The Western New York Chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (formerly Industrial Relations Research Association) works to improve the knowledge and understanding of labor, industrial and employment relations by providing opportunities for open dialogue among labor, management, academe and government agencies.

Events and Meetings

The Association generally meets once a month from Fall through Spring and brings together the labor management community in Western New York. The normal format is a dinner meeting preceded by a social hour. Experts from various aspects of labor, industrial and employment relations drawn from the local and national level present controversial and educational programs touching on the current vital issues in labor, industrial and employment relations. In addition, periodic conferences organized around a major theme attract practitioners to study topics of mutual concern and interest.


The 160-member chapter holds monthly dinner meetings from September through May. The chapter provides a Charles E. Leonard Citizen of the Year Award and a Scholarship Award on a regular basis. Dues are $40 regular, $10 student. Affiliated with IRRA 1965. Membership year runs from July 1 through June 30.

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