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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.

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Closing Plenary: Labor in the 21st Century National Conference

The closing plenary’s three featured speakers -- Ariel Avgar, Erica Smiley, and Elizabeth Shuler -- discussed the future of the Labor Movement and the role of ILR, activists, and unions in it.
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Closing Plenary: Labor in the 21st Century National Conference

Worker Institute hosts National Virtual Conference on Labor in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities

On March 26, 2021, the ILR school celebrated its 75th anniversary by hosting a National Virtual Conference on Labor in the 21st Century Challenges and Opportunities: A Worker-Centered Economic Recovery, A Changing Legal and Regulatory Environment, A Contested Political Terrain.
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Worker Institute hosts National Virtual Conference on Labor in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities

Worker Centered Economic Recovery : Labor in the 21st Century National Conference

This breakout session of the Labor in the 21st century focused on critical initiatives needed to launch a Worker Centered Economic Recovery featured as we currently face the worst political, social, and economic inequality in a century. While a recovery will require work on many
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Worker Centered Economic Recovery : Labor in the 21st Century National Conference

A Changing Legal and Regulatory Environment: Labor in the 21st Century National Conference

This breakout session of the Labor in the 21st century discussed some of the most pressing legislative and regulatory issues for workers and their organizations. It explores current challenges and opportunities for reform.
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A Changing Legal and Regulatory Environment: Labor in the 21st Century National Conference

Welcome and Opening Plenary: Labor in the 21st Century Challenges and Opportunities

The opening plenary of the Worker Institute’s conference “Labor in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities” featured three speakers with innovative ideas on show to shape the trajectory of work, and worker power, during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
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Welcome and Opening Plenary: Labor in the 21st Century Challenges and Opportunities

Worker Institute is hosting a national conference, Labor in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities

On March 26th, as part of the 75th anniversary celebrations for the School of Industrial Labor Relations, the Worker Institute is hosting a conference focused on Labor in the 21st Century Challenges and Opportunities: A Worker-Centered Economic Recovery,.
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Worker Institute is hosting a national conference, Labor in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities

Lois Spier Gray, 1923 - 2018

The Worker Institute mourns the passing of a champion of workers' rights.
Lois Gray
Lois Spier Gray, 1923 - 2018

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.
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State of the Arts

Lois Gray Honored with Founders Award by LERA

Lois S. Gray received the Labor and Employment Relations Association Founders Award at the presidential luncheon during their Annual Meeting this past May 28th, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Lois Gray, ILR School faculty member
Lois Gray Honored with Founders Award by LERA

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

Developing Women Leaders in the Labor Movement

On Tuesday, March 22, The Worker Institute hosted a conversation in New York City with British Columbia Federation of Labour (BCFED) President Irene Lanzinger and Professor Emeritus Lois Gray of The Worker Institute.
Irene Lanzinger, BCFED President
Developing Women Leaders in the Labor Movement

Distinguished Labor Educator Lois Gray Establishes Fund to Support The Worker Institute

Professor Lois S. Gray, founding director of the ILR’s first Extension office, establishes fund and donates $1 million to support The Worker Institute
Former ILR Dean Harry Katz and former Associate Dean Lois Gray
Distinguished Labor Educator Lois Gray Establishes Fund to Support The Worker Institute

Union Women’s Summer School Celebrates 40th Anniversary

The Worker Institute celebrates UALE Northeast Union Women’s School’s forty-year legacy of empowering women in the labor movement
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Union Women’s Summer School Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Role of a Lifetime

Lois Gray, the Jean McKelvey-Alice Grant Professor Emerita of Labor-Management Relations, is ILR's longest-serving faculty member, and one of the longest-serving faculty at Cornell.
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Role of a Lifetime

Pioneer, Leader, Mentor

Lois Gray is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the United Association for Labor Education (UALE). She received the award on Saturday at the annual UALE conference.
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Pioneer, Leader, Mentor

Still Making a Difference

The Berger-Marks Foundation announces the release of its newest report, “Women’s Committees in Worker Organizations: Still Making a Difference,” written by Lois Gray and Maria Figueroa of the Worker Institute at Cornell,
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Still Making a Difference

"ILR Opened Doors"

Authored by Lois Gray and Maria Figueroa of the Worker Institute, "Women's Committees in Worker Organizations: Still Making a Difference" is the newest in a series of collaborations between the ILR School and the Berger-Marks Foundation.
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"ILR Opened Doors"

Organizing for Change

The 38th Annual Northeast United Association for Labor Education Summer School for Union Women was held on Cornell's campus this summer.
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Organizing for Change

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