May/June 2012 (No. 58)

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

In This Issue:

The Year in Review
Letter from the Director

IRLE Highlights
Governor Brown Attends "A Night with the All Stars"
13 Big Ideas for Job Creation
Economic Inequality Teach In
IRLE Colloquium Series
Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society
Working Papers
Visiting Scholars

IRLE Programs
The Labor Center
California Public Employee Relations
Center for Culture, Organizations and Politics
Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics (CWED)
Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library
Interdisciplinary Immigration Workshop
The Labor Project for Working Families


The Year in Review

Michael ReichLetter from the Director

Dear Friends and colleagues:

IRLE continued to advance its research and community outreach activities during the past academic year. As I returned from sabbatical last August, I was very pleased by the excellent work of Acting Director Karen Chapple, which clearly set the stage for a productive 2011-12.

IRLE's affiliated faculty were also very productive, thanks in many cases to grant support from IRLE itself. The colloquium series brought together distinguished faculty, post-doctoral fellows and visiting scholars who spoke on a wide range of topics, attracting large audiences. The IRLE Working Paper Series also grew. Download traffic on this series now averages over 30,000 unique downloads per year.

IRLE's Labor Center hosted a gala event in September 2011, featuring California governor Jerry Brown as a guest speaker. The event honored AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and California State Treasurer John Chiang. In spring 2012, IRLE collaborated with other campus departments and community organizations to host a teach-in on economic inequality. The event focused on current debates about taxation and budgetary priorities and was well attended.

IRLE's program units have become increasingly active in publishing policy briefs, special reports and other pragmatically focused publications that are directed not only at the academic world but also at policy makers. Both IRLE itself and its programs have expanded their research agendas to encompass policy issues of national and global import, and several faculty members and specialists are very busy giving testimony in Sacramento and Washington, DC as a result.

With assistance from the Library, California Public Employee Relations converted its respected journal to a digital-only format. This expands the reach of the journal, and has opened the door for CPER to forge new partnerships in research. The Library continues to thrive, offering in-depth research consultation, providing quality study space for scholars and community visitors, and not least, managing the IRLE Web site. Web traffic has exploded; in 2010-11 overall "hits" on the site exceeded 5.5 million, and the 2011-12 year (still in progress) very likely will exceed that figure.

As we look forward to the coming academic year, we will build upon this record of achievement, extend the reach of our research, and actively engage with the scholars and citizens of California and the nation at large.

With Warm Regards,

Michael Reich
Professor of Economics and Director, IRLE


IRLE Highlights

Governor Brown Speaks at "Evening of the All Stars" Gala Event

On September 22, 2011, IRLE's Labor Center sponsored its annual "Evening with the All Stars," in recognition of working people and their achievements. California Governor Jerry Brown, UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau joined in the celebration of the spirit of working people, which honored California State Controller John Chiang and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

State Controller Chiang was honored for his actions in support of state workers during the Schwarzenegger administration. Chancellor Birgeneau, a stalwart supporter of the educational rights of undocumented students, joined Mr. Chiang in recognizing the honorees.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka received a lifetime achievement award, and gave a rousing speech on the need for new policies to address the unemployment crisis. Mr. Trumka then presented an award to two trade unionists from Wisconsin. The California Teachers Association, California School Employees Association, and California Federation of Teachers were recognized for their work in support of public education in the midst of draconian budget cuts.


"13 Big Ideas for Job Creation" Conference Features Karen Chapple's Research

In October 2011, Karen Chapple, IRLE's immediate past Acting Director, presented her recent research on job creation at a Washington, DC conference titled "13 Big Ideas for Job Creation." This research was supported the Annie E. Casey Foundation and IRLE. The UC Berkeley NewsCenter interviewed Karen afterward (see URL, below). In the near future, papers presented at the conference will be made available on the IRLE Web.


Economic Inequality Teach In Draws Large Crowd

In April 2012 IRTLE co-sponsored a campus teach-in, titled "Economic Inequality: Causes and Solutions." Co-sponsors included IRLE's Labor Center, the Department of Geography, the Academic Student Employees union, UAW 2865, the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, and UC Berkeley Amnesty International. The event was covered in detail by the UC Berkeley NewsCenter and on the IRLE Web:


2011- 2012 Colloquium Series

The 2011-12 presentations included UC Berkeley faculty, doctoral candidates, visiting scholars, and distinguished guest speakers from other universities and institutions. For links to most presentation, see the Colloquium Series page for 2012 and the Events Archive for fall 2011.

Fall 2011 Colloquia

September 12, 2011
The Effects of OSHA Inspections: Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial
David I. Levine, Haas School of Business

September 21, 2011
The Local Ladder Effect: Social status and subjective well-being
Cameron Anderson, Haas School of Business

September 26, 2011
Unemployment Insurance and Job Search in the Great Recession
Jesse Rothstein, Goldman School of Public Policy

October 10, 2011
"Minority Unionism in the United States: Lessons from New Zealand"
John Logan, Director and Professor of Labor and Employment Studies College of Business,San Francisco State University and Visiting Research Scholar UC Berkeley Labor Center

October 19, 2011
Place and Space: The Evolving Impact of Geography and Technological Advances on Organizational Founding
Heather Haveman, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

October 24, 2011
Departure Status: The Effect of Dissolving Ties with a Misconduct Firm on Director Labor Market Outcomes
Jo-Ellen Pozner, Haas School of Business

November 2, 2011
"Class Into Politics? Political Articulation in the U.S. and Canada, 1932-1948"
Barry Eidlin, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

November 14, 2011
"Gender Discrimination in Negotiator Deception"
Laura Kray, Haas School of Business

November 30, 2011
"Estimated Impacts of Immigrant Labor Supply Shocks Using Quasi Experimental Data"
Murat Kirdar, Middle East Technical University, Ankara,Turkey

Spring 2012 Colloquia

January 30, 2012
Right-to-Work Legislation and Promises of Job Creation: Lessons from Oklahoma
Sylvia Allegretto, Co-chair CWED, Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics, IRLE

February 13, 2012
Evolution or Revolution? The Impact of Unions on Workplace Performance in Britain and France
Patrice Laroche, Industrial Relations, Nancy Universite, France

February 27, 2012
The Issue of Foreign Credential Recognition of Immigrants in Canada
Magali Girard, Canada

March 5, 2012
Experience Rating Employers for Workers Compensation: Safety or Suppression?
Frank Neuhauser, Survey Research Center, University of California, Berkeley

March 19, 2012
The Determinants and Effects of Fiscal Spending: Evidence from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
Arin Dube, Economics, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

April 2, 2012
Institutional Exuberance, Risk and Return in Systemic Financial Crisis, New York, London, Frankfurt, 2008
Abby Larson, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

April 9, 2012
Searching for Work with a Criminal Record
Sandra Susan Smith, Nore Broege and Laura Mangels

April 16, 2012
Minimum Wages and Collective Bargaining in Europe: analysing the pay equity outcomes
Damian Grimshaw, Employment Research Centre, University of Manchester

April 23, 2012
The Labor Market in the Great Recession, An Update
Robert Valletta, San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank

April 30, 2012
An Exceptional Nation? American Political Values in Comparative Perspective
Jerome Karabel and Daniel Laurison, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley


Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

Steve RaphaelIRLE's top-ranked journal celebrated its fiftieth year of publication during 2011-12. The editors coordinated a variety of special projects with Wiley-Blackwell, including a review of the most influential articles that have been published by the journal, and a complete makeover of its design. The Journal looks forward to adding new features, including issues devoted to special topics, conferences and conference reviews, and more. In fall 2011 Christopher Carpenter (UC Irvine) joined Steven Raphael (Goldman School of Public Policy) as an editor.




IRLE Working Papers, 2011-12

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, 2012

Belohlav, Kate; Brown, Clair: ReadyMade Analysis of Berkeley Scholars to Cal Program

Dube, Arindrajit; Lester, T. William; Reich, Michael: Minimum Wage Shocks, Employment Flows and Labor Market Frictions, 2012

He, Goujun; Perloff, Jeffrey M.: Does Customer Auditing Help Chinese Workers?, 2012

Levine, David I.; Cotterman, Carolyn: What Impedes Efficient Adoption of Products? Evidence from Randomized Variation in Sales Offers for Improved Cookstoves in Uganda, 2012

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, 2012

Petersen, Trond; Penner, Andrew; H√łgnes, Geir: From Motherhood Penalties to Husband Premia: The New Challenge for Gender Equality and Family Policy, Lessons from Norway, 2012

Rothstein, Jesse: The Labor Market Four Years Into the Crisis: Assessing Structural Explanations, 2012

Smith, Sandra Susan; Broege, Nora C. R.: Searching For Work with a Criminal Record, 2012

Thal, Lawrence; Brown, Clair; Freeman, Eric; Belohlav, Kate; Chait, Ariel: ReadyMade Analysis of Hospital de la Familia's Cataract Surgery Program in Guatemala, 2012

Anderson, Cameron; Kraus, Michael W.; Keltner, Dacher: The Local Ladder Effect: Social Status and Subjective Well-Being, 2011

Brown, Clair; Chait, Ariel; Freeman, Eric: Berkeley ReadyMade Impact Assessment: Developing an Effective and Efficient Assessment Template for Social Enterprises, 2011

Fligstein, Neil; Goldstein, Adam: Catalyst of Disaster: Subprime Mortgage Securitization and the Roots of the Great Recession, 2011

Fligstein, Neil; Polyakova, Alina; Sandholtz, Wayne: European Integration, Nationalism, and European Identity, 2011

Rothstein, Jesse: Unemployment Insurance and Job Search in the Great Recession, 2011

Wooley, John T.; Ziegler, J. Nicholas: The Two-Tiered Politics of Financial Reform in the United States, 2011


IRLE Grants: Faculty Research and Academic Conferences

The Institute gave out 16 GSR awards for faculty research totaling 232,800 (including benefits). The following faculty received support:

Cameron Anderson (Haas School of Business)

Irene Bloemraad (Sociology)

Clair Brown (Economics)

Karen Chapple (Urban and Regional Planning)

Ruth Collier (Political Science)

Neil Fligstein (Sociology)

Heather Haveman (Sociology)

Jerome Karabel (Sociology)

David Levine (Haas School of Business)

James Lincoln (Haas School of Business)

Trond Petersen (Sociology)

Jo-Ellen Pozner (Haas School of Business)

Jesse Rothstein (Goldman School of Public Policy)

Richard Scheffler (Public Health)

Kim Voss (Sociology)

Richard Walker (Geography)

Conference Awards
IRLE initiated a new program to support conferences, and awarded $35,500 in conference support to Irene Bloemraad, Neil Fligstein, Steven Raphael, Richard Walker, and Michael Wilson.
Conference topics included:

  • Immigration
  • quantifying social fields
  • Victimization
  • Human Capital Accumulation
  • Health and Safety


2011-12 Visiting Scholars

IRLE continues to attract a roster of visiting scholars from around the globe. For a brief description of the 2011-12 visiting scholars research interests, please see the IRLE Web at

Visiting Scholars

  1. Akee, Randall – USA
  2. Arnon, Arie – Israel
  3. Coelli, Michael – Australia
  4. Friedman, Ellen – USA
  5. Chu, Jou-juo – Taiwan
  6. Dube, Arindrajit – USA
  7. Jansson, Jenny – Sweden
  8. Johansson, Erin – USA
  9. Kirdar, Murat G. – Turkey
  10. Laroche, Patrice – France
  11. Ramos, Lauro – Brazil
  12. Robinson, Joanna – Canada
  13. Worthen, Helena – USA

Post-Doctoral Fellows

  1. Asai, Yukiko – Japan
  2. Larson, Abby –
  3. Lind, Nelson – USA
  4. Murphy, Richard – England
  5. Nahoum, André – Brazil
  6. Schenepel, Kevin T. – USA
  7. Schneeweis, Nicole – Austria
  8. Scholl, Lynn –
  9. Scholte, Robert – Netherlands
  10. Smith, Robert – USA
  11. Tojerow, Ilan – Belgium


IRLE Program News

The Labor Center 2011-12 in Review


Retirement Security
In September 2011, the Labor Center hosted a convening of more than 30 national experts on retirement security including Diane Oakley, National Institute on Retirement Security; Teresa Ghilarducci, economics professor at The New School and director of the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis; and Jacob S. Hacker, Director of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University, among others.

Soon after the retirement security conference, the Labor Center published a research volume entitled "Meeting California's Retirement Security Challenge" (edited by Nari Rhee). This publication is the culmination of the Center's work on the subject of retirement security. The volume includes essays from leading academics in this field include "California Workers' Retirement Prospects", "Life Expectancy in California's Diverse Population", "The Employer Case for Defined Benefit Pensions", "Designing a More Attractive Annuitization Option" and "High Performance Pensions for All Californians."

Good Green Jobs
In Green Jobs arena, the Labor Center convened a working group of organizations with common interests in the issues of clean energy and good workforce development. The working group kicked off with a half-day in-person planning meeting in December 2011, with representatives from Natural Resources Defense Council, the California Construction Industry Labor Management Trust, the Sheet Metal Workers, the BlueGreen Alliance, Green For All, Ella Baker Center, Greenlining, Inc., and several others. The group is currently coordinating around intervention in energy efficiency program planning at the CPUC.


Hey, the Boss Just Called me into the Office: The Weingarten Decision and the Right to Representation on the Job
Updated Fall 2011 by David Rosenfeld, Caren Sencer, and Jannah V. Manansala.

This book provides explicit guidance and advice for workers and those that represent them in dealing with these situations. Written and updated by labor lawyers, "Hey the Boss" reviews the law on the workers' right to representation on the job and provides concrete details on how those rights can be implemented. Our booklet has been described as a "must have" for workers, shop stewards, labor lawyers, and anyone else concerned about workers' rights.


