April 2009 (35)

Editor: Terence K. Huwe
Contributors: Dan Bellm, Stefanie Kalmin, Janice Kimball, Jenifer MacGillvary, Vibhuti Mehra, Dick Walker

Especially Recommended:

The Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law Presents the 3rd Annual
David E. Feller Memorial Labor Law Lecture
Judge Marsha S. Berzon - "A General Theory of the Collective Bargaining Agreement" at 35

IRLE News & Events
Spring Colloquium Series

IRLE Program News
The Labor Center
California Public Employee Relations
California Studies Center
Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library
The Labor Project for Working Families
Donald Vial Center on Employment in the Green Economy


The Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law Presents the 3rd Annual David E. Feller Memorial Labor Law Lecture
Judge Marsha S. Berzon - "A General Theory of the Collective Bargaining Agreement" at 35

Tuesday, April 7, 2009, 7:00 pm
UC Berkeley School of Law, Room 110

More Information


Spring 2009 Colloquia & Donald Vial Center Seminars

All events are located at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA.

To attend an event, please RSVP to: Myra Armstrong, zulu2@berkeley.edu

Monday, April 6, 2009 - 12-1pm
Jeremy Magruder, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Berkeley
High Unemployment Yet Few Small Firms: The Contribution of Centralized Bargaining in South Africa

Friday, April 10, 2009 - 12-1pm
David Levine, Professor, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley (with Michael Toffel)
"Quality Management and Job Quality: How the ISO 9001 Standard for Quality Management Systems Affects Employees and Employers"

Monday, April 13, 2009 - 12-1pm
"Making Government Work for Families: The Federal Government's Role as Employer, Contractor, and Grantmaker in Supporting Family-Friendly Workplace Policies "
Ann O'Leary, Executive Director, Center on Health, Economic & Family Security, UC Berkeley School of Law
Mary Ann Mason, Professor and Co-Director, Center, Economics & Family Security at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.
(Paper co-written with Angela Clements)

Monday, April 27, 2009 - 12-1pm
Peter Evans, Professor, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
"Bureaucracies, Networks and Campaigns: Amalgamating a Global Labor Movement"

Monday, May 4, 2009 - 12-1pm
Jerome Karabel, Professor, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
"American Exceptionalism and the Quality of Life in the United States"

Monday, May 18, 2009 –12-1 pm
Lena Nekby, Department of Economics, Stockholm University and Stockholm Linnaeus Center for Integration Studies (SULCIS)
"Measuring Negative Priors Against Arabic Named Job Applicants: A Field Experiment"



The Labor Center

Upcoming events

MAKING CLIMATE CHANGE POLICYWORK IN DIFFICULT ECONOMIC TIMES: A Conference Focusing on the Job and Equity Impacts of Carbon Pricing Policies
Tuesday, May 5, 2009; 8:30 AM - 6 PM Conference; 6:30 PM Reception

Carbon pricing policies like cap-and-trade programs are being proposed or implemented to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California, the Western states of the US and Canada, and nationally. This conference will explore the design options within carbon pricing policies that shape impacts on employment and equity.

Presenters will include leading policy makers, economists, labor leaders, environmental justice advocates, and others.

Sponsors: UC Berkeley Labor Center, Apollo Alliance, California Labor Federation's Workforce and Economic Development Program, California State Building and Construction Trades Council, Don Vial Center on Employment in the Green Economy, Energy Foundation, Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative, Western Climate Advocates Network (WeCAN), and others.

Please visit our website (http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu) for more information or to register.

8th Western Regional Summer Institute on Union Women
August 11-15, 2009, UCLA DeNeve Plaza
Early Bird Registration Deadline: JUNE 11, 2009!
The four-day residential program brings together 150 participants from the United States’ and Canada’s western regions for exciting workshops and speakers on the history, struggles, and achievements of working women. This year’s theme, "Women Workers of the World Unite," speaks to the inclusion of participants who represent not only labor unions but also workers’ centers, community groups, and other organizations that focus on social and economic justice issues. In addition to hosting participants from Canada, we have also extended an invitation to workers from Mexico to build trinational solidarity for a global social-justice agenda. For more information, please visit: http://www.labor.ucla.edu/SIUW09.html

New Grants

The California Wellness Foundation: Building the 21st Century Workforce for Long-Term Care
See below.

The Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation: Building the 21st Century Workforce for Long-Term Care
A two-day conference in Washington DC in April 2009 to bring together policy experts and policy advocates to 1) strategize on federal policy reforms to solve the staffing crisis of direct care workers in home- and community-based service settings, drawing on state and local innovations and 2) strengthen partnerships for pro-active legislative advocacy at the federal level. Participants will be gathered from the fields of home care, services for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD), and behavioral health; key congressional offices; and relevant federal agencies.

Energy Foundation: Analyzing the Impact of Climate change Legislation on Jobs and the Economy
In order to give labor and environmental groups the tools they need to participate in the climate change policy debate, the Labor Center will provide research, education, and technical assistance to increase these groups’ understanding the potential impact of cap and trade policies on job leakage and job creation in the states of Oregon and Washington.

French American Charitable Trust: Making Climate Change Policy in Difficult Economic Times
To hold a conference on cap and trade in order to address the potential impact of this climate policy tool on California’s workers and low-income communities. The conference is intended to educate key constituencies such as labor unions and environmental justice groups on cap-and-trade policy design options; to disseminate research that has been done on the economic, environmental, public health and environmental justice impacts of cap-and-trade policies; and to encourage groups whose communities and jobs will be affected by cap and trade to become advocates in climate policy debates at the state, regional and national levels.


California Public Employee Relations

CPER has begun work on issue No. 195 (May 2009). In "The Staying Power of Pensions in the Public Sector," authors Beth Almeida and Ilana Boive, of the National Institute on Retirement Security, discuss the difficult choices for public officials who are struggling to meet growing demands for public services in the face of declining tax revenues. These pressures are especially intense because the falling stock market has damaged the value of assets that have been set aside in state and local pension funds. This may intensify efforts by taxpayer groups to dismantle traditional "defined benefit" pension programs for public employees.

Next, attorneys Geoffrey Sheldon and James Oldendorph examine the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 (FPA), which President Barack Obama signed into law in January. They speculate that with the enactment of the FPA, the statute of limitations defense is dead, or at least dying, in employment discrimination claims. The FPA resets the limitations period with each paycheck issued to the employee, and whenever benefits or other compensation are paid. Employees may now resuscitate discrimination claims that involve decisions that are years or decades old so long as they are tied to the employee’s compensation. Passage of the FPA will likely lead to a significant increase in pay discrimination claims that previously were time barred but now have been revived with the retroactive application of the Act.

Finally, in his article, "Public School Negotiations in California After the Gold Rush," attorney Greg Dannis asks, "Who would have thought that someday – like today – we would look back wistfully and say ‘Ah, those were the good times!’"

In addition to the recently published Pocket Guide to Layoff Rules Affecting Classified Employees and the Pocket Guide to Layoff Rules Affecting Certificated Employees, CPER is completing a new edition of the Pocket Guide to the Fair Labor Standards Act. To be published in May, this guide focuses on the Act’s impact in the public sector workplace and explains the complicated provisions of the law that have vexed public sector practitioners, like the "salary basis" test and deductions from pay and leave for partial-day absences.

In March, CPER Director Carol Vendrillo gave a presentation to the Council of Classified Employees at the California Federation of Teachers’ convention. The topic: layoffs. In April, CPER is participating in the 15th Annual Labor and Employment Public Sector Conference, in Sacramento. Vendrillo is leading the opening panel of the program – an update on public sector labor and employment law.


