November/ December 2013 (No. 68)

Editor: Terence K. Huwe
Contributors: Marcy Whitebook, Stefanie Kalmin, Janice Kimball, Jenifer MacGillvary, Katie Robertson, Myra Armstrong

In This Issue:

Especially Recommended:

IRLE Colloquium Series

Monday, November 25 | 12pm – 1pm
Title to be Announced
Seth Holmes, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley

Monday, December 2 | 12pm – 1pm
Organizational Incentives and Technology Adoption among Manufacturing Firms: Evidence from Pakistan
Eric Verhoogen, Economics, Columbia University

IRLE News and Events
Lloyd Ulman: An Oral History
IRLE Colloquium Series
IRLE Co-Hosts Talk on 3D Printing and Manufacturing Employment
Visiting Scholars, 2013-14
Industrial Relations: Volume 52, No. 4
Recent Working Papers
IRLE Researchers Featured at Low Wage Earners Event at Berkeley Law

IRLE Programs
The Labor Center
California Public Employee Relations
Center for Culture, Organizations and Politics
Center for Wage and Employment Dynamics
Donald Vial Center on Employment in the Green Economy
Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library

Campus News and Events
UC Berkeley Events


IRLE News and Events

Lloyd Ulman: An Oral History

Interviews conducted by Riyad Koya in 2011, Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2013.

Lloyd Ulman is known to the Berkeley community as professor emeritus in the Economics Department and as the past director (1963-1981) of the Institute of Industrial Relations (IIR). In 1961, leading economist Walter Heller asked Dr. Ulman to serve as a Senior Labor Economist to the Council of Economic Advisers under President Kennedy. In this interview, Dr. Ulman provides important background to policy debates on wage and price guidelines within the Kennedy administration. His account highlights the growing consensus among economists that union wage demands were a proximate cause of inflation. He is the author of numerous influential books in labor economics, including: The Rise of the National Trade Union (1955), The Government of the Steel Workers (1962), and several books focusing on global issues such as Unionism, Economic Stabilization, and Incomes Policies: European Experience (1983). In addition to delving deeply into his work as an economist, Ullman discusses life on the Berkeley campus, including his participation on the Heyman Committee, which reported unfavorably on the role of the campus administration in managing student protests of the mid-1960s. An accomplished raconteur, Dr. Ulman has framed the interview as a series of what he terms “postcards to posterity.” These postcards are issued as an extended meditation on questions that had animated his career as a labor economist: the expansion and contraction of union membership, the relationship of wages to productivity, the economic stagnation of the middle class.

The IRLE Library will have copies of the oral history in its collection.


IRLE Colloquium Series

All events are held in the Large Conference Room at 2521 Channing Way. A light lunch will be served.

To attend an event: Please RSVP to Myra Armstrong,

Seth Holmes

Monday, November 25, 2013 | 12 PM – 1PM
Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States
Seth Holmes, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley


Eric Verhoogen

Monday, December 2, 2013 | 12 PM – 1PM
Organizational Incentives and Technology Adoption among Manufacturing Firms: Evidence from Pakistan
Eric Verhoogen, Economics, Columbia University


IRLE Co-Sponsors Panel Discussion on 3D Printing and Manufacturing Employment

IRLE co-sponsored “A Conversation on the New Manufacturing Revolution: 3D Printing and its Impact,” which covered the many issues raised by 3D printing. The event was also co-sponsored by the Center for Information Technology in the Interest of Society (CITRIS). The event was held on Wednesday, November 6 in the Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall.

Moderator:  Paul K. Wright


Peter Marsh, The Financial Times
Paul Markillie, The Economist
Björn Hartmann, UC Berkeley
John Zysman, UC Berkeley


IRLE Visiting Scholars, 2013-2014

IRLE welcomes new and continuing scholars, who join the IRLE community under its Visiting Scholar and Postdoctoral Appointment Program. A list of the 2012-13 scholars follows below, along with a brief description of their research interest and their UC Berkeley faculty sponsor.

Mark Neal Aaronson – USA

Mark Aaronson is a Professor of Law at the U.C. Hastings College of Law in San Francisco, California. He will be working on his current CPMC project, a major case study involving community and labor activism as well as healthcare and urban policy issues. He is sponsored by Michael Reich and will be at the IRLE from September 2013 through August 2014.

Ramón Joseph Castellblanch – USA

Ramón Castellblanch is an associate professor of Health Education at San Francisco State University. He will be studying several aspects of implementation of the Affordable Care Act. He envisions that his work will contribute to a summary of ‘best practices’ that state policy-makers could consider in the future. He is sponsored by Michael Reich and will be at the IRLE from August 2013 through December 2013.

Arindrajit Dube – USA

Arindrajit Dube is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Amherst University, MA. His research is with the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics (CWED). He is sponsored by Michael Reich and will be here from January 2010 through June 2014.

Momoko Kawakami – Japan

Momoko Kawakami is a visiting scholar at the Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica in Taiwan. She will be conducting field research in the Silicon Valley, where she will visit U.S. firms to understand their strategies for collaborating and competing with Taiwanese firms. She is sponsored by Clair Brown and will be at the IRLE from September 2013 through May 2014.

Sachi Kotani-Nakamura – Japan

Sachi Kotani-Nakamura is an associate professor in Sociology at Nihon University, in Japan. Her research focuses on the characteristics of women’s labor organizations and their role in maintaining and improving the working conditions for both male and female workers throughout the globalizing liberal market economy countries. She is sponsored by Katie Quan and will be at the IRLE from August 2013 through August 2014.

John Logan – USA

John Logan is currently the Director and Professor of Labor and Employment Studies at San Francisco State University. He is also the Senior Research Associate at UC Berkeley Labor Center.  One of his research projects: an analysis of federal and state legislation affecting organizing and bargaining rights and unions ability to participate in politics.  He is sponsored by Ken Jacobs and will be at IRLE from October 2012 through October 2014.

Marcelo Medeiros – Brazil

Marcelo Medeiros is a professor at the University of Brasilia and also a researcher at IPEA, the Brazilian Institute for Applied Economic Research. He is currently writing a book on the institutional determinants of the extremely high levels of income inequality in Brazil, and more specifically how the State contributes to the maintenance of an economic elite in the country. He is sponsored by Emmanuel Saez and will be at the IRLE from August 2013 through November 2013.

Martina Ori – Italy

Martina Ori is a PhD student in Labor Relations at the University of Gergamo, Italy and an ADAPT research fellow. She is developing a research project combining labor and employment issues with language and translation studies. She is sponsored by Michael Reich and will be at the IRLE from September 2013 through December 2013.

Philippe Pochet – Belgium

Philippe Pochet is the current Director of European Trade Union Institute, and the foremost expert on the European Social Union. Professor Pochet will continue his research for a book on Social Europe. He will be here from September 2013 through June 2014. He is sponsored by Michael Reich.

Pelin Sekeler Richiardi – Switzerland/Turkey

Pelin Richiardi is an economist at the International Institute for Labour Studies of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva. Her research is funded by Société Académique Vaudoise in Switzerland, and it focuses on a project entitled “Multidimensional Determinants of Inequality: A Post Crisis Analysis of Welfare Changes in The Middle Class”. This work aims at developing an inequality index including a group of dimensions linked to labor market conditions. She will be at the IRLE from May 2013 through May 2014 and is sponsored by Michael Reich.


Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society

Volume 52, No 4 October 2013. The journal is available online from the Wiley Online Library (subscription required):

Steve RaphaelArticles and Abstracts

The Use of Performance Appraisal Systems: Evidence from Dutch Establishment Data (pages 801–828)

Using Dutch data, we examine the characteristics of establishments that operate performance appraisal systems. Our estimates provide a couple of interesting results: (1) Multitasking and teamwork play a role in the use of performance appraisal systems. (2) While a shared corporate culture, the sharing of information, and a professional personnel management emerge as positive determinants, unions appear to play a negative role. (3) Employers fostering career development and promotion opportunities make greater use of performance appraisal. (4) Public sector affiliation plays a negative role.

