March 16, 2020

After careful consideration of advice and directives from public health officials regarding COVID-19 precautions, the NW LERA planning committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the April 16-17, 2020, Northwest LERA conference. The safety and health of the community is most important to us, and our thoughts are with those who have been impacted by the outbreak.

To everyone who has already registered, you will receive a refund of your registration fees; no further action is needed on your part. Due to the volume, we expect you will receive your refund within 30 days. We appreciate your patience and understanding. Please also remember to cancel your hotel reservations.

We hope to identify dates for the 2021 conference soon. For that update, and others, continue to check our web site and blog at

March 5, 2020

Your health and safety are our priority. To that end, the NW LERA planning committee is carefully monitoring the developments in relation to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Washington state. We acknowledge that King County yesterday recommended a three-week stay on gatherings of more than ten people.

As the NWLERA conference is scheduled for April 16-17, 2020, almost six weeks away, we are proceeding with the conference plans as scheduled at this time. We will reassess the situation as appropriate in three weeks (near the end of March).

In proceeding with the conference as scheduled, we want to assure registrants that extra measures will be in place to ensure a safe and clean facility. These measures will include a review of best practices to reduce risk, including additional cleanings and wipe downs of common surfaces  and enhanced access to hand sanitizers and wipes as appropriate.

We sincerely hope that we will see you at the 2020 conference; it promises to be another great learning and gathering event for labor relations. Should your plans change or if you are at a higher risk of severe illness, refunds are available for cancellations requested by 4/10/2020, subject to a $25 cancellation fee. Due to upfront conference costs, refunds are not available after April 10.

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