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Collective Representation and Worker Voice

Scheinman Institute Facilitating Pandemic Gear Supply Chain Improvements

The Scheinman Institute is bringing labor to the table for a U.S. project designed to equip front-line workers with effective personal protection equipment that will be widely adopted.
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Scheinman Institute Facilitating Pandemic Gear Supply Chain Improvements

The Minimum Wage

In this post, Russell Weaver, Director of Research for the Buffalo Co-Lab, and Ian Greer, Director of the Ithaca Co-Lab, explain what a minimum wage is meant to do, where current policy falls short, and promising practices that can help ensure a living wage for workers.
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The Minimum Wage

REGISTER TODAY!! Climate Jobs Institute Provides a First Look on the Working Conditions of New York State Solar Workers.

The Climate Jobs Institute State of the NY Solar Workforce study provides a first look at the results of our exploratory study on the working conditions of New York State solar workers on Friday, April 26, in person and live stream.
Union construction workers
REGISTER TODAY!! Climate Jobs Institute Provides a First Look on the Working Conditions of New York State Solar Workers.

Union Days Kicks Off with Keynote by Randi Weingarten ’80

Cornell ILR's Union Days begins Tuesday, March 5, with "Unions, Labor, and Freedom of Expression," a presentation given by Randi Weingarten ’80.
Randi Weingarten
Union Days Kicks Off with Keynote by Randi Weingarten ’80

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

New Climate Jobs Institute Report Sees Clean Economy on the Horizon via Apprenticeship Readiness

Cornell ILR's Climate Jobs Institute celebrated the launch of its new report, “Building an Equitable, Diverse & Unionized Clean Energy Economy: What We Can Learn from Apprenticeship Readiness” on November 30th.
Panelists at the pre-apprenticeship report launch
New Climate Jobs Institute Report Sees Clean Economy on the Horizon via Apprenticeship Readiness

Bronfenbrenner Partnering with HBCUs to Study Black Worker Organizing

Cornell Chronicle
Kate Bronfenbrenner, Jobs with Justice and the Center for Economic Policy Research have secured a $450,000 grant from WorkRise for a project to improve economic security and mobility for low-wage workers and create a more equitable labor market in the South.
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Bronfenbrenner Partnering with HBCUs to Study Black Worker Organizing

Custodian to National Union Leader: an ILRie’s Journey

An ILR student helped establish the United Auto Workers Local 2300, which now represents Cornell building maintenance and service workers.
Al Davidoff ’80
Custodian to National Union Leader: an ILRie’s Journey

Remembering the Triangle Fire

The Kheel Center, ILRies and Cornellians carry on the collective action legacy that grew from the Triangle Factory Fire disaster.
Cornell students at the Triangle Fire memorial
Remembering the Triangle Fire

AFT/ Cornell - Scheinman Institute Collective Bargaining Certificate

The AFT/Cornell - Scheinman Institute Collective Bargaining Certificate Program has trained over 400 participants.
Randi Weingarten, President of the AFT
AFT/ Cornell - Scheinman Institute Collective Bargaining Certificate

General Counsel of the NLRB Urges Employees to Come to Her Agency to Protect Their Labor Rights

The NLRB General Counsel and labor experts with ties to Buffalo discussed recent organizing statistics, unfair labor practices and strikes in the U.S., the possibility of the PRO Act, employer responses to increased unionization, nonprofit organizing efforts, and more.
Jennifer Abruzzo NLRB GC speaks into mic
General Counsel of the NLRB Urges Employees to Come to Her Agency to Protect Their Labor Rights

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.
Chris Small speaks at 2013 Union Days
Amazon Labor Organizers Encourage Solidarity

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.
CWA Protest in Buffalo
A Conversation with Jennifer Abruzzo, President Biden’s General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board

ILRie Leading Hollywood Writers

Ellen Stutzman ’04 is at the center of 11,500 striking screenwriters whose union is picketing Netflix, Amazon, Apple, Disney, Universal and Paramount.
Writers Guild members strike in front of NBC
ILRie Leading Hollywood Writers

Union Days Features National Leaders

The public is invited to ILR School “Talkin’ Union” events featuring speakers whose experiences reflect contemporary labor movement struggles and successes.
Amazon headquarters in Seattle, Wash.
Union Days Features National Leaders

Union Days 2023

Union Days begin March 15 with "Unions on Campus," a presentation and panel discussion with members from different university worker organizations.
United Student Group
Union Days 2023

Strikes up 52% in 2022: Labor Action Tracker

The ILR School database that documents U.S. work stoppages informs journalists, policymakers, activists, scholars and the public about labor activism and unrest.
Labor action tracker map
Strikes up 52% in 2022: Labor Action Tracker

Tretter ’13 and Katz Discuss Union Leadership

Union leadership during a volatile labor-management period will be discussed by NFLPA President JC Tretter '13 and Professor Harry Katz in a Nov. 1 webinar.
Two football teams at the line of scrimmage
Tretter ’13 and Katz Discuss Union Leadership

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

Avgar Named David M. Cohen Professor

The professorship in labor relations was endowed this year through a generous gift from David M. Cohen ’73 and Abby Joseph Cohen, A&S '73.
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Avgar Named David M. Cohen Professor

Student Receives Grant to Study Strike Impact

Johnnie Kallas started the ILR Labor Action Tracker, which tracks labor strikes across the country, and is now also studying their effectiveness.
Johnnie Kallas
Student Receives Grant to Study Strike Impact

Fixed-Duration Strikes Can Revitalize Labor

Cornell Chronicle
New ILR School research indicates that “fixed-duration” strikes can help unions counteract increasing employer power.
Strike signs
Fixed-Duration Strikes Can Revitalize Labor

Insights Offered by Experts and Tracker Data

ILR offers research-based perspectives and one-the-ground experiences that inform breaking workplace news.
map of United States with strike locations marked
Insights Offered by Experts and Tracker Data

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.
HR in Hospitality logo
HR in Hospitality Conference Addresses Pandemic Concerns

What is to be Done About Workplace Health and Safety?

Martin Scheinman, Randi Weingarten, and Jessica Martinez analyze workplace health and safety issues.
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What is to be Done About Workplace Health and Safety?

CNBC: Starbucks union asks coffee giant to extend pay hikes, benefits to unionized stores

Catherine Creighton, director of the Buffalo Co-Lab, says the law requires companies to give a union notice of a new benefit and the opportunity to bargain over it.
Screenshot of CNBC article.
CNBC: Starbucks union asks coffee giant to extend pay hikes, benefits to unionized stores