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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.

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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.
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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

Empowering Rising Labor Leaders

Sarah Koshar, who graduated from the New York State AFL-CIO/Cornell Union Leadership Institute on Friday, said the training has helped her answer her work’s essential question: “What are we going to do in the labor movement to survive and grow?”
New York State AFL/CIO/Cornell Union Leadership Institute
Empowering Rising Labor Leaders

Ergonomic Collaboration

When a team of Cornell students, all of whom had experienced pain from typing, wanted to design a “smart glove” to collect data on repetitive stress, their quest led them to Nellie J. Brown.
Ergonomic Collaboration

Fueled by Cornell Initiative, Governor and Labor Unions Announce Climate and Jobs Program

Today’s launch of the Climate Jobs New York campaign and Gov. Andrew Cuomo's announcement to dramatically increase the state’s efforts to combat climate change represents an historic breakthrough.
Climate Jobs Now! Summit
Fueled by Cornell Initiative, Governor and Labor Unions Announce Climate and Jobs Program

Safety for All

Refugees and other immigrants sometimes have language and other barriers that limit them from knowing how to avoid hazards at the workplace, but people like Nellie Brown help change that. Brown conducts health and safety training for immigrants working or seeking jobs in the restaurant, hotel and other industries.
Safety for All

Fighting Wage Theft

To address these challenges, New York day labor centers in collaboration with The Worker Institute at Cornell ILR, have developed a new tool – a mobile phone application to prevent wage theft and other violations of worker rights.
Fighting Wage Theft

ULI Grad Lenny Anselmo is Leading the Fight for Safer Construction Sites

Lenny Anselmo, a 2016 graduate of the New York State AFL-CIO/Cornell Union Leadership Institute (ULI), represents the best of the labor movement. 
Lenny Anselmo of Local 79
ULI Grad Lenny Anselmo is Leading the Fight for Safer Construction Sites

Fellows at Work

The Worker Institute at Cornell has begun its third year of the Undergraduate Research Fellows program. Each semester, fellows work with faculty in small teams on a range of projects in areas including gender equity, precarious work, immigrant workers and young workers in the labor movement.
Fellows at Work

New Leadership

Professor Ileen DeVault, a labor historian, has been named academic director of ILR’s Worker Institute. DeVault has served on The Worker Institute’s executive committee since 2012 and is co-chair of the Equity at Work initiative
New Leadership

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Ida Torres

Ida Torres, a renowned labor leader and educator, passed away last weekend, leaving behind a legacy of activism in the civil rights, women’s rights and the worker rights movements.
Photo by Rochelle Semel
Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Ida Torres

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