Racial and Ethnic Differences in Nonwage Compensation (pages 829–852)

Previous research has found that, after controlling for test scores, measured black–white wage gaps are small, but unemployment gaps remain large. This article complements this previous research by examining the incidence of employer-provided benefits from the same premarket perspective. However, marriage rates differ substantially by race, and the possibility of health insurance coverage through a spouse's employer therefore distorts how the distribution of benefits available in the market to an individual is expressed in the distribution of benefits received. Two imputation strategies are used to address this complication. The evidence suggests that benefit availability gaps are small.

Earnings Progression and the Workforce Investment Act: Evidence from Washington State (pages 853–877)

This research measures earnings progression among participants in federally funded Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs in the state of Washington during the period 2001 through 2008, using state administrative data and propensity score-weighted regressions. Unlike previous evaluations that have emphasized earnings levels, this study addresses both earnings progression and levels to assess whether workers are on a path to reaching economic self-sufficiency within a short time after participation. The analysis finds that participants in WIA Adult services had similar earnings progression as people receiving only less-intensive Labor Exchange services.

Outsourcing, Occupational Restructuring, and Employee Well-Being: Is There a Silver Lining? (pages 878–914)

This study examines the relationship between outsourcing and various aspects of employee well-being by devoting special attention to the role of occupational restructuring as a conveying mechanism. Using linked employer–employee data, we find that offshoring involves job destruction, especially when the destination is a low-wage country. In such circumstances, staying employees’ job satisfaction is reduced. However, the relationship between outsourcing and employee well-being is not entirely negative. Our evidence also shows that offshoring to high-wage countries stimulates the vertical mobility of employees in affected firms in a manner that improves perceived well-being, particularly in terms of better prospects for promotion.

Gender Role Attitudes, Labor Supply, and Human Capital Formation (pages 915–940)

This study examines the relationship between attitudes toward women's roles in the labor force and human capital acquisition. I analyze both educational attainment and post schooling training spells. Holding more traditional attitudes about gender roles is associated with both lower educational attainment and lower probability of participating in post schooling training episodes. Also, gender role attitudes appear to have significant indirect effects on human capital acquisition, operating through a lower probability of labor market participation.

Tracking Labor Demand with Online Job Postings: The Case of Health IT Workers and the HITECH Act (pages 941–968)

Growth in the health information technology (health IT) workforce will be necessary for the widespread adoption of electronic health records called for by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. However, the health IT workforce is difficult to track using existing sources of data. We introduce a novel method for measuring labor demand in markets not defined by standard industrial or occupational codes. Drawing from 84 million online help wanted postings, we create a dataset of 434,000 health IT–related job listings from 2007 to 2011 whose descriptions contain key phrases such as “electronic health record” or “clinical informatics.” We find that health IT–related job postings have grown substantially over time, tripling as a share of healthcare job postings since 2007. Trend-break and difference-in-difference analyses suggest that health IT–related job postings accelerated following HITECH. According to our preferred specification, the legislation was associated with an 86 percent increase in monthly postings, or 162,000 additional postings overall.


Recent Working Papers

Working papers may be downloaded from the IRLE Web or the eScholarship Repository at the following addresses:

  • Charlie Eaton, Adam Goldstein, Jacob Habinek, Mukul Kumar, Tamera Lee Stover, Alex Roehrkasse
    “Bankers in the Ivory Tower: The Financialization of Governance at the University of California”
  • Sylvia Allegretto, Arindrajit Dube, Michael Reich and Ben Zipperer
    “Credible Research Designs for Minimum Wage Studies”
  • Pedro H. G. F. Souza and Marcelo Medeiros
    “The Decline in Inequality In Brazil, 2003-2009: The Role Of The State”
  • Trond Petersen, Andrew Penner and Geir Høgsnes
    “From Motherhood Penalties to Husband Premia: The New Challenge for Gender Equality and Family Policy, Lessons from Norway”
  • Arindrajit Dube, T. William Lester, and Michael Reich
    “Minimum Wage Shocks, Employment Flows and Labor Market Frictions”
  • Charles A. O'Reilly III, Bernadette Doerr, David F. Caldwell and Jennifer A. Chatman
    “Narcissistic CEOs and Executive Compensation”
  • Eliot L. Sherman and Jennifer A. Chatman
    “National Diversity under Pressure: Group Composition and Expedition Success in Himalayan Mountaineering”
  • Charlie Eaton, Margaret Weir
    “The Power of Coalitions: Participation and Governance in California’s Public-Private Welfare State”
  • Marcelo Medeiros and Pedro H. G. F. Souza
    “The State and income inequality in Brazil”
  • Aleksandra Parteka and Joanna Wolszczak-Derlacz
    "Integrated Sectors - Diversified Earnings: The (Missing) Impact of Offshoring on Wages and Wage Convergence in the EU27"