Winter- Spring 2012
Feb 2 – 4 Organizing Strategies Forum
March 19 – 23 Strategic Campaigns
April 25 – 26 Media Skills Training, in collaboration with the California Labor Federation

Summer 2011
Jun 13 – Aug 5 Labor Summer Internship Program
June 29 – 30 Strategic Research Workshop
July 11 – 15 Strategic Campaigns Workshop
Aug 18 – 20 Labor Leadership Forum


Apr. 4, 2012: Economic Inequality Teach–In with Emmanuel Saez, Paul Pierson, Sylvia Allegretto, Robert Reich, and Charlie Eaton, UCB; Stephanie Luce, CUNY Murphy Institute; Art Pulaski, California Labor Federation; and Cindy Chavez, South Bay Labor Council

Feb. 6, 2012: VIVA!–popular education talk with author/educator Deborah Barndt

Dec. 2011–Apr. 2012: Thursdaysafter dark: Occupy the Wall (across the) Street–weekly slide show of CLRE–related research and images projected onto the building across the street from the IRLE building.

Nov 2011: NLRB Update – lunch discussion with Labor lawyer and UCB Boalt School of Law professor David Rosenfeld discussed important decisions made by the NLRB over the past year.

Fall 2011: Fall Author Talks

  • December 7: Gabriel Thompson author of Working in the Shadows: A Year of Doing the Jobs (Most) Americans Won't Do
  • October 26: William M. Adler, author of The Man Who Never Died: The Life, Times, and Legacy of Joe Hill, American Labor Icon, with music by Hali Hammer
  • October 4: William B. Gould IV, author of Bargaining with Baseball: Labor Relations in an Age of Prosperous Turmoil
  • September 28: Shehzad Nadeem, author of Dead Ringers: How Outsourcing is Changing the Way Indians Understand Themselves


Topic: Health Care
"Job–Based Coverage and the Individual Market," in The State of Health Insurance in California: Findings from the 2009 California Health Interview Survey, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

Published every two years with grant funding from The California Endowment and The California Wellness Foundation, the State of Health Insurance in California uses the latest data from the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) to paint a comprehensive picture of health insurance trends, access, and coverage status for California's more than 37 million residents. Labor Center chair Ken Jacobs authored a chapter on job–based coverage.

Achieving Equity by Building a Bridge from Eligible to Enrolled

This joint publication with the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and the California Pan–Ethnic Health Network finds that language barriers could deter more than 100,000 Californians from enrolling in the state's Health Benefit Exchange. The study recommendations include investing in linguistically and culturally appropriate marketing and outreach as well as investing in primary care and workforce diversity in underserved areas, among other actions.

Newly Insured Californians Would Fall by More than 1 Million under the Affordable Care Act without the Requirement to Purchase Insurance, January 2012

The ACA requirement that almost all Americans purchase some type of health insurance coverage has been controversial. This policy note examines the potential implications of eliminating the minimum coverage requirement (MCR), or "individual mandate." Using the findings of this brief, The California Endowment filed a 'friend of the court' brief to the United States Supreme Court in strong support of the constitutionality of the ACA. The brief is available online.

Proposed Regulations Could Limit Access to Affordable Health Coverage for Workers' Children and Family Members, December 2011

In 2011 Ken Jacobs went to Washington, DC, where he spoke at a briefing on Capitol Hill and met with administration officials. The paper analyzes the proposed regulations defining affordable job–based coverage under the Affordable Care Act. It found that the proposed regulations would result in 144,000 fewer Californians having access to subsidized coverage in the health insurance exchange than would be the case under an alternative interpretation of affordability.

The Promise of the Affordable Care Act, the Practical Realities of Implementation:
Maintaining Health Coverage During Life Transitions,
October 2011, By Ann O'Leary, Beth Capell, Ken Jacobs, and Laurel Lucia

Achieving the promise of the Affordable Care Act will require attention in federal regulations and actions by the new health insurance exchanges to ensure seamless coverage for those who rely on private insurance, including job–based coverage. This paper makes several policy recommendations to ensure that all Americans can maintain health coverage under the ACA–even during complicated life transitions.

Economic Impact of Low Income Health Program Spending on Select California Counties, August 2011 by Laurel Lucia.

Last year California received federal approval for a Section 1115 Medicaid Demonstration Waiver which includes the Low Income Health Program (LIHP). County–based LIHPs will offer comprehensive benefits to low–income adults who are currently ineligible for Medi–Cal coverage. This report examines how the federal matching dollars brought in as a result of the county investment may serve as a stimulus to the local economies.

Topic: Retirement Security

Black and Latino Retirement (In)Security February 2012, by Nari Rhee
This reportfinds that Black and Latino seniors face even tougher times in retirement than American seniors as a whole. Based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Population Survey and U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey.

Topic: Living Wage

Living Wage Standards for Wal–Mart Workers Would Barely Impact Shoppers, Study Finds, April 2011, by Ken Jacobs, Dave Graham–Squire and Stephanie Luce.
This study uses the most recent data available to update the 2007 report on the impact to workers and shoppers if Walmart increased its minimum wage. It finds that a $12 per hour minimum wage would provide substantial benefits to Walmart workers in low–income families, while the costs would be dispersed in small amounts among many consumers across the income spectrum.

Topic: Economy

Economic Impacts of Early Care and Education in California, August 2011, by Jenifer MacGillvary and Laurel Lucia. Early care and education (ECE) is an important industry in California, serving more than 850,000 California children and their families and bringing in gross receipts of at least $5.6 billion annually. The industry not only benefits the children who receive care, but also strengthens the California economy as a whole. This paper discusses the range of economic benefits that the ECE industry brings to California.

Topic: Black Workers

Monthly Black Worker Report
1st Friday of every month, by Sylvia Allegretto, Ary Amerikaner, and Steven Pitts

A series of monthly reports that highlight the employment outlook in the Black community as national jobless numbers hover around 10 percent and African Americans fare far worse.

This year Steven Pitts introduced the "Annual Report: Black Employment and Unemployment in 2011", which was quickly featured on, KGO radio news, and

Topic: Green Jobs
California Workforce, Education, and Training Needs Assessment for Energy Efficiency, Distributed Generation and Demand Response
March 2011, Donald Vial Center on Employment in the Green Economy

The report was endorsed by California Public Utility Commission president Mike Peevey, Labor and Workforce Development Agency Secretary Martin Morgenstern, and Senator Loni Hancock (D–Oakland) in a press conference at the State Capitol.  The study was mandated in the California Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic plan to provide recommendations to the CPUC and other agencies on the workforce strategies needed to achieve the state's ambitious energy efficiency goals.

Topic: Labor Law

New Data: NLRB Process Fails to Ensure a Fair Vote
June 2011 by John Logan, Erin Johansson, and Ryan Lamare
This study finds that current NLRB procedures, which grant employers significant control over the timing of the election process, can prevent workers from fairly choosing whether or not to have union representation.


International Center for Joint Labor Research
In 2010, Katie Quan established an International Center for Joint Labor Research, a project of the Institute of Political Science at Sun Yat–sen University in Guangzhou, China, and the UC Berkeley Labor Center. The center continues to develop, and in May 2012, Katie hosted a conference there on dispatch labor (temporary staffing) and contingent work. American participants included Peter Evans (UCB), Ruth Collier (UCB), Fred Feinstein (UMD), Nick Rudikoff (CTW), Sheheryar Kaoosji (CTW), Pablo Alvardao (NDLON), Kevin Lo (UAW) and Sarah Swider (Wayne State). This conference was funded by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

Current Grants

For each grant, the Primary Investigator is in parentheses.

Blue Shield of California Foundation (Ken Jacobs)
California Low–Income Health Program Evaluation

California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement: (Ken Jacobs)
Estimating the Underground Economy – Impact of Fraud on Complying Employers, Affected Workers, and State and Federal Government

The California Endowment (Ken Jacobs)
California Health Policy Research Program

California Program on Access to Care (Steven Pitts)
Addressing Potential Exposure to Subsidy Repayment Due to Income Volatility

Discount Foundation (Steven Pitts)
National Black Worker Center Project

Ford Foundation (Ken Jacobs)
Building Relationships Between Labor Sociologists in the United States and China

Hewlett Foundation (Carol Zabin)
Achieving Clean Energy Goals through High–Road Implementation

Open Society Institute (Steven Pitts)
Project on Improving the Quality of Jobs Held by Black Males

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Ken Jacobs)
Maximizing Health Care Enrollment through Seamless Coverage for Families in Transition

Rosenberg Foundation (Katie Quan)
Labor Summer Internship Program

Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock: (Steven Pitts)
National Black Worker Center Project

CLRE Staff Additions

Muttika Chaturabal,
Miranda Dietz, Research Data Analyst
Elizabeth Lytle, Policy Analyst (temporary)


California Public Employee Relations

CPER Journal

Since last June, CPER Journal has successfully transformed into CPER Journal online. Our new paperless format provides subscribers with greater viewing options (computer/iPad/smart phone) at their convenience, faster news updates, immediate links to more in-depth information, and a chance to engage in an online dialog with other public sector practitioners.

In the past year, CPER Journal main articles have covered a myriad of timely topics:

  • The wisdom of a city's declaration of fiscal emergency. One author argues that such a move can be a final opportunity to change direction if the evidence suggests the current course will lead to disaster. Another author offers the opposing view that quick-fix alternatives, like declarations of fiscal emergency, solve little and wrongfully create and foster the appearance of a crisis with no palpable or perhaps lawful solution.
  • Steps employers should take to ensure that they are protecting themselves from the ever-increasing number of retaliation claims.
  • Three chapters from the book, From Mission to Microchip:  A History of the California Labor Movement by Fred Glass, communications director of the California Federation of Teachers.
  • How two behemoths of public education policy – charter schools and unions – potentially intersect in a way that could eventually impact the operational flexibility accorded to charter schools.
  • Whether the current trend in market-based management is serving the purposes of public education...or if it only serves a larger political economic agenda that rewards the few and neglects the many.
  • The law regulating when an employer may implement unilateral changes in terms and conditions of employment, which agencies are increasingly considering necessary after the Great Recession.
  • Possible theories of liability for a public entity that inadvertently discloses private information.
  • Lessons learned from an expert with years at the bargaining table

In addition, the journal's Recent Developments section, has kept public sector labor relations professionals updated on ballooning budget deficits, the mediation process mandated by AB 506 before a municipality may file for bankruptcy, Governor Brown's pension reform legislation, the uncertainty and contingencies in funding public education, public safety officers' right to see personnel files, rules of impasse resolution for local public employers, the Public Employment Relations Board's new emergency regulations, rules on school takeovers, the rights to free association and to due process, and more...

Pocket Guides

CPER has published the following guides in the past year:

Pocket Guide to Disability Discrimination in the California Workplace, 2nd edition, 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.

Pocket Guide to the Basics of Labor Relations, 3rd edition, by Rhonda Albey.
If you are a manager who has just been given an assignment that includes labor relations responsibility, or if you are a newly appointed union representative, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed. It's easy to make mistakes, and there's pressure from both sides! This Pocket Guide will help you get your bearings and survive the initial stages of what can be a difficult, but rewarding, line of work. This edition has an expanded section on managing your bargaining team, including how best to work with different types of personalities. There are also new sections on workforce diversity and public relations.

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.  

Pocket Guide to the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act, 14th edition, updated by attorney Tim Yeung. The act covers collective bargaining for local government employees. This edition provides updated statutory language and discussion concerning AB 646, the new legislation that provides for mandatory impasse procedure if requested when the parties have not reached a settlement of their dispute following mediation. Also covered are the latest Public Employment Relations Board cases on representational issues and reasonableness of local rules.

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.

Training and Education

November 2011, Sacramento, cosponsored with the State Personnel Board.

Due Process Rules: Before, During, and After Termination covered pre-termination rights and responsibilities of public employees and employers; disciplinary hearing procedures; and strategies for obtaining and defending against post-termination remedies.

CPER recently established a long-term "Partners" campaign. It offers annual sponsorship options that also benefit our contributors. To showcase our supporters, we have developed a place on our website where our "partners" will have a more noticeable presence. Levels of yearly partnerships offer contributors complimentary pocket guides and journal subscriptions, and give the opportunity to have a logo on our home page. For more information, go to

Here is a partial list of conferences where CPER either cosponsored, participated on a panel, and/or exhibited.

Bar Association of San Francisco, Labor and Employment Law Section Conference

California Public Employers Labor Relations Association Annual Conference

California Teachers Association Annual Convention

Industrial Relations Association of Northern California Annual Conference

National Association of Arbitrators

State Bar of California Annual Public Sector Conference


Center for Culture, Organizations and Politics (CCOP)

With support from IRLE, Professor Neil Fligstein organized a conference, which was titled "Quantifying Social Fields." The event drew an impressive roster of leading researchers. Presentations included the following. A full list of participants is available on the conference web site at

Paper and Briefs

  • Ronald Breiger (April 11, 2012): Quantifying Social Fields by Turning Regression Modeling "Inside Out"
  • Hayagreeva Rao (April 4, 2012): 'Free Spaces' and Challenges to Authority: Regimental Mutinies in the 1857 Bengal Native Army
  • Jacob Habinek, Adam Goldstein, and Neil Fligstein (April 2012): A Field-Theoretic Approach to the Transformation of Subprime Lending, 1993-2008
  • Mark S. Handcock, Krista J. Gile (2012): Modeling Social Networks From Sampled Data
  • John R. Hipp and Adam Boessen (2012): Living in Your Own Private Idaho: Egohoods as a New Measure of Neighborhood
  • Walter W. Powell, Kelley Packalen and Kjersten Whittington (2012): Organizational and Institutional Genesis and Change: The Emergence of High-Tech Clusters in the Life Sciences
  • Sean Williams (2012): Agent-Based Modeling –History and Applications
  • Dan J. Wang and Sarah A. Soule (December 15, 2011): Social Movement Organizational Collaboration: Networks of Learning and the Diffusion of Protest Tactics, 1960-1995
  • John F. Padgett and Paul D. McLean (December, 2011): Transposition and Refunctionality: The Birth of Partnership Systems in Renaissance Florence
  • Kevin Lewis, Marco Gonzaleza, and Jason Kaufman (November 15, 2011): Social Selection and Peer Influence In an Online Social Network
  • John F. Padgett and Walter W. Powell (November, 2011): The Problem of Emergence
  • Christian Steglich, Tom Snijders, and Michael Pearson (2010): Dynamic Networks and Behavior: Separating Selection from Influence
  • Carter T. Butts: Statistical Mechanical Models for Social Systems
  • Carter T. Butts: Models for Generalized Location Systems


