It must be good if they keep coming back!

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Last year, over half the attendees at the Northwest Chapter of LERA's Annual Collective Bargaining and Arbitration Conference were returning attendees.

It is THAT good! Register today:

Or maybe they just come for the cake! (But I doubt it; check out this stellar speaker list!)

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The excitement is building!

The Northwest Chapter of the Labor Employment Relations Association is gearing up for its 42nd annual Collective Bargaining & Arbitration Conference. Taking place March 28–29 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, the 2019 event registration is now open.  REGISTER HERE

Don’t miss out!

LERA’s northwest chapter kicks into high gear once a year—for this conference—as it pulls together an engaging cadre of presenters to inspire and educate those involved in labor relations. The conference boasts an average annual attendance of 500, making it the largest labor relations conference in the state and one of the largest in the country.

Providing the keynote address in our 42nd year, Rhea Settles, Ed.D., will share the importance of creating cultures of civility within the workplace. Dr. Settles identifies as an educator, liberator, and mediator who helps people and workplaces develop a practice of “everyday mindfulness” toward practicing civility and treating each other with respect. Founder of The Civility Zone, Dr. Settles visits us from sunny California to share her important work and inspire us in ours.

Concurrent sessions offer a wealth of topics to tailor learning, including:

  • Washington’s new paid family and medical leave act
  • Case updates and recent rulings and trends
  • Ethics of negotiating (CLE ethics credits pending)
  • Nuts-and-bolts training for those new to the field and shop steward fundamentals
  • Interest arbitration
  • Organizing for bargaining success
  • Life after Janus
  • Technology considerations
  • Plus, an opportunity to dig deeper in to the idea of fostering civility in the workplace

This year’s plenary sessions will focus on grievance arbitrations and the future of labor relations in Washington’s public schools—post McCleary.

A room block at the Westin Hotel offers a limited number of discount rooms–get yours before they are gone!

As in the past, the conference is presented in partnership between the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS).

For more information about the chapter, visit the Web site at or e-mail conference questions to

Northwest Chapter

42nd Annual

March 28-29, 2019 | Seattle, WA


Northwest (Seattle) LERA Chapter
c/o Lisa Hartrich
Public Employment Relations Commission, 112 Henry Street NE, #300
Olympia, WA 98504
phone: 360-570-7327


We are the Northwest Chapter of the Labor Employment and Relations Association (LERA).

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 began in 1947 as the Industrial Relations Research Association (IRRA). The Northwest Chapter of LERA has been affiliated with the national organization since 1973.

Activities, events, and membership in the Northwest Chapter of LERA center around an annual collective bargaining conference in the spring.


  1. Jim Logerquist



    Please remove Jim Logerquist from your mailing list as the person is no longer at this address;


    Jim Logerquist

    HR mgr

    Schnitzer Steel Products Company

    PO Box 10047

    Portland, OR 97296-0047


    Thank you

    1. northwestlera

      Thank you for the notice. I will pass along your request to the appropriate person.

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