May 2008 (29)

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

In This Issue:

IRLE: The Academic Year in Review

This issue of eNews summarizes the many activities of IRLE, its faculty and programs during the 2007-2008. Links below are either to previous features about major events that appeared in eNews, or else are links directly to program home pages. Most IRLE centers have contributed their own summaries, below.

In addition, the spring issue of IRLE News, the print counterpart to eNews, is available as a PDF file. The spring issue also covers many highlights of the academic year. Download the IRLE Newsletter. PDF

The next issue of eNews will appear in September 2008.

IRLE: 2007-2008 highlights

2007-2008 Colloquium Series

New Labor Market Institutions and the Public Policy Response:
A Symposium to Honor Lloyd Ulman

Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics Launched

Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society:
Issued published during 2007-2008

Vol 47, No. 1
Vol 46, No. 4
Vol 46, No. 3

2007-2008 Faculty Working Papers

UC Labor and Education Research Fund: Berkeley Awardees

IRLE Co-Sponsors IRRA-NLRB Conference on February 8

The Living New Deal Project Goes Live

Visiting Scholar and Postdoctoral Appointment Program

IRLE Program News: Year in Review
The Labor Center
California Public Employee Relations
California Studies Center
Center for Culture, Organizations, and Politics
Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Center for Work, Technology, and Society
Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library
The Labor Project for Working Families
Work & Health Initiative


The Labor Center

Summary of 2007-08 academic accomplishments

New Grants

  • The California Endowment: "California Health Policy Research Program"
  • The California Wellness Foundation: "California Lead Organizers Institute"
  • Walter and Evelyn Haas, Jr. Fund: "Job Quality Research and Education Initiative"
  • Rosenberg Foundation: "Pathways to Quality Jobs for Black Workers"
  • UC Labor and Employment Research Fund: "Exploring the Impact of the Green Economy on California’s Workforce"
  • UC Labor and Employment Research Fund: Organizing in the Home- and Community-Based Care Industries

New Reports

  • Beyond the Mountaintop: King’s Prescription for Poverty: Black Economists Mark the 40th Anniversary of the Assassination
    April 2008, by Steven C. Pitts and William Spriggs
  • Secure and Affordable Health Care Act of 2008: Impact on Payroll Costs in California
    January 2008, by Ken Jacobs and Dave Graham-Squire
  • A Downward Push: The Impact of Wal-Mart Stores on Retail Wages and Benefits
    December 2007, by Arindrajit Dube, T William Lester and Barry Eidlin
  • Living Wage Policies and Wal-Mart: How a Higher Wage Standard Would Impact Wal-Mart Workers and Shoppers
    December 2007, by Arindrajit Dube, Dave Graham-Squire, Ken Jacobs and Stephanie Luce
  • Modeling Employer Participation in Adult Healthcare Coverage Expansion in San Mateo County
    October 2007, by Ken Jacobs and Lucas Ronconi, for the San Mateo County Blue Ribbon Task Force on Adult Health Coverage Expansion.
  • Health Coverage Expansion in California: What Can Consumers Afford to Spend?
    September 2007, by Ken Jacobs, Korey Capozza, Dylan H. Roby, Gerald F. Kominski and E. Richard Brown
  • Job Quality and Black Workers: An Examination of the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York
    August 2007, by Steven C. Pitts
  • Impact of Health Benefit Reductions in the Unionized Grocery Sector in California
    August 2007, by Arindrajit Dube and Ken Jacobs
  • A Small Raise: Jobs, Wages and Healthcare in 2007
    August 2007, by Arindrajit Dube, Ken Jacobs and Dave Graham-Squire
  • Impact of Health Benefit Reductions in the Unionized Grocery Sector in California
    August 2007, by Arindrajit Dube and Ken Jacobs
  • Health Coverage Proposals in California: Impact on Businesses
    July 2007, by Ken Jacobs, Lucas Ronconi and Dave Graham-Squire


All together, enrollment in the Labor Center’s trainings during the 2007-08 academic year was 359.

  • California Union Leadership School for Union Officers and Senior Staff, March 30-April 4, 2008, with the California Labor Federation
  • California Lead Organizers Institute, March 3-7, 2008, with the California Labor Federation, with the Center for Third World Organizing
  • Media Skills Workshop, February 28-29, 2008, with the California Labor Federation
  • PopFest: New Frameworks to Build & Win, February 21-22, 2008
  • C.L. Dellums African-American Union Leadership School, February 9 through May 17, 2008
  • Latino Leadership School, October 19-21, 2007, with the UCLA Labor Center
  • Summer Institute for Union Women, July 16–20, 2007, with the UCB Labor Occupational Health Program
  • Strategic Campaigns, September 17-21, 2007


All together, attendance at Labor Center events during the 2007-08 academic year was 362.

  • Book Reception: Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and a New Path toward Social Justice with author Bill Fletcher, Jr.
    May 9, 2008
    Co-sponsored with the Center for Political Education
  • Book Event: The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker with author Steven Greenhouse
    April 25, 2008
    Co-sponsored with the UCB Graduate School of Journalism and Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice
  • Book Event: The China Price: The True Cost of Chinese Competitive Advantage, with author Alexandra Harney
    April 17, 2008
    Co-sponsored with the UCB Center for Chinese Studies
  • Panel Discussion: The Future of the Newsroom: New opportunities, collateral damage, and effects on journalists in the digital era
    February 20, 2008
    With panelists Jeanne Carstensen, Managing Editor, Louis Freedberg, California Media Project Director and San Francisco Chronicle former editorial writer, Luther Jackson, San Jose Newspaper Guild Executive Officer, and Matt Mansfield, San Jose Mercury News Deputy Managing Editor
    Co-sponsored with the UCB Graduate School of Journalism, with the East Bay Press Club, Northern California Media Workers Guild, San Jose Newspaper Guild and Society of Professional Journalists NorCal Chapter.
  • Panel Discussion: Labor and California Climate Change Legislation: Can Cooling the Climate Also Create Jobs?
    February 8, 2008
    With panelists Peter Cooper, California Labor Federation Workforce and Economic Development Program Senior Manager, Carla Din, Apollo Alliance Western Regional Field Director, Jay Hansen, State Building and Construction Trades Council Legislative Director, and Andrew Hoerner, Redefining Progress Sustainable Economics Program Director
    Co-sponsored with the Apollo Alliance, California Labor Federation’s Workforce and Economic Development Program, and Redefining Progress
  • The Victory of the Charleston 5: How African-American Trade Unionists Fought and Won Against the Global ShippingIndustry January 31, 2008
    With panelists Ken Riley, International Longshoremen's Association Local 1422 President, and Suzan Erem, author of the new book On the Global Waterfront: The Fight to Free the Charleston 5.
    Co-sponsored with the UCB Department of African American Studies, City College of San Francisco Labor and Community Studies Department, Alameda County Central Labor Council, San Francisco Labor Council and International Longshore and Warehouse Union.
  • Book Event : The Man Who Hated Work and Loved Labor: The Life and Times of Tony Mazzocchi with author Les Leopold
    January 15, 2008
    Co-sponsored with the UCB Institute for Research on Labor and Employement
  • Book Event: It's the Economy, Stupid: The Growing Anxiety of the Middle Class and the Future of American Politics, with author Jacob Hacker (The Great Risk Shift)
    December 6, 2007
    Co-sponsored with the UCB School of Public Health, Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science, and Institute of Governmental Studies.
  • The NLRB’s "September Massacre": A breakdown of recent decisions by the National Labor Relations Board, featuring Labor Attorney David Rosenfeld
    December 5, 2007
  • Panel Discussion: Green Collar Jobs in the San Francisco Bay Area: Can the green economy reduce global warming AND fight poverty?
    November 29, 2007
    With panelists Raquel Rivera Pinderhughes, Professor of Urban Studies, San Francisco State University and Ian Kim, Green-Collar Jobs Campaign Policy Director at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
    Co-sponsored by the UCB Institute for the Study of Social Change and hosted by the College of Natural Resources Dean’s Office.
  • What's Going On In Detroit? A breakdown of the UAW deals with GM and Chrysler, featuring UC Berkeley Labor Expert Harley Shaiken
    November 9, 2008
    Co-sponsored with the California Labor Federation and the UCB Center for Latin American Studies
  • Book Event: The Search for a Civic Voice: California Latino Politics with author Kenneth Burt
    October 22, 2007
    Co-sponsored with the UCB Institute of Governmental Studies

