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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.

Equity at Work

In-person NYC Workshop: Gender Based Violence and Harassment: The Union’s Role in Prevention, Intervention and Cultural Change

Join us in NYC on June 15 and 21, 2022. The resurgence of the #MeToo movement, resurgence in anti-transgender legislation across the country, and the continued impacts of the pandemic have challenged unions to take on issues of gender-based violence.
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In-person NYC Workshop: Gender Based Violence and Harassment: The Union’s Role in Prevention, Intervention and Cultural Change

Book Launch: The Future We Need: Organizing for a Better Democracy in the Twenty-First Century

Join us on May 2nd at 11 AM EST for an in-person and virtual book launch of The Future We Need: Organizing for a Better Democracy in the Twenty-First Century, written by Erica Smiley and Sarita Gupta that will be livestreamed.
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Book Launch: The Future We Need: Organizing for a Better Democracy in the Twenty-First Century

New study documents low wages and precarity of nail salon workers in New York State despite recent legislation

“Unvarnished: Precarity and Poor Working Conditions for Nail Salon Workers in New York State,” highlights the challenges of raising standards in the nail salon industry and also calls attention to the role of worker organizing and advocacy in driving industry change.
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New study documents low wages and precarity of nail salon workers in New York State despite recent legislation

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

Sweeping Change: Report Launch, November 9th, 2021

"Sweeping Change” is a new report that documents the prevalence and experiences of workplace sexual harassment in the California janitorial industry. Join us virtually on November 9th, 2021 (6-8 pm EST I 3-5 pm PST) for a report launch featuring a conversation with janitor peer educators leading change in their workplaces.
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Sweeping Change: Report Launch, November 9th, 2021

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

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.
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New Report: A High Road for Home Care

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

Sexual harassment at work can cost survivors up to $1.3 million over a lifetime

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New report from Worker Institute partner , Times Up! identifies the financial and economic tolls that workplace sexual harassment takes on survivors themselves
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Sexual harassment at work can cost survivors up to $1.3 million over a lifetime

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

Understanding The Increase in Domestic Violence During the Coronavirus Pandemic as a Union Issue

KC Wagner discusses Domestic violence as a growing concern for unions during the COVID-19 crisis.
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Understanding The Increase in Domestic Violence During the Coronavirus Pandemic as a Union Issue

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

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.”
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Quid Pro Quo Workplace Sexual Harassment Widespread Across New York State

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.
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Stopping Sexual Harassment in the Empire State

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

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

Labor Rights for Marginalized Workers

TS Bambii, a sex worker representative from VOCAL-NY and DecrimNY, spoke about the economic necessity of sex work, and its inherent devaluation and criminalization at the panel “Labor Rights for Marginalized Workers,” hosted by the Worker Institute for Union Days.
Labor Rights for Marginalized Workers

Advance Findings from Report on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Quid pro quo workplace sexual harassment is widespread across New York state.
Advance Findings from Report on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

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

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

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

Conference in Brussels Addresses Domestic Violence in the Workplace

The Worker Institute’s KC Wagner presented research at annual conference of Domestic Violence at Work Network
Conference in Brussels Addresses Domestic Violence in the Workplace

Webcast & Resources: Domestic Violence in the Workplace

The Worker Institute's KC Wagner and Scheinman Institute's Sally Klingel invite you to a webcast exploring labor's role in addressing intimate partner violence in the workplace
The Worker Institute at Cornell's KC Wagner and The Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution's Sally Klingel
Webcast & Resources: Domestic Violence in the Workplace

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

Workshop, When Domestic Violence Comes To Work

On average, four to five women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends each day in the United States and women experience two million injuries from intimate partner violence each year. Domestic violence can impact our commitment to providing a respectful workplace.
Workshop, When Domestic Violence Comes To Work

The Right to Child Care

Researchers and trade union representatives from the U.S. and Canada discussed child care policy at a panel discussion. The meeting was held in the Worker Institute and was sponsored by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation's New York City office. Approximately 60 child care advocates and trade union leaders participated.
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The Right to Child Care

Gender and Leadership in Unions

Cornell ILR's Worker Institute and the Centre for Research in Equality and Diversity Queen Mary, University of London, UK invite you to celebrate the publication of Gender and Leadership in Unions on March 21st, 2013.
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Gender and Leadership in Unions

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