The Metro District Office is the largest extension location of Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations. The School's mission is to provide educational programs to professionals in labor and management throughout New York State. It also provides technical assistance or training to further the educational goals of labor, management or joint labor management initiatives.
The Workplace Issues Program has sponsored the New York Labor Union Coalition Against Domestic Violence since 1996. It also partners with joint labor/management initiatives and employers to bring domestic violence awareness training to the workplace. As a founding member of the Small Business Initiative of the Safe@Work Coalition, its staff is also available to coordinate resources for and consult with small business owners to address workplace issues relating to domestic violence.
In 2007, Cornell-ILR received a Department of Labor grant to model a comprehensive workplace and community initiative on domestic violence prevention in the upstate region of New York. Past grants have included interactive, workplace awareness educational sessions entitled “Domestic Violence as a Workplace Issue” and “Men And Women As Allies” with an accompanying train-the-trainer program for each. The vision is to focus on capacity building within existing communities. The Rochester area - with its existing leadership, resources and coalitions - and the sponsorship of “Stand Up Guys,” as a committee of the Monroe County Domestic Violence Consortium, presents an exciting opportunity for Cornell-ILR to collaborate on this effort. Under the sponsorship of “Stand Up Guys,” plans for this collaborative effort will tentatively include:
- Partnering with Nixon Peabody, Alternatives for Battered Women and Legal Momentum to continue timely educational programs for employers.
- A free, three day train-the-trainers program on workplace educational models for Consortium members as a resources for Rochester employers and unions provided by Cornell-ILR and CONNECT.
- As “Stand Up Guys,” participating in organizing “Men As Allies” initiative with the SUNY Brockport domestic violence initiative.
- Capacity building for “Stand Up Guys” as an organization.