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Collective Representation and Worker Voice
Amazon Labor Organizers Encourage Solidarity
For more than 300 days, Amazon workers talked with their peers to build relationships, trust and, ultimately, a union that many thought would never be possible, Amazon Labor Union leaders said at ILR during Union Days.
A Conversation with Jennifer Abruzzo, President Biden’s General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board
Please join Cornell University ILR Buffalo Co-Lab on June 6, 2023, from 10-12:30pm for an in-person discussion with featured speaker, Jennifer Abruzzo, General Counsel, NLRB alongside leaders in the Labor Movement with ties to Buffalo.
HR in Hospitality Conference Addresses Pandemic Concerns
The 2022 National HR in Hospitality Conference, organized by Cornell's ILR and Hotel schools, brought together over 300 industry professionals and addressed how the pandemic affected the hotel industry.
Two ILRies leading Outreach institutes are informing the national conversation around the historic union organizing shift.
Cathy Creighton, director of the ILR Buffalo Co-Lab, and Patricia Campos-Medina, executive director of ILR’s Worker Institute, have been putting their ILR education and experience to work in roles they now hold at the school.
CNBC: The Amazon, Starbucks, Apple union push is capturing what a majority of all American workers now say they want
“I’m of the school that says there is something happening, but no indication yet it is even going to amount to a sizable increase in the level of unionization,” says Harry Katz, director of the Scheinman Institute.
AP: Unionized Starbucks stores face hard work of bargaining
U.S. labor law doesn’t set a deadline, or require that a contract be reached at all. “The overall approach with the law is to encourage the parties to reach an agreement that they both can live with,” said Risa Lieberwitz, academic director of the Worker Institute.
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.”
Book Launch: The Future We Need: Organizing for a Better Democracy in the Twenty-First Century
Join us on May 2nd at 11 AM EST for an in-person and virtual book launch of The Future We Need: Organizing for a Better Democracy in the Twenty-First Century, written by Erica Smiley and Sarita Gupta that will be livestreamed.
AP: Disney in balancing act as some workers walk out in protest
In response to Disney’s handling of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill, workers are threatening a full-day walkout. Patricia Campos-Medina says, “people felt surprised that they [Disney] wanted to stay quiet on this issue,” because Disney has long been influential in Florida politics and social issues.
American workers went on strike for a combined 3.2 million days in 2021 in response to health and safety concerns, pay, racial injustices, sexual harassment and other issues, according to the Cornell ILR Labor Action Tracker.
“Achieving Greater Worker Voice, Equity, and Mobility: A Multi-Industry Study of Organizing Efforts and Their Outcomes,” will be led by Labor Education Research Director Kate Bronfenbrenner and MIT Professor Thomas A. Kochan.