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Activision Blizzard employees at Raven Software ask management to recognize new union

The Washington Post
“Given the negative publicity that Activision Blizzard has received regarding its conduct toward employees, Microsoft should pay particular attention to the importance of respecting employees’ rights to organize," said Prof. Risa Lieberwitz , Academic Director or the Worker Institute.
(Washington Post illustration; iStock)
Activision Blizzard employees at Raven Software ask management to recognize new union

Video game giant Activision Blizzard faces worker walkout

NBC News
Video game giant Activision Blizzard faces worker walkout. "This is a really important moment for everyone," says Risa Lieberwitz, Academic Director, The Worker Institute.
Video Game Workers Walk Out
Video game giant Activision Blizzard faces worker walkout

Supreme Court Blocks Biden’s COVID-19 Vaccine or Test Rule, Allows Healthcare Requirement

Vaccine rules issues by New York State and New York City unlikely to be affected by Supreme Court decision blocking vaccine-or- testing rule for large businesses, says Prof. Risa Lieberwitz, Academic Director, The Worker Institute.
Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images
Supreme Court Blocks Biden’s COVID-19 Vaccine or Test Rule, Allows Healthcare Requirement

WORK ‘All work produces value’: What experts say Eric Adams gets wrong about ‘low skill’ workers

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“All work is work and all work is dignified,” says Patricia Campos-Medina, executive director of The Worker Institute at Cornell University. “All work produces value for our economy.”
People walk outside Dunkin’ Donuts in New York City.Noam Galai | Getty Images Entertainment | Getty Images
WORK ‘All work produces value’: What experts say Eric Adams gets wrong about ‘low skill’ workers

Amazon Reaches Federal Settlement Allowing Workers More Leeway to Organize

Wall Street Journal
Amazon's NLRB settlement allowing workers more leeway to organize “can give an enormous boost to organizing at Amazon and at other large employers in the United States,” says Risa Lieberwitz of ILR's Worker Institute.
Staten Island Amazon workers protested in New York’s Times Square Wednesday as they demand union rights. PHOTO: AHMED GABER/REUTERS
Amazon Reaches Federal Settlement Allowing Workers More Leeway to Organize

The Pandemic Struck Orchestras With Underlying Conditions Hard

The New York Times
“Workers across the spectrum are demanding more and feel like they have more power,” said Patricia Campos-Medina, a longtime labor activist who serves as executive director of Cornell University’s Worker Institute.
The Springfield Symphony Orchestra in 2019, before the pandemic. performing a Tchaikovsky’s piano concerto with Viktor Valkov, the guest soloist, and Kevin Rhodes conducting.Credit...Chad Anderson
The Pandemic Struck Orchestras With Underlying Conditions Hard

RED STRIKETOBER

Dr. Patricia Campos-Medina, the Executive Director of the Worker Institute at the Cornell School of Industrial Labor Relations, says one of the biggest factors is the global pandemic. Campos-Medina points out that many workers had to deal with enhanced risks in the workplace.
Red blob with text "We Demand to Be Heard"
RED STRIKETOBER

The Great Resignation: Why four million US workers a month are leaving their jobs

Patricia Campos-Medina, Executive Director of The Worker Institute at Cornell University, lists some of the factors contributing to this talent drain, among them dissatisfaction. “We have been through times of personal and financial anxiety."
Nurses in San Francisco protesting for better work conditions on November 10. JUSTIN SULLIVAN (AFP)
The Great Resignation: Why four million US workers a month are leaving their jobs

Solving labor, last-mile delivery key to Amazon's 1-day shipping ambitions

S&P Global News
"I think workers want more security for going back to work, which includes more control over their lives," Campos-Medina said. "We are seeing a seismic shift in what workers expect. It's not as easy as a sign-on bonus or raising wages."
Workers pack and ship customer orders at the 750,000-square-foot Amazon fulfillment center in Romeoville, Ill. Source: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Solving labor, last-mile delivery key to Amazon's 1-day shipping ambitions

