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 […]

Steering software drives Audi emission scandal

Arthur Wheaton, automotive expert and senior extension associate with Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, explains why Audi’s transmission software is likely the source of the latest emission cheating allegations. Bio: https://www.ilr.cornell.edu/people/arthur-wheaton   Wheaton says: “Audi was caught once again cheating EPA diesel emission rules. This time it was related to the transmission altering […]

‘Most Likeable’ vote important during presidential debate

Sam Nelson, director of the Cornell University Speech and Debate Society and senior lecturer at Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, explains why campaign teams will downplay audience expectations this week, and how the candidates will use subtle debate techniques to increase their ‘likability’ ratings among voters. Bio: https://www.ilr.cornell.edu/people/samuel-nelson For more on Nelson’s debate […]

At work, hierarchies draw narcissist job hunters

ITHACA, N.Y. – People who have narcissistic tendencies are more likely to support hierarchies, according to research by Emily M. Zitek, assistant professor at Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Two hundred to 400 people answered questions in five separate studies, which collected information through online surveys. People with narcissistic traits tended to support […]

Seattle vs Uber: Forefront of a workers’ rights revival

This week, a federal court ruled that neither the Chamber of Commerce nor its associate members, such as Uber, have the legal right to presently challenge Seattle’s controversial local collective bargaining ordinance, which under certain circumstances allows workers not covered by the National Labor Relations Act to seek union representation. Lee Adler, an expert on […]

$10.2 billion environmental fine clears cloud hanging over Volkswagen

Arthur Wheaton, an automotive industry specialist at Cornell University’s ILR School, comments on the possibility that Volkswagen will pay $10.2 billion to settle emission claims.  Bio: https://www.ilr.cornell.edu/people/arthur-wheaton   Wheaton says: “The fine for EPA violations are $37,500 per vehicle and that can be doubled since Volkswagen knowingly and willfully violated the rules. So the total […]