IRLE Researchers Present at “Working for Change: Low-Wage Earners at the Tipping Point”

Working for Change

The Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice hosted a two-day symposium on the topic of low-wage earners. IRLE researchers Annette Bernhardt, Steven C. Pitts and Saru Jayaraman participated in the lively event. More information may be found at


IRLE Program News

The Labor Center

50th Anniversary

50th Anniversary Gala

The Labor Center welcomed close to 400 attendees to our 50th Anniversary Celebration on September 26, 2013. It was a night of high spirits as we celebrated the work of the Labor Center and the labor victories of our many honorees, including United Food and Commercial Workers International Union President Joe Hansen, members of OUR Walmart, members of Warehouse Workers United, California Labor Secretary Marty Morgenstern, California Labor Commissioner Julie Su, California Professional Firefighters President Lou Paulson, and Anthony Thigpenn and California Calls. A special highlight of the evening was celebrating the passage of the California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights – signed that very afternoon by Governor Brown – with honorees Ai-jen Poo and members of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, SEIU United Long Term Care Workers, California Domestic Workers Coalition, SEIU-UHW, California Child Care Providers UNITED, and UDW Homecare Providers Union.

New Report

Fast Food, Poverty Wages: The Public Cost of Low-Wage Jobs in the Fast-Food Industry

This report estimates the public costs of low-wage jobs in the fast-food industry. Due to the combination of low wages, meager benefits, and often part-time hours, many of the families of fast-food workers must rely on taxpayer funded safety net programs to make ends meet. For this analysis we focus on jobs held by core, front-line fast-food workers, defined as non-managerial workers who work at least 10 hours per week for 27 or more weeks a year. The median wage for this workforce is $8.69 an hour. Only 13 percent of the jobs provide health benefits. We found that 52 percent of the families of core front-line fast-food workers are enrolled in one or more public safety-net programs at a cost of nearly $7 billion a year.

New Book

Our new book, When Mandates Work: Raising Labor Standards at the Local Level, is available for pre-order at Powell’s and Amazon! The book collects the evidence on the series of public policy experiments in San Francisco over the last decade to improve wages and benefits for local workers. Opponents predicted a range of negative impacts, but the evidence tells a decidedly different tale. This book brings together that evidence for the first time, reviews it as a whole, and considers its lessons for local, state, and federal policymakers.

Upcoming Workshop: Advanced Online Media Skills

January 23-24, 2014, IRLE Building

Advanced Online Media Skills is the second workshop in the Labor Center online media skills sequence. It is geared to more experienced practitioners—those who know the basics but now want to develop their skills in creating online products like blogs and websites that are ready to be plugged in to their campaigns and organizing work. As in the past, the Labor Center will partner with Aspiration to conduct this workshop.

Learn more and apply online.



Press highlights include an article in the Washington Post and two articles in the New York Times. The recently-released fast-food worker report has generated significant media attention.

