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Labor and Employment Relations Association - Chicago Chapter

Advancing Workplace Relations

Originally founded in 1947 under the name Industrial Relations Research Association, the national Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) is an organization of professionals interested in industrial relations and human resources. LERA Chicago, one of 63 local chapters, is the only local organization that brings together professionals who work in all areas of labor management and employment relations. Our members come from business and labor organizations, legal and arbitration professions, and academic and government institutions.

For over 40 years, the Chicago Chapter has fulfilled its mission of providing opportunities for people interested in labor management relations to exchange ideas and discuss matters of common interest with outstanding people in the field. As a member, you will have the opportunity to widen your personal and professional contacts. The chapter does not take partisan positions on issues, but works in a collegial atmosphere to foster an ongoing dialogue among labor, management, and neutrals in the Chicago community..

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Who are our members.


Attorneys that represent management interests, human resource professionals, labor relations management representatives.


Attorneys that represent labor unions, union officers, business agents, business managers, organizors.


Labor and Employment Arbitrators and Mediators


Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service 
National Lablr Relations Board 
Other state and local  entities.

Benefits of Membership

Monthly Meetings

Monthly dinner/lunch meetings featuring prominent speakers on current issues

Reduced Rates

Reduced rates for members 

Meeting Schedule

Meetings are September through May  


Social and professional interaction with colleagues  

LERA Chicago Chapter is a 501 (C) (6) Not for Profit Illinois Corporation.
For more information contact: Rich Blackwell, Secretary LERA, 708-295-2714, 10629 Forest Lane, Chicago Ridge, IL 60415-1821