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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.

Events

Closing Plenary: Labor in the 21st Century National Conference

The closing plenary’s three featured speakers -- Ariel Avgar, Erica Smiley, and Elizabeth Shuler -- discussed the future of the Labor Movement and the role of ILR, activists, and unions in it.
Worker with a mask in a restaurant
Closing Plenary: Labor in the 21st Century National Conference

Worker Institute hosts National Virtual Conference on Labor in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities

On March 26, 2021, the ILR school celebrated its 75th anniversary by hosting a National Virtual Conference on Labor in the 21st Century Challenges and Opportunities: A Worker-Centered Economic Recovery, A Changing Legal and Regulatory Environment, A Contested Political Terrain.
Package Delivery Worker
Worker Institute hosts National Virtual Conference on Labor in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities

Welcome and Opening Plenary: Labor in the 21st Century Challenges and Opportunities

The opening plenary of the Worker Institute’s conference “Labor in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities” featured three speakers with innovative ideas on show to shape the trajectory of work, and worker power, during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
Solar Panel Workers
Welcome and Opening Plenary: Labor in the 21st Century Challenges and Opportunities

A Changing Legal and Regulatory Environment: Labor in the 21st Century National Conference

This breakout session of the Labor in the 21st century discussed some of the most pressing legislative and regulatory issues for workers and their organizations. It explores current challenges and opportunities for reform.
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A Changing Legal and Regulatory Environment: Labor in the 21st Century National Conference

Worker Centered Economic Recovery : Labor in the 21st Century National Conference

This breakout session of the Labor in the 21st century focused on critical initiatives needed to launch a Worker Centered Economic Recovery featured as we currently face the worst political, social, and economic inequality in a century. While a recovery will require work on many
People protesting
Worker Centered Economic Recovery : Labor in the 21st Century National Conference

Virtual Boston Labor Conference: Labor, Climate Change, and Political hosted by the Labor Resource Center (LRC)

On Friday, March 12, the Labor Resource Center at the University of Massachusetts Boston hosted the Virtual Boston Labor Conference: Labor, Climate Change, and Political featuring the Worker Institute's Lara Skinner.
Sign that says Climate Crisis
Virtual Boston Labor Conference: Labor, Climate Change, and Political hosted by the Labor Resource Center (LRC)

A Worker-First Green New Deal with Lara Skinner | Jacobin Show

Lara Skinner, director of the Worker Institute’s Labor Leading on Climate Initiative at Cornell's ILR School, joins the show to discuss the critical role of unions in the fight for climate protection and clean energy and why the Green New Deal must begin with the labor movement.
Lara Skinner on The Jacobin Show Flyer
A Worker-First Green New Deal with Lara Skinner | Jacobin Show

Skinner to Speak at the Virtual Boston Labor Conference: Labor, Climate Change, and Political Power

Lara Skinner, Director of the WI Labor Leading on Climate Initiative, will discuss what a “just transition” looks like that dramatically lowers carbon emissions, prioritizes working people, and redistributes wealth at the Virtual Boston Labor Conference: Labor, Climate Change, and Political.
Boston Labor Conference Flyer
Skinner to Speak at the Virtual Boston Labor Conference: Labor, Climate Change, and Political Power

COVID-19 and Occupational Safety and Health

Monthly until June 2021, Nellie Brown MS, is hosting a three-part COVID-19 and Occupational Safety and Health series. Nellie Brown is the Director of Workplace Health and Safety Programs for the Worker Institute at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
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COVID-19 and Occupational Safety and Health

Worker Institute is hosting a national conference, Labor in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities

On March 26th, as part of the 75th anniversary celebrations for the School of Industrial Labor Relations, the Worker Institute is hosting a conference focused on Labor in the 21st Century Challenges and Opportunities: A Worker-Centered Economic Recovery,.
Worker with a mask in a restaurant
Worker Institute is hosting a national conference, Labor in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities

Skinner to Participate in "Union Labor and Building a Renewable Future," LEP Labor Forum

Lara Skinner, Director of the WI Labor Leading on Climate Initiative, will discuss how Illinois can move into a clean energy economy at the scale climate science demands, create good union jobs, and support more equitable communities at the LEP Labor Forum live-streamed on Facebook Live.
wind turbines and solar panels
Skinner to Participate in "Union Labor and Building a Renewable Future," LEP Labor Forum

Lara Skinner Speaks at Time for Turbines conference

The Worker Institute's Lara Skinner spoke at the Time for Turbines conference which took place virtually on January 26 & 27, 2021 on the “Training an Equitable Offshore Wind Workforce” panel.
Time for Turbines Conference
Lara Skinner Speaks at Time for Turbines conference

Skinner to Speak at the 2021 Time for Turbines Conference

Lara Skinner, Director of the WI Labor Leading on Climate Initiative, will discuss how to create good, long-term jobs and build equity in the offshore wind industry at the 4th annual Time for Turbines conference on Jan. 26th.
Image of Wind Turbine
Skinner to Speak at the 2021 Time for Turbines Conference

Lara Skinner Speaks at Carbon Neutral Summit

On Wednesday, January 13, the Worker Institute's Lara Skinner spoke at the Community Preservation Corporation (CPC) and NYSERDA co-hosted a Carbon Neutral Summit focused on decarbonizing the built environment in New York State.
Picture of Forest
Lara Skinner Speaks at Carbon Neutral Summit

