November/ December 2011 (No. 54)

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


In This Issue:

Especially Recommended:
November 14, IRLE Colloquium: Laura Kray, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
November 30, IRLE Colloquium: Murat Kirdar, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

IRLE News and Events
Karen Chapple Headlines Major Conference on Big Ideas for Job Creation
Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society: Celebrating 50 years
IRLE Welcomes Scholars from Doshisha University, Japan
Recent Working Papers
Harold Wilensky, 1923-2011

IRLE Program News
The Labor Center
California Public Employee Relations
Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Center for Wage and Employment Dynamics
Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library
The Labor Project for Working Families


IRLE News and Events

Karen ChappleKaren Chapple Headlines Major Conference on Big Ideas for Job Creation

Karen Chapple, IRLE’s immediate past Acting Director, present 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.


IRLE Colloquium Series, November-December

All events are located at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA. A light lunch will be served. Please note that some presentations may fall on a Wednesday in addition to the regular Monday time slot.

To attend an event:Please RSVP to Myra Armstrong,

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

Laura Kray, Haas School of Business
“Gender Discrimination in Negotiator Deception”

Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 12 Pm –1pm
Murat Kirdar, Professor, Economics, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
“Estimated Impacts of Immigrant Labor Supply Shocks Using Quasi Experimental Data”


Karen ChappleIndustrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society: Celebrating 50 years

During the next year, IRLE’s top-ranked journal will publish selected articles from its 50 year history, which are deemed to be influential or seminal in the fields of study they address. In addition, journal editor Steve Raphael (Goldman School of Public Policy) has gained a second editor, Professor Christopher Carpenter. Prof. Carpenter is Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Paul Merage School of Business, at UC Irvine.

The journal will be establishing an expanded committee of associate editors and add to its roster of reviewers as it begins its 51st year of operation. Also, it has gained a new look! The journal’s cover has been redesigned, and the new design will appear later this year
(see image).


IRLE Welcomes Scholars from Doshisha University, Japan

Prof. Clair Brown and Prof. Robert Cole recently hosted distinguished scholars from Doshisha University for a two day conference at IRLE.


Recent Working Papers

NOTICE: The eScholarship repository will experience a software upgrade during November, and may be unavailable for a few days during the transition. Papers hosted on the IRLE Web will not be affected by this upgrade and will remain available.

Papers are available online at:

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

Bloemraad, Irene; de Graauw, Els: Immigrant Integration and Policy in the United States: A Loosely Stitched Patchwork, 2011

Lincoln, James R.; Guillot, Didier: Business Groups, Networks, And Embeddedness: Innovation And Implementation Alliances In Japanese Electronics, 1985-1998, 2011

Rothstein, Jesse; Wozny, Nathan: Permanent Income and the Black-White Test Score Gap, 2011


Harold Wilensky, 1923-2011

Harold L. Wilensky, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of California Berkeley, passed away peacefully, at the age of 88, in his home in Berkeley, California, on October 30, after a long battle with cancer. He will be remembered fondly by the IRLE community for his wit and humor.



The Labor Center


Our “Evening with the All-Stars” gala fundraiser was a success!

We welcomed 300+ guests, who joined us to honor and celebrate with our “All Stars”:

  • AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
  • California State Controller John Chiang
  • Student activists who have worked for the DREAM Act
  • Teachers and school employees unions who are actively working to save public education
  • Wisconsin Teachers’ Assistants Union AFT- TAA 3220
  • IBEW-NECA LMCC for leadership in the California Advanced Lighting Training Controls Program


Health Care
Ken Jacobs and Laurel Lucia, along with co-authors Beth Capell and Ann O’Leary, released a report October 27, 2011 on seamless health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The report was released at a conference hosted by Center for American Progress in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Coauthors’ organizations are Health Access California and Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy, UC Berkeley School of Law.

States’ Budgets & the Economy

On September 30, 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”. It has been downloaded almost 1,500 times (as of 10/20/11) and received press coverage in The California Report, Sacramento Bee, San Francisco Chronicle, Ventura County Star and other outlets.

In October as states including Ohio debated referenda to limit collective bargaining, Sylvia Allegretto, Ken Jacobs, and Laurel Lucia released “The Wrong Target: Public Sector Unions and State Budget Deficits,” which analyzed the relationship between public sector workers, unionization, and state budget deficits in the United States. The authors found that the share of state and local government jobs has remained relatively steady, whether measured per thousand residents or as a percentage of all jobs, and there was no correlation between union density and the size of state budget deficits. The report’s findings were covered in the Sacramento Business Journal, In These Times, SEIU & California Labor Federation blogs, and other outlets.

