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The Worker Institute brings together researchers, educators and students with practitioners in labor, business and policymaking to address issues related to confronting systemic inequality and building a fair economy, robust democracy and just society. We will share opinion, analysis, research, data, insights and training from our faculty and staff.

Addressing Inequality

Four policy recommendations for New York State to beat back inequality and climate change

Cornell’s Labor Leading on Climate research team makes recommendations for NYS policy intervention. It will not be easy to tackle climate change -- but New Yorkers don’t shy away from a fight. Reducing inequality and creating meaningful high-impact Climate Jobs through strategic planning and having strong labor standards.
Policies to beat back
Four policy recommendations for New York State to beat back inequality and climate change

Labor Standards Can Help Us Build Back Better

The Worker Institute's Labor Leading on Climate team examines the American Jobs Plan and explains why the built-in labor standards are critical to the proposal’s success.
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Labor Standards Can Help Us Build Back Better

What’s Ahead for Teachers?

A year after COVID-19 disrupted education, Dean Alex Colvin and Randi Weingarten ’80 will discuss the future of K-12 teaching.
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What’s Ahead for Teachers?

Cunningham Facilitates LI Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) Training

Zach Cunningham, Training and Education Extension Associate, delivers Climate Change and Offshore Wind (OSW) Training to LiUNA members on Long Island.
Union members listening to Offshore Wind training presentation
Cunningham Facilitates LI Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) Training

Wisconsin Climate Jobs Initiative

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Wisconsin Climate Jobs Initiative

Double Trouble: How the PRO Act Could Solve Two Crises at Once

The Worker Institute's Labor Leading on Climate research team provides insight into the PRO Act and the climate crises.
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Double Trouble: How the PRO Act Could Solve Two Crises at Once

Cunningham Facilitates Climate Change and Offshore Wind (OSW) Training

Zach Cunningham, Training and Education Extension Associate, delivered Climate Change and Offshore Wind (OSW) Training to New York union leaders.
Opening slide of Climate Jobs and Offshore Wind Training
Cunningham Facilitates Climate Change and Offshore Wind (OSW) Training

The U.S. Can Build the Largest Offshore Wind Industry in the World

The U.S. Can Build the Largest Offshore Wind Industry in the World with a Commitment to Ambitious Climate Action, Racial Justice, and Good Jobs
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The U.S. Can Build the Largest Offshore Wind Industry in the World

The U.S. Can Build the Largest Offshore Wind Industry in the World

Building a large, equitable offshore wind industry in the U.S. is an excellent opportunity for the Biden Administration and East coast states to respond to the current moment and the intersecting crises of COVID-19, climate change and inequality.
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The U.S. Can Build the Largest Offshore Wind Industry in the World

An Alternative to Mass Unemployment: Short-time Programs

Short-time compensation is a relatively low-cost program that already exists in many states to prevent or at least slow mass unemployment. With some reforms, it could protect many more U.S. jobs.
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An Alternative to Mass Unemployment: Short-time Programs

On Labor Day let’s honor workers by protecting their lives

The Worker Institutes' Patricia Campos-Medina writes an opinion piece for the NJ Star-Ledger on the importance of honoring workers on Labor Day by honoring their lives at work.
Essential Workers Protest for the Safe Workplace
On Labor Day let’s honor workers by protecting their lives

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

The Impact of Phase-4 Reopening in New York State on Workers

Hunter Moskowitz outlines some of the key aspects of New York State phase-four reopening as it impacts workers.
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The Impact of Phase-4 Reopening in New York State on Workers

Essential workers need more than a Bill of Rights. They need unions.

Service workers need more than a ‘Workers Bill of Rights’ to stay healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. They need union representation.
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Essential workers need more than a Bill of Rights. They need unions.

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

Resources for Graduates in the CARES Act

The Worker Institute's Hunter Moskowitz outlines some of the resources recent graduates should explore in the CARES Act.
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Resources for Graduates in the CARES Act

Fashioning a Response: Results from the Model Alliance COVID-19 Survey

New report released today on the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the modeling industry.
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Fashioning a Response: Results from the Model Alliance COVID-19 Survey

Who is an Essential Worker in NYS?

Exactly who is deemed an "essential worker" in New York state?
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Who is an Essential Worker in NYS?

How the CARES Act Impacts Workers

Learn what the CARES Act does for for working people, low-income people and gig workers.
CARES Act, Washington, DC capital building
How the CARES Act Impacts Workers

Advance Findings from Report on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Quid pro quo workplace sexual harassment is widespread across New York state.
Advance Findings from Report on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

State Commitment to Wind Industry Workers is Historic, Skinner Says

Gov. Andrew Cuomo orders 800 megawatts of offshore wind energy, significantly strengthening outlook for wind industry workers.
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State Commitment to Wind Industry Workers is Historic, Skinner Says

Momentous French Election

Professor Lowell Turner, an expert on French and German unions who returned last week from a sabbatical in Paris, provided an insider’s primer for Sunday’s French presidential election and the impact it could have on labor and other issues.
Momentous French Election

OpEd: Puzder Nomination Reveals False Promise of Faux Populism

Jeff Grabelsky, Associate Director of The Worker Institute at Cornell, authored this piece ahead of the announcement that Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder was withdrawing from consideration after mounting pressure from the labor movement and worker advocates.
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OpEd: Puzder Nomination Reveals False Promise of Faux Populism

Labor Day: Inequality Grows, But New Worker Voices Emerge

Jeffrey Grabelsky, associate director of The Worker Institute and coordintor of the National Labor Leadership Initiative, shares his thoughts about labor in America.
Jeff Grabelsky at a National Labor Leadership Institute training
Labor Day: Inequality Grows, But New Worker Voices Emerge

Educate, Aspire, Organize: A Report from AFL-CIO's NextUp Summit

Worker Institute graduate research fellow Andrew Crook reports on AFL-CIO's summit for young workers in the Labor Movement
AFL-CIO's Young Workers
Educate, Aspire, Organize: A Report from AFL-CIO's NextUp Summit

Beyond the Headlines: Lessons Learned from the Market Basket Strike

The current strike at the Market Basket has grabbed mainstream media attention largely because of the soap opera like feud within the third generation of the family that has owned and run the New England chain and built an extremely loyal customer base.
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Beyond the Headlines: Lessons Learned from the Market Basket Strike

Insight into the UAW election

Worker Institute fellow Michael Fichter reports on the upcoming VW vote
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Insight into the UAW election

$10.10 for federal contract workers

Fellow J. Mijin Cha discusses the minimum wage Executive Order
Photo of Assistant Professor Mijin Cha from Occidental College.
$10.10 for federal contract workers

Eliminating The Tipped Wage In New York

Testimony From The Worker Institute at Cornell to the New York State Wage Board
Eliminating The Tipped Wage In New York

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