Date(s) - October 9, 2020
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for NorCal LERA’s Inaugural Event

(This event has been re-shaped from a dinner event, to a virtual event, to keep our members safe. You must register below to obtain the video conference invitation)

Keynote Speaker

Professor Harry C. Katz

Professor Harry C. Katz, past president of LERA, will be the speaker at our NorCal LERA Inaugural Virtual Event. He is the Jack Sheinkman Professor of Collective Bargaining at the School of Industrial & Labor Relations at Cornell University, Director of Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution also at ILR School, Cornell University, and President-elect of International Labor and Employment Relations Association (ILERA). He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley. After teaching at MIT he came to the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University in 1985.

His research focuses on new structures for labor-management relationships in the United States, and his work argues the need for a more cooperative system. He is an expert on labor relations in the automobile and telecommunications industries both in the U.S. and abroad, and is often invited to lecture about those industries and about current labor-management relationships in general.

Katz is the author of several books, including Shifting Gears: Changing Labor Relations in the U.S. Automobile IndustryThe Transformation of American Industrial RelationsConverging Divergences: Worldwide Changes in Employment Systems, and the widely used textbook An Introduction to Collective Bargaining and Industrial Relations.

Also Attending

  • Dennis Dabney, Immediate Past President of national LERA and Senior Vice President, National Labor Relations and Office of Labor Management Partnership, Kaiser  Permanente
  • Emily Smith, Executive Director of Labor and Employment Relations Association
  • Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez who will be addressing AB-5


Prior to the pandemic, NorCal LERA planned to meet in Pleasanton, CA, just outside San Francisco, at the Pleasanton Marriott for dinner and program. However, for the safety of our members, NorCal LERA now plans to host this event virtually, with a meet and greet, followed by keynote speakers, then breakout session topics.

Pricing and Tickets

Please reserve your seat below. The program cost is free for current NorCal LERA chapter members. For non-members, the cost is also free but we encourage you to become a member to obtain full benefits by signing up here.

If you are a NorCal LERA chapter member, please log in prior to registering.

We look forward to seeing you!


Details on our Inaugural Event Flyer. If you have any questions, please contact us at


Ticket Type Spaces
NorCal LERA MEMBER Registration
Note that NorCal LERA Chapter Membership is $35.00 per year
NorCal LERA Non-Member Registration

Comments (3)

LERA is essential in Northern California. It is the only organization I know of that brings together all the industries within labor and employment relations to promote dialog and understanding.

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