Membership Information


Established in 1978, the Illinois Public Employer Labor Relations Association (IPELRA) is a professional, nonprofit Illinois association with over 300 members comprised of public sector management representatives responsible for carrying out the labor relations program within their respective jurisdictions.  View member benefits.

Who Are Our Members?

Members of IPELRA are typically working in municipal, county, or state government, school districts, state university systems, and special purpose districts in Illinois, representing management in employee relations or at the bargaining table with public employee unions. Some members are also lawyers and private consultants serving management exclusively.

How Can I Join IPELRA?

The first step in becoming part of IPELRA is joining our affiliate, the National Public Employer Labor Relations Association (NPELRA). By joining NPELRA, you automatically have membership with IPELRA. (Please note, the link below will take you to NPELRA’s membership webpage where you can process your membership.)


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Student Membership

IPELRA also offers a student membership at a discounted rate of $20.00 per year.  Student membership is available to full-time undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in a Human Resources, Labor Relations, Public Administration or related program, at an accredited college or university. Student membership is not available if you are currently working full-time in Human Resources, or the Labor/Employee relations field.  Student membership includes:

  1. Professional Networking
  2. Mentorship Programs
  3. Free and Discounted Training
  4. Job Postings
  5. Legislative Updates
  6. Opportunities for Involvement