December 2004 (No.3)

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

IIR NEWS AND EVENTS

IIR Faculty Seminar: Candace Howes, December 6, 2004
IIR Holiday Reception: December 15, 2004
Center for the Study of Child Care Employment News
CPER Issue 169 is Published and Staff to Attend CFT Conference
Library Collection News
Labor Center: New Training Events and Publication Updates
Labor Project for Working Families: New Publications News
Paid Family Leave News

CAMPUS NEWS & EVENTS
Center for Studies in Higher Education
Center for Korean Studies
Center for South Asian Studies
Department of Economics
Department of Sociology
Haas School of Business

BEYOND THE CAMPUS
The Campus News Center
The Campus Calendar




IIR NEWS AND EVENTS

 

IIR Faculty Seminars

Monday, December 6, 2004 - 12 to 1 pm, Directors Lounge
Professor Candace Howes, Economics Department, Connecticut College
"Upgrading California's Homecare Workforce: The Impact of Political Action and Unionization"

Howes will present the results of the first stage of a two-year project that examines the impact of wage and benefit differentials on the recruitment and retention of homecare workers. This paper, which is forthcoming in The State of California Labor, 2004, tells the story of the political process by which some homecare jobs have been upgraded in California. Using descriptive statistics and logit regression analysis, it also shows that turnover is lower in those counties where wages and benefits are higher, after controlling for other factors that affect turnover.

Candace Howes is the Hogate-Ferrin Associate Professor of Economics at Connecticut College and a Visiting Scholar at the IIR, where she is conducting a study of homecare workers in collaboration with the UC Berkeley Labor Center and SEIU Locals 250 and 434B. Howes is the author of "Living Wages and Retention of Homecare Workers in San Francisco," forthcoming in Industrial Relations, January 2005, Special Issue: the Impacts of Living Wage Policies.
http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/events/fall04/seminars/index.html


 

IIR Holiday Reception

IIR's holiday party will be held on a Wednesday afternoon this year and is scheduled to help commuters catch van pools and buses! Please attend. This year as always, Terry's Legendary Eggnog will make its annual appearance..
http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/events/fall04/holiday/index.html


 

Center for the Study of Childcare Employment News

This month, the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) is launching the first-ever statewide California Early Care and Education Workforce Study, in partnership with the California Child Care Resource and Referral Network, and with support from First 5 California. Through this study, we will obtain essential statewide and regional workforce data including demographics, education, training, tenure, turnover, and wages. Every county will have a portion of its licensed childcare centers and family childcare homes included in the survey, based on the size of its provider population. During the coming year, CSCCE will use these data in combination with other datasets to make detailed workforce projections related to an anticipated change in teacher training standards.
http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/cscce


 

Calfornia Public Employee Relations News

The December 2004 issue of CPER, No. 169, includes the main article "Putting a Conscious End to Unconscious Bias," which grapples with the questions of what public employers should do about reflexive, unconscious racial bias. The second main article, "Employee Leaves of Absence," summarizes the most important statutes relating to this area. CPER's Recent Developments section covers the controversy regarding teachers wearing union buttons, legislation concerning the California correctional system, sexual harassment training for supervisors, and more.

In January 2005, CPER will publish the second edition of Pocket Guide to Workplace Rights of Public Employees. CPER staff will also attend and participate in the California Federation of Teachers conference in Sacramento.
http://cper.berkeley.edu/


 

Library Collection News

On December 1, our first list of periodicals that we have selected to discard will be circulated. Please take the time to read the list and comment. Your voice must be heard in order for us to retain items on this list. Starting in December 2004, lists will be kept on the Library Web at http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/library/collections.html.


 

Labor Center News

Financial Skills Workshop
Unions are complex organizations that face difficult management issues in financial planning and accounting. This two-day workshop is for chief officers and financial staff. Thursday and Friday, Jan 20 and 21, 9 a.m.5 p.m. At the Institute of Industrial Relations, 2521 Channing Way, Berkeley. For information, contact Raahi Reddy at 510-642-1851 or reddyr@berkeley.edu.

California Lead Organizers Institute
A new five-day training with two follow-up sessions, specifically designed for lead organizers. The first California Lead Organizers Institute will focus on healthcare advocacy and campaigns. Monday-Friday, Feb 7-11. At the Ben Lomond Center near Santa Cruz. For information, contact Raahi Reddy at 510-642-1851 or reddyr@berkeley.edu.
http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/leadershipschool/cloi.shtml

New Video and Curriculum: Eyes on the Fries: Young Workers in the Service Economy
This half-hour documentary is the perfect primer to engage young people about their experiences in the workplaceand how they can take action to make their jobs better. Designed for educational use in classrooms and union halls, the film comes with an interactive curriculum kit, including workshops, fact sheets, and discussion questions.
Price: $25.00 individual rate
$60.00 institutional rate

