January-February 2009 (33)

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

Especially Recommended:

New Social Compact : Speakers Tout San Francisco Experience As Progressive Blueprint for Labor Standards
Vial Center announces a new series of seminars-- Mondays at 4pm.
IRLE spring seminar series now available.
Van Jones, "The Green Collar Economy," Vial Center Lecture, Feb. 11
Holmes Hummel, Energy Resources Group, visiting specialist on Climate and Energy Policy Design, Feb. 23

IRLE News & Events
New Social Compact : Speakers Tout San Francisco Experience As Progressive Blueprint for Labor Standards
Spring Colloquium Series
Recent Sponsored Research

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
Donald Vial Center on Employment in the Green Economy
The Labor Project for Working Families

Campus News & Events


New Social Compact : Speakers Tout San Francisco Experience As Progressive Blueprint for Labor Standards

A panel at the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA)'s 61st annual meetings: The New Social Compact in San Francisco. Speakers included Ken Jacobs of CLRE, Michael Theriault of San Francisco Building and Trades Council, Michael Casey of HERE Local 2, Steve Kava, chief of staff to Mayor Gavin Newsom, and Jim Wunderland, Director of the Bay Area Council.

To read an article on the LERA panel, please click here.


Spring Colloquium Series Update

The following speakers will be presenting this term. Some presentation titles and descriptions will become finalized during February.

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

TO ATTEND AN EVENT, PLEASE R.S.V.P. Myra Armstrong, zulu2@berkeley.edu

Monday, February 9, 2009 - 12-1pm
Laura Giuliano, Professor, Haas School of Business
"Minimum Wage Effects on Employment, Substitution, and the Quality of the Teenage Labor Supply: Evidence from personnel data"

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 12-1pm
Francesco Devicienti, Visiting Scholar, Professor, University of Torino, Italy
Title: To be announced

Monday, March 2, 2009 - 4-6pm
Will Dow, Professor, Health Economics, University of California, Berkeley (with Carrie Hoverman and Arin Dube).
"Pay-or-play employer health insurance mandates: Early evidence from San Francisco"

Monday, March 9, 2009 - 12-1pm
Richard Walker, Professor, Geography, University of California, Berkeley (with Gray Brechin)
"A New New Deal"

Monday, March 16, 2009 - 12-1pm
Paige Skiba, Vanderbilt University Law School (with Jeremy Tobacman).
"Do Payday Loans Cause Bankruptcy?"

Monday, March 30, 2009 - 4-6pm
John Logan, Research Specialist, Center for Labor Research and Education, University of California, Berkeley
"The Union Avoidance Industry and the Right to Organize in Postwar America"

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"

April 27, 2009 –12 -1 pm
Peter Evans, Professor, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
Title: To be announced


Recent Sponsored Research

The following projects have recently been funded by external agencies. Congratulations to the Principal Investigators!

Ken Jacobs
The California Endowment
Title: California Health Policy Research Program
This is a two-year project to build the health policy research infrastructure in the state and capacity to conduct timely research on issues important to crafting of the state health policy; provide technical assistance to consumer stakeholders and policymakers.

Steven Pitts
Open Society Institute
Title: Improving the Quality of Jobs Held by Black Males
The goal of this project is to increase the quality of jobs held by Black males by assisting in reframing the approach to the Black male job crisis; bring Black labor leaders into the conversation concerning this crisis; and further the development of a demonstration project-a Black worker center-that can address this crisis in one location and provide a map to solutions elsewhere. It is designed as a one-year project with links to a second phase that would commence after the completion of this project.

Michael Reich, Sylvia Allegretto, Ken Jacobs (IRLE) and Frank Neuhauser (Survey Research Center)
Dept. of California Industrial Relations
Title: Estimating the Underground Economy-The Impact of Fraud on Complying Employers and State Government
An unknown fraction of employers operate partially or entirely outside the standard economy, going uncovered for workers’ compensation as well as committing other wage and tax violations. This project proposes to estimate the extent and impact of the underground economy. Understanding the underground economy and bringing employers and workers into compliance are a key public policy initiative for workers, employers, state and local agency social safety net programs and the State general fund.

Juliann Sum
Dept. of California Industrial Relations
Title: Technical Support to Clarify, Streamline and Improve Workers’ Compensation Rights and Procedures
To provide technical support to assist The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation staff in convening task force meetings; evaluating legislative, administrative, and educational options; and developing recommendations to clarify and streamline laws.

