October 2011 (No. 53)

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


In This Issue:

Especially Recommended:
October 19, IRLE Colloquium: Heather Haveman, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
October 24, IRLE Colloquium: JoEllen Pozner, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

IRLE News and Events
Governor Brown and AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka Speak at Labor Center Gala Event
IRLE Fall Reception: October 12, 2011, 3:30-5:30
IRLE Colloquium Series
2011-12 Visiting Scholars

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 Interdisciplinary Immigration Workshop
The Labor Project for Working Families


IRLE News and Events

IRLE Fall Reception: October 12, 2011, 3:30-5:30

IRLE will hold its fall reception on the 12th in the Large Conference Room, 3:30-5:30.

For further information: contact Myra Armstrong at zulu2@berkeley.edu


IRLE Colloquium Series, October-November

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, zulu2@berkeley.edu

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 12pm –1pm
Heather Haveman, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
“Press and Pulpit:   The Growth of Religious Magazines in Antebellum America”

MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 12pm –1pm
Jo-Ellen Pozner, Haas School of Business
**Title: To Be Announced

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”


IRLE Visiting Scholars, 2011-2012

IRLE is pleased to welcome the following group of distinguished young and senior academics under its Visiting Scholars and Post-Doctoral Program.

Randall Akee – USA

Randall Akee is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. His research topics cover a wide range, from a survey of remittances in India to forced assimilation and labor market outcomes. He will be at the IRLE from September 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012 and is sponsored by David Card.

Arie Arnon – Israel

Arie Arnon is a Professor in the Department of Economics at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. He is working on a research project, “Monetary Theory and Economic Crises in the Twentieth Century.” He will be at IRLE from September 1, 2011 through August 30, 2012 and will be sponsored by Michael Reich.

Yukiko Asai - Japan

Yukiko Asai is a PhD Candidate in Economics at Keio University,Tokyo.
She will be continuing her research on childbearing and its relation to labor supply and labor market outcomes. She will be at IRLE from September, 2011 through September, 2012 and will be sponsored by David Card.

Michael Coelli – Australia

Michael Coelli is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics at the University of Melbourne in Australia. His current research focuses on wage inequality, detailed occupational differences and the gender wage gap, and brain drain in Australia. He will be at the Center for Labor Economics (CLE) from July 25, 2011 through January 25, 2012 and is sponsored by David Card.

Jou-juo Chu – Taiwan

Jou-juo Chu is a Professor of Sociology in the Department of Labor Relations and Institute for Labor Studies at the National Chung Cheng University in Taiwan. She is also the Director at the Research Centre for Global Taiwanese Entrepreneurs. Her research focuses on the brain circulation between Taiwan’s Science Parks and Silicon Valley; building long-distance social and economic networks. She will be at the IRLE from June 16, 2011 through September 20, 2011. Her latest publication: “Gender Occupational Segregation in Taiwan, 1996 vs. 2006,” Asia Journal of Global Studies (2008).

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 2012.

Ellen Friedman – USA

Ellen Friedman is a Visiting Scholar working with Katie Quan, CLRE, at Sun Yat-sen Univeristy in Guangzhou this fall, at the International Center for Joint Labor Research. Ms. Friedman has been a key partner in efforts to build academic linkages between labor scholars in China and the US. She will be here from September, 2011 through September, 2012.

Jenny Jansson – Sweden

Jenny Jansson is a Ph.D Candidate in Political Science at the Department of Government, Uppsala University in Sweden. Her research examines the construction of a strong cohesive identity in the Swedish Trade Union Confederation for blue collar workers, the LO, in the 1920s and 1930s. She was be at the IRLE from January 10, 2011 through August 30, 2011 and will be sponsored by David Collier, Robson Professor of Political Science.

Erin Johansson – USA

Erin Johansson is a Deputy Research Director at American Rights at Work in Washington D.C. and writes an online publication titled Eye on the NLRB. She will be continuing her research, legal analysis, and outreach to support pro-worker reforms by the National Labor Relations Board. She is sponsored by Katie Quan and will be at the IRLE from April 15, 2010 through March 31, 2012.

