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New Report from Cornell's Labor Leading on Climate Provides Roadmap to Exceed NYC Climate Goals, Create Over 1 Million Jobs

A new report released today by Cornell's Labor Leading on Climate in collaboration with the Climate Jobs NY coalition outlines a comprehensive climate jobs action plan for NYC to fight the climate crisis, make NYC safer and address racial and economic inequity by investing in a pro-worker renewable energy transition.
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New Report from Cornell's Labor Leading on Climate Provides Roadmap to Exceed NYC Climate Goals, Create Over 1 Million Jobs

Impact of Incentives on Ethics Examined

The presence of incentives directly influences the odds that an individual will act unethically, according to research led by Associate Professor Tae Youn Park.
A carrot hanging from a string
Impact of Incentives on Ethics Examined

Calco, Falwell Partner with Public History Fellows

Through a new program sponsored by the Cornell Public History Initiative in partnership with the Cornell University Library, Steven Calco and Marcie Falwell of the Kheel Center worked with undergraduate fellows.
Steven Calco in the Kheel Center
Calco, Falwell Partner with Public History Fellows

2022 Migrations Awards Include Grant for Worker Institute Faculty on Central American Workers with Temporary Protective Status

The 2022 Migrations Awards include a Justice Futures Team Research Grant awarded to Patricia Campos-Medina and more for their project, “Displaced and Uprooted: Stories of Belonging, Central American TPS Workers' Defiant Struggle for their Right to Stay Home in the U.S.”
Patricia Campos Medina with TPS Worker
2022 Migrations Awards Include Grant for Worker Institute Faculty on Central American Workers with Temporary Protective Status

Global Severance Pay Program Outlined

When apparel factories shut down due to COVID-19, many workers lost their incomes. ILR’s New Conversations Project proposes a model to protect workers.
garment workers in a factory
Global Severance Pay Program Outlined

(Don’t) Take a Break

New research from the ILR School shows that students who take a break after high school are are less likely to enroll in college.
Student sitting in a classroom in Ives Hall.
(Don’t) Take a Break

Friedman Book Examines China’s Segregated School System

In his newest book, Eli Friedman illustrates how the Chinese government controls population in its largest cities by discriminating against rural migrants.
Eli Friedman with book cover
Friedman Book Examines China’s Segregated School System

Impact of Mindfulness on Stress, Behavior: Belot Research

Online exercises reduced perceived stress, but did not alter decision-making processes, at least when the training occurs at an adult age, researchers found.
A young man practices yoga in his living room.
Impact of Mindfulness on Stress, Behavior: Belot Research

Genetic Impact on Gut Microbiome Examined

Professor Martin Wells is a co-author of the cross-Cornell research paper “Collective Effects of Human Genomic Variation on Microbiome Function.”
Marty Wells standing in front of a bookcase.
Genetic Impact on Gut Microbiome Examined

Pre-quitting Behaviors Identified

Identifying top performers who are dropping hints they’re headed for new jobs is the first step in retaining valuable workers during this unprecedented period of resignations, Assistant Professor JR Keller and colleagues write.
Workers running towards exit
Pre-quitting Behaviors Identified

Study Documents Salon Worker Risks

A new Worker Institute report highlights the struggle to improve pay, benefits and labor conditions in New York state’s nail salon industry.
Nail salon workers protest
Study Documents Salon Worker Risks

Disadvantage Impacts White Men’s Perception of Privilege

New research by Assistant Professor Sean Fath finds that white men who have experienced disadvantages in the workplace – particularly when associated with a social identity – are more likely to recognize disadvantages faced by others and to understand the privilege they enjoy as white.
A sign stating, "I am white & privileged"
Disadvantage Impacts White Men’s Perception of Privilege

NYS Cannabis Workforce Initiative Surveys Industry

Cannabis employers see lack of training and skills, as well as lack of awareness of career opportunities, as two of the largest obstacles to achieving social equity in the adult-use market.
A young woman tends to plants
NYS Cannabis Workforce Initiative Surveys Industry

The Need to Revamp Refugee Resettlement

Professor Shannon Gleeson and co-authors argue for a re-imagined resettlement system that would allow refugees to enjoy greater long-term employment opportunities.
Refugees sleeping under Red Cross blankets
The Need to Revamp Refugee Resettlement