San Francisco screening of Made in L.A. September 6, 2007

Post-film discussion with filmmakers Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar; Guadalupe Hernandez, one of the workers featured in the film; and Katie Quan, Associate Chair of the UC Berkeley Labor Center. Co-sponsored with Active Voice, KQED, Amnesty International Western Regional Office, Asian Immigrant Women Advocates, Bay Area Immigrant Rights Coalition, Global Exchange, ITVS, Mujeres


California Public Employee Relations: 2007-2008

The California Public Employee Relations Program continues its unique educational dialog with labor and employment practitioners in all public sector jurisdictions in California. This discourse takes place in California Public Employee Relations (CPER), our bimonthly journal chronicling recent developments from a broad range of perspectives, including local government, public schools, state employment, higher education, attorneys, labor relations officers, arbitrators, and union organizers.

During the 2007-08 academic year, feature articles have addressed:

  • Post-retirement health care benefits
  • Disability discrimination laws
  • Due process rights newly extended to California firefighters
  • Notice requirements under public meetings law
  • Public disclosure of peace officer salaries and personal data
  • Employers’ regulation of online speech
  • Teachers’ pay disadvantages
  • Religious speech protections and employer harassment policies
  • Public sector strikes and the delivery of essential services

In addition to our journal, CPER’s "Pocket Guide Series" continues to grow. This ever-expanding resource and training tool is used by a diverse group of public sector employees. Titles include guides to disability discrimination, family and medical leave laws, unfair practice procedures, and due process.

Every year, CPER joins with the State Bar Labor and Employment Section to cosponsor an educational program devoted specifically to public sector labor and employment law. CPER Editor Carol Vendrillo is a regular presenter. CPER also partners with the Public Employment Relations Board. Jointly presented programs guide practitioners through the administrative maze of enforcement and adjudication of labor-management disputes that arise under the state’s numerous collective bargaining laws. Carol Vendrillo is a member of the PERB advisory committee.

In addition, CPER professional staff brings its expertise and awareness of the CPER program and of the IRLE to a variety of educational events, including:

  • San Francisco Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Program in Yosemite. CPER Associate Editor Katherine Thomson moderated a panel on religious bias claims and morals-based speech in the workplace.
  • Center for Collaborative Solutions 19th Annual Labor-Management Conference in Anaheim. CPER Editor Carol Vendrillo provided a labor relations update and an overview of public sector collective bargaining laws.
  • Industrial Relations Association of Northern California Annual Program in Sacramento. CPER Editor Carol Vendrillo presented an historical perspective of collective bargaining in California.

For more information, visit


California Studies Center, IRLE –Annual Report, 2007-08

Professor Richard Walker, Chair

During this year, CSC has undergone a major effort to revitalize the California Studies Center. This effort has consisted of three initiatives:


The CSC website was migrated from Geography to IRLE, upgraded technically, and revised in content. The new format is a vast improvement over the old. (Many thanks the IRLE Library’s Elizabeth del Rocio Camacho for this). It now clearly features the major programs of the Center.


The CSC now plays host to the California Studies Association (CSA), which had been headquartered in the Geography Department. This is part of a major revival of the CSA, which has also fallen into remission for three years. The association has a new leadership under Chair Louise Dyble of USC, a new website, and has brought back the annual California Studies Conferences.