Gig Companies Can’t Take Everyone for a Ride

Wall Street Journal
42% of food delivery workers say they've been underpaid, according to ILR's Worker Institute and the Workers Justice Project's study cited by The Wall Street Journal in wake of FTC warning to companies about unfair practices.
DoorDash driver
Gig Companies Can’t Take Everyone for a Ride

Chuck Schumer Aims to Deliver Infrastructure Dollars to Help Food Couriers

The City NYC News
Nearly half said they’ve been in a crash while doing a delivery, according to the survey done by the Workers Justice Project and the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) rode with a group of Deliveristas in Hamilton Heights, Oct. 13, 2021. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY
Chuck Schumer Aims to Deliver Infrastructure Dollars to Help Food Couriers

How low-wage workers are taking back power in the ‘Great Resignation’

Patricia Campos-Medina, the executive director of the Worker Institute at Cornell University, said workers, even if not through formal unions, are demanding basic rights. “What we’re seeing is a fundamental shift in the relationship between service workers, low-wage service workers, and employers,” she said.
Sign about labor shortage
How low-wage workers are taking back power in the ‘Great Resignation’

Activision Bias Settlement Draws Challenge From California

Bloomberg Law
Risa Lieberwitz, Worker Institute Academic Director and a professor of labor and employment law at Cornell University, said "My overall assessment is that it would be unusual for a state agency to object to an EEOC settlement."
Legal books
Activision Bias Settlement Draws Challenge From California

Fed up by pandemic, US food workers launch rare strikes

AP News logo
After decades of watching companies chip away at pay and benefits, food workers sense that they have a rare upper hand in the wake of the pandemic, says Patricia Campos-Medina, the executive director of The Worker Institute at ILR Cornell.
Kellog workers on Strike
Fed up by pandemic, US food workers launch rare strikes

Worker advocates demand transparency in Port Authority's million-dollar deal with Amazon

Patricia Campos-Medina, executive director of the Worker Institute at Cornell University and a specialist in worker rights in the logistics and distribution industry, wanted to know if the company is committed to long-term jobs at its logistics facilities, saying negotiations like these can include Community Benefit Agreements.
Image from North Jersey Article
Worker advocates demand transparency in Port Authority's million-dollar deal with Amazon

Study explores ‘harrowing’ safety risks mobile app-based delivery workers face

From December through April, researchers from Los Deliveristas Unidos, the Worker’s Justice Project and The Worker Institute at Cornell University surveyed 500 adult couriers from around the city. They found that 49% of the respondents had experienced a crash or some other type of incident.
food delivery worker
Study explores ‘harrowing’ safety risks mobile app-based delivery workers face

New York Passes Sweeping Bills to Improve Conditions for Delivery Workers

The New York Times
A survey of 500 app food delivery workers by the Worker Institute at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the Workers Justice Project found that 42 percent of workers had experienced being underpaid or not paid at all.
New York City is home to the largest food delivery market in the country. The slate of legislation would set minimum pay for workers and enable them to set limits on how far they are willing to travel.Credit...
New York Passes Sweeping Bills to Improve Conditions for Delivery Workers

A Search for the Delivery Worker in a Viral Hurricane Ida Video

The New Yorker
The Worker’s Justice Project and researchers from Cornell University, the group released a report on the working conditions in the delivery industry in New York, based in part on a survey of five hundred app delivery workers.
The photographer Johnny Miller ​​felt compelled to find the food-delivery worker he’d caught on video and pass on the money his recording made.
A Search for the Delivery Worker in a Viral Hurricane Ida Video

