The New Jersey Chapter of the Labor Employment Relations Association

Contact Info:




President *

James Kinney, Dir Labor Relations and Compliance; Middlesex County College

Vice President

Jonathan Cohen, Esq., Plosia Cohen LLC


Paul Montalbano, Esq., Cohen Leder Montalbano & Connaughton, LLC


Lucille Alfano, Arbitrator/Mediator

Board Members

Dean Burrell, Arbitrator

Felice Busto, Arbitrator/Mediator

Lisa Charles, Arbitrator/Mediator

James Cooney, Arbitrator

Bernard Corrigan, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

Patrick Duncan, New Jersey School Boards Association

Ken Egger, American Arbitration Association

David Leach, NLRB

Erica Tener, Arbitrator/Mediator

Lorraine Tesauro, New Jersey Education Association

John Vreeland, Esq., Genova Burns LLC

Ernest Whelan, New Jersey State Board of Mediation

Patrick Westerkamp, Esq., Arbitrator/Mediator

National LERA Liaison

William Dwyer, Rutgers University


NJ LERA Past Presidents


About Us...

The New Jersey Chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) is a unique organization of professionals from New Jersey and contiguous 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.

February 5, 2018

Meeting Notice       



James Conigliaro, Independent Drivers Guild
Jay Jaffe, 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East
James J. La Rocca, Gibbons Law Firm
Mark E. Tabakman, Fox Rothschild
Dean Burrell, Moderator 


DATE:            February 5, 2018

TIME:            6:00 PM

LOCATION:  Il Castello's

81 Main Street

Woodbridge, NJ

Registration is required via the link below.


NOTE: If you wish to send a check, please complete the form, print it and send it along with your check (payable to: LERA, NJ Chapter) to:

Paul Montalbono, Esq.

Cohen, Leder, Montalbano & Connaughton, LLC

River Drive Center II 

669 River Drive; Suite 125 

Elmwood Park, New Jersey 07407





Annual membership is $49.00.

On-Line Link → 2017 - 2018 Annual Membership Fee

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



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2018 Dates


February 5, 2018
March 5, 2018
May 7, 2018


39th Annual FMCS Arbitration Symposium

May 17 & 18, 2018

Atlantic City, NJ


On-line Registration


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