Strategic Corporate Research Summer School

Strategic Corporate  Research Summer School An intensive, one-week course in Ithaca, NY, designed for students and activists who are interested in working as union campaign researchers.

This course is for students who work or want to work in social-change organizations that strive to make and keep corporations accountable, including primarily labor unions but also workers’ centers, environmental justice groups, and community-based organizations. It prepares students to engage corporations by teaching them, with hands-on techniques, how to research corporate ownership, finance, organization, and power. The course is for students who want to learn about and contribute to the innovation taking place in union organizing and bargaining. For example, some recent successful campaigns have been multinational and multi-union. Other campaigns have drawn heavily on rank-and-file community-based action. A growing number of campaigns have targeted occupations and industries that either fall outside the NLRB model or are specifically denied legal employee status. Recent campaign victories include: • Low-wage workers in the fast food and retail industries have taken on the world's largest and most well-known transnational firms with the most basic demands: a living wage of $15 an hour, safe working conditions, and a union. They have gone on strike and engaged in civil disobedience in cities around the globe and, in doing so, have changed the national discourse about corporate and government responsibility for workers and have raised wages for millions of workers across the US. • In January 2017 workers at Huffington post represented by Writer’s Guild of America-East (WGAE) ratified their first contract capping a string of organizing victories for workers in digital media at firms such as VICE, Gizmodo Media Group (formerly Gawker) Salon, Fusion, The Root, and Think Progress. • In the midst of a contentious political climate, in the last year, UNITE HERE won successful organizing campaigns to represent a combined total of 600 employees at Trump Hotels in Las Vegas and Washington DC. • In January 2015, Coca-Cola workers in Guatemala became 100 percent organized in a multi-union campaign under the leadership of the Global Union Federation for the food industry (IUF). This followed on the heels of a similar IUF-led victory in Pakistan. In both cases, the workers, organizers, and the Global Union had to overcome enormous hostility and repression. • Non-traditional union organizing continues among farm workers, taxi drivers, models, restaurant workers, and other workers who do not easily fit under a labor board model. Domestic Workers United gained employee status in New York and California and collective bargaining rights in New York after a historic struggle. In September 2016, farmworkers employed by agribusiness giant Sakuma won recognition and collective bargaining rights with Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ), after a three year boycott of Sakuma and its major distributors and customers, Driscoll berries and Häagen Dazs strawberry ice cream. These victories came about because of a combination of grassroots rank-and-file mobilizing and leadership development, and escalating actions in the workplace and broader community; fundamental to all these campaigns was careful strategic research. Because the labor movement faces a shortage of strategic researchers, this course aims to increase the supply of people who understand both how to research corporate structure and power and to develop union campaign strategies. To do that, the course provides hands-on research training, teaching students how to investigate corporate ownership, finance, organization, and power. Students learn how to analyze the key relationships, growth centers, and key decision makers that drive a particular corporation and shape its labor relations strategy. They also learn how unions can best respond to and capitalize on these characteristics through comprehensive organizing and bargaining campaigns. The course uses a combination of teaching methods, including lecture, readings, discussion, small-group exercises, individual research activities, group research projects, and group presentations. Students receive in-depth hands-on training in the online and library research tools required to conduct strategic corporate research. They work through a series of case studies dealing with diverse firms and industries, and they conduct in-depth research on an actual firm in the context of union organizing or bargaining. There are two tracks for the course, regular and advanced. The advanced track will include an additional research and writing assignment. Given the limited time available while students are here on campus, both regular and advanced students will be sent books and a course pack several weeks before the course takes place to give them an opportunity to complete all the reading before they arrive. In addition to reading assignments, there will be short written exercises and class presentations to be completed while the class is in session. Students taking the advanced track will be required to conduct independent research and write a paper of twenty-five to thirty pages, summarizing comprehensive corporate research and analysis for a designated company. The final paper will be due six weeks after the class. Any advanced-track students currently enrolled in a college or university who are interested in gaining credit for the course can work with Professor Bronfenbrenner to help set up independent study credit with their school. Students interested in pursuing strategic corporate research positions within unions are encouraged to take the advanced track so they will have the additional experience of researching an actual corporation and have a completed strategic research report to show prospective union employers; but only if they can commit the time to complete the paper.