CSA website (

A new website has been created for the CSA at the IRLE, thanks to the good work of the library web staff, particularly Elizabeth del Rocio Camacho.

California Studies Conference

The 18th annual California Studies Conference was held April 11-13, 2008, at Berkeley City College in downtown Berkeley. The title of the conference was "California’s Changing Climates: Class, Culture, and Politics in the Era of Global Warming". It featured a mix of panels on the implications of climate change for California’s economy and workers, along with discussions of art, literature, and politics in the state today. Some notable speakers were:

  • Matt Gonzalez, Ralph Nader’s vice-presidential running mate
  • Margaret Gordon, Port of Oakland commissioner
  • Ian Kim, campaign director, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
  • David Beesley, author of Crow’s Range: An Environmental History of the Sierra Nevada
  • Rose Aguilar, host of KALW’s "Your Call."
  • Philip Fradkin, author of Wallace Stegner and the American West
  • Jackie Goldberg, former member of the LA city council and state assembly
  • Peter Schrag, Sacramento Bee columnist and author of California: America’s High-Stakes Experiment
  • Rick Wartzman, New America Foundation fellow and author of The King of California: J.G. Boswell and the Making of a Secret American Empire
  • David Bacon, KPFA labor reporter and author of Communities Without Borders: Images and Voices from the World of Migration

The conference was made possible by a grant from the IRLE. It drew about 120 people, participants and audience, down from last year’s 175, alas. The Conference program is available on the CSC website


The CSC co-hosts the Living New Deal Project. The project was launched two years ago, but has only really gotten traction since it became associated with the IRLE.

Overall Project

The Living New Deal project is a major, statewide effort to recover the lost memory of the New Deal in California, particularly the record of public works projects –which number in the tens of thousands. These were vital not only to employment and economic recovery in the Great Depression, but also to the creation of basic infrastructure for later economic development: schools, water and sewer systems, roads and sidewalks, city halls and county courthouses, and so forth. There was a strong public service element to the New Deal works projects, as well, so they included both civic buildings and public spaces, such as parks, plazas and libraries. Along with this came a cultural element of painting, architecture, and landscaping, as well as written works of local history, plays and music, and, of course, photographs.

Governance Structure

There are two, parallel tracks to the project: one through the California Studies Center and IRLE and one through the California Historical Society. There is a joint operating agreement for the portion at the CHS, with an governing board of CHS Director David Crosson, Dr. Gray Brechin and Prof. Richard Walker (both of UC Berkeley).

On the CHS side, a project director, Lisa Eriksen, has been hired, as of January. Her job is to mobilize a statewide network of individuals and institutions, including museums, libraries, city archives and historical associations, to identify New Deal works in local areas (and documents in their collections). On the IRLE side, the Living New Deal website is being hosted by the California Studies Center and the IRLE Library.

LNDP Website

Using the resources of the library staff (T. Huwe, E. Camacho, H. Lynch) and campus servers, we have created a website that is a window to the public for displaying the results of our research. Dr. Brechin and Prof. Walker worked closely with the library staff to design and set up the website, which has been fully functional since January 08). It has a excellent format, both informative and pleasing to the eye. There are several components:

  • A site map of all California New Deal public works, using Google maps
  • Breakout maps by region and county
  • One-click display of data and documents pertaining to each site
  • A standard protocol for entering data (not visible)

The site URL is


Center for Culture, Organizations, and Politics: 2007-2008 Activities

The main activity of the Center was the bi-weekly lunch workshop. Members of the seminar give out work in progress. The members then spend an hour and a half discussing the paper. This is an invaluable experience for everyone. Graduate students in particular get great feedback on their papers and good advice on how to get them published.

The CCOP seminar is attended by my self and the following Sociology faculty: Marion Fourcade-Gourinchas, John Levi Martin, and Dylan Riley.

This year, the following papers were presented and discussed:

  • Luke Dauter, "The growth of financialization in American corporations, 1970-2005
  • Anna Wetterberg, " Harder Soft Law: Voluntary Labor Standards in the University Apparel Niche"
  • Darius Mehri "Restructuring in the Toyota Keiretsu during the Asian Financial Crash: An Ethnographic Perspective into Neo-liberal Reforms and the Varieties of Capitalism "
  • Taekjin Shin "Pay Disparities within Firms: The Role of Chief Executive Officers"
  • Manuel Vallée "Bypassing the Gatekeepers: Selling Prescription Drugs Directly to Consumers"
  • Pete Younkin "Making the Market: How the American pharmaceutical industry transformed itself during the 1940s"
  • Saskia Freye "Change in Leadership in Germany Inc.: The German Business Elite in Transition, 1960-2005"
  • Andrew Penner and Harold Toro-Tulla "Homophily or Homomisia: Owner Gender and Gender Wage Inequality in Small Businesses"
  • Anna Wetterberg "Concept vs. content: the institutionalization of labor self regulation in the global apparel industry"
  • Juan Fernandez "Mutually Canceling Social Forces in Welfare States: Public Pension Generosity in OECD countries, 1980-2002"
  • Michael Toffel and Jodi Short "Coming Clean...and Cleaning Up? Examining the Effects of Self-Policing"
  • Nicholas Wilson "The state in disguise as a merchant: the experience of the British East India Company"

CCOP also had a visitor this year. Saskia Frye is a graduate student at the Max Planck Institut in Cologne, FRG. She spent the spring with us.

The Center co-sponsored a course on correspondence analysis with the Sociology Department. Prof. Johs. Hjellbrekke presented a graduate course that ran in the month of April and May on the subject of correspondence analysis. About 10 graduate students and two faculty attended.


Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
2007 Year in Review

In 2007, the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) has been a prominent leader in research and workforce development planning related to teachers and providers of early care and education (ECE) in California, and in the U.S. as a whole. Higher education opportunities for ECE students and practitioners, as well as colleges’ and universities’ capacity for ECE workforce development, were also at the forefront of our work this past year.

By request from First 5 California and with support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, CSCCE conducted an extensive literature review in 2007 on current best practices across the U.S. for defining early childhood educator competencies–the appropriate knowledge and skills for working effectively with young children. Through an online survey and stakeholder meetings held throughout the state, we solicited feedback broadly from California's early care and education field on the appropriate structure and content of such competencies for our state. Our final report, delivered to the California Department of Education, Child Development Division (CDE/CDD), in February 2008, compiled our research and the input received from the field (Bellm, 2008); the report will serve as the basis for early childhood educator competencies to be developed by CDE/CDD by 2009.

In late 2007, CSCCE embarked on a four-county longitudinal study of higher education programs in early childhood education, called Learning Together. This study focuses on efforts by six institutions of higher education in Alameda, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara and San Francisco Counties to expand bachelor’s degree opportunities in ECE for working adults. The outcomes of the study will be to inform these institutions about ways to improve their programs, and to provide information for the replication of such programs throughout California and the nation.

Also in 2007, with support from the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University, the Schumann Fund for New Jersey, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, CSCCE conducted a study of New Jersey’s landmark Abbott Preschool Program. Since 1999, operating in the state’s poorest school districts, the program has provided publicly funded early education services in a combination of private child care centers, Head Start centers, and public schools, and it has placed preschool teachers on an equal footing with K-12 teachers in terms of pay and qualifications. CSCCE interviewed 98 private child care and Head Start directors to collect their firsthand accounts of implementing this ambitious educational reform, and their suggestions for improving it. Our final report (Whitebook, Ryan, Kipnis, & Sakai, 2008) documents the interview findings, and concludes with recommendations for facilitating the integration of private child care and Head Start programs into public preschool systems.

