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NYC Food Delivery Workers Face a ‘Harrowing World’

New York City’s app-based delivery workers regularly face nonpayment or underpayment, unsanitary or unsafe working conditions and the risk of violence, according to a new ILR School report.
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NYC Food Delivery Workers Face a ‘Harrowing World’

Bohns’ Book on Influence Now Available

In “You Have More Influence Than You Think,” Associate Professor Vanessa Bohns explains how to recognize the influence we have over others.
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Bohns’ Book on Influence Now Available

Time to Change the Study of Consent

Associate Professor Vanessa Bohns says that consent has been a neglected topic in mainstream psychology. In an upcoming article, she argues now is the time to build a better psychological definition.
The word "consent" written on blocks
Time to Change the Study of Consent

New Report: New Yorkers Indicate That Retaliation Prevents Them From Exposing Workplace Dangers

Workers in NY are more likely than those in the rest of the country to feel pressure to refrain from reporting workplace problems such as sexual harassment and health and safety violations to avoid employer retaliation, according to analysis from the National Employment Law Project and the Worker Institute.
Sexual Harassment Complaint Form
New Report: New Yorkers Indicate That Retaliation Prevents Them From Exposing Workplace Dangers

Pay Inequity Among Peers Effects Turnover

In new research, Assistant Professor JR Keller and his co-authors examine how workgroup demographics affects employees’ responses to pay inequality.
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Pay Inequity Among Peers Effects Turnover

The Post-COVID Future of the Apparel Industry

A new paper from ILR’s New Conversation Project differentiates between apparel industry changes brought on by COVID-19 and those that result from the industry’s natural trajectory.
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The Post-COVID Future of the Apparel Industry

Takeout Couriers in China Quietly Strike ‘Under the Radar’

Research from Chuxuan “Victoria” Liu ’21 and Eli Friedman documents “ministrikes” by small groups of food couriers in China.
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Takeout Couriers in China Quietly Strike ‘Under the Radar’

NSF Funds Work To Flag Bad Online Behavior

Associate Professor Vanessa Bohns is a member of the multidisciplinary Prosocial Project, which has received a four-year, $1.19 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study the emergence and maintenance of norms to deter negative online behavior.
Associate Professor Vanessa Bohns in the hallway of the Ives Faculty Building.
NSF Funds Work To Flag Bad Online Behavior

The Ideological Foundations of the Mobilization of the Unemployed

Assistant Professor Dina Bishara compared Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco to explore the emergence – or lack thereof – of collective associations of unemployed university graduates.
Egyptian students studying in a university library
The Ideological Foundations of the Mobilization of the Unemployed

Report: Ithaca Economy Shouldn’t Return to Business As Usual

An ILR faculty-led report offers nine recommendations that seek to reduce racial disparities and wage inequalities, remove barriers to work and promote living-wage jobs in growth areas.
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Report: Ithaca Economy Shouldn’t Return to Business As Usual

Making Care Systems More Equitable

In collaboration with the Gender Policy Report, researchers at the The Worker Institute co-authored a new report that provides guidance on several measures and principles they say should be built into any new child care, long-term care and health care investments in order to drive greater equity.
Exhausted Black nurse during COVID
Making Care Systems More Equitable

Managers Who Listen Attract Top Talent

In new research out of the ILR School, Assistant Professors John McCarthy and JR Keller suggest that managers who encourage employee input may gain an internal recruiting advantage over those who do not.
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Managers Who Listen Attract Top Talent

Archivists and Curators Share Favorite Artifacts

The Kheel Center’s Steven Calco and Marcie Farwell join archivists from across the Cornell University Library system to display some of the rare and distinctive collections that support Cornell scholarship and attract researchers from all over the world.
Marcie Farwell, the Gordon and Marjorie Osborne Textile Industry Curator at the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives
Archivists and Curators Share Favorite Artifacts

Build Capacity, Not Sanctions

Trade agreements should include more resources for trade partners, says Assistant Professor Desiree LeClercq.
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Build Capacity, Not Sanctions

