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Richard Trumka on the National Labor Leadership Initiative

The National Labor Leadership Initiative (NLLI) is an intensive year-long leadership development program for top-level national leaders in the labor movement and the broader movement for worker justice.

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Tackling Inequality

Strengthening employee rights will help build a more effective labor movement, Worker Institute leaders say. (2:20)

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)

Worker Institute at Cornell - Overview

The Worker Institute at Cornell launched Wednesday, September 12, 2012. Institute members and labor leaders describe the challenges and opportunities facing workers today. (3:34)

An Overview of the Immigration Reform Bill

Kate Griffith, Associate Professor in Employment and Labor Law provides a description of what is covered by the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. (4:11)

Talking Immigration Reform

ILR Assistant Professor Verónica Martínez-Matsuda says conversation around proposed federal immigration legislation shows momentum for passage. (1:35)

Trade Unions for Energy Democracy

Trade Unions for Energy Democracy is a global, multi-sector initiative to advance democratic direction and control of energy in a way that promotes solutions to the climate crisis, energy poverty, the degradation of land and people, and the repression of workers' rights and protections. (5:58)

Search for Solutions

Produced by Cornell's Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, this video profiles Sean Sweeney and Lara Skinner for their research on climate jobs in New York State. (7:52)

An Inside Look at Collective Bargaining

A 20 minute video with 8 scenes is an accurate representation of negotiations from beginning to end. Video includes face to face negotiations, union and management caucuses and a side bar between chief negotiators. (20:34)

Worker Institute at Cornell

Professor Lowell Turner, director of ILR's new collective representation initiative, describes how the school's research strengths are being applied in the new economy. (1:26)

Building Strategic Leadership

Jeff Grabelsky, Director of ILR's Construction Industry Program, discusses the challenges and successes of leading organizations in the midst of rapid change. (1:08)

Union Leadership Institute

Sally Alvarez, Co-Director of the Union Leadership Institute, discusses resident-extension collaboration at the Worker Institute. (0:45)

Equity at Work

KC Wagner of The Worker Institute at Cornell discusses the importance of a fair and equitable work environment. (0:49)

Molding Our Society

In these uncertain times, workers are taking the lead in building sustainable economies, says Sara Horowitz '84, executive director and founder of the Freelancers Union. (2:07)

The Climate Crisis

Dr. James Hansen of NASA's Goddard Institute addresses 75 international union leaders about the urgency of the climate crisis.... (17:16)

ILR Insight: Labor and Activism

Cho '12 describes how ILR led to her activism in the labor movement, reinvigorated by 2010 events in Wisconsin and beyond. (2:07)