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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

Why restaurant workers are demanding better wages and working conditions

The Washington Post
Patricia Campos-Medina, executive director of the Worker Institute at Cornell University’s ILR School, said workers are feeling more empowered, both in the workplace and in the political arena.
Why restaurant workers are demanding better wages and working conditions

Why long-term unemployment starts at 27 weeks

Marketplace News
According to the latest BLS data, 4.2 million Americans are long-term unemployed, meaning they’ve been jobless for 27 weeks or more. Professor Francine Blau says that in addition to the personal hardships, long-term unemployment is bad for the economy as a whole.
Why long-term unemployment starts at 27 weeks

Gig Workers Inch Toward Right to Unionize in New York - But There's a Catch

The City NYC News
Lawmakers, labor unions and tech companies are nearing a deal on a bill to allow workers for app-based outfits to unionize. María Figueroa, who heads the Worker Institute, says the bill could be “a step in the right direction.”
Gig Workers Inch Toward Right to Unionize in New York - But There's a Catch

Early loss of extra unemployment benefits leaves many families in a panic

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Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of labor education research, says that the early end of unemployment benefits in 20 states is “going to hurt a lot of people a great deal. We’re going to see children go hungry and we’re going to see people be evicted.”
Early loss of extra unemployment benefits leaves many families in a panic

Is Organized Labor Making a Comeback?

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In this extended Q&A, BRINK spoke to professor Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of labor education research, and asked if she thinks a shift is occurring in the U.S. in the relationship between capital and labor.
Is Organized Labor Making a Comeback?

Small business pessimism abounds

Marketplace News
Small-business owners are reporting labor shortages and the need for hiring bonuses to fill open positions. According to Linda Barrington executive director at the Institute for Compensation Studies, bonuses are not typically seen in lower-wage jobs, but could be effective.
Small business pessimism abounds

"The future of work is flexibility." Discuss

Marketplace News
ILR School Dean Alex Colvin discusses the future of work and how the term "flexibility" can be interpreted in different ways by employers and employees.
"The future of work is flexibility." Discuss

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

Can My Boss Force Me Not to Wear a Face Mask at Work?

Wall Street Journal
Wendy Strobel Gower, program director at the Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability, says, “It comes down to: Does your company have an obligation to follow the guidance of federal and also state and local authorities?”
Can My Boss Force Me Not to Wear a Face Mask at Work?

A New Benefit Raises an Old Question: Which Mothers Should Work?

The New York Times
Louis Hyman, professor of industrial and labor relations, is noted to have said that throughout history, Black women were often viewed more as laborers than mothers.
A New Benefit Raises an Old Question: Which Mothers Should Work?

NYC Gig Workers Are Organizing Against Rampant E-Bike Theft and Assault

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Maria Figueroa, senior extension associate at the Worker Institute, explains the grievances that led to protests against working conditions at DoorDash, GrubHub, and Postmates by more than 1,000 New York City e-bike delivery workers, known as Los Deliveristas Unidos.
NYC Gig Workers Are Organizing Against Rampant E-Bike Theft and Assault

The challenges and benefits of remote work for employees of color

Fast Company News
In this episode of ‘Hit the Ground Running,’ hosts Christina Royster and Yasmin Gagne speak with Dr. Courtney McCluney, assistant professor of Organizational Behavior, about how remote work has affected people of color.
The challenges and benefits of remote work for employees of color

He Tried To Organize Workers In China's Gig Economy. Now He Faces 5 Years In Jail

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Eli Friedman, associate professor in the ILR School, explains China’s motives behind the arrest of Chen Guojiang – or Mengzhu, as he is more widely known — one of China's few remaining labor organizers.
He Tried To Organize Workers In China's Gig Economy. Now He Faces 5 Years In Jail

Work from anywhere - but it won't be easy to manage

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As more companies plan to continue allowing remote work on a regular basis, Nellie Brown, director of workplace health and safety programs, explains some of the trade-offs that will be faced by both the employers and employees in these new work arrangements.
Work from anywhere - but it won't be easy to manage

ILR Impacting Farmworkers in New York State

ILR faculty members Verónica Martínez-Matsuda and Kate Griffith are among Cornellians engaged with partners to improve the lives of farmworkers, a hidden community of more than 50,000 laborers essential to the state’s agricultural industry.

Migrant farm workers
ILR Impacting Farmworkers in New York State

Teaching About Tech Change and the Future of Work: Litwin Outlines His Approach

In ILR’s TΔ@W course, students learn how technologies can benefit many. It’s knowledge they can deploy as they become managers, policymakers, professionals, parents, teachers and workers, Litwin writes in an Aspen Institute blog post.

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Teaching About Tech Change and the Future of Work: Litwin Outlines His Approach

Harry Johnson NLRB Board Member Speaks

ILR hosts conversation with National Labor Relations Board member

Harry Johnson NLRB Board Member Speaks

2014 LERA: Interview with John August, Associate Director, first time LERA attendee

2014 LERA: Interview with John August, Associate Director, first time LERA attendee

LaborPress 2014 Union Health-Care Summit: The Future of Care

LaborPress 2014 Union Health-Care Summit: The Future of Care

2014 LERA: Live Updates from John August, Associate Director

2014 LERA: Live Updates from John August, Associate Director

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