Cornell University

Celebrating 60 Years of ILR Extension

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Celebrating 60 Years of ILR Outreach: A Timeline

1946

First ILR Extension office opens in Buffalo, N.Y., with Lois Gray as director. Extension begins offering programs in various cities throughout New York State; permanent offices subsequently open in Albany, Rochester, Long Island, and New York City.

1957

During the school year, Extension conducts 326 programs in 75 communities with an aggregate enrollment of more than 7,500. Motivation in industry is a developing subject matter.

1962

Extension offers newly redesigned seminar for executive development, two-week residential institute for labor leaders, and 90-hour seminar titled “The Union Leader as a Decision-Maker.”

1967

Cornell provides training on the Taylor Law for unions and public employers. An institute is founded to examine and evaluate the economic, political, social, and educational issues that connect women and their work.

1971

Extension conducts series of workshops in Boston, Chicago, and Las Vegas on all aspects of public sector collective bargaining.

1981

Extension offers national program in contract administration and arbitration for management employees in the Social Security Administration.

1982

New program is established to work with management, labor, and community leaders to develop cooperative strategies to enable organizations to remain competitive, save jobs, and increase employment.

1991

Members of Extension faculty join group of U.S. specialists in Russia to provide training in techniques of collective bargaining and dispute resolution appropriate to a market economy.

1998

More than 37,000 people worldwide attend ILR Extension programs during fiscal year 1998–99. Technical assistance is provided to over 300 organizations. ILR has 75 extension associates throughout New York State as well as dozens of programs and institutes.

2005

New ILR dean Harry Katz reorganizes the School’s outreach programs into eight thematic areas to focus more clearly on the application of ILR’s expertise on emerging workplace issues and to increase ILR’s impact on state, national, and global workplace policy and practice.