Ben Hollander

Spring/Fall 2014

Year: ILR '16

Cornell Activities/Groups/Affiliations/Leadership Roles:

  • Philanthropy Executive, Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity
  • Cornell Sprint Football Team

Research: Unions and Inequality

Describe your research project. Organizing and analyzing first contracts for various private and public sector unions in order to analyze the type of dependent care coverage workers are afforded. Keanu Baker-Stryker and I have worked together on this project under the direction of Professor Kate Bronfenbrenner.

What have you gotten out of the experience so far? Reading through first contracts I have realized how hard workers had to fight and continue to fight for the most basic rights such as three days for bereavement leave and the ability to call in sick for the work. It has been eye opening to see in the contracts that some unions have had success in obtaining dependent care protection in their contracts, while many have failed.

What kind of student might be interested in a research fellowship at the Worker Institute? Students who are passionate about the labor movement and want to learn about the current conditions of workers with the hope of playing a part in improving their rights in the workforce.