April 2012 (No. 57)

Editor: Terence K. Huwe
Contributors: Marcy Whitebook, Stefanie Kalmin, Janice Kimball, Jenifer MacGillvary, Netsy Firestein, Dick Walker


In This Issue:

Especially Recommended:

Economic Inequality Teach In
100 Lewis Hall, UC Berkeley, Wednesday, April 4, from 1-5pm FREE

IRLE Colloquium Series

Monday, April 9 | 12pm-1pm
Searching for Work with a Criminal Record
(co-authors Nora Broege and Laura Mangels)
Sandra Susan Smith, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

Monday, April 16 | 12pm-1pm
Minimum Wages and Collective Bargaining in Europe: analysing the pay equity outcomes
Damian Grimshaw, Employment Research Centre, University of Manchester

Monday, April 23 | 12pm-1pm
Title: TBA
Robert Valletta, Sociology, SF Federal Reserve Bank

Monday, April 30 | 12pm-1pm
An Exceptional Nation? American Political Values in Comparative Perspective
Jerome Karabel and Daniel Laurison, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

Monday, May 7 | 12pm-1pm
Fatalities in Confined Spaces: Immediate and Long-Term Responses
Michael Wilson, Sociology, Labor Occupational Health Program, University of California, Berkeley


IRLE News and Events
IRLE Colloquium Series: April and May Events
Professor Richard A. Walker Recognized by the Association of American Geographers
Recent Working Papers

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

Campus News and Events
UC Berkeley Events


IRLE News and Events

IRLE’s Spring 2012 Colloquium Series

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 9 | 12pm – 1pm
Searching for Work with a Criminal Record
(co-authors Nora Broege and Laura Mangels)
Sandra Susan Smith, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

Monday, April 16 | 12pm – 1pm
Minimum Wages and Collective Bargaining in Europe: analysing the pay equity outcomes
Damian Grimshaw, Employment Research Centre, University of Manchester

Monday, April 23 | 12pm – 1pm
Title: TBA
Robert Valletta, Sociology, SF Federal Reserve Bank

Monday, April 30 | 12pm – 1pm
An Exceptional Nation? American Political Values in Comparative Perspective
Jerome Karabel and Daniel Laurison, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

Monday, May 7 | 12pm – 1pm
Fatalities in Confined Spaces: Immediate and Long-Term Responses
Michael P. Wilson, Labor Occupational Health Program, University of California, Berkeley


Professor Richard A. Walker Recognized by the Association of American Geographers

Richard A. Walker received the Distinguished Scholarship Award from the Association of American Geographers, in recognition of both his recent work as well his achievements throughout his career. Dick has also published the recent articles and book chapters:

Walker, Richard. 2012. Geography in economy: reflections on a field. In: Trevor Barnes, Jamie Peck and Eric Sheppard, eds. Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Economic Geography. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 47-60.

Bardhan, Ashok and Richard Walker. 2011. California shrugged: the fountainhead of the Great Recession. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society. 4(3): 303-22.

Walker, Richard. 2011. California's golden road to riches: natural resources and regional capitalism, 1848-1940. IN: Derek Gregory and Noel Castree, eds. Fundamentals of Geography. Sage Publications. 4: 281-340. (reprinted from Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 91(1)[2001]: 167-99).

Walker, Richard. 2011. On the edge of environmental history. In: Kimberly Coulter and Christof Mauch, eds. Environmental History: Needs and Opportunities, Rachel Carson Center Perspectives, Issue 3/2011, pp. 48-52.

Walker, Richard. 2011. Rethinking money and finance capital. 2011. In Rethinking Capitalism Newsletter. #2, pp. 15-21.


Recent Working Papers

Working papers may be downloaded from the eScholarship Repository, or from the IRLE Web at the following addresses:


Anderson, Cameron; Brion, Sebastien; Moore, Don A.; Kennedy, Jessica A.:
“A status-enhancement account of overconfidence”

“He, Goujun; Perloff, Jeffrey M.: Does Customer Auditing Help Chinese Workers?”
Levine, David I.; Cotterman, Carolyn:
“What Impedes Efficient Adoption of Products? Evidence from Randomized Variation in Sales Offers for Improved Cookstoves in Uganda”

Lincoln, James R.; Doerr, Bernadette:
“Cultural Effects on Employee Loyalty in Japan and The U. S.: Individual- or Organization-Level? An Analysis of Plant and Employee Survey Data from the 80’s”

