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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.
A woman cringes as her co-worker places a hand on her shoulder
Cultural Audits Support Workplace Equity

New Report: A ride-service program for homecare workers in Upstate New York provided substantial financial benefits

A new study released today from Cornell’s ILR Worker Institute, “A High Road for Home Care: Program Assessment of the Healthcare Workers Rising Transportation Pilot,” examines a ride-service program for homecare workers in the upstate New York region that was launched during the height of the pandemic last year.
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New Report: A ride-service program for homecare workers in Upstate New York provided substantial financial benefits

Campos-Medina Receives Award

The Latino Coalition of New Jersey has honored Worker Institute Executive Director Patricia Campos-Medina for her work on behalf of laborers, undocumented immigrants and domestic workers.
Patricia Campos-Medina in NYC
Campos-Medina Receives Award

Labor Secretary Walsh, AFL-CIO Pres. Shuler, Union and Climate Leaders to Participate in Climate Jobs Summit

On Tuesday, September 21, the second virtual annual Climate Jobs Summit will convene leaders from the labor and climate movements, policymakers, scientists, academics, and activists to discuss America’s historic opportunity to build a worker-centered clean energy economy.
Collage of Workers in Clean Energy
Labor Secretary Walsh, AFL-CIO Pres. Shuler, Union and Climate Leaders to Participate in Climate Jobs Summit

A Labor Day Message from Patricia Campos Medina

As we celebrate Labor Day, we at The Worker Institute honor workers by recommitting ourselves to our founding mission to advance collective bargaining rights and collective worker power through our applied research, training, and policy innovation on critical issues facing workers today.
A Labor Day Message from Patricia Campos Medina

A Labor Day Message from Ileen Devault

It has been my distinct pleasure and honor to serve as the Academic Director of The Worker Institute at Cornell’s ILR School over the past five years. Over this time, my colleagues in The Worker Institute, both past, and present, continually have inspired me.
Ileen DeVault walking up a staircase in Ives Hall.
A Labor Day Message from Ileen Devault

ULI 2021 Returns to Ithaca Campus

Members of this year’s Union Leadership Institute class convened in July for their second retreat of a three-retreat series on the Ithaca campus
ULI Class of 2021
ULI 2021 Returns to Ithaca Campus

Zach Cunningham and local partners deliver training for Local 338 (RWDSU)

Cunningham of the Worker Institute, in conjunction with Climate Jobs NY, delivers virtual training for the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union Local 338.
Local 338 Training
Zach Cunningham and local partners deliver training for Local 338 (RWDSU)

Worker Institute Statement on the Passing of Richard Trumka

The news of Richard Trumka’s death on Thursday, August 5, 2021, sent shock waves through the U.S. labor movement. A fiery orator and fierce warrior for the working class, America’s unions have lost a powerful leader and The Worker Institute at Cornell ILR has lost a devoted friend.
Worker Institute Statement on the Passing of Richard Trumka

Carroll Helped Develop Leaders

Gene Carroll leaves a legacy of educating current and future labor and social justice leaders.
Gene Carroll speaking at a rally.
Carroll Helped Develop Leaders

Cunningham Facilitates Climate Jobs and Offshore Wind Training

Worker Institute Extension Associate Zach Cunningham delivers virtual training to staff and member-leaders from NYSNA and Locals 1199 and 32BJ.
OSW Training
Cunningham Facilitates Climate Jobs and Offshore Wind Training

Statement from Worker Institute Extension Faculty Kim Cook on recent passing of AFL-CIO President Emeritus John Sweeney

The faculty and staff at The Worker Institute, ILR-Cornell honors his legacy by re-committing to the work of advancing collective bargaining rights and economic justice for all workers.

Photo of John Sweeney
Statement from Worker Institute Extension Faculty Kim Cook on recent passing of AFL-CIO President Emeritus John Sweeney

Patricia Campos-Medina announced as WI Executive Director

As of January 1st, 2021 Patricia Campos-Medina, will serve as Executive Director of The Worker Institute alongside Academic Director, Ileen DeVault.

Picture of Patricia Campos Medina
Patricia Campos-Medina announced as WI Executive Director

Lara Skinner Named to Just Transition Working Group

Lara Skinner, executive director of The Worker Institute at the Cornell University ILR School has been named to the Just Transition Working Group that will support the implementation of New York state’s national leading climate law.

Lara Skinner Named to Just Transition Working Group

Patricia Campos-Medina Joins the Worker Institute Leadership Team

Patricia Campos-Medina, will serve as co-Executive Director of The Worker Institute alongside current Executive Director, Lara Skinner, and Academic Director, Ileen DeVault, beginning September 7, 2020.

