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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 2022

Annual Report

Designed as a resource for policymakers and the public, the ILR School’s annual New York at Work report examines jobs and other issues impacting communities and individuals across the state.

New York State Impact
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Justice at Work: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Explainer: New NYC Pay Law

Beginning today, employers with four or more employees or with one or more domestic workers must include a salary range when advertising jobs to be performed in New York City.
Esta Bigler
Explainer: New NYC Pay Law

“Equity in Focus Summit” is Sept. 22

The ILR School and U.S. Department of Labor will host government officials, labor leaders and workers.
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“Equity in Focus Summit” is Sept. 22

Cook-Gray Lecture Set for Sept. 29

“Gender Inequality in the Labor Market: Continuing Progress?” will be presented by Professor Francine Blau.
Francine Blau
Cook-Gray Lecture Set for Sept. 29

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.

Sept. 16 Webinar: New York at Work

State labor commissioners will discuss the report with Ariel Avgar, senior associate dean for Outreach and sponsored research.
New York State Impact
Sept. 16 Webinar: New York at Work

New York at Work 2022 Published

Research-based data and policy analysis on a range of issues impacting New York’s workers, unions and employers are the focus of the ILR School’s second annual Labor Day report.
New York State Impact
New York at Work 2022 Published

Cost of Living is Biggest Concern for NYS Residents

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The cost of living is the most important issue for residents of New York state, according to the Empire State Poll, conducted by the ILR School between June and August.
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Cost of Living is Biggest Concern for NYS Residents

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.

Panelists Discuss Pay Transparency

Closing pay gaps will require employers, some of whom have little infrastructure or capacity to uphold the law, to think carefully about their compensation spectrum, experts said at an ILR forum.
Jacqueline M. Ebanks, executive director of the New York City Commission on Gender Equity
Panelists Discuss Pay Transparency

Pay Transparency: Pros and Cons

Peter Bamberger, Ph.D. ’90, research director of ILR’s Smithers Institute and a Tel Aviv University professor who has written a book on exposing pay, is among the experts who will speak at a Tuesday event.
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Pay Transparency: Pros and Cons

Future of Work Fellow Studies Job Search Platforms, Job Seekers

Bart de Koning is part of the ILR’s Labor Dynamics Institute.
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Future of Work Fellow Studies Job Search Platforms, Job Seekers

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.

Tretter ’13, Katz Discuss Union Leadership

As president of the National Football League Players Association, JC Tretter ’13 utilizes his ILR training to lift players’ voices.
Harry Katz and JC Tretter appearing in an eCornell keynote.
Tretter ’13, Katz Discuss Union Leadership

ILRie Leads Cornell Votes Group

Patrick Mehler ’23, a senior in the ILR School and an alderperson on the City of Ithaca’s Common Council, is a founding member and president of Cornell Votes.
Patrick J. Mehler
ILRie Leads Cornell Votes Group

Moment or Movement? Organizing Superstars Speak Out

Jaz Brisack, Simon Rosenblum-Larson, Jessica Garcia and Heather Goodall shared their insights about the organizing process and workers’ goals at a panel on campus.
Jaz Brisack, one of the main leaders of organizing efforts at Starbucks
Moment or Movement? Organizing Superstars Speak Out

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

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

Community Engagement Fellowships Awarded

Two people at the ILR School are part of the David M. Einhorn Center for Community Engagement's 2022-2023 cohort.
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Community Engagement Fellowships Awarded

Sign Up To Join the Labor and Employment ADR HUB

The Scheinman ADR HUB, under the direction of co-directors Ellen Gallin Procida and Katrina Nobles, is a destination for arbitrators, mediators, other neutrals, advocates, practitioners, other professionals and students to discuss current issues impacting the field of dispute resolution.
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Sign Up To Join the Labor and Employment ADR HUB

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

ILR in the News

Our work from the media

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Sound On: GOP Biden Investigations, Rail Shutdown Threat

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Bloomberg Washington Correspondent Joe Mathieu delivers insight and analysis on the railroad strike along with Art Wheaton.
Sound On: GOP Biden Investigations, Rail Shutdown Threat

The Social Explosion of China’s Pent-up Pain

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The article references interviews done by Associate Professor Eli Friedman.
The Social Explosion of China’s Pent-up Pain

Alabama coal miners begin their 20th month on strike

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Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of labor education research, says that the union knows how to take care of their most vulnerable workers. “They work as a community to do that.”
Alabama coal miners begin their 20th month on strike