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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.

In-person NYC Workshop: Gender Based Violence and Harassment: The Union’s Role in Prevention, Intervention and Cultural Change

Join us in NYC on June 15 and 21, 2022. The resurgence of the #MeToo movement, resurgence in anti-transgender legislation across the country, and the continued impacts of the pandemic have challenged unions to take on issues of gender-based violence.
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In-person NYC Workshop: Gender Based Violence and Harassment: The Union’s Role in Prevention, Intervention and Cultural Change

Restorative Record Project Launched

New initiative and accompanying web-based tool helps employers see beyond criminal records of applicants and into the skills applicants would bring to jobs.
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Restorative Record Project Launched

Scheinman Institute and CDC Partner on New Diversity and Inclusion Program

The Scheinman Institute provided diversity and inclusion training for CDC employees in a new program.
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Scheinman Institute and CDC Partner on New Diversity and Inclusion 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 Report from Cornell's Labor Leading on Climate Provides Roadmap to Exceed NYC Climate Goals, Create Over 1 Million Jobs

A new report released today by Cornell's Labor Leading on Climate in collaboration with the Climate Jobs NY coalition outlines a comprehensive climate jobs action plan for NYC to fight the climate crisis, make NYC safer and address racial and economic inequity by investing in a pro-worker renewable energy transition.
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New Report from Cornell's Labor Leading on Climate Provides Roadmap to Exceed NYC Climate Goals, Create Over 1 Million Jobs

Closing reception for “The Other Side of the Tracks: Discrimination and Social Mobility in the Railroad Industry”

On Monday, May 2nd at 4:30 PM, the community is invited to a closing reception for the exhibit “The Other Side of the Tracks: Discrimination and Social Mobility in the Railroad Industry”.
The Other Side of the Tracks: Discrimination and Social Mobility in the Railroad Industry
Closing reception for “The Other Side of the Tracks: Discrimination and Social Mobility in the Railroad Industry”

Study Documents Salon Worker Risks

A new Worker Institute report highlights the struggle to improve pay, benefits and labor conditions in New York state’s nail salon industry.
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Study Documents Salon Worker Risks

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.

Global Severance Pay Program Outlined

When apparel factories shut down due to COVID-19, many workers lost their incomes. ILR’s New Conversations Project proposes a model to protect workers.
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Global Severance Pay Program Outlined

ILR and ILO Make Suggestions to Help Fishers in Southeast Asia

Researchers from ILR’s New Conversations Project and the International Labour Organization have documented problems faced by fishers, especially migrants, during the pandemic and provided a list of potential policy changes to effect change.
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ILR and ILO Make Suggestions to Help Fishers in Southeast Asia

Supply Change Challenges Discussed

In an eCornell broadcast, Dean Alex Colvin talked with manufacturing executives about some of the issues studied by ILR’s New Conversations Project.
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Supply Change Challenges Discussed

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.

Vox: Why unions are growing and shrinking at the same time

“For a long time, there was a belief you couldn’t organize low-wage workers or part-time workers,” says Patricia Campos-Medina, director of the ILR Worker Institute. “Industry has changed. Our economy has changed.”
Starbucks workers rallied in Seattle to protest the company’s union-busting efforts.
Vox: Why unions are growing and shrinking at the same time

Yahoo Finance: Amazon Labor Union says 'the fight has just begun' after defeat in Staten Island

According to Harry Katz, Director of the Scheinman Institute, media relations will be a lever that the ALU can and should pull, as they need to “supplement strike leverage with public relations."
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Yahoo Finance: Amazon Labor Union says 'the fight has just begun' after defeat in Staten Island

From Retail to Tech to Universities: Unionizing for Equity in all Workplaces

Join us on Friday, April 29th, 2022 at 2:30 p.m. for a Union Days event, "From Retail to Tech to Universities: Unionizing for Equity in all Workplaces." In-person on our Ithaca campus and virtually.
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From Retail to Tech to Universities: Unionizing for Equity in all Workplaces

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

Healthcare Insights by John August

Scheinman's John August provides an analysis of how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted disparities in health care.
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Healthcare Insights by John August

Creighton, Saleh are 2021-22 Engaged Learning Fellows

Cathy Creighton, Buffalo Co-Lab director, and Matthew Saleh, Yang-Tan Institute research associate, have been named two of Cornell’s 2021-22 Faculty Fellows in Engaged Learning.
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Creighton, Saleh are 2021-22 Engaged Learning Fellows

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

ILR in the News

Our work from the media

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Some abortion opponents make economic arguments. They’re in for a fight.

The New York Times
Three briefs submitted to the Supreme Court in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, could result in the overturning Roe v. Wade. The third brief, which supports abortion rights, is signed by 154 economists and researchers, most of them women, including Professor Francine Blau.
Some abortion opponents make economic arguments. They’re in for a fight.

Amazon's first warehouse union marked the true turning point towards 'real change' for workers, says a labor-history professor

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Ileen DeVault, professor of labor history, says it's Amazon Labor Union's win that could be the tipping point for organized workers. "I've said over and over again that the real change would come when the first Amazon warehouse unionized.”
Amazon's first warehouse union marked the true turning point towards 'real change' for workers, says a labor-history professor

In New York, nail salon workers fight for their rights

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This piece references a recent study out of the Worker Institute on working conditions of nail salon workers in New York.
In New York, nail salon workers fight for their rights

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