Tesla’s electric ‘Semi Truck’ signals future, but risks straining company resources

On Thursday Tesla will unveil an electric semi-truck, the company’s first and much anticipated freight industry vehicle.Arthur Wheaton, an automotive expert and senior extension associate with Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations says that while the shift to electric trucks makes sense in the long term, Tesla may be straining its resources. Bio: […]

Non-Disclosure laws cover up decades of sexual harassment

Over the past few weeks dozens of women have come forward with accounts of sexual harassments or assaults by famed Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. The allegations shed light on the widespread use of confidential agreement and internal arbitration systems – in Hollywood and other industries – to settle disputes and keep abuses out of the […]

China’s electric car switch to rattle industry, drive up price of lithium

Chinese regulators recently announced that the government is setting up a timetable to end production and sales of petrol and diesel cars. China is following the example of other countries, such as Britain and France, that announced similar moves towards cleaner vehicles in the coming years. Arthur Wheaton, an automotive expert with Cornell University’s School […]

Upstate New York ride-hailing drives gig economy

Starting today, Uber and Lyft can operate in Upstate New York, including large cities like Buffalo, Syracuse, Binghamton and Rochester. While legislators allowed the expansion of ride-hailing companies in the region, counties reserve the right to opt-out should issues arise. Louis Hyman, professor of history and labor at Cornell University and expert on the gig […]

Ford tackles dwindling sales with speedy management layoff

This week, sources at Ford Motor Company told reporters that the automaker plans to cut 10 percent of its salaried jobs in North America and Asia, amidst a larger effort to reduce costs. Arthur Wheaton, an automotive expert and senior extension associate with Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, says the decision to […]

Standards on car emissions hurt industry, but help communities

The Environmental Protection Agency may loosen regulations on car emissions standards, including the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) legislation which binds automakers to a significant improvement in fuel efficiency by 2025. Cornell University experts comment on what this means for the environment, and the industry.   Max Zhang, associate professor of engineering and a fellow […]

Trump’s immigration ‘compromise’ ignores basic economics

Maria Lorena Cook, a professor of comparative labor at Cornell University’s ILR school and author of several books on labor movements in Latin America and unauthorized migration, argues the Trump administration’s immigration policy must include a legal pathway for millions of workers whose labor has become central to agriculture, construction, hospitality and services sectors. Cook […]

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 […]