Murat G. Kirdar – Turkey

Murat G. Kirdar is an Assistant Professor at the Middle East Technical University in Turkey. He will be continuing his research on labor market policies, migration and employment outcomes. He will be at the IRLE from August 25, 2011 through September 6, 2012. His latest publication: “Labor Market Outcomes, Savings Accumulation and Return Migration”, Labour Economics (2009).

Nelson Lind – USA

Nelson Lind is from St. Olaf College and is comparing the current unemployment status with that of the Great Depression, specifically in terms of distribution of unemployment across demographics. He is also examining the impact of the federal government's Community Renewal Initiative using the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics data set recently published by the Census Bureau. Nelson Lind is at the IRLE from August 20, 2010 through August 20, 2011 and is sponsored by David Card.

Richard Murphy


Andre Nahoum – Brazil

Andre Nahoum is a Doctoral Fellow at the International Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Societies. He will be continuing his research on Selling “Cultures”: The Commodification of Indigenous Knowledge. He will be at the IRLE from August 21, 2011 through January 30, 2012 and will be mentored by Neil Fligstein.

Lauro Ramos – Brazil

Lauro Ramos is a Research Economist at IPEA and Editor of the Journal “Mercado de Trabalho – Conjuntura e Analise” in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. His research is with the Center for Equitable Growth at UC Berkeley and focuses on inequality. He will be at the IRLE from February, 2012 through February,2013 and will be mentored by Emmanual Saez, Professor, Economics, UC Berkeley.

Joanna Robinson – Canada

Joanna Robinson recently finished her PhD in Sociology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. She will be completing a cross-national comparative research study on the transition to a post-carbon economy in California and British Columbia. She is at the IRLE from September 30, 2010 through June 30, 2012 with Karen Chapple as her sponsor. Her latest publications: with David Tindall, “Defending the Forest: Chronicles of Protest at Clayquot Sound”; Writing the West Coast: In Love with Place (2008).

Kevin. T. Schnepel - USA

Kevin T. Schnepel is currently working on his PhD in Economics at the University of California – Santa Barbara and is a teaching and research assistant in the field of economics. He is currently working on a research paper titled “Unbalanced Clusters and Accurate Inference.” He will be at the IRLE from February 2011 through December 2011 and will be sponsored by David Card.

Nicole Schneeweis – Austria

Nicole Schneeweis holds a Post-doc position at the Department of Economics at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz. Her research interests are education economics, labor economics, health and fertility. Currently she is working on segregation of migrants in schools and firms and its consequences for migrants’ economic outcomes. Nicole is mentored  by David Card and at IRLE from July 2011 through June 2012.

Robert Scholte

Robert Scholte is a PhD Candidate in Economics at the VU University Amsterdam in the Netherlands. His current research focuses on long-run effects of early-life conditions on labor market and health outcomes. He will be at the Center for Labor Economics at the IRLE from September 2011 through December 2011 and will be sponsored by David Card.

Robert Smith – USA

Robert Smith is a PhD candidate in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California - Berkeley. He will be continuing his research on fair labor standards, specifically comparative study of working sharing programs. He will be at IRLE from January 17, 2011 through December 31, 2011 and will be sponsored by Karen Chapple.

Ilan Tojerow – Belgium

Ilan Tojerow is a visiting researcher from Universite Librede Bruxelles, Belgium, whose research interest is ‘the impact of international trade on the wage structure’. He is at the IRLE from September 2009 through August 11, 2011. His sponsor is Professor David Card.

Helena Worthen – USA

Helena Worthen is a Clinical Associate Professor Emeritus at the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois. She is also the Vice President of the United Association for Labor Education. She will be continuing her research in labor education, workforce training, and economic development. She is sponsored by Ken Jacobs and will be at IRLE from August 18, 2011 through May 31, 2012.



Governor Brown, Chancellor Birgeneau and AFL-CIO President Trumka Attend the UC Berkeley Labor Center’s “Evening with the All Stars” Gala Celebration

The Labor Center hosted a glittering “Evening with the All-Stars” fundraiser, honoring some of the brightest labor stars in California and our nation on September 22 at the UC Berkeley Art Museum. The Labor Center is the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment’s leading community outreach and research program, and it honors a mix of civic leaders and workers each year.