Worker Institute hosts an international forum on app-based work

The two-day forum, titled "Platform-Workers Forum: Global Perspectives on Organizing and Policy” was translated simultaneously into English, Spanish, and Hindi. The event was attended by more than 150 participants from 34 countries from across the globe.
Panel in the International App-Based Forum
Worker Institute hosts an international forum on app-based work

Skinner to speak at CPC Carbon Neutral Summit

Lara Skinner, Director of the WI Labor Leading on Climate Initiative, will speak at the Carbon Neutral Summit on Jan. 13th. The Summit will cover climate action in NYS, prioritizing climate justice, and strategies for building decarbonization.
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Skinner to speak at CPC Carbon Neutral Summit

The Worker Institute hosts the first fully virtual ILR Labor Roundtable.

On Friday, December 4th, 2020 The Worker Institute hosted the 18th annual and first fully virtual ILR Labor Roundtable. Through discussions with labor leaders, students gain exposure to current trends in the labor movement.
Student Kristen DSouza and labor leader Dave Katzmen attend the Labor Roundtable.
The Worker Institute hosts the first fully virtual ILR Labor Roundtable.

Fair and Safe Return to Work: Protecting Workers and Communities during Reopening

On Thursday, August 6, 2020, the Worker Institute at the ILR school and the Restaurant Opportunity Centers of New York hosted a webinar focused on reopening the economy and the workplace.
Worker wish a mask
Fair and Safe Return to Work: Protecting Workers and Communities during Reopening

Lara Skinner will speak at Climate Jobs and Just Transition Summit

Worker Institute Executive Director, Lara Skinner will speak at the Climate Jobs and Just Transition Summit on Sept. 22.
Multiple workers building clean energy
Lara Skinner will speak at Climate Jobs and Just Transition Summit

Virtual Climate Jobs and Just Transition Summit set for Sept. 22

Registration is open for the virtual Climate Jobs and Just Transition Summit, Sept. 22. Confirmed speakers include John Podesta, former White House chief of staff, Nobel Laureate Marilyn Brown, Bloomberg Philanthropies' Climate Lead Antha Williams and New York State Climate Policy and Finance Chair Ali Zaidi. 
Workers building clean energy
Virtual Climate Jobs and Just Transition Summit set for Sept. 22

Fair and Safe Return to Work: Protecting Workers and Communities during Reopening

This webinar will examine the issues that workers and communities are facing as New York City undergoes phase 4 of the reopening of its economy.
person wearing a mask working behind a bar at a restaurant
Fair and Safe Return to Work: Protecting Workers and Communities during Reopening

Strategies for a Worker-Centered Reopening and Recovery

On July 1st the Worker Institute at Cornell University, ILR School convened an online webinar, Strategies for a Worker-Centered Reopening and Recovery, moderated by Juan González, Co-Host, DEMOCRACY NOW!
Worker writing on a whiteboard with a mask.
Strategies for a Worker-Centered Reopening and Recovery

Clean Energy and COVID-19: Green Priorities for the Economic Recovery

Worker Institute Executive Director, Lara Skinner speaks on a panel presented by eCornell, "Clean Energy and COVID-19: Green Priorities for the Economic Recovery."
Solar panels in a field.
Clean Energy and COVID-19: Green Priorities for the Economic Recovery

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.
Man wearing a face mask riding an e-scooter on a city street
Gig Worker Rights in New York State during the Covid-19 Crisis and Beyond

Building Worker Power in NY State during the Covid-19 Crisis and Beyond

The virtual convening featured national and local labor leaders sharing insights on how workers have acted collectively during the Covid-19 crisis.
Building Worker POwer in NY State during the COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond
Building Worker Power in NY State during the Covid-19 Crisis and Beyond

Unions’ Responses to COVID-19: A Transatlantic Perspective

On Monday, April 27th, the School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR), Cornell University In cooperation with The Worker Institute at Cornell ILR and The Transatlantic Social Dialogue hosted a live webinar on how unions have responded to the challenge of COVID-19.
Map showing the spread of the Covid-19 virus in Europe
Unions’ Responses to COVID-19: A Transatlantic Perspective

Challenges to Unions and Workers in the Age of COVID-19: Views from the Global South

On Wednesday, May 6th, the Worker Institute hosted a panel discussion on the main challenges facing unions and workers in the age of COVID-19.
Map illustrating the spread of Covid-19 in the global south
Challenges to Unions and Workers in the Age of COVID-19: Views from the Global South

NLLI Online Convening: Labor's Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

On March 31, the Worker Institute convened alumni of the National Labor Leadership Initiative to explore responses to the COVID-19 crisis.
Screenshot of NLLI Online Convening
NLLI Online Convening: Labor's Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

ILR School’s Extension Division Attends the SOMOS conference in Albany

The ILR School’s Extension Division was well-represented at the SOMOS conference, held March 6-8 in Albany.
Jessica Ramos Speaks on a Panel at SOMOSJessica Ramos Speaks on a Panel at SOMOS
ILR School’s Extension Division Attends the SOMOS conference in Albany

Labor's Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

On March 31, the Worker Institute convened alumni of the National Labor Leadership Initiative to explore responses to the COVID-19 crisis.
Labor's Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic: Leading in a Time of Crisis
Labor's Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic