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Stories that feature our work amongst our communities in New York, the US, and the world, and invitations to join the change we're making to the world of work.

Collective Representation and Worker Voice

Insights Offered by Experts and Tracker Data

ILR offers research-based perspectives and one-the-ground experiences that inform breaking workplace news.
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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.
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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.
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CNBC: Starbucks union asks coffee giant to extend pay hikes, benefits to unionized stores

Weingarten '80 Reelected to Union Presidency

ILR alumna leading 1.7million-member American Federation of Teachers for eighth term.
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Weingarten '80 Reelected to Union Presidency

Overlooked, Undervalued: Cornell Research Seeks to Elevate Home Care Workers

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Professor Ariel Avgar, Ph.D. ’08 is part of an ambitious, multidisciplinary research program aimed at elevating the value of home care workers.
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Overlooked, Undervalued: Cornell Research Seeks to Elevate Home Care Workers

ILR’s Worker Institute Helps Guide a Newly Energized Labor Movement

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Led by Patricia Campos-Medina ’96, MPA ’97, it conducts research and outreach on today’s rapidly changing employment landscape
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ILR’s Worker Institute Helps Guide a Newly Energized Labor Movement

Politico: Teachers unions hit the Hill ahead of gun safety votes

Patricia Campos-Medina, executive director of the Worker Institute, says the debate around gun rights and gun legislation in America is difficult for labor leaders to maneuver.
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Politico: Teachers unions hit the Hill ahead of gun safety votes

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.
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Two ILRies leading Outreach institutes are informing the national conversation around the historic union organizing shift.

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.
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CNBC: The Amazon, Starbucks, Apple union push is capturing what a majority of all American workers now say they want

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.
Joe Thompson stands in front of Starbucks in Santa Cruz, Calif., on May 20, 2022.
AP: Unionized Starbucks stores face hard work of bargaining

Healthcare Insights: Workplace Innovation In New York’s Public Health Care System

John August and Lily Mackey explore how the doctors' union impacted working conditions at New York City Health and Hospitals system
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Healthcare Insights: Workplace Innovation In New York’s Public Health Care System

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.”
Starbucks workers rallied in Seattle to protest the company’s union-busting efforts.
Vox: Why unions are growing and shrinking at the same time

Yahoo Finance: Amazon Labor Union says 'the fight has just begun' after defeat in Staten Island

According to Harry Katz, Director of the Scheinman Institute, media relations will be a lever that the ALU can and should pull, as they need to “supplement strike leverage with public relations."
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Yahoo Finance: Amazon Labor Union says 'the fight has just begun' after defeat in Staten Island

From Retail to Tech to Universities: Unionizing for Equity in all Workplaces

Join us on Friday, April 29th, 2022 at 2:30 p.m. for a Union Days event, "From Retail to Tech to Universities: Unionizing for Equity in all Workplaces." In-person on our Ithaca campus and virtually.
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From Retail to Tech to Universities: Unionizing for Equity in all Workplaces

Director's Update: What's next at Amazon and Starbucks?

Scheinman Director Harry Katz discusses the impact of Amazon and Starbucks unionization efforts.
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Director's Update: What's next at Amazon and Starbucks?

Healthcare Insights by John August

John August explains how empowering workers leads to better healthcare for patients.
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Healthcare Insights by John August

Unions are having a moment. Here’s how that can be good for labor and business.

Institute Director Harry Katz wrote an article for Fortune.com on how labor and management can achieve win-win outcomes.
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Unions are having a moment. Here’s how that can be good for labor and business.

Wall Street Journal: Starbucks Prepares to Expand Worker Benefits That Might Exclude Unionized Staff

“It’s a union avoidance technique,” Buffalo Co-Lab director Cathy Creighton said, referring to employers discussing benefits that won’t automatically extend to unionized workers.
A Starbucks in Buffalo, N.Y., whose staff has voted to unionize.
Wall Street Journal: Starbucks Prepares to Expand Worker Benefits That Might Exclude Unionized Staff

CNN: Can Wall Street and labor unions learn to get along?

"Since the 1980s, management's perspective was that unions are the devil," said Harry Katz, professor of collective bargaining and director of the Scheinman Institute. 
Starbucks employees at a New York store vote to unionize.
CNN: Can Wall Street and labor unions learn to get along?

Vox: Congrats! You formed a union. Now comes the hard part.

“I think it’s going to lead to more [organizing] but I don’t think it’s yet an indication of a massive turnaround,” says Harry Katz, professor in the ILR School.
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Vox: Congrats! You formed a union. Now comes the hard part.

Starbucks Organizing Discussion April 22

"The Moment for a Movement: Starbucks and the Slow Drip of Starting a Union" is a Union Days event.
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Starbucks Organizing Discussion April 22

ILR Research Informs Multiple Audiences

ILR’s teaching and outreach is based on the school’s research, which scholars, students, journalists and the public rely on to inform their work.
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ILR Research Informs Multiple Audiences

Labor Tracker Serves as Resource

As labor unrest continues to surge, the ILR Labor Action Tracker founded in 2021 continues to provide nationwide information on strikes and other worker actions.
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Labor Tracker Serves as Resource

Congrats! You formed a union. Now comes the hard part.

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The lengthy and difficult process of negotiating a contract that benefits workers has only just begun and, according to Professor Harry Katz, its conclusion is far from certain.
Congrats! You formed a union. Now comes the hard part.

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.
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Book Launch: The Future We Need: Organizing for a Better Democracy in the Twenty-First Century

The Moment for a Movement: Starbucks and the Slow Drip of Starting a Union

Learn the ins and outs of how to unionize a workplace and what legal methods Starbucks has used to delay the votes. In-person event, free and open to the public.
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The Moment for a Movement: Starbucks and the Slow Drip of Starting a Union

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.
Disney cast member Nicholas Maldonado protests his company's stance on LGBTQ issues, while participating in an employee walkout at Walt Disney World, Tuesday, March 22, 2022, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
AP: Disney in balancing act as some workers walk out in protest

Disney finds itself in balancing act with walkout threat

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In response to Disney’s handling of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill, workers are threatening a walkout. Patricia Campos-Medina says, “people felt surprised that they wanted to stay quiet on this issue,” because Disney has been influential in Florida politics and has been more open on social issues.
Disney finds itself in balancing act with walkout threat

Tretter Re-Elected President of NFL Union

ILR alumnus continues to make his mark as leader of the National Football League Players Association.
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Tretter Re-Elected President of NFL Union