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Many More Californians Likely to be Without Health Insurance in Next 5 Years
San Francisco Chronicle | November 27, 2018
Reviews Labor Center’s analysis of changes to the ACA’s individual mandate penalty

Boosting Workers’ Hours May Be Solution to Holiday Hiring Woes
Society for Human Resource Management | November 19, 2018
Features new data from The Shift Project at IRLE

Close to Home: The North Bay Needs a $15 Minimum Wage
The Press Democrat | November 18, 2018
Cites Labor Center’s report on the North Bay’s proposed minimum wage law

Robots and Automation: Is There Space for Hourly Workers? 
Equal Voice News | November 16, 2018
Spotlights Labor Center’s report, ‘Driverless? Autonomous Trucks and the Future of the American Trucker’

Why Can’t Allyson Get Ahead?
Rolling Stone | November 13, 2018
Quotes Steven Pitts, associate chair of the Labor Center

Trump’s Tax Cuts Will Help the Walton Family More Than Walmart Workers 
MarketWatch | November 8, 2018
Cites data from ‘The High Cost of Low Wages’ from the Labor Center

Study: Behind the Scenes, Meal-Kit Makers Not as Innovative as Their Products
The Spoon | October 31, 2018
Feature article on the Labor Center’s Job Quality in a Meal-Kit Fulfillment Center report

Deuling Economists: Rival Analyses of Harvard’s Admissions Process Emerge at Trial
The Chronicle of Higher Education | October 30, 2018
IRLE Faculty Affiliate David Card testified in the trail over Harvard’s treatment of Asian-American applicants in admissions.

In an Effort to Save Money Daycare Centers in New England Are Forming Purchasing Groups
NPR | October 24, 2018
Marcy Whitebook on strategies daycares are using across the U.S. to retain staff

A Battle Over Dialysis Patients, Profits
U.S. News & World Report | October 18, 2018
Ken Jacobs explains what’s at stake for both sides in California’s Proposition 8, the Fair Pricing for Dialysis Act.

1 in 4 Child Care Workers in California Lives in Poverty
Public Policy Institute of California | October 16, 2018
Features data from CSCCE’s 2018 Early Childhood Workforce Index and the Labor Center’s Low Wage Data Explorer

My Turn: UC Is Ground Zero for Income Inequality Debate
CalMatters | October 15, 2018
Commentary featuring the Labor Center’s Low-Wage Work Data Explorer

Why Proposition 8 Is One of the Most Contentious, and Confusing, Ballot Measures in Play
Capital Public Radio | October 12, 2018
Ken Jacobs weighs in on California’s Fair Pricing for Dialysis Act that would regulate dialysis clinic spending.

The Catch with Amazon’s $15-an-Hour Raises for Whole Foods Employees
Eater | October 11, 2018
Cites the Labor Center report, “The High Public Cost of Low Wages.

And Now, for Some Unequivocally Good News: Amazon Raises its Minimum Wage to $15. Here’s Why it Did That.
Washington Post | October 4, 2018
Op-ed highlighting CWED co-chair, Sylvia Allegretto’s analysis of the labor market and wages.

Predictable Shift Laws Spread to More Cities, States
Workforce | October 3, 2018
The Shift Project’s Kristen Harknet’s interview on new scheduling laws and what they mean for workers and employers

Uber, Lyft Drivers Crowd hearing to Support $15 Hourly Pay
Wall Street Journal | October 3, 2018
Quoting CWED co-chair, Michael Reich on the first pay standard in the U.S. for gig-workers

On the Future of Work(ers)
Ford Foundation Equals Change Blog | October 1, 2018
Ford Foundation President Darren Walker cites the Labor Center’s ongoing policy-relevant analysis on the varied forms of employment today—from gigs to subcontracting to more traditional salaried employment.

