The 2019 Labor Research and Action Network (LRAN) national conference will be held Wednesday, June 12 and Thursday, June 13 at Case Western Reserve University. Scholars, labor practitioners, and activists from across the country will convene in Cleveland, Ohio to share new ideas, research and best practices, and to identify points of connection and collaboration. This conference is an opportunity to develop proactive strategies to create healthy and prosperous futures for all workers in the face of political, economic, and technological changes, and to learn about organizing and research in the Midwest, including active campaigns in Ohio.
This year’s conference will examine The Future of Workers and LRAN invites participants from universities, unions, worker centers, and policy centers to submit proposals for on one or more of the following themes:
● new and revitalized approaches to organizing in a financialized economy and under a repressive labor law regime;
● the impact of technology on work and organizing;
● the intersection of work, workers, and climate change;
● organizing under authoritarian and/or white supremacist and fascist-like conditions;
● organizing and policy campaigns in the Midwest and those international in scope.
Workshop submissions are due by Friday March 15th. Proposals are being collected through this form:
This year’s LRAN conference is planned in coordination with the Labor Employment Relations Association Annual Meeting, to be held June 13-16 in Cleveland. This year’s LERA meeting is on the theme of technology and the new workforce. More information available here.
2019 LRAN Conference Planning Committee: Harriet Applegate (North Shore AFL-CIO), Jessica Cook (DePaul University Labor Education Center), Vonda Daniels (Nashville CLC), Eric Dirnbach (LIUNA), Julie Farb (AFL-CIO), John Flores (Case Western Reserve Univ.), Erin Johansson (Jobs With Justice), Adam Kader (ARISE), Michael Callahan Kapoor (Nashville CLC), Deb Kline (Cleveland JWJ), Lisa Kollins (Case Western Reserve Univ.), Chris Lamberti (Independent Researcher), Tami Lee (Rutgers University), Mariah Montgomery (Partnership for Working Families), Cassandra Ogren (Teamsters), Emily Smith (LERA), Ben Woods (Jobs with Justice)
Translation can be provided for non-English speakers.