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Carroll Helped Develop Leaders
Gene Carroll leaves a legacy of educating current and future labor and social justice leaders.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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?”
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.
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.
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.
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