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Study the workplace comprehensively with the world's highest concentration of workplace faculty.

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Every ILRie Has a Story

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2023 Groat and Alpern Awards

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April 20

Join us for an evening of celebration honoring two ILRies who are leaders in their fields. Ed Baum ’81 will receive the Alpern Award and Christy Pambianchi ’90 will receive the Groat Award.

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New York at Work 2022 is a resource for policymakers and the public

Outreach Report

ILR Outreach expertise, research-based data and policy analysis on issues affecting workers, employers, unions and communities is featured in annual report.

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Cornell Impacts New York State

“My time at the ILR School helped me understand both labor and management perspectives, which has proven to be a solid foundation for my career.”

– Rob Manfred, Commissioner of Major League Baseball

Faculty Spotlight

Caitlin Ray

Faculty Member

Q&A: Get to know more about one of ILR’s four new faculty members.

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ILRies Change
the Future of Work.

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Catherwood Library

The Martin P. Catherwood Library is the most comprehensive resource on labor and employment in North America, offering expert research support through reference services, instruction, online guides and access to premier collections.

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ILR in the News

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Climate Jobs Institute to Launch in New York City

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The ILR School Climate Jobs Institute, the first U.S. academic institution focused on conducting research and developing policy for governments across the nation to support clean energy targets, is launching Jan. 25 in New York City.
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Climate Jobs Institute to Launch in New York City

Climate Jobs Institute Launch Celebrated

Union leaders, elected officials, non-profit organizations and others across the nation are lauding the growth of the ILR School initiative.
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Climate Jobs Institute Launch Celebrated

Lipsky Legacy Celebrated

David B. Lipsky ’61, who led the ILR School as dean through a pivotal era, was at the heart of the institution’s faculty, students, alumni and staff for decades.
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Lipsky Legacy Celebrated

Barry J. Beck ’90 Named Entrepreneur of the Year

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The Bluemercury founder honored by Entrepreneurship at Cornell as the Cornellian who exemplifies entrepreneurial achievement, impact on humanity and an inspirational story or business outcome.
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Barry J. Beck ’90 Named Entrepreneur of the Year

Campus Life

A view of student life at Cornell University's ILR School in Ithaca, NY.

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Welcome back, ILRies! Looking forward to the spring semester.

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The High Road Fellowship is one of the most successful, competitive and longest-running engaged-learning programs at Cornell University. Hosted by the ILR School, it is open to all students. Learn more at the link in bio and apply by February 10, 2023. #cornell #ilrschool #highroad …

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The ILR International Programs Office and the Scheinman Institute offered a winter Engaged Learning (EL) opportunity in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam. As part of their experience, students met with district and company union leaders at Dam Sen Water Park in Ho Chi Minh City to discuss the…

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The ILR School has lost one of its most beloved leaders. David B. Lipsky ’61, a renowned conflict resolution, negotiation and collective bargaining scholar, a former dean of the ILR School and the founding director of the Scheinman Institute, passed away Tuesday morning. Read about Lipsky’s legacy…

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The Cornell ILR Wage Atlas, a new tool out of the Buffalo Co-Lab, shows that fewer than 40% of New Yorkers earn at or above a living wage, including less than one-third among people of color and younger workers. Developed by Russell Weaver, the tool has been designed to help New York state…

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#Automation continues to redefine processes and positions in the #workplace as nearly half of work activities could be automated with existing technology, according to McKinsey. Adam Seth Litwin, associate professor of labor relations, law, and history at the ILR School, cautions of the pitfalls…

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