Center for the Study of Child Care Employment

Year in Review Report
2011/2012 Academic Year

The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE, continues to conduct cutting-edge research and propose policy solutions aimed at improving how our nation prepares, supports, and rewards the early care and education workforce to ensure young children's optimal development. Our work focuses on four areas:

  • Access to Education –To encourage continuous growth and learning among the early care and education workforce, we recommend revamping the content of higher education programs, expanding services and supports for success in higher education, and increasing support for on-going learning on the job.
  • Rewarding Environment –To attract and retain competent and able employees, we need a national commitment to increase compensation, improve adult work environments, and support on-going learning for our early care and education workforce.
  • Workforce Information –We support a strong investment in the development and expansion of reliable data on the early care and education workforce to help identify challenges, track progress, and guide sound policies and investments that lead to a skilled and stable workforce.
  • Leadership Development –Leaders can empower others to make early education more accessible, equitable, and effective for children. Federal resources and policies are critical to developing and supporting diverse leaders who work within and beyond the classroom to transform and improve early learning environments.

Much of our efforts this year focused on the development of two new measures and an informative quiz focused on early care and education (ECE) policy.

Latest resources for the 2011/2012 academic year:

  • Supportive Environmental Quality Underlying Adult Learning (SEQUAL). The SEQUAL has been designed to measure early childhood teachers' perceptions about the adult learning environment in center-based early care and education programs. It focuses on how ECE programs support teachers' professional growth, learning, and well-being, and identifies components of the workplace that enable teachers to continue to develop their knowledge and skills on the job. The SEQUAL is designed as a research tool to assess early childhood environmental quality for practitioners and as a technical assistance tool to assist teaching staff, administrators, educators and coaches address issues in the adult environment to support ongoing development and effectiveness among teaching staff.
  • Early Childhood Higher Education Inventory. The Early Childhood Higher Education Inventory assists policymakers and other stakeholders in developing a more coordinated and comprehensive professional development system for the early care and education workforce. The Inventory provides a mechanism for states to establish a baseline description of higher education offerings for early care and education practitioners, identify gaps and opportunities in the available offerings, assess variation in early childhood higher education programs, and assess changes in the capacity of the higher education system over time.
  • ECE Policy Quiz: How did the early childhood system of today come to be?The ECE Policy Quiz has been designed to help ECE leaders learn about the events and decisions in the 20th century that have influenced and shaped the early care and education system of today. What was the first early childhood program sponsored by the federal government? Why does the federal government invest in early care and education? To learn the answers to important questions about the historical roots of ECE, visit our interactive website (

CSCCE policy briefs and reports for the 2011/2012 academic year:

  • Degrees in Context: Asking the Right Questions about Preparing Skilled and Effective Teachers of Young Children – The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment and the National Institute for Early Education Research have jointly published a NIEER Policy Brief, Degrees in Context: Asking the Right Questions about Preparing Skilled and Effective Teachers of Young Children. In this Policy Brief, CSCCE Director Dr. Marcy Whitebook and Dr. Sharon Ryan from Rutgers University argue that too much attention has been given to debating the baseline qualifications required of preschool teachers –AA vs. BA. They contend that it is just as necessary to take into account the nature of the education teachers receive en route to a degree, supports for ongoing learning, and the effects of the workplace environment on teaching practice. 
  • Learning Together: A Study of Six B.A. Completion Cohort Programs in Early Care and Education (Year 4 Report)The Year 4 interviews of the Learning Together study reveal that two to three years post degree, nearly 95 percent of graduates remain in the ECE field, and that graduates overwhelmingly report personal, professional and educational benefits as a result of their B.A. degree cohort program. Graduates also identified several important areas for programmatic improvement, such as expanding coursework to include ECE public policy and classes on working with adults.  They also discuss workplace characteristics that support or impede their abilities to engage in good practice and to continue to develop their skills.
  • By Default or By Design? Variations in Higher Education Programs for Early Care and Education Teachers and Their Implications for Research Methodology, Policy, and Practice, A case study of two early childhood B.A. completion cohort programs This reportillustrates the limitations of current ways of studying early childhood teacher education and lays out a framework for future inquiry that includes attention to clinical experiences, program content, faculty characteristics and institutional context.
  • Staff Preparation, Reward, and Support: Are Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) Including All of the Key Ingredients Necessary for Change?– This report examines the extent to which QRISs, a common ECE reform and accountability strategy, support the professional development of practitioners and include in their rating rubrics key ingredients – staff qualifications, direct compensation, and the factors related to work settings –  that have been linked to quality services for young children.
  • Workforce Information: A Critical Component of Coordinated State Early Care and Education Data Systems –This report examines the early care and education workforce data landscape across the states, focusing on the three main workforce data systems operating across the states, ECE workforce registries, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood®, and NACCRRAWare/T–TAM. This report also examines the challenges and efforts to align these systems.

CSCCE peer–reviewed publications for the 2011/2012 academic year:

  • Expanding the Concept of Early Care and Education Leadership Beyond Homes and Centers –This article will appear in the Spring 2012 volume of Early Childhood Research & Practice. It reports on a study, among the first in the United States, to examine staff working in early care and education infrastructure organizations, a growing segment of the workforce. This study develops a portrait of the demographic and education background of this segment of the workforce, the types of job functions performed, professional development needed, and how this population differs from the direct service workforce.
  • Professional Development Needs of Directors Leading in a Mixed Service Delivery Preschool SystemThis article, co–authored with Dr. Sharon Ryan from Rutgers University, was published in the Spring 2011 volume of Early Childhood Research & Practice. It describes an interview study with directors of Head Start and child care programs who are collaborating with local education authorities to provide publicly funded preschool.


