Founding member of LERA to be honored with lifetime achievement award


Gladys Gruenberg, a founding member of the Labor & Employment Relations Association (LERA) Gateway Chapter, will be recognized with a lifetime achievement award for her support of Labor and employer relations in St. Louis.

The association will present Gruenberg with the honor on Wednesday, April 5 at IBEW Local 1439 union hall at 2121 59th St. in St. Louis. Lunch and registration begins at 11:30 a.m.

In addition to being a founding member of the group, Gruenberg is the first woman to be tenured in the School of Business at St. Louis University and is a noted arbitrator and served on the Board of Governors for the National Academy of Arbitrators.

Following the award presentation, guest speakers will address pay inequality and the wage gap women continue to face today and share information on related legal cases. Speakers will include:

  • Donna Harper, an attorney with Sedey Harper Westhoff and former supervisory trial attorney and acting assistant general counsel for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission;
  • Jessica Scales, another attorney with Sedey Harper Westhoff;
  • Michael Hill, an arbitrator and former equal pay specialist.

The deadline for registering is March 30. The program is free for patrons and co-sponsors and $50 for others. Register online at or mail your registration and check to LERA, c/o Rudy Smith, 240 Millridge Dr., Moscow Mills, MO 63362. Call Smith at 636-356-4320 for more information.

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