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Workplace Issues Today: General strike in France disrupts transportation and schools Thursday

A massive general strike in France disrupted transportation, schools, and post offices Thursday. Unions and workers organized over 200 demonstrations throughout the country to express dissatisfaction with French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s response to the global financial crisis and rising unemployment – particularly initiatives that include cutbacks in public employment. Trains and subways were forced to […]

Historical Annual Reports

Catherwood Library has acquired Proquest Historical Annual Reports for the Cornell community.  A full publisher description is available from the Proquest web site.  This database offers corporate annual reports for U.S. companies from 1884 to the present. Key data (financial, Fortune 500 ranking, industry classification, key people, geographic location, auditor, and related companies) are indexed […]

Workplace Issues Today: SEIU reaches agreement with Boston hospitals

A chain of Boston hospitals reached accord with the Service Employees International Union yesterday. While the details are still unknown, the agreement should better facilitate SEUI ‘s organizing efforts at the Roman Catholic Archdiocese owned hospitals. SEIU expects that 13,000 Caritas Christi employees could be organized, though the focus of the agreement appears to be […]

Catherwood Birthday Celebration Postponed

Due to inclement weather, the celebration of Martin P. Catherwood’s birthday will be postponed one day until Thursday January 29. We will be having snacks in the lobby of the library at 11:30. Come join us to celebrate!

Unseenamerica New York State

If you’re studying, researching, or merely interested in working conditions in New York State, you may want to take the time to check out the images and video being created and made available at Unseenamerica New York State. Here’s the description of the project from its website: Unseenamerica New York State is an innovative arts […]

Workplace Issues Today: New York borrows weekly as the state unemployment insurance system runs dry in 2009

Since the first business day of the new year, New York State has borrowed around $90 million a week from the federal unemployment trust fund to pay state unemployment claims. The State’s unemployment insurance system has run out of money despite paying lower benefits per resident than its peers. The trouble is both a tripling […]

Celebrate Martin P. Catherwood’s Birthday!

The Catherwood Library will be celebrating the birthday of the man whom our library is named after, Martin P. Catherwood. Catherwood (1904-1978) was born on January 28, and was the New York State Industrial Commissioner from 1958-71 as well as the Dean of the ILR School from To celebrate we will have birthday muffins in the library lobby from 11:30-12:30 […]

The new

With the inauguration of President Barack Obama came a new website at The new site includes a number of features: The Briefing Room: A one-stop-shop for such traditional Presidential output as proclamations and executive orders, as well as more modern takes on executive communication like slideshows, weekly video addresses, and a blog. The Agenda: […]

Workplace Issues Today: France considering auto industry bailout

France is considering a $5 to $10 billion bailout of its auto industry, which accounts for nearly 10% of the country’s workforce. French officials plan to meet with auto manufacturers and their labor unions early this week to discuss the deal, which would give the government a greater share of ownership in participating companies as […]

Workplace Issues Today: The perpetual hirer starts firing

Google announced yesterday that it would lay off 100 recruiters, signifying a broad slow-down in hiring. Google has also recently laid off 300 ‘redundant’ employees after the acquisition of DoubleClick Inc., and halted business with several of its independent contractors. The company also announced plans to close three engineering plants, one each in Texas, Norway, […]

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