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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

2021 Worker Institute Labor Roundtable

On Friday, November 12th, 2021, The Worker Institute is hosting the 2021 Labor Roundtable for ILR Students.
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2021 Worker Institute Labor Roundtable

Free Webinar: Health and Safety Issues of the Aging Workforce

Join us on Friday, November 12th, 2021 to learn about Health and Safety Issues of the Aging Workforce in your workplace.
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Free Webinar: Health and Safety Issues of the Aging Workforce

Sweeping Change: Report Launch, November 9th, 2021

"Sweeping Change” is a new report that documents the prevalence and experiences of workplace sexual harassment in the California janitorial industry. Join us virtually on November 9th, 2021 (6-8 pm EST I 3-5 pm PST) for a report launch featuring a conversation with janitor peer educators leading change in their workplaces.
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Sweeping Change: Report Launch, November 9th, 2021

Recordings: Workers Challenging Private Equity to Create Good Jobs

On Thursday, October 21, the Private Equity Stakeholder Project and the Cornell ILR Worker Institute held an online forum featuring workers employed by private equity-owned companies on how they are standing up and fighting for good jobs.
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Recordings: Workers Challenging Private Equity to Create Good Jobs

Workers Challenging Private Equity to Create Good Jobs

The Private Equity Stakeholder Project and the Cornell ILR Worker Institute invite you to an online forum on Thursday, October 21 from 1-2:30 p.m. ET. At this online forum you will hear from workers employed by private equity-owned companies how they are standing up and fighting for good jobs.
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Workers Challenging Private Equity to Create Good Jobs

Labor Leading on Climate Team Participates on 350 Brooklyn Labor and Climate Panel

Labor Leading on Climate Associates participated in 350Brooklyn’s panel session, Labor and the Climate Movement: Challenges and Opportunities
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Labor Leading on Climate Team Participates on 350 Brooklyn Labor and Climate Panel

Skinner Wins Award

Labor Leading on Climate Director Lara Skinner will be recognized Sept. 21 for helping make New York City a model of progress for the nation.
Lara Skinner of The Worker Institute speaks with labor leaders
Skinner Wins Award

Skinner to be Honored at the 2021 Movement Builders Awards

Lara Skinner, Labor Leading on Climate Director, is an honoree of the 2021 Movement Builders Awards for her tireless advocacy for a just transition to a renewable energy economy.
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Skinner to be Honored at the 2021 Movement Builders Awards

Join us for the Virtual Climate Jobs Summit 2021

The Climate Jobs Summit on September 21, 2021, will bring together newly established state Climate Jobs coalitions, labor leaders, union climate activists, environmental and environmental justice advocates, clean-energy developers, policymakers, educators, scientists, and all who want to build the clean-energy economy of tomorrow with good union jobs.
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Join us for the Virtual Climate Jobs Summit 2021

Free Workplace Health and Safety Virtual Series

The pandemic caused an awakening in the world of work and in  U.S. workplaces. As workers juggle the stresses and anxieties of returning to work and grapple with the realizations and changes of the past 18 months, we are offering a free webinar series this fall on these issues.
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Free Workplace Health and Safety Virtual Series

Worker Institute Co-Hosts Buffalo Co-Lab High Road Policy Summit

The ILR Buffalo Co-Lab hosted the High Road Policy Summit on Friday, May 14, 2021. The summit focused on the different ways community stakeholders could come together to promote an equitable economy.
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Worker Institute Co-Hosts Buffalo Co-Lab High Road Policy Summit

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

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

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.
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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

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Lara Skinner will speak at Climate Jobs and Just Transition Summit

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