Updated Publication From The Labor Center
"Hey, the Boss Just Called Me Into the Office": The Weingarten Decision and the Right to Representation on the Job.
By Steve Diamond, Kirsten Snow Spalding, and Lisa M. Vanderford-Anderson. Updated and revised by David Rosenfeld and Caren Sencer. Updated in 2004 to reflect recent changes in the law on the right to representation at work. A must-have resource for any union member.
Price: $8.00
21-50 copies: $6.00
51+ copies: $5.00

http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/


 

The Labor Project for Working Families

Bargaining Manual for Work and Family Issues
The Labor Project for Working Families has created a comprehensive bargaining manual to help union leadership bargain around work and family issues. The manual includes union highlights, contract language examples, first steps in moving forward a work/family agenda and resources. The manual will be available in January. For pricing and ordering information, email ndones@berkeley.edu


 

California’s New Paid Family Leave Law

Trainings for Shop Stewards and Union Representatives

On July 1, 2004 working Californians who participate in SDI became eligible to take up to 6 weeks a year of paid family leave benefits to care for a seriously ill family member or bond with a newborn or adopted child. We are the first state in the country to pass this legislation and it would not have happened without the support of the statewide labor movement.

The Labor Project for Working Families is working with the California Labor Federation and members of the Paid Family Leave Coalition to conduct regional trainings on paid leave for union members. The trainings cover the basics of the law, bargaining for improvements and educating members. For information about a training near you, contact Jenya Cassidy at 510-642-5498 or e-mail jcassidy@berkeley.edu




CAMPUS NEWS AND EVENTS

 

Center for Studies in Higher Education

Tuesday, November 30, 2004
"The Education Gospel and Higher Education: The Transformations of the Twentieth Century"
Speaker: Norton Grubb, David Gardner Chair in Higher Education, Policy, Organization, Measurement, and Evaluation, Graduate School of Education, UC Berkeley
4:00 - 5:30 PM
CSHE Library, South Hall Annex
642-7703


 

Center for Korean Studies

Friday, December 3, 2004
"Democracy, History, and Migrant Labor in South Korea: Korean Chinese, North Koreans, and Guest Workers"
Hyun Ok Park, New York University
IEAS Conference Room, 2223 Fulton St., 6th Floor
4:15 p.m


 

Center for South Asia Studies

Friday December 3, 2004
"The Indian Economy and Globalization: Recent Performance and Prospects"
Kaushik Basu: C. Marks Professor of International Studies and Professor of Economics at Cornell University.
5:00 pm
402 Barrows Hall
642-3608


 

Department of Economics

Thursday, December 2, 2004
Econ 251 Lecture: The Relationship between Industry Clockspeed And HRM Practices"
Clair Brown and Yooki Park, UC Berkeley
Location and Time: TBA

Thursday, December 2, 2004
IDS 270 Lecture: "Employment versus Contracting in Procurement: Theory and Evidence from U.S. Cities"
Ignacio Palacios Huerta, Brown University
4:pm 6:pm
C325 Cheit Hall

Friday, December 3, 2004
Econ 271 Lecture: "Gender and Say: A Model of Household Behavior with Implications for Female Labor Supply"
Kaushik Basu, Cornell and Harvard Universities
2-3:30 p.m.,
608-7 Evans Hall


 

Department of Sociology

Thursday December 2, 2004
"Does Bad Pay Cause Occupations to Feminize? Does Feminization Reduce Pay?"
Paula England, Stanford University
Sociology Departmental Colloquium Series Fall 2004
Blumer Room 402 Barrows Hall
Thursdays, 4:00 - 5:30 pm


 

Haas School of Business

Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations Seminar
Elizabeth Mannix, Cornell University
Wednesday, December 1
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Room C220
For more information, contact Deborah Houy at houy@haas.berkeley.edu.

Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations Seminar
Trond Petersen, Haas School of Business
Wednesday, December 8
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Room C220
For more information, contact Deborah Houy at houy@haas.berkeley.edu.


Special Issue of California Management Review

The Fall 2004 issue of CMR has the special topic of "Integrating Social Responsibility and Marketing Strategy". Articles include:

Doing Better at Doing Good: When, Why, and How Consumers Respond to Corporate Social Initiatives," by C.B. Bhattacharya and Sankar Sen

"Managing Responsibility: What Can Be Learned from the Quality Movement?" by Sandra Waddock and Charles Bodwell

"Valuing the Cause Marketing Relationship," by John T. Gourville and V. Kasturi Rangan

"Social Alliances: Company/Nonprofit Collaboration," by Ida E. Berger, Peggy H. Cunningham, and Minette E. Drumwright

"Collaborating with Activists: How Starbucks Works with NGOs," by Paul A. Argenti

"Socially Responsible Pricing: Lessons from the Pricing of AIDS Drugs in Developing Countries," by Sushil Vachani and N. Craig Smith

Check the IIR Library for a copy, or contact cmr@haas.berkeley.edu for more information.