To govern, Macron will need more than a victory on Sunday

On Sunday, French voters will decide who will be their next president in the second – and final – round of a critical election. The two candidates – both fringe in French politics – are pro-business, centrist Emmanuel Macron and anti-immigrant, far-right Marine Le Pen. Cornell University experts comment on this race and how the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Study finds dramatic improvement in unions’ practices

ITHACA, N.Y. – In a dramatic shift of practice during the past 20 years, U.S. unions are progressively embracing conventional organizational habits according to research led by Lois S. Gray, professor of labor management relations at Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. The research findings suggest “unions have increasingly adopted more formal and systematic […]

Enforcement clause of TPP deal is key to worker protection

Lance Compa, attorney and expert in labor law and corporate fairness at Cornell University’s ILR School, discusses the implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a major trade agreement between the United States, Japan and 11 other Pacific Rim nations.   Compa says: “Workers’ rights advocates will want to carefully study the TPP’s labor chapter to see […]