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Ithaca Co-Lab

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Engaged research and learning upstate

We mobilize the students and researchers at Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations to serve Ithaca and the surrounding region. We use these resources to tackle the challenges of fighting unemployment, winning a living wage and organizing for worker voice.

ILR researchers argue against a return to business as usual in Ithaca

A new report co-authored by Cornell-ILR researchers Ian Greer, Rusty Weaver, and Michele Belot examines labor market change just as the pandemic was beginning to subside.
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ILR researchers argue against a return to business as usual in Ithaca

Unemployment benefits matter: Telling worker stories in the COVID era

As part of the project, "Unemployed Workers in Transition," the Ithaca Co-Lab is collecting stories of workers made unemployed during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to capture a timely, essential and engaging snapshot of America's unemployment benefits system.
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Unemployment benefits matter: Telling worker stories in the COVID era

18th Transatlantic Social Dialogue Webinar Series 2020

The 18th Transatlantic Social Dialogue (TSD) webinar series took place from April to October 2020 and covered various topics and facilitated conversations about the changes in the worlds of work and policies brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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18th Transatlantic Social Dialogue Webinar Series 2020

Conversation with ILO Director kicks off Transatlantic Dialogue Webinar Series

The 18th Transatlantic Social Dialogue Webinar Series kicked off with a conversation with ILO Director General Guy Ryder on October 15, 2020. The discussion addressed rising unemployment, the impact of the crisis on migrant and informal workers, the impact of trade agreements on workers, and gaps in social protection.
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Conversation with ILO Director kicks off Transatlantic Dialogue Webinar Series

New Research Project: Unemployed Workers in Transition

The Ithaca Co-Lab launches a research project on workers made unemployed during the current pandemic aimed to find out how supports such as unemployment insurance, social services, retraining programs, mutual aid, churches and charities shape workers' transitions from work to unemployment and back again.
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New Research Project: Unemployed Workers in Transition

October Transatlantic Social Dialogue Webinar Series

The Transatlantic Social Dialogue (TSD) continues this fall with another series of webinars focusing on the impact of COVID-19 on organized labor issues. Registration will open on October 1st.
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October Transatlantic Social Dialogue Webinar Series

The Fight Against Unemployment: Advocacy and Policy

Cornell students are learning all about unemployment with ILR professor Ian Greer in his course titled The Fight Against Unemployment: Advocacy and Policy being offered this fall semester at Cornell University.
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The Fight Against Unemployment: Advocacy and Policy

Worker Power, Racial Justice and Mutual Aid Webinar

The Worker Power, Racial Justice and Mutual Aid Webinar brought together numerous local organizers in Tompkins County with national organizers to discuss racial justice and mutual aid during the pandemic held Tuesday, July 28, 2020.
Worker Power & Racial Justice: A panel on the intersection of the labor movement, black lives matter, and mutual aid
Worker Power, Racial Justice and Mutual Aid Webinar

International Academic Labor Teach-in

Students and academics in Ithaca virtually joined strikers in Europe to discuss shared injustices and the global struggle and to record statements of solidarity on Thursday, March 5, 2020, international day of mobilization for academic workers.
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International Academic Labor Teach-in