Marcy Whitebook
Stone Foundation
Title: No Single Ingredient: The Complexity of Effective Early Childhood Teacher Preparation
Cohort B.A. completion programs, which target small groups of adults working in ECE to pursue a course of study together and receive a variety of support services, including classes scheduled at convenient times and locations, have started emerge at various Universities. CSCCE is studying these cohorts and the outcomes of these efforts to inform policy and program development.


The Labor Center

Upcoming Trainings:

4th Annual C.L. Dellums African American Union Leadership School
February 7-May 16, 2009
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. Leadership skills will be developed in broad arenas of critical thinking, implementation skills, and strategic partnerships.

Media Skills Workshop
February 26–27, 2009
Two-day workshop for community and union leaders and staff, featuring lessons in creating a communications strategy, developing and practicing effective media messages, and learning about the nuts and bolts of PR.

California Union Leadership School
March 22–27, 2009
CULS is a senior-level week-long school for leaders and staff members that teaches strategic planning and leadership skills. Focus is on the economy, labor law and organizing. Follow-up session will focus on media and legislative strategies.

Labor Summer Internship Program
June 15-August 7, 2009
Applications are now being accepted for host sites the eighth year of one of our most popular programs, the Labor Summer Internship Program. Unions and workers centers host UC undergrads and grads to learn about unions and organizing, and to help with research needs.

Upcoming Events:

Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference
February 4–6, 2009, in Washington, DC.
A forum for sharing strategies on creating family-supporting jobs in the new green economy. The Labor Center is a co-convenor with other labor, environmental, and business organizations at the forefront of the national good jobs, green jobs movement. For more information or to register, visit www.greenjobsconference.org.

Van Jones speaking on The Green Collar Economy
February 11, 6:00, Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way
Sponsored by the UCB Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative, with the UCB Don Vial Center on Employment and the Green Economy and the UCB Labor Center
Van Jones argues that a green economy that rescues the polar bears can also rescue the U.S. economy–putting America back to work; driving down energy and food prices; giving green collar jobs and new chances to underserved youth; and forever ending the need for oil wars and resource wars. Van Jones is Founding President of Green For All, Senior Fellow with the Center for American Progress, and Founder of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. The event is wheelchair accessible; for more information visit http://berc.berkeley.edu

Book Event with Kim Bobo: Wage Theft in America: Why Millions of Working Americans Are Not Getting Paid–And What We Can Do About It
February 12, 12 noon, University Lutheran Chapel, 2425 College Avenue, Berkeley
Sponsored by the UC Berkeley Labor Center, East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE), East Bay Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice and University Lutheran Chapel.
In her new book, Kim Bobo describes how billions of dollars worth of wages are stolen from millions of workers in the U.S. every year, through such abuses as paying employees far less than the legal minimum wage, purposefully misclassifying employees as independent contractors, and illegally denying workers overtime pay. Bobo offers an insightful analysis of the crisis as well as concrete solutions, with special attention to what the new presidential administration should do. Kim Bobo is the founder and executive director of Interfaith Worker Justice, a national network that engages the religious community on issues affecting low-wage workers. She is the author of Lives Matter: A Handbook for Christian Organizing and the co-author of Organizing for Social Change. Information: Andrea Buffa, andreabuffa@berkeley.edu, 510-642-6371.


The Labor Center’s Fall 2008 newsletter On The Move is available online at http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/newsletter/fall08.pdf . Featured articles include "Labor and the Greening Economy: California Labor Unions Take Climate Action" by Andrea Buffa and "The Employee Free Choice Act: How Will Unions and Working People be Affected?" by John Logan.


California Public Employee Relations

The most recent issue of CPER, No. 194 (February 2009), instructs readers on about the latest revisions to the Americans with Disabilities Act and to the Fair Employment and Housing Act. But the real news, of course, is the economy. Stories in each section of the journal carry a similar theme: survival.

Public sector agencies and their employees are no longer bystanders to the financial crisis facing the nation. With revenues drying up and deficits mounting, each segment of the public sector workforce is facing forced furloughs, reductions in hours, and job cuts.

