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Public Impact

As ILR, we exist to improve the world of work, labor and employment by applying our research. We create community partnerships and training to improve workers' lives across the world – starting at home through New York State's land-grant mission.

Equitable Access to Work

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.
garment workers in a factory
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.
A screen shot of Alex Colvin during a global supply chain webinar
Supply Change Challenges Discussed

Boston Globe: Labor shortages across economy are creating opportunities for older workers

“We’re seeing much more churn than we’ve had before,” says Erica Groshen, senior labor market advisor who formerly headed the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Charlene Neu of Milton, laid off from a full-time job last summer, has been able to land several part-time jobs.
Boston Globe: Labor shortages across economy are creating opportunities for older workers

Equity in Focus: Investing in Childcare Careers

Join us on April 26th, 2022 for the second in our Equity in Focus Webinar Series. This webinar will explore the challenges of the child care industry and highlight local examples that are improving access to child care while also raising wages for child care workers. 
Daycare worker
Equity in Focus: Investing in Childcare Careers

Free Webinar: Job Hazard Analysis with Considerations and Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities

Learn from and ask your questions to a certified industrial hygienist, biologist and chemist and expert on occupational health and safety. Join us on Friday, April 8th, 2022 to learn about Job Hazard Analysis with Considerations and Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities
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Free Webinar: Job Hazard Analysis with Considerations and Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities

ILR Announces Future of Work Fellowship Program

Postdoctoral researchers and doctoral students will conduct innovative research on the future of work, labor and employment through the generosity of an anonymous funder.
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ILR Announces Future of Work Fellowship Program

Supply Chain in Chaos: What’s Ahead?

The war in Ukraine, the pandemic and climate change have upended the supply chain, topic of an April 14 eCornell Keynote webinar with apparel industry executives and ILR School Dean Alexander Colvin.
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Supply Chain in Chaos: What’s Ahead?

New Equitable Community Change Certificate Launched

The ILR Buffalo Co-Lab, and community-based think tank Partnership for the Public Good have established an online certificate through eCornell.
A young woman volunteers in her community.
New Equitable Community Change Certificate Launched

Watch recording, "How U.S. Trade Policy Affects Workers"

On March 2nd at 2 pm EST, The ILR School hosted a discussion with United States Trade Representative (USTR) Ambassador Katherine Tai and Cornell experts discussing USTR's initiative to study the distributional effects of U.S. trade policy on workers.
Ambassador Tai Speaks
Watch recording, "How U.S. Trade Policy Affects Workers"

U.S. Trade Ambassador Provides “Candid” Thoughts In ILR Webinar

Cornell researchers and Ambassador Katherine Tai discussed the impact of U.S trade policy on working Americans.
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U.S. Trade Ambassador Provides “Candid” Thoughts In ILR Webinar

Watch the recording of "A Climate Jobs Plan for Rhode Island"

On Friday, March 4, researchers from Cornell University joined with leaders of the Climate Jobs RI coalition, a group of labor, climate, and community groups in Rhode Island, and discussed a new report unveiled last month that outlined a comprehensive action plan for RI.
Rhode Island Lighthouse
Watch the recording of "A Climate Jobs Plan for Rhode Island"

Free Webinar: Shiftwork, Long Hours of Work, and Fatigue

Learn from and ask your questions to a certified industrial hygienist, biologist and chemist and expert on occupational health and safety. Join us on Friday, March 11th, 2022 to learn about Shiftwork, Long Hours of Work, and Fatigue.
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Free Webinar: Shiftwork, Long Hours of Work, and Fatigue

Alumni Giving 2022 Konvitz Lecture

"New Voices and New Venues: Organizing Against the Assault on Democratic Principles” is the title of the talk Basil Smikle Jr. ’93 will give April 25.
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Alumni Giving 2022 Konvitz Lecture

March 10 Discussion: U.S. Gender Wage Gap

In an eCornell Keynotes webinar, ILR Dean Alex Colvin will talk with Professor Francine Blau, ILR Senior Economics Adviser Erica Groshen and “New York Times” economics reporter Eduardo Porter.
Gender wage gap
March 10 Discussion: U.S. Gender Wage Gap

Yang-Tan Institute Announces Directors

Andrew Karhan and Wendy Strobel Gower will serve in positions named by K. Lisa Yang ’74 in honor of Thomas Golden.
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Yang-Tan Institute Announces Directors

