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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.

2021 Worker Institute Labor Roundtable

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2021 Labor Roundtable: Friday, November 12th, 2021

The 19th Annual ILR Labor Roundtable brings a wide range of representatives in labor leadership, unions, and social justice organizations to engage in dynamic, in-depth conversations with students. Join us to learn about current trends and roles in the labor movement, as well as the fundamental role it plays in bringing about social change.

Attend one or both sessions. Separate registrations are required. We recognize you have many commitments, so attendees are welcome to come and go as needed to accommodate classes, work, etc.

This event is sponsored by the ILR Worker Institute and is open to all Cornell students. Please contact Alejandra at with any questions.


  • 19th Annual ILR Labor Roundtable (Session 1)
    November 12th, 2021, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    • Kooper CarawayPresident, South Dakota State Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
    • Daniel DominguezOrganizer, NUHW: National Union of Healthcare Workers; DSA-LA (Democratic Socialists of America-Los Angeles) Labor Chair Committee
    • Gabriel OreaRegional Attorney, California Public Employment Relations Board
    • Haley Potiker, Director of Communications, LAANE: Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
    • Vanessa Salazar CALS ’99Union Organizer, Keystone Mountain Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters
    • Meryl JohnsonOrganizer and Teacher, Ohio Board of Education
    • And more to come! (check Handshake link above for periodic updates)
    • RSVP
  • 19th Annual ILR Labor Roundtable (Session 2)
    November 12th, 2021, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
    • Annette BernhardtDirector of Technology and Work Program, UC Berkeley Labor Center; Senior Researcher, UC Berkeley Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
    • Jennifer EsquivelBusiness Representative/Organizer, IAM: International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, District 97
    • Ken Margolies ILR ’71, MPS ’11Executive Recruiter,, Margolies, Potterton & Associates; retired Senior Extension Associate, ILR Worker Institute
    • Alvin Velazquez A&S ’00Associate General Counsel, SEIU: Service Employees International Union
    • And more to come! (check Handshake link above for periodic updates)
    • RSVP

We recognize you may have classes or other commitments, so you may join late or leave early as needed.

The event is open to students from all colleges and degree programs, as well as students from TC3 and Ithaca College. For questions about this year's program, contact



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