The Worker Institute at Cornell, based at the ILR School, is a broad forum for research and education on contemporary labor issues. The institute applies innovative thinking and a problem-solving approach to the workplace, economy and society, bringing together in collaborative projects researchers, educators and students with practitioners in labor, business, and policymaking. We need this combined expertise and engagement to confront growing economic and social inequalities, in the interests of working people and their families.

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Publications and Papers from 2013

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Tax and Policy Implications of Changes to Reporting Requirements for Construction Services, Brian F. Curran and Linda H. Donahue

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How to Probe for Settlements on Grievances, Ken Margolies

Publications and Papers from 2012

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Building Unity in the Workplace, Ken Margolies

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Managing Union Management, Ken Margolies

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The Power of Questions, Ken Margolies

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Time Management for Stewards, Ken Margolies

Publications and Papers from 2011

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The Empirical Case for Streamlining the NLRB Certification Process: The Role of Date of Unfair Labor Practice Occurrence, Kate Bronfenbrenner and Dorian Warren

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Human Resource Strategy for Labor Unions: Oxymoron, Chimera or Contributor to Revival, Ken Margolies

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'Passion for Justice’, Ken Margolies

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Three Good Steward Habits, Ken A. Margolies

Publications and Papers from 2010

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Accommodating the Allergic Employee in the Workplace, Nellie J. Brown

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Acomodo de los empleados alérgicos en el centro de trabajo, Nellie J. Brown

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Causes of Poor Indoor Air Quality and What You Can Do About It, Nellie J. Brown

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Las causas de la mala calidad del aire interior y qué puede hacer al respecto, Nellie J. Brown and Susanne M. Bruyere Dr.

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Youth and Unions, Marlena Fontes and Ken Margolies

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Women and Union Leadership in the UK and USA: First Findings From a Cross-National Research Project, Gill Kirton, Geraldine Healy, Sally Alvarez, Risa Lieberwitz, and Mary Gatta

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Young + Old = Union Power, Ken Margolies

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Psychosocial Capacity Building in New York: Building Resiliency with Construction Workers Assigned to Ground Zero after 9/11, Joshua Miller, Jeffrey Grabelsky, and K. C. Wagner

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Working Effectively with Individuals who are HIV-Positive, New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute and Nellie Brown

Publications and Papers from 2009

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Empleo y acomodo para personas con historiales de abuso de alcohol o drogas, Nellie J. Brown

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Empire State's Cultural Capital at Risk? Assessing Challenges to the Workforce and Educational Infrastructure of Arts and Entertainment in New York, Lois Gray and Maria Figueroa

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Cultural Capital: Challenges to New York State’s Competitive Advantages in the Arts and Entertainment Industry, Lois Gray, Maria Figueroa, Catherine Lanier, and Daniel Cerio

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ILR Labor Advance, Spring 2009, ILR Extension Labor Programs

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Project Labor Agreements in New York State: In the Public Interest, Fred B. Kotler J.D.

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Is There A Women’s Way Of Organizing? Genders, Unions, and Effective Organizing, Pam Whitefield, Sally Alvarez, and Yasmin Emrani

Publications and Papers from 2008

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Building Labor’s Power in California: Raising Standards and Expanding Capacity Among Central Labor Councils, The State Labor Federation, and Union Affiliates, Jeffrey Grabelsky

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Collective Bargaining in the Era of Grocery Industry Restructuring, Richard W. Hurd

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ILR Labor Advance, Fall 2008, ILR Extension Labor Programs

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Bridging Cultural Differences, Ken Margolies

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Invisible No More: The Role of Training and Education in Increasing Union Activism of Chinese Home Care Workers in Local 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East (UHE), Ken Margolies

Institutions and Activism: Crisis and Opportunity for a German Labor Movement in Decline, Lowell Turner

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Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low-Carbon World, Worldwatch Institute and Cornell University Global Labor Institute

Publications and Papers from 2007

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Conducting a Safety Walk-through on a Farm: Hazards of the Manure Handling System, Anaerobic Digester, and Biogas Handling System (A Self-Assessment Guideline for Farmers), Nellie J. Brown

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ILR Impact Brief – Employee or Independent Contractor? Misclassification Comes at a Price, Linda H. Donahue, James Ryan Lamare, and Fred B. Kotler

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The Cost of Worker Misclassification in New York State, Linda H. Donahue, James Ryan Lamare, and Fred B. Kotler J.D.

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ILR Impact Brief - Transcending Free Market Unionism: A New Alliance for New York State Unions, Jeff Grabelsky

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Construction or De-construction? The Road to Revival in the Building Trades, Jeffrey Grabelsky

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Letter to the Editor, New Labor Forum, Jeffrey Grabelsky

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Serving the Public Interest: Preventing Double-Breasting in the Construction Industry, Jeffrey Grabelsky

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Political Insiders and Social Activists: Coalition Building in New York and Los Angeles, Marco Hauptmeier and Lowell Turner

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Capital Mobility and Job Loss: Corporate Restructuring, Production Shifts, and Outsourcing, Stephanie Luce and Kate Bronfenbrenner

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Why Contracts Can Be Hard To Interpret, Ken Margolies

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Advantages of Backwardness: Lessons for Social Europe from the American Labour Movement, Lowell Turner

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ILR Impact Brief - Labor Branches Out: Resurgence in the Urban Core, Lowell Turner

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Introduction: An Urban Resurgence of Social Unionism, Lowell Turner

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Green Jobs: Towards Sustainable Work in a Low-Carbon World, Worldwatch Institute

