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Public Impact

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At ILR, we apply thought leadership and research into practice for workers, unions, organizations, and communities to improve the world of work. As a New York State land-grant college, we build community partnerships and trainings to improve workers’ lives across the world and contribute to an organization’s success.

New York at Work 2022

Annual Report

Designed as a resource for policymakers and the public, the ILR School’s annual New York at Work report examines jobs and other issues impacting communities and individuals across the state.

New York State Impact
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Justice at Work: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

See more justice at work: diversity, equity and inclusion stories

“Equity in Focus Summit” is Sept. 22

The ILR School and U.S. Department of Labor will host government officials, labor leaders and workers.
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“Equity in Focus Summit” is Sept. 22

Cook-Gray Lecture Set for Sept. 29

“Gender Inequality in the Labor Market: Continuing Progress?” will be presented by Professor Francine Blau.
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Cook-Gray Lecture Set for Sept. 29

ILR Project Awarded Belonging at Cornell Innovation Grant

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This project – a collaboration between the ILR School, the College of Arts and Sciences, eCornell and the College of Human Ecology – will give the Cornell community a chance to “hear the voices” of those in marginalized communities.
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ILR Project Awarded Belonging at Cornell Innovation Grant

New York State: Economy, Policy, and Practice

See more stories about our work in New York State

As a New York land-grant college, we have a state mandate to apply our work in service to our local communities, state and regional economies, and partners in governance. We create and share knowledge, build relationships, and inform strategies aimed at improving economic well-being for all New Yorkers.

Coupling our strong physical foundations in Buffalo, Ithaca, and New York City with our rapidly expanding virtual presence in the COVID-19 era, our resources and infrastructure allow us to pursue local innovations that have global implications.

Sept. 16 Webinar: New York at Work

State labor commissioners will discuss the report with Ariel Avgar, senior associate dean for Outreach and sponsored research.
New York State Impact
Sept. 16 Webinar: New York at Work

New York at Work 2022 Published

Research-based data and policy analysis on a range of issues impacting New York’s workers, unions and employers are the focus of the ILR School’s second annual Labor Day report.
New York State Impact
New York at Work 2022 Published

Cost of Living is Biggest Concern for NYS Residents

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The cost of living is the most important issue for residents of New York state, according to the Empire State Poll, conducted by the ILR School between June and August.
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Cost of Living is Biggest Concern for NYS Residents

A driving principle behind our research, teaching, training, and practice is that everyone deserves fair and equal access to jobs, housing, healthcare, and other means for achieving economic security. Our work seeks solutions that remove inequitable barriers to economic opportunities, whether those barriers occur within an individual workplace or at the structural levels of our political and economic systems.

You can see a handful of our recent work below.

Global Migration Focus of Conference

ILR Assistant Professor Tristan Ivory is leading “Migration, Gender, and Labor Market Inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Asia-Pacific” Oct. 6-7.
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Global Migration Focus of Conference

Announcing the Global Labor Institute

NCP is now the Global Labor Institute at the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
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Announcing the Global Labor Institute

Child Care Gaps Identified by Co-Lab

The final report of a study the Buffalo Co-Lab conducted with Erie County child care providers, advocates, unions and businesses was released under the banner of Child Care is Everyone's Business.
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Child Care Gaps Identified by Co-Lab

Collective Representation and Worker Voice

See more stories about collective representation workers' voices

We were founded to study and improve the world of work. We have strong research roots in labor relations and negotiations, and our work with varying communities comes from our commitment to understanding collective representation, the perspectives of workers, and improving workers' lives.

Insights Offered by Experts and Tracker Data

ILR offers research-based perspectives and one-the-ground experiences that inform breaking workplace news.
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Insights Offered by Experts and Tracker Data

HR in Hospitality Conference Addresses Pandemic Concerns

The 2022 National HR in Hospitality Conference, organized by Cornell's ILR and Hotel schools, brought together over 300 industry professionals and addressed how the pandemic affected the hotel industry.
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HR in Hospitality Conference Addresses Pandemic Concerns

What is to be Done About Workplace Health and Safety?

Martin Scheinman, Randi Weingarten, and Jessica Martinez analyze workplace health and safety issues.
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What is to be Done About Workplace Health and Safety?

Leadership Development

We work with communities, organizations, departments and companies – all to help develop leaders who will make workplaces and employment itself better. Foundations in management and collective bargaining, and our 75 years in industry put us in a unique position to help develop leaders in business, labor and policy.

CAHRS

Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies

CAHRS is the world's leading partnership between industry and academia, devoted to global human resource management. The CAHRS partnership connects leading companies to Cornell University, the ILR School, and leading faculty, students and intellectual leaders throughout the world.

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Visit CAHRS

Labor Leadership Training

We work with union leaders at national and state levels to develop training programs for aspiring and established leaders within the labor field.

Explore labor leadership programs

Senior Leader Programs

We bring together world-class faculty with business and industry leaders to design and deliver training systems that develop HR, business and management leaders. Learn from world-class faculty dedicated to HR research and driving organizational performance.

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Find out more about our senior leadership training

Healthcare Insights: Exclusive Survey Examines Nation’s Largest Public Health System

John August and Lily Mackey release findings of a survey of NYC Health and Hospitals
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Healthcare Insights: Exclusive Survey Examines Nation’s Largest Public Health System

Healthcare Insights by John August

Scheinman's John August provides an analysis of how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted disparities in health care.
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Healthcare Insights by John August

Creighton, Saleh are 2021-22 Engaged Learning Fellows

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Cathy Creighton, Buffalo Co-Lab director, and Matthew Saleh, Yang-Tan Institute research associate, have been named two of Cornell’s 2021-22 Faculty Fellows in Engaged Learning.
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Creighton, Saleh are 2021-22 Engaged Learning Fellows

ILR in the News

Our work from the media

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Striketober Is Back As Workers Fight To Close The Wage Gap

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“Workers risked their lives and the lives of their families during Covid, but when they asked for time off or basic benefits, companies said no,” says Kate Bronfenbrenner.
Striketober Is Back As Workers Fight To Close The Wage Gap

Unions could face a big obstacle in 2023 if the economy falls into a recession

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“I think it will certainly make it more difficult if we do have a recession, where it’s harder for employees to find other employment, they [may] be less likely to take the risk of unionization,” says Catherine Creighton, director of the Buffalo Co-Lab.
Unions could face a big obstacle in 2023 if the economy falls into a recession

Let's strike! But just for a day or two

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Cathy Creighton, director of the Buffalo Co-Lab, addresses short strikes, in which workers go on strike for a predetermined amount of time to draw attention to their issues with minimum effect on their income.
Let's strike! But just for a day or two