California Governor Jerry Brown, UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau joined in the celebration of the spirit of working people. California State Controller John Chiang and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka were also in attendance, and both received All-Star awards that evening.

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

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

Michael Reich, Professor of Economics and IRLE’s faculty director, commented that the excitement and energy was palpable. “It is all too rare that working people are celebrated for their contributions to society, and so this event fills an important gap,” he said. “We are especially pleased that both Chancellor Birgeneau and the governor attended, as they are leading spokesmen not only for working people, but also for students who face many challenges simply to arrive at the door of the University of California.”

The Labor Center is proud to have been able to honor these inspiring and public-spirited individuals and groups, and we are grateful for the support of our generous sponsors.


New Report
Economic Impact of Low Income Health Program Spending on Select California Counties
by Laurel Lucia, September 7, 2011
This analysis projects the impact that the Low Income Health Program is likely to have on economic output, tax revenue and employment in nine select California counties: Fresno, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego and Santa Clara.
Can be downloaded at http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/healthpolicy/Economic_Impact_LIHP_final11.pdf


Hey the Boss Just Called Me Into the Office! The Weingarten Decision and the Right to Representation on the Job
The booklet that every worker should have! We just released the fourth edition, updated and revised by David Rosenfeld, Caren Sencer, and Jannah V. Manansala. Visit http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu to order copies at $8 each with discounts for bulk orders.

Upcoming Trainings

Organizing to Scale Seminar
Date: November 14 –16, 2011
Application deadline: October 14, 2011
A 3-day seminar for union organizing directors and campaign directors to delve into cutting edge ways of conceiving, planning and implementing new external organizing campaigns. The Organizing to Scale seminar will provide a space where organizing and campaign directors can explore ways to reshape market conditions to create real density in an industry, sector or craft by unionizing a critical mass of workers. For more information or to register please visit our website http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu.

Upcoming Book Events

We’ve planned a full autumn of book readings with authors writing about a variety or worker stories. All events will be held at the IRLE Building, 2521 Channing Way, Berkeley. Modern Times Bookstore will provide a selection of pertinent books and readings for purchase.

A discussion with William B. Gould IV, author of Bargaining with Baseball: Labor Relations in an Age
of Prosperous Turmoil

Tuesday, October 4, 2011, 6:30 pm
In 1995, William B. Gould IV, then chairman of the National Labor Relations Board, cast the deciding vote to obtain the injunction that ended the longest strike in baseball history. Sixteen years of peaceful relations between baseball labor and management have followed, as well as unprecedented prosperity in a relationship that had just endured 30 years of strikes and lockouts. This study clearly illustrates the practical impact of law on America’s pastime, and considers the 140-year sweep of labor-management relationships and conflict.

A discussion with William M. Adler, author of The Man Who Never Died: The Life, Times, and Legacy of
Joe Hill, American Labor Icon

Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 5:30 pm
In 1914, Joe Hill was convicted of murder in Utah and sentenced to death by firing squad, igniting international controversy. Many believed Hill was innocent, condemned for his association with the Industrial Workers of the World-the radical Wobblies. Now, William M. Adler gives us the first full-scale biography of Joe Hill, and presents evidence that comes as close as one can to definitively exonerating him. Hill’s tale is set between the century’s turn and World War I, when the call for industrial unionism struck a deep chord among disenfranchised workers; when class warfare raged and capitalism was on the run.

A discussion with Gabriel Thompson, author of Working in the Shadows: A Year of Doing the Jobs
(Most) Americans Won‘t Do
Wednesday, December 7, 2011, 5:30 pm
What is it like doing the back-breaking work of immigrants? To find out, Gabriel Thompson spent the year working alongside Latino immigrants, who initially thought he was either crazy or an undercover immigration agent. As one coworker explained, “These jobs make you old quick.” Combining personal narrative with investigative reporting, Thompson shines a bright light on the underside of the American economy, exposing harsh working conditions, union busting, and lax government enforcement–while telling the stories of workers, undocumented immigrants and desperate US citizens alike, forced to live with chronic pain in the pursuit of $8 an hour.