How the US labor movement is getting to grips with the climate crisis

The Guardian
Through organizing led in part by the Climate Jobs National Resource Center and the Workers Institute at Cornell University, this strategy has been adopted in other states around the US, such as New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Illinois and Texas.
The old jobs are not coming back in coal towns like Danville, West Virginia. ‘You really have to think holistically about how you support the community through the transition.’ Photograph: Chris Jackson/AP
How the US labor movement is getting to grips with the climate crisis

Revolt of the Delivery Workers

while DoorDash claims Manhattan workers make $33 per hour, including tips, when you factor in expenses, delivery workers have a base pay of $7.87 per hour, according to a recent study of app-based workers conducted by the Cornell Worker Institute and the Worker’s Justice Project.
Bike delivery worker NYC
Revolt of the Delivery Workers

NYC Food Delivery Workers Face Paltry Pay and High Risks, Analysis Shows

The City NYC News
Even with tips, average pay amounted to $12.21 an hour, the report determined. Organizers from the worker advocacy group that conducted the survey along with the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations hope that their findings will prompt government action.
food delivery worker
NYC Food Delivery Workers Face Paltry Pay and High Risks, Analysis Shows

New York Delivery Drivers Face Low Pay Even as Risks Mount

Bloomberg News
fter accounting for expenses like electric bikes and batteries, the median hourly wage for delivery workers in New York City is $7.94, excluding tips, according to a study conducted by advocacy group Worker’s Justice Project in partnership with Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
Delivery biker in New York City in the rain
New York Delivery Drivers Face Low Pay Even as Risks Mount

Unions split on vaccine mandates, complicating Biden push

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“Labor unions are a microcosm of the society we live in,” said Patricia Campos-Medina, executive director of Cornell University’s The Worker Institute. “The same political divide we have right now exists within the rank and file of unions.”
President Joe Biden speaks in the State Dining Room at the White House, Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, in Washington. Labor unions are divided over vaccine mandates. The split has become more significant after Biden announced his plan to require federal workers get inoculated and private companies with more than 100 employees get vaccinated. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Unions split on vaccine mandates, complicating Biden push

A strike at Nabisco is testing the power of unions in the pandemic

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“Workers have more power to demand more rights, and unions have more power to demand more from employers like Nabisco,” says Patricia Campos-Medina, the executive director at The Worker Institute at Cornell University.
Oreos
A strike at Nabisco is testing the power of unions in the pandemic

Trumka era ends, and union tactics may be in for a makeover

Politico logo
"People have all of these new issues at work all of a sudden," said Ileen DeVault, academic director of The Worker Institute at Cornell University's Industrial and Labor Relations School.
Democracy protest
Trumka era ends, and union tactics may be in for a makeover

‘Everyone Wants a Good Job’: The Texas Unions Fighting for a Green New Deal

At the Texas AFL-CIO annual convention, unions voted in favor of a green jobs plan. The proposal was written by the Texas Climate Jobs Project, “a project of the state labor federation and ILR's Worker Institute in consultation with 27 unions statewide.”
Eric Herchaft
‘Everyone Wants a Good Job’: The Texas Unions Fighting for a Green New Deal

Today’s special: Angry diners. What’s a restaurant to do?

The Christian Science Monitor news logo
“The fundamental shift and reckoning of the hospitality industry is happening because the pandemic actually changed the perception of those jobs” to something more valued and necessary, says Patricia Campos-Medina, a labor expert at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York
Diners eat outside at a restaurant
Today’s special: Angry diners. What’s a restaurant to do?

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

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

Why Texas fossil fuel unions signed onto a climate plan

Grist logo
Skinner, Labor Leading on Climate Director, says “there’s been a real focus on the carbon impact of proposals and not enough emphasis on what type of jobs are these activities going to create, what are the quality of these jobs, are they actually going to help reverse inequality.”
Gist Article
Why Texas fossil fuel unions signed onto a climate plan

Canary in the Mine: Striking Miners in Alabama

The American Prospect logo
Zach Cunningham, from the Cornell ILR School’s Worker Institute, proposes focusing on making the transition to renewable-energy sources one that provides good-paying jobs, rather than a narrative of “good jobs versus the environment.”
Striking Coal Miners
Canary in the Mine: Striking Miners in Alabama

Energy transition could create 1.1 million jobs in Texas, report says

Lara Skinner, Director of Cornell’s Labor Leading on Climate Initiative, provided insight into the number of jobs that could be created in various aspects of growing the renewable energy and climate tech industries in Texas.
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Energy transition could create 1.1 million jobs in Texas, report says

Laundry workers essential in pandemic but shut out from benefits

A report released this week on the working conditions of retail laundry workers found that many lack knowledge of their workplace rights and have been victims of wage theft, discrimination and unsafe working conditions.
Laundry workers
Laundry workers essential in pandemic but shut out from benefits

‘WE ALL QUIT’: How America’s Workers Are Taking Back Their Power

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"It's an act of protest against abuses and exploitative conditions," said Patricia Campos Medina, executive director of the Worker's Institute at Cornell University. "It’s a sense of empowerment that workers don’t have to tolerate that kind of abuse."
McDonalds hiring $15 an hour
‘WE ALL QUIT’: How America’s Workers Are Taking Back Their Power

Brown Offers Best Practice Advice During Pandemic

Many businesses in varied industries, along with organizations such as the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, turned to Nellie Brown for guidance on adjusting practices and policies during the pandemic.
Restaurant worker wearing a face mask holds an "Open" sign
Brown Offers Best Practice Advice During Pandemic

A Just Transition?

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Lara Skinner, Director of the Worker Institute's Labor Leading on Climate, provides insight on the importance of including labor standards on clean energy work.
Aroldo Garcia discusses a major offshore wind development coming to Brooklyn with Summer Sandoval, a campaigner with the environmental justice group UPROSE.
A Just Transition?

How You Win in the South

National Labor Leadership Initiative (NLLI) alum, MaryBe McMillan, President of the North Carolina State AFL-CIO, was interviewed by franknews and Payday Report on organizing and collective bargaining in the South.
Organizers protesting n the south
How You Win in the South

Biden Gender Policy Council leaders: We must fix the caregiving crisis COVID has created for women

Fortune News
Op-ed in Fortune by the co-chairs of the White House Gender Policy Council cites the Foundations for a Just and Inclusive Recovery report by the Worker Institute.
Women Caregivers
Biden Gender Policy Council leaders: We must fix the caregiving crisis COVID has created for women

Fighting Back: Apps Kept City Restaurants and Gig Workers Afloat During the Pandemic, But Now They Want More

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The Worker Institute's Maria Figueroa speaks to WNYC about how New York City restaurants became heavily reliant on third-party delivery services during the pandemic.
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Fighting Back: Apps Kept City Restaurants and Gig Workers Afloat During the Pandemic, But Now They Want More

Could an Alabama Union Election at Amazon Start a Labor Wave?

Worker Institute Executive Director, Dr. Patricia Campos-Medina, is quoted in Nonprofit Quarterly on unionization efforts at Amazon in Alabama.
Union Now Graffitti
Could an Alabama Union Election at Amazon Start a Labor Wave?

Amazon Covid-19 Lawsuit Spotlights State Regulatory Power

Bloomberg Law
OSHA’s existing rules do not equate to a COVID-19 standard, says the Worker Institute's Nellie Brown in Bloomberg News.
NYS Attorney General
Amazon Covid-19 Lawsuit Spotlights State Regulatory Power

Behind the Camera with Tsering Lama: Documenting Domestic Workers Fight for Rights

Profile of New York State AFL-CIO/Cornell Union Leadership Institute (ULI) and WE RISE graduate Tsering Lama on CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies Blog.
Tsering Lama
Behind the Camera with Tsering Lama: Documenting Domestic Workers Fight for Rights

Food Delivery Apps Are Booming. Their Workers Are Often Struggling.

The New York Times
Maria Figueroa, Worker Institute expert on gig economy is quoted in New York Times on impact of the pandemic on food delivery workers.
Bike Delivery Worker with a Mask
Food Delivery Apps Are Booming. Their Workers Are Often Struggling.

The Ithaca Voice's Guide to Tompkins County school reopening

“Schools are not accustomed to looking at their buildings from the standpoint of communicable disease,” says Nellie Brown, Director of Workplace Health and Safety Programs at the Worker Institute in an interview with the Ithaca Voice.
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The Ithaca Voice's Guide to Tompkins County school reopening

Returning Workers Still Question Workplace Safety As Pandemic Continues

With more workers making their way back to their jobs, some provided an update about their recent experiences during a joint panel discussion and press event hosted by The Worker Institute and ROC United.
ROC NY Worker in a cafe
Returning Workers Still Question Workplace Safety As Pandemic Continues

Little known unemployment program is helping businesses avoid layoffs

WCNY
In an effort to prevent layoffs amidst this tumultuous economic situation, many states including New York have embraced a shared work system. Maria Figueroa, Director of Labor and Policy Research at the Cornell ILR School, explained how the system works.
Sign on store saying "Sorry we're closed"
Little known unemployment program is helping businesses avoid layoffs

State Guidelines For Reopening Schools Are "A Skeleton" To Be Adapted To Specific Buildings

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Nellie Brown speaks with Fox 40 Brown about school reopening, noting school buildings aren't exactly designed with the transmission of communicable diseases in mind and that each building will present its own host of problems.
Fox 40 Coronavirus Coverage
State Guidelines For Reopening Schools Are "A Skeleton" To Be Adapted To Specific Buildings

School Boards Worry About Time, Money When It Comes to Reopening

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Nellie Brown speaks with Spectrum News about schools reopening and recommends districts first put together a joint labor-management committee that includes the school nurse, the district’s attorney, the HVAC folks, teachers, staff, and administration.
Capital Tonight News Program
School Boards Worry About Time, Money When It Comes to Reopening

Can schools safely reopen? Cornell University Health and Safety Director weighs in

Local Syracuse News ABC-9
Nellie Brown speaks with Local SYR on the adaptations that schools need to make to reopen safely and the logistical and financial barriers that will entail.
Can Schools Reopen Safely News Story
Can schools safely reopen? Cornell University Health and Safety Director weighs in

NY’s detailed school rules: Masks, temperature checks, 6-foot distance, sports on hold

Syracuse Post Standard News
Nellie Brown speaks with Syracuse News on the difficulties of opening schools, including pointing out that some of the options that are best for safety, like sending kids for half days so they are spaced out as much as possible, may create burdens for families.
Noah Davis, 4, and his brother Able, 2, were among the children and parents that went to Bellevue Elementary School Tuesday, March 17, 2020 to pick up school lunches and homework as schools are closed in the Syracuse School District due to the coronavirus.N. Scott Trimble
NY’s detailed school rules: Masks, temperature checks, 6-foot distance, sports on hold

Cuomo studies, malls wait for instructions on air filters

Times Union News
Nellie Brown speaks with the Time Union on the complications of installing HEPA or MERV filters and the need for ventilation fans in large buildings that are powerful enough to circulate air through high-density filters.
Safety signs are seen on the doors at Crossgates Mall.  Lori Van Buren / Times Union
Cuomo studies, malls wait for instructions on air filters

Mall owners, officials angry at Phase 4 delay

Newsday
Nellie Brown speaks with Newsday on the difficulty of opening shopping malls due to the mindset of shoppers at indoor malls, where people congregate in groups and sit on benches together.
Malls will not be allowed to reopen when the region reaches Phase 4, but large retailers with exterior entrances are operating.  Credit: James Carbone
Mall owners, officials angry at Phase 4 delay

