April 2010 (42)

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

Especially Recommended:
IRLE Colloquium Series:

Monday, April 12, 2010 - 12-1PM
Latin America's New World of Work: The Informal Sector and Problem Solving in the Interest Regime
Ruth Collier and Brian Palmer-Rubin, UC Berkeley, Department of Political Science

Monday, April 19, 2010 - 12-1PM
Independence in Organizations: The Unauthorized Pursuit of Innovation in Work Settings
Barry Staw, UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business

IRLE News & Events
IRLE Colloquium Series: April Events
Recent Working Papers

IRLE Program News
The Labor Center
California Public Employee Relations
Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library
The Labor Project for Working Families
Work & Health Initiative

Campus News & Events


IRLE Colloquium Series: April and May Presentations

All events are located at IRLE, 2521 Channing Way, Berkeley
To attend an event, please RSVP Myra Armstrong, zulu2@berkeley.edu

Monday, April 5, 2010 - 12-1P
Work after Globalisation: Building Occupational Citizenship
Guy Standing, University of Bath

Monday, April 12, 2010 - 12-1PM
Latin America's New World of Work: The Informal Sector and Problem Solving in the Interest Regime
Ruth Collier and Brian Palmer-Rubin, UC Berkeley, Department of Political Science

This study addresses the conditions of work that influence participation in the interest regime around work and other issues. Using survey data from four Latin American capital cities–Buenos Aires, Argentina; Santiago, Chile; Lima, Peru; and Caracas, Venezuela–the study focuses on the effects of the "operative traits of informality" on collective action for productionist and non-productionist claims. The operative traits are measureable manifestations of aspects of informal work that are hypothesized to affect the conditions for collective action, including size of workplace network, job instability, income volatility, and contract status. The change in economic model, with its relative decline of the formal sector and growth of informal work has altered patterns of participation in the interest regime, the types of claims made by the working classes, and the nature of political representation.

Monday, April 19, 2010 - 12-1PM
Independence in Organizations: The Unauthorized Pursuit of Innovation in Work Settings
Barry Staw, UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business

Monday, April 26, 2010
An Experimental Evaluation of Cal-OSHA Inspections: Preliminary Evidence
David Levine, UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business

Monday May 3, 2010
Wage Structure Effects of International Trade: Evidence from a Small Open Economy
Ilan Tojerow, University of Brussels, IRLE Visiting Scholar


Recent Working Papers

Ashok Bardhan, Ashok, and Walker, Richard. A. California, Pivot of the Great Recession.

Shaiken, Harley. (2010). Commitment is a Two-Way Street: Toyota, California and NUMMI.


The Labor Center

New reports

The President's Health Reform Proposal: Impact on Access and Affordability in California
February 2010, By Ken Jacobs, Laurel Tan, Dave Graham-Squire, Jon Gabel and Roland McDevitt

» Data Brief
» Press Release

This data brief, released jointly with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago and Towers Watson, analyzes the impact that the President's health reform proposal would have on California. Nearly 4 million Californians who are without health insurance, covered in the individual market or enrolled in unaffordable job-based coverage, would be eligible for Medicaid or subsidized coverage under the proposal. The proposal would also result in significant premium and out-of-pocket savings for low- and moderate-income families purchasing coverage in the exchange compared to costs in the current individual market.

The President's Health Reform Proposal: Impact on California Small Businesses, Their Employees and the Self-Employed March 2010, By Laurel Tan, Ken Jacobs and Dave Graham-Squire

» Issue Brief

This issue brief examines the impact that the President's health reform proposal would have on California small businesses, their employees and the self-employed. The President's proposal would make it more affordable for California small businesses to offer coverage by reducing administrative costs for small group health plans and offering $4.4 billion in health insurance tax credits over ten years. More than 1.6 million small business employees and self-employed Californians who lack affordable employer-based coverage would be eligible to enroll in Medicaid or purchase subsidized insurance in the non-group market. Small businesses with fewer than 50 full-time employees would be exempted from the proposed employer responsibilities and most California small businesses offering coverage would be minimally affected by the proposed health plan standards as they already offer qualifying health plans.

Budget Solutions and Jobs
by Ken Jacobs, T. William Lester and Laurel Tan
March 2010

This paper discusses various options for closing the state's budget gap, and finds that cuts to programs with large federal matches will have a much greater impact on the state's employment and economic output, compared to many measures that could close the gap through increased revenue.


The Implementing Strategic Plans Workshop, originally scheduled for April 8-9, has been postponed; the future date is TBA.

The deadline to register for the Strategic Campaigns Workshop has been extended to April 9, and the fee has been reduced. The workshop will be held May 3-7, 2010. For more information see http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/workshops/index.shtml#strat

GSR summer opportunity

The Labor Center is hiring a GSR for summer 2010 to work on a research project on compensation and business subsidies involving a survey of employers. The GSR will be responsible for Conducting a survey of employers; analyzing employer survey data and synthesizing results; and researching and analyzing data on business subsidies. For more information please see http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/about/jobs.shtml


California Public Employee Relations

The staff is currently working on CPER Journal, No. 199 (May 2010). First, in this issue, a main article addresses how to being new employees into local government. The authors, Donna Vaillancourt, HR director for the County of San Mateo, and Robert Bell, HR director for Redwood City, are members of the Silicon Valley Next Generation Committee. Their material was originally presented at the California Public Employer Labor Relations Association annual conference, in a session on workforce planning challenges. The second main article, by attorney Genevieve Ng of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, covers municipal bankruptcy. Using the well-publicized plight of the City of Vallejo as a case study, she discusses the interplay between federal bankruptcy law and obligations under the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act, the statute that governs labor-management relationships in California local government.

CPER is excited to announce its newest venture – a training and continuing education service. On April 20, we will partner with the Alameda County Bar Association to provide a continuing legal education seminar entitled, "FMLA and CFRA: Distinctions That Make a Difference." The event will be held at the bar association office in Oakland.

This month, we will publish the 16th title in our series of guides to state laws and regulations, and employee rights: Pocket Guide to Just Cause: Discipline and Discharge Arbitration, by CPER Associate Editor Katherine Thomson and former CPER Director Bonnie Bogue. Also, a new edition to the Pocket Guide to Workplace Rights will be published this summer.

We are continuing to develop and promote the Friends of CPER campaign.


Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE)

CSCCE's Fran Kipnis and Marcy Whitebook made a presentation in March on the status of workforce data to the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services Intergovernmental Early Learning Study Group Marcy Whitebook will be participating in a Department of Education and Health and Human Services "Listen and Learn" session on the early learning workforce in April to be held in Denver, CO. Coming soon: Two new reports from CSCCE --Learning Together Two: A report on the second year of our longitudinal study BA cohort programs for adults working in early childhood programs and Beyond Centers and Homes: The Early Childhood Workforce in Three Infrastructure Organizations in CA.


Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library

Recent Acquisitions

The Library recently put its recent acquisitions on display in the Library Commons. New additions focus on labor, globalization, immigration and labor, and union studies, and also include titles by IRLE faculty. The recent acquisitions list will be available on the Library Web site by mid-April.

Library of Congress Digital Web Archiving: Next Steps

The IRLE Library has been a lead participant in the development of Web archiving tools, which are now in wide use for the preservation of Web-based government information and other areas where Web resources appear and disappear before they can be captured by research libraries. The IRLE Library's AFL-CIO –Change to Win collection has been a useful example of how to combine related Web resources that share context and history. In April 2010, the California Digital Library (the lead agency in the grant) announced its third phase of development, which will extend the archiving tools to non-UC institutions. The IRLE Library continues to offer input to this process and to build its labor Web archive.


