Cornell University

News Digest Archive - Fall 2012

On "The Capitol Pressroom," Lara Skinner and Lowell Turner described how ILR is working to advance worker rights and collective representation through its new Worker Institute at Cornell. Hear the interview.

New York's contributions to the labor movement were detailed by Professor Ileen DeVault on public radio this month. DeVault appeared on Susan Arbetter's show, "The Capitol Pressroom," Listen to the interview.

Jeff Grabelsky, director of ILR's Construction Industry Program, has been elected to the advisory board of the Labor Research and Action Network, a collaboration founded in 2011 to connect workers' rights organizations, academics and students to build workplace and economic power for working people in the United States.

ILR staff and faculty were lauded for achievement and years of service during the school's annual recognition event. Read more at

Susan Brecher, Human Capital Development, and Judy Young and Susanne Bruyere, Employment and Disability Institute, presented at the Disability Management Employers Coalition first FMLA/ADAAA Employer Compliance Conference April 25 in Minneapolis.

They conducted an interactive session on the legal framework for the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act. The presentation focused on the responsibilities of both HR practitioners and supervisors for addressing accommodation and leave requests.

Discussing the gender pay gap:  Why do women get paid less than men? Linda Barrington, managing director of ILR's Institute for Compensations Studies, talked about some of the possible factors on NPR's Here and Now program.

Lafe Solomon, acting general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, participated in a panel discussion at ILR's NYC conference center April 27. The program was sponsored by ILR's Labor and Employment Law Program. Stories about the program were published at and

The public is invited to a 4 p.m. Wednesday Skype session in Ives Hall Room 305 with Tim McDermott '95, vice president of the Philadelphia Eagles football team. The event is sponsored by the ILR Sports Management Club.

Assistant Professor Louis Hyman was interviewed on The Bat Segundo Show.  Listen to the audio or read a transcript of the interview here.

Susanne M. Bruyère, Kathleen Lee and Judy Young, all of ILR and its Employment and Disability Institute, and Cornell Vice President Mary George Opperman will speak at an April 18-19 conference on diversity in higher education and the workplace. "Climate, Culture & Connections: Interweaving Strategies for Sustainable Inclusion" will be held at the Bishop Desmond Tutu Conference Center in New York City.

Scheinman Institute Research Associate Abhishek Gupta MS '12 has been awarded an academic scholarship by the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution.

Professor Gary Fields discusses his new book, "Working Hard, Working Poor," at 4 p.m. Tuesday at The Cornell Store on campus. The event is free and open to the public (pdf).

An article on employment and immigration law by Proskauer Assistant Professor of Employment & Labor Law Kate Griffith was featured in the New Jersey Law Journal. Read more (pdf).

Students who interned in The High Road Runs Through the City program in Buffalo report on their service learning and projects through photos and journal entries (pdf).

In a radio broadcast about Occupy Oakland, ILR Director of Organizing Programs Ken Margolies addressed strikes as political statements and the role of unions as vehicles for equality. Hear more.

Ryan Lamare '04, MS '05, PhD '08 discussed an ILR report on community work force agreements in an interview on WHCU. Listen to the interview.

On WHCU, Global Labor Institute Associate Director of Research Lara Skinner discussed the number of jobs which will be created by the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline. Listen to the interview.

The University of Illinois public radio station hosted a show about work and employment with Professor Rosemary Batt and Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld '78. Batt is ILR's Alice Cook Professor of Women and Work.  Cutcher-Gershenfeld is a professor and the dean of the University of Illinois School of Labor and Employment Relations.  Both are Employment Policy Research Network researchers.  

Assistant Professor Beth Livingston discussed "Do Nice Guys—and Gals—Really Finish Last?" on Fox News.  See the video at