When the pendulum of justice moves backward, your generation must resist it | A 2022 commencement essay

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In an open letter to the Class of 2022, Patricia Campos-Medina, executive director of the Worker Institute, says "You must be comfortable with the tension that exists between going along to get along or challenging the status quo."
When the pendulum of justice moves backward, your generation must resist it | A 2022 commencement essay

Is this the year for gig workers in Albany

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Worker Justice Project Event
Is this the year for gig workers in Albany

Podcast: Organized Labor Sees Promise in Transition to Clean Energy

Lara Skinner, Director of Labor Leading on Climate Initiative Cornell University ILR School spoke with The Kleinman Center for Energy Policy the University of Pennsylvania on a podcast: "Organized Labor Sees Promise in Transition to Clean Energy.
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Podcast: Organized Labor Sees Promise in Transition to Clean Energy

New Report Outlines Equitable Climate Action Plan for Rhode Island

Climate Jobs Rhode Island and Cornell University recently released a report outlining a climate jobs action plan to put Rhode Island on the path to meeting the state’s climate targets and building an equitable renewable energy economy.
The report features policy recommendations to transition Rhode Island to renewable energy with strong labor and equity standards. (istock)
New Report Outlines Equitable Climate Action Plan for Rhode Island

Labor and environmental coalition calls for R.I. to transition to a clean energy economy

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A report by Cornell University researchers details crises involving climate change, the pandemic, and inequality, recommends major public projects involving wind energy, schools, and electrical grid
Wind energy
Labor and environmental coalition calls for R.I. to transition to a clean energy economy

New York's food delivery bicyclists and drivers demand more workplace rights

CBS News logo
This piece mentions a survey out of the ILR School and the advocacy group Los Deliveristas Unidos finding that two-thirds of the surveyed delivery drivers work at least six days a week and average just over $12 per hour, including tips.
Delivery driver in the snow
New York's food delivery bicyclists and drivers demand more workplace rights

The Market Starts Speaking Out on a Tech Worker Union Effort at The New York Times

"Unions play an institutional role in influencing decisions in capitalist systems as shareholders," said Patricia Campos-Medina, executive director for the Worker Institute at the Cornell University School of International Labor Relations.
Eduardo Munoz Alvarez | VIEW press | Corbis | Getty Images
The Market Starts Speaking Out on a Tech Worker Union Effort at The New York Times

Activision Blizzard employees at Raven Software ask management to recognize new union

The Washington Post
“Given the negative publicity that Activision Blizzard has received regarding its conduct toward employees, Microsoft should pay particular attention to the importance of respecting employees’ rights to organize," said Prof. Risa Lieberwitz , Academic Director or the Worker Institute.
(Washington Post illustration; iStock)
Activision Blizzard employees at Raven Software ask management to recognize new union

Video game giant Activision Blizzard faces worker walkout

NBC News
Video game giant Activision Blizzard faces worker walkout. "This is a really important moment for everyone," says Risa Lieberwitz, Academic Director, The Worker Institute.
Video Game Workers Walk Out
Video game giant Activision Blizzard faces worker walkout

Supreme Court Blocks Biden’s COVID-19 Vaccine or Test Rule, Allows Healthcare Requirement

Vaccine rules issues by New York State and New York City unlikely to be affected by Supreme Court decision blocking vaccine-or- testing rule for large businesses, says Prof. Risa Lieberwitz, Academic Director, The Worker Institute.
Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images
Supreme Court Blocks Biden’s COVID-19 Vaccine or Test Rule, Allows Healthcare Requirement

WORK ‘All work produces value’: What experts say Eric Adams gets wrong about ‘low skill’ workers

cnbc.com news
“All work is work and all work is dignified,” says Patricia Campos-Medina, executive director of The Worker Institute at Cornell University. “All work produces value for our economy.”
People walk outside Dunkin’ Donuts in New York City.Noam Galai | Getty Images Entertainment | Getty Images
WORK ‘All work produces value’: What experts say Eric Adams gets wrong about ‘low skill’ workers

Amazon Reaches Federal Settlement Allowing Workers More Leeway to Organize

Wall Street Journal
Amazon's NLRB settlement allowing workers more leeway to organize “can give an enormous boost to organizing at Amazon and at other large employers in the United States,” says Risa Lieberwitz of ILR's Worker Institute.
Staten Island Amazon workers protested in New York’s Times Square Wednesday as they demand union rights. PHOTO: AHMED GABER/REUTERS
Amazon Reaches Federal Settlement Allowing Workers More Leeway to Organize

The Pandemic Struck Orchestras With Underlying Conditions Hard

The New York Times
“Workers across the spectrum are demanding more and feel like they have more power,” said Patricia Campos-Medina, a longtime labor activist who serves as executive director of Cornell University’s Worker Institute.
The Springfield Symphony Orchestra in 2019, before the pandemic. performing a Tchaikovsky’s piano concerto with Viktor Valkov, the guest soloist, and Kevin Rhodes conducting.Credit...Chad Anderson
The Pandemic Struck Orchestras With Underlying Conditions Hard

RED STRIKETOBER

Dr. Patricia Campos-Medina, the Executive Director of the Worker Institute at the Cornell School of Industrial Labor Relations, says one of the biggest factors is the global pandemic. Campos-Medina points out that many workers had to deal with enhanced risks in the workplace.
Red blob with text "We Demand to Be Heard"
RED STRIKETOBER

The Great Resignation: Why four million US workers a month are leaving their jobs

Patricia Campos-Medina, Executive Director of The Worker Institute at Cornell University, lists some of the factors contributing to this talent drain, among them dissatisfaction. “We have been through times of personal and financial anxiety."
Nurses in San Francisco protesting for better work conditions on November 10. JUSTIN SULLIVAN (AFP)
The Great Resignation: Why four million US workers a month are leaving their jobs

Solving labor, last-mile delivery key to Amazon's 1-day shipping ambitions

S&P Global News
"I think workers want more security for going back to work, which includes more control over their lives," Campos-Medina said. "We are seeing a seismic shift in what workers expect. It's not as easy as a sign-on bonus or raising wages."
Workers pack and ship customer orders at the 750,000-square-foot Amazon fulfillment center in Romeoville, Ill. Source: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Solving labor, last-mile delivery key to Amazon's 1-day shipping ambitions

Gig Companies Can’t Take Everyone for a Ride

Wall Street Journal
42% of food delivery workers say they've been underpaid, according to ILR's Worker Institute and the Workers Justice Project's study cited by The Wall Street Journal in wake of FTC warning to companies about unfair practices.
DoorDash driver
Gig Companies Can’t Take Everyone for a Ride

Nice work week, if you can get it

NPR logo
In this episode of Planet Money, Ileen DeVault discusses the origins of the 40-hour work week.
Nice work week, if you can get it

Chuck Schumer Aims to Deliver Infrastructure Dollars to Help Food Couriers

The City NYC News
Nearly half said they’ve been in a crash while doing a delivery, according to the survey done by the Workers Justice Project and the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) rode with a group of Deliveristas in Hamilton Heights, Oct. 13, 2021. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY
Chuck Schumer Aims to Deliver Infrastructure Dollars to Help Food Couriers

How low-wage workers are taking back power in the ‘Great Resignation’

Patricia Campos-Medina, the executive director of the Worker Institute at Cornell University, said workers, even if not through formal unions, are demanding basic rights. “What we’re seeing is a fundamental shift in the relationship between service workers, low-wage service workers, and employers,” she said.
Sign about labor shortage
How low-wage workers are taking back power in the ‘Great Resignation’