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2019 Strategic Corporate Research Summer School Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the AFL-CIO Center for Strategic ResearchWhen: June 9-14, 2019Where: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY Course Overview This course is for students who work or want to work in social-change organizations...

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Strategic Corporate Research Summer School 2018June 10-15, 2018 - Cornell University campus, Ithaca, NYSponsors: Cornell...
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Strategic Corporate Research Summer School 2018
June 10-15, 2018 - Cornell University campus, Ithaca, NY
Sponsors: Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the AFL-CIO Center for Strategic Research

Goal: Prepare students to begin and advance in careers in strategic research and strategic campaigns by teaching them to understand and research corporate ownership structure, corporate finance, and the sources of corporate power.

Course Description
This course is for students who work or want to work in social-change organizations that strive to make and keep corporations accountable, including primarily labor unions but also workers’ centers, environmental justice groups, and community-based organizations. It prepares students to engage corporations by teaching them, with hands-on techniques, how to research corporate ownership, finance, organization, and power.

The course is for students who want to learn about and contribute to the innovation taking place in union organizing and bargaining. For example, some recent successful campaigns have been multinational and multi-union. Other campaigns have drawn heavily on rank-and-file community-based action. A growing number of campaigns have targeted occupations and industries that either fall outside the NLRB model or are specifically denied legal employee status. Recent campaign victories include:

• Low-wage workers in the fast food and retail industries have taken on the world's largest and most well-known transnational firms with the most basic demands: a living wage of $15 an hour, safe working conditions, and a union. They have gone on strike, engaged in civil disobedience in cities around the globe and, in doing so, have changed the national discourse about corporate and government responsibility for workers, and have raised wages for millions of workers across the US.

• In January 2017, workers at Huffington Post represented by Writer’s Guild of America-East (WGAE) ratified their first contract capping a string of organizing victories for workers in digital media at firms such as VICE, Gizmodo Media Group (formerly Gawker), Salon, Fusion, The Root, and Think Progress.

• In January 2015, Coca-Cola workers in Guatemala became 100 percent organized in a multi-union campaign under the leadership of the Global Union Federation for the food industry (IUF). This followed on the heels of a similar IUF-led victory in Pakistan. In both cases, the workers, organizers, and the Global Union had to overcome enormous hostility and repression.

• Non-traditional union organizing continues among farm workers, taxi drivers, models, and other workers who do not easily fit under a labor board model. Domestic Workers United gained employee status in New York and California and collective bargaining rights in New York after a historic struggle. In September 2016, farmworkers employed by agribusiness giant Sakuma won recognition and collective bargaining rights with Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ), after a three year boycott of Sakuma and its major distributors and customers, Driscoll berries and Häagen Dazs strawberry ice cream.

These victories came about through a combination of grassroots rank-and-file mobilizing, rank-and-file leadership development, and escalating actions in the workplace and broader community. However, fundamental to all these campaigns was careful strategic research.

Because the labor movement faces a shortage of strategic researchers, this course aims to increase the supply of people who understand both how to research corporate structure and power and to develop union campaign strategies. To do that, the course provides hands-on research training, teaching students how to investigate corporate ownership, finance, organization, and power. Students learn how to analyze the key relationships, profit centers, growth strategies, and key decision makers that drive a particular corporation and shape its labor relations strategy. They also learn how unions can best respond to and capitalize on these characteristics through comprehensive organizing and bargaining campaigns.
The course uses a combination of teaching methods, including lecture, readings, discussion, small-group exercises, individual research activities, group research projects, and group presentations. Students receive in-depth hands-on training in the online and library research tools required to conduct strategic corporate research. They work through a series of case studies dealing with diverse firms and industries, and they conduct in-depth research on an actual firm in the context of union organizing or bargaining.

