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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.

New York at Work 2021: Annual Report

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New York at Work 2021 from the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University provides ILR expertise, research-based data and policy analysis on a broad range of key issues impacting New York state’s workers, unions and employers.

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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. 

Listen to the podcast
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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.

New York at Work 2021: Annual Report

New York at Work 2021 from the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University provides ILR expertise, research-based data and policy analysis on a broad range of key issues impacting New York state’s workers, unions and employers.
cover graphic for New York at Work 2021 report
New York at Work 2021: Annual Report

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

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.

New study documents workplace sexual harassment and violence in California janitorial industry

Today, the Worker Institute at Cornell ILR released a new report that documents experiences of workplace sexual harassment in the California janitorial industry, as well as the conditions that hinder reporting and impose silence.
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New study documents workplace sexual harassment and violence in California janitorial industry

CNBC: Economists say now might be a good time to ask for a raise

Erica Groshen, ILR senior academic advisor, says a spike in inflation, combined with labor market tightness, makes this a good time for employees to ask for a raise.
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CNBC: Economists say now might be a good time to ask for a raise

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

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.

Brewing Workplace Democracy: Starbucks and the Slow Drip of Starting a Union

Join the Cornell University ILR Buffalo Co-Lab for a timely, interactive discussion on unionization in today's workplaces.
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Brewing Workplace Democracy: Starbucks and the Slow Drip of Starting a Union

Rare Starbucks union vote set to begin in Buffalo

Cathy Creighton, director of Buffalo Co-Lab, says unions can actually help a company because workers who are better paid are more stable and less likely to leave.
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Rare Starbucks union vote set to begin in Buffalo

New York Times: In a ‘Workers Economy,’ Who Really Holds the Cards?

This article reference the ILR School’s Labor Action Tracker, which provides a comprehensive database of strike and labor protest activity across the United States in order to better inform and support labor movement activists, policymakers, and scholars.
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New York Times: In a ‘Workers Economy,’ Who Really Holds the Cards?

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.

Visit CAHRS
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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

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

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

ILR in the News

Our work from the media

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Vaccine mandate for healthcare workers

WCNY
Associate Professor Adam Seth Litwin joins WCNY Connect New York host David Chanatry to discuss health care staffing amid the pandemic.
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Here's why Gen Z is unionizing

CNN
Some 77% of young adults support unions, according to a September Gallup poll. Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of ILR Labor Education Research says “They’ve seen opportunities for their generation disappear and are afraid they are going to be worse off than their parent
Here's why Gen Z is unionizing

“Wokeness” Is Not the Democrats’ Problem

The New Yorker
Patricia Campos-Medina, executive director of the Worker Institute, says, “Rather than create excitement within the more progressive part of the electorate — its young, Black, and brown and immigrant voters — it’s easier to focus on white, middle-class voters who always vote
“Wokeness” Is Not the Democrats’ Problem

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