ILR, Weill Cornell Medicine Researchers Publish Findings

Study on paid home care workers in New York state has federal policymaking implications.
A home healthcare worker checks a patient's blood pressure
ILR, Weill Cornell Medicine Researchers Publish Findings

Solutions For Healthcare Worker Burnout

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, John August takes a deep dive into healthcare worker burnout.
Nurse in scrubs
Solutions For Healthcare Worker Burnout

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.
Women standing at a protest
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

ILR professor named Access to Justice Scholar

Professor Shannon Gleeson is one of 7 professors nationally named to the Access to Justice Scholars Program. The announcement was made by the American Bar Foundation and the JPB Foundation – program sponsors – to support faculty research, provide mentorship and build intellectual relationships to improve access to justice and to combat poverty.
Head shot of Associate Professor Shannon Gleeson
ILR professor named Access to Justice Scholar

The state of labor in a shifting workplace

In 2021, COVID-19 catalyzed unparalleled disruptions and societal shifts in the world of work as the pandemic swept the globe. This Labor Day, we’re highlighting some of the topics ILR experts addressed and their insights on how the world of work will look on Labor Day 2022.
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The state of labor in a shifting workplace

New International and Comparative Labor and Employment Challenges: Dean Colvin and Director Katz Share Insights

Dean Colvin and Director Katz participate in LERA international discussion on employment relations issues.
Worker wearing hard hat
New International and Comparative Labor and Employment Challenges: Dean Colvin and Director Katz Share Insights

Shaping the Future of Work published

A new edition of Shaping the Future of Work by Lee Dyer, ILR emeritus professor of Human Resource Studies, and MIT Professor Thomas A. Kochan is a call to action to develop good jobs and strong business while overcoming social and economic divisions.
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Shaping the Future of Work published

Survey shows inequalities during pandemic

Results of survey speak to health care, voting and work challenges.
Health care worker
Survey shows inequalities during pandemic

Webinar - COVID-19: Permanent Impact on Public Sector Workforce

Join us for a discussion about how some public sector organizations have made changes, which changes have worked and which have not, and what the workplace might look like when we go back to “normal.”
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Webinar - COVID-19: Permanent Impact on Public Sector Workforce

ILR Initiative Bridging Gap Between Legal System, Employment

ILR’s Criminal Justice and Employment Initiative will help the Port Authority hire job candidates with criminal records.
Port Authority Training
ILR Initiative Bridging Gap Between Legal System, Employment

Food Delivery Apps Are Booming. Their Workers Are Often Struggling.

The New York Times
Maria Figueroa, Worker Institute expert on gig economy is quoted in New York Times on impact of the pandemic on food delivery workers.
Bike Delivery Worker with a Mask
Food Delivery Apps Are Booming. Their Workers Are Often Struggling.

Opinion – All Undocumented Immigrants Deserve Citizenship – Not Just Essential Workers

Shannon Gleeson outlines the situation faced by undocumented workers, and discusses potential futures for them including pathways to citizenship and their relationship.
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Opinion – All Undocumented Immigrants Deserve Citizenship – Not Just Essential Workers

What’s the Connection between COVID-19 and Climate Change? Inequality

The triple crises of COVID-19, climate change and soaring inequality present a moment of great peril and opportunity for the U.S.
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What’s the Connection between COVID-19 and Climate Change? Inequality

How the COVID-19 Pandemic Exacerbates Inequality in the United States

A blog written by Ileen A. Devault, Academic Director of the Worker Institute and Professor of Labor History.
EssentialWorkers
How the COVID-19 Pandemic Exacerbates Inequality in the United States

Understanding The Increase in Domestic Violence During the Coronavirus Pandemic as a Union Issue

KC Wagner discusses Domestic violence as a growing concern for unions during the COVID-19 crisis.
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Understanding The Increase in Domestic Violence During the Coronavirus Pandemic as a Union Issue

Gig Worker Rights in New York State during the Covid-19 Crisis and Beyond

"COVID is becoming an occupational disease,” said State Senator Jessica Ramos in her closing remarks in this Worker Institute hosted panel.
Man wearing a face mask riding an e-scooter on a city street
Gig Worker Rights in New York State during the Covid-19 Crisis and Beyond