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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.

Equitable Access to Work

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.
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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

Cultural Audits Support Workplace Equity

Basic training isn’t enough to stem sexual harassment in the workplace, cultural audits are needed to measure the “pulse” of organizations, according to KC Wagner.
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Cultural Audits Support Workplace Equity

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

After Covid, Should Companies Rehire Ex-Employees?

Wall Street Journal
Researchers led by JR Keller find that rehired employees outperformed new hires when the rehires returned to the same manager, and when working in one of two kinds of jobs: those that required building and maintaining interpersonal relationships with others in the organization, and those that required higher administrative coordination.
After Covid, Should Companies Rehire Ex-Employees?

Survey shows inequalities during pandemic

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

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

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, director of labor and policy research at the Worker Institute, describes the hardships food delivery workers are facing during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Food delivery apps are booming. Their workers are often struggling.

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