There are two tracks for the course, regular and advanced. The advanced track will include an additional research and writing assignment. Given the limited time available while students are here on campus, both regular and advanced students will be sent books and a course pack several weeks before the course takes place to give them an opportunity to complete all the reading before they arrive. In addition to reading assignments, there will be short written exercises and class presentations to be completed while the class is in session. Students taking the advanced track will be required to conduct independent research and write a paper of twenty-five to thirty pages, summarizing comprehensive corporate research and analysis for a designated company. The final paper will be due six weeks after the class. Any advanced-track students currently enrolled in a college or university who are interested in gaining credit for the course can work with Professor Bronfenbrenner to help set up independent study credit with their school.

Students interested in pursuing strategic corporate research positions within unions are encouraged to take the advanced track so they will have the additional experience of researching an actual corporation and have a completed strategic research report to show prospective union employers; but only if they can commit the time to complete the paper.

The Faculty
Kate Bronfenbrenner
Kate Bronfenbrenner is the Director of Labor Education Research and a Senior Lecturer at Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR). She is also an Associate of ILR’s Worker Institute. She received her Ph.D. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University in 1993. Bronfenbrenner's primary research and teaching interests focus on the impact of unions on economic and social inequality; union and employer organizing and bargaining strategies in a globalized economy; and the limits and potential for labor law reform.

Julie Farb
Julie Farb is Director of the Center for Strategic Research at the AFL-CIO. She leads a team of strategic researchers and campaigners in support of affiliate unions’ organizing initiatives. Previously, she worked as a union researcher developing and executing strategic approaches for organizing and contract campaigns. She has taught the craft of strategic research and campaign planning to students, workers, and union staff both in the classroom and in the field and has mentored and trained many union researchers on the job. She has an MA in Urban Planning from the University of Washington.

Aaron Brenner
Aaron Brenner is a senior capital markets analyst at the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. He does research and organizing for the UFCW's capital stewardship department. His work includes comprehensive organizing campaigns, shareholder activism, retirement security, and financial advising to locals. Prior to UFCW, he was a union researcher, freelance financial analyst, professor, and journalist. He is on the board of Homeland Stores, an employee-owned, 80-store unionized grocery chain in Oklahoma and Texas. He holds a Ph.D. in labor history from Columbia University.

Aliqae Geraci
Aliqae Geraci is the Assistant Director of Research and Learning Service at Cornell University's Catherwood Library, where she coordinates research support to the Cornell, ILR School and broader disciplinary communities in employment and labor relations. A former public librarian and union researcher, she was a rank-and-file member of Local 1321 Queens Library Guild and an analyst in AFSCME District Council 37’s Research and Negotiations department. Aliqae holds an MA in Labor Studies from the CUNY Murphy Institute, an MS in Library and Information Science from Long Island University, and is an active member of the Tompkins County Workers’ Center.

Bianca Agustin
Bianca Agustin is the Director of Research at 32BJ SEIU. She holds a BA from the University of California-Berkeley.

Job Placement
Program instructors are committed to assisting successful graduates of the program in finding strategic corporate research positions within the labor movement. In the first sixteen years of the program we have been able to place more than 500 students in top research positions in the AFL-CIO, CTW, UNITE HERE, SEIU, USW, LIUNA, IBT, UFW, UFCW, AFT, AFSCME, ATU, NNU, NYSNA and other unions across the United States and around the world. The majority of those we place in research positions have taken the course for credit.

Campus Life
Schedule for the week
Registration, orientation, and an opening reception and plenary panel will take place from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 10, at the ILR Conference Center.

Registration will begin at 5:00 p.m., and the orientation and introductory program will begin at 7:00 p.m. In order to accomplish the aims of the program in the short time allotted, students should be prepared for a schedule that is both rigorous and intense. Attendance in all class time, including the opening session, is mandatory for all participants in the program. Full days will be the norm, including out-of- class small-group assignments and evening assignments or sessions. Class will meet Monday through Thursday at the ILR Conference Center from 9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday evenings through 9:00 p.m., and Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. with a group picnic on Wednesday night at Taughannock Falls.
Students should be prepared to work in small-group assignments on every night outside of class and should not be making other social arrangements while they are in Ithaca. Further details will be sent with confirmation letters.

