Tip Sheets

Experts on unions, the workplace, and labor in 2022

With the Omicron wave, how will employers adapt and what’s to come for the future of work?

The American workplace is restless, how long will we continue to see an increase in strikes and labor protest activity?

Labor shortages are ongoing, will we see the Great Resignation keep up?

The following Cornell University labor experts are available to weigh in on these questions and more as we start the new year.

The future of work

Nellie Brown

Director of Workplace Health & Safety Programs

Nellie Brown is a certified industrial hygienist and director of workplace health and safety programs for the Worker Institute. She can offer expertise and insight on how businesses can continue to evolve to keep their employees and customers safe as new Covid variant waves move through the country. Throughout the pandemic, Brown has led trainings for companies and unions focused on COVID-19 measures and best practices to safely return to the workplace.

Bradford S. Bell

Professor in strategic human resources and director of ILR’s Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies

Bradford Bell is a professor in strategic human resources and director of the Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies. He can provide expertise on remote work strategies including how employers may walk back plans for workers to return to the office as concern over the Omicron variant grows.

Vanessa Bohns

Professor of Organizational Behavior

Vanessa Bohns is an associate professor of organizational behavior and studies social influence, and the psychology of compliance and consent. She can speak to ways to recalibrate after nearly two years of a pandemic-induced, always-on work mindset; how to effectively ask a colleague to mask up at work; tips for build more trusting relationships at work and approaches to workplace harassment.

Courtney McCluney

Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior

Courtney McCluney is an assistant professor of organizational behavior, and her research deepens the study of race, gender, and intersectionality in organizations by examining practices that create and reinforce marginalized groups' experiences at work. She can talk about the challenges and benefits of remote work for employees of color, the emotional cost of codeswitching in the workplace and diversity and inclusion training and initiatives.


Union organizing and strikes

Kate Bronfenbrenner

Director of Labor Education Research

Kate Bronfenbrenner, senior lecturer, is an expert on union and employer strategies in organizing and bargaining in the global economy. She recently was awarded grant funding to conduct a multi-industry study of worker organizing efforts in the U.S. and their outcomes.

Harry Katz

Jack Sheinkman Professor of Collective Bargaining & Director, Scheinman Institute

Harry Katz, professor of collective bargaining, is an expert in trade unions, contract negotiations and collective bargaining.

Alexander Colvin

Dean of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Alexander Colvin, dean of Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, is a work, labor and employment scholar and an expert in employment dispute resolution.

Ileen DeVault

Academic Director for the Worker Institute, Professor of Labor History

Ileen DeVault, professor of labor history and the academic director of the Worker Institute, researches the impact of workers’ family status on their workplace and union experiences.

Lee Adler

Senior Extension Associate, Labor and Unions

Lee Adler, lecturer, is an expert on union issues with a focus on municipal workers including police, firefighters, and teachers.

Johnnie Kallas

PhD Student, Department of Labor Relations, Law, and History

Johnnie Kallas, is the project director for the Labor Action Tracker and can speak to data related to the recent increase in strikes.


Labor shortages

Rebecca Kehoe

Associate Professor of Human Resource Studies

Rebecca Kehoe is an associate professor of human resource studies and can weigh in on the ongoing period of record turnover and offer insight on how employers should be managing employee exits.

Erica Groshen

Visiting Senior Scholar at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Erica Groshen, senior economics advisor, is a labor statistics expert and researches jobless recoveries, wage rigidity and dispersion, and the role of employers in the labor market. She was also the former commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Patricia Campos-Medina

Executive director of the Worker Institute

Patricia Campos-Medina is the executive director of the Worker Institute and has served as a policy advisor to labor unions and worker justice organizations seeking to expand organizing rights to workers in the warehousing and service industries. She has been involved in efforts to pass legislation to offer pandemic protections for essential workers and can discuss how governments and business have the responsibility to take action to protect workers

Adam Seth Litwin

Associate Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations

Adam Seth Litwin, associate professor of labor relations, law, and history, researches the determinants and impact of labor relations structures and technological change. He can speak to labor shortages in the healthcare sector and ways hospitals can address the growing problem.

Arthur Wheaton

Director of Labor Studies, ILR School

Arthur Wheaton is a workplace and industry education specialist and specializes in the auto and aerospace industries. He can speak to how airline industries disruptions mirror the supply chain issues facing the globe as well as how additional labor shortages are exacerbating a bad situation with the supply chain.


Vaccine mandates

Risa Lieberwitz

Professor of Labor and Employment Law

Risa Lieberwitz, professor of labor and employment law and academic director of the Worker Institute, is available to discuss legal issues surrounding the arguments and implications for municipalities that have enacted vaccine mandates outside of the OSHA rule – like NYC.

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