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The Worker Institute brings together researchers, educators and students with practitioners in labor, business and policymaking to address issues related to confronting systemic inequality and building a fair economy, robust democracy and just society. We will share opinion, analysis, research, data, insights and training from our faculty and staff.

Reports and Publications

New study documents workplace sexual harassment and violence in California janitorial industry

Today, the Worker Institute at Cornell ILR released a new report that documents experiences of workplace sexual harassment in the California janitorial industry, as well as the conditions that hinder reporting and impose silence.
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New study documents workplace sexual harassment and violence in California janitorial industry

Estimating and Understanding Bridgeport Public School Emissions through a Carbon-Free Healthy Schools Tool

Researchers from the Labor Leading on Climate team in collaboration with Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs recently developed a geospatial dashboard to analyze Bridgeport Public School District environmental health issues while calculating potential emissions. This tool was made to support the Connecticut Carbon-Free Healthy School initiative.
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Estimating and Understanding Bridgeport Public School Emissions through a Carbon-Free Healthy Schools Tool

New Report: A High Road for Home Care

A ride-service program for homecare workers in Upstate New York during the pandemic provided substantial financial benefits and improved their quality of life, says a new report from the Worker Institute's Equity at Work Initiative.
Ruby Lovelist
New Report: A High Road for Home Care

First of its kind industry report shows New York City’s App-based delivery workers experience harsh working conditions

Los Deliveristas / Worker's Justice Project and Cornell ILR’s Worker Institute released a new report titled, “Essential but Unprotected: App-based Food Couriers in New York City.” The report examines the harsh and unregulated working conditions of app-based delivery workers engaged by digital platforms.
Delivery Biker in New York City
First of its kind industry report shows New York City’s App-based delivery workers experience harsh working conditions

New Report: New Yorkers Indicate That Retaliation Prevents Them From Exposing Workplace Dangers

Workers in NY are more likely than those in the rest of the country to feel pressure to refrain from reporting workplace problems such as sexual harassment and health and safety violations to avoid employer retaliation, according to analysis from the National Employment Law Project and the Worker Institute.
Sexual Harassment Complaint Form
New Report: New Yorkers Indicate That Retaliation Prevents Them From Exposing Workplace Dangers

Texas Unions Launch Major Effort to Combat Climate Change, Tackle Inequality in US Energy Capital

A new report by climate and labor experts at Cornell University, Northeastern University, and Occidental College, in consultation with 27 Texas labor unions, accompanied the launch and outlays out a comprehensive climate jobs action plan to put Texas on the path to building an equitable clean-energy economy.
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Texas Unions Launch Major Effort to Combat Climate Change, Tackle Inequality in US Energy Capital

Combatting Climate Change, Reversing Inequality: A Climate Jobs Program for Texas

The Worker Institute’s Labor Leading on Climate launches report that examines the crises of inequality and climate change in Texas and makes a series of “climate jobs” recommendations that can help Texas simultaneously combat climate change, create high-quality jobs, and build more equitable and resilient communities.
Tx Report
Combatting Climate Change, Reversing Inequality: A Climate Jobs Program for Texas

Washing for Dignity and Safety on the Job:  Workers in the NJ Retail Laundromat Industry

A new report by the Laundry Workers Center and the Cornell ILR Worker Institute examines the work and socio-economic conditions of workers in the retail laundromat industry in New Jersey.  
Cartoon about wage theft
Washing for Dignity and Safety on the Job:  Workers in the NJ Retail Laundromat Industry

Making Care Systems More Equitable

In collaboration with the Gender Policy Report, researchers at the The Worker Institute co-authored a new report that provides guidance on several measures and principles they say should be built into any new child care, long-term care and health care investments in order to drive greater equity.
Exhausted Black nurse during COVID
Making Care Systems More Equitable

New Survey From Broad Coalition Shows Overlapping Challenges of Racial, Gender, and Economic Injustice Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Survey adds to a growing body of evidence showing need for worker-centered and equity-focused interventions in the pandemic recovery
Cover Just Recovery Report
New Survey From Broad Coalition Shows Overlapping Challenges of Racial, Gender, and Economic Injustice Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Fashioning a Response: Results from the Model Alliance COVID-19 Survey

New report from the Worker Institute and the Model Alliance released today on the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the modeling industry.
Fashion Runway
Fashioning a Response: Results from the Model Alliance COVID-19 Survey

Stopping Sexual Harassment in the Empire State

– A new report released today by researchers from the Worker Institute at Cornell University’s ILR School found that 10.9 percent of New York residents—12.2 percent of women and 9.5 percent of men—report having experienced quid pro quo workplace sexual harassment at some point in their careers.
Cover Report on Sexual Harassment
Stopping Sexual Harassment in the Empire State

Quid Pro Quo Workplace Sexual Harassment Widespread Across New York State

Results from Cornell Survey Research Institute’s annual Empire State Poll find 1 in 10 adult New Yorkers report experiencing “someone in a position of authority at their workplace trying to trade job benefits for sexual favors.”
Women working in a grocery store
Quid Pro Quo Workplace Sexual Harassment Widespread Across New York State

