Welcome to GLI.
The Cornell Global Labor Institute was established in 2005 to work with trade unions in the U.S. and internationally to help them and their civil society partners develop solutions to major social, economic and environmental challenges.
James Hansen, leading NASA climate scientist, speaks at Cornell GLI International Trade Union Roundtable
The world's most well-known scientist, James Hansen of NASA's Goddard Institute, addressed 75 union leaders and allies at a global trade union roundtable in New York City. Read more »
Impact of Tar Sands Spills on Employment and the Economy (pdf) This paper examines the potentially negative impacts of tar sands oil spills on employment and the economy along the proposed route for the Keystone XL, focusing mainly on the agriculture and tourism sectors. Read more »
Previous Studies Are Misleading; Project May Kill More Projects Than It Creates
Pipe Dreams? Jobs Gained, Jobs Lost by the Construction of Keystone XL (pdf)
examines the job impacts of TransCanada Corporation’s Keystone XL Pipeline, stating that the pipeline could destroy more jobs than it creates while transporting tar sands oil along a route of almost 2,000 miles, from Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf of Mexico in Texas.
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From November 28 through December 11th, unions from all over the world gathered in Durban for the UN climate negotiations COP 17 to mobilize behind the need for a bold climate protection agenda that offers real solutions to both the climate crisis and the economic crisis. Read more »
EPA and Labor Leaders Discuss Clean Air Act
Following recent attacks on the EPA and a Wall Street Journal article citing labor as a main critic of the EPA and Clean Air Act, Cornell Global Labor Institute and the Labor Network for Sustainability organized a discussion between thirty labor leaders and the EPA's Gina McCarthy. Read more »
Cornell GLI Report on Transport Workers and Climate Change
Lowering transport emissions presents a series of unique and formidable challenges. Transport workers are helping to obtain sustainable, low-carbon mobility. View the (pdf) report »