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New York at Work 2023

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.

ILR New York State Impact 2022-23
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AI and Data Science in the Workplace

The role of AI and data science on the future of work is a growing emphasis for ILR faculty research and teaching.

New research by Professor Virginia Doellgast is an example of how ILR faculty are studying the effects of new technology on the workplace. In her latest paper, Doellgast explores how workers can be protected from algorithmic management and AI abuses.

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Artificial Intelligence Conscience

Justice at Work: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Courtyard Commemorates Beloved Leader

As executive director of the Yang-Tan Institute at ILR, Thomas P. Golden changed the disability world.
Golden Courtyard
Courtyard Commemorates Beloved Leader

ADA Anniversary a Reminder about Disability in the Workplace

The Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability shares tips related to the ADA, approaching its 33rd anniversary.
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ADA Anniversary a Reminder about Disability in the Workplace

Yasmin Ballew ’23 Receives Robinson-Appel Humanitarian Award

Cornell Chronicle
ILRie will use award funding to establish a partnership between Alpha Phi Omega and the Greater Ithaca Activities Center.
Yasmin Ballew ’23
Yasmin Ballew ’23 Receives Robinson-Appel Humanitarian Award

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.

Tompkins County Living Wage Sees an ‘Unprecedented’ Increase

Cornell Chronicle
ILR researchers have calculated the 2023 living wage for Tompkins County - $18.45 per hour - is nearly 10% higher than in 2022, the highest increase in three decades.
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Tompkins County Living Wage Sees an ‘Unprecedented’ Increase

ILR Hosts Albany Policymakers to Show Impact of State Funding

Representatives from both the NY State legislative and executive branches gathered on the ILR campus on Thursday morning to officially launch the New York at Work annual report.
Ariel Avgar addresses NY State policymakers
ILR Hosts Albany Policymakers to Show Impact of State Funding

Lively Panel Launches Worker Institute’s New Prevailing Wage Report

Prevailing wage laws protect New Yorkers from a race to the bottom, panelists said during the launch of the new report by Cornell ILR’s The Worker Institute on Sept. 12.
WI Prevailing Wage event
Lively Panel Launches Worker Institute’s New Prevailing Wage Report

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.

Future of Work Provides Grant to Study Immigrant Workplace

Postdoctoral fellow Youbin Kang will work with Professors Gleeson and Griffith to research recent policy changes by the Department of Homeland Security.
construction workers
Future of Work Provides Grant to Study Immigrant Workplace

Matched Data from Hires and Managers Examined

A Future of Work project is assessing what unfolds for both employees – and their hiring managers – during their first months on the job.
Welcoming a new hire
Matched Data from Hires and Managers Examined

Future of Work Fellow Studies Job Search Platforms, Job Seekers

Bart de Koning is part of the ILR’s Labor Dynamics Institute.
Portrait of Bart de Koning
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.

Constitutional Law Expert Discusses Free Speech in the Workplace

Charlotte Garden, professor of law at the University of Minnesota, presented “The Constitution and the Workplace: Exploring How the First Amendment Impacts Workers.”
Charlotte Garden giving a lecture in Ives Hall
Constitutional Law Expert Discusses Free Speech in the Workplace

ILR Trio Secures Grant to Study Health Care Unions in the South

A new grant awarded by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation will fund an interdisciplinary team featuring MIT and Tougaloo College scholars.
A tired Black nurse looks out a window
ILR Trio Secures Grant to Study Health Care Unions in the South

SAVE THE DATE! Generating Equity: Pathways to Union Careers in Clean Energy Conference

Mark your calendars for the Climate Jobs Institute’s upcoming statewide conference, Generating Equity: Pathways to Union Careers in Clean Energy, in Albany, NY, on March 1-2, 2024.
Union woman worker wearing a hard hat and standing in front of solar panels
SAVE THE DATE! Generating Equity: Pathways to Union Careers in Clean Energy Conference

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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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.

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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

Climate Jobs Institute leads educational delegation to Denmark

Cornell ILR’s Climate Jobs Institute leads educational delegation of 30 New York State legislative and labor leaders to Denmark to learn from the nation’s world-leading efforts to build a clean energy economy.
Delegation members at House of Green, an interactive showroom and visitors center operated by State of Green, in Copenhagen
Climate Jobs Institute leads educational delegation to Denmark

ILR and Einhorn Center Partner to Create Office of Engaged and Experiential Programs

The ILR School is the latest undergraduate college at Cornell to be selected for the Einhorn Center's Engaged College Initiative.
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ILR and Einhorn Center Partner to Create Office of Engaged and Experiential Programs

WNYCOSH, COEM, and CORNELL ILR Host Forum on Opioids and Work

Opioids have been in the headlines for decades regarding the devastation they’ve caused to individual lives, families and communities. Whether through workplace exposures or injuries, work has been a significant contributor to the waves of the opioid epidemic.
Opioid Bottle and Doctor Prescribing
WNYCOSH, COEM, and CORNELL ILR Host Forum on Opioids and Work

ILR in the News

Our work from the media

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Starbucks union seeks national template for US bargaining

Reuters
“No other chain has had something like this, but we have to understand that there's no other chain that's been organized in so many different places so rapidly,” says Ileen DeVault, professor of labor history.
Starbucks union seeks national template for US bargaining

March 1: World Compliment Day. Bigger Deal Than We May Think.

This article references a study by Professor Vanessa Bohns that found that both giver and receiver felt better after a few kind words like, “I like your shirt.”
March 1: World Compliment Day. Bigger Deal Than We May Think.

How the Kroger-Albertsons merger could impact union workers, if it happens

Fast Company
Risa Lieberwitz, professor of labor and employment law, discusses the merger between Kroger and Alberstons grocery stores and its effect on unionized workers and the union's negotiating power.
How the Kroger-Albertsons merger could impact union workers, if it happens