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.
Vera House 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
Nellie Brown Co-Authors Site Evaluation Report on Wendt

On-Demand Platform Workers Denied Basic Rights

Worker Institute report details gig economy pressures on individuals and makes public policy recommendations.
Delivery Biker in New York City
On-Demand Platform Workers Denied Basic Rights

New Solidarity Strategies

Are labor unions the answer to improving conditions for low-wage and “precarious” workers? These are among the questions examined in a book co-edited by ILR Associate Professor of Comparative Employment Relations Virginia Doellgast.
Reconstructing Solidarity
New Solidarity Strategies

State of the Arts

“State of the Artist: Challenges to the New York State Arts & Entertainment Industry and Its Workforce” was funded by the New York State Legislature. The study was built on a 2007 ILR School report funded by the Empire State Development Corp.
Photo: Steve Wylie for CONTRA-TIEMPO
State of the Arts

Reversing Inequality, Combatting Climate Change: A Climate Jobs Program for New York State

In Fall 2014, The Worker Institute at Cornell convened the Labor Leading on Climate research, education and policy initiative. This New York State-based initiative brings together unions, workers’ organizations and policy experts to develop job creation and economic development strategies to drastically reduce greenhouse gas pollution and confront the climate crisis.
Cover of Reversing Inequality Report
Reversing Inequality, Combatting Climate Change: A Climate Jobs Program for New York State

Labor Leading on Climate: Creating Good Jobs While Combating Climate Change

Skinner chairs the Labor Leading on Climate Initiative while serving as associate director of The Worker Institute. She co-authored the preliminary recommendations for an upcoming report, “Reversing Inequality, Combatting Climate Change: A Climate Jobs Program for New York State.”
wind farm
Labor Leading on Climate: Creating Good Jobs While Combating Climate Change

Preventing Violence

Wagner’s work was part of a report to the United Nations Commission on Women meetings in March in New York City. The report is titled “Ending Gender-Based Violence in the World of Work in the United States”.
Preventing Violence

Standing Up for Dignity: Report Reveals Struggles of Women Day Laborers

On August 2, The Worker Institute at Cornell hosted the launch of Standing Up for Dignity: Women Day Laborers in Brooklyn, NY, a report on the working conditions of a uniquely vulnerable and often overlooked workforce.
Standing Up for Dignity: Women Day Laborers in Brooklyn, NY
Standing Up for Dignity: Report Reveals Struggles of Women Day Laborers

Worker Institute Fellow Sanjay Pinto Authors Report on Cooperatives

Sanjay Pinto, a Fellow of The Worker Institute, has authored a new report on how worker ownership could transform the economy.
Ours To Share: How Worker-Ownership Can Change the American Economy
Worker Institute Fellow Sanjay Pinto Authors Report on Cooperatives

The Creative Economy

Union leaders, activists, policymakers, academics, and arts and entertainment workers discussed changes in the industry and the challenges of representing its workers.  
The Creative Economy

Monthly Labor Review Publishes Findings of 20-year Study of Internal Practices of Unions

Professor Emeritus Lois Gray co-authors article on administrative practices in US Unions in Bureau of Labor Statistics’ scholarly journal
Lois S. Gray, the Jean McKelvey-Alice Grant Professor Emeritus of Labor Management Relations at ILR,
Monthly Labor Review Publishes Findings of 20-year Study of Internal Practices of Unions

Climate Jobs Program

“A Climate Jobs Program for New York State: Reversing Inequality, Combating Climate Change” recommends job creation and economic development strategies to drastically reduce greenhouse gas pollution and confront the climate crisis.
Climate Jobs Program

Reducing Harassment

In 2012, researchers from ILR and anti-street harassment organization Hollaback! began a partnership to conduct a street harassment research survey in New York City. The study expanded to 42 cities around the world.
Reducing Harassment

Lance Compa Initiates Dialogue On Future Of Labor Movement

Lance Compa, Senior Lecturer at the ILR School, has published a thought-provoking piece on the future of labor in the journal New Labor Forum.
Lance Compa Initiates Dialogue On Future Of Labor Movement

ILR and Hollaback! Release Largest Analysis of Street Harassment to Date

Last year, Hollaback! and The ILR School partnered to conduct a large-scale research survey on street harassment that spanned the 42 cities around the world.
Street Harassment - The Largest International Cross-Cultural Study
ILR and Hollaback! Release Largest Analysis of Street Harassment to Date

A Guide to Organizing Women's Committees

Authors of "Women's Committees in Worker Organizations: Still Making a Difference," Worker Institute faculty members Lois Gray and Maria Figueroa, are now releasing an compact guide on exactly how to form a women’s committee in a union or worker-centered organization
The Worker Institute's New Guide to Organizing Women's Commitee
A Guide to Organizing Women's Committees

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