“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. Founded in 1947 as the Industrial Relations Research Association (IRRA), the National LERA provides a unique forum where the views of representatives of labor, management, government and academics, advocates and neutrals are welcome.” www.leraweb.org
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.