BART Strike Ends
KQED Forum, October 22, 2013
Q & A on Affordable Healthcare Act with Laurel Lucia
KPFA Upfront, October 21, 2013
Household Key to Tax Subsidy Uunder New Health Law
San Francisco Chronicle, October 19, 2013
Voters Weigh $15 Hourly Minimum Wage for Airport, Hotel Workers
NBC News, October 18, 2013
Taxpayers Spending $7 Billion To Supplement Fast-Food Workers’ Wages
International Business Times, October 18, 2013
How Multi-Billion Dollar Corporations Rely on the Public to Feed their Workforce
The American Prospect, October 16, 2013
Trains in San Francisco Keep Running as Labor Talks Back On
Reuters, October 16, 2013
Why US Taxpayers Pay $7 Billion A Year To Help Fast-Food Workers
NPR, October 16, 2013
Fast-food workers leaning on federal aid
CBS News, October 16, 2013
Public Aid Crucial to Fast-Food Workers
The Boston Globe, October 16, 2013
Fast Food, Big Costs
San Diego Union Tribune, October 16, 2013
Managing Poverty Income to Get a Health Subsidy
San Francisco Chronicle, October 15, 2013
Low fast-food wages come at high public cost, reports say
The Washington Post, October 15, 2013
Studies Link Fast-Food Wages to Public Assistance
Wall Street Journal, October 15, 2013
McDonald's Low Wages Cost Taxpayers $1.2 Billion Per Year: Study
The Huffington Post, October 15, 2013
McDonald's Low Wages Come With a $7 Billion Side of Welfare
Bloomberg Business Week, October 15, 2013
Fast-Food Workers Are Costing the US $7 Billion a Year in Public Aid
Time – Business & Money, October 15, 2013
Majority of US fast-food workers need public assistance –study
Reuters, October 15, 2013
Majority of US fast food workers need public assistance
Al Jazeera America, October 15, 2013
Low fast-food wages come at high cost to US taxpayers, says report
The Guardian, October 15, 2013
Study: Taxpayers Foot Costly Bill for Fast-Food Workers
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 15, 2013
Fast-Food Workers Depend on Public Aid, Report Says
Chicago Tribune, October 15, 2013
More Than Half of U.S. Fast Food Workers on Public Aid, Report Says
Los Angeles Times, October 15, 2013
Public Assistance for Fast-Food Workers Costs Taxpayers, Reports Say
Kansas City Star, October 15, 2013
Majority of Fast-Food Households are Using Welfare Assistance, Medicaid: Report
New York Daily News, October 15, 2013
Report: Burger King Workers Collecting More than $300M in Public Assistance
Miami Herald, October 15, 2013
Editorial: Working for a Living – New Data Prove How Difficult it is to Live on Fast-Food Wages
The Anniston Star, October 15, 2013
Half of Fast Food Workers Receive Income Subsidies, Medicaid or Food Stamps, Study Says
Hartford Courant, October 15, 2013
What you Need to Know NOW as Obamacare Debuts
CHCF Center for Health Reporting, October 15, 2013
Lower 2014 Income Can Net Huge Health Care Subsidy
San Francisco Chronicle, October 12, 2013
A Reader Asks: My Coverage Is Intermittent. Can I Do Better On The Marketplace?
Kaiser Health News, October 11, 2013
Steven Pitts: Digging Deeper Roots
GRITtv, September 30, 2013
Quitting for Obamacare: Trapped Workers May Seek Relief in New Health Exchanges
NBC News, September 29, 2013
A Wave of Sewing Jobs as Orders Pile Up at U.S. Factories
New York Times, September 29, 2013
Navigating the Affordable Care Act's Tax Credit Maze
Chicago Tribune, September 27, 2013
Is Health Care Reform Creating More Part-Time Work?
New York Times, September 27, 2013
State Health Care Reform Will Hinge on Young People's Participation
KTVU, September 27, 2013
Domestic Workers Happy About Bill Requring Overtime Pay
KTVU, September 27, 2013
For Youth, Green Jobs Still a Good Start
New America Media, September 27, 2013
Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers Has Been Kept at $2.13 for 21 Years
The Real, September 26, 2013
Will You Qualify for Medi-Cal Under Obamacare?
CHCF Center for Health Reporting, September 24, 2013
Woman Goes 'Behind The Kitchen Door' And Exposes Restaurant Industry
AOL Jobs, September 24, 2013
Sub Par Reporting on the ACA
The Berkeley Blog, September 23, 2013


California Public Employee Relations

CPER Pocket GuidesThis month, CPER is publishing the following new title, the 23rd in our series:
Pocket Guide to Factfinding(1st edition, 2013) by M. Carol Stevens, Janae Novotny, and Janet Cory Sommer. This new title covers the statutory requirements, recommends best practices, and provides the practical basics of factfinding.

