The New Jersey Chapter of the Labor Employment Relations Association

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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

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.




Ira W. Mintz, Esq. (Weissman & Mintz)

Stephen R. Fogarty, Esq. (Fogarty & Hara)

Mary Beth Hennessy-Shotter (PERC)

Time:  6 P.M. Informal Reception; 6:30 Dinner; 7:00  Presentation

Place: Seabra's Armory  200 Front Street   Perth Amboy, NJ

Cost: Early Bird for payments received by Friday, September 21, 2018

              Chapter Members - $55.00        Non-Members - $65.00    Students - 32.50

         Registration Payments after September 21, 2018 (excludes Walk-ins)

               Chapter Members - $65.00       Non-Members - $75.00    Students - $32.50


                Chapter Members - $70.00       Non-Members - $80.00   Students - $32.50



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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

October 1, 2018

November 19, 2018

December 3, 2018

February 4, 2019

March 4, 2019

May 13, 2019


70th Annual Meeting National LERA (completed)

June 14-17, 2018

Baltimore, MD

NJ LERA's William Dwyer was awarded "Outstanding Practitioner of the Year"!

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