Getting Here
http://www.visitithaca.com/about-ithaca-tompkins-county/getting-here.html provides various options on how to get to Ithaca. Please note nearby airports include Elmira, Binghamton, Syracuse as alternatives to Ithaca airport. Taxi information can also be found on this site. For bus transportation check out, Shortlinehttps://web.coachusa.com/info/shortline/ss.cornellcollegediscounts.asp and Cornell’s campus to campus bus: http://transportation.fs.cornell.edu/coach/. Additionally, Group Carpool will allow those of you driving to Ithaca or renting cars from the same airport to link up in order to save on transportation expenses. Please see the link provided https://www.groupcarpool.com/.

Housing
Students can stay in a residence hall in North Campus (High Rise 5). Room rates are $52 per night for "singles" (one person each bedroom) or $38.50 per person/per night for "doubles" (two persons each bedroom) plus a one-time administrative fee of $35 per person. B5eds are made on arrival and linens and towels are provided, but there is no daily housekeeping service. It is important to note the dorms are not air conditioned so those traveling by car may want to bring a fan. Room reservations must be confirmed by May 18, 2018. If you make any changes to your housing arrangements after your original your application, please let us know by this date as well.
For more information about the High Rise 5 dorms, check out:
https://living.sas.cornell.edu/live/wheretolive/residencehalls/High-Rise-5.cfm

Housing check-in is no earlier than 4 PM on June 10, 2018, unless otherwise arranged (Sorry, no early arrivals permitted). Check out time is no later than 10 AM on June 15, 2018, unless otherwise arranged.
Students can make their own arrangements to stay outside the dorms, but it is worth noting that any other lodging you find will be much more expensive and in terms of socializing and doing group work almost all of the students stay in the dorms. If you opt not to stay in the dorms, here are some sites that might be useful:
http://www.visitithaca.com/lodging/hotels-motels
http://www.statlerhotel.cornell.edu/ (Cornell University’ hotel and only union housing accommodation in Ithaca besides the dorms conveniently located across ILR School)

Transportation & Parking
From the dorms at North Campus to the classrooms of the ILR Conference Center you may walk (about 15 minutes), bike (5 minutes), or use the campus shuttle bus service (bus passes provided free to ALL students). If you are housed off campus, we strongly encourage you to use the bus. https://www.tcatbus.com/content/uploads/2018/01/Winter-Spring-2018.pdf or use the complimentary hotel shuttle services if available. For further information regarding on-campus bus transportation, visit https://ipp.cornell.edu/parking-and-transportation

The separate parking fee at the dorm is $6/day. If you have opted to stay in the dorm, you will be sent a courtesy email with housing details. At that time, you may request a dorm-parking permit that you will receive at check-in. On-campus parking (other than dorm resident parking) is severely limited, expensive, and discouraged.

Further campus parking information can be found on: https://ipp.cornell.edu/content/short-term-parking-options. There is disabled parking at both High Rise 5 and in the Conference Center Lot. Please note parking is the responsibility of the individual student.

Meals
Included in the registration fee is a picnic on Wednesday evening at Taughannock State Park on beautiful Cayuga Lake, and the graduation lunch on Friday afternoon. We will also be providing a continental breakfast at the conference center each morning before the program begins. We always include vegetarian and vegan options. Meals, including breakfast, are available at several on-campus dining facilities on a cash basis both near the dorms and near the conference center. On Tuesday and Thursday night students will eat dinner during the session through a group take-out orders that will accommodate all dietary needs, or by bringing their own meal.

Please check out this site for on-campus options: http://living.sas.cornell.edu/dine/wheretoeat/
For nearby local eats: http://gorgedining.com/ & http://www.visitithaca.com/dining/ & https://www.ithacatogo.com/

Climate
The climate in upstate New York in June can be quite variable, ranging from a rainy 40 degrees to a humid and hot 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Thus, we suggest you bring clothing suitable for both, including a rain jacket, sweaters, shorts, and a swimming suit. To be environmentally responsible, please bring your own water bottle. There are water fountains throughout the campus.


Accessibility
The ILR classrooms are handicap-accessible. Please let us know about any other accommodations you may need including dietary.

Application
The application process, including essays, and registration is done online through our secure application website powered by Survey Gizmo.com and payment is done through PayPal through the Cornell Campus Store Billing Services or by checks payable to Cornell University sent to the attention of Kate Bronfenbrenner.