Photo of Patricia Campos Medina and Lara Skinner
Patricia Campos-Medina Joins the Worker Institute Leadership Team

Worker Institute Welcomes Fall 2019 Student Fellows

The fellowship program’s goal is to provide ILR students with a unique opportunity to contribute to important projects concerning workers and unions, expand their research skills, learn about potential career paths, and form connections with faculty.
2019 Workers Institute Student Research Fellows
Worker Institute Welcomes Fall 2019 Student Fellows

For Kids’ Sake

Worker Institute program empowers New York City nannies to better care for children—and themselves.

Zoltan Antal, MD, speaking at a nanny workshop
For Kids’ Sake

New York State Announces First Major Offshore Wind Energy Awards

This afternoon at Fordham Law School, Governor Cuomo, with former vice-president, Al Gore, announced that Equinor and a joint venture of Orsted and Eversource Energy are the successful bidders in the State’s first-ever offshore wind solicitation conducted by the New York State Energy Research and Development Corporation.
Gov. Cuomo and Al Gore Offshore Wind Announcement
New York State Announces First Major Offshore Wind Energy Awards

The Worker Institute is deeply saddened by the passing of Hector Figueroa.

Hector was a tireless advocate for working families and immigrants in New York. Our thoughts are with Hector’s family and the entire 32BJ family during this sad time.
Hector Figueroa
The Worker Institute is deeply saddened by the passing of Hector Figueroa.

In NYS, Gig Economy Workers Lack Basic Employment Rights: Worker Institute Research

Public policy could curb abuse of exploited workers, according to NYS AFL-CIO.

In NYS, Gig Economy Workers Lack Basic Employment Rights: Worker Institute Research

Lois Spier Gray, 1923 - 2018

The Worker Institute mourns the passing of a champion of workers' rights.
Lois Gray
Lois Spier Gray, 1923 - 2018

The Worker Institute Welcomes The Student Fellows of Fall 2018

On August 29th, 2018 the Worker Institute held a welcome gathering for their Research Fellows in the Doherty Lounge.
 Picture of Worker Institute Student Fellows
The Worker Institute Welcomes The Student Fellows of Fall 2018

Opportunity and Challenges for Today’s Labor Movement

136 years ago, thousands of New Yorkers marched from City Hall to Union Square, marking the first Labor Day.

1960 Labor Day Parade New York City
Opportunity and Challenges for Today’s Labor Movement

Worker Institute Heading Delegation

The Worker Institute is leading a delegation of 15 New York labor leaders to Denmark this week to learn about the offshore wind industry. New York state is on the verge of building its first offshore wind project, according to Worker Institute Executive Director Lara Skinner, who is leading the delegation.
Wind Power
Worker Institute Heading Delegation

The Worker Institute hosted the 43rd Annual UALE Summer School

From July 21st to July 25th, the Worker Institute hosted "With Women We All Rise," the 43rd Annual United Association for Labor Education (UALE) Summer School for women in unions and worker organizations.

Group photograph of students and faculty at the UALE Summer School.
The Worker Institute hosted the 43rd Annual UALE Summer School

Understanding the Labor Journey

These are challenging times for labor and other pro-worker movements. And, the answer to not just surviving, but thriving, is to learn from each other. That’s the aim of the National Labor Leadership Initiative.
National Leadership Institute training
Understanding the Labor Journey

Marijuana and the Workplace

As states legalize medical or recreational marijuana, employers, employees and unions are asking how to keep people safe in the workplace. Some of them, including the Center for Occupational & Environmental Medicine in Western New York, are turning to ILR’s Nellie Brown.
Federal and State Laws
Marijuana and the Workplace

Fighting Germs

Workplaces are hotbeds of possible contagion. Nellie Brown, certified industrial hygienist, annually leads more than 100 trainings about workplace health and safety around New York state. Part of The Worker Institute at Cornell, Brown offers tips on how to minimize the potential for spreading the virus in the office:
Flu
Fighting Germs

Worker Institute Research

This fall, The Worker Institute at Cornell begins the fourth year of its undergraduate fellows program. Research projects for 2017-2018 revolve around the theme of workers and worker organizations responding to the challenges of the 21st century workplace.
Worker Institute Student Research Fellows
Worker Institute Research

Students Learn About Renewable Energy

Faculty and summer fellows from ILR’s New York City office visited the Joint Industry Board of the Electrical Industry training center in Queens July 13. The tour, led by International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 3 Treasurer Michael Yee, highlighted the work that electricians do to build New York City.
Faculty and summer fellows from ILR's New York City office
Students Learn About Renewable Energy

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