Activision Bias Settlement Draws Challenge From California

Bloomberg Law
Risa Lieberwitz, Worker Institute Academic Director and a professor of labor and employment law at Cornell University, said "My overall assessment is that it would be unusual for a state agency to object to an EEOC settlement."
Legal books
Activision Bias Settlement Draws Challenge From California

Fed up by pandemic, US food workers launch rare strikes

AP News logo
After decades of watching companies chip away at pay and benefits, food workers sense that they have a rare upper hand in the wake of the pandemic, says Patricia Campos-Medina, the executive director of The Worker Institute at ILR Cornell.
Kellog workers on Strike
Fed up by pandemic, US food workers launch rare strikes

Worker advocates demand transparency in Port Authority's million-dollar deal with Amazon

Patricia Campos-Medina, executive director of the Worker Institute at Cornell University and a specialist in worker rights in the logistics and distribution industry, wanted to know if the company is committed to long-term jobs at its logistics facilities, saying negotiations like these can include Community Benefit Agreements.
Image from North Jersey Article
Worker advocates demand transparency in Port Authority's million-dollar deal with Amazon

Study explores ‘harrowing’ safety risks mobile app-based delivery workers face

From December through April, researchers from Los Deliveristas Unidos, the Worker’s Justice Project and The Worker Institute at Cornell University surveyed 500 adult couriers from around the city. They found that 49% of the respondents had experienced a crash or some other type of incident.
food delivery worker
Study explores ‘harrowing’ safety risks mobile app-based delivery workers face

New York Passes Sweeping Bills to Improve Conditions for Delivery Workers

The New York Times
A survey of 500 app food delivery workers by the Worker Institute at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the Workers Justice Project found that 42 percent of workers had experienced being underpaid or not paid at all.
New York City is home to the largest food delivery market in the country. The slate of legislation would set minimum pay for workers and enable them to set limits on how far they are willing to travel.Credit...
New York Passes Sweeping Bills to Improve Conditions for Delivery Workers

A Search for the Delivery Worker in a Viral Hurricane Ida Video

The New Yorker
The Worker’s Justice Project and researchers from Cornell University, the group released a report on the working conditions in the delivery industry in New York, based in part on a survey of five hundred app delivery workers.
The photographer Johnny Miller ​​felt compelled to find the food-delivery worker he’d caught on video and pass on the money his recording made.
A Search for the Delivery Worker in a Viral Hurricane Ida Video

How the US labor movement is getting to grips with the climate crisis

The Guardian
Through organizing led in part by the Climate Jobs National Resource Center and the Workers Institute at Cornell University, this strategy has been adopted in other states around the US, such as New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Illinois and Texas.
The old jobs are not coming back in coal towns like Danville, West Virginia. ‘You really have to think holistically about how you support the community through the transition.’ Photograph: Chris Jackson/AP
How the US labor movement is getting to grips with the climate crisis

Revolt of the Delivery Workers

while DoorDash claims Manhattan workers make $33 per hour, including tips, when you factor in expenses, delivery workers have a base pay of $7.87 per hour, according to a recent study of app-based workers conducted by the Cornell Worker Institute and the Worker’s Justice Project.
Bike delivery worker NYC
Revolt of the Delivery Workers

NYC Food Delivery Workers Face Paltry Pay and High Risks, Analysis Shows

The City NYC News
Even with tips, average pay amounted to $12.21 an hour, the report determined. Organizers from the worker advocacy group that conducted the survey along with the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations hope that their findings will prompt government action.
food delivery worker
NYC Food Delivery Workers Face Paltry Pay and High Risks, Analysis Shows

New York Delivery Drivers Face Low Pay Even as Risks Mount

Bloomberg News
fter accounting for expenses like electric bikes and batteries, the median hourly wage for delivery workers in New York City is $7.94, excluding tips, according to a study conducted by advocacy group Worker’s Justice Project in partnership with Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
Delivery biker in New York City in the rain
New York Delivery Drivers Face Low Pay Even as Risks Mount

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