And a new edition of Pocket Guide to Unfair Practices: California Public Sector (5th edition, 2013) by Carol Vendrillo and Eric Borgerson. This booklet defines the conduct that is prohibited and explains enforcement under the seven primary statutes that regulate public employment in California.

In early 2014, we will publish Pocket Guide to Workers’ Compensation in California: Public and Private Sectors (2nd edition) by Juliann Sum, revised by John Holstedt.  Reflecting the major changes to the law in 2013, the new edition will provide an overview of workers' compensation law and procedure, a brief history of the law, and a summary of citations to applicable statutes, regulations, and precedent cases.


Center for Culture, Organizations and Politics

New Working Paper:  “Wall Street & California’s Student Debt Crisis.”

Authors: Charlie Eaton and Brian Stewart

This brief shows large student loan debt increases in California since the 2004-2005 school year. Further, we show that the whole public higher education sector — not just students — is paying more than ever to Wall Street. By the academic year ending in 2009-2010, California's public colleges and universities were spending more than $1 billion a year on interest alone for bonds and institutional borrowing. Meanwhile, spending on instruction declined in the California State University (CSU) and community college systems. Spending on auxiliary services, including amenities like dorms and recreation centers, however, increased rapidly. Expansion of such amenities is often financed using bonds marketed by Wall Street banks.

Read the Paper:


Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics (CWED)

CWED Co-Chair Co-Authors Important New Report on Low Wage Work

Arindrajit Dube Sylvia Allegretto is a co-author of “Fast Food, Poverty Wages: The Public Cost of Low-Wage Jobs in the Fast-Food Industry,” a major new study conducted by CWED, The Labor Center and the University of Illinois. The report estimates the public costs of low-wage jobs in the fast-food industry. Due to the combination of low wages, meager benefits, and often part-time hours, many of the families of fast-food workers must rely on taxpayer funded safety net programs to make ends meet. For this analysis we focus on jobs held by core, front-line fast-food workers, defined as non-managerial workers who work at least 10 hours per week for 27 or more weeks a year. The median wage for this workforce is $8.69 an hour. Only 13 percent of the jobs provide health benefits. We found that 52 percent of the families of core front-line fast-food workers are enrolled in one or more public safety-net programs at a cost of nearly $7 billion a year.

This publication has received major media attention, which IRLE tracks at the following URL:


Donald Vial Center on Employment in the Green Economy

CA WorkforceState Workforce Investment Board and Green Collar Jobs Council
Carol Zabin, through her position as Green Collar Jobs Council (GCJC) chair and California Workforce Investment Board appointee, continues to lead the GCJC's work to develop a framework for the jobs and workforce development program elements of state investments in energy efficiency, clean energy, and carbon reduction. The GCJC is currently using this framework to discuss implementation issues related to Proposition 39 investments and to support coordination among the state's energy agencies and the state Labor Agency. The next GCJC meeting will take place Nov 13th, 10a-1p in Oakland. For more information visit:

Proposition 39 Implementation
Proposition 39 allocates up to $550 million per year for five years for energy efficiency and clean energy projects in California’s K-12 public schools and community colleges. It also provides funding for workforce training in energy efficiency and clean energy. The Labor Center green jobs team is working with the state Labor and Workforce Development Agency and the California Energy Commission to provide research and technical assistance to implement the jobs and workforce development aspects of the program, particularly the jobs and workforce reporting requirements for Proposition 39-funded projects.

