Puzder’s withdrawal shows power of progressive advocates

Dania Rajendra, extension faculty at the Worker Institute at Cornell ILR, says Puzder’s poor record as an employer and lobbyist alienated the vast majority of people in the U.S., including Trump voters. Rajendra says: “Puzder’s withdrawal shows the power of progressive advocates working together across issues – women’s rights, workers’ rights, civil rights, among others – in […]

Regressive leadership makes Puzder unfit to head Labor

Labor experts at the Worker Institute at Cornell ILR say the prospects of Andrew Puzder’s confirmation as labor secretary raises serious concerns about the Trump administration’s ability to enforce existing legal protections for workers as well as promote fairer policy and better labor standards.   Jeffrey Grabelsky, associate director of the Worker Institute at Cornell […]

Uber shuns civil society with bumbled response to strike

The ride-sharing service Uber has been at the center of much criticism after the company decided to break a taxi union’s strike against Trump’s immigration orders on Saturday, a move that is provoking continuing protests this week. Dania Rajendra, extension faculty at Cornell University’s Worker Institute, says Uber’s transparent attempt to profit from a demonstration […]

Immigration plan pushback must include undocumented workers

Shannon Gleeson, a Cornell University professor of labor relations and an expert on low-wage and immigrant labor, says that resistance to Trump’s pronouncements on immigration has focused on one subgroup of refugees while disregarding others – such as low-wage workers from Mexico and Central America, already deeply marginalized. Bio: https://www.ilr.cornell.edu/people/shannon-gleeson   Gleeson says: “Immigration policy is […]

Trump’s immigration policy profits few, hurts most

Maria Figueroa is chair of Cornell University’s Precarious Work Initiative, a research group that studies issues affecting low wage and contingent workers. She says Trump’s executive orders on immigration and border security are appalling, counterproductive and divisive. Bio: https://www.ilr.cornell.edu/people/maria-figueroa   Figueroa says:   “The idea of building a wall to separate the United States from Mexico is […]

Automakers want tax credits, not a trade war

Arthur Wheaton, automotive expert and senior extension associate with Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, says that Trump’s promise to rock the boat and help domestic companies may play well with the auto industry. Bio: https://www.ilr.cornell.edu/people/arthur-wheaton   Wheaton says: “President Trump campaigned on rocking the boat and dramatically changing global agreements. If changes are to be […]

Union leader, not Trump, is winner of Twitter clash

Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of labor education research at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations is expert in labor policy and union strategies. She says Trump’s recent Tweets to United Steelworkers 1999 President Chuck Jones come across as bullying an individual voter. Bio: https://www.ilr.cornell.edu/people/kate-bronfenbrenner   Bronfenbrenner says:  “This exchange puts Trump in a peculiar position […]

New app helps workers fight employer abuses, wage theft

The Worker Institute at Cornell, of the School of Industrial Labor Relations, plays critical role in development of The Jornaler@ Wage Theft App WHAT: Launch of Jornaler@ App ­– a new app that allows users to safely share their experiences and report abusive and neglectful employers, simplifying the process of documenting wage theft and other […]

Trump immigration plan throwback to ‘Operation Wetback’

Louis Hyman, professor of history and labor at Cornell University, and Natasha Iskander, professor of public policy at New York University say that President Eisenhower’s Operation Wetback, which deported an estimated 1.1 million undocumented migrants in 1954 and was endorsed by president-elect Trump during his campaign, had terrible social and economic consequences, and cautions against […]

Cornell professors comment on Trump’s presidency

  Working-class Trump supporters need better jobs, unions’ help Ileen Devault, professor of labor History at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations who studies the history of the working class in America and author of “Sons and Daughters of Labor,” explains why a key to unifying the nation must involve elevating workers into a […]