September 2009 (37)

Editor: Terence K. Huwe
Contributors: Dan Bellm, Stefanie Kalmin, Janice Kimball, Jenifer MacGillvary, Vibhuti Mehra, Dick Walker

Especially Recommended:
A Conversation with Nelson Lichtenstein
Thursday, September 17, 2009
12 noon to 1:30
2521 Channing Way
More information: 510-643-1573 or

IRLE News & Events
Fall Colloquium Series Announced
IRLE Director Michael Reich Presents New Research at the International Labour Organisation
New Sponsored Research: The National Science Foundation Funds Clair Brown
Will Dow and Arin Dube publish on the Op-Ed Page of the New York Times
Sylvia Allegretto Publishes a New Report on Long Term Job Loss
IRLE Visiting Scholars, 2009-10

Campus Events Note: eNews will begin campus coverage in the October issue

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


Fall Colloquium Series Announced

IRLE is pleased to announce the fall 2009 Colloquium Series. Fuller information on each presentation will be made available on the IRLE Web as each event draws near.

All presentations will be made in the Large Conference Room at IRLE, 2521 Channing Way. A light lunch will be served.

Additional information:

Monday, September 14 - 12pm - 1pm: William Lester, IRLE
Title: "The Impact of Living Wage Laws on Employment in California Cities"

Wednesday, September 23 - 4pm - 5pm: Yoshi-Fumi Nakata, Doshisha University, Japan
Title: "Japanese Engineers' Work Motivation and Skill Development"

Monday, September 28 - 12pm - 1pm: Gillian Lester, Berkeley Law School
Title: "Means Testing, Universalism, and the Formation of Social Preferences"

Monday, October 5 - 12 pm - 1pm: Laura Kray, Haas School of Business
Title: "Stereotype Threat in Organizations"

Monday, October 14 - 4 pm - 5:30 pm: Ruth Milkman, UCLA and CUNY Graduate Center
Title: "Broken Laws, Unprotected Workers: Violations of Employment and Labor Laws in America's Cities"

Monday, October 19 - 12pm- 1pm: Paul Ryan, King's College London
Title: "When Trainees at the Workplace Organize Collective Action to Improve their Situations: Apprentices and TAs"

Monday, October 26 - 12 Pm - 1pm: Jo-Ellen Pozner, Haas School of Business
Title: "Repeat Offenders in Organizational Wrongdoing: Do Recidivists Face Worse Penalties than One-Timers?"

Monday, November 2 - 12 Pm - 1pm: James Lincoln, Haas School of Business
Title: "A Network Perspective on Geographic Competition: Market Entry Decisions of Japanese Subsidiaries in Global Markets"

Monday, November 16 -12 Pm - 1pm: Robin Archer, London School of Economics
Title: TBA

Monday, November 30 - 12 Pm - 1pm: Neil Fligstein, Sociology
Title: "The Anatomy of the Mortgage Securitization Crisis"


IRLE Director Michael Reich Lectures at the International Labour Organisation's "Regulating Decent Work" Conference

Professor Reich was a lead presenter at the ILO event. His presentation was titled "Labor Standards in the US: New Directions and New Evidence." The conference brought together a large cohort of labor researchers from around the globe. Papers and slide presentations are on the ILO Web site, at


New Sponsored Research: NSF Funds Clair Brown

The NSF has awarded Clair Brown, Tim Sturgeon (MIT) and Peter Marsden (Harvard) with a major new grant to study organizations and globalization. The title of the project is "A National Survey of Organizations to Study Globalization, Innovation and Employment."

The three investigators argue that current data resources do not permit satisfactory measurement and analysis of three key processes in our economy – globalization, technological change, and innovation. Consequently the impact of these forces on important outcomes, such as changes in the quality and quantity of domestic employment, is largely unknown. The lack of evidence to guide policymakers is particularly troubling during this time of sharp economic downturn.

