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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.

Read the report.

Justice at Work: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

See more justice at work: diversity, equity and inclusion stories

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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We help people make their workplaces more inclusive

Training and Education

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.

Service Animals in Business

Business owners and employees can learn best practices for welcoming service animals into public places using resources from the Northeast ADA Center that are aimed at the concerns of small- and medium-sized businesses. These resources include a new website and a free webinar.
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Service Animals in Business

Funding Offered for Disability Inclusion Workplace Initiatives

Ten percent of adults ages 21–64 in the United States have a disability, but most U.S. workplaces struggle to reflect this diversity. The WorkABILITY Innovation Lab offers grants to enhance workplace inclusion.
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Funding Offered for Disability Inclusion Workplace Initiatives

Making It Better

An ILRie who served as an Intergroup Dialogue Project facilitator for three years says the program helps students know they’re not alone and builds capacity for others to not feel alone.
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Making It Better

New York State: Economy, Policy, and Practice

See more stories about our work in New York State

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.

Explainer: Accessible Absentee Voting in NYS

Joe Zesski of the Northeast ADA Center explains the role technology can play in accommodating voters with disabilities.
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Explainer: Accessible Absentee Voting in NYS

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”

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.

“The Fight Against Unemployment” Enrolling for Fall 2022

A two-credit course where students can learn about U.S. unemployment issues with ILR Professor Ian Greer.
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“The Fight Against Unemployment” Enrolling for Fall 2022

Speakers and scenes from NCP’s 2022 NYC Conference

Three crucial questions for global labor governance: Where are we headed with human rights due diligence, private regulation and labor rights in trade policy?” Too long?
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Speakers and scenes from NCP’s 2022 NYC Conference

The State of Black Buffalo, a Discussion with Dr. Henry Louis-Taylor

Join the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site and the ILR Buffalo Co-Lab High Road Fellowship to hear from Dr. Henry Louis-Taylor on The State of Black Buffalo.
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The State of Black Buffalo, a Discussion with Dr. Henry Louis-Taylor

Collective Representation and Worker Voice

See more stories about collective representation workers' voices

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.

CNBC: Starbucks union asks coffee giant to extend pay hikes, benefits to unionized stores

Catherine Creighton, director of the Buffalo Co-Lab, says the law requires companies to give a union notice of a new benefit and the opportunity to bargain over it.
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CNBC: Starbucks union asks coffee giant to extend pay hikes, benefits to unionized stores

Weingarten '80 Reelected to Union Presidency

ILR alumna leading 1.7million-member American Federation of Teachers for eighth term.
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Weingarten '80 Reelected to Union Presidency

Overlooked, Undervalued: Cornell Research Seeks to Elevate Home Care Workers

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Professor Ariel Avgar, Ph.D. ’08 is part of an ambitious, multidisciplinary research program aimed at elevating the value of home care workers.
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Overlooked, Undervalued: Cornell Research Seeks to Elevate Home Care Workers

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.

Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies

CAHRS

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

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.

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Find out more about our senior leadership training

Healthcare Insights: Exclusive Survey Examines Nation’s Largest Public Health System

John August and Lily Mackey release findings of a survey of NYC Health and Hospitals
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Healthcare Insights: Exclusive Survey Examines Nation’s Largest Public Health System

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

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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

ILR in the News

Our work from the media

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Rule change for reporting sexual misconduct could hurt grad students and others

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Risa Lieberwitz, a professor of labor and employment law and the general counsel for the American Association of University Professors, which opposes universal mandatory reporting policies, says that the approach of mandatory reporting is at odds with Title IX’s goal of protecting students.
Rule change for reporting sexual misconduct could hurt grad students and others

Buffalo, What's Next?: More on Redistricting and Partnership for the Public Good

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In this episode, Dave Debo welcomes back Russell Weaver, Ph.D. from Cornell ILR to continue the discussion on redistricting after the Buffalo Mayor’s public hearing.
Buffalo, What's Next?: More on Redistricting and Partnership for the Public Good

Data Show Gender Pay Gap Opens Early

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New data shows huge gender pay gaps for graduates three years out of college. “There is no neat, tidy explanation” for early-pay disparities, says Professor Francine Blau.
Data Show Gender Pay Gap Opens Early

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.

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Visit the Work and Coronavirus hub