Labor Project for Working Families

Walmart's Sick Days Policy Protest

In February, the Labor Project for Working Families promoted and participated in a coordinated national action to protest Walmart's negative sick days policy. As part of a long-term campaign to win paid sick days for all workers in California, Labor Project staff and members of the California Work and Family Coalition participated in a local action at a Walmart store located in Oakland, CA. The action was sponsored by the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) and Wake Up Walmart. The local action was part of nationwide effort by community groups and union members in 50 cities to protest Walmart's negative sick days policy.

Testimony on Family Friendly Policies

The Labor Project testified about family friendly workplace policies at two legislative hearings at the State Capitol in February –a hearing of the Legislative Women's Caucus and the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee on the Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Changes Everything and a hearing of the Senate Labor Committee on California's Paid Family Leave program. The Labor Project also coordinated testimony and support for a hearing of the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee and the Assembly Health Committee on public health in the workplace, particularly around the impact of paid sick days on the spread of communicable diseases like the H1N1 virus.

California Working Families Policy Summit Presentations

On behalf of the California Work and Family Coalition, Brandy Davis, Policy Coordinator at the Labor Project, presented the Coalition's work family policy platform at the California Working Families Policy Summit in February. The presentation focused on the need for family friendly workplace policies like paid sick days, family leave and protection from caregiver discrimination in California's changing workplace and in this current economic crisis. The summit was organized by the California Center for Research on Women and Families (CCRWF).

As a result of our work with the Family Values @ Work, a multi-state consortium, the Labor Project was given access to a 5-minute video speech by First Lady Michelle Obama expressing her support for work family policies including paid sick days and paid family leave. Netsy Firestein, Director of the Labor Project, was honored with introducing the First Lady's remarks at the California Working Families Summit, the only place that the speech was permitted to be screened in California. The First Lady's remarks followed a speech by Secretary of the Department of Labor Hilda Solis emphasizing the importance of family friendly workplace policies.

UFCW Women's Network Workshop

In March, Jenya Cassidy, Training and Education Coordinator at the Labor Project, led a workshop and brainstorming session for the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Women's Network. The workshop focused on helping the Women's Network members to build a work family agenda at their UFCW locals through organizing and bargaining.


Work & Health Initiative

Juliann Sum of the Work & Health Initiative, with editorial support from Steffi Kalmin of CPER, recently completed a handbook for small employers, Helping Injured Employees Return to Work: Practical Guidance Under Workers’ Compensation and Disability Rights Laws in California, and an accompanying factsheet, Best Practices in Returning an Injured Employee to Work. These materials can be viewed and downloaded from the website of the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation at the following links:


The handbook and factsheet are geared particularly for small employers and can also be used by larger employers, employees, unions, and legal services programs. They are being widely accepted in the field because of a previous gap in understanding how to navigate both workers' compensation and disability rights laws, which have competing and sometimes conflicting goals and requirements.

Anyone may copy and distribute these materials. Commission staff are also in the process of ordering the printing of mass quantities.


Center for Latin American Studies

When the River Has No Fish: Community Organizing in Rio de Janeiro Wendy Muse Sinek, Visiting Scholar, Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey
CLAS Conference Room
2334 Bowditch Street

April 7, 2010

Economics Department

April 7, 2010
Who has 'The Right Stuff'? Human capital, entrepreneurship and institutional change in China
Chuck Eesley, Stanford Uuniversity

April 8, 2010
"The Slow Growth of New Plants: Learning about Demand?"
Chad Syverson, University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business

April 22, 2010
Family Values and the Regulation of Labor
Paola Guilano, UCLA

Economics 251, Labor Economics Seminar
608-7 Evans Hall

Institute for Governmental Studies

119 Moses Hall

April 23, 2010
Race Ethnicity and Immigration: Immigration Politics in Spain
Maria Elena Gomez, Universidad Europea de Madrid, Spain

Institute for the Study of Social Change

Wildavsky Conference Room, 2538 Channing Way

April 29, 2010
The General Social Survey: From 1972 - 2010
Jon Stiles, UC DATA Archivist, UC Berkeley