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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.
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The Ideological Foundations of the Mobilization of the Unemployed

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

Washing for Dignity and Safety on the Job:  Workers in the NJ Retail Laundromat Industry

A new report by the Laundry Workers Center and the Cornell ILR Worker Institute examines the work and socio-economic conditions of workers in the retail laundromat industry in New Jersey.  
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Washing for Dignity and Safety on the Job:  Workers in the NJ Retail Laundromat Industry

New Curriculum Will Prepare Students for Future World of Work Challenges

Core strengths of ILR's broad disciplinary major remain as undergraduate curriculum is updated. Incremental implementation of changes begins in fall 2022.
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New Curriculum Will Prepare Students for Future World of Work Challenges

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

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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’

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.
Bolts of fabric
The Post-COVID Future of the Apparel Industry

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.
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Making Care Systems More Equitable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wisconsin workers fight factory move to Mexico: ‘Anxiety is through the roof’

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Professor Rosemary Batt, an expert on how private equity affects workers and communities, provides context for the actions of Opengate Capital, which acquired Hufcor, a company in Wisconsin, and announced plans to move 166 jobs to Mexico.
Wisconsin workers fight factory move to Mexico: ‘Anxiety is through the roof’

Asia's apparel industry threatened by rising sea levels, study warns

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According to new research by Jason Judd and J. Lowell Jackson of the New Conversations Project, large sections of apparel-producing areas in Asia will be underwater by 2030.
Asia's apparel industry threatened by rising sea levels, study warns

How despite losing multiple rulings, Station keeps fending off a Culinary contract

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This piece references a 2007 study by Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of labor education research, which found that over half of workers were still without a contract one year after the union election victory.
How despite losing multiple rulings, Station keeps fending off a Culinary contract

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Cornell University ILR School

Reporters and ILR experts connect hundreds of times every year to bring understandable knowledge about complex work, labor and employment issues to the public. Providing perspectives on international, national, state and regional news, our faculty's expertise is wide ranging. Unions, economics, HR, inequality, conflict resolution, disability, health and safety, labor history, workplace behavior and labor law are among our topic areas.

Founded in 1945 as the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations, we are known today as the ILR School.

Key Research and Expertise Areas

  • Criminal Justice Employment Initiative – improves employment opportunities for people with criminal records by designing and delivering legal employment training to close information gaps, implement best practices and integrate job seekers with criminal records into the workforce.
  • Disability Employment – employer training, student transition to adulthood, U.S. disability statistics, ADA, autism in the workplace. Our Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability advances knowledge, policy and practice to enhance equal opportunities for all people with disabilities.
  • Dispute Resolution – management and labor, employment contracts, corporations, negotiations, mandatory arbitration. The Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution teaches practical skills for use in the workplace and beyond.
  • Diversity Equity and Inclusion – workplace issues, inequality, gender/racial bias, stereotyping and inequality. Many of our academic and outreach activities address DEI.
  • Employee Relations – workplace practices, workplace culture, engagement, health care industry, innovative practices.
  • Future of Work and Gig Economy – workplace technological change, organizational change, temp workers, on-demand platform workers, history of capitalism. Our Institute for Workplace Studies and Worker Institute are among ILR resources for future of work and gig economy expertise.
  • Human Resources – employment policies, benefits, training, motivation, creativity, job creation, turnover, performance, well-being, entrepreneurship, star employees, virtual work, leadership, layoffs, talent, HR strategy, analytics, leadership, job quality, career building, absenteeism, strategy. The Cornell Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies focuses on research and best practices.
  • Immigration – immigrant worker rights, DACA, immigration and workplace law at the subfederal, federal and International levels, effects of temporary immigration status and worker legal mobilization.
  • International Economic Policy – global labor markets, human rights, state-labor relations in China, China urbanization, labor standards in global supply chains.
  • Labor – organized labor, labor law, collective bargaining, private/public sector unions, union leadership, labor history, labor relations, NLRB, low-wage work, green jobs, labor contracts, gendered workplace, migrants’ social movements, call centers, health and safety. The Worker Institute addresses many aspects of labor.
  • Labor Economics – labor market analysis, pay trends, wages, gender wage gap, wage inequality, economic history.
  • Labor Law – labor rights, employment law, ethical governance of workplace technologies and employment discrimination. Our Labor and Employment Law Program merges law and social science research to provide perspectives.
  • Workplace Analytics and Big Data – staffing, algorithms, Bayesian statistics, statistical theory, methods and analysis, health care industry. ILR is home to the Labor Dynamics Institute.
  • Workplace Behavior – creativity, influence, psychological entitlement, culture, consent, substance abuse, leadership, organizational change, group dynamics, health and safety.
  • Workplace Sexual Harassment – economic consequences of sexual assault and harassment, statistics, prevention education.

