October 2006 (No. 16)
Editor: Terence K. Huwe
Contributors: Elizabeth del Rocío Camacho, Janice Kimball


IIR News & Events
60th Anniversary Celebration
IIR Colloquium Series, October 2006
Wall Street Journal Features Living Wage Debate
The Library Commons Reopens
Clair Brown publishes new book on Economic Turbulence
The Interdisciplinary Immigration Workshop:  New Website
Visiting Scholar Carolina Carbajal de Nova Lectures in Milan

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


Campus News and Events
Center for Latin American Studies
Economics Department
Demography Department
Haas School of Business
Institute of Governmental Studies




IIR NEWS & EVENTS


60th Anniversary Celebration:  November 17, 2006
 
The program and day’s celebratory events will soon be widely broadcast. In the mean time, mark your calendars and plan to attend this full day of engaging scholarly dialogue and celebrations.




IIR Colloquium Series, October 2006
Held in the IIR Conference Room
2521 Channing Way
RSVP:  Myra Armstrong, zulu2@berkeley.edu
 

Monday, October 9, 2006 – 12PM
"Why Comply?: Civil Rights Enforcement in the Workplace"
Sean Farhang, Professor of Public Policy, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley
 
 
Monday, October 16, 2006 –12 pm
 "Moving Up in the New Economy"
Joan Fitzgerald, Professor,
Director, Law, Policy, and Society Program
Director, Urban Studies Minor,
Northeastern University.
 
 
Wednesday, October 18, 2006 – 12PM
"Uncovering the American Dream:  Inequality and Mobility in Social Security Earnings Data since 1937"
Emmanuel Saez, Professor of Economics
Joint with Wojciech Kopczuk,Columbia University and Jae Song, Social Security Administration
 
 
Monday, October 30, 2006 – 12PM
"Inequality, Opportunity, and Regional Innovation:  Workforce Development in New York and San Francisco"
Karen Chapple, Professor, City & Regional Planning, UC Berkeley






Wall Street Journal Features Living Wage Debate
 
Michael Reich and Richard Epstein, professor and director of the University of Chicago's Law and Economics program, have had a sustained dialogue about living wage issues, which is freely accessible on the Wall Street Journal's Blog site.  The dialogue has several back-and-forth interchanges which include references to substantive research on the topic.  Take a look at: http://forums.wsj.com/viewtopic.php?t=28&highlight=econoblog



The Library Commons Opens
 
After a year’s planning, the Library Commons reopens on October 2. See more information below, under Library news.




Clair Brown Publishes Economic Turbulence: Is a Volatile Economy Good for America?
 
Clair has two co-authors, John Haltiwanger and Julia Lane.  Full citation:
 
"Economic Turbulence: Is a Volatile Economy Good for America?
Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2006. 212 pages • $21.00
 
Description:
 
National economies are naturally turbulent and ours is no exception. On any given day, companies come and go and jobs are lost and created. But it's the lost jobs that create a buzz. Evening news reports from folks like Lou Dobbs and others routinely paint a gloomy picture of lost “good” jobs and a middle class shrinking in size and fortune. But, according to three leading labor economists, volatility may not necessarily be a bad thing. Julia Lane, John Haltiwanger, and Clair Brown set out on a rigorous research project to find out what the true effect of all this turbulence is on American jobs and firms. Their conclusions, presented here in Economic Turbulence, will astound many of those who have grown accustomed to the popular view that this cycle of creation and destruction is harmful to the economy.
 
Though factors like technological change, increased international competition, and shifts in consumer demand play a role in the chaotic changes that lead firms to grow and shrink, turbulence, in several ways, strengthens the American economy by forcing it to become more flexible. Commandeering census and interview data based on millions of workers in five key and diverse sectors of the American economy­financial services, retail food services, trucking, semiconductors, and software­the authors untangle many of the complex relationships that exist between turbulence and firm performance/survival and on workers' wages and job ladders. In the course, they also reveal many of the damaging effects of such tumult on certain areas of the economy.
 