Recent Press Coverage

Op-Ed by Laurel Lucia in the San Francisco Chronicle, September 22, 2011.
“AB101 would help stabilize child care system”

Ken Jacobs in the Wall Street Journal, September 21, 2011
Menu Surcharge Can Be Misleading http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904106704576580782559817272.html?mod=googlenews_wsj


California Public Employee Relations

CPER Online Journal

CPER just “published” its second online-only edition (No. 203). The first made its appearance in June. The new format offers readers real-time updates on court decisions and current events, and provides a format for reader’s to share commentary.

In this issue, CPER gives readers a preview 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. This is the first of three chapters CPER will publish covering the history of public sector organizing. 

Attorney Chris Platten (Wylie, McBride, Platten and Renner) writes about the legal support for pension proposals that would reduce the accrual of pension benefits for existing employees. His article will be followed by an opposing opinion in CPER No. 204. Attorney Frances Rogers (Liebert Cassidy Whitmore) covers an issue that is relevant to many readers: “Can a public employer be held liable for negligence because the employer accidentally disclosed the names, addresses, telephone numbers, marital status, and Social Security numbers of 1,750 former employees?”

Recent developments in the next issue include coverage of new cases involving retaliation under the Fair Employment and Housing Act and the Petition Clause; the scope of a teacher’s qualified immunity to make statements in the classroom; the state of school employee layoffs and school funding; and a Southern California town that is trying to contract out half its workforce,

CPER Pocket Guide Series

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. Before the year’s over, we will publish new editions to Pocket Guide to the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act, and to our best-seller, Pocket Guide to the Peace Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act.

CPER Seminar Series
 November 4, in Sacramento, CPER Co-Director Katherine Thomson is leading “Due Process Rules! Before, During and After Termination of Public Employees.”


CPER will have a table at the California Teachers Association Annual Convention, in Reno, October 1; at the California Employment Law Association in Monterey, October 28-29, and at CALPELRA, also in Monterey, November 28-December 1.


Center for the Study of Child Care Employment


(CSCCE) recently published three reports. CSCCE and the National Institute for Early Education Research have jointly published a NIEER Policy Brief:

  • Degrees in Context: Asking the Right Questions about Preparing Skilled and Effective Teachers of Young Children. Jointly published with the National Institute for Early Education Research.


  • Professional Development Needs of Directors Leading in a Mixed Service Delivery Preschool System. This article was published in the Spring 2011 volume of Early Childhood Research & Practice.

The third report studies quality rating and improvement systems (QRISs), which have increasingly become the key strategy for improving the quality of early care and education.

  • Staff Preparation, Reward, and Support: Are Quality Rating and Improvement Systems Including All of the Key Ingredients Necessary for Change? This paper examines the extent to which Quality Rating and Improvement Systems support the professional development of practitioners.


For more information or to access these reports, visit the CSCCE website at


Center for Wage and Employment Dynamics

Associate Chair Sylvia Allegretto is the co-author of a chapter in the forthcoming book, Meeting California’s Retirement Security Challenge, edited by Nari Rhee.

Her chapter is titled: California Workers’ Retirement Prospects. By Sylvia A. Allegretto, Nari Rhee, Joelle Saad-Lessler and Lauren Schmitz.

CWED in the News

Associate Chair Allegretto was recently quoted in TIME:

Allegretto also presented commentary and analysis during a two hour live radio show on National Pacifica Radio around President Obama’s recent jobs speech.

September 20th KALW ‘Your Call’ Program podcast:

Sylvia Allegretto Contributes to the Berkeley Blog

Associate Chair Allegretto will publish in the Berkeley Blog on policy and employment issues. Her most recent contributions:



Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library

Library Hosts AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka

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

California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO Repository is Up to Date!

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

IRLE Library Collection Continues to Serve Up Course Reserves

As fall term progresses, the Library collection has once again been tapped heavily by a number of courses for reserve reading. This local demand is linked to the lack of availability of books at other locations, for a variety of reasons.


IRLE Librarian Publishes Feature Article

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


The Interdisciplinary Immigration Workshop

Now in its 9th year, the Interdisciplinary Immigration Workshop provides a unique forum for sharing academic research related to immigration.  Members circulate and comment on works-in-progress and provide an interdisciplinary environment to learn more about immigration. For those who cannot attend meetings, you also join virtually by signing up for our listserv dedicated to immigration-related events and academic opportunities.  For more information, contact Professor Irene Bloemraad at bloemr@berkeley.edu.


