Cornell University

Rochester Workshops/Programs


Labor Relations in Changing Times
A conference sponsored by
Labor and Employment Relations Association chapters in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse
The Worker Institute at Cornell ILR

October 25, 2013
Woodcliff Hotel, Fairport, NY --


8:15 - 8:45 am
Arrival and continental breakfast
8:45 - 9:00 am
Welcome/ Opening Remarks
9:00 - 10:00 am 
Keynote: Reflections on Being the Director of FMCS
George Cohen, Director, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service

10:00 - 10:15 am 

10:15 - 11:15 am 
Panel discussion:
Employment Issues and Lesbian/Gay/Transgendered Workers
Harry Bronson, Esq., Tom Privitere & Susan Woods

11:15 - 12:15 pm 
Current Practices in Resolving Workplace Disputes
David Lipsky, Cornell ILR Scheinman Institute
12:15 - 1:15 pm 

1:15 - 2:30 pm 
Workshops I (select one)
NLRB Update (Rhonda Ley, NLRB)
Women’s Equality Agenda (Beverly Cooper Neufeld, Past President NY Women's Agenda & Director/Equal Pay Coalition NYC
Canadian Health Care Model (Debra Street)

2:30 - 2:45 pm 

2:45 - 4:00 pm 
Workshop II (select one)
Immigrant Workers & the Economy (Kate Griffith, Cornell ILR; Bryan Arnault, Blitman & King; representative from Worker Justice Center)
Affordable Care Act & Bargaining (Joe Wild, MVP Director of Labor)
Worker Misclassification (Fred Kotler, Cornell ILR)

4:00 - 4:15 pm 
Closing Remarks & Evaluation 

Pre-Conference Reception: 
LERA, Rochester is hosting a reception the evening of Oct 24 in Woodcliff’s Art Deco Suite; 6:00-8:00 p.m. 

All conference participants are welcome to stop by!

$125 for LERA members; $150 for non-members
To Register:  Print and Fax registration form to 585-262-3715 or contact Alice Torres at Cornell ILR at or 585-262-4440