LERA honored three distinguished members with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the January 2010 Annual Meeting held in Atlanta Georgia. President Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld presented the awards at the annual President’s Luncheon on January 4, 2010.
The three recipients included mediator/arbitrator Bonnie Castrey, Russell Lansbury, and LERA charter member Martin Wagner (deceased). Castrey was cited for advancing the cause of peaceful, constructive workplace relations in her many years with the FMCS and in her continued work as a mediator, arbitrator, facilitator, and change agent. Lansbury, who represented the first Lifetime Achievement Award provided to someone outside of North America, was recognized for his many contributions to the international and comparative literature. Lansbury is the outgoing president of the International Industrial Relations Association. Martin Wagner’s contributions to the field over his many years of work in labor-management relations as a scholar, educator, arbitrator, policy leader, and mentor were noted as was their importance in shaping our field, and his lifetime of support and engagement with LERA. Wagner’s daughter, Martha Wagner Weinberg and John Wagner accepted the award in his behalf.
Previous distinguished recipients of this award include: William J. Usery, John T. Dunlop, Lois Spier Gray, Theodore Kheel, Malcolm R. Lovell, Jr., F. Ray Marshall, David Brody, Lynn Williams, Wayne Horvitz, Clark Kerr, Neil Chamberlain, George P. Shultz, Walter Gershenfeld, Robert McKersie, George Strauss, Jack Stieber, and Dennis W. Rocheleau.