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Collective Representation and Worker Voice

Brewing Workplace Democracy: Starbucks and the Slow Drip of Starting a Union

Join the Cornell University ILR Buffalo Co-Lab for a timely, interactive discussion on unionization in today's workplaces.
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Brewing Workplace Democracy: Starbucks and the Slow Drip of Starting a Union

“Wokeness” Is Not the Democrats’ Problem

The New Yorker
Patricia Campos-Medina, executive director of the Worker Institute, says, “Rather than create excitement within the more progressive part of the electorate — its young, Black, and brown and immigrant voters — it’s easier to focus on white, middle-class voters who always vote
“Wokeness” Is Not the Democrats’ Problem

Teamsters set to elect successor to Hoffa's son. Here's why it matters to you

CNN
According to ILR Dean Alexander Colvin, the current tight labor market, with more job openings than job seekers, is one factor leading rank-and-file union members to take a more militant position.
Teamsters set to elect successor to Hoffa's son. Here's why it matters to you

Rare Starbucks union vote set to begin in Buffalo

Cathy Creighton, director of Buffalo Co-Lab, says unions can actually help a company because workers who are better paid are more stable and less likely to leave.
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Rare Starbucks union vote set to begin in Buffalo

New York Times: In a ‘Workers Economy,’ Who Really Holds the Cards?

This article reference the ILR School’s Labor Action Tracker, which provides a comprehensive database of strike and labor protest activity across the United States in order to better inform and support labor movement activists, policymakers, and scholars.
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New York Times: In a ‘Workers Economy,’ Who Really Holds the Cards?

Wall Street Journal: Deere’s Labor Dispute Resurrects Talk of Inflation Adjustments

Striking Deere & Co. employees this week are expected to vote on a contract with more protections against rising inflation that resurfaced as an issue in negotiations for the first time in years.
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Wall Street Journal: Deere’s Labor Dispute Resurrects Talk of Inflation Adjustments

Biden on the sidelines of 'Striketober,' with economy in the balance

NBC News
President Biden supports the workers’ right to strike, but White House officials say he doesn’t plan to get involved in ongoing labor disputes. Associate Professor Ariel Avgar suggests this is because work stoppages come at an economic cost to employers, and therefore, the economy.
Biden on the sidelines of 'Striketober,' with economy in the balance

How long could Mercy Hospital strike last? Progress so far has been elusive

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Director of the Buffalo Co-Lab, Cathy Creighton, says the wage and staffing discussions at Mercy Hospital are closely related, as some of the lower-skill jobs pay as little as $13 an hour, making it easy for those workers to switch fields and chase higher wages.
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How long could Mercy Hospital strike last? Progress so far has been elusive

Campos-Medina Receives Award

The Latino Coalition of New Jersey has honored Worker Institute Executive Director Patricia Campos-Medina for her work on behalf of laborers, undocumented immigrants and domestic workers.
Patricia Campos-Medina in NYC
Campos-Medina Receives Award

NYC Food Delivery Workers Face a ‘Harrowing World’

New York City’s app-based delivery workers regularly face nonpayment or underpayment, unsanitary or unsafe working conditions and the risk of violence, according to a new ILR School report.
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NYC Food Delivery Workers Face a ‘Harrowing World’

Unions split on vaccine mandates, complicating Biden push

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The labor movement is torn over vaccine requirements, but according to Patricia Campos-Medina, executive director for the Worker Institute, mandatory vaccination is such an obviously important public health policy that she expects unions to ultimately accept it.
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Unions split on vaccine mandates, complicating Biden push

A Geography of Self-Reported Labor Union Membership in the United States

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A Geography of Self-Reported Labor Union Membership in the United States

A Labor Day Message from Patricia Campos Medina

As we celebrate Labor Day, we at The Worker Institute honor workers by recommitting ourselves to our founding mission to advance collective bargaining rights and collective worker power through our applied research, training, and policy innovation on critical issues facing workers today.
A Labor Day Message from Patricia Campos Medina

UN calls IPCC climate report ‘code red for humanity’ -- how an equitable, resilient, climate jobs movement can save us

Cornell’s Labor Leading on Climate research team addresses findings from the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report and highlights the opportunity for workers and their unions to tackle climate change and reverse inequality through high-quality, union job creation.
It Takes Work
UN calls IPCC climate report ‘code red for humanity’ -- how an equitable, resilient, climate jobs movement can save us

A strike at Nabisco is testing the power of unions in the pandemic

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Since Aug. 10, about 1,000 union Nabisco workers across five states have been on strike over contract disagreements. Patricia Campos-Medina, the executive director at The Worker Institute, says the tight labor market gives workers and unions more power.
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A strike at Nabisco is testing the power of unions in the pandemic

Unionization and Purpose: Achieving Competitive Advantage through Frontline Engagement

John August explores the relationship between employee engagement, unionization, and performance.
Healthcare worker with arms crossed
Unionization and Purpose: Achieving Competitive Advantage through Frontline Engagement

“Once in a Generation Moment” Discussed in Webinar

The course of labor could change dramatically during the Biden administration. On Monday, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and Dean Alex Colvin discussed what’s at play.
Screenshot of eCornell webinar featuring Tom Perez and Dean Alex Colvin
“Once in a Generation Moment” Discussed in Webinar

Labor Action Tracker Launches on May Day

The tool enables a better understanding of the scope of labor unrest across the U.S. by tracking labor actions involving two or more people and distinguishing between protests and strikes, said project lead John Kallas, Ph.D. ’23.
Screenshot of ILR's Labor Action Tracker
Labor Action Tracker Launches on May Day

Teaching Essential Negotiation Skills

The Scheinman Institute's work with the American Federation of Teachers has helped the AFT develop confident and effective leadership who have a comprehensive understanding of collective bargaining as a tool for positive change.
Randi Weingarten
Teaching Essential Negotiation Skills

Beyond Resilience… How Collective Bargaining Creates Conditions For A Sustainable Positive Work Environment

Director of Healthcare and Partner Programs John August explores strategies that organizations can use to foster a positive work environment post pandemic.
Healthcare Worker
Beyond Resilience… How Collective Bargaining Creates Conditions For A Sustainable Positive Work Environment

Labor and Employment Law Program Hosts New NLRB Chairman, Lauren McFerran

The Labor and Employment Law Program recently held a webinar, “A Conversation with NLRB Chairman Lauren McFerran.” Respondents were former NLRB Chairman Philip A. Miscimarra, Partner at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, who represents management, and Alyson Belovin, Partner at Levy Ratner PC, who represents unions.
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Labor and Employment Law Program Hosts New NLRB Chairman, Lauren McFerran

Unions’ Support for Precarious Workers Explored

Research by Laura Carver, M.S. '20, and Associate Professor Virginia Doellgast published by "European Journal of Industrial Relations."
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Unions’ Support for Precarious Workers Explored

Profile of a Platform-Worker

Profile of a platform worker Espen Utne Landgraff, who lives and works in Oslo, Norway by journalist E. Tammy Kim.
Drawing of Espen Utne Landgraff by Molly Crabapple
Profile of a Platform-Worker

The Expansion and Implications of Various Forms of Collective Representation in the United States

Director Harry Katz's farewell address as President of the Labor Employment Relations Association.
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The Expansion and Implications of Various Forms of Collective Representation in the United States