California Studies Center

New Deal Film Festival at the Pacific Film Archive, April 1 - 19, 2009

In collaboration with the California's Living New Deal Project, the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive presents "From Riches to Rags: Hollywood and the New Deal" from April 1st to April 19th. The feature films and shorts in this series reflect the ways in which Americans and their institutions coped with the greatest economic catastrophe of the not-so-distant past. And perhaps through these films, we can reflect upon the newest of New Deals.

Times and dates vary. For scheduling and tickets, visit the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive website.


Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE)

In April, CSCCE is releasing a two-part research report, Preparing Teachers of Young Children: The Current State of Knowledge, and a Blueprint for the Future. Part I gives a detailed account of differences and similarities between Grades K-12 and early care and education (ECE) in terms of teacher preparation and professional development, and their implications for research. Part II extensively reviews the K-12 and ECE research literature on effective teacher preparation, and charts a comprehensive research agenda for filling the major gaps in what we know. The two papers and a 16-page Executive Summary will be posted at our website, http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/cscce/.


Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library

Campus Library Catalogue is Changing

We have all known and loved both Gladis and Pathfinder–but they will soon be retired. The University Library is working on a new integrated library system to take the place of Pathfinder. It's current name is OskiCat, and it will make its debut in the coming months. At this point it is difficult to say how the new catalogue will measure up to Pathfinder–but we'll keep you posted!

IRLE Library UC-Labor and Education Fund (LERF) grant: Article Published

ONLINE, the leading magazine for Information Professionals has published its March/April issue. The following article is the featured cover story. The article describes the digitization of the California Federation, AFL-CIO's proceedings, as well as its newsletter (which is not yet complete):

"Exploiting Synergies Among Digital Repositories, Special Collections, and Online Community" By Terence K. Huwe. ONLINE Vol. 33 (No.2), March/April 2009


Labor Project for Working Families

Labor Project’s New Online Resource Network –LEARN WorkFamily

The Labor Project for Working Families announces LEARN WorkFamily –a unique FREE online education and resource network to help unions build a family friendly workplace culture. A highlight of this network is a password-protected online database of contract language on work family issues such as family leave, childcare, elder care, flexible work options, adoption, bereavement leave and much more.

Visit LEARN WorkFamily at www.learnworkfamily.org today to:

  • Search the online database for negotiated work family contract provisions on a wide variety of topics
  • Get tips on bargaining for work family benefits
  • Learn techniques to build a progressive and successful work family agenda
  • Download resources
  • Read and share stories about work family bargaining wins

According to Gordon Pavy, Director of Collective Bargaining at the AFL-CIO, "In these tough economic times when our working families are making impossible choices between family caregiving and job security, it is more important than ever that unions lead the way to create family friendly workplaces. LEARN WorkFamily is an essential resource for unions in these times."

LEARN WorkFamily offers unions a valuable opportunity to exchange information, ideas, strategies and experiences on organizing and bargaining for work family benefits.

Register now FREE at www.learnworkfamily.org to use the online contract language database. For more information, email info@working-families.org or call (510) 643-7088.

Project funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Labor Project Backs California Paid Sick Days Campaign

Assemblywoman Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco) has introduced the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act (AB 1000) to guarantee a minimum number of paid sick days for all workers in California. If passed, this legislation will make California the first state in the nation to guarantee all workers the critical right to earn paid sick days. Sponsors of the bill are the California Labor Federation and California ACORN. The campaign for Paid Sick Days is coordinated by the California Work and Family Coalition, which is led by the Labor Project for Working Families. To learn more, visit www.paidsickdaysCA.org.


Donald Vial Center on Employment in the Green Economy

Donald Vial Center Seminar

Monday, April 20, 2009 - 4-5pm
Malo Hutson, Professor, Department of City & Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley

Examining Employment Opportunities for Economically Disadvantaged Urban Residents

The national unemployment rate has continued to rise during the current economic crisis. In many urban communities the unemployment rate is significantly higher than the national average, especially for lower-skilled, economically disadvantaged residents. This talk will examine the challenges and opportunities that exist for connecting lower-skilled urban residents to employment opportunities.