Green Jobs

Carol Zabin and staff formed a working group to address clean energy and labor issues at the legislative and agency levels in California. The group involves allies from labor, environmental, and community-based organizations active in the state. The team has continued its involvement with the California Public Utilities Commission, advising on how the agency can best spend its energy efficiency funds and address the needs of the clean energy workforce.
In partnership with the Blue-Green Alliance and California Clean Energy Fund, Zabin and her staff have also helped build consensus around policy options for scaling up the market for energy efficiency work in single family homes. This work culminated in a stakeholder convening held on October 27, and a policy white paper, which will be published at the end of November. 

Global Labor

Katie Quan is moving forward with development of the International Center for Joint Labor Research in Guangzhou.  This fall there will be two conferences, one on the electronics supply chain (organized by Boy Luethje) and another on trends in labor relations.  There is also a speaker series involving nearly 20 speakers from the U.S. and other countries.  

Education & Training

Coming up:
Dec 2011: Organizing to Scale Seminar

Jan 2011: Organizing Strategies Forum: a roundtable of senior organizing directors to discuss large
scale union organizing strategies

Feb 2011: C.L. Dellums School starts, 8 sessions over 16 weeks

Summer 2012: Summer Institute on Union Women (at Berkeley)

Public Events
Nov 15: NLRB Update brown bag lunch with David Rosenfeld of the UC Berkeley Boalt School of Law, Weinberg Roger & Rosenfeld, who will discuss important decisions made by the NLRB over the past year and what to expect in the coming year.

Dec 7: Lunchtime book talk with Gabriel Thompson of The Nation and author of Working in the Shadows: A Year of Doing the Jobs [Most] Americans Won’t Do


California Public Employee Relations

CPER Online Journal

CPER has begun work on online journal No. 204. The first online edition made its appearance in June. The new format offers readers real-time updates on court decisions and current events, and provides a format for readers to share commentary.

In this issue, attorney Jon Holtzman (Renne Sloan Holtzman & Sakai) respectfully disagrees with Chris Platten’s article in CPER No. 203, “Declarations of Fiscal Emergency: A “Dead on Arrival” Means of Limiting Public Pension Costs and Impairing Local Agency MOUs.” Also in this issue, readers get to preview another chapter of a book in progress by California Federation of Teachers Communications Director Fred Glass. His work, From Mission to Microchip: A History of the California Labor Movement, is forthcoming from Heyday Press. A third chapter will appear in CPER No. 205 in March 2012. Also online in December, an article by attorney John Yeh (Burke Williams & Sorensen) addresses how unions could potentially impact the operational flexibility of charter schools.

CPER Pocket Guide Series

To be published on December 1: the second edition of Pocket Guide to Disability Discrimination in the California Workplace, 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 new 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.

CPER recently published the 20th title in its Pocket Guide Series, Pocket Guide to Workers’ Compensation, by the IRLE’s resident workers’ comp expert Juliann Sum. And we just published a new edition of the popular Pocket Guide to the Basics of Labor Relations. At the beginning of 2012, we will publish a 14th edition of the Pocket Guide to the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act, and a 14th edition of our bestseller, Pocket Guide to the Peace Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act.

CPER Seminar Series

Nearly 90 people are signed up for our November 4 seminar in Sacramento, cosponsored with the State Personnel Board. CPER Co-Chair Katherine Thomson is leading “Due Process Rules! Before, During and After Termination of Public Employees.” Ask to be on our seminar mailing list by emailing


CPER recently had a table at the California Teachers Association Annual Convention, in Reno, and at the California Employment Law Association in Monterey. We hope to see you at CALPELRA, in Monterey, November 28-December 1.


Center for the Study of Child Care Employment


The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE), through a new contract with the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University, will assist the New Jersey Council for Young Children to better understand their state's early care and education professional development system.  The New Jersey Council was established in 2010 to serve as the State Advisory Council for Early Education and Care as authorized under the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007.  CSCCE staff will map the professional development opportunities and higher education preparation programs for New Jersey's early childhood workforce and assess the quality and comprehensiveness of these opportunities.


