Date(s) - April 8, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Designing Public Sector Collective Bargaining Systems –

What Could be in store for Virginia Counties, Cities, and School Boards

The prohibition against public sector collective bargaining in Virginia has been rescinded.  Effective May 2021, individual governing bodies of counties, cities, towns, and local school boards are authorized to adopt local ordinances or resolutions permitting employees to engage in collective bargaining.  If a governing body votes to allow collective bargaining, it will also determine the framework and mechanisms for enforcement of the local collective bargaining option it adopts.

The newly formed LERA Virginia Chapter invites you to join a discussion about the elements of the collective bargaining systems adopted by two of Virginia’s neighbors – the District of Columbia and Montgomery County, Maryland.  All interested members of the labor management community and those in Virginia interested in learning more about collective bargaining laws are invited to attend.  This session is complimentary, but registration is required.


Panelists include Homer La Rue and Clarene Martin.

Homer La Rue, JD, MILR, is a nationally acclaimed labor arbitrator and mediator who has issued thousands of decisions as a grievance arbitrator, interest arbitrator, and labor relations administrator.  He currently serves as the Vice President of the National Academy of Arbitrators (NAA).  Professor La Rue has been a professor of law at Howard University School of Law for several decades and founded and co-directs the Howard Law ADR Program.  Professor La Rue earned his bachelor’s degree from Purdue University, his law degree from Cornell University, and a master’s degree in industrial and labor relations from the Cornell University ILR School.

Clarene Martin, J.D., has served as the Executive Director of the District of Columbia Public Employee Relations Board (PERB) since 2014.  In this role, she leads a staff of eight employees and ten contracted hearing examiners.  Prior to leading DC PERB, Ms. Martin served as the Assistant General Counsel for the University of the District of Columbia, Associate General Counsel for the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, and worked for the National Labor Relations Board, handling unfair labor practice and representation cases.  Ms. Martin earned her bachelor’s degree from Howard University and her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law.

In addition to joining this discussion, consider becoming an inaugural member of the LERA Virginia Chapter at


This event will take place from noon to 1:30 pm Eastern Time.


This event will take place virtually via Zoom. The link to join will be sent to you upon registration.

Registration and Pricing

This event is free for members and non-members alike, compliments of Virginia LERA! Even though registration is free, we do ask that your register for the event below to reserve your seat.


Bookings are closed for this event.