CSCCE research activity for the 2011/2012 academic year:

  • Learning Together: A Study of Six B.A. Completion Cohort Programs in Early Care and Education.Now in its fifth and final year, this study documents higher than average graduation rates from four–year colleges/universities among non–traditional , early childhood college students who received a menu of financial, academic, and social supports. Most of the students are women of color who work full–time, and many speak English as a second language. This study has been critically important for informing early childhood higher education policy, as higher education institutions are being asked to respond to the increased qualifications for Head Start and publicly–funded preschool teachers. In this final year of the study, we will not only track students' career trajectories post graduation but also interview those who funded and operated the programs to ascertain their perspectives on the success and challenges of providing enhanced support to working adults in higher education settings.
  • No Single Ingredient. This multi–year study investigates the best way to prepare skilled and effective teachers of young children and to support teachers' continual growth as professionals on the job. It examines the complex interaction among early childhood teacher preparation programs, early care and education workplace environments, and assistance for ongoing teacher learning. The focus of this work is to develop new methodologies for assessing the content and quality of higher education teacher preparation programs and for measuring the adult learning environment in early care and education settings. We have recently completed a pilot study using the SEQUAL which will be used to inform revisions of the measure, followed by a validation study to test the relationship between early care and education quality and support for adult learning. We will be working with counties involved in California's Early Childhood Race to the Top initiative to explore how the measure can be used effectively as a technical assistance tool. The Early Childhood Higher Education Inventory will be piloted in select states and communities, starting with New Jersey and Santa Clara County.
  • New Jersey Council on Young Children:CSCCE staffare assisting the New Jersey Council on Young Children with data collection and analysis of early childhood professional development opportunities and early childhood preparation programs in institutions of higher education. The CSSCE is first mapping the professional development opportunities and preparation programs and then assessing the quality of state's professional development and preparation infrastructure.
  • Early Childhood Workforce Data Systems Alignment Project :For the last three years, CSCCE staff has led a national effort to align the three main cross–state workforce data systems, NACCRRAWare/T–TAM, T.E.A.C.H.® and ECE workforce registries, through The National Registry Alliance. We are currently in the process of piloting standard data elements and data definitions and are very excited to report that two national data efforts are interested in incorporating these data standards into their work: the Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) Project sponsored by the Department of Education, National Center on Education Statistics and the QRIS Data Systems Project, sponsored by Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation.

CSCCE selected presentations for the 2011/2012 academic year:

  • Director Dr. Marcy Whitebook provided the keynote address at the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood & Child Care WAGE$ 2012 National Professional Development Symposium and conducted a workshop at the 2012 National Smart Start Conference. Senior Specialist Fran Kipnis conducted a workshop at the National Governor's Association Spring 2012 meeting.
  • CSCCE has continued to provide expert opinion on early childhood workforce policy to the Obama Administration through consultation with staff at the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services and the California State Legislature.
  • CSCCE staff routinely present at national conferences, including the 2012 American Association for Education Research and the Professional Development Institute of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
  • CSCCE staff provide technical assistance to states and communities on issues related to the early care and education workforce. For example, this year, CSCCE Director Dr. Marcy Whitebook has been working with North Carolina on the development of a system of mentoring and coaching for early childhood practitioners as part of their Race to the Top grant.

CSCCE work related to local, state, and national policy for 2011/2012 academic year:

  • CSCCE continued to provide expertise to California professional development system building efforts, focusing on piloting an early childhood workforce registry, facilitating higher education reform, updating the career ladder/certification system, and implementing Transitional Kindergarten.
  • CSCCE continued to contribute to National workforce policy development focusing on early childhood workforce data systems and federal workforce policy. CSCCE staff are currently working with Child Trends to develop new definitions for the early care and education workforce to be used by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U. S, Department of Labor.


Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics (CWED)

2011-12 was a busy year for CWED, and included the release of two important policy briefs, as well as numerous presentations by Co-Chair Sylvia Allegretto, as seen below. The UC Berkeley NewsCenter published a feature on Allegretto's activity:

Briefs and Reports:
A Depressive State: Assessing California's Labor Market Four Years after the Onset of the Great Recession, Sylvia A. Allegretto and Luke Reidenbach, April 2012

The Wrong Target: Public Sector Unions and State Budget Deficits, Sylvia Allegretto, Ken Jacobs and Laurel Lucia, October 2011

Book Chapters:
CWED Co-Chair Sylvia Allegretto also co-authored "California's Workers' Retirement Prospects, " which is Chapter 2 in the book Meeting California's Retirement Security Challenges published by the Labor Center.

2011-12 Presentations by CWED Co-Chair Sylvia Allegretto (Selected)

August 30, 2011
"The Crisis of Jobs in California," a town meeting in Rohnert Park, CA hosted by U.S. Representative Lynn Woolsey.

September 13, 2011
"Who/What is to Blame for State Budget Gaps?" Presented at the Economic Analysis and Education Network annual meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

September 23, 2011
"Stuff You Should Know to Win Arguments." Presented to the AFSCME Council 57 Leadership Conference in Santa Clara, CA.

October 20, 2011
Post-Industrial Rural Communities: Myths, Realities and the Unknown: " Presented at the Community Development Capital & Risk Metrics Forum, sponsored by the Federal Reserve Division of Community Affairs in Washington DC.

Sylvia Allegretto represented IRLE at the Economic Policy Institute's 25th anniversary gala in late October 2011. EPI honored Paul Krugman, the winner of the 2008 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics along with Ray Marshall (UC Berkeley alumnus), US Secretary of Labor and EPI founder.

October 28, 2011
"It's the Economy Stupid! (and it doesn't have to be this way)." Presented to the California Federation of Teachers PLUCC Training conference in Alameda, CA.

December 2011
Allegretto testified in front of the CA State Assembly Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review on a hearing at the State Capitol on December 7 2011. The hearing was titled Income & Wealth Inequality: Where Do We Go From Here? Specifically, she addressed the status of the national and state economies regarding the last 30 years and documented the every widening inequality gaps, explained why such degrees of inequality are harmful to the economy, and discussed what policies the state may pursue to decrease inequality.

January 2012
Associate Chair Sylvia Allegretto attended the 64th Annual ASSA meeting in Chicago January 7, 2012, and presented a paper titled "Right-to-Work Legislation and Promises of Job Creation: Lessons from Oklahoma."

February 2012
Sylvia Allegretto gave a presentation on inequality to the California Assembly Democrats, at their annual policy retreat held at UC Davis. Feb. 8, 2012.

On February 29, 2012, Sylvia gave an encore presentation on inequality to the San Francisco Chapter of the National Association of Business Economics roundtable.

April 2012
UC Berkeley Teach In: Economic Injustice: Causes, Consequences and Solutions

Assembly Labor & Employment Committee hearing for AB 1439. "Indexing California's Minimum Wage ." April 4, 2012


Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library

Library–Based Web Services Expand–and Traffic Grows

The Library Web embarked on several ambitious new projects during 2011-12, most of which originated in IRLE program units and affiliates. The Labor Project for Working Families, an affiliated program, condensed several distinct Web sites into one new and updated site, and also actively utilized social media functionalities. All program units' Web sites grew in size and downloads as well. Some highlights:

E-COMMERCE: Both the Labor Center and CPER both employ eCommerce in sales of merchandise and subscriptions. The Web Team migrated this functionality from home-grown programming to commercial, subscription-based sofware, achieving considerable time savings.

CPER Online: A New E-Journal. The team created a fully functional e-journal site for CPER's well-known journal, including subscription management and online sales. CPER and the Library also collaborated on the rollout of a much-enhanced CPER Partners program, which includes visual recognition on the CPER Web.

Web Redesigns: In fall 2011, the Web Team conducted redesigns of The Labor Project for Working Families and CPER. Both the Labor Center and IRLE itself are working on site redesigns as the spring 2012 term concludes. It is anticipated that the two latter sites will go live during fall 2012.