Center for Wage and Employment Dynamics

Sylvia Allegretto represented IRLE at the Economic Policy Institute’s 25th anniversary gala in late October.  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.


Sylvia Allegretto co-authored with Ken Jacobs and Lauria Lucia a joint CWED and labor center policy brief (October 2011) titled “The Wrong Target: Public Sector Unions and State Budget Deficits.”

The brief documents that ongoing budget woes in states across the United States are due to the bursting of the housing bubble, the subsequent great recession and its aftermath, and not due to government workers and their unions. The authors concluded that the economic crash of 2008 is to blame from state budget problems that are ongoing today.

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.

Her research showed that social security is the pillar of income that middle & lower income retirees depend on in the U.S. and in California. To reduce benefits will no doubt cause economic hardship for many retirees in the future. Sylvia presented this research at the conference “Meeting California’s Private Sector Retirement Security Challenge held at IRLE  on September 30, 2011

Recent Presentations by Sylvia Allegretto

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.

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.

Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library

The Library Welcomes Elizabeth del Rocio Camacho Back!

We are very pleased that Elizabeth has returned to the workforce from her maternity leave, and that we now have a full compliment for Web development services. We can look forward to the introduction of new services in the coming academic year, which will extend IRLE’s eCommerce, Webinar, electronic publishing, and Web-to-mobile device services. We also anticipate many enhancements to the IRLE Web as well as prompt turnaround of routine and rush work.

“We Called It A Work Holiday: ” The Online Exhibit

Many of community members have commented on the photographs of the Oakland General Strike of 1946, which are on display in the Library Commons. As eNews goes to (digital press), the exhibit is going online and is in the final stages of digital production. With the addition of introductory text and contextual information, it will become visible in the next few weeks. The exhibit will be available online to all internet visitors, and may be used for non-commercial purposes. This is the fourth digital collection that has been created by the IRLE with the past support of the UC Labor and employment Research Fund.


Labor Project for Working Families

Download Today! Labor Family News:  Fall 2011 Issue


Recent Wins Build Momentum

Workplace Lactation Policies Support Nursing Moms

New California Law to Protect Pregnant Workers
California now has a new law (Senate Bill 299) that 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. The California Work & Family Coalition, which the Labor Project chairs and coordinates, led the effort to pass SB 299. Learn more.

NOW ONLINE: Labor Project's Year In Review July 2010-June 2011 
The Labor Project for Working Families recently released its Year In Reviewfeaturing highlights of our work during July 2010-June 2011. Download a copy.

On November 3, 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.

On Wednesday, November 16, Labor Project staff Jenya Cassidy will moderate a discussion on  Maternal & Child Health Policy at the California State Capitol. Speakers at the event will share 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 include 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. For more information about the event,  please contact



Center for Latino Policy Research
Shorb House
2547 Channing Way, Berkeley

Thursday November 17, 2011
“Schools for Democracy: The Role of Labor Union Participation in Facilitating Latino Parents’ Critical Civic Engagement”
Veronica Terriquez, Assistant Professor, USC Department of Sociology

Economics Department

Economics 218, Psychology and Economics Seminar
608-7 Evans Hall

November 15, 2011
"Neglect of Compound Interest and Pension Contributions in China". Joint Lecture with Development Economics Seminar.
Changcheng Song, UC Berkeley, Department of Economics

Economics 221, Industrial Organization Seminar
608-7 Evans Hall

November 21, 2011
“Mandate-Base Health Reform and the Labor Market: Evidence from Massachusetts”. Jonathan Kolstad, Wharton Business School

Economics 295, Survey of Research in Economics
597 Evans Hall

November 14, 2011
Survey of Research: Labor
David Card; Pat Kline; Enrico Moretti; Jesse Rothstein; Michael Reich

Goldman School of Public Policy

November 15, 2011
Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union
Pauley Ballroom

“Robert Reich on Class Warfare in America”. Mario Savio Memorial Lecture, Professor Robert Reich, Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley
Co-sponsored by the UC Berkeley Library, the Free Speech Movement Cafe and the Graduate Assembly.

Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

November 29, 2011
Bancroft Hotel, Great Hall
2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Demystifying the Chinese Economy: A talk by Dr. Justin Yifu Lin, Chief Economist & Senior Vice President, World Bank.
Co-Sponsored by Institute of Governmental Studies, UC Berkeley Dept. of Agricultural & Resource Economics, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)