The bottom line is that newspaper and television anecdotes about lost jobs and disappearing career ladders typically fail to recognize that there are both winners and losers from economic turbulence. Providing fact-based evidence about the real effect of all this change on workers and the firms that employ them, Economic Turbulence changes forever what we thought we knew about this phenomenon.





The Interdisciplinary Immigration Workshop:  New Website
 
Irene Bloemraad’s Interdisciplinary Immigration Workshop has a new Website, which will be of considerable interest to those who study the many issues surrounding immigration and emigration.  The site will grow over time, and includes syllabi, a news Blog (contributor:  Janice Kimball), links to resources, guides to literature, and members-only services for Workshop participants.  The site was designed by the IIR Library’s Elizabeth del Rocio Camacho, who worked closely with students and Irene.  The site may be found at:
 
http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/immigration





Carolina Carbajal de Nova Lectures in Milan
 

IIR Visiting Scholar Carolina Carbajal de Nova is presenting a lecture titled “Health Investment and Equity in Mexico” at the the XVII Annual Conference of the Latin Association for the Health System Analysis, CALASS 2006, which will take place October 5-7 at the University of Bocconi in Milán, Italy.  The conference is organized by the Latin Association for Health Systems.




IIR Unit News



Labor Center News
 
Cheryl Brown has joined CLRE as an Academic Specialist, and will lead programs for the Leadership Development Team including the California Union Leadership School.
 
CLRE has a new but familiar face in the Administrative Unit in Kathleen Seasons, who is working for us temporarily while we hire a permanent staff member. Kathleen had previously worked in the front desk for IIR, also on a temporary basis.
 
CLRE just completed its first Latino Leadership School in mid-September. It was a great success by all accounts, bringing together community organizers and union representatives from small and large cities within the Central Valley. Led by Academic Specialist Veronica Carrizales and other instructors, with the assistance of Karen Navarro, it was taught entirely in Spanish.
 
Annual Report on Wages and Jobs
 
Released on Labor Day 2006, the Labor Center's new report "Where Have All the Wages Gone? Jobs and Wages in 2006" describes a grim economic climate for workers in California and the nation. Despite rising productivity and corporate profits, wages for workers in California have remained stagnant for the past year, while pay throughout the United States is failing to keep pace with inflation. The report and other Labor Day presentations can be downloaded at:
 
http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/press/index.shtml





California Public Employee Relations News
 
CPER has been really busy and we have BIG news! 
 
New CD/DVD
We've rolled out two incredible, searchable databases that will significantly add to the resources for public sector practitioners…and considerably shorten research time. We call this new offering “Digital Intelligence for the Public Sector.”

First, we have compiled on a single CD the summaries of all Public Employment Relations Board decisions as they appear in CPER, from PERB Dec. No. 1, in 1976, through Dec. No. 1835, in 2006. This disk allows keyword searches of concise distillations of all PERB decisions. You can execute single or multiple word searches, or Boolean queries. The data includes summaries of PERB rulings from all issues of CPER, through June 2006, including cases that appeared in Special Editions and the Special Reporting Series.

The second disk, a DVD, is even more thorough. It includes every article plus the PERB summaries mentioned above from the entire CPER collection, from issue No. 1 through the recent CPER No. 178. Over 35 years worth of CPER articles have been collected and are now completely searchable!

Both databases are available for sale on our website, http://cper.berkeley.edu/.  CD and DVD buyers automatically will be registered as purchasers and notified of all updates to these digital archives. The CD is only $60 and the DVD is just $140. This unique project brings online over three decades of public sector bargaining history, court decisions, legislative developments, and PERB case law.
 
CPER No. 180 (October 2006)
We also just sent CPER Journal No. 180 to press.  Attorney Martin Fassler (Law Offices of Robert J. Bezemek) writes about First Amendment protections for public employees in the wake of the recent Supreme Court decision Garcetti v. Ceballos.