Codes of Conduct for Supply Chains Challenged

“Private Regulation of Labor Standards in Global Supply Chains,” a new book by Professor Sarosh Kuruvilla, examines the effectiveness of corporate social responsibility in improving labor standards in global supply chains.
Cover art for Sarosh Kuruvilla's book, “Private Regulation of Labor Standards in Global Supply Chains.”
Codes of Conduct for Supply Chains Challenged

Reconciling Social Rights and Economic Development

International organizations must improve coordination with each other to help governments recover from COVID-19, says Assistant Professor Desiree LeClercq.
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Reconciling Social Rights and Economic Development

Africana Library Exhibit Explores MLK’s Labor Activism

An earlier version of the exhibit “All Labor Has Dignity” was displayed in 2019 at the Kheel Center.
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Africana Library Exhibit Explores MLK’s Labor Activism

‘Di Linke’ Conference Videos Available Online

Videos from a December 2020 conference focused on the Jewish Peoples Fraternal Order archives, housed at ILR’s Kheel Center in Catherwood Library, are now available for viewing.
Image from the IWO/JPFO archives in the Kheel Center
‘Di Linke’ Conference Videos Available Online

Understanding Workplace Dispute Resolution and Voice

A new paper from Associate Professor Ariel Avgar addresses the five key ways in which non-union firms handle dispute resolution.
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Understanding Workplace Dispute Resolution and Voice

New Conversations Project Releases Social Dialogue Report

A year-long mapping exercise, utilizing COVID-19 as a “stress test,” has resulted in 10 country-specific reports on the state of worker organizing, bargaining and social dialogue in garment-producing nations.
Garment workers in an Indonesian factory
New Conversations Project Releases Social Dialogue Report

Sweet Rewards Valued More

New research from Professor Michele Belot finds that children enjoy sweet foods more after receiving them as a reward.
An assorted mix of candy and jellies
Sweet Rewards Valued More

ILR Review Special Issue Set for May

The May issue of the ILR School’s peer-reviewed journal explores new theories that help us understand economic and social changes that affect employment relations.
The cover of the ILR Review
ILR Review Special Issue Set for May

Technology Is Displacing Workers, But Not The Way You Think

New research co-authored by Associate Professor Adam Seth Litwin and Sherry M. Tanious ’17 suggests that companies focused on quality, not price, are more likely to use technology to empower workers rather than to replace them with temps.
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Technology Is Displacing Workers, But Not The Way You Think

Higher-Income Individuals Take More COVID-19 Safety Precautions

New research co-authored by ILR Professor Michèle Belot focuses on the role socioeconomics played in individuals’ health-related decisions during the early months of the pandemic.

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Higher-Income Individuals Take More COVID-19 Safety Precautions

Want to Hire More Women? Expand Your Short List.

New research co-authored by Assistant Professor Brian Lucas found that when considering candidates for a position in a male-dominated field, people consistently included more women on longer “short lists.”

Men and women wait for a job interview
Want to Hire More Women? Expand Your Short List.

The Pros and Cons of Working with a Star

New research from ILR Associate Professor Rebecca Kehoe lays out the risks and rewards of collaborating with a star at work – which span beyond learning and task performance.

Unrecognizable manager is evaluating a female employee icon with a five star rating versus one with three.
The Pros and Cons of Working with a Star

The Impact of the White Gaze at Work

ILR Assistant Professor Courtney McCluney co-authored new research exploring the ways in which white gaze permeates organizations and is experienced by Black women in the workplace.

A young black women works remotely.
The Impact of the White Gaze at Work

The Downside of a Startup

New research co-authored by Professor M. Diane Burton shows that working for a startup can have long term negative financial implications.

Employees at a startup hold a meeting
The Downside of a Startup

Study Tests Why Internal Hires Outperform External Hires

High-performing internal hires are likely to stay with the organization while high-performing external hires leave more often, according to research by ILR Assistant Professor Ben A. Rissing and Alan Benson ’07.

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Study Tests Why Internal Hires Outperform External Hires

Book Brief: “Tasting Qualities”: What Tea Tells Us

Associate Professor Sarah Besky’s newest book examines the work that goes into making a maintaining the “goodness” in a good cup of tea.

A woman picks tea on a tea plantation in India
Book Brief: “Tasting Qualities”: What Tea Tells Us

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