Meeting Schedule, Fall 2011

September, 23, 2011
1st Presenter: Sarah Garding, Political Science
“External inclusiveness of citizenship” (dissertation chapter)
Respondent: Brendan Shanahan, History
2nd Presenter: Catherine Barry, Sociology/Demography
“'Moving On Up?' Decision-Making and Institutional Strategies for Mobility among First- and Second-Generation Immigrants: The Case of the U.S.
Military Institution” (chapter)
Respondent: Morris Levy, Political Science

October 7, 2011
1st Presenter: Edwin Lin, Sociology
“Chinese in South Africa: an immigrant perspective of development” (Prospectus)
Respondent: Fabiana Silva, Sociology
2nd Presenter: Sun Kim Sociology
“Second Generation at the Intersection of Market and Politics”
Respondent: Akasemi Newsome, Political Science

October 21, 2011
1st Presenter: Chris Fiorello, Sociology
“Within and Without: An ethnographic analysis of Yemeni niche workers in Oakland and Manhattan” (NSF)
Respondent: Christian Phillips, Political Science

2nd Presenter: Akasemi Newsome, Political Science
“Immigrants and Unions in the European Metal Sector”
Respondent: Lindsay Bayham, Sociology

1st November 4, 2011
Presenter: Fabiana Silva, Sociology
“The differential effect of social networks on Mexican immigrant men and women's employment outcomes”
Respondent: Heidy Sarabia, Sociology

2nd Presenters: Morris Levy, Political Science (with Aaron Chalfin)
“Immigration from Mexico and U.S. Natives' Employment: Evidence from Mexican Sending States' Birth Cohort Sizes”
Respondent: Catherine Barry

December 2, 2011
1st Presenter: Heidy Sarabia
“Cosmopolitans in the Global South: Cross-border Practices of Mexican Tourists along the US-Mexico Border”
Respondent: Sarah Garding
2nd Presenter: Brendan Shanahan
“Nativist discourse and multifaceted interactions with les nouveaux venus: French Canada responds to mass immigration, 1896-1914”
Respondent: Dani Carrillo


Labor Project for Working Families

Jenya Cassidy from the Labor Project for Working Families lead a training for union leaders of AFSCME DC 57 on September 24.  The training, entitled  In it for the Long Haul: Balancing Work, Family and Union focused on strategies for self-nurturing while staying committed to work and union activism.

The California Work & Family Coalition (coordinated by the Labor Project for Working Families) has successfully advocated for the passage of SB 299, a bill to guarantee health insurance coverage during pregnancy leave. SB 299 has passed the state legislature and is now moving on to the Governor's desk. For more information, visit http://workfamilyca.org/blog/?p=126



Demography Department

Brown Bag Seminars
2232 Piedmont Avenue
12:10 to 1:00

October 5, 2011
China: Rapid Population Aging and the Economy.
Judith Banister Director of Global Demographics at The Conference Board, and visiting Professor at Stanford University

October 12, 2011
Time to Quit Your Day Job? Retirement and Subjective Well-Being.
Elizabeth Mokyr-Horner Public Policy, UC Berkeley


Goldman School of Public Policy

October 4, 2011
Room 250 (Auditorium) - Goldman School of Public Policy
1893 Leroy Avenue (Northeast Corner of Leroy and Hearst)

Headwinds and Tailwinds: The Path Forward for the U.S. Economy.
Jason Furman, White House, Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Principal Deputy Director of the National Economic Council


Graduate Division (Archaeological Research Facility)

October 6, 2011
2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

Diffusion, Deflection and Diversity: A Geographic Perspective on Contemporary Immigration. Marie D. Price, Professor of Geography and International Affairs at George Washington University


Sociology Department

Departmental Colloquium Series
Blumer Room
420 Barrows Hall
2:00 - 3:30 PM

October 3, 2011
Is Brown the New Black? Latino Incorporation and the Dynamics of Ethnic Replacement in New Immigrant Destinations.
Laura López-Sanders, UC Berkeley