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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. 

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

Meet Our New Team Members

The Worker Institute is excited to introduce to you our four new team members. They will help fill critical needs we have as well as bring a wealth of vital experience and new energy and vision to the Worker Institute.
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Meet Our New Team Members

Message from Patricia Campos-Medina, Executive Director, The Worker Institute

The Worker Institute's Executive Director, Patricia Campos-Medina, wishes everyone a happy and healthy 2022.
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Message from Patricia Campos-Medina, Executive Director, The Worker Institute

Reports and Publications

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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

Estimating and Understanding Bridgeport Public School Emissions through a Carbon-Free Healthy Schools Tool

Researchers from the Labor Leading on Climate team in collaboration with Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs recently developed a geospatial dashboard to analyze Bridgeport Public School District environmental health issues while calculating potential emissions. This tool was made to support the Connecticut Carbon-Free Healthy School initiative.
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Estimating and Understanding Bridgeport Public School Emissions through a Carbon-Free Healthy Schools Tool

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

Video game giant Activision Blizzard faces worker walkout

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

Profile of a Platform-Worker

Profile of a platform worker Espen Utne Landgraff, who lives and works in Oslo, Norway by journalist E. Tammy Kim.
Drawing of Espen Utne Landgraff by Molly Crabapple
Profile of a Platform-Worker

NLLI Facebook Live Interview Montserrat Garibay

National Labor Leadership Initiative Facebook Live Series: "How are NLLI Leaders Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis." Jennifer Beuthin interviewing Montserrat Garibay, the Secretary-Treasurer of the Texas AFL-CIO, Wednesday, July 15th.
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NLLI Facebook Live Interview Montserrat Garibay

NLLI Facebook Live Interview Siobhan Vipond

National Labor Leadership Initiative Facebook Live Series: "How are NLLI Leaders Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis." Jennifer Beuthin interviewing Siobhan Vipond, Secretary-Treasurer, Alberta Labour Federation. Wednesday, July 8th, 2020.
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NLLI Facebook Live Interview Siobhan Vipond

Cornell Union Leadership Institute Student Survives Covid-19

Gene Carroll, Co-Director of the NYS AFL-CIO/Cornell Union Leadership Institute (ULI) writes on an experience of a member of the current Institute class who contracted COVID-19
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Cornell Union Leadership Institute Student Survives Covid-19

NLLI Facebook Live Interview Mark Lauritsen

National Labor Leadership Initiative Facebook Live Series: "How are NLLI Leaders Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis." Kathleen Mulligan interviewing Mark Lauritsen, International Vice President of UFCW, NLLI Alum Year 2, May 19th, 2020.
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NLLI Facebook Live Interview Mark Lauritsen

Interview with Zaborah Roane, a childcare professional for over 20 years

Zaborah Roane has worked as a childcare professional for over 20 years. She is a member of the NDWA and a leader of We Dream in Black’s Raleigh chapter, a project of the NDWA to empower Black domestic workers.
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Interview with Zaborah Roane, a childcare professional for over 20 years

Labor Solidarity and Racial Injustice

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