In what is sure to stir controversy, management-side attorney Michael Blacher (Liebert Cassidy Whitmore) asks: ”K-12 Teacher Termination Hearings: Are They Worth the Cost?” The December issue of CPER will have an interesting response from the California Teachers Association, who will beg to differ!

CPER Editor Carol Vendrillo covers how Claremont Police Officers Assn. v. City of Claremont recognized effects bargaining, and CPER Associate Editor Katherine Thomson writes how arbitrators can rule on the legal defense to a grievance.

In a topic close to home, CPER Associate Editor Eric Borgerson gives a thorough analysis of the case San Francisco Chronicle v. Regents of the University of California, where it's not clear who won or who lost. The Chronicle successfully obtained a declaratory ruling that the regents violated state open meeting laws by “taking action” in closed committees on compensation proposals for top-level executives and officers…and the court ordered that future action take place in open session. But, the court found “consideration” of compensation in closed session permissible, and it neither ordered past records disclosed nor future meetings tape recorded.

Other Recent Developments cover a two-week strike that left Sacramento County figuring out how to haul its garbage; concessions to Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa that could be detrimental to the L.A. Unified School District; major state bargaining stories; and more.

Other News
Carol Vendrillo and Katherine Thomson will be representing CPER at the 2006 conference on Labor and Employment Law presented by the National Labor Relations Board Regions 20 and 32, the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, Industrial Relations Research Association, and the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco, in San Francisco on October 19, 2006.





Center for the Study of Child Care Employment

With the release of the California Statewide Early Care and Education Study, funded by First 5 California, CSCCE staff have been making frequent presentations on the study findings around the state.  Most recently, we have addressed a legislative hearing in Sacramento, California Department of Education staff, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction's P-16 Council, First 5 Marin County, and First 5 Santa Clara County.
 
Interest is also running high for a new UCB academic program that CSCCE was instrumental in launching. The Undergraduate Minor in Interdisciplinary Studies in Early Childhood will be open for enrollment in Winter 2007, and was featured in a page-one article in the September 14 Daily Californian.
 
For a full listing of CSCCE activities, take a look at their Web site, at:
http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/cscce





Institute of Industrial Relations Library News

The Library Commons Opens
 
Everyone is invited to visit the Library Commons.  Policies for use will be available soon.  However, we are still working on finishing touches, despite September 29’s Dedication event.  The Library is open to the public under our regular hours starting Monday, October 2, but the stacks are closed and access to the collection is by paging only. This restriction will be in place for the next several weeks.  Staff will be happy to help IIR community members as needed.
 
New GSR:  Oriana Sandoval
 
Oriana Sandoval (The Goldman School, 2007) is working with Terry Huwe and Clair Brown on two special projects:  preparatory work for IIR faculty working groups with Terry, and the 60th Anniversary’s Poster Session presentations, with Clair.  Oriana will be contacting many faculty members and units staff in connection with these projects.
 
Interdisicplinary Immigration Workshop:  Another Blog!
 
Irene Bloemraad’s workshop has a new Web site courtesy of Elizabeth del Rocio Camacho, and also a new Weblog covering Immigration in the News.  A Blog digest of news and events is sent out to members of the Immigration Workshop.  Janice Kimball, premier blogger at IIR, is the author and contributor, so you can be sure that it will be well worth reading.  IIR community members who would like to receive the digest (brief in scope, but including links to news) should email Terry Huwe to added to the Digest distribution.
 
IIR Librarian Lectures in London
 
Terry Huwe is giving a presentation in London called “Networking in the New Library Environment:  Extending Library Roles with New Technology, on October 16.”  The presentation will be given at Internet Librarian International, a global conference with substantial attendance from the developing world.
 
