I had last attended LERA in 2000. I found its orientation to be slanted toward labor rather than neutral. I am interested in good analysis, not a slant, and so did not return for 11 years. I did a poster session at the 2011 conference and was dismayed to find an openly Democratic Party orientation. The labor viewpoint is a thing of the past. It is now a Democratic Party/Obama viewpoint.
LERA fails to conform to the minimal expectations of social science, which according to Max Weber needs to be value free. It appears to not even qualify as a tax exempt educational organization under section 501 c 3 of the Internal Revenue Code, which requires educational organizations to devote less than 15 percent of their time to partisan political advocacy. Every session I attended at LERA involved overt political advocacy.
I forwarded my objections to their proceedings to their website. I did not expect LERA to post my blog about their ideological groupthink, and they did not disappoint my expectations. The blog I submitted to them follows: