April 2005 (No. 6)

Editor: Terence K. Huwe
Contributors: Elizabeth del Rocío Camacho, Janice Kimball

IIR NEWS AND EVENTS

Faculty Seminars in April
CPER Activities
Labor Center News
Labor Project for Working Families
Institute of Industrial Relations Library

CAMPUS NEWS & EVENTS

Berkeley Center for Globalization and Information Technology: Lectures
Center for Chinese Studies
Center for Latin American Studies
Center for Social Justice, Boalt Law School
Center for the Study of Higher Education
Economics Department Lectures
Goldman School of Public Policy
Health Services, UC Berkeley Tang Center
Institute of East Asian Studies
Graduate School of Journalism
Management of Technology Program
Sociology Department Colloquia

IIR NEWS AND EVENTS

Faculty Seminars, April 2005

CHALLENGES FACING THE U.S. DEFINED BENEFIT PENSION SYSTEM

Mark M. Glickman, U.S. Government Accountability Office, San Francisco; Charles Jeszeck, GAO, Washington,D.C.
Monday, April 4, 2005 ~ 12noon 1pm

ECONOMIC ASPECTS OF A PERMANENT POLITICAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN ISRAEL AND PALESTINE

Arie Arnon, Professor of Economics,Ben Gurion University, Israel
Monday, April 18, 2005 ~ 12noon 1pm

Should We Be Blaming Wal-Mart?

Professor Robert Reich, Distinguished Visiting Professor - Spring 2005
Other Affiliations:
University Professor and Maurice B. Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University http://www.robertreich.org
Thursday, April 21, 2005

CPER Activities

State Bar Labor and Employment Section News

The Labor and Employment Law of the State Bar of California -- with whom CPER enjoys a long-standing relationship -- is presenting its 11th annual public sector labor and employment conference in Sacramento or April 8. Topics of interest to public sector practitioners include recent developments in public sector law, workplace privacy, negotiating collective bargaining agreements, contracting-out, presenting a case before the Public Employment Relations Board, and due process in the public sector.

Second Edition of Pocket Guide on Workplace Rights

CPER is sending the second edition of our Pocket Guide to Workplace Rights of Public Employee to press. It explains the many rights afforded to employees in California: state, local government, and school employees; and in the federal workforce. It provides an overview of the rights that have been granted to individual employees by the United States and California Constitutions and by a variety of statutes, including the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, and anti-discrimination laws, such as Title VII of the federal civil rights act and the state Fair Employment and Housing Act.

New CPER Issue

CPER No. 171 (April 2005) includes several interesting main articles: "Yes, Let's Talk About Merit," by Stuart Tannock, a lecturer at the U.C Berkeley Grad School of Education, who writes about the downside of merit pay; "'No Child Left Behind': The Test No District Can Pass," by Alan Hersh, general counsel for the West Contra Costa Unified School District; and two related articles by opposing attorneys on the issue of union access to a community college's email system, "Email Communications: Management's View," by attorney Bruce Barsook, and "Email Communications: A Union Perspective," by attorney Martin Fassler. CPER's Recent Developments section covers the governor's war on the teachers' retirement system, nurses' success at getting better nurse/patient staffing ratios, discrimination in HIV testing, and more.


Labor Center News


The Labor Center's many activities are described on the Labor Center Web at: http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu

Labor Project for Working Families


The Labor Project has several publications that will be published next month, and will announce them when they are available for purchase. In the meantime, take a look at the Labor Project web to find out about their activities: http://laborproject.berkeley.edu.



Institute of Industrial Relations Library


Elizabeth del Rocio Camacho Returns!

The Library is pleased to welcome back Elizabeth from her maternity leave. She will be resuming her .75 FTE position on April 1. Word has it that she may be bring her baby in to work sometimes, too!

Thank You, Neil Appel

Neil Appel, our contract Web administrator has done an outstanding job of handling our Web needs during Elizabeth's time away. The entire IIR community benefited from his work, and we owe him a big Thanks! for all he's done for us. Neil will continue his teaching at San Francisco State and may also be investigating other opportunities on the UC Berkeley campus.

