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“No” vote for Unionizing Second Amazon Warehouse in NYC Seen as Setback that Won’t Diminish Worker Momentum

Shift in labor-management power balance will outlast May 2 loss to the Amazon corporation, ILR experts say
“No” vote for Unionizing Second Amazon Warehouse in NYC Seen as Setback that Won’t Diminish Worker Momentum

Restorative Record Project Launched

New initiative and accompanying web-based tool helps employers see beyond criminal records of applicants and into the skills applicants would bring to jobs.
Jodi Anderson Jr.
Restorative Record Project Launched

Supply Change Challenges Discussed

In an eCornell broadcast, Dean Alex Colvin talked with manufacturing executives about some of the issues studied by ILR’s New Conversations Project.
A screen shot of Alex Colvin during a global supply chain webinar
Supply Change Challenges Discussed

Supply Chain in Chaos: What’s Ahead?

The war in Ukraine, the pandemic and climate change have upended the supply chain, topic of an April 14 eCornell Keynote webinar with apparel industry executives and ILR School Dean Alexander Colvin.
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Supply Chain in Chaos: What’s Ahead?

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

U.S. Trade Ambassador Provides “Candid” Thoughts In ILR Webinar

Cornell researchers and Ambassador Katherine Tai discussed the impact of U.S trade policy on working Americans.
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U.S. Trade Ambassador Provides “Candid” Thoughts In ILR Webinar

U.S. Trade Policy Webinar Slated for March 2

Panelists will discuss the U.S trade policy and its impact on the lives of working Americans.
Image of Container Ships
U.S. Trade Policy Webinar Slated for March 2

March 10 Discussion: U.S. Gender Wage Gap

In an eCornell Keynotes webinar, ILR Dean Alex Colvin will talk with Professor Francine Blau, ILR Senior Economics Adviser Erica Groshen and “New York Times” economics reporter Eduardo Porter.
Gender wage gap
March 10 Discussion: U.S. Gender Wage Gap

New Conversations Project Partners with ILO on Grant

Improving working conditions in the dangerous and largely unregulated commercial fishing industry is the focus of the project.
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New Conversations Project Partners with ILO on Grant

Yang-Tan Institute Announces Directors

Andrew Karhan and Wendy Strobel Gower will serve in positions named by K. Lisa Yang ’74 in honor of Thomas Golden.
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Yang-Tan Institute Announces Directors

Cartoons About Disability Will Educate Children

Familiarizing children with disability is the goal of a Northeast ADA Center video project launching this summer and aimed at students in kindergarten through third grade.
A cartoon created through the  Northeast ADA Center video project
Cartoons About Disability Will Educate Children

Dean Colvin Shares Research with Policymakers

Forced arbitration reduces access to justice, suppresses claims and undermines enforcement of employment laws, ILR Dean Alex Colvin said in a congressional hearing Thursday.
Alex Colvin
Dean Colvin Shares Research with Policymakers

Cook-Gray Lecture: Cross-Generational Gains from Women’s Employment

According to McGinn’s research, reaching gender equality involves changes for women and men at work and at home.
Kathleen McGinn gave the 2021 Cook-Gray Lecture
Cook-Gray Lecture: Cross-Generational Gains from Women’s Employment

YTI Receives Grants, Refunding of ADA Center

Two federal funded projects will improve job opportunities for people with disabilities.
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YTI Receives Grants, Refunding of ADA Center

Cultural Audits Support Workplace Equity

Basic training isn’t enough to stem sexual harassment in the workplace, cultural audits are needed to measure the “pulse” of organizations, according to KC Wagner.
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Cultural Audits Support Workplace Equity

Karhan Testifies Before NYS Assembly

Recommendations to improve employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities were provided to lawmakers by Yang-Tan Institute Co-Executive director Andrew Karhan.
Andrew Karnhan
Karhan Testifies Before NYS Assembly

