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Advancing worker rights and collective representation

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Advancing collective representation, Revitalizing worker voice

Elevating dialogue on contemporary worker rights and labor issues to ensure a sustainable, prosperous society.

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Engaging with labor, business, policymakers and NGOs

Focusing on collaboration, not competition, to find solutions for problems faced by working people and their families.

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Building a sustainable society

Bringing together worker and environmental interests to create jobs and address climate issues.

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Encouraging global collaboration

Conducting research and sponsoring events incorporating varied global perspectives and promoting public discourse.

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Including the excluded worker

Improving conditions and benefits for workers lacking adequate workplace protections.

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Informing policy reform, Leading strategic change

Providing innovative thinking and expertise to train leaders and drive organizational transformation.

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Promoting rights and representation for all workers

Leading research and education efforts to build greater equity and a culture of respect and fairness in today's diverse workplace.

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Combining research with practice

Sharing relevant, timely academic insight and studies with the labor community and practitioners across the globe.

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About the Institute

The Worker Institute at Cornell starts from the idea that strong workers' rights and collective representation are essential elements of a vibrant, prosperous, democratic society.

Through research, education and public discourse, the institute applies innovative thinking and problem-solving approaches to the workplace, economy and society, in the interests of working people and their families.

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Opportunities for Students at the Worker Institute

Opportunities for Students at the Worker Institute
Chris Banks (MILR '14) discusses new opportunites for students to engage in the Worker Institute's initiatives and signature projects. (1:08)

Understanding Health Care

Understanding Health Care
Linda Donahue explains how the Worker Institute at Cornell is helping unions understand how the Affordable Care Act will impact it members and the collective bargaining process. (1:58)

Research Collaboration on Contingent Workers

Research Collaboration on Contingent Workers
Saket Soni from the National Guestworker Alliace discusses the need for more research on contingent workers and a new collaboration with The Worker Institute. (2:11)