Kheel Center’s Triangle Fire Site Honored

A virtual exhibit of items illustrating the tragedy that had a huge impact on workplace regulations won an award from the American Industrial Hygiene Association.
Drawing "The Locked Door!" refers to the Triangle fire and depicts young women throwing themselves against a locked door in an attempt to escape the flames.
Kheel Center’s Triangle Fire Site Honored

Maine Lobster Traps Tell Cultural Story

A confrontation between Maine lobster fishers and conservationists reveals complex entanglements between climate change and settler colonialism, says ILR Associate Professor Sarah Besky.
Maine lobster traps on a pier
Maine Lobster Traps Tell Cultural Story

Kheel Center Names Strassberg Grant Winners

Two doctoral students have been awarded a grant to utilize the records at the Kheel Center in order to further their dissertations.
Ian Gavigan utilizing the Kheel Center
Kheel Center Names Strassberg Grant Winners

Temp Workers Benefit from Union-Management Tension

In new research out of the ILR School, Associate Professor Adam Seth Litwin and Ph.D. student Or Shay find that collective bargaining pays off for temps—except when unions cooperate, rather than battle with their employers.
Laborers working at a chicken factory
Temp Workers Benefit from Union-Management Tension

Lessons of CARES Act Outlined

The CARES Act provides lessons to avoid inequities and prevent profiteering from emergency relief funds, according to a new report co-authored by Professor Rosemary Batt.
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Lessons of CARES Act Outlined

Research: Immigrant Starting Salary Components Vary by Job Entry Pathway

New ILR School research investigates the different mechanisms shaping immigrant base starting salaries and starting salary increases.
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Research: Immigrant Starting Salary Components Vary by Job Entry Pathway

Labor Activism Surge Tracked

American workers went on strike for a combined 3.2 million days in 2021 in response to health and safety concerns, pay, racial injustices, sexual harassment and other issues, according to the Cornell ILR Labor Action Tracker.
Strike signs
Labor Activism Surge Tracked

A Climate Jobs Roadmap for NYC

A new report from the Worker Institute and Climate Jobs NY outlines a bold vision for strengthening the economy, while tackling climate change, and addressing racial and economic inequality.
New York City skyline
A Climate Jobs Roadmap for NYC

Want a ‘Yes’? Ask in Person

Face-to-face communication reaps more agreement than a request made over Zoom or email, according to research by Associate Professor Vanessa Bohns.
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Want a ‘Yes’? Ask in Person

Climate Jobs Plan Published

A new Worker Institute report details how Rhode Island can create a clean-energy, worker centered economy.
A windmill on the ocean
Climate Jobs Plan Published

ILR, Weill Cornell Medicine Researchers Publish Findings

Study on paid home care workers in New York state has federal policymaking implications.
A home healthcare worker checks a patient's blood pressure
ILR, Weill Cornell Medicine Researchers Publish Findings

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.
A teacher interacts with students at a daycare.
Buffalo Co-Lab Studies Child Care Crisis

More Training, Fewer Layoffs: Research

Employees who benefit from greater investments in training and development opportunities are less likely to face workforce reductions and layoffs when companies face financial hardship, says Associate Professor Rebecca Kehoe.
Workers participate in an informal training
More Training, Fewer Layoffs: Research

Alternative Method Could Improve Clinical Trials

Professor Martin Wells and statisticians from Cornell, as well as doctors from Weill Cornell Medicine and the University of Toronto, propose a new statistical toolkit to help researchers better determine if their trial results are, in fact, strong and reliable or merely a product of chance.
Two scientists review data
Alternative Method Could Improve Clinical Trials

Improving Working Conditions for Better Patient Care: ILR-Weill Cornell Research

An ILR-Weill Cornell Medicine collaboration highlights the benefits of prioritizing enhanced working conditions for frontline health care workers as a way to improve long-term patient care.
A nurse passes medication to a patient
Improving Working Conditions for Better Patient Care: ILR-Weill Cornell Research

Leveraging Tech for Meaningful Work

Employers who use technological advancement to reshape workers’ jobs can help improve patient care while improving the work experience of frontline health care workers, Associate Professor Adam Seth Litwin argues in a peer-reviewed commentary.
A health care worker utilizes technology to care for a patient.
Leveraging Tech for Meaningful Work

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