Campus Task Force on “Learning Spaces”
 
The University Library’s head of educational initiatives, in collaboration with campus IT leaders, has charged a cross-functional team to study the future design of library spaces, in the context of online learning and new technologies.  Terry Huwe will serve on this body­the invitation to serve is probably connected with the fact that IIR now has a 21st Century Library Commons that is forward looking in design.




Labor Project for Working Families News
 
The Labor Project and the IIR co-sponsored a conference on Sept 8th on "Working Time for Working Families: The Way ahead for California" which brought together policy makers, unions academics and some international guest to examine innovative policies on work time from the U.S. and abroad.  The conference came up with some policy recommendations for California.
 

We have a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to develop outreach materials to unions on workplace flexibility.  Materials being developed include a "flex packet", and a new website due out in January 2007.



Campus News and Events



Center for Latin American Studies

October 2, 2006
Monday
6:pm
Toll Room, UC Berkeley Alumni House
 
Panel Discussion
"Trade, Development and the Americas"
Ricardo Lagos, David Bonior, and Harley Shaiken
 
October 3, 2006
Tuesday
12:30-1:30pm
CLAS Graduate Student Brown Bag Lunch
“Enforcement and Compliance with Labor Regulation
Lucas Ronconi
 
October 16, 2006
Monday
12:pm
Lounge, UC Berkeley’s Women’s Faculty Club
“Afta Thoughts of Nafta”
Brad DeLong, UC Berkeley




Economics Department

Economics Seminars (Selected)
 
Economics 251, Labor Economics Seminar
608-7 Evans Hall
Thursdays
2-4pm
 
October 6, 2006
Friday
12-1:30 p.m.
608-7 Evans
“Delaying Retirement to Pay for College”
Elizabeth Weber Handwerker, UC Berkeley
 
October 12, 2006
“Semiparametric Estimation of Local Marginal Returns to Schooling
with Unobserved Heterogeneity”
Tomas Rau Binder, University of California, Berkeley
 
October 19, 2006
“Reacting to Rankings: Evidence from "America's Best Hospitals and Colleges"”
Devin Pope, University of California, Berkeley
 
October 26, 2006
“The Unequal Geographic Burden of Federal Taxation and Its Consequences:
A Case for Tax Deductions?”
David Yves Albouy, University of California, Berkeley
 
 
Economics 291 Department Seminar
608-7 Evans Hall
Wednesday
4-5:30 p.m.
 
October 25, 2006
Xavier Gabaix, M.I.T. with Augustin Landier
Why Has CEO Pay Increased So Much?




Demography Department
 
Fall 2006 Brown Bag Lunches
 
Wednesdays
Seminar Room
12:10-1:pm
2232 Piedmont Ave
 
October 4, 2006
“Estimating the Effect of First Born Timing on Women’s Long-Run Wages”
Jane Herr, Economics Department, UC Berkeley
 
October 11, 2006
“Incarceration on Transitioning to Marriage: Do Women and Men Pay the Same Marital Cost for Prior Incarceration?”
Brian Sykes, Sociology and Demography Departments, UC Berkeley




Haas School of Business
 
The Institutional Analysis Workshop
Thursdays
4:10-6:pm
C325 Cheit Hall
 
October 26, 2006
"Wage Policies and Incentives to Invest in Firm-Specific Human Capital"
George Baker, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
 
OBIR Colloquium
Wednesdays
4-5:30pm
Haas Room C-325

October 4, 2006
Chris Rider and Caneel Joyce, PhD Students, Haas
 
October 11, 2006
Jesper Sorensen, Stanford University
 
October 18, 2006
Douglas Guthrie, New York University
 
October 25, 2006
Glenn Carroll, Stanford University




Institute of Governmental Studies
 
Harris Room, 119 Moses Hall
12:pm
 
October 6, 2006
Friday
Business and Government Seminar
“Government Regulation of Executive Compensation”
Jesse Fried, Boalt School of Law, UC Berkeley