Labor Relations and Me

Tell us about your intellectual interests, how they sprung from your course, service, work or life experiences, and what makes them exciting to you. Describe how Cornell ILR is the right school for you to pursue these interests.

Consumed by exhaustion, agony, and stress, my dad silently plods toward his old recliner and sinks into it. His delivery route had seen five extensions in the past year, and the USPS management was attempting to enforce a sixth. Severe gout and back complications distorted his gait into an unbalanced half limp. This situation developed into my first experience with labor relations, but it certainly wasn’t my last. The American Postal Workers Union tirelessly fought for my dad’s physical and mental well-being to great success. Not only was the sixth route extension dismissed, but his normal route distance was also reduced by five miles. The overwhelming change in my dad’s spirits echoed throughout our family and inspired me to incorporate workplace relations into my passion for government policy.

Simply put, I love working with and learning about human interactions. I am fascinated by the various relationships between our desires, needs, and reality in both the law-making process and in everyday business practice. As an intern for Senator Bob Wieckowski, I expanded and applied my understanding of public policy’s impact on the workplace, as well as how problems in the workplace shape legislation.

My primary task was to resolve...

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