Their project makes a contribution by collecting and analyzing new data on global engagement, use of technology, and innovation-related activity by United States organizations. To accomplish, they have developed a National Organization Survey (NOS) that uses a dual frame approach. The first frame consists of a nationally representative sample of public sector and other not-for-profit organizations as well as for-profit firms derived from and linked to a nationally representative survey of workers, the General Social Survey (GSS).

The second frame consists of a representative sample of large for-profit firms, which are more likely to be globally engaged innovators, drawn from the 1,000 largest corporations in the United States. The investigators will use the dual frame survey to study how an organization's domestic jobs relate to its actions regarding innovation, use of technology, outsourcing, and off-shoring.


Will Dow and Arin Dube publish on the Op-Ed Page of the New York Times

Will Dow (Public Health) and Arin Dube (IRLE) have published an editorial that takes a strong position in the "public option" debate that is currently if full swing. A full citation follows below. The editorial may be easily found on the New York Times Web site by search the authors' names.

"A Public Option That Works." By William H. Dow, Arindrajit Dube and Carrie Hoverman Colla New York Times, August 21, 2009.


CWED Researcher Sylvia Allegretto's Paper on Job Loss Provides A Compelling Forecast

Sylvia Allegretto of IRLE's Center for Wage and Employment Dynamics recently published a paper tilted "The Severe Crisis of Job Loss and the Accompanying Surge in Long Term Unemployment." Her co-author is David Stettner, and the paper is available from the National Employment Law Center.

The paper explores the sever nature of the current economic downturn and the resulting job loss, which is not following the conventional patterns of job loss cycles. Long term unemployment has emerged as a much larger problem, and even with the unemployment insurance extensions, hundreds of thousands of unemployed workers are running out of UI benefits. Allgretto and Stettner correctly predicted that as of today, more than a third of unemployed workers have been unemployed for more than six month.

Full citation:
The Severe Crisis of Job Loss and the Accompanying Surge in Long Term Unemployment
By Sylvia Allegretto and Andrew Stettner
May 6, 2009

Press Release:


Visiting Scholars 2009-2010
IRLE Visiting Scholar and Postdoctoral Appointment Program

IRLE welcomes the following scholars during the 2009-10 academic year.

Ciro Avitabile –Italy

Ciro Avitabile, Department of Economics, University of Naples, is doing post-doctoral research in health economics. He is here from August, 2009 through December, 2009 and his sponsor is David Card.

Uschi Backes-Gellner –Switzerland

Uschi Backes-Gellner is a Professor of Business Personnel Economics at University of Zurich. Uschi's research interest is 'the impact of labor market institutions & educational systems'. She is at IRLE from September, 2009 to January, 2010 and is sponsored by Professor Clair Brown.

Kohei Daido –Japan

Kohei Daido is a Professor at Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan and his research interest is work organizations. He will be at IRLE from September, 2009 to August,2010. He is sponsored by Professor James Lincoln, Haas School of Business. His latest publication: "A Behavioral Economic Approach to Performance-based Wage Systems" in Japan Labor Review (2007).

Carlo Gianelle –Italy

Carlo Gianelle is a Visiting Scholar from the Department of Economics at the University of Siena. His current research interests are in social networks and labour mobility, technology and innovation. He will at be IRLE from January, 2009 to December, 2009. He is sponsored by Professor David Card.

Gustavo Gonzaga –Brazil

Gustavo Gonzaga, an alumnus of UC Berkeley, is an Associate Professor from the Department of Economics at the Catholic University of Rio de Janiero. His research interests are in labor economics specifically analyzing the effects of changes in Brazilian market labor institutions. He will be at IRLE from August, 2009 to July, 2010. Michael Reich & David Card are his sponsors.

Martin Halla –Austria

Martin Halla is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Economics at the University of Linz. His research interests are in applied microeconomics, family economics, and labour economics. He will be at IRLE from February, 2009 to April, 2009 and is sponsored by Professor David Card.

Akira Kitamura - Japan

Akira Kitamura is director-general at the Bureau of Equal Employment and Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare in Japan. His research interests are in the issues of technological innovation and the supply and demand of manpower in health care,. He will be at IRLE from September, 2009 through March, 2011 and sponsored by Clair Brown. His latest publication: "Hospital administration under the PFI initiative in U.K."; WAM, November edition, Medical and Social Welfare Corporation (2000).

