Creative tactics earn union $18 minimum wage

Airport workers in New York City’s main airports are mobilizing to support a bill that will increase employees’ pay to nearly $18 an hour. New York lawmakers are expected to vote on the legislation before the end of the current legislative session. Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of labor education research at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]