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Remembering the Triangle Fire

The Kheel Center, ILRies and Cornellians carry on the collective action legacy that grew from the Triangle Factory Fire disaster.
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Remembering the Triangle Fire

SDA Delegates visit Cornell ILR

On Tuesday, September 5, Cornell ILR hosted a delegation of five Australian labor leaders from the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association (SDA) at our NYC conference center. SDA is Australia’s largest private sector union, representing 210,00 workers in retail, warehousing, fast food and other related industries.
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SDA Delegates visit Cornell ILR

Labor Day 2023: ILR’s Worker Institute Reflects and Recommits

We at the Worker Institute are proud of our continued work to support union and worker justice leaders with research, training, and education. We seek to equip change-makers with the skills to challenge the increasing levels of income inequality and worker precarity.
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Labor Day 2023: ILR’s Worker Institute Reflects and Recommits

Amazon Labor Organizers Encourage Solidarity

For more than 300 days, Amazon workers talked with their peers to build relationships, trust and, ultimately, a union that many thought would never be possible, Amazon Labor Union leaders said at ILR during Union Days.
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Amazon Labor Organizers Encourage Solidarity

Strong Support Among New Yorkers for Improving Home Care Workers’ Pay

In New York and around the country, home care workers deliver critical services to older adults and people with disabilities, providing support with activities of daily living and medically oriented care under the direction of nurses and other medical professionals.
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Strong Support Among New Yorkers for Improving Home Care Workers’ Pay

Strikes up 52% in 2022: Labor Action Tracker

The ILR School database that documents U.S. work stoppages informs journalists, policymakers, activists, scholars and the public about labor activism and unrest.
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Strikes up 52% in 2022: Labor Action Tracker

Climate Jobs Institute to Launch in New York City

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The ILR School Climate Jobs Institute, the first U.S. academic institution focused on conducting research and developing policy for governments across the nation to support clean energy targets, is launching Jan. 25 in New York City.
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Climate Jobs Institute to Launch in New York City

Equity at Work Helping Expand Initiatives

The Worker Institute Equity at Work initiative supports domestic workers and their employers in improving workplace standards.
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Equity at Work Helping Expand Initiatives

The Worker Institute is hiring!

Cornell Worker Institute is hiring!
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The Worker Institute is hiring!

2022 Migrations Awards Include Grant for Worker Institute Faculty on Central American Workers with Temporary Protective Status

The 2022 Migrations Awards include a Justice Futures Team Research Grant awarded to Patricia Campos-Medina and more for their project, “Displaced and Uprooted: Stories of Belonging, Central American TPS Workers' Defiant Struggle for their Right to Stay Home in the U.S.”
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2022 Migrations Awards Include Grant for Worker Institute Faculty on Central American Workers with Temporary Protective Status

A Message from Worker Institute Leadership for International Workers' Day

A message from Worker Institute leadership, Patricia Campos Medina, Executive Director, The Worker Institute and Risa Lieberwitz, Academic Director, The Worker Institute for International Workers' Day, 2022.
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A Message from Worker Institute Leadership for International Workers' Day

Meet Our New Team Members

The Worker Institute is excited to introduce to you our four new team members. They will help fill critical needs we have as well as bring a wealth of vital experience and new energy and vision to the Worker Institute.
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Meet Our New Team Members

Happy New Year from the Labor Leadership Program’s Team!

The Labor Leadership Program’s Team at the Worker Institute at Cornell ILR wishes everyone a happy and healthy 2022.
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Happy New Year from the Labor Leadership Program’s Team!

New Year Message from Risa L. Lieberwitz, Academic Director, The Worker Institute

Risa L. Lieberwitz, the new Academic Director for the Worker Institute at Cornell ILR, wishes everyone a happy and healthy 2022.
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New Year Message from Risa L. Lieberwitz, Academic Director, The Worker Institute

Message from Patricia Campos-Medina, Executive Director, The Worker Institute

The Worker Institute's Executive Director, Patricia Campos-Medina, wishes everyone a happy and healthy 2022.
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Message from Patricia Campos-Medina, Executive Director, The Worker Institute

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Patricia Campos-Medina Joins the Worker Institute Leadership Team

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