Registration Fee:
A non-refundable tuition deposit/registration fee covers all instruction, books and materials, bus passes, opening reception, picnic on Wednesday night, and closing luncheon on Friday. The payment of the $100 deposit is required for all registrations no later than May 1, 2018.

Thanks to a generous subsidy from the AFL-CIO we have been able to greatly reduce the tuition costs of both the regular and advanced tracks of the summer course well below the rates of other weeklong intensive programs.

- Regular track course fee: The regular track fee is $560 for all INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS. Those who work for a union, NGO, or other employers should have their fee paid by their sponsoring employer at the $1055 INSTITUTIONAL rate.

- Advanced track course fee: The tuition for those enrolling in the advanced research paper track is $775 for INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS. Those who work for a union, NGO, or other employers must have their fee paid by their sponsoring employer at the $1500 INSTITUTIONAL rate and are not eligible to apply for the advanced track before their supervisor speaks with the director of the program, Kate Bronfenbrenner about the tuition rate ($1500) and summer paper requirements.

The AFL-CIO will provide a limited number of needs-based scholarships to further reduce the cost of tuition for students taking the advanced track. THESE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE ONLY FOR INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS TAKING THE ADVANCED TRACK and WRITING A RESEARCH PAPER WHO DEMONSTRATE SIGNIFIGICANT NEED FOR ASSISTANCE; THE QUALIFICATIONS TO COMPLETE THE PROGRAM AND THE PAPER, AND A CLEAR COMMITMENT TO GO INTO THE FIELD OF STRATEGIC CORPORATE RESEARCH UPON COMPLETING THE PROGRAM. EMPLOYER-PAID AND REGULAR STUDENTS DO NOT QUALIFY nor do students who are not seriously committed to doing the 25-30 page research paper. Except in special circumstances, the scholarships do not cover all of the tuition and do not cover the deposit, housing or transportation.

To apply for a scholarship, you will need to upload an additional two page essay outlining your personal reasons for applying for this scholarship and explaining how you are going to make the commitment to complete the research and the writing within the timeframe allotted and whether and when you plan to pursue a career in strategic corporate research.

Admission
Acceptance to the program will be limited based on space, experience, and qualifications. Because of the combination of limited space and high demand for the course, we urge students to send in their application forms as soon as possible. The closing date for applications is May 1, 2018, and acceptance letters will be sent May 4, 2018. All students interested in attending the program must complete the online application including a two to three page single-spaced essay explaining why they are interested in attending the program and what they plan to do upon completion of their degree. Each applicant must have two letters of reference sent directly to Kate Bronfenbrenner by the references, either by email to [email protected] or by mail to Kate Bronfenbrenner, Director of Labor Education Research, 262 Ives Faculty Building, Cornell University, Ithaca NY 14853. The letters should speak to as many of the following attributes about the applicant as possible: research and writing aptitude and experience; depth of knowledge and experience relating to strategic corporate research, labor policy, globalization, organizing, bargaining, and comprehensive campaigns; and finally long-term academic and career goals.

Application Form
http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4168258/Cornell-AFL-CIO-SCR-Summer-2018

Refund Policy: To withdraw from this special program, you must notify the Special Programs office. Your refund amount will be determined by the date on which you notify the director. The $100 deposit is nonrefundable for all students after the final application deadline on May 1, 2018.

For more information about the Strategic Research Summer Course 2018 program, please contact the summer program staff at (607) 269-7246 or e-mail [email protected].

https://www.ilr.cornell.edu/worker-institute/education-training/strategic-corporate-research-summer-school

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This course is for students who work or want to work in social-change organizations that strive to make and keep corporations accountable, including primarily labor unions but also workers’ centers, environmental justice groups, and community-based organizations. It prepares students to engage corporations by teaching them, with hands-on techniques, how to research corporate ownership, finance, organization, and power. They also learn how unions can best respond to and capitalize on these characteristics through comprehensive organizing and bargaining campaigns. There are two tracks for the course, regular and advanced. The advanced track will include an additional in-depth research and writing assignment that is done over the summer using the information learned during the week on campus. For further information on dates, tuition, scholarships, and the application process please go to the summer school website.

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