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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.

Work and Coronavirus

We've created a resource to help make sense of how the pandemic is changing the workplace. We will continue to share data, analysis, research and insight from our faculty and experts.

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Visit the Work and Coronavirus hub

Justice at Work: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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WORK! ILR's podcast with Tony Byers

In our latest episode of “WORK! Exploring the Future of Work, Labor and Employment,” our dean, Alex Colvin, speaks with Tony Byers, director of diversity and inclusion programs at the ILR Center for Advanced HR Studies. They talked about what companies and employees can do to make workplaces more diverse, equitable and inclusive for people of color. 

Listen to the podcast
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Listen to the podcast
Training and Education
We help people make their workplaces more inclusive

We offer training at all career stages to help build a more inclusive work culture.

 

Find out more about diversity and inclusion courses you can take now.

Find out about our Chief Diversity Officer program.

New York State: Economy, Policy and Practice

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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.

Cornell ILR Buffalo Co-Lab Announces Mapping and Data Analysis Internship for Social Impact

The Cornell University ILR Buffalo Co-Lab has announced a $50,000 planning grant from The John R. Oishei Foundation for Cornell undergraduates.
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Cornell ILR Buffalo Co-Lab Announces Mapping and Data Analysis Internship for Social Impact

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

The U.S. Can Build the Largest Offshore Wind Industry in the World

The U.S. Can Build the Largest Offshore Wind Industry in the World with a Commitment to Ambitious Climate Action, Racial Justice, and Good Jobs
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The U.S. Can Build the Largest Offshore Wind Industry in the World

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.

ILR professor named Access to Justice Scholar

Professor Shannon Gleeson is one of 7 professors nationally named to the Access to Justice Scholars Program. The announcement was made by the American Bar Foundation and the JPB Foundation – program sponsors – to support faculty research, provide mentorship and build intellectual relationships to improve access to justice and to combat poverty.
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ILR professor named Access to Justice Scholar

The state of labor in a shifting workplace

In 2021, COVID-19 catalyzed unparalleled disruptions and societal shifts in the world of work as the pandemic swept the globe. This Labor Day, we’re highlighting some of the topics ILR experts addressed and their insights on how the world of work will look on Labor Day 2022.
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The state of labor in a shifting workplace

New International and Comparative Labor and Employment Challenges: Dean Colvin and Director Katz Share Insights

Dean Colvin and Director Katz participate in LERA international discussion on employment relations issues.
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New International and Comparative Labor and Employment Challenges: Dean Colvin and Director Katz Share Insights

Collective Representation and Worker Voice

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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.

A Geography of Self-Reported Labor Union Membership in the United States

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A Geography of Self-Reported Labor Union Membership in the United States

A Labor Day Message from Patricia Campos Medina

As we celebrate Labor Day, we at The Worker Institute honor workers by recommitting ourselves to our founding mission to advance collective bargaining rights and collective worker power through our applied research, training, and policy innovation on critical issues facing workers today.
A Labor Day Message from Patricia Campos Medina

UN calls IPCC climate report ‘code red for humanity’ -- how an equitable, resilient, climate jobs movement can save us

Cornell’s Labor Leading on Climate research team addresses findings from the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report and highlights the opportunity for workers and their unions to tackle climate change and reverse inequality through high-quality, union job creation.
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UN calls IPCC climate report ‘code red for humanity’ -- how an equitable, resilient, climate jobs movement can save us

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
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.

Find out more about our senior leadership training
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Find out more about our senior leadership training

Join us for the Virtual Climate Jobs Summit 2021

The Climate Jobs Summit on September 21, 2021, will bring together newly established state Climate Jobs coalitions, labor leaders, union climate activists, environmental and environmental justice advocates, clean-energy developers, policymakers, educators, scientists, and all who want to build the clean-energy economy of tomorrow with good union jobs.
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Join us for the Virtual Climate Jobs Summit 2021

COVID-19 is Transforming Workplace Culture

Redesigned spaces and strategies will greet many when pandemic restrictions lift.
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COVID-19 is Transforming Workplace Culture

Interview with Tracey Corder from the Action Center on Race and the Economy

On June 2nd, 2020, Kathleen Mulligan-Hansel, Co-Director of NLLI, interviewed Tracey Corder from the Action Center on Race and the Economy and graduate of NLLI Year 5 for a powerful conversation on the COVID-19 crisis and the Black Lives Matter movement.
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Interview with Tracey Corder from the Action Center on Race and the Economy

ILR in the News

Our work from the media

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Starbucks seeks vote on union at all 20 Buffalo stores

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Starbucks wants to open up a proposed union vote to include all 20 corporate-owned stores in the Buffalo market, a move that would delay the voting process. According to Cathy Creighton, director of the ILR Buffalo Co-Lab, using delay tactics is standard practice by employers to hold off unionization.
Starbucks seeks vote on union at all 20 Buffalo stores

The pandemic labor market through the eyes of Philly’s immigrant restaurant workers

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Erica Groshen, senior economics advisor, says restaurant workers are suffering due to “monopsony,” a situation where employers can keep wages low because there are enough people out of work with no other option but to take the low-paying job.
The pandemic labor market through the eyes of Philly’s immigrant restaurant workers

Unions split on vaccine mandates, complicating Biden push

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The labor movement is torn over vaccine requirements, but according to Patricia Campos-Medina, executive director for the Worker Institute, mandatory vaccination is such an obviously important public health policy that she expects unions to ultimately accept it.
Unions split on vaccine mandates, complicating Biden push