New Laws Aim to Make Work Hours More Predictable
Wall Street Journal | September 27, 2018
Featuring research from The Shift Project at IRLE

This is What it’s Like to Be a Teacher in America
Time | September 13, 2018
Featuring CWED economist, Sylvia Allegretto’s latest research on the ‘Teacher Pay Penalty’

Liberals Should Stop Attacking Bernie Sanders for Targeting Jeff Bezos and Amazon. He’s on the Right Track
Los Angeles Times | September 11, 2018
Ken Jacobs, Labor Center chair, interviewed by columnist Michael Hiltzik

‘Raise the Wage’ Advocates Have Reason for Optimism
The Hill | September 11, 2018
Op-ed by Sylvia Allegretto, Carl Nadler, and Michael Reich from the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics

Study Shows Boosting Funds to Poor School Districts Lifts Student Achievement but Fails to Narrow Racial & Socioeconomic Achievement Gaps
The 74 | September 10, 2018
IRLE Director Jesse Rothstein’s research on the effects of school finance reform

‘Broken’ Economics for Preschool Workers, Child Care Sector
U.S. News & World Report | September 8, 2018
Featuring Marcy Whitebook, co-director of the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment

Higher Minimum Wage Boosts Pay Without Reducing Jobs, Study Says
Bloomberg | September 6, 2018
Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics’ report shows the effects of minimum wages above $10 in six major U.S. cities.

Self-Driving Technology Threatens nearly 300,000 Trucking Jobs, Report Says
The Wall Street Journal | September 4, 2018
The Labor Center’s report, Driverless? Autonomous Trucks and the Future of the American Trucker featured in the Wall Street Journal.

Studying the State of Labor, As Labor Day Approaches
KCBS | September 1, 2018
IRLE Director, Jesse Rothstein on KCBS’ “In Depth” discussing wages, the state of the U.S. workforce, and how recent legal decision have impacted the labor movement.

Low Pay Has Teachers Flocking To The Sharing Economy
The Atlantic | August 17, 2018
Sylvia Allegretto, co-director of CWED, on the high rates of educators depending on Airbnb to supplement their regular income.

2018 Index Shows Conditions for Childcare Workers Need Improving
Wisconsin Public Radio | August 8, 2018
Marcy Whitebook, co-director of CSCCE on recent data showing that early childhood educators aren’t getting the preparation or support they need.

Lawmakers in Blue States Try to Protect Organized Labor
Stateline | August 1, 2018
Law Professor Catherine Fisk, IRLE Faculty Affiliate explains what’s next for unions in the wake of the Janus v. AFSMCE Supreme Court decision.

California Court Says Starbucks Must Pay for Off-the-Clock Work. The Fallout Could Affect ‘A Lot of Jobs.’
Rewire.News| July 27, 2018
CWED’s Sylvia Allegretto on the California Court decision and it’s far-reaching impact on service and retail workers.

Amazon raking in billions, some employees relying on food stamps
MSNBC | July 24, 2018
VIDEO: MSNBC news cites UC Berkeley’s Labor Center’s study on working families who rely on public assistance programs.

More on a Jobs Guarantee (Wonkish)
The New York Times | July 5, 2018
Op-Ed: CWED’s research on the effects of minimum wage increases cited by Paul Krugman.

New York City Considers New Pay Rules for Uber Drivers
The New York Times | July 2, 2018
CWED’s new report that shows most NYC app-based drivers are struggling to get by informs an NYC taxi commission proposal.

What is at stake in Supreme Court ruling on Janus vs. AFSCME?
The San Francisco Chronicle | June 22, 2018
The Labor Center’s Ken Jacobs and Sarah Thomason on the broad benefits of labor unions to all Californians.

The Growing Achievement Gap
U.S. News and World Report | May 28, 2018
Professor Danny Schneider’s new research on how income inequality widens the gap between rich and poor school children.

What’s really behind economic mobility?
CityLab | May 16, 2018
Features Jesse Rothstein’s research on what determines equitable economic opportunities across generations.

Discriminación hacia los campesinos mexicanos en EE.UU. afecta su salud
Telemundo | May 9, 2018
IRLE’s affiliated faculty, Seth Holmes’ research on indigenous Mexican farmworker youth in the U.S.

