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

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.


Millennials in the Unionized Workforce

December 3, 2018 (in partnership with Rutgers U LERA)

William Castellano, PH.D., Dept. Chair/Professor

Human Resource Management and Executive Director of the Rutgers Center for Employee Ownership

Rutgers University, School of Management and Labor Relations


Patti Lee, Senior Vice President

Organizational Development and Chief CSR Officer

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts


Amanda Novello, Economic Policy Associate

The Century Foundation


The venue is:

5:30 P.M. Dinner at Houlihan's   Rt. 1 South, New Brunswick

                                                 (Individual Cost)

7:00 P.M.  Program - Labor Education Center, New Brunswick

                                      (Light Refreshments served)



Cost for Non-Students  - $20.00

Registration Link for NJLERA Members (Non-Student)

Millenials In The Unionized Workforce


NJLERA membership dues for 2018 - 2019 are $49.00.  Membership runs from 7/1/18 - 6/30/19.

Your membership is the foundation of the Association. We look forward to your continued support. Please click below for Membership Registration.  


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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2018-19 Dates

February 4, 2019

March 4, 2019

May 13, 2019


71st Annual Meeting National LERA

June 13-16, 2019

Cleveland, OH

NJ LERA's William Dwyer was awarded "Outstanding Practitioner of the Year" at 2018 Annual Meeting!

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