Thorsten Kogge –Germany

Thorsten Kogge, a Ph.D. Candidate at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, is a visiting student researcher from August, 2009 to February, 2010. He is sponsored by Neil Fligstein. His research interests are in new economic sociology, public administration, and social policy.

Patrice Laroche –France

Patrice Laroche is a Professor in industrial relations. His research activity is in the study of labor and employment relations with a particular emphasis on the analysis of the impact of unions on firm performances. Patrice will be at IRLE from January, 2010 through July, 2010 and is sponsored by George Strauss. His latest publication: "Unions and Profits: A Meta-Regression Analysis" in Industrial Relations- Berkeley (January 2009).

Ben Sand –Canada

Ben Sand is a Postdoctoral Scholar from the University of British Columbia. He is here from September, 2008 through September, 2009 and his current interest is research in labor economics and applied econometrics. David Card is his faculty sponsor.

Zhenlei Shi –China

Zhenlei Shi is an Associate Professor of the School of Economics and Management at the Beijing Jiatong University. His research interest is in Labor Economics. Shi is here from August, 2009 through February, 2010 and is sponsored by Katie Quan. His latest publication: "Human Capital Investment and Poverty Alleviation in the West Rural Area" in Expanding Horizons (2008).

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 here from September, 2009 through August , 2010. His sponsor is David Card.

Zhiyong Wang –China

Zhiyong Wang is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Population and Labor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. His research interests are in capacity building, especially in the field of labor economics and econometrics. He will be at IRLE from August , 2009 through August, 2010. He is sponsored by Michael Reich. His latest publication: Impacts of the Global Financial Crisis on Employment of Rural Migrant Workers in China (2009)

Masa Yasumoto –Japan

Masa Yasumoto is a visiting scholar and professor from Yokohama National University, Japan. He is here from October, 2008 through May, 2009. Masumoto is sponsored by Professor Clair Brown, Economics, UC Berkeley. His research interest is high-tech global value chains in Asia and focuses on the semiconductor and automobile industries.

Ipek Göçmen-Yeginoglu –Turkey

Ipek Göçmen-Yeginoglu is a Doctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne-Germany. Her research interests are in comparative social policy, poverty, political sociology, sociology of religion and civil society. She will be at IRLE August , 2009 through December, 2009. Professor Neil Fligstein is her sponsor.



The Labor Center

An Evening with the All-Stars: Celebrating the Spirit and Strength of Working People
Tickets are still available for the Labor Center's gala fundraiser!
Friday, October 9, 2009
Kaiser Center Auditorium, Oakland
6:00 to 9:00 pm
For more information please visit

A Conversation with Nelson Lichtenstein
Director of the Center for the Study of Work, Labor and Democracy at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and author of The Retail Revolution: How Wal-Mart Created a Brave New World of Business
Thursday, September 17, 2009
12 noon to 1:30 pm

IRLE Building
2521 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA 94805
For more information please contact John Logan at 510-643-1573 or

Upcoming training
Online Media Training for Labor Unions and Community Groups
Thursday & Friday, October 1 & 2, 2009, 9 am to 5 pm
UC Berkeley Labor Center/IRLE Building • 2521 Channing Way • Berkeley, CA 94720
Learn how to use online tools to organize workers and community members and garner media attention.
Cost: $350
Registration deadline: Thursday, September 24, 2009
To register online, visit
For more information, contact Clementina Jara, 510-643-7048;

New Report
Family-Friendly Workplaces: Do Unions Make a Difference?
July 2009, by Jenifer MacGillvary with Netsy Firestein
This report analyzes the "union difference" in family-friendly workplace policies and finds that in areas such as paid family leave, paid sick days, family health insurance, and child-care benefits unionized workers receive more generous family-friendly benefits than their nonunionized counterparts.
Available for download at


California Public Employee Relations: 2008-09 Year in Review

The CPER staff is referring to the most recent issue of CPER Journal (No. 196, August 2009) as "the furlough issue" because it is the "hot" topic everywhere.

