Gordon R. Pavy, director of the Collective Bargaining Department of the AFL-CIO, will begin his term as LERA president following the 63rd LERA Annual Meeting in Denver, in January 2011. Pavy will be the third LERA president from the labor perspective in the past decade, following Stephen R. Sleigh (2007) and Sheldon Friedman (2000). He has been a LERA member since 1979, joining shortly after earning an MS from the University of Massachusetts Labor Relations Center. He went to work as a research analyst for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in 1983 and moved to the AFL-CIO’s Collective Bargaining Department in 1986, serving as a research analyst, the coordinator, and, since 2008, director of that department.
Pavy has also been an active Washington DC LERA Chapter member since 1980, serving his chapter as a board member in 1991-94 and again in 2004-2008. He was a LERA Executive Board member from 2005-2008 and has been involved in a number of LERA committees and interest sections including: the Collective Bargaining Interest Section co-chair, 2004–present; the Interest Section Coordinating Committee member, 2004–present; the LERA Technology Committee member, 2005–2008; the LERA Strategic Planning Committee member, 2004–2007; and as Labor Unions and Labor Studies interest section co-chair 2001-2005.
Gordon chaired the US Dept. of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics Compensation and Working Conditions Labor Research Advisory Committee from 2003-2007, served as staff coordinator for the AFL-CIO Union Veterans Council from 2004-present, and has been the Editor of the AFL-CIO Collective Bargaining Digest since 2005.
As LERA president, Pavy is committed to working to expand the participation of both union and business labor relations practitioners in the organization