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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

Worker Institute Unveils Report on Engaging Men as Allies at Vera House, Inc.

The report analyzes Vera House Inc.’s 12 Men Model, a program designed to engage men as allies in preventing domestic and sexual violence in their networks and communities.

Members of Vera House gather at protest.
Worker Institute Unveils Report on Engaging Men as Allies at Vera House, Inc.

Nellie Brown Co-Authors Site Evaluation Report on Wendt

The report found patterns of lax safety planning, policies, and procedures in a very high risk industry.

Nellie Brown Co-Authors Site Evaluation Report on Wendt

New York State Announces First Major Offshore Wind Energy Awards

New York Takes the First Step to Put Thousands to Work Building Offshore Wind Power

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.

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.

Pictures of Lois Gray
Lois Spier Gray, 1923 - 2018

The Worker Institute Welcomes The Student Fellows of Fall 2018

The Student Fellows of the Worker Institute Begin Their Projects.

 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

New York labor leaders in Denmark to learn about wind power

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

Worker Institute’s National Labor Leadership Initiative praised

National Leadership Institute training
Understanding the Labor Journey

Remembrance and Activism United

“Triangle Fire: See You in the Streets” Will be March 26

Workers at the Triangle Fire Factory, 1911.
Remembrance and Activism United

Labor on Film

Labor on Film Dolores Huerta
Labor on Film

Marijuana and the Workplace

Brown advising employers on safety concerns

Federal and State Laws
Marijuana and the Workplace

Fighting Germs

Tips from ILR workplace safety expert on stemming spread of flu

Flu
Fighting Germs

New Solidarity Strategies

Professor co-edits book on unions and precarious workers

Reconstructing Solidarity
New Solidarity Strategies

Cuomo Power Plan Reaction

Wind Power
Cuomo Power Plan Reaction

State of the Arts

Worker Institute research details artist pay, education, work trends

Photo: Steve Wylie for CONTRA-TIEMPO
State of the Arts

Worker Institute Research

Undergraduates contributing to projects on immigration and other issues

Worker Institute Student Research Fellows
Worker Institute Research

Post-Recession Report

Worker Institute conference unpacks Buffalo economy

Greetings from Buffalo
Post-Recession Report

Students Learn About Renewable Energy

ILR summer fellows visit union training center

Faculty and summer fellows from ILR's New York City office
Students Learn About Renewable Energy

Empowering Rising Labor Leaders

Union Leadership Institute broadens perspectives of students

New York State AFL/CIO/Cornell Union Leadership Institute
Empowering Rising Labor Leaders

App Fights Wage Theft

Tool co-developed by Worker Institute tracks day laborer work

Worker Institute at Cornell Research Specialist Legna J. Cabrera and Manuel Castro, executive director of New Immigrant Community Empowerment
App Fights Wage Theft

Scaling Up Solar

The Guardian
NYC subway
Scaling Up Solar

Ergonomic Collaboration

Workplace safety expert advises student “smart glove” venture

Ergonomic Collaboration