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The DC LERA Board of Governors invites
you to the monthly luncheon meeting...

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The Janus Case Before the Supreme Court:
Does It Threaten Public Sector Labor Relations?

with guest speaker

Judy Rivlin
General Counsel
American Federation of State, County
and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)

Macintosh SSD:Users:Bill:Desktop:Rivlin, Judith-Photo-For Invitation-28MAR2018.jpegIn late February, the Supreme Court began hearings on Janus vs. AFSCME. At stake is the right of public sector unions to collect fees from non-members to cover the costs of negotiating contracts for all employees. The challengers maintain that forcing non-union employees to pay such fees violates their First Amendment rights, while union leaders charge that the case is "yet another example of corporate interests using power and influence to launch a political attack on working people and rig the rules of the economy in their favor," said AFSCME president Lee Saunders.

What might the future hold? Please join us for our March 28 lunch in which Judy Rivlin, General Counsel of AFSCME, will discuss the Janus case痴 potential for disrupting public sector labor relations as we know them.

Judy Rivlin is a long-time union attorney who previously served as the Associate General Counsel of the United Mine Workers of America and the Sheet Metal Workers. She began her legal career in the federal government with the NLRB and the Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission. She has a B.A. with Honors from Grinnell College and a law degree from Washington University School of Law. 

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  • Time: Sign-in begins: 11:30; Lunch: 12:00; Presentation and Q&A: 12:45 - 1:30.
  • Prices: Members $25; Students $20; Non-members $30. 
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  • Venue: The historic Whittemore House (operated by the Woman痴 National Democratic Club) at 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036, just one block from Dupont Circle and its Red Line Metro station.

The DC LERA is on the cusp of tidal changes in national labor policies. Battles between powerful political forces in Washington will determine the future of work for decades to come. We are a non-partisan forum in Washington where these conflicting ideas and ideologies coexist.
We sponsor a series of monthly luncheons on crucial economic, legal, and social issues in employer貌mployee relations. Thanks to our location, DC LERA draws support from the Washington policy community, with members and speakers from government, universities, unions, think tanks, and policy advocate organizations. Our luncheon programs offer great opportunities for labor relaュtions professionals, union leaders, policy specialュists, scholars, and students to express their views, enrich their knowledge and expand their networks.
A special dimension of DC LERA痴 program is international labor relations. We are honored and privileged that representatives of Washington痴 diplomatic delegations are active participants in our Chapter. They learn, but they also give back. Attach駸 and counselors give us inside views of labor relations in Asia and Europe.
We invite you to join us in this fascinating journey. You can join or renew by clicking here. Questions? Please send an email to Pat McHugh at  Thank you in advance for your support. We look forward to seeing you at our great events!  Your tax adviser should confirm that your payment is tax deductible as dues paid to a non-profit professional association.
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If you missed a 2018 meeting...

Designing Reality: How to Survive & Thrive in the Third Digital Revolution with guest speaker Professor Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Heller School for Social Policy &  Management, Brandeis University  Click here to read more...
The Opioid Crisis: Health Effects on Unions and Health Funds with Jamie Becker, Director, Health Promotions, Laborers Health & Safety Fund of North America  Click here to read more...

If you missed a
2017  meeting...

Worker Voice: Collective Bargaining & New Forms of Advocacy with guest Harry Katz, Professor, Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and President, Labor and Employment Relations Association  Click here to read more...
The State of Working America: Past as Prologue with Lawrence Mishel, President, Economic Policy Institute Click here to read more.
Sewing Hope: How One Factory Challenges
the Apparel Industry痴 Sweatshops
A talk by
Prof. John Kline
Landegger Program in International Business Diplomacy, Georgetown School of Foreign Service Click here for more information...
The National Labor Relations Board
The Challenges Ahead
A talk by Philip A. Miscimarra, Chairman
of the NLRB
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The Toughest Job in Sports: Representing NFL Football Players
A talk by DeMaurice 泥e Smith, Executive Director of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA)  Click here to read more...

Impact of Trade Policies on Labor & Employment: Global Developments and Emerging Trends
...With world leaders debating the future of trade, proponents assert that expanded trade through regional
or bilateral agreements will lift all boats while opponents decry its negative impact on a wide range of workers and local economies. What痴 going on and how should we evaluate proposed future policies? A panel discussion chaired by professor Padideh Ala段, Director of the Program on Trade, Investment and Development (TID) at America University痴 Washington School
of Law. Joining Prof. Ala棚 with their expert insights on some of these issues, such as the new Canada-EU Trade Agreement, included: Ben Harrison, Senior Trade Advisor, European Union Delegation to the U.S. and Jeff Wheeler, DC LERA President and adjunct assistant professor, Georgetown痴 School of Foreign Service, Landegger Program in International Business Diplomacy.

Muslim Americans in the Workplace: Melting Pot or Boiling Cauldron? with guest speakers Meira Neggaz and Qasim Rashid. Click here to learn more...

Why Some
Rustbelt Cities
Are Becoming the Smartest Places on Earth
A talk by Antoine van Agtmael, Senior Advisor Foreign Policy Analytics. Click here to learn more...
From the Mines to Your
The Hidden Costs Workers Pay:
A talk by Todd Frankel, Staff Writer, The Washington Post. Click here to learn more...

Labor Confronts a New Era: Why US Unions Face an Existential Crisis, and What They Can Do to Meet It, A Symposium Led by Joseph McCartin, Professor, Georgetown University and Director, the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor.

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