At the state level, as the budget impasse drags on, employees and their unions are staring down the governor, hoping to block his order to reduce work hours, which they see as an unlawful unilateral change and a violation of the separation of powers. The central question is whether the economic meltdown poses an emergency situation that trumps the collective bargaining process.

Public schools are facing the prospect of teacher layoffs, increases in class size, and school closures. With the current school year well underway, the viable options are curtailed by Education Code mandates as well as existing collective bargaining agreements that were forged when economists were not ready to call a recession a recession.

Cities and counties are struggling to come up with ways to adjust to growing deficits that seem to be a moving target. Hiring freezes, caps on overtime, office closures, and, in the end, layoffs, all are ways to cut labor costs. But, over and above the negative impact on the workforce, local governments also must wrestle with the impact these cuts will have on their ability to meet the growing demand for important social services. Ironically, as more and more employees lose their jobs, the need for assistance from public agencies becomes more critical.

At the higher education level, competing interests pit needy students against struggling workers. Cuts in enrollment and fee increases may help the universities bring their budgets in line, but doing so may risk stepping back from their commitment to a system of accessible higher education.

CPER Pocket Guide Series

In the CPER news is the newest title in our Pocket Guide series: Pocket Guide to the Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights Act.

In 2007, the act was signed into law, giving California firefighters many of the same rights as peace officers, and more. CPER’s new guide provides an overview of the requirements of the act – a clear explanation of who’s covered and the extent of that coverage; how a disciplinary investigation is started and what to expect concerning interrogation, privacy, discipline, administrative appeals, remedies; and more. The guide includes the text of the act as well as pertinent provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act applicable to appeals; a table of cases, and glossary of terms.


Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE)

CSCCE has received the first year of funding from the W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation to launch the proposed four-year study, No Single Ingredient: The Complexity of Effective Early Childhood Teacher Preparation. By examining the educational and workplace experiences of student cohorts in Massachusetts and California, the study will aim to increase our knowledge about the components of bachelor’s degree-level teacher preparation programs that result in effective teacher practices, and that help retain a culturally and linguistically diverse early educator workforce.

We have also released two new publications this month:

  • Diversity and Stratification in California's Early Care and Education Workforce, by Marcy Whitebook, Fran Kipnis & Dan Bellm. Using data from the 2006 California Early Care and Education Workforce Study, this policy brief finds that the ethnic and linguistic diversity of California's ECE workforce is stratified by educational level and job role–i.e., disproportionately concentrated in some areas of the field more than others. The brief discusses the implications of these findings for workforce development, higher education, and the ability of ECE programs to address the needs of diverse children and families. http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/cscce/pdf/diversity_stratification08.pdf .

  • An abridged version, in Spanish translation, of our 2007 policy brief, Chutes or Ladders? Creating Support Services to Help Early Childhood Students Succeed in Higher Education by Kara Dukakis, Dan Bellm, Natalie Seer, and Yuna Lee. This report explores efforts in California to support nontraditional students in higher education generally, and in particular, those who are studying early childhood education. (Spanish title:¿Rampas o Escaleras? Cómo crear servicios de apoyo para ayudar a los estudiantes de la primera infancia a tener éxito en la educaciĆ³n superior.) http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/cscce/pdf/chutes_ladders_spanish08.pdf .


Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library

Digital Archives: Three Online and Phase II Underway
The Library has completed Phase I of its project to digitize 20th century labor materials. These include the papers of the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, the papers and publications of IRLE, and selected materials from the Library’s historical collections. The collections may be found at:

Phase II work is now underway, and will focus on the digitization of the California Labor Federation’s newspaper, California AFL-CIO News.

Library Blogs: Traffic is High
Janice Kimball is blogging on labor and economic news, and also on immigration news. These blogs are receiving more than 2,000 downloads per month. To view the blogs, find (and bookmark) them here:
Labor & Economic News Blog
Immigration News Blog

"Social Bookmarks" for Labor Research
The IRLE Library reviews Web sites for Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society in print. Now, these reviews (numbering in the hundreds) may be seen on the Web, using the "social bookmarking" utility known as delicious. To find (and bookmark) the repository, take a look at:

Library Staff Extend IRLE E-Outreach
The Library staff are actively adding names of peer institutions and colleagues around the globe to the eNews circulation list. At some point, a related publication aimed at our broader community (beyond campus) may follow. Library staff are also preparing a substantive print brochure that targets policy makers as a prospective audience.

