Formerly OCLERA (Orange County LERA), SoCal LERA serves San Diego, LA, and Orange County areas.

SoCal LERA provides a venue for organizations and individuals to obtain unique insights, to expand their knowledge base, and to network with other labor and employment relations professionals.  Membership is open to representatives of labor and management, union officials, attorneys, human resources personnel, neutrals, students, and academics, as well as anyone involved in or interested in industrial relations, collective bargaining, and other labor or employment issues in either the private or public sector.

SoCal LERA, a chapter with over 200 members, has a history of activism, producing several members who have gone on to participate in various levels in the national organization. Many former chapter presidents, who remain active in the chapter long after their terms have expired, are now leaders of the national IRRA. The SoCal LERA chapter was awarded an Outstanding Chapter Award in 2003, with merit awards for chapter-to-national relations, outstanding programming, consistent chapter excellence, and member innovation. Likewise, the chapter was recognized in 2002 for outstanding programming and consistent chapter excellence. These awards are proudly displayed at chapter events.


SoCal LERA sponsors bi-monthly dinner meetings on vital labor and employment relations issues.  SoCal LERA also sponsors an annual one-day labor and employment law conference, long considered the “Best in the West,” in conjunction with the National Labor Relations Board and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. Our 5 dinner program meetings a year are the most cutting-edge in contemporary employment relations.  Program meetings are normally held at the Sheraton Park Hotel, 1855 South Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim, CA 92802.  Dinner meetings are scheduled for the months of January, March, May, September and November.  (Contact Olivia Mata–at 949.387.1869 or–for confirmation of dates and location.)   Program registration begins at 6 p.m.  A no-host bar follows.  An enjoyable dinner is uaually served at 7 p.m.  The program begins at 8 p.m. and is usually over around 9 p.m.  Parking at the hotel is included in the cost.  Dinner meetings are $44/members and $49/nonmembers.   MCLE Credit—1 hour. See ‘Upcoming Events’ to the right of the page to see complete information about upcoming events.

SoCal LERA promotes collegiality and cooperation with the goal of fostering better and more productive working relationships through the open discussion of issues and the free exchange of ideas.


Annual dues are $55 regular, $25 students, $125 organizations.

Affiliated with the LERA (then IRRA) since March 1977.

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