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Advice to Novice Debaters: “Lean Into It”

The Cornell International Summer Debate Camp invites local students to join teens from around the world July 30 through Aug. 7 to learn about debate, a civil discourse skill.
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Advice to Novice Debaters: “Lean Into It”

Ask Help Desk: If I take a remote job, can I be forced into an office?

The Washington Post
Patricia Campos-Medina, senior extension associate at the ILR Worker Institute, says, “If you don’t accommodate your workers, you’ll lose them,” and “to attract more talent, more employers have to be more flexible.”
Ask Help Desk: If I take a remote job, can I be forced into an office?

Racial profiling in Buffalo traffic enforcement hard to gauge with imperfect data

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WIVB worked with the Cornell ILR Buffalo Co-Lab to analyze stop receipt data to determine if there are disparities in who gets stopped.
Racial profiling in Buffalo traffic enforcement hard to gauge with imperfect data

The Devastating Economic Impacts of an Abortion Ban

The New Yorker
The gender pay gap begins to widen once women become mothers: research by Prof. Francine Blau.
The Devastating Economic Impacts of an Abortion Ban

What Happened at the Amazon Warehouse on Staten Island?

When a union-free tech giant was upended by a worker-founded union at a Staten Island warehouse April 1, the world was shocked. ILR experts are contextualizing what led to the surprise win and what’s next.
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What Happened at the Amazon Warehouse on Staten Island?

NYS Cannabis Workforce Initiative Surveys Industry

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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.
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NYS Cannabis Workforce Initiative Surveys Industry

Climate Jobs Plan Published

A new Worker Institute report details how Rhode Island can create a clean-energy, worker centered economy.
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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.
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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.
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Buffalo Co-Lab Studies Child Care Crisis

Research Project on Worker Organizing Announced

“Achieving Greater Worker Voice, Equity, and Mobility: A Multi-Industry Study of Organizing Efforts and Their Outcomes,” will be led by Labor Education Research Director Kate Bronfenbrenner and MIT Professor Thomas A. Kochan.
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Research Project on Worker Organizing Announced

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

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.
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Dean Colvin Shares Research with Policymakers

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.
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Karhan Testifies Before NYS Assembly

ILRie Joins Ithaca Common Council

“I am incredibly thankful for this opportunity and look forward to serving the 4th Ward and the City of Ithaca,” Patrick Mehler ’23 said after becoming an alderperson.
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ILRie Joins Ithaca Common Council

Campos-Medina Receives Award

The Latino Coalition of New Jersey has honored Worker Institute Executive Director Patricia Campos-Medina for her work on behalf of laborers, undocumented immigrants and domestic workers.
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Campos-Medina Receives Award

Avgar and Doellgast Promoted

Cornell Provost Michael Kotlikoff has confirmed the promotion of two ILR faculty members to full professor.
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Avgar and Doellgast Promoted

NYC Food Delivery Workers Face a ‘Harrowing World’

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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.
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NYC Food Delivery Workers Face a ‘Harrowing World’

Report: Ithaca Economy Shouldn’t Return to Business As Usual

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An ILR faculty-led report offers nine recommendations that seek to reduce racial disparities and wage inequalities, remove barriers to work and promote living-wage jobs in growth areas.
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Report: Ithaca Economy Shouldn’t Return to Business As Usual

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.
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Disability Studies Applied in NYC

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.
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Labor Action Tracker Launches on May Day

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