CSCCE also received support this year from the W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation to launch a multi-year policy research project on effective models of ECE teacher preparation. Based in three communities, Boston, Chicago, and the San Francisco Bay Area, the four- to five-year project will identify and assess promising ECE teacher preparation models within a variety of program structures–for example, in institutions of higher education, in community-based or on-site training programs, and/or through school districts.

Finally, many local, state and national organizations rely on CSCCE as an expert consultant on ECE workforce research and planning, including labor unions, philanthropists, state and county First 5 California offices, college and university administrators and ECE faculty, local Child Care Planning Councils, and such groups as the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Pre-K Now, Preschool California, Children Now, and the Child Care Law Center. Throughout this period, CSCCE Director Marcy Whitebook has also served as an early care and education representative on State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell’s P-16 Council, providing information on California’s ECE system and its needs, and coordinating with other planning and policy efforts at the K-12 and higher education levels.


Bellm, D. (2007). "Take each child by the hand: An early childhood educators’ delegation to China." Young Children, November 2007. Washington, D.C.: National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Bellm, D., Ed. (2008). Early childhood educator competencies: A literature review of current best practices, and a public input process on next steps for California.

Dukakis, K., Bellm, D., Seer, N., & Lee, Y. (2007). Chutes or ladders? Creating support services to help early childhood students succeed in higher education.

Whitebook, M., Kipnis, F., & Bellm, D. (2007). Disparities in California’s child care subsidy system: A look at teacher education, stability, and diversity.

Whitebook, M., Ryan, S., Kipnis, F., & Sakai, L. (2008). Partnering for Preschool: A study of center directors in New Jersey’s mixed-delivery Abbott Program.


Center for Work, Technology, and Society: Year in Review

Clair Brown, Director

The Center for Work, Technology, and Society (CWTS) continued its work on the U.S. high-tech engineering labor market and on innovation in high-tech industries worldwide. We also expanded our research that ties rich industry fieldwork to statistical analysis of national data sets in order to leverages each approach's strengths and increases the quality and usefulness of both types of data.

The CWTS research team contributed another paper included to an NBER volume, which developed a framework for estimating the relationship between firm productivity, R&D, and human resource management (HRM) practices in the semiconductor industry. Their findings indicate that firms with a high rate of technological change that buy new skills on the external market and selectively retain and reward experienced workers will demonstrate higher productivity, and firms with a low rate of technological change that implement HRM systems that provide training to workers rather than buying required skills will demonstrate higher productivity.

CWTS released two working papers are from Clair and CWTS colleague Greg Linden’s book on the evolution of the semiconductor industry, Change Is the Only Constant. "Semiconductor Engineers in a Global Economy", which was cited in a Business Week article and presented by CWTS researcher Greg Linden to industry conference, indicates that our strong engineering labor market has two important weaknesses: low returns to graduate engineering education, and a decline in earnings for engineers over age 50. "Semiconductor Capabilities in the U.S. and Industrializing Asia", which was funded by two research gifts from ITEC-Doshisha University, shows that the U.S. will continue to play a global leadership role in educating and training high-tech engineers, and our key role in the global brain circulation contributes to our global competitive advantage.

CWTS graduate student Yong Paik won a Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship for his dissertation research on "Serial Entrepreneurs and Venture Performance: Evidence from U.S. Venture-Capital-Financed Semiconductor Firms".

CWTS started several new projects. With School of Public Health Prof. Lee Riley, MD, and graduate student Brittan Star, Professor Brown is studying innovation in the medical care industry. With colleagues at University of Chicago and MIT, Professor Brown developed questions to add to the GSS survey on how workers have fared under technological change and globalization. As a first step in developing a survey to ask the workers’ employers similar questions (NOS survey) about the changing nature of work, CWTS headed a workshop at MIT.


Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library - Year In Review

2007-2008 marked the maturation of the new Library Commons at IRLE. The Library Commons is now used by all IRLE programs for a variety of purposes, and has become very popular with patrons who wish to study or use the computing facilities. Highlights from the year’s activities follow below.