Petersen, Trond; Penner, Andrew; Høgnes, Geir:
“From Motherhood Penalties to Husband Premia: The New Challenge for Gender Equality and Family Policy, Lessons from Norway”

Rothstein, Jesse:
“The Labor Market Four Years Into the Crisis: Assessing Structural Explanations”

Smith, Sandra Susan; Broege, Nora C. R.:
“Searching For Work with a Criminal Record”

Thal, Lawrence; Brown, Clair; Freeman, Eric; Belohlav, Kate; Chait, Ariel: “ReadyMade Analysis of Hospital de la Familia’s Cataract Surgery Program in Guatemala”



The Labor Center

It’s workshop time at the Labor Center. We’re announcing a full line up of education events through the summer. First up is an amazing gathering of thinkers from UC Berkeley and beyond.

Economic Inequality Teach In (Co-sponsored with IRLE)
100 Lewis Hall, UC Berkeley, Wednesday, April 4, from 1-5pm FREE

Americans have lately been hearing a lot about and thinking a lot about growing economic inequality. We are thrilled to bring together some of the nation’s top thinkers for a half-day “Economic Inequality Teach In.” We will explore and examine the underlying causes of economic inequality, and then consider important and creative efforts to counter it.

Keynote:Robert Reich, Goldman School of Public Policy
Causes and Consequences
Sylvia Allegretto, Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics
Emmanuel Saez, UCB Department of Economics
Paul Pierson, UCB Department of Political Science
Art Pulaski, California Labor Federation
Cindy Chavez, Working Partnerships USA
Stephanie Luce, CUNY Murphy Institute
Charlie Eaton, Re-Fund California


C. L. Dellums African American Union Leadership School
Sessions will be held every two weeks from May 19 through August 18, 2012
Application deadline is April 27
Historically, the synergy between the labor movement and the civil rights movement has yielded some of the greatest strides toward justice in this country. The school develops the leadership skills of trade unionists in order to strengthen the relationship between the labor movement and the Black community, and to promote the interests of Black workers within their unions and within their communities.
Over the course of eight sessions, participants develop skills including campaign planning, member mobilization, and building strategic partnerships. This year, the Dellums School is co-sponsored by the Alameda Labor Council (ALC).
Media Skills Intensive April 25 & 26, 2012
Prepare a media plan and hone your on-air messaging at this two-day media skills workshop for union communications directors, leaders, and organizers. Sessions feature essential lessons for developing a highly effective messaging campaign, including creating a comprehensive communications strategy, developing effective messages, understanding media outreach tactics, and sharpening off- and on-camera spokesperson skills.
Workshop participants will also have the opportunity to meet with a panel of local journalists, practice effective media planning and outreach, and learn about new social media tools in this intensive dive into media relations.

Building Online Media Skills
June 28 & 29, 2012
Learn how your organization can integrate online tools into your outreach strategies to organize workers and community members, and garner media attention. This two-day workshop covers best practices for traditional online tools including email alerts, websites, and online newsletters, and will also introduce emerging online tools and tactics such as blogging, podcasting and social networking.

Strategic Research Training
August 16-17, 2012
This two-day workshop is intended for experienced union researchers who are responsible for carrying out the research that is used in organizing and collective bargaining campaigns.
For more information or to register for any of our workshops, please visit http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/leadershipschools/


California Public Employee Relations

CPER Online Journal

The staff is working on CPER Journal online, No. 206 (June 2012). Main articles will include an analysis of the Trial Court Act, which has been in effect for 10 years. The piece is being written by a knowledgeable source...Linda Foy, supervising attorney of the Labor and Employment Unit in the Office of the General Counsel, Judicial Council of California – Administrative Office of the Courts. Also in the next issue, attorney Charles Sakai (Renne Sloan Holtzman and Sakai) is covering the labor implications of the new municipal bankruptcy law. And, attorney Elizabeth Arce (Liebert Cassidy Whitmore) alerts readers that recent Equal Employment Opportunity Commission disability discrimination lawsuits are a reminder to employers to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

CPER Pocket Guide Series

In the next month, CPER will publish new editions of these titles:

Pocket Guide to the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act (14th edition) updated by Dieter Dammeier and Richard Kreisler
Our best-selling publication is known statewide as the definitive guide to the rights and obligations established by the act covering peace officer discipline. This Pocket Guide offers a clear explanation of the protections relating to investigations, interrogations, self-incrimination, privacy, polygraph exams, searches, personnel files, administrative appeals, and more.

Pocket Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Acts (4th edition) by Peter Brown.
A "user friendly" guide to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 and the California Family Rights Act of 1993. The Guide spells out who is eligible for leave, increments in which leave can be used, various methods of calculating leave entitlements, record keeping and notice requirements, and enforcement. The rights and responsibilities of both employers and employees under each of the statutes are discussed. The reader is given an understandable summary of the acts' provisions that emphasizes the differences between the two laws and advises which provision to follow.  


Recently published new editions include:
Pocket Guide to the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act, updated by Tim Yeung. The Meyers-Milias-Brown Act governs labor-management relationships in California local government: cities, counties, and most special districts. The new edition reflects important changes from the previous (2006) edition including updated statutory language and discussion concerning AB 646, which provides for mandatory impasse procedure if requested when the parties have not reached a settlement of their dispute following mediation; the latest Public Employment Relations Board cases on representational issues and reasonableness of local rules; court cases decided since the last edition; and statutory changes that became effective January 1, 2012.

Pocket Guide to Disability Discrimination in the California Workplace, by M. Carol Stevens et al. Disabled California workers generally turn to two basic laws to remedy discrimination they encounter in the workplace ― the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. This guide includes references to the text of the law and the agencies' regulations that implement the statutory requirements; similarities and differences between the FEHA and the ADA (including the ADAAA), plus a chart comparing key provisions of the laws; a discussion of other legal protections afforded disabled workers, such as the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, the corresponding California Family Rights Act, and workers compensation laws; and major court decisions that interpret disability laws.

All guides can be ordered at the CPER website, http://cper.berkeley.edu, where tables of contents for all guides are online.


Center for the Study of Child Care Employment


On March 14, 2012, the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment executive director Marcy Whitebook testified at the State Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services hearing. The subcommittee voted to reject budget proposals that would have drastically cut child care services to low income families, dismantled sections of the child care system, and forced the closure of programs, which would have led to job loss for both practitioners and parents.

CSCCE also is responding to the immediate need to develop a cadre of diverse leaders able to make early care and education more accessible, equitable and effective for all children and the practitioners who work on their behalf. An important component of this work is addressing the “leadership learning gap” which requires intentional and ongoing learning focused on building knowledge and skills related to the current and historical policy, politics and power dynamics that undergird and influence the early care and education system.

To spark engagement in this leadership and advocacy work, the CSCCE has created two new resources on our website, both of which will be updated periodically. One is a policy quiz, http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/cscce/2012/how-did-the-early-childhood-system-of-today-come-to-be/. The other is our Lost & Found page, on which we will be sharing our vast archive of historical records with the public, http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/cscce/2012/lost-found/. Both resources have sparked interest from across the country, engaging people in discussions of these topics as they share them with their own networks, post on their Facebook pages, and send links via twitter.


Center for Wage and Employment Dynamics

CWED Co-Chair Sylvia Allegretto is participating in the Cal Teach-In: ‘Economic Inequality: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions’ which will be held on April 4, 2012. This event is co-sponsored by The Labor Center and IRLE. Her presentation is titled:

“The American Dream and the Necessary Fraying of the Folklore.”

Sylvia is also the author of a new CWED brief, set to be released on Thursday, April 5, 2012. Title:

“A Depressive State: Assessing California’s Labor Market Four Years after the Onset of the Great Recession” Her co-author is Luke Reidenbach.

Recent Radio and Television Presentations by Sylvia Allegretto:
KQED Forum with Michael Krasny:
“California’s Employment Situation.”
March 12, 2012 Audio

KPFA Letters & Politics:
“Discussion of the Employment Report.” March 9, 2012 Audio

KPCC, Southern California Radio
“Student Loan Debt Mounting: Could It Hurt The U.S. Economy?” March 6, 2012 Audio


Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library

Web Growth and Statistics
The majority of IRLE-hosted Web sites have seen significant increases in traffic during 2011-12. The Labor Project for Working Families completed a redesign in winter 2012, and The Labor Center is planning a major redesign. The Web team has also generated a new general use brochure for the IRLE, which will inform future visual improvements to the IRLE Web site.

At the end of the academic year, IRLE Librarian Terry Huwe will compile summary statistics that chart the Web’s growth, as well as the topmost destinations, publications and news sources on the Web.

IRLE Librarian Presents in Washington, DC
Terry Huwe gave a speech at the Computers in Libraries Conference, which was held in Washington in later March. The name of his presentation was “Web Publishing from the Library.”


