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2011

Government gets blamed for widening wealth gap
San Francisco Chronicle, December 8, 2011

The few, the proud, the very rich
The Berkeley Blog, December 5, 2011

The Jobs Crisis and A *New* New Deal for America
California Labor Federation, October 20, 2011

A Tough Job, but Someone’s Gotta Do It
Slate Magazine, August 22, 2011

What is the "Real Economy?" And Who Lives There?
Progressive Radio Network, PRN, August 5, 2011

Rocky Week Ends With Improved Jobs Report
ABC Channel 7, KGO-TV San Francisco, August 5, 2011

7Live TV Episