguished Speaker.. She is also Director of the Development of the American Economy Program and Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Goldin's speech is entitled The Race between Education and Technology: Wage Inequality in 20th Century America

The Distinguished Speaker session will be held on Friday, January 4, 2008 from 4:45-5:45 in the LaSalle B&C Room. The LERA Welcome Reception and 60th Birthday Celebration immediately follows this plenary session in LaSalle A.

Distinguished Panel
Post-Katrina:The Role of ADR in Rebuilding and Lessons for the Future
The LERA Distinguished Panelist will address how alternative dispute resolution has contributed to the rebuilding efforts after Katrina, and what lessons can be drawn for the role of ADR in Rebuilding America.

New Orleans City Councilmember Cynthia Hedge-Morrell and President of America Speaks Dr. Carolyn Lukensmeyer will discuss the city-wide and high profile consensus-building process used to develop the New Orleans rebuilding blueprint, the "United New Orleans Plan (UNOP)".

Hedge-Morrell formerly served as a Participant in the United New Orleans Plan process and as a Union representative. Lukensmeyer has also served as former consultant to the White House Office of the Chief of Staff; Deputy Director for Al Gore's Reinventing Government Task Force; and as Chief of Staff for Ohio Governor Richard Celeste

Mediators, Dr. Homer La Rue, Esq. of Howard University and JAMS; and Dr. Maria Volpe, Director of the Dispute Resolution Program at John Jay College and who served on the ABA's Katrina Disaster Relief Committee, and will provide commentary on the UNOP process and discuss other post-Katrina ADR efforts.

The Distinguished Panel will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2008 from 4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. in the LaSalle B&C Room. The LERA General Membership Meeting and Awards Ceremony will immediately follow this session in the LaSalle B&C Room.

InterContinental New Orelans Hotel to Host LERA Events
The 2008 LERA Annual Meeting will be held at the InterContinental New Orleans
Once again the room block has been put together by the ASSA for this meeting and the block reservations will be taken until November 19, 2007. More information will be available on this website starting September 1, 2007.

Rebuilding America in a Changing Global Context is Meeting Theme
By Eileen Barkas Hoffman, LERA President Elect and 2008 Program Chair

The theme for the 60th Annual Meeting of the Labor and Employment Relations Association in January 2008 will be "Rebuilding America in a Changing Global Context." This theme is appropriate to the ASSA choice of meeting location, namely that the conference will be held in New Orleans, LA, which was recently devastated by hurricane and floods as well as man-made and bureaucratic problems. It will focus on how we can understand and help to rebuild America, its waning infrastructure (both physical and intellectual), its workforce and union movemen, its management and manufacturing sector, and its service and public sector, and how this can be done jointly with labor-management cooperation, collective bargaining, and through legal, governmental, entrepreneurial, and other approaches.

This theme will explore not only how the US is rebuilding but how other nations have also learned from dealing with similar catastrophes-tsunamis, environmental issues, social and economic conflict-as well as lessons learned in this technologically and globalized economy. International and comparative studies will be encouraged as well.



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