Labor Project for Working Families

Six Key Laws for Parents
The Labor Project on behalf of the California Work & Family Coalition has developed a new “Six Key Laws for Parents” poster that gives information on California laws that allow parents to take time to nurture their child/children. The poster is available for free download on the Coalition’s website in English & Spanish. To order free copies, email workfamilyCA@gmail.com.

Train-the-Trainer Workshop of CA Family Leave Laws
Labor Project staff Jenya Cassidy conducted a “Train-the-Trainer” workshop on California’s Family Leave Laws for staff members of the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) in Washington DC.  The goal of this workshop was to provide NHCOA staff with training materials, information and resources on California’s family leave laws so that they can conduct meetings, short trainings, and provide technical assistance to their constituents of elders, caregivers and family members in the Los Angeles area.

Legislative Hearings & Advocacy
Labor Project staff participated in a State Capitol hearing on the impending crisis in long-term care and aging. We provided information on efforts of the California Work & Family Coalition (that the Labor Project chairs and coordinates) in making the workplace more flexible for family caregivers.

The Labor Project, along with other member organizations of the California Work & Family Coalition, is supporting AB 2039 to expand the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) so that caregivers are able to take job-protected leave to care for a sibling, grandparent, grandchild, in-law or adult child.  Currently, CFRA only allows workers to take leave to care for a parent, spouse, domestic partner or child under 18.  The Labor Project has been coordinating organizational support for the bill.  AB 2039 passed out of the Labor Committee on March 28.  Many organizations showed up to support the bill including the California Labor Federation, California Teachers Association, Social Workers Association, 9to5, Employment Law Center, and California Employment Lawyers Association.



Center for Chinese Studies
April 5, 2012
Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)
“A Study on the Drivers for China's Sustainable Development”
Chancellor Hong Yinxing, Nanjing University, China

Center for Latin American Studies
May 2, 2012
Location: TBA
“Hierarchical Capitalism and the Low Skill Trap in Latin America”, Ben Ross Schneider, MIT

Center for Race & Gender
Distinguished Guest Lecture Series
April 9, 2012
370 Dwinelle Hall
“Chinese Miners, the "Coolie" Question, and the Propaganda of History”, Prof. Mae Ngai
Columbia University

Economics Department
Economics 218, Psychology and Economics Seminar
648 Evans Hall
April 10, 2012
“Would People Behave Differently If They Better Understood Social Security? Evidence From a Field Experiment.”, Erzo Luttmer, Dartmouth College. Joint with Public Finance and Labor

Goldman School of Public Policy
Aaron Wildavsky Forum on Public Policy
April 12, 2012
7:30-9:00 pm
International House, Chevron Auditorium
“Economic Possibilities for Our Children”, Lawrence H. Summers, Professor & President Emeritus, Harvard University

Institute for the Study of Societal Issues
Colloquia Series
April 25, 2012, 4-5:30pm
Wildavsky Conference Room, 2538 Channing Way
“Three Worlds of Relief: Race, Immigration and the American Welfare State from the Progressive Era to the New Deal”, Cybelle Fox, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

Institute of East Asian Studies
April 24, 2012
2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
“Social Policy and Healthy Aging among Older Chinese Immigrants in the United States, Sweden, and Japan”, Kazumi Hoshino, Visiting Scholar, Center for Japanese Studies, UC Berkeley
Center for Latino Policy Research
Speaker Series
Shorb House Conference Room, 2547 Channing Way
April 19, 2012
“I'm Neither Here nor There: Mexicans' Quotidian Struggles with Migration and Poverty”, Patricia Zavella, Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
May 3, 2012
“Regulating Informality: Worker Centers and Day Labor”,
Abel Valenzuela, Professor and Chair, Chicano and Chicana Studies, UCLA

International House
Speaker Series
April 10, 2012
International House
2299 Piedmont Avenue
“The New Industrial Revolution”, Chris Anderson, Editor-in-Chief of "Wired Magazine"

I-School (School of Information)
April 4, 2012
4:10 pm - 5:30 pm
210 South Hall
“Will Johnny Facebook Get a Job? An Experiment in Hiring Discrimination via Online Social Networks”, Alessandro Acquisti Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University

Seminar Series
3:30-4:45 pm
Wildavsky Conference Room, 2538 Channing Way
April 26, 2012
Access to Data Collected by the Census Bureau
Jon Stiles, Data Archivist, UC DATA