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At ILR, we apply thought leadership and research into practice for workers, unions, organizations, and communities to improve the world of work. As a New York State land-grant college, we build community partnerships and trainings to improve workers’ lives across the world and contribute to an organization’s success.

Justice at Work: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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WORK! ILR's podcast with Tony Byers

In our latest episode of “WORK! Exploring the Future of Work, Labor and Employment,” our dean, Alex Colvin, speaks with Tony Byers, director of diversity and inclusion programs at the ILR Center for Advanced HR Studies. They talked about what companies and employees can do to make workplaces more diverse, equitable and inclusive for people of color. 

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Listen to the podcast
Training and Education
We help people make their workplaces more inclusive

We offer training at all career stages to help build a more inclusive work culture.

 

Find out more about diversity and inclusion courses you can take now.

Find out about our Chief Diversity Officer program.

New York State: Economy, Policy, and Practice

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As a New York land-grant college, we have a state mandate to apply our work in service to our local communities, state and regional economies, and partners in governance. We create and share knowledge, build relationships, and inform strategies aimed at improving economic well-being for all New Yorkers.

Coupling our strong physical foundations in Buffalo, Ithaca, and New York City with our rapidly expanding virtual presence in the COVID-19 era, our resources and infrastructure allow us to pursue local innovations that have global implications.

Lara Skinner wins Movement Builders Award

Lara Skinner, director of the ILR Worker Institute’s Labor Leading on Climate Change, will be honored Sept. 21 by the Alliance for a Greater New York with a 2021 Movement Builders Award.
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Lara Skinner wins Movement Builders Award

Offshore Wind Training Delivered to Communications Workers of America (CWA) Members across New York State

Zach Cunningham of the Worker Institute’s Labor Leading on Climate Initiative, in partnership with Climate Jobs NY, delivered a virtual training for Communications Workers of America (CWA) members across New York State.
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Offshore Wind Training Delivered to Communications Workers of America (CWA) Members across New York State

Cornell ILR Buffalo Co-Lab Announces Mapping and Data Analysis Internship for Social Impact

The Cornell University ILR Buffalo Co-Lab has announced a $50,000 planning grant from The John R. Oishei Foundation for Cornell undergraduates.
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Cornell ILR Buffalo Co-Lab Announces Mapping and Data Analysis Internship for Social Impact

A driving principle behind our research, teaching, training, and practice is that everyone deserves fair and equal access to jobs, housing, healthcare, and other means for achieving economic security. Our work seeks solutions that remove inequitable barriers to economic opportunities, whether those barriers occur within an individual workplace or at the structural levels of our political and economic systems.

You can see a handful of our recent work below.

ILR professor named Access to Justice Scholar

Professor Shannon Gleeson is one of 7 professors nationally named to the Access to Justice Scholars Program. The announcement was made by the American Bar Foundation and the JPB Foundation – program sponsors – to support faculty research, provide mentorship and build intellectual relationships to improve access to justice and to combat poverty.
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ILR professor named Access to Justice Scholar

The state of labor in a shifting workplace

In 2021, COVID-19 catalyzed unparalleled disruptions and societal shifts in the world of work as the pandemic swept the globe. This Labor Day, we’re highlighting some of the topics ILR experts addressed and their insights on how the world of work will look on Labor Day 2022.
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The state of labor in a shifting workplace

New International and Comparative Labor and Employment Challenges: Dean Colvin and Director Katz Share Insights

Dean Colvin and Director Katz participate in LERA international discussion on employment relations issues.
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New International and Comparative Labor and Employment Challenges: Dean Colvin and Director Katz Share Insights

Collective Representation and Worker Voice

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We were founded to study and improve the world of work. We have strong research roots in labor relations and negotiations, and our work with varying communities comes from our commitment to understanding collective representation, the perspectives of workers, and improving workers' lives.

Unions split on vaccine mandates, complicating Biden push

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The labor movement is torn over vaccine requirements, but according to Patricia Campos-Medina, executive director for the Worker Institute, mandatory vaccination is such an obviously important public health policy that she expects unions to ultimately accept it.
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Unions split on vaccine mandates, complicating Biden push

A Geography of Self-Reported Labor Union Membership in the United States

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A Geography of Self-Reported Labor Union Membership in the United States

A Labor Day Message from Patricia Campos Medina

As we celebrate Labor Day, we at The Worker Institute honor workers by recommitting ourselves to our founding mission to advance collective bargaining rights and collective worker power through our applied research, training, and policy innovation on critical issues facing workers today.
A Labor Day Message from Patricia Campos Medina

Leadership Development

We work with communities, organizations, departments and companies – all to help develop leaders who will make workplaces and employment itself better. Foundations in management and collective bargaining, and our 75 years in industry put us in a unique position to help develop leaders in business, labor and policy.

CAHRS
Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies

CAHRS is the world's leading partnership between industry and academia, devoted to global human resource management. The CAHRS partnership connects leading companies to Cornell University, the ILR School, and leading faculty, students and intellectual leaders throughout the world.

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Visit CAHRS
Labor Leadership Training

We work with union leaders at national and state levels to develop training programs for aspiring and established leaders within the labor field.

Explore labor leadership programs
Explore labor leadership programs
Senior Leader Programs

We bring together world-class faculty with business and industry leaders to design and deliver training systems that develop HR, business and management leaders. Learn from world-class faculty dedicated to HR research and driving organizational performance.

Find out more about our senior leadership training
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Find out more about our senior leadership training

Join us for the Virtual Climate Jobs Summit 2021

The Climate Jobs Summit on September 21, 2021, will bring together newly established state Climate Jobs coalitions, labor leaders, union climate activists, environmental and environmental justice advocates, clean-energy developers, policymakers, educators, scientists, and all who want to build the clean-energy economy of tomorrow with good union jobs.
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Join us for the Virtual Climate Jobs Summit 2021

COVID-19 is Transforming Workplace Culture

Redesigned spaces and strategies will greet many when pandemic restrictions lift.
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COVID-19 is Transforming Workplace Culture

Interview with Tracey Corder from the Action Center on Race and the Economy

On June 2nd, 2020, Kathleen Mulligan-Hansel, Co-Director of NLLI, interviewed Tracey Corder from the Action Center on Race and the Economy and graduate of NLLI Year 5 for a powerful conversation on the COVID-19 crisis and the Black Lives Matter movement.
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Interview with Tracey Corder from the Action Center on Race and the Economy

ILR in the News

Our work from the media

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Overcoming the Awkwardness of Asking for Help

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Associate Professor Vanessa Bohns says research shows it’s more effective to address the underlying anxiety of asking for help than to focus on the practical benefits of doing so.
Overcoming the Awkwardness of Asking for Help

How the US labor movement is getting to grips with the climate crisis

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In Texas and West Virginia, unions are having tough conversations about the future of fossil fuels. Lara Skinner explains that the way forward includes finding new ways to support workers transitioning from oil and coal to cleaner jobs.
How the US labor movement is getting to grips with the climate crisis

‘What’s the endgame?’ No resolution projected as decades-long feud between Culinary and Station Casinos continues

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Kate Bronfenbrenner, the director of ILR Labor Education Research, has been following the ongoing disputes between the Culinary Union and Station Casinos and says the company has “totally underestimated” the union.
‘What’s the endgame?’ No resolution projected as decades-long feud between Culinary and Station Casinos continues

Work and Coronavirus

We've created a resource to help make sense of how the pandemic is changing the workplace. We will continue to share data, analysis, research and insight from our faculty and experts.

Visit the Work and Coronavirus hub
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Visit the Work and Coronavirus hub