The Labor and Employment Relations Association of Northern California (LERANC) was formerly known as the Industrial Relations Association of Northern California (IRANC).  IRANC was established in 1977 as a chapter of the national Industrial Relations Research Association (IRRA).  IRRA was founded in 1947 as a research and education organization for professionals in the fields of labor relations and human resources management.  In 2005, IRRA changed its name to the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA).  IRANC retained its name until 2012, when it became LERANC.

The Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) is the singular organization in the country 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.  LERA provides a unique forum where the views of representatives of labor, management, government and academics, advocates and neutrals are welcome.

Today, LERA constituencies include professionals in the areas of academic research and education, compensation and benefits, human resources, labor and employment law, labor and management resources, labor markets and economics, public policy, training and development, and union administration and organizing. Membership includes subscriptions to a number of publications, advance information and discounts on meetings, and many other opportunities to meet the leaders in our field and share ideas through participating in industry councils and interest sections.  To find out more information about the national LERA, please visit LERA’s website at

LERANC was established to foster better relationships and understanding among professionals in the field of labor and employment relations; to provide a forum for discussion on emerging trends and developments; and to encourage beneficial and enjoyable interaction among representatives of labor, management, government and academia, and neutrals.  Membership in IRANC is open to anyone interested in furthering the purposes of the organization.  Activities include quarterly luncheon meetings and various social functions throughout the year.

The 40-member chapter holds monthly luncheon meetings. Dues are $35 for individuals and $100 for organizations.

Affiliated with National LERA in December 1977.

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