Debate on Apparel Industry Future Set for Oct. 12

A panel of experts will join ILR’s New Conversations Project to discuss what is ahead for the Asian apparel industry as it endures climate change and public health issues.
Map of apparel industries in Asia
Debate on Apparel Industry Future Set for Oct. 12

Cook-Gray Lecture: Women’s Employment Pluses

Harvard Professor Kathleen McGinn will discuss women’s employment and its effects on the next generation of women.
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Cook-Gray Lecture: Women’s Employment Pluses

Walsh Speaking at Summit

The Worker Institute, the ILR School’s Lois Gray Labor Innovation Initiative and climate groups are sponsoring the Sept. 21 Climate Jobs Summit, which will feature U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh.
Solar panel workers
Walsh Speaking at Summit

“Navigating New Work-Life Realities”

In a Sept. 29 webinar, ILR Dean Alex Colvin will lead a discussion about conflict and influence in the blended work-home environments many are experiencing during the pandemic.
A woman working online
“Navigating New Work-Life Realities”

NYC Food Delivery Workers Face a ‘Harrowing World’

New York City’s app-based delivery workers regularly face nonpayment or underpayment, unsanitary or unsafe working conditions and the risk of violence, according to a new ILR School report.
A biker making a delivery
NYC Food Delivery Workers Face a ‘Harrowing World’

Police Union Websites Preserved by Library Archive

Spearheaded by the library’s Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives in Catherwood Library, the Police Unions and Associations archive features a curated collection of 165 public safety organizations’ websites.
Police Union Websites Preserved by Library Archive

The State of Labor in a Shifting Workplace

In 2021, COVID-19 catalyzed unparalleled disruptions and societal shifts in the world of work as the pandemic swept the globe. ILR School experts continue to help the public, policymakers, labor, management and others understand how the crisis is impacting the future of work.
A masked food worker packages food
The State of Labor in a Shifting Workplace

New Report: New Yorkers Indicate That Retaliation Prevents Them From Exposing Workplace Dangers

Workers in NY are more likely than those in the rest of the country to feel pressure to refrain from reporting workplace problems such as sexual harassment and health and safety violations to avoid employer retaliation, according to analysis from the National Employment Law Project and the Worker Institute.
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New Report: New Yorkers Indicate That Retaliation Prevents Them From Exposing Workplace Dangers

Washing for Dignity and Safety on the Job:  Workers in the NJ Retail Laundromat Industry

A new report by the Laundry Workers Center and the Cornell ILR Worker Institute examines the work and socio-economic conditions of workers in the retail laundromat industry in New Jersey.  
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Washing for Dignity and Safety on the Job:  Workers in the NJ Retail Laundromat Industry

New Curriculum Will Prepare Students for Future World of Work Challenges

Core strengths of ILR's broad disciplinary major remain as undergraduate curriculum is updated. Incremental implementation of changes begins in fall 2022.
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New Curriculum Will Prepare Students for Future World of Work Challenges

Disability Studies Applied in NYC

ILR credit internships at OPEN DOORS also help students gain professional experience in the arts, grassroots organizing and justice initiatives.
Group of people in NYC holding a night vigil holding signs that say, "Nursing Home Lives Matter".
Disability Studies Applied in NYC

“Once in a Generation Moment” Discussed in Webinar

The course of labor could change dramatically during the Biden administration. On Monday, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and Dean Alex Colvin discussed what’s at play.
Screenshot of eCornell webinar featuring Tom Perez and Dean Alex Colvin
“Once in a Generation Moment” Discussed in Webinar

May 10 Keynote Features Tom Perez

The “Future of Work: Labor in America” event will discuss proposed legislation and labor changes unfolding during the Biden administration.
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May 10 Keynote Features Tom Perez

Labor Action Tracker Launches on May Day

The tool enables a better understanding of the scope of labor unrest across the U.S. by tracking labor actions involving two or more people and distinguishing between protests and strikes, said project lead John Kallas, Ph.D. ’23.
Screenshot of ILR's Labor Action Tracker
Labor Action Tracker Launches on May Day

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