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Virtual Workplace Health and Safety Series

Learn from and ask questions to a certified industrial hygienist, biologist and chemist and expert on occupational health and safety. These virtual sessions are offered once/month and free & open to the public. Registration is required.
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Virtual Workplace Health and Safety Series

Child Care Gaps Identified by Co-Lab

The final report of a study the Buffalo Co-Lab conducted with Erie County child care providers, advocates, unions and businesses was released under the banner of Child Care is Everyone's Business.
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Child Care Gaps Identified by Co-Lab

Crisis Management

Learn to see the Big Picture, Manage Risks, and Take Action before and after a crisis.
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Crisis Management

The True Cost of Childcare in Erie County, Phase II

The Cornell ILR Buffalo Co-Lab, Erie County, and child care professionals and advocates are gathering for the announcement of Cornell’s True Cost of Child Care Phase II study. Join to learn more about this call to action for a federal response to our child care crisis.
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The True Cost of Childcare in Erie County, Phase II

The State of Black Buffalo, a Discussion with Dr. Henry Louis-Taylor

Join the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site and the ILR Buffalo Co-Lab High Road Fellowship to hear from Dr. Henry Louis-Taylor on The State of Black Buffalo.
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The State of Black Buffalo, a Discussion with Dr. Henry Louis-Taylor

Two ILRies leading Outreach institutes are informing the national conversation around the historic union organizing shift.

Cathy Creighton, director of the ILR Buffalo Co-Lab, and Patricia Campos-Medina, executive director of ILR’s Worker Institute, have been putting their ILR education and experience to work in roles they now hold at the school.
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Two ILRies leading Outreach institutes are informing the national conversation around the historic union organizing shift.

Labor Leadership Boot Camp in Buffalo

A Reflection of the Spring Labor Leadership Boot Camp
Labor Leadership Boot Camp in Buffalo

Buffalo High Road Fellow Honored for Local Community Impact

Congratulations to Buffalo High Road Fellow, Victor Rosas.
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Buffalo High Road Fellow Honored for Local Community Impact

The Moment for a Movement: Starbucks and the Slow Drip of Starting a Union

Learn the ins and outs of how to unionize a workplace and what legal methods Starbucks has used to delay the votes. In-person event, free and open to the public.
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The Moment for a Movement: Starbucks and the Slow Drip of Starting a Union

New Equitable Community Change Certificate Launched

The ILR Buffalo Co-Lab, and community-based think tank Partnership for the Public Good have established an online certificate through eCornell.
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New Equitable Community Change Certificate Launched

ILR Opens Doors to Many Paths

A High Road Fellowship and other experiences have helped Kevin Diaz '24 thrive at Cornell.
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ILR Opens Doors to Many Paths

ILR Scientist Teaches COVID Workplace Safety

Many have turned to Nellie Brown, director of Workplace Health and Safety Programs at the ILR School, for guidance on how to keep their offices safe from COVID-19.
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ILR Scientist Teaches COVID Workplace Safety

Buffalo Co-Lab Studies Child Care Crisis

Low wages have driven an 11% drop in the child care workforce in Erie County and have resulted in economic repercussions for families and the local economy.
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Buffalo Co-Lab Studies Child Care Crisis

New Report: Erie County points to Cornell ILR Buffalo Co-Lab analysis on the True Cost of Child Care

Erie County, NY & Cornell University ILR Buffalo Co-Lab released "True Cost of Child Care" — a study of licensed & registered childcare providers to determine the “true” cost of providing quality child care, and what’s needed for an equitable, accessible, and economically sustainable childcare system.
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New Report: Erie County points to Cornell ILR Buffalo Co-Lab analysis on the True Cost of Child Care

Creighton, Saleh are 2021-22 Engaged Learning Fellows

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Cathy Creighton, Buffalo Co-Lab director, and Matthew Saleh, Yang-Tan Institute research associate, have been named two of Cornell’s 2021-22 Faculty Fellows in Engaged Learning.
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Creighton, Saleh are 2021-22 Engaged Learning Fellows

NEW JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Research and Policy Analyst for Equality Initiative - ILR Buffalo Co-Lab, Cornell University

The ILR Buffalo Co-Lab is committed to combatting systemic racial and economic inequities. This person will build collaborations, conduct quality research, and provide education, consultation, insight, and public discourse on policies and practices that can fundamentally reduce inequality in social and economic institutions.
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NEW JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Research and Policy Analyst for Equality Initiative - ILR Buffalo Co-Lab, Cornell University