Publications and Papers from 2006

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Review of the book Framed: Labor and the Corporate Media, Sally Alvarez

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A New Alliance in New York State: A Progress Report on the Labor Movement’s Restructuring, Capacity Building, and Programmatic Work, Jeff Grabelsky

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Globalization and the Logic of Participation: Unions and the Politics of Coalition Building, Lowell Turner

Publications and Papers from 2005

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Generic Protocol: Conducting a Safety Walk-Through on a Farm: Hazards of the Manure Handling System, Anaerobic Digester, and Biogas Handling System, Nellie J. Brown

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Health and Safety Guidance for Composting in the School Setting, Nellie J. Brown

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Changing Administrative Practices in American Unions: A Research Note, Paul F. Clark and Lois Spier Gray

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Standing at a Crossroads: The Building Trades in the Twenty-First Century, Mark Erlich and Jeffrey Grabelsky

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From Transformation to Revitalization: A New Research Agenda for a Contested Global Economy, Lowell Turner

Publications and Papers from 2004

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Review of the book Building Movement Bridges: The Coalition of Labor Union Women, Sally Alvarez

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The Clear Picture on Clear Channel Communications, Inc.: A Corporate Profile, Maria C. Figueroa, Damone Richardson, and Pam Whitefield

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Building and Construction Trades Unions: Are They Built to Win?, Jeff Grabelsky

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Building the New Europe: Western and Eastern Roads to Social Partnership, Elena A. Iankova and Lowell Turner

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Strategic Grievance Handling, Ken Margolies

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Globalization, Participation, and the Renewal of the Labor Movement, Lowell Turner

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Labor and Global Justice: Emerging Reform Coalitions in the World's Only Superpower, Lowell Turner

Publications and Papers from 2003

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The Politics of the Labor Movement Revitalization: The Need for a Revitalized Perspective, Lucio Baccaro, Kerstin Haman, and Lowell Turner

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Paths to Global Social Regulation – What Can Americans Learn from the European Union, Lance A. Compa and Lowell Turner

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Reviving the American Labor Movement: Institutions and Mobilization, Richard W. Hurd, Ruth Milkman, and Lowell Turner

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Assertive Grievance Presentation, Ken Margolies

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Robo the Steward, Ken Margolies

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Working It Out, Ken Margolies

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Reviving the Labor Movement: A Comparative Perspective, Lowell Turner

Publications and Papers from 2002

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Accommodating the Allergic Employee in the Workplace, Nellie J. Brown and Susanne M. Bruyere

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Causes of Poor Indoor Air Quality and What You Can Do About It, Nellie J. Brown and Susanne M. Bruyere

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Heroes of New York, Jeffrey Grabelsky

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Creative Problem Solving, Ken Margolies

Publications and Papers from 2001

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Awakening the Giant: The Revitalization of the American Labor Movement, Lee Adler and Lowell Turner

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Trabajar eficazmente con personas seropositivas al VIH, Nellie J. Brown

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The Steward’s Role in Bargaining, Ken Margolies

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Training Needs Assessment of Farm Workers in Orange and Sullivan Counties, NY, Ken Margolies

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Uniting a Divided Workforce, Ken Margolies

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Building Social Movement Unionism: The Transformation of the American Labor Movement, Lowell Turner and Richard W. Hurd

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Revival of the American Labor Movement: Issues, Problems, Prospects, Lowell Turner, Harry C. Katz, and Richard W. Hurd

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Perils of the High and Low Roads: Employment Relations in the United States and Germany, Lowell Turner, Kirsten S. Wever, and Michael Fichter

Publications and Papers from 2000

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Assessing the Proposed IAM, UAW, and USW Merger: Critical Issues and Potential Outcomes, Paul F. Clark and Lois Spier Gray

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Going Global, Michael E. Gordon and Lowell Turner

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Making Transnational Collaboration Work, Michael E. Gordon and Lowell Turner

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Representing Difficult People, Ken Margolies

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Revitalizing Labor In Today's World Markets, Lowell Turner

Publications and Papers from 1998

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Union Administrative Practices: A Comparative Analysis, Paul F. Clark, Kay Gilbert, Lois Spier Gray, and Norman Solomon

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Construction Organizing: A Case Study of Success, Brian Condit, Tom Davis, Jeffrey Grabelsky, and Fred Kotler

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Ask the Jobless If Marx Is Relevant, Jeffrey Grabelsky

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Fanning the Flames (After Lighting the Spark): Multi-Trade COMET Programs, Jeffrey Grabelsky, Adam Pagnucco, and Steve Rockafellow

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Creative Pressure Tactics, Ken Margolies

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Time Management for Stewards, Ken Margolies

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Codetermination in Comparative Perspective, Kathleen Thelen and Lowell Turner

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Rank-and-File Participation in Organizing at Home and Abroad, Lowell Turner

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The East in Open Conflict: The Great Strike of 1993, Lowell Turner

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Convergence and Diversity in International and Comparative Industrial Relations, Lowell Turner and John P. Windmuller

Publications and Papers from 1997

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Health Hazard Manual: Wastewater Treatment Plant and Sewer Workers, Nellie J. Brown

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Building Membership Participation, Ken Margolies

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Conclusion: Uncertain Outcomes of Conflict and Negotiation, Lowell Turner

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Unifying Germany: Crisis, Conflict, and Social Partnership in the East, Lowell Turner

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Up Against the Fallen Wall: The Crisis of Social Partnership in Unified Germany, Lowell Turner