Wes Turner

Summer 2014

Year: ILR '16

Cornell Activities/Groups/Affiliations/Leadership Roles:

  • Chaplain and serve on the executive board for my Fraternity
  • Club basketball team
  • Write for the Cornell Progressive

Project: Young Workers and the Labor Movement

Describe your research project: I am working on the Young Workers and the Labor Movement project. It is a five country study of best practice cases of young workers involved in the labor movement. I am gathering and synthesizing the existing literature about youths in unions and looking for best practice cases of their involvement.

What have you gotten out of the experience so far? I have already learned a lot about young worker involvement in unions. More importantly, I have learned how to manage and motivate myself. I have my own office for the first time in my life, I set my own hours and choose what to work on for the day independently. Additionally, this experience has confirmed my belief that I want to do something social justice related with my life.

Why might other students be interested in pursuing this opportunity? Anyone who genuinely cares about unions or social justice can thrive in a research fellowship at the Worker Institute. My friends all think my work is boring but I love it because it is a topic I truly care about.