New Web Guide: Easy Access to Labor E-Journals

The Library has published a new Web guide that give users direct links to the most important industrial relations journals in their online format. This guide is organized by title, and takes the user to the main access page on the UC Berkeley Library Web. Check it out at:
http://irle.berkeley.edu/library/eguide.html



CAMPUS EVENTS


Berkeley Center for Globalization and Information Technology

Learning Technologies with Global Impact

Dr. Suchitra Abel, Department of Computer Science, Santa Clara University
Tuesday, April 5, 2005
12-2pm, Harris Room,119 Moses Hall

Financial Market Globalization and Country Economic Crises

Roy Allen, Professor of Economics and Dean School of Economics and Business Administration, Saint Mary's College of California
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
12-2pm, Harris Room, 119 Moses Hall

Center for Chinese Studies

Are Chinese Managers Ready to be Successful?

Lei Wang, Professor Peking University
Friday April 15, 2005
4:pm 6:pm
IEAS Conference Room
2223 Fulton Street, 6th Floor

It has been two and half decades since China adopted a more open policy towards developing its economy. However, it may take even longer for Chinese managers to learn how to be successful organizational leaders in the new market-based economy. A series of studies carried out over the last decade have shown that Chinese managers still do not have a set of well-defined concepts of exactly what is "successful business management," and this situation shows little sign of improvement. The historical basis for this phenomenon, and its implications for future Chinese business development, will be discussed.



Center for Latin American Studies

The Transformation of Transnational Migration in Ecuador

David Kyle, Associate Professor of Sociology, UC Davis
Monday March 28, 2005, Noon
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Neoliberal Economic Policies and Partisan Cleavages in Latin America

Beatriz Magaloni, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Stanford University
Monday April 11, 2005
12:00 - 1:15pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street


Center for Social Justice, Boalt Law School

Making Movements Rebellious

Gerald Lopez, Professor of Clinical Law and Director of the Center for Community Problem Solving at New York University School of Law
Thursday March 31, 2005
4:pm, Booth Auditorium (Boalt School of Law)


Center for the Study of Higher Education

The 'Big Deal' Bundling of Academic Journals

Aaron Edlin, Professor of Economics and Law, and Dan Rubinfeld, Professor of Law, UC Berkeley
Tuesday, April 5, 2005
4:00 - 5:30 PM
CSHE Library, South Hall Annex


Economic Department Seminars

Econ 222 Economics of Innovation Seminar

Wednesdays - 12:pm 2:pm
Haas School of Business, Room F318

"Spawned with a Silver Spoon? Prior Employment and Entrepreneurial Performance"

Ronnie Chatterji, Haas School of Business
Wednesday March 30, 2005

"Patent value in Japan: evidence from the JPO database"

Tetsuo Wada, Gakushuin University
Wednesday April 6, 2005

"Corporate Venture Capital and the Returns from Acquiring Entrepreneurial Firms"

Rosemarie Ziedonis, University of Michigan, (with David Benson)
Wednesday April 13, 2005

"Why do human knowledge and know-how advance unevenly?"

Richard Nelson, Columbia University
Wednesday April 20, 2005

Economics 221: Industrial Organization Seminar

Tuesdays 4:pm 6:pm
Evans Hall, Room 608-7

Estimating Firm-Level Demand at a Price Comparison Site: Accounting for Shoppers and the Number of Competitors

John Morgan, UC Berkeley
Tuesday April 5, 2005

Economics 237 Macroeconomics Workshop

Thursdays 2:pm - 4:pm Evans Hall, Room 639

"The Impact of Uncertainty Shocks: Estimation and a 9/11 Simulation"

Nicholas Bloom, LSE
Thursday April 7, 2005

"The Amplification of Unemployment Fluctuations through Self-Selection"

Bob Hall, Stanford University
Thursday April 28, 2005

Economics 251 Labor Economics Seminar

Thursdays 2:pm 4:pm
Evans Hall, 608-7

Jerome Adda, University College of London

Thursday April 7, 2005

Aloysius Siow, University of Toronto

Thursday April 14, 2005

"Bonus Pay in the U.S. Labor Market"

Daniel Parent, McGill University
Thursday April 21, 2005

Till von Wachter, Columbia University

Thursday April 28, 2005

Goldman School of Public Policy

"How Unequal Can America Get Before We Snap?"

Robert B. Reich, Professor of Social and Economic Policy at Brandeis University and currently a visiting professor this semester at UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy
April 5th 2005
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Wheeler Auditorium, Wheeler Hall, UCB

Inequality of income, wealth, and opportunity in America is wider now than it's been since the 1920s, and by some measures since the late 19th century. Yet the nation seems unable or unwilling to do much of anything to reverse these trends. What happens if we allow the trends to continue? Will they "naturally" reverse themselves? Or will we get to a point where disparities are so wide that we finally find the political will to take action? Alternatively, will the disparities themselves grow so wide as to discourage action, by fostering resignation among the losers and indifference among the winners? And if the latter, where will it all lead?



Health Services, UC Berkeley Tang Center

Worker's Comp Benefits Procedures

Wednesday April 6, 2005
9:00am - Noon
Tang Education Center

Designed for department benefits counselors and payroll representatives, this workshop provides information about campus procedures and processing workers' compensation Supplemental and Extended Sick Leave benefits. Enroll on ICE.

Understanding and Managing the Disability Process

Tuesday, April 12, 2005
8:30 am - Noon
Tang Education Center

This workshop for managers and supervisors will provide the background and tools necessary to manage the disability process. Topics include disability laws, workers' compensation, non-occupational disability, transitional return-to-work, reasonable accommodation, and the interactive process. Enroll on ICE. 642-1914



Institute of East Asian Studies

Remaking Economic Strengths in East Asia: Dealing with the Repercussions of Increased Interdependence

9:00AM Friday April 8, 2005 9:30AM Saturday April 9,2005
Lipman Room, Barrows Hall

East Asia's economies account for more than half of the world's population, a quarter of the world's trade, sixty percent of global foreign exchange reserves and a significant percentage of foreign direct investment. While the East Asian success story has been well publicized, the increasingly close integration of national economies within the East Asian region has received much less attention. Scholars and practitioners from East Asia and the US will analyze the rise in Asian regionalism by examining the movements of capital, labor, technology, and natural resources both within Asia and on a global scale.



Journalism School

Reporting on Labor in a Globalized World

David Bacon, George Raine and Karl Schoenberger
Tuesday April 5, 2005 at Noon North Gate Hall Library, UC Berkeley Journalism School

David Bacon, a writer and photojournalist, is an associate editor at Pacific News Service and a regular contributor to KPFA radio-Berkeley. His work has appeared in The Nation, LA Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere, and he is the author of The Children of NAFTA (University of California Press).

George Raine is a staff writer covering business for the San Francisco Chronicle. He recently reported on the San Francisco hotel workers strike for the Chronicle.

Karl Schoenberger, global business reporter for the San Jose Mercury News, has been a for the Los Angeles Times and other publications



Management of Technology Program

Technology, Innovation and Learning in Developing Economies

David Bacon, George Raine and Karl Schoenberger
April 21-23, 2005 Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

Global Manufacturing

Michael Marks, CEO, Flextronics
Wednesday April 27, 2005 4:00 - 6:00 PM Wells Fargo Room, C420 Haas School of Business


Sociology Department - Spring 2005 Colloquium Series

Transgressing Boundaries: Time norms, Gender Schemas and the Workplace?

Cynthia Fuchs-Epstein, CUNY
Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Law and Society and the Beatrice M. Bain Research Group
Thursday April 7, 2005 4:00pm - 5:30pm
402 Barrows Hall, Blumer Room