Library Presentations

Labor Summer Research Training

Janice Kimball and Terry Huwe presented a training module to Labor Summer interns in June and worked with the interns throughout the summer.

Association of College and Research Libraries

In July and October Huwe gave global Webcasts on "Library 2.0 strategies," which were sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries. He was also a presenter and moderator at Internet Librarian International in London, in late fall, on the same topic.

Laney College Training

On March 5, the Library provided a training and overview of how to conduct research on labor issues for Laney College students. This annual event continues the Library’s ongoing collaborative activities with local labor studies program. Janice Kimball was the presenter.

Librarians Association of the University of California: Academic Library 2.0 Conference

Librarian Terry Huwe gave a presentation on innovative uses of learning spaces, including libraries, at this high-profile event, which attracted attendees from all over the country and sold out. The event was held at the Clark Kerr campus.

"Getting to Know the Affiliated Libraries"

The IRLE Library joined all eleven Affiliated Libraries in making a group presentation to the library community and interested faculty. Other Affiliated Libraries include the Law Library, The Institute of Governmental Studies, and the Institute for Transportation Studies. Each library reports to a dean or director instead of to the University Librarian. This event was organized to give the library community on campus an overview of the many initiatives underway in all of the libraries. It was held in The Morrison Library.

Web Services

The Library’s critical Web services were heavily used by IRLE programs, and traffic on IRLE Web sites continues to number in the millions of visits. During the year, programmers Elizabeth del Rocio Camacho and Heather Lynch conducted numerous upgrades and redesigns. They also created two new sites: The Center for Work and Employment Dynamics, and California’s Living New Deal. IRLE working papers were also "mirrored" on our own Web site for easy access. They are also hosted at the eScholarship Repository of the California Digital Library.

Library Labor and Economic News Blog Cited for Quality Content

The Internet-based Blog-rating service known as "Blogged" has identified Janice Kimball’s Labor and Economic News Blog as a superior Blog "Blogged’s" criteria include frequency of posts, quality of content, etc. The Blog’s rating was 8 out of a possible 10. To find out more, take a look at:

Three New Digital Collections: Progress Report

With funding from the UC Labor and Education Research Fund (LERF), the IRLE Library is digitizing materials that will form three distinct labor collections. These digital resources will be hosted at the UC Berkeley Library and will also be accessible via the California Digital Library’s Online Archive of California and Calishpere, two high-profile services available at CDL.

The IRLE Library is collaborating with both the CDL and with the UC Berkeley Libraries to prepare the materials. Brief collection descriptions and target dates follow. Dates are subject to change due to technical or developmental factors.

The California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO: Proceedings and Publications Access Forecast: June 2008

This collection will include the complete proceedings the federation, materials published by the California CIO, and in the future, a full run of California AFL-CIO News.

The Institutes for Research on Labor and Employment: Publications Access Forecast: January 2009

The Library has attempted to collect all publications of the two Institutes (Berkeley and UCLA). Both institutes published a wide variety of academic and applied research about California labor since their inception in 1945.

California and West Coast Labor and Industrial Relations: Selected Publications Access Forecast: January 2009

Topically focused, this collection will cover key issues such as longshore workers, labor education, collective bargaining and other events in California’s labor history since 1945.

Photographer David Bacon Displays His Work at IRLE

The Library now hosts a permanent exhibition of photographs by noted journalist and photographer David Bacon, who also sits on The Labor Center’s Advisory Board. The exhibit is mounted both in the Library Commons and on the second floor.

