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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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The Worker Institute is hiring!

The Sound Of Solidarity: Labor’s Family-friendly Music Festival Returns

Suffolk AME, the Long Island Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, and more than 20 other Labor unions from throughout New York will band together in solidarity to bring the charitable Mayday Music Festival back to Southaven County Park on Long Island this May 14th, 2022.
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The Sound Of Solidarity: Labor’s Family-friendly Music Festival Returns

Happy New Year from the Labor Leadership Program’s Team!

The Labor Leadership Program’s Team at the Worker Institute at Cornell ILR wishes everyone a happy and healthy 2022.
Class od 2021 ULI
Happy New Year from the Labor Leadership Program’s Team!

Campos-Medina Receives Award

The Latino Coalition of New Jersey has honored Worker Institute Executive Director Patricia Campos-Medina for her work on behalf of laborers, undocumented immigrants and domestic workers.
Patricia Campos-Medina in NYC
Campos-Medina Receives Award

ULI 2021 Returns to Ithaca Campus

Members of this year’s Union Leadership Institute class convened in July for their second retreat of a three-retreat series on the Ithaca campus
ULI Class of 2021
ULI 2021 Returns to Ithaca Campus

Carroll Helped Develop Leaders

Gene Carroll leaves a legacy of educating current and future labor and social justice leaders.
Gene Carroll speaking at a rally.
Carroll Helped Develop Leaders

Building Worker Power in NY State during the Covid-19 Crisis and Beyond

The virtual convening featured national and local labor leaders sharing insights on how workers have acted collectively during the Covid-19 crisis.
Building Worker POwer in NY State during the COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond
Building Worker Power in NY State during the Covid-19 Crisis and Beyond

Union Leadership Institute honors NY State Change Makers

The NYS AFL-CIO Cornell Union Leadership Institute celebrated 18 years of labor and worker leadership development.
Roberta Reardon speaks at ULI Change Makers Awards
Union Leadership Institute honors NY State Change Makers

Empowering Rising Labor Leaders

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?”
New York State AFL/CIO/Cornell Union Leadership Institute
Empowering Rising Labor Leaders

Change Maker Awards Reception: A Fundraiser for the ULI Scholarship Fund

The NYS AFL-CIO/Cornell Union Leadership Institute (ULI) is celebrating 16 years of labor and worker leadership development with an awards reception honoring the Change Makers.
Union Leadership Institute paricipants hold sections of pipe at retreat
Change Maker Awards Reception: A Fundraiser for the ULI Scholarship Fund

ULI Grad Lenny Anselmo is Leading the Fight for Safer Construction Sites

Lenny Anselmo, a 2016 graduate of the New York State AFL-CIO/Cornell Union Leadership Institute (ULI), represents the best of the labor movement. 
Lenny Anselmo of Local 79
ULI Grad Lenny Anselmo is Leading the Fight for Safer Construction Sites

ULI Grad Valeria Treves to Head AFL-CIO Fund for Labor Innovation

Valeria Treves, a graduate of the 2014 class of the New York State AFL-CIO/Cornell Union Leadership Institute, was recently appointed the first full time director of the Labor Innovations for the 21st Century (LIFT) Fund.
Valeria Treves leads rally for New York Immigration Coalition
ULI Grad Valeria Treves to Head AFL-CIO Fund for Labor Innovation

ULI Grad to Lead Largest Healthcare Union in Massachusetts

Union Leadership Institute 2010 graduate Tyrek Lee named to leadership of 1199SEIU in Massachusetts
Labor leader Tyrek Lee in front of the Boston Medical Center
ULI Grad to Lead Largest Healthcare Union in Massachusetts

ULI Co-Director Campos-Medina Honored Among Most Influential Latinos in NJ

Patricia Campos Medina, Co-Director of the New York State/AFL-CIO Union Leadership Institute was named to PolitickerNJ’s list of 51 Most Influential Latinos in NJ Politics
ULI Co-Director Patricia Campos-Medina
ULI Co-Director Campos-Medina Honored Among Most Influential Latinos in NJ

Worker Institute Fellow Reardon Nominated for NYS Labor Commissioner

Roberta Reardon has been nominated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to become commissioner of the NYS Department of Labor.
Roberta Reardon speaks to SAG-AFTRA membership
Worker Institute Fellow Reardon Nominated for NYS Labor Commissioner

ULI Grad Narbada Chhetri Leads Nail Salon Safety Coalition to Victory

Narbada Chhetri, Director of Organizing and Advocacy at Adhikaar, played a leading role in advocating for the legislation along with others in Coalition. Chhetri's participation in the Union Leadership Institute (ULI) in 2012 helped her develop the skills to secure this important win for nail salon workers.
Governor Cuomo signs legislation to protect Nail Salon Workers
ULI Grad Narbada Chhetri Leads Nail Salon Safety Coalition to Victory

The Worker Institute Welcomes Newest Fellow, Roberta Reardon

We are very pleased to announce Roberta Reardon as the newest Worker Institute Fellow. After graduating from the NYS AFL-CIO/Cornell Union Leadership Institute in 2006, while she was Vice President of NYC AFTRA, she became President of the NYC local, then President of national AFTRA.
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The Worker Institute Welcomes Newest Fellow, Roberta Reardon

ULI Graduate Anthony Harmon Elected President of NY NAACP

An interview with United Federation of Teachers (UFT)'s Director of Community and Parent Outreach and President of the New York Branch of the NAACP
Newsclip: NYSUT Interviews Anthony Harmon, President of the New York NAACP
ULI Graduate Anthony Harmon Elected President of NY NAACP

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