Virginia LERA 2nd Annual Conference


September 14, 2023    
8:30 am - 4:45 pm


Bookings closed


Richmond Marriott Downtown
500 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA, 23219
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Thursday, September 14, 2023, All Day

2nd Annual Virginia LERA Chapter Annual Conference

“Virginia Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations”

Please join the Virginia LERA Chapter and colleagues from across the Commonwealth at our 2nd Annual Conference on September 14 in Richmond. As public sector collective bargaining continues to expand across Virginia and private sector union organizing remains robust, we have a diverse group of expert panelists assembled to present on topics directly relevant to public and private sector employers, unions and related stakeholders. Register before August 15 for Early Bird pricing. A tentative agenda is below. Virginia LERA members enjoy discounted registration. If you have any questions or issues with registration, please contact us. We hope to see you there!

Become a Member

You are invited to become a member of the LERA Virginia Chapter at

Draft Schedule

8:30 – 9:15


9:15 – 9:30


Ann Hodges, Virginia LERA President

9:30 – 10:30

Plenary Session I

The Building Blocks of Starting, Growing, and Improving Labor-Management Relationships

PresentersEllen Gallin Procida, Labor Arbitrator/Mediator & Director, Labor-Management Relations Programs, Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution, Cornell University, ILR School and Cheryl Teare, Labor Arbitrator/Mediator & Senior Extension Associate, Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution, Cornell University, ILR School

ModeratorBrian Lynch, Virginia LERA Board Member

10:45 – 12

Concurrent Sessions One and Two

Session One: Investigating, Preparing, and Presenting Grievances

Presenters: Ellen Gallin Procida, Cornell University, Cheryl Teare, Cornell University, Clay Rollins, Ogletree Deakins, Moriah Allen, VEA

Moderator: Reilly Moore, Virginia LERA Board Communications Director

Session Two: Preparing for Impasse Proceedings (Mediation, Fact-Finding, Interest Arbitration)

Presenters: Mary Theresa Metzler, Labor Arbitrator and Mediator; Reid Coploff, McGillivary Steele Elkin; Robin Burroughs, Venable

Moderator: Justin Keating, Virginia LERA Board Secretary

12 – 1

Lunch Served

1 – 2:15

Plenary Session II

Interactive Red Light/Green Light Arbitrator Panel

Panelists: Keith Greenberg, Labor Arbitrator & Mediator; Michael Loconto, Labor Arbitrator & Mediator; Rosemary Pye, Labor Arbitrator & Mediator; DeAndra Roaché, Labor Arbitrator & Mediator; Samantha Tower, Labor Arbitrator & Mediator

Moderator: Arthur Pearlstein, Virginia LERA Board Vice-President

2:30 – 3:30

Concurrent Sessions Three and Four

Session Three: Virginia Public Sector Collective Bargaining Update

PanelistsCathie Lee, VEA,  Justin Keating,  Beins Axelrod, Cynthia Hudson, Eppes-Hudson Law, Amy Smith, Isler Dare

ModeratorSarah Miller Espinosa, Virginia LERA Board Past President

Session Four:  Amazon, Starbucks, & New Trends in Union Organizing

Panelists: TBA

Moderator:  Professor Luke Norris, University of Richmond School of Law

3:30 – 4:30

Plenary Session III

Predictions on the Future of Collective Bargaining in Virginia

Panelists: Todd Park, VEA, Stephanie Maltz, Arlington Public Schools, City of Richmond Council Member Nye

Moderator: Ann Hodges, Virginia LERA Board President

4:30 – 4:45

Closing Remarks

Ann Hodges, Virginia LERA Board President


Richmond Marriott Downtown
500 East Broad Street, Richmond, USA, Virginia 23219
Tel: +1 804-643-3400

Registration and Pricing

Please sign up early for this event, by complete the bookings form below. Early bird pricing applies through August 15th.  Registration Pricing begins August 16th.

Virginia Chapter Member Registration:  $125 Early Bird;

August 16 18-31:  $175 ; September 1-7: $225 Regular

Non-Member Registration:  $175 Early Bird;

August 16 18-31: $225; September 1-7: $275 Regular

Event Sponsorship

You can locate Event Sponsorship under “bookings” below.

Gold Sponsorship Level:  $1000

Silver Sponsorship Level:  $500


Virginia LERA also has a limited room block for discounted rooms at the Marriott for the conference. Please email us at for additional information on the room block.


Bookings are closed for this event.