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Labor Relations in Changing Times

Change is the one constant in the field of labor relations. With the 2013 conference, Labor Relations in Changing Times, The Worker Institute at Cornell joins with Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) chapters in Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse to offer a variety of presentations on topics of interest to practitioners. Opening remarks by George Cohen, Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, will reflect on his experiences mediating notable disputes such as the NFL and the NFL Players Association and the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. Other speakers will discuss employment issues for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers, resolving workplace disputes, immigrant workers and much more. 


Date: October 25, 2013
Time: 9:00am - 4:15pm (breakfast at 8:15am)
Location: Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 199 Woodcliff Drive, Fairport, NY
Cost: $125 for LERA members; $150 for non-members

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!


8:15am – 8:45am          Arrival and continental breakfast
8:45am – 9:00am          Welcome/ Opening Remarks
9:00am – 10:00am        Keynote:  Reflections on Being the Director of FMCS by George Cohen, Director, Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service
10:00am – 10:15am      Break
10:15am – 11:15am      Panel discussion: Employment Issues and Lesbian/Gay/Transgendered Workers                       
                                     Harry Bronson, Esq.
                                     Tom Privitere, Public Employees Federation (retired) 
                                     Susan Woods, Henderson & Woods
11:15am – 12:15am      Presentation:  Current Practices in Resolving Workplace Disputes by David Lipsky, Director, Cornell ILR
                                     Scheinman Institute 
12:15pm – 1:15am        Lunch
1:15pm-2:30pm            Workshops I
                                     NLRB Update (Paul Murphy, NLRB)
                                     Women's Equality Agenda (Corrine Carey, New York Civil Liberties Union                                                  
                                     Canadian Health Care Model (Debra Street, SUNY Buffalo)
2:30pm – 2:45pm          Break
2:45pm – 4:00pm          Workshops II
                                     Immigrant Workers & the Economy (Kate Griffith, Cornell ILR, Bryan Arnault, Blitman & King, Jeremy McLean,
                                     Worker Justice Center)                                                    
                                     Affordable Care Act in a Nutshell  (Joe Wild, MVP, Andrew Dober, Excellus BC/BS)                                                                                   Worker Misclassification (Fred Kotler, Cornell ILR)
4:00pm - 4:15pm          Closing Remarks & Evaluation 


Labor and Employment Relations Association chapters in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, Worker Institute at Cornell.

Click here to print the flyer and registration form.

For more information:

Please contact Alice Torres at Cornell ILR at or 585-262-4440.