Book Exhibits in the Library Commons

The Library Commons now host exhibits of IRLE publications, including those both of our member programs and the faculty. The Library also showcases new acquisitions. During the 2007-2008 academic year, the following exhibits went on display:

  • Immigration Studies: Recent Publications
  • Lloyd Ulman: A Lifetime of Scholarship
  • Spring 2008 New Library Acquisitions

Labor Project for Working Families - Year in Review

2007-08 marks the 15th year anniversary of the Labor Project for Working Families. Since 1992, LPWF has been working with union members, negotiating teams, organizers, policy makers as well as community based organizations and activists to advocate for family friendly workplaces.

2007-2008 Activities:


  • To mark its 15th year milestone, the Labor Project for Working Families released a special Anniversary Report in March 2008 featuring the organization's programs and achievements over a decade and a half.

  • The MultiState Working Families Consortium including the Labor Project for Working Families in conjunction with ten national organizations released a new report entitled "Family Values at Work - It's About Time!" calling for new minimum standards on family-friendly workplaces.


  • In December 2007, the Labor Project for Working Families was awarded a grant by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to develop a unique online education and resource network for unions on organizing and bargaining for work family issues. To be officially launched in 2009, the online network - LEARN Work & Family - will include a password-protected online database that unions can use to search and submit model and negotiated contract provisions on work and family issues.

  • In October 2007, the Labor Project was awarded a two year grant from the California Wellness Foundation to work on state policy initiatives on family leave and paid sick days.

Policy Initiatives

  • As the lead convener of the California Work and Family Coalition, the Labor Project for Working Families pushed for the passage of three bills - SB 727, AB 537, and SB 836 - to expand the state's paid and unpaid family leave laws, and prohibit discrimination based on family responsibilities. The bills were vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger in October 2007.

  • The Labor Project for Working Families is currently chairing the efforts of the California Work and Family for the successful passage of the California Paid Sick Days bill (AB 2716) that will provide a minimum number of paid sick days to all California workers for their own illness or to care for a family member.

Presentations & Trainings

  • We continued to educate union members and staff about the California Paid Family Leave law and how it interacts with other federal and state laws. In 2007, we offered PFL trainings in English and Spanish to over 400 union members and staff from 15 different unions.

  • In November 2007, Netsy Firestein, Executive Director of the Labor Project for Working Families, spoke on the issue of paid sick days, related research and the emerging campaign for paid sick days in California at a seminar entitled "Paid Sick Days in California - A Campaign to Expand Minimum Labor Standards to All Workers in California" held at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment.

  • In October 2007, Netsy Firestein, Executive Director of the Labor Project for Working Families, presented at a symposium entitled "Work-Life Policies that Make a Real Difference for Individuals, Families and Organizations" held at the Pennsylvania State University.


Work & Health Initiative

Educational Materials for Injured Workers

Workers’ Compensation in California: A Guidebook for Injured Workers, Third Edition, November 2006 (108 pages), and its Spanish version, Compensación del Trabajador de California: Una Guía para los Trabajadores Lesionados, Tercera Edición, Noviembre de 2006, are widely used by state agencies and workers’ compensation stakeholders. The guidebook is designed to help injured workers understand their basic legal rights, how to request workers’ compensation benefits, and where to seek further information and help.

Updates to the guidebook reflect legislation and regulations that have expanded workers’ rights in certain areas:

  • Workers’ Compensation Update: Predesignating a Medical Group, 2007, describes the right of workers who are covered by employer-paid group health to predesignate a medical group if the medical group meets certain criteria.
  • Workers' Compensation Update: New Law Extends Period for Temporary Disability Payments to Injured Workers, 2008, describes the right of workers to receive up to 104 weeks of temporary disability (TD) benefits within five years instead of two years.

Returning to Work After a Job Injury: Tools for Injured Workers and Unions, 2007 (12 pages), and its Spanish version, Regreso al Trabajo Después de una Lesión Laboral: Herramientas para Trabajadores Lesionados y Sindicatos, describes workers’ compensation and disability rights laws and informational resources that unions can use in negotiating with employers to allow injured members to return to work.

These materials are available online:

For printed copies of the guidebook, please contact Juliann Sum, or (510) 642-7305.