November 2005 (No. 10)
Editor: Terence K. Huwe
Contributors: Elizabeth del Rocío Camacho, Janice Kimball


IIR News & Events
IIR Seminar Series: Fall 2005
New Sponsored Research Projects


IIR Unit News
Labor Center News
California Public Employee Relations News
Institute of Industrial Relations Library: Services During Renovation
Labor Project for Working Families
Center for the Study of Child Care Employment News


Campus Events
Center for Latin American Studies: Peter Evans to Lecture
Center for Social Justice: Special Event
Economics Department Seminars
Haas School of Business Events
Sociology Department Colloquium Series



IIR NEWS & EVENTS


IIR Fall Colloquia

Susan Helper
Professor of Economics, Case Western University & IIR Visiting Scholar
“Offshoring Interfaces and incentives: the Case of Automotive Product Development”
November 7, 2005, Noon
IIR Directors Lounge
RSVP to Myra Armstrong, zulu2@calmail.berkeley.edu

Ashok Bardhan and Cynthia Kroll
Senior researcher, Haas School of Business; Senior Regional Economist, Haas School of Business
“Offshoring: Outlook and Implications”
November 14, 2005, Noon
IIR Directors Lounge
RSVP to Myra Armstrong, zulu2@calmail.berkeley.edu




New Sponsored Research Projects

PI: Trond Petersen
Funder: National Science Foundation
Project Title: Firm-Level Gender Inequalities in Transitional Societies

Abstract: The collapse of state socialism in Eastern Europe in 1989-1990 brought about a spectacular increase in social inequalities. While there is agreement in the literature about the rise of class-based and racial differentiation, there is a lively controversy about the status of gender inequalities. Most notably, some researchers argue that the gender gap in wages is large and increasing in Eastern Europe, while others suggest a declining, and rather small wage gap. These studies are based on national level representative surveys, and thus their ability to control for all possible outside factors is limited and the data collected are often unreliable. Therefore, we propose to explore gender discrimination in wage setting and promotion at the level of the enterprise, by analyzing quantitative firm-level information on the wages and earnings of men and women. With access to unique firm-level data from the Czech Republic in 1998-2004, so called matched employer-employee data, we ask: What is the size of the gross gender wage gap among male and female employees? What part of the wage gap is attributable to differences among women and men in skills, qualities, and experience? What part of the wage gap may be attributed to men and women doing different jobs? And finally, what part of the wage gap is due to discrimination?

PI: Clair Brown
Funder: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Project Title: Change is the Only Constant: How the Chip Industry Reinvents Itself to Keep the World Running

Abstract: The semiconductor industry, with its rapid pace of technological change and turbulent history of international diffusion, has often been declared to be in a major crisis that threatens its future. Yet the industry has found effective ways to overcome each crisis, often reinventing itself in the process. Since other industries eventually experience similar crisis, the semiconductor industry has much to teach us about how to respond to crises stemming from technological change and globalization. Professor Clair Brown and Dr. Greg Linden are writing a book that analyzes the major challenges the industry has faced, and overcome, since the mid-1980s.

PI: Juliann Sum
Funder: California Department of Industrial Relations
Project Title: Coordinating and Consolidating Information for Injured Workers

Abstract: The legislative changes from 2003 and 2004 have complicated access to medical care in the workers' compensation system in the following areas: rights to select the initial primary treating physician; rights to change physicians; limits on the kinds of treatment and the amount of treatment that may be given; utilization review procedures; and methods to resolve disputes over medical care. At the same time, provisions that allow labor unions and employers in construction to negotiate carve-outs have been expanded to include any unionized industry. Unions, employers, and other members of the workers' compensation community have expressed a need for further information on how to manage and navigate aspects of medical care in the workers' compensation and on options for creating effective carve-outs. In response to this, Juliann Sum will assist the Commission in developing and producing "Medical Care Educational Factsheets" which will supplement the "Workers' Compensation in California: A Guidebook for Injured Workers, 2nd Edition, February 2005" by further describing injured workers' rights and options in medical care and appropriate steps to take if there are questions or problems. In addition, she will expand on "Carve-Outs: A Guidebook for Unions and Employers in Workers' Compensation, May 2004" by further describing issues to consider in negotiating and creating carve-outs.



IIR Unit News




Labor Center News

New Labor Center Union Leadership School

The Labor Center is pleased to announce the inauguration of the C. L. Dellums African American Union Leadership School. The school seeks to develop the leadership skills of Black trade unionists so they can strengthen the labor movement and promote the interests of African American workers within their unions and their communities. The school will consist of eight Saturday sessions beginning January 28 and ending May 6, 2006. There will also be three follow-up sessions to assist participants and to evaluate the usefulness of the program. For additional information, please contact Steven Pitts at 510-643-6815 or spitts1@berkeley.edu. C.L. Dellums (1900-1989) was a founder of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, president of the West Coast chapter of the union, and eventually the union’s national president.

Symposium on the Central Valley
The Labor Center is a co-sponsor of the Boalt Hall Center for Social Justice’s symposium “The New Face of California: The Great Central Valley,” which will be held November 3-5, 2005, at Booth Auditorium at Boalt Hall School of Law. The symposium will lay the foundation for further collaborative work to address some of the most pressing issues faced by disadvantaged communities in the Central Valley. More information is available at http://www.law.berkeley.edu/centralvalleyinitiative.

Labor Center Training Postponed
The two-day Building Effective Media Campaigns: Workshops for Unionists training has been postponed until January (specific dates TBA). Please check the Labor Center’s website for further information: http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu.

New Paper on Wal-Mart
Arindrajit Dube has just completed a study of the effect Wal-Mart store openings have on local retail sector wages. Entitled The Impact of Wal-Mart Growth on Earnings Throughout the Retail Sector, the paper is part of the IIR Working Paper series and can be downloaded at http://repositories.cdlib.org/iir/iirwps/.




California Public Employee Relations News

CPER's new Pocket Guide to Due Process in Public Employment will be out the first week in November and now can be purchased on our website ($12).

And, this month, CPER Director Carol Vendrillo will be attending the California Public Employer Labor Relations Association conference in Monterey.




Institute of Industrial Relations Library News

Library Special Access and Remodel Process: Beginning on November 1, 2005


The Library will close to the _general_ public on November 1. While the print collection is being moved to the rear of the library and the basement, it will be unavailable. Once it has been stabilized in its new locations (January 2006), IIR affiliates will have access to the collection under limited conditions (see below). The general public will be able to access the print collection by advance appointment with the IIR Librarian only.

Staff will be at work and so all other services will be ongoing, including all Web administration, working papers production, eNews, new publications alerts, reference service and book processing (Yes, we'll continue to acquire books). The preliminary estimate for reopening is summer 2006. We will create durable and attractive graphics that will announce the closure for the IIR foyer and for circulation.

Library Remodel and Service News

To stay in contact with you, our community, we'll publish a weekly Web update with highlights from our Blogs, UC library collections and other news that is relevant to your research. Also, we'll create a Web page showcasing the remodel's progress, including images of the design as they become available. I will be meeting with faculty throughout the academic year to raise awareness of the new potential that the remodeled facility will create for faculty activities.

Library Staff Locations

Elizabeth del Rocio Camacho is moving to temporary quarters in Room 218. Our thanks and appreciation to Julianne Sum on this count. Janice will relocate to the rear of the Library, so that she will be able to continue book processing, cataloging and other special projects.

Services for IIR During the Remodel

--REFERENCE:
Many of you go to Janice and many others come to me--we will continue to offer reference with the full array of the University's print and digital resources. Just call Janice or Terry via the usual telephone numbers and email accounts.

--ACCESSING THE PRINT COLLECTION
IIR affiliates who need to borrow books from our collection can do so by making a request to Janice or me. Bear in mind that turnaround on your request may take some time as locations will have moved--your patience is appreciated.

Services for the Campus and General Public

We will continue to offer reference to the campus and general public by telephone and email, which are already the main venues for information requests. From January 2006 through summer 2006, campus patrons who need materials from our print collection can make an appointment with Terry Huwe to do so..

The University Library system has numerous means for broadcasting collection access and closure news for the 16 research and branch libraries, plus 11 Affiliated Libraries on campus. Our limited access period will be well-known, and as you can see, we are offering a limited gateway to our collection throughout the process.

Our thanks go to all of you for the support you have shown the IIR Library over the years.




Labor Project for Working Families News

Netsy Firestein, Director of the Labor Project for Working Families, will be consulting on a study at Michigan State University on unionized workers' experiences in using flexibility. The research will be conducted by Peter Berg and Ellen Kossek in the School of Labor and Industrial Relations at Michigan State and is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. There have been very few studies focused specifically on understanding flexibility in unionized contexts, and will add a lot of value to the understanding of factors that support access to and positive experiences with use of flexibility to support the blending of work and family/personal life. The unions involved are AFSCME, CWA and the UAW. This is a 3 year study that will result in some concrete applications including a training curriculum on flexibility at the workplace.