Why fair scheduling laws will be the new minimum wage battle
Fast Company | May 4, 2018
IRLE’s Shift Project featured as a critical voice in the fair workweek fight.

For fairness’ sake, nix the tipped wage
New York Daily News | Apr. 22, 2018
Op-ed: Sylvia Allegretto with CWED on the benefits of eliminating the subminimum wage in New York.

Report: CT hourly workers experience unstable pay, hours
Hartford Business  | Apr. 3, 2018
New research from IRLE’s Shift Project on Connecticut service workers.

What We Can Learn from the California Model for Improving Workers’ Financial Security
Aspen Institute blog | Mar. 28, 2018
Nari Rhee with the Labor Center on wage policies and retirement.

Policymakers Seek Healthier, More Prosperous California
Capital and Main | Mar. 28, 2018
Laurel Lucia with the Labor Center on policy options for the state’s uninsured.

Philadephia hourly workers in food and retail are stressed by unpredictable hours
The Inquirer | Mar. 13, 2018
Highlights research by IRLE’s Shift Project on unpredictable scheduling.

How California legislators can extend pathway to universal care
Sacramento Bee | Mar. 5, 2018
Features new report by Laurel Lucia with the Labor Center

The post-America economy
Marketplace | Feb. 26, 2018
Ken Jacobs of the Labor Center on Janus v. AFSCME

The Trump administration’s proposal for tips will only hurt employees
Washington Post | Feb. 20, 2018
Op-ed: Sylvia Allegretto with CWED on how enabling employers to keep tips is wrong

50 years later: UC Berkeley hosts conference reflecting on 1968 race report
Daily Californian | Feb. 12, 2018
Steven Pitts with the Labor Center on challenges Black Americans face

Why Are Our Most Important Teachers Paid the Least?
New York Times | Jan. 9, 2018
Marcy Whitebrook with CSCCE on early childhood educators


It’s simple. To make air travel safer, pay airport workers more.
Newsweek | Dec. 28, 2017

An important new analysis shows progressive policies don’t hurt, and probably help, growth and jobs
The Washington Post | Nov. 14, 2017

California’s plans for offshore wind power run into Navy opposition
San Francisco Chronicle | Nov. 9, 2017

To Avoid Sexism on Job-Posting Site, Economists Petition to Start Their Own
Wall Street Journal | Oct. 26, 2017

Education Isn’t the Key to a Good Income
The Atlantic | Sept. 26, 2017

California would lose $78 billion — more than any other state — under GOP health bill
San Francisco Chronicle | Sept. 20, 2017

From oil refineries to solar plants, unions bend California climate change policies in their favor
Los Angeles Times | Sept. 20, 2017

Diversity in Kern’s clean energy workforce: UC Berkeley report
The Bakersfield Californian | Sept. 6, 2017

UC Berkeley Examines Diversity Of California’s Clean Energy Workforce
Solar Industry | Sept.  6, 2017

Working Class Hero: Cal Labor Center Helps Recharge the Movement
California Magazine | Sept. 4, 2017

What Trump’s Amazon tweet got wrong, and right
Axios | Aug. 17, 2017

How California’s climate policies created an economic boon | Aug. 10, 2017

Wanted: qualified people who will work for yesterday’s wages
Marketplace | Aug. 3, 2017

What We Talk About When We Talk About the Gig Economy
The American Prospect | Jul. 28, 2017

The Impact Of An Increasing Minimum Wage
Wisconsin Public Radio | Jul. 20, 2017

Grasping For The Middle Ground On Obamacare
California Healthline | Apr. 14, 2017

Voters Approved Wage Hikes, But GOP Lawmakers Have Other Ideas
Bloomberg Politics | Apr. 5, 2017

Social Security Benefits: When Do You Plan to Retire?
EconoFact | Feb. 9, 2017

What will a higher minimum wage do? Two new studies have different ideas
Los Angeles Times | Jan. 11, 2017