Advancing digital equity: ILR School develops tool to help NYS communities

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Today, Community Tech NY and our Cornell University ILR School Buffalo Co-Lab are launching the New York State Digital Equity Portal in partnership with NYS Education Department, New York State Library, and The John R. Oishei Foundation.
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Advancing digital equity: ILR School develops tool to help NYS communities

The 2022 High Road Fellowship Application has Launched

This fellowship provides paid opportunities for Cornell undergraduate students to participate in research and engaged learning in community-based economic development in Buffalo. Buffalo is home to a rich array of creative organizations tackling rust belt challenges.
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The 2022 High Road Fellowship Application has Launched

Brewing Workplace Democracy: Starbucks and the Slow Drip of Starting a Union

Join the Cornell University ILR Buffalo Co-Lab for a timely, interactive discussion on unionization in today's workplaces.
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Brewing Workplace Democracy: Starbucks and the Slow Drip of Starting a Union

ILR, UMass Boston Share Report on General Electric

GE work force cuts and offshoring at U.S. plants, despite government grants, documented by report, which recommends more study and new policies.
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ILR, UMass Boston Share Report on General Electric

Is the Supply Chain Crisis Our New Reality?

In a world where convenience & speed are paramount “[the supply chain crisis is] going to be a long-term problem...shopping locally supports communities & businesses at home," said Art Wheaton, director of WNY Labor & Environmental Programs at Cornell ILR School.
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Is the Supply Chain Crisis Our New Reality?

U.S. Taxpayers Bankrolled General Electric. Then It Moved Its Workforce Overseas

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GE’s domestic labor force declined by 75% since 1989, according to a new report from the UMass Boston and Cornell ILR. During roughly the same period, GE benefitted from more than $2.2 billion in taxpayer funds.
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U.S. Taxpayers Bankrolled General Electric. Then It Moved Its Workforce Overseas

Electric Uprising: The Drive to EVs

To have any hope of rising to the existential challenge of climate change, the nations of the world must invest in electric vehicles. Arthur Wheaton says in the U.S., the push will need to come from the government.
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Electric Uprising: The Drive to EVs

IN THE NEWS: Rare Starbucks union vote set to begin in Buffalo.

ILR Buffalo Co-Lab Director, Cathy Creighton said unions can actually help a company. "Better-paid workers are more stable and less likely to leave"
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IN THE NEWS: Rare Starbucks union vote set to begin in Buffalo.

IN THE NEWS: As Mercy Hospital strike hits one-month mark, both sides report progress amid bitter talks

For over a month, dozens of hospital workers joined hundreds of their colleagues on the picket line in South Buffalo. Negotiations have continued but with no deal in sight.
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IN THE NEWS: As Mercy Hospital strike hits one-month mark, both sides report progress amid bitter talks

IN THE NEWS: Another Voice: Starbucks saga shows that labor law stops workers from organizing

Workers across the U.S. are launching campaigns to come together and form unions.
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IN THE NEWS: Another Voice: Starbucks saga shows that labor law stops workers from organizing

NEW REPORT: Engaging the Future of Housing in Buffalo-Niagara

NEW REPORT: Engaging the Future of Housing in Buffalo-Niagara. This report is intended to tell a partial, but data-driven and meaningful story about the state of housing and households in the two-county region.
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NEW REPORT: Engaging the Future of Housing in Buffalo-Niagara

ILR Program Celebrating 35 Years

Since 1986, the ILR Workplace Health & Safety Program has reached thousands of people across the state on dozens of issues.
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ILR Program Celebrating 35 Years

A Geography of Self-Reported Labor Union Membership in the United States

In honor of Labor Day 2021, and to adhere to our mission of democratizing data, the Cornell ILR Buffalo Co-Lab’s High Road Policy blog is pleased to share a county-level geography of labor union membership for the United States.
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A Geography of Self-Reported Labor Union Membership in the United States

Cornell ILR Buffalo Co-Lab Announces Mapping and Data Analysis Internship for Social Impact

The Cornell University ILR Buffalo Co-Lab has announced a $50,000 planning grant from The John R. Oishei Foundation for Cornell undergraduates.
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Cornell ILR Buffalo Co-Lab Announces Mapping and Data Analysis Internship for Social Impact