Tip Sheets

 
Uber, UK union deal may have global ramifications of labor rights

May 27, 2021
Maria Figueroa, director of labor and policy research at Cornell University’s Worker Institute, says this development in the U.K could have global influence on labor law reforms that benefit gig workers. 
 

Labor disputes take center stage as US, Mexico and Canada talk trade

May 14, 2021
Desirée LeClercq, is a professor of employment law and an expert on labor provisions in trade agreements. She spent seven years at the ILO, where she advised various governments and the EU on how to draft and implement their trade agreements’ labor chapters. 


Biden's EV pitch gives auto industry a vital boost to all-electric goal

May 14, 2021
Art Wheaton, an expert on the automotive industry at ILR, says car companies alone can’t achieve all-electric fleets in the next two decades without federal investment.  


McDonald's anti-harassment training could lead to backlash

April 14, 2021
Vanessa Bohns, associate professor of organizational behavior at Cornell University, studies social influence and the psychology of compliance and consent. She says that sexual harassment training by McDonald's must be combined with other initiatives to be effective.   

 
With semiconductor shortage, Biden faces 'billions in manufacturing stoppages'

April 12, 2021
Arthur Wheaton, an expert on the automotive industry at the ILR School, says demand for semiconductor chips among automakers is only going to increase as more electric vehicles are introduced into fleets, and that it may lead to “billions in manufacturing stoppages.”

Target's commitment to Black-owned business reflects GenZ expectations

April 9, 2021
Tony Byers, diversity and inclusion programs director at the ILR School, says of Target's commitment to Black-owned businesses that GenZ "seemingly have higher expectations for corporate commitment to social, economic, and environmental change."

March jobs report to show New York recovery lags behind

April 1, 2021
Russell Weaver, economic geographer and director of research at the Cornell ILR Buffalo Co-Lab, says while the March jobs report is poised to show continued signs of economic recovery, New York state is still lagging behind the rest of the nation.

Biden's offshore wind goals 'exactly what US needs'

March 30, 2021
Lara Skinner is the director of the Worker Institute’s Labor Leading on Climate Initiative and an expert on labor and employment issues related to sustainability, climate protection and clean energy. She says the Biden administration’s goal to build a large offshore wind industry demonstrates his commitment to tackling climate change and creating high-quality jobs for Americans.

TikTok anti-bullying efforts will drive behavior change

March 10, 2021
Vanessa Bohns, associate professor of organizational behavior Cornell University’s ILR School, says TikTok’s efforts should have a positive impact on improving the online community.

In embracing hybrid work, Salesforce sees clear cost savings

February 10, 2021
Salesforce, a leading cloud-based software company based in San Francisco, announced this week that it would allow its employees to “work remotely part or full time after the pandemic.” Bradford S. Bell says that Salesforce is not alone in suggesting hybrid work arrangements in the long term. He adds that such decisions carry important cost-saving and other benefits for companies with a significant real estate footprint, like Salesforce.

Bitter economics, lofty promises underpin farmers protests in India

December 2, 2020
Protests are spreading in India, where farmers are rallying against new agricultural laws that they say will undermine their livelihood and benefit big corporations. Sarah Besky, associate professor in the ILR School at Cornell University, studies labor relations with an emphasis on farming and the tea industry in India. She is available for interviews about the economic dynamics underlying the current protests.

 

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Who We Are

  • Communications Director
As a news reporter and/or editor, Mary Catt worked at the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Syracuse Herald-Journal, Syracuse Post-Standard, Times Herald-Record and Reading Times. She was a stringer for The New York Times and wrote for Fodor's, Runner's World, USA Today and other publications. (315) 651-1168 mc834@cornell.edu

  • Communications Specialist
Julie Greco joined the ILR Communications and Marketing staff in June 2019 after 14 years in Cornell’s Athletic Communications office. As a critical member of the team focused on ILR’s internal and external communications strategy, Greco concentrates on the office’s storytelling, media relations and analytics work. (315) 559-3422 jag235@cornell.edu

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