Cornellians Join Anti-War Protest

WASHINGTON — More than 50 Cornell students joined tens of thousands protesting the war in Iraq in front of the Capitol Building Saturday in one of the largest demonstrations in recent years. Protesters listened to more than two hours of speeches by politicians and celebrities including Jane Fonda, who had not spoken publicly at an anti-war rally in 34 years.

Cornellians Fly to New Orleans To Create Redevelopment Plan

Over 70 urban and regional planning students from Cornell left for New Orleans today to conduct field work on a redevelopment proposal for the upper and lower 9th ward — two months after New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin officially declared a team that included Cornell’s city and regional planning department (CRP) as one of five chosen to write the city’s Unified Recovery Plan.

War Memorial Honored

As the United States entered World War I, it was Captain Edward I. Tinkham ’16 of the American Expeditionary Force who was the first American to carry the Stars and Stripes in Europe. Over the next few years, 9,000 Cornellians, including students, alumni and professors, would fight in The Great War.

New Labor Decision May Impact Universities

The National Labor Relations Board, an independent agency that is charged with overseeing union elections and investigating unfair labor practices, recently issued a landmark ruling providing new guidelines for determining who is a supervisor in the workplace. The ruling has the potential to impact unionized professors and workers at private universities across the country.

Journalist Discovers Layoffs Cause Victims to Feel Guilty

Employment conditions for millions of Americans working in corporations are as unstable as they were in the 1920’s, and are getting worse, according to Larry Uchitelle, who lectured in support of his new book The Disposable American — Layoffs and Their Consequences. As a long-time business writer for the New York Times, Uchitelle received the prestigious Polk Award for his work in “The Downsizing of America” series in 1996.

ILR Website Moves Close to Trial

The multi-million dollar lawsuit filed by two former Industrial Law and Labor Relations extension employees against the University continues to move toward a trial.

The complaint, originally filed with the District Court of the Southern District of New York in 2004, alleges that Peggy Leibowitz ’73, former senior extension associate II, was demoted and terminated from a tenured position because of her age and gender.

In a separate case that has now been combined with Leibowitz’s claim, Thomas Germano, former senior extension associate II and director of the ILR extension office in Long Island, also claims that he was harassed into early retirement by the University because of his age.

Cornell had filed a motion to dismiss Leibowitz’s complaint, arguing she failed to state sufficiently a cause of action. The District Court originally granted Cornell’s motion to dismiss, but the Second Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the decision on April 21 as the result of an appeal, allowing the suit to go forward to discovery.

Attorney David Market, who is representing both Leibowitz and Germano along with senior partner Jeffrey Liddle ’71 of the Liddle & Robinson law firm, said he is very encouraged by the Second Circuit’s decision.

Leibowitz had worked in ILR’s Extension office from 1983 until

her termination in July 2002. According to the decision by the Second Circuit, Leibowitz alleges that Cornell has violated the Equal Pay Act since the University paid her wages lower than those paid to male employees even though she performed equal work. She also claims that Cornell breached her contract by not respecting her as a tenured professor, and that Cornell owes her wages for a period when she continued to work for the University after accepting a forced early retirement.

The University’s General Counsel Nelson Roth, as well

as his staff, was unavailable for comment. According to earlier statements, Cornell maintains that there was no contract or official policy supporting Leibowitz’s claim that she held a tenured position, and that Leibowitz had suffered no “adverse employment action.” Cornell did not file a motion to dismiss Germano’s case, which has already reached the discovery stage.

Archived article by Scott Rosenthal