Donald Vial Center on Employment in the Green Economy

The Vial Center is pleased to launch its spring 2009 Seminar Series. Two events have been scheduled with more to follow. The Vial Center is also a co-sponsor of the Van Jones presentation listed above, under "Especially Recommended." For further information: http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/vial/

February 2, 2009, 4-6 pm
IRLE Large Conference Room
"Green House Gas Policies and California Employment"
Peter Berck, Professor, Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley

February 23, 2009, 4-6 pm
IRLE Large Conference Room
"What is at stake for labor interests in climate policy design –and what can they win at the table?"
Holmes Hummel, Energy Resources Group, visiting specialist on Climate and Energy Policy Design
With 85% of the U.S. energy mix coming from fossil fuels, the Obama Administration's goal of reaching greenhouse gas emissions of 80% below 1990 by 2050 means we are embarking upon a sweeping transformation of the energy sector. California's EPA and Congress are both negotiating rules for a cap-and-trade policy that would establish a price for greenhouse gas pollution, causing unions in energy-intensive industries to raise concerns that a new cost of production might motivate capital flight to other countries, "leaking" emissions along with jobs. Unions representing service workers are concerned about regressive effect of a carbon price on working class households. Climate policy also holds the potential to rapidly creation of millions of new "green jobs" - but there's no guarantee that new energy businesses will welcome union participation. Dr. Hummel will address all three of these issues by clarifying the major concerns, describing the policy options, and making the case for provisions that could best serve the interests of working households in America.

Monday, April 20, 2009, 4-6pm
IRLE Large Conference Room
Title to be announced
Malo Hutson, Professor, Deptartment of City & Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley


Labor Project for Working Families

Labor Project Wins Caregiving Legacy Award

The Labor Project for Working Families has been announced winner of the Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving Legacy Award in recognition of its policy and advocacy efforts on family leave. The Labor Project was among three nonprofit organizations to be awarded $20,000 each in a national competition. The awardees will be honored at a national conference on aging in March 2009.

The Caregiving Legacy Awards Program was established through a grant by Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation to the National Center on Caregiving at the Family Caregiver’s Alliance (FCA). For more information, visit http://caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/content_node.jsp?nodeid=2262.

NEWLY REVISED Work Family Curriculum –Download Free

The Labor Project for Working Families has recently revised Making it Work Better: A Work Family Educational Program to help union instructors, facilitators and discussion leaders educate union members and leaders about work family issues. The curriculum is available for a FREE download on the Labor Project's website: http://www.working-families.org/organize/curriculum.html.

The 3½ hour curriculum contains short modules that can be incorporated into existing union trainings or used in its entirety to train bargaining committees, stewards or rank and file members.

NOTE: We strongly recommend using our publication A Job and a Life: Organizing and Bargaining for Work Family Issues as a companion guide to the curriculum. For more information on A Job and a Life see http://www.working-families.org/organize/guide.html.

To order A Job and a Life at a special training price of $5.00 each (shipping additional for 15+ copies), please send us the order form on p. 42 of Making it Work Better or contact us at (510) 643-7088 or info@working-families.org.


Economics Department

Spring 2009 Seminars webpage

Economics 251, Labor Economics Seminar 608-7 Evans Hall Thursdays 2-4pm

February 5, 2009
Speech Patterns and Racial Wage Inequality
Jeff Grogger, University of Chicago

February 12, 2009
A Dissenting View on Black-White Economic Convergence
Dan Black, University of Chicago

Center for Labor Economics:
Labor Lunch Series
12-1 p.m., 608-7 Evans Hall
David Card, card@econ.berkeley.edu
Assistant: Thembi Jackson, thembi@econ.berkeley.edu

Haas School of Business

Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations Colloquium
330 Cheit Hall

February 4, 2009
"Constructed Criteria: Redefining Merit to Justify Discrimination"
Eric Uhlmann, The Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

February 11, 2009
"Lacking Power and Control: Impaired Executive Function, Compensatory Consumption, and Illusory Pattern Perception"
Adam Galinsky, The Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Sociology Department

Departmental Colloquium Series
Blumer Room, 402 Barrows Hall
2:00 - 3:30 PM

February 23, 2009
"Does God Love Free Markets? Religion, Economics, and the Rise of Modern Conservatism in the United States" Brian Steensland, Department of Sociology, Indiana University