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 […]

Raising wages won’t solve income inequality, but will help poor Americans

Two of the nation’s largest states – California and New York – are exploring proposals to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Kim Weeden, director of the Center for the Study of Inequality at Cornell University, says while raising the minimum wage will unlikely decrease the levels of income inequality, it would make […]

Restaurant industry unharmed by modest minimum wage hikes

ITHACA, N.Y. – In the past 20 years, whenever federal, state or local laws have modestly raised minimum wages, the U.S. restaurant industry has opposed them. Restaurateurs say higher wages force them to cut staff and increase prices to offset reduced revenue, which in turn makes their customers unhappy, slashes profits and even puts their […]

Fast-food wage debate likely to boil over into election season

This week, tens of thousands of workers nationwide walked off their job in an effort to raise minimum pay to $15 an hour. Kate Bronfenbrenner, Cornell University senior lecturer at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, says the latest strike reinforces the message that raising the minimum wage is a primary political issue for […]

Global fast food strike a new way to serve social justice

As fast food businesses and consumers throughout the United States and around the world prepare for Thursday’s planned strike to call for higher wages for industry workers, two labor movement experts from Cornell University’s ILR School and the Worker Institute at Cornell call the action a unique type of labor strike and a potential step […]

Fast-food strike expands call for better wages, working conditions

CORNELL UNIVERSITY MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE Fast-food strike expands call for better wages, working conditions Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 A national day of strikes is planned in dozens of American cities for Aug. 29 by fast food workers and other low-wage employees. The campaign for a minimum wage increase has gained clarity and public support since […]