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

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

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

New Smartphone App Helps Day Laborers Report Abuse & Fight Wage Theft

The Jornalera Wage Theft App links the struggle for immigrant workers’ rights to the concept of community accountability
Jornalero Wage Theft App - "They tell you: 'Sure I will pay you tomorrow"
New Smartphone App Helps Day Laborers Report Abuse & Fight Wage Theft

Student Fellows Examine Caregiving Among Working-Class Men

Worker Institute undergraduate research fellows work on projects individually, or in small teams, under the direction of Cornell faculty based in New York City, Rochester and Buffalo, as well as in Ithaca.
Worker Institute student research fellows, spring 2016
Student Fellows Examine Caregiving Among Working-Class Men

IBEW Local 3 Highlights Worker Institute's Climate Jobs Program

Lara Skinner, associate director of The Worker Instiute and coordinator of the Labor, Environment and Sustainable Development Initiative and Worker Institute Fellow Mijin Cha are leading a collaborative effort with IBEW Local 3 and several other unions and worker organizations ito develop a Climate Jobs Program.
Labor at the People's Climate March
IBEW Local 3 Highlights Worker Institute's Climate Jobs Program

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