As always, National PELRA is dedicated to promoting excellence in labor and employee relations in support of public management. Remain a part of one of the largest public sector labor relations and human resources professional organizations in the nation.

Your membership connects you with colleagues across the United States and can be a valuable tool to your professional career. Day after day, all year long, your membership yields an exceptional "return on investment" that is measured in both tangible and intangible benefits. This return on investment makes membership one of the most cost-effective decisions you can make for yourself and your agency.





If you're interested in paying with a credit card for your 2018 membership dues renewal please click HERE to renew online. If you have any issues, please email Angela at

If you would like to pay by check, please send in your check payment with a copy of your renewal invoice you received via email or hard copy.

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Established in 1971, National Public Employer Labor Relations Association (NPELRA), is a nationwide organization of over 2,500 public sector professionals employed by federal, state, and local governments, and school and special districts. NPELRA membership is also open to consultants and attorneys who exclusively represent the interests of management, primarily in the public sector.

One of the major benefits of being an NPELRA member is enjoying discounted rates for the best training available today for labor relations professionals. This includes our Annual Training Conference, and our Labor Relations Academy Program, a three-part program that leads to the distinguished title of Certified Labor Relations Professional (CLRP). Additionally, we feature two Elective Academies: Interest Arbitration and Costing a Labor Contract.

Via email, you will receive Connections, our outstanding monthly newsletter that keeps you in touch with national and regional developments. Through our web site,, you can access our Membership Directory, stay up to date regarding legislative and legal issues, and benefit from our Career Center, Speakers Bureau, and Contract Language Database. Furthermore, National PELRA offers a wide range of informative professional Publications and access to our Arbitrator Profile Database.

National PELRA membership connects you with colleagues across the United States and can be a valuable tool to your professional career. You will find that the more you participate and become involved on both state and national levels, the greater the benefit your NPELRA membership will be.

National PELRA members have established state or regional organizations in numerous areas to further opportunities for networking, information sharing and advocacy in the judicial and legislative arenas at the state level. Such affiliated organizations currently exist in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Washington State, and Wisconsin. These state associations (State PELRAs) offer dual memberships in both the state and national organizations. Contact us at or call our toll free line at 877-NPELRA1 for more information.




Active Membership

Shall be open to any person employed full time by a state, county, federal, or municipal government; public corporation or authority; special district; public school system; college or university; who is assigned principal or subordinate responsibility for the employee relations function exclusively on behalf of management.

Affiliate Membership

Shall be open to attorneys and consultants who are not employees of a public employer but who represent and actively work for the interest of public management and who solely represent and support the interest of management in employee relations matters.

Student Membership

Is open to upper level or graduate full time students (12 units or more) who are in a Human Resources or Industrial Relations Program or related field at an accredited college or university and are not currently working full time in the Labor Relations field.



Please read through the website carefully before submitting your application. When joining NPELRA as a new member, you are agreeing to purchase a 1-year membership; The commitment is for one year on an anniversary date. When renewing an existing membership, you are agreeing to purchase a 1-year membership; The commitment is for one calendar year. NPELRA does not offer a refund for any membership. Membership can be transferred within an agency. If a duplicate payment, overpayment, or a payment error is made, funds will be automatically applied toward the next year's membership fees. NPELRA will refund any overpayments upon written request only. Refund processing fees will apply.



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