The first main article, by Liebert Cassidy Whitmore attorneys Steve Berliner and Alison Neufeld, is titled, appropriately enough, "Furloughs: The Devil's in the Details." Point by point, the authors address voluntary reductions in hours in lieu of layoffs. In the second article, Greg Dannis, of Miller, Brown and Dannis, gives his experienced take on how labor and management can cope at public school bargaining tables. He ponders, "Who would have thought we'd look back and say, 'Those were the good old days!'"

The Recent Developments section is filled with news of budgets and bargaining.

So far this year, CPER has published the following updated editions to our Pocket Guide Series:

Pocket Guide to the Basics of Labor Relations (2nd edition)

Pocket Guide to the Fair Labor Standards Act (2nd edition)

Pocket Guide to the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act (13th edition)

New this year:

Pocket Guide to Layoff Rules Affecting Certificated Employees (1st edition)

Pocket Guide to Layoff Rules Affecting Classified Employees (1st edition)

And to be released in October:

Pocket Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act (3rd edition)

CPER will have materials at several conferences this fall: League of Cities, Wage and Hour Litigation, Meet the Arbitrators, California Employment Lawyers Association, and California Public Employers Labor Relations Association.


Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE)

In addition to ongoing research and continuing programs, CSCCE is engage in two new projects.

The Child Development Division of the California Department of Education has contracted with CSCCE to assess their data collection system for federal quality improvement projects focused on professional development for the early care and education workforce. The Birth to Five Policy Alliance, a consortium of national funders, has approved CSCCE's proposal for a project that will provide information, tools, support and guidance to states working to develop high quality early care and education workforce data system that integrate with other critical components or program and child data and with information systems for K-12 education and broader children's services.

Also, CSSCE will begin data collection in September for the No Single Ingredient study, which examines changes in practice among teachers employed in early childhood settings and participating in bachelor degree completion programs.

Staff news; Dan Bellm, Senior Writer and Editor, has left his position with CSCCE, and his pursuing his literary writing. We miss him and wish him well. We welcome our work study student, Katie Robertson, to our staff this year as a staff research associate.


Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library

California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO Repository is Growing
The Federation's newspaper and newer proceedings have now been accepted and are in process. California AFL-CIO News will grow online to include 1959-1990 by October 30. The earlier issues (1945 and on) will follow, along with the latest issues. Once this work is completed, the newer proceedings (1999-2006) will be processed.

Jack Henning's Papers: A Home at UC Berkeley
The IRLE Library is working with the Bancroft Library to arrange for the papers of Jack Henning to be housed at UC Berkeley, preferably at the Bancroft Library. The Bancroft Library conducted an oral history of Jack during the 1990s and has already expressed interest in the collection. Jack Henning was the long-time Secretary-Treasurer of the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, and was Ambassador to New Zealand under President Jimmy Carter. He is one of the most prominent figures in California's labor history, and this acquisition will have long term value for scholars.

OskiCat–UC Berkeley's New Catalog–Some Key Facts to Remember
The new campus Library catalog is known as OskiCat. Many users have remarked to library staff that they have had a good experience with the utility–and we were pleased to hear that. However, here are few details to keep in mind, to make sure you stay on OskiCat's "good side: "

  • Faculty are limited to 300 items at a time, graduates and visiting scholars are limited to 200
  • The replacement cost for lost books is now $150
  • Items that circulate one day or two hours may accrue fines up to $50

Now for the good news: the IRLE Library does not assess these fines on members of the IRLE community! But be forewarned when managing your loaned items from other locations.


Labor Project for Working Families

Labor Project Report on Unions and Family-Friendly Workplaces This summer, the Labor Project for Working Families with the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education (CLRE) released a new report that shows that unionized workplaces are more likely to offer family-friendly policies like paid family leave, paid sick days, and family health insurance. The report entitled "Family-Friendly Workplaces –Do Unions Make a Difference?" also shows that unionized workers are more likely to be informed about important laws such as the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and have fewer worries about taking leave. To download the full report go to