Center for the Study of Child Care Employment

For a full report on CSCCE activities and publications take a look at the Web site:
http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/cscce



CAMPUS EVENTS




Center for Latin American Studies

Bay Area Latin American Forum
Speaker: Peter Evans

Title: "Counter-Hegemonic Globalization and the Nation State: A Brazilian Lens"

Globalization is often seen as displacing the nation state from the center of progressive politics. While it is true that alliances between local and transnational social movements lie at the core of opposition to the current neoliberal global regime, nation states - particularly the major states of the global south - are also essential actors in the politics of "counter-hegemonic globalization." This talk will use the case of Brazil to illustrate this proposition.

Peter Evans teaches in the Sociology Department at the University of California , Berkeley, where he holds the Marjorie Meyer Eliaser Chair of International Studies. He has worked for many years on the comparative political economy of development, focusing for most of those years on questions of industrial transformation, as discussed in his 1995 book Embedded Autonomy. This talk builds on his chapter on counter-hegemonic globalization in the 2005 edition of the Handbook of Political Sociology.

Monday, November 7, 12:00 - 1:15 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street




Center for Social Justice, Boalt Hall

The New Face of California: The Great Central Valley, Featuring Dolores Huerta

The Center for Social Justice at Boalt Hall is launching an innovative Central Valley Initiative with its fall symposium "The New Face of California: The Great Central Valley" November 3-5, 2005.. The symposium will lay the foundation for an ongoing collaboration with other academic institutions, lawyers, scholars, and community activists to develop research, policy, and action agendas to surmounting the Central Valley's most challenging obstacles to social justice.

UC Davis Professor and former California Supreme Court Justice *Cruz Reynoso will kick off the symposium on Thursday, November 3, with the Mario G. Olmos Memorial Lecture, "In Hard Times: The Search for Social Justice." Renowned labor leader Dolores Huerta will deliver the lecture "Enacting Change for Social Justice Organizing" the following day.

This symposium will address the enormous challenges faced by the Valley's most disadvantaged communities as well as showcase the innovative social justice work being accomplished. Access to quality education, protection of agricultural laborers and immigrants, equitable land use and economic development, health and environmental justice, and political enfranchisement and civic participation will be topics for discussion.

Working groups will convene in the Valley after the symposium and a follow-up conference will be planned at UC Merced.

To register for the symposium and for more information on schedules, speakers and MCLE credit, please see the Center's symposium home page at http://www.law.berkeley.edu/centralvalleyinitiative




Economics Department Graduate Seminars

Economics 221, Industrial Organizational Seminar
608-7 Evans Hall
Tuesdays
4-5:30pm

November 8, 2005
Putting a Smiley Face on the Dragon: Wal-Mart as Catalyst to Putting a Smiley Face on the Dragon: Wal-Mart as Catalyst to U.S.-China Trade
Emek Basker, University of Missouri

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

November 3, 2005
The Effect of Maternal Education on Fertility and Infant Health: Evidence from School Entry Policies Using Exact Date of Birth
Heather Royer, UC Berkeley

November 10, 2005
Immigration, Skill Mix, and the Choice of Technique
Ethan Lewis, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

November 17, 2005
Measuring and Explaining Management Practices Across Firms and Nations
Nick Bloom, Stanford University

November 7, 2005
Regulating the Oldest Profession: Income and Public Health Implications for the Sex Market
Manisha Shah, UC Berkeley




Haas School of Business

OBIR 259
Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations Seminar
135 Cheit Hall, 4-5:30pm

November 2, 2005
Nicole Biggart, Graduate School of Management, UC Davis

November 9, 2005
W. Richard Scott, Dept of Sociology, Stanford University

November 16, 2005
David Levine, Haas School of Business

November 23, 2005
Nydia MacGregor and Peter Madsen, PhD students, Haas School of Business

November 30, 2005
Lihua Wang, Graduate School of Business, Columbia University

Center for Latin American Studies
12-1:15pm, 2334 Bowditch Street
CLAS Conference Room
Mondays

November 7, 2005
Counter-Hegemonic Globalization and the Nation State: A Brazilian Lens
Peter Evans, Department of Sociology, UC Berkeley

November 14, 2005
Human Rights, Democracy and Citizenship in Northeast Brazil
Nancy Scheper-Hughes, UC Berkeley




Sociology Department Colloquium Series, Fall 2005

The Sociology Departmental Colloquium Fall 2005 presents its Fall series.
All presentations in Room 402, Barrows Hall

Thursday, November 3rd
4:00 - 5:30 pm
Ari Adut
The University of Texas at Austin
Sociology of Scandal

Monday, November 7th
2:00 - 3:30 pm
Greta Krippner
UCLA
The Making of U.S. Monetary Policy:
Fine-Tuning, Neoliberal Style

Thursday, November 10th
4:00 - 5:30 pm
Omar Lizardo
University of Arizona
Why Are Some Societies More 'Omnivorous' Than Others? World Society and Cultural Taste in 15 OECD Countries