Pacesetter Award Information

Minnesota Public Employer Labor Relations Association

Pacesetter Award 

The Pacesetter Award is presented by the Minnesota Public Employer Labor Relations Association (MPELRA) to individuals or organizations that have demonstrated particularly innovative leadership in public sector labor relations. The Pacesetter Award recognizes those individuals, who, through their professional achievements, have successfully developed a new tool or technique for use in resolving conflicts, addressing new challenges or assisting others in their growth in public sector labor relations and human resources. Pacesetters are role models who serve as resources to other in the field.


• The award may be given to one or more individuals or to an organization.

• At least one of the individual award recipients from an organization must be a member of MPELRA.

• The award recipient may not be a current member of the MPELRA Board

• The MPELRA Board of Directors may present as many as two (2) awards in any given year.

• This award is not used to recognize contributions to MPELRA, but to the profession.


• The nominee (s) should have demonstrated a commitment and leadership in the field of public sector labor relations.

• Emphasis should be on a specific, innovating accomplishment or set of accomplishments achieved over the past 12 to 24 months. The accomplishments should be directly related to the field of public sector labor relations. Examples may include innovative contract language, unique approaches to addressing new or old problems, creative efforts in labor-management relations. Documentation and information should be included with the nomination materials.

• Nominees must be current members of MPELRA.

Nomination Process

• Active MPELRA members or organizations (with MPELRA members) may submit nominations.

• Entries should be submitted on the attached application. If additional space is needed please limit the information to one additional sheet.

• Nominations should focus on the award criteria and clearly outline the nominee’s achievements in these areas.

Selection Process

• The Awards Committee will review all submitted nominations based on the established criteria and select the recipient

• A letter will be sent to the winner and all nominees.

• Nominees will be listed and reported at the MPELRA Winter Conference in Plymouth, MN in February 2023. The award will also be presented at that time.

• Questions concerning the nomination or selection process may be directed to the Awards Committee Chair.