Right Stuff AwardBlueGreen Alliance Foundation Award
Carol Zabin was honored at the BlueGreen Alliance Foundation’s “Right Stuff Awards Dinner” on October 17th. The Right Stuff Awards Dinner honors government, business, environmental, labor and community leaders who exemplify the BlueGreen Alliance’s mission to promote a sustainable environment and economy. This year’s honorees are distinguished leaders who work to address the critical necessity of preparing our nation’s most basic infrastructure systems for the impacts of climate change.
For more information visit

Contract: Strategic Planning on Workforce for the Investor-Owned Utilities 
The Don Vial Center continues its work as the lead consultant on workforce education and training for the state Investor-Owned Utilities (IOUs). The contract began in June 2013 and will conclude in early 2014. The project team, led by Carol Zabin, also includes the Career Ladders Project and Estolano LeSar Perez Advisors, among others. Now approaching the mid-way point of the project, the team has developed some preliminary recommendations and is beginning the processes of stakeholder engagement and feedback. The recommendations will address job quality standards for the IOUs' investments in energy efficiency programs in California, policies to promote good career pathways for disadvantaged workers through these investments, and alignment of the IOUs' workforce training funds with the state's existing workforce development assets.

Support for Emerald Cities Collaborative 
The Don Vial Center is assisting the Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC) in implementing a high-road energy efficiency retrofit initiative in LA County. ECC is leading implementation of the Los Angeles County Office of Sustainability's program to retrofit LA County Buildings to zero net standards, and to scale this work throughout southern California via the ratepayer-funded Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN). ECC has organized pre-qualification training for local contractors, and is developing a working partnership with labor, community, and business sectors to discuss how to carry out this program most effectively. The Don Vial Center is providing technical assistance and will be completing a case study on the initiative.


Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library

The Commission on the Future of the UC Berkeley Library Delivers Its Report

In 2010, the University Libraries began a self-study process in response to drastic budget reductions and a high rate of retirement among academics and staff. The self study gained the attention of the Faculty Senate and eventually the campus administration. In 2011-12 Executive Vice Chancellor George Breslauer charged a blue ribbon committee of faculty members with the task of evaluating every aspect of the University Libraries’ operations as well as its mission.

The results of this work are now available online, and offer a bold vision for what research libraries anywhere can aspire to. The consensus of the authors is that the University Libraries will become more central to the University’s mission as digital media advances, and will also take on new and expanded roles in the educational endeavor.

The Executive Vice Chancellor has said that an initial response to the report will be forthcoming “in a matter of week,” and so a lively campus dialogue will surely follow.

Read the Report:

Editor’s Note:  The IRLE Library is an Affiliated Library of the Berkeley Campus and thus is not part of The University Library’s administrative structure. Although the Affiliated Libraries were not a focus of this study, a presentation covering the Affiliated Libraries was made to the Commission.

California Digital Library News

UC Reprints Collection of Public Domain Texts is Available Again
Remember all those scanned books that Google created?  Good news: the CDL is once again making its reprints collection of digital texts available to read online at not cost. The service also enables you to buy high quality reprint that is delivered from Amazon. These are books that are in the public domain, and there are hundreds of thousands of them. 


UC Open Access Site is Live
The UC Open Access Policy Initiative site is now live, and it includes detailed information for authors who are interested in adding their publications to eScholarship. The site gives very useful information on how to obtain publisher “waivers” and handle “embargo” period.  It is important to note that a large percentage of publishers allow an “author version” to be hosted by eScholarship.


IRLE Librarian Presents Lecture at London Conference
IRLE Librarian Terry Huwe gave a presentation at the Internet Librarian International Conference, which was held at Olympia Conference Centre in London in mid-October. The title of his talk was “The Library as Digital Publisher.” His presentation was preceded by Starr Hoffman, Columbia University, who addressed the broader theme of scholarly communication strategies.



Blum Center for Developing Economies
November 14, 2013
100 Blum Hall
The Philippine Paradox: Growth and the Problem of Inclusivity, Lila Ramos Shahani, Head of Communications, Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cabinet Cluster, Government of the Philippines

Canadian Studies Program (CAN)
November 14, 2013
The Federalization of Immigration in Canada,  Mireille Paquet, Concordia University

Center for Chinese Studies
November 7, 2013
7-8:30 p.m.
0219 Dwinelle Hall
“China Focus presents: Global Waste In and Out of China”, Kate O'Neil and NGO activist Christie Keith will join us for an interactive panel on China's waste issues.

