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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.
women farming
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.
Sexual Harassment Complaint Form
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.
People looking out the window of a skyscraper
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

Buffalo Co-Lab to Host High Road Policy Summit

Elected officials and expert advocates will discuss envisioning and advancing policies that combat racial and economic inequality.
Buffalo's West Side Bazaar Mural
Buffalo Co-Lab to Host High Road Policy Summit

What’s Ahead for Teachers?

A year after COVID-19 disrupted education, Dean Alex Colvin and Randi Weingarten ’80 will discuss the future of K-12 teaching.
A female teacher wearing a mask puts hand sanitizer on a student
What’s Ahead for Teachers?

ILRies Impacting Teen Girls in India

Global Service Learning students introduced debate to 44 girls, five of whom are coming to ILR in July for the International Summer Debate Camp.

Estefania Palacios '18, Mysore schoolchildren
ILRies Impacting Teen Girls in India

Supreme Court’s Second Citation for ILR Research

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg cites Professor Colvin’s research on the impact of mandatory arbitration for more than 60 million workers.

Supreme Court
Supreme Court’s Second Citation for ILR Research

Future of Work Report Launches at ILR

International Labour Organizaton and ILR lead discussion with experts from diverse fields.

Linda Barrington, associate dean for outreach and sponsored research in the ILR School, and Richard Samans, World Economic Forum executive director, speak at the ILR School’s event discussing the landmark report issued by the International Labour Organiza
Future of Work Report Launches at ILR

CJEI Employment Empowerment Event

Connecting employers and people with criminal records.

ILR teaches employment rights at correctional facility
CJEI Employment Empowerment Event

Better Data, Better Economy

Groshen, Groves recommend moving Bureau of Labor Statistics to Commerce Department

ILR's Erica Groshen advocates for proactive solutions in the age of driverless vehicles
Better Data, Better Economy

Empowering the Job Search

ILR teaches employment rights at correctional facility

Members of EEE Action Environmental seated around table
Empowering the Job Search

Building on Potential

Tech a promising frontier to employ people with disabilities: forum

Pat Romzek
Building on Potential

Advancing the Workplace

Yang-Tan forum highlights innovations for greater disability inclusion

"Technology Changes Everything" in NYC
Advancing the Workplace

Personal and Professional Passion

Personal and Professional Passion

Autism Story Shared

Yang-Tan Institute hosts author of "Life, Animated"

Ron Suskind
Autism Story Shared

Yang-Tan Ties to Tech

Roosevelt Island and Cornell Tech families enjoy Community Day, Aug. 5, 2017.
Yang-Tan Ties to Tech

Combatting Stereotypes

Case of Yang-Tan research cited in brief filed with U.S. Supreme Court

Sarah von Schrader, Yang-Tan associate director of research
Combatting Stereotypes

Fifty Years of Labor-Management Peace

New York City’s Collective Bargaining Law Celebrated

Fifty Years of Labor-Management Peace

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