The New Jersey Chapter of the Labor Employment Relations Association

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President *
Erica Tener, Arbitrator/Mediator

Vice President
John Vreeland, Esq., Genova Burns Giantomasi & Webster

Paul Montalbano, Esq., Cohen Leder Montalbano & Grossman


Patrick Westerkamp, Esq., Arbitrator

Board Members

Lucille Alfano, Arbitrator

Lisa Charles, Arbitrator/Mediator

Jonathan Cohen, Esq., Apruzzese, McDermott, Mastro & Murphy

James Cooney, Arbitrator

Zella Felzenberg, NJEA Representative

Vincent Giordano, Retired NJEA Representative

James Kinney, FMCS

Joe Mancini, IBEW Lo 102 Representative

Susan Pfeiff, AAA

National LERA Liaison

William Dwyer, PSEG


NJ LERA Past Presidents

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About Us...

The New Jersey Chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) is a unique organization of professionals from New Jersey and continguous states who are interested in labor & employment relations and human resource management. The chapter includes members from the management, labor, neutral (including arbitrators and mediators), government, and academic fields.

The New Jersey Chapter holds six dinner meetings a year where members listen to distinguished speakers and share their knowledge and experience. The New Jersey Chapter is affiliated with the Labor and Employment Relations Association (formerly the Industrial Relations Research Association), which sponsors national meetings for practitioners and academics and publishes books, conference proceedings, and periodicals that are designed for a wide audience.

Next Meeting - September 8, 2014 Phasing out Chapter 78 and its impact at negotiations

Last February at our “Negotiations in Sunset” program, time only permitted passing reference to Chapter 78. This law created challenges at the bargaining table by significantly increasing the share of health benefits coverage paid by public employees. Now, as the sunset of Chapter 78 approaches for many negotiating units, public employers and unions must determine how to negotiate successor agreements. 

A distinguished panel of labor relations professionals will discuss the ramifications of this sunset, and offer their interpretation of how contributions toward health care coverage may or may not be negotiated once Chapter 78 has been “phased out.”


Date         September 8, 2014

Schedule   6:00pm – Informal Reception

                 6:30pm – Dinner

                 7:00pm – Presentation (Adjourn 8:30pm)

Site           SHERATON HOTEL

                 125 Raritan Center Parkway
                 Edison, NJ 08837

Cost  (For payments in advance)

     $45.00* – Chapter Members

     $50.00* – Non-Members

     $32.50* – Student

         *Walk-ins $5.00 extra 


Registration Information:

click this link and follow instructions: 

September 8 Meeting Registration


Mail a check with your name and organization to:

LERA, NJ Chapter 

c/o Paul A. Montalbano, Esq.

Cohen, Leder, Montalbano & Grossman, LLC

1700 Galloping Hill Road

Kenilworth, NJ 07033




On-Line Link → Annual Membership Registration Form (2014-15)

Payments can be made by mailing a check or using your credit card (via Pay Pal) Instructions are on the registration form.


Upcoming Events & other Helpful Resources


  • October 6, 2014
  • November 3, 2014
  • December 4, 2014 (Combined meeting with the Rutgers Student Chapter to be held at Rutgers)
  • February 2, 2015
  • March 2, 2015
  • May 4, 2015

Meetings will be held at the Sheraton Edison Hotel in the Raritan Center.  Most meetings begin at 6:00PM with a cocktail reception followed by dinner and a presentation.



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Blog Posts

LERA Call for Session Proposals - Deadline Nov. 15

The LERA 66th Annual Meeting, May 29 - June 1, 2014 in Portland, Oregon Program Committee has announced a November 15, 2013 deadline for the submission of session proposals. The committee invites all LERA Chapter Officers/Members to submit session ideas (proposals) to the LERA 66th Annual Meeting program committee.

Complete information and submission forms can be found online here: www.LERAweb.org/66th-LERA-Call. Or, download/print…


Posted by Erica Tener on October 8, 2013 at 12:09pm

Contract Negotiations Post Penn Plaza - RECAP

On December 10th, we had a discussion about Contract Negotiations Post Penn Plaza.

The discussion was moderated by John Vreeland, Esq. (Genova Burns Giantomasi & Webster). The speakers were Pat McGovern, Esq. (Genova Burns Giantomasi & Webster) and Arnold Cohen, Esq. (Oxfeld Cohen P.C.). They graciously provided copies of their remarks wihch are attached:…


Posted by Erica Tener on January 11, 2013 at 12:00pm

The Website

This is Joe Cannavo, a new member of NJ LERA. I must say that this is the most user friendly website that I have come across. You should share it with other LERA organizations.

Posted by Joseph S. Cannavo, Jr. Esq. on October 5, 2012 at 9:59am — 1 Comment

This is Joe Cannavo. I joined joined the NJ LERA and attended the October 1 meeting and dinner. It was a wonderful event; and I want to thank everyone I met for making me feel welcomed as a new-comer.

This is Joe Cannavo. I joined joined the NJ LERA and attended the October 1 meeting and dinner. It was a wonderful event; and I want to thank everyone I met for making me feel welcomed as a new-comer.


Posted by Joseph S. Cannavo, Jr. Esq. on October 2, 2012 at 5:24pm


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