November 13, 2013
2-3:30 p.m.
375 East Asian Library
Western Language Resources for East Asian Studies, Bruce Williams, C. V. Starr East Asian Library
Introduction to locating materials and information in Western languages in the area of East Asian Studies by using library databases, catalogs and other bibliographic tools.

November 20, 2013
PFA Theater
Your Day Is My Night, (U.S., 2013), Lynne Sachs
During the nineteenth century, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the working class often lived in crowded tenements and, out of economic necessity, some shared beds, sleeping in shifts. Today, in Chinatown, shift-bed apartments still exist, tiny rooms filled with mattresses on bunk beds and the floor. In Sachs’s hybrid documentary, the bed is the focus of both personal and political stories of seven Chinese immigrants. Autobiographical monologues—scripted from interviews—are intermixed with verité conversations and reflections on the details of daily life, awakening a unique understanding of Chinese immigration.

Center for Latin American Studies
Monday, November 4, 2013
12:00 pm
370 Dwinelle
“The Economic Effects of Immigration and Immigration Reforms”, Giovanni Peri, UC Davis

Center for Latino Policy Research
Shorb House, 2547 Channing Way
November 7, 2013
“Advocacy Research: Reports from the Field”,
Join us for a panel of presenters from The Greenlining Institute's summer associates program.
Denisse Rojas – Bridges to Health
Jose Antonio Perez – Inequality Research
Alberto Avalos – Claiming Our Democracy
Sydney Cespedes – Economic Equity

Center for Southeast Asia Studies
November 20, 2013
2223 Fulton, 6th Floor, Conference Room
Filipino Migration and the Rethinking of the Family, 1906-2010, Mina Roces, Associate Professor of History and Philosophy, University of New South Wales (Australia)

Economics Department
Economics 237, Macro Economics Workshop
597 Evans Hall

November 12, 2013
"The Decline of the Rust Belt: A Macroeconomic Analysis", David Lagakos, UCSD

Economics 251, Labor Economics Seminar
648 Evans Hall

November 7, 2013
"Effects of Large-scale Youth Employment Subsidies: Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Design", Tomas Rau Binder, Universidad Catolica de Chile

Economics 291, Department Seminar
648 Evans Hall

November 13, 2013
"Where is the Land of Opportunity? The Geography of Intergenerational Mobility in the United States", Raj Chetty, Harvard University

Center for Labor Economics, Labor Lunch Series
648 Evans Hall

November 8, 2013
"Peer and Reallocation Effects based on a Peer Quality Score: Evidence from Random Peer Groups in Higher Education", Petra Maria Thiemann, University of St. Gallen

November 22, 2013
"Integrated sectors - diversified earnings: the (missing) impact of offshoring on wages and wage convergence in the EU27", Joanna Wolszczak-Derlacz, Gdansk University of Technology

Development and Planning, Development Lunch Series
648 Evans Hall
November 5, 2013
“European Immigration and the Human Capital of Natives: Evidence from a Colonization Policy,”, Felipe Gonzalez, UC Berkeley (Economics)

Haas School of Business
Management of Organizations
PHDBA 259S-1, MORS Colloquium
325 Cheit Hall

November 19. 2013
"Do We Want Business Leaders to Be Ethical?", David Mayer, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
Institute for the Study of Societal Issues (ISSI)

CRNAI Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium
November 14, 2013
Alumnae Hall, 2537 Haste St. (between Telegraph Ave. and Bowditch St.)
"The Interface Between Native American Culture, Economic Growth and Institutions",  Duane Champagne, Professor of Sociology, American Indian Studies, and Law, UC Los Angeles

Sociology Department
Public Sociology Forum
November 6, 2013
402 Barrows Hall

“Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time”, with Ira Katznelson and panelists Margaret Weir, Dylan Riley and Loic Wacquant