Summary of Web Statistics
The IRLE Web receives heavy traffic, and the trend continued during 2011-12. The following statistics illustrate that the digital resources of IRLE are in demand (see below for definitions of terms)

Academic Year


No. of Visits


















(2011-12 is for 7/1/2011 through 4/24/2012, with 2 more months yet to post)

Visitors are counted as unique each month.
Number of Visits controls for Web updating, etc
Pages refers to unique downloads of HTML pages only (i.e., excludes PDFs)
Hitsrefers to downloads of all file types, including images as well as (importantly) PDFs

Research Consultations: Online and In Person
Library staff continue to meet individually with patrons to discuss research projects, and also provide research assistance to IRLE faculty and specialists. In addition, many consultations now occur online, including consultations with faculty and students from various universities who discover IRLE by means of its Web site.

New Digital Collection: "We Called It a Work Holiday: The 1946 Oakland General Strike"
In 1996-97 the Oakland Museum of California presented We Called It A Work Holiday: The 1946 Oakland General Strike. The original exhibit included a broad selection of photographs, memorabilia, audio and video footage, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the strike. The digitization of the exhibit was funded by a grant from the UC Labor and Employment Research Fund (LERF).

The exhibition was organized by History Department Photo Archivist Marcia Eymann, joined by consultants Charles Wollenberg, professor of history at Vista College, and Fred Glass, communications director for the California Federation of Teachers.

The exhibit places the general strike in the context of California's labor history and the business climate immediately after World War II. The exhibition included more than 35 photographs taken during the strike, along with other artifacts such buttons and posters. The original exhibit also displayed recreations of a window of Kahn's department store, where the strike originated, a full-scale room in the exclusive Athens Club, where the city's wealthy business leaders congregated, and a parade float from an election rally that followed the cessation of the strike. Fred Glass, Director of Communications at the California Federation of Teachers and consultant to the museum, created a seven-minute video that captures the very rare film footage of the strike.

The principal photographs of the exhibit are viewable at the following URL. Caption text for each image is also available, and it provides useful contextual information. There are four large very images of street scenes that must go to a specialty shop for scanning; these were scanned in late May 2012.


California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO Repository is Up to Date
The Federation's digital repository is now current through 2010, with all legislative scorecards and proceedings available to all. The repository continues to see heavy use, for a variety of research purposes. Former Federation president Tom Rankin commented that access to California's recent labor legislation has proved useful to many others around the U.S., including Wisconsin residents who have been active in contesting new legislation that blocks collective bargaining.


Library and Labor Center Hosts AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka
On Thursday October 22, 2011, the Library Commons hosted a private reception for AFL-CIO president Richard L. Trumka and the Labor Center Advisory Board. The event immediately preceded the Labor Center's gala event at the Berkeley Art Museum, which was attended by president Trumka, Chancellor Robert A. Birgeneau, and California Governor Jerry Brown.

IRLE Library Collection Continues to Serve Up Course Reserves
Throughout the 2011-12 academic year the Library collection has once again been tapped heavily by a number of courses for reserve reading. This local demand is linked to the lack of availability of books at other locations, for a variety of reasons.

Presentations and Publications by IRLE Librarian Terry Huwe
"Meaning-Based Computing: New Functionalities from the World of Enterprise Search." Presented at Internet Librarian International, London, October 2011

"Web Publishing from the Library." Presented at Computers in Libraries, Washington, DC, March 2012

Huwe published the lead article in the Septmber/October of ONLINE, a leading publishing venue for the information profession. The name of the article is "Meaning-Based Computing: Text Search Takes a Giant Leap" (ONLINE, September/October, 2011, p. 7). The article explores a new search technique that is modeled on Bayseian probability analysis, and is currently in use for internal enterprise search at firms and for legal work.

He is also a columnist in Computers in Libraries magazine, which is published 10 times per year. The topic of the column is "Building Digital Libraries," and it focuses on the social factors surrounding effective Web and digital library development.

Immigration Workshop Report, 2011-12


The Interdisciplinary Immigration Workshop was established, with funding from IIR/IRLE, in September 2003 to provide a forum for scholars of migration and immigrant integration from across disciplines, areas of the world and moments in time. Ever since, the workshop provides a space for indepth, face-to-face discussion of members' works-in-progress. There is also an email listserv that now reaches 287 people, largely but not exclusively on the UC-Berkeley campus. Started by Professor Irene Bloemraad (Sociology), the workshop is now co-directed by Bloemraad and Professor Cybelle Fox (Sociology).

Workshop Mission:
The goals of the workshop are three-fold:

  1. to provide an interdisciplinary forum for workshop members to get constructive, personalized feedback on their immigration-related research projects;
  2. to serve as a venue for information dissemination among members; and
  3. to provide a forum for inviting guest speakers & organizing conferences around immigration matters for the Berkeley campus and interested community members.


In 2011-12, our accomplishments include:
  • Meetings– We held 14 meetings to discuss members' work with attendance of 10-18 people at workshop meetings.
  • Listserv– We have 287 individuals on the workshop listserv, spanning almost all social science disciplines and professional schools at UC-Berkeley. The listserv also reaches scholars at other U.S. and foreign universities. We distribute announcements on funding, jobs, data sources and academic events related to immigration.
  • Conference– We co-hosted the conference "Managing Migration and Integration in Europe and the US" on March 9 at Berkeley in partnership with the European Union Center of Excellence and Professor Phil Martin of UC-Davis.
  • Web site– We maintained, in conjunction with IRLE Library staff, the Interdisciplinary Immigration Group's webpage, a resource for scholars and teachers of immigration (

Meetings – A core mission is to advance scholarly research. At each meeting, one or two members circulate work-in-progress, such as a prospective journal article, dissertation proposal or even draft interview schedule. Each presentation is assigned a discussant who provides written comments and guides discussion by all workshop members. During 2011-12, the workshop averaged 10-18 members per meeting, including faculty, graduate students, visiting scholars and even advanced undergraduates. As in past years, some work presented at the workshop has gone on to be published or is awaiting publication decisions.

Conferences – On March 9, 2012, the workshop co-sponsored a one-day conference on "Managing Migration and Integration in Europe and the US." With a particular focus on low-skilled migrants, presenters included scholars from Austria and Germany, faculty from UC-Berkeley and UC-Davis, and affiliates of IRLE. Approximately 50 people attended the conference, including many students and other migration researchers at Berkeley.

Information dissemination – The workshop listserv circulates news on campus talks, fellowship opportunities, employment, publishing opportunities and new migration data. With almost 300 subscribers, it has a broad reach across and beyond the Berkeley campus. Former workshop members and IRLE library staff have also worked over the years to build an immigration website as a resource for students, teachers and researchers of immigration. We continue to work on improving and expanding the website.

Measures of Success – The workshop's dynamism and importance is reflected in the strong attendance in meetings and at the March conference as well as the large number of people subscribed to our listserv. In addition, we solicited anonymous feedback from workshop members about their experiences, and to further improve the workshop's ability to deliver on its mission.

For the past four years, graduate student Joanna Doran has helped coordinate the workshop. She maintains the listserv, coordinates special events and organizes logistics for meetings. This academic year, Angela Fillingim helped coordinate. Terry Huwe and his staff help maintain the workshop's website. These contributions are gratefully acknowledged.

Plans For 2012-13:

Our plans are spelled out in the request for funding accompanying this report. In brief:

  • Continue the bi-monthly meetings to discuss members' work;
  • Continue to develop the website;
  • Facilitate discussion sessions with off-campus visitors in order to provide campus members with a chance to connect with other researchers in the field.


Labor Project for Working Families


Six Key Laws for Parents
On behalf of the California Work & Family Coalition, the Labor Project developed a new "Six Key Laws for Parents" poster that gives information on California laws that allow parents to take time to nurture their children. The poster is available for free download on the Coalition's website in English & Spanish. To order free copies, email

Videos on CA State Disability Insurance & Paid Family Leave
The Labor Project also developed informational videos in English and Spanish about California's State Disability Insurance and Paid Family Leave programs on behalf of the California Work & Family Coalition. To view the videos go to:

New Websites
The Labor Project launched a newly redesigned website featuring downloadable resources, publications, research, and contract language on family-friendly workplace policies. Visit us online at to learn more about our work and how you can join us to help build the 21st century family-friendly workplace.

We also launched a Spanish language version of our popular Paid Family Leave website

Social/New Media
In Summer 2011, the Labor Project hired an Online Engagement consultant to build the California Work & Family Coalition's presence on social/new media networks like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Labor Project staff regularly contributes, solicits and manages contributions to the Coalition's blog

The Labor Project is also now on Facebook and Twitter.


Labor Project Executive Director Receives Fellowship
Netsy Firestein, Executive Director of the Labor Project for Working Families, received a three-month "practitioner's fellowship" from the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The fellowship allowed Netsy to take time away from her regular work in Fall 2011 to conduct research on a national paid family leave campaign.

In The News

(Also includes news coverage on our efforts through the California Work & Family Coalition)

April 2012

Happy Equal Pay Day!, April 17, 2012

On Equal Pay Day Let's Demand Change from Walmart, April 17, 2012

March 2012
New Resources to Raise Awareness of California Paid Family Leave, March 16, 2012

November 2011

Making maternity rules count
California Healthline, November 28, 2011

As 10th anniversary of California's Paid Family Leave law approaches, poll shows state needs to do more program outreach
CEPR Blog, November 22, 2011

Another Barrier to Maternity Leave for Those Most in Need: Knowing About It
Ms. Magazine Blog, November 18, 2011

New Research Shows Need for More Outreach on Paid Family Leave
California Work & Family Coalition blog, November 17, 2011

Most don't know law permits paid time off to care for relatives
Los Angeles Times, November 16, 2011

California expands pregnancy benefits
The Recorder, November 8, 2011

October 2011

Victory for California's pregnant workers: Governor signs bill that ensures continued health benefits during pregnancy disability leave, October 7, 2011

Brown signs Evans' bills on maternity leave
Watch Sonoma County, October 6, 2011

Governor Brown acts to protect pregnant women and new mothers
ThePineTree.Net, October 6, 2011

Individual insurance may have to cover maternity care
Los Angeles Times, October 1, 2011

September 2011

We Need Jobs and a Voice on the Job, September 15, 2011

California steps up for pregnant women
Daily Kos, September 11, 2011

Health coverage – A commonsense protection during pregnancy leave
Calitics, September 8, 2011

August 2011

Protecting the Rights of Pregnant Women, August 25, 2011

July 2011

Connecticut implements paid sick leave: can workers get sick time without hurting small businesses? Audio
Southern California Public Radio, July 7, 2011

June 2011

Spotlight Webcast: Reforming Family and Medical Leave
Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, June 16, 2011

May 2011

CA Senate OKs bills protecting women at work, home
Associated Press, May 31, 2011

Educating and empowering workers on paid family leave
Labor's Edge, May 20, 2011

'Job killers' that aren't
Los Angeles Times, May 19, 2011

Is There Paternity Leave in Baseball?
Huffington Post, May 13, 2011


Organizing in Los Angeles
In May 2012, The Labor Project coordinated a meeting of the California Work & Family Coalition's Los Angeles regional group with organizers from "Destination LA" and the Long Beach hotel-worker living-wage campaigns. We discussed how paid sick days and family leave are an integral part of these campaigns and how we can work together.

Paid Family Leave Panel
In April 2012, Labor Project's Executive Director Netsy Firestein participated in a panel on "Building Momentum for Paid Family Leave" at a national conference sponsored by the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) at Columbia University, New York. Key connections were made between disparate fields and research was shared across the domains of early childhood, public health, and family economic security. NCCP hopes that the compelling research, policy analysis, and coalition-building strategies that were brought to life at the conference will build momentum for paid family leave advocates across the country.

Know Your Rights Training
In April 2012, Labor Project staff Vibhuti Mehra conducted a "Know Your Rights" training on California's family leave laws for shop stewards at OPEIU Local 29 in Alameda, CA.

Train-the-Trainer Workshop of CA Family Leave Laws
In March 2012, 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.

Family Leave Laws Training
In November 2011, Labor Project staff Jenya Cassidy, in partnership with Orange County Labor Federation, presented a training entitled "Understanding California Family Leave Laws" in Orange, CA.  The training, conducted on behalf of the California Work & Family Coalition, offered organizers, activists, and advocates from unions, non-profit, and community organizations an overview of current state family leave laws and steps for them to get involved in expanding these rights.

Maternal & Child Health Policy Discussion
In November 2011, Labor Project staff Jenya Cassidy moderated a discussion on "Maternal & Child Health Policy" at the California State Capitol. Speakers at the event shared current information on various policies that impact and support the health of mothers and children in California, including Paid Family Leave; Lactation Accommodation; and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The featured speakers included Ruth Milkman,Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center and Academic Director of CUNY's Murphy Labor Institute; Eileen Appelbaum,Senior Economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) in Washington, DC; Laurie True,Executive Director of the California WIC Association; and Alina Salganicoff,Vice President and Director of Women's Health Policy for the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Union Leaders Training
In September 2011, Labor Project's Jenya Cassidy led a training entitled "In it for the Long Haul: Balancing Work, Family andUnion" for union leaders of AFSCME DC 57. The training focused on strategies for self-nurturing while staying committed to work and union activism.

Advocacy Efforts
The Labor Project for Working Families continued to lead efforts of the California Work & Family Coalition to advocate for crucial statewide family-friendly workplace policies.

Our advocacy efforts led to the successful passage ofSB 299, a bill to guarantee health insurance coverage during pregnancy leave. The new law came into effect in January 2012 and benefits pregnant women, new mothers and their newborns by ensuring that employers continue to provide health care coverage for workers on pregnancy or childbirth-related leave. Learn more.

We are currently working to advance two bills in the state legislature -- AB 2039 which expands job-protected leave to family members caring for grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, adult children and in-laws and AB 1999 which protects caregivers from discrimination in the workplace.

We also participated in advocacy around continued funding for the California Caregiver Resource Centers. We conducted a phone bank and sent letters to Senators and a proposal to maintain funding passed through one Senate sub-committee.

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 in making the workplace more flexible for family caregivers.

We also helped mobilize Coalition members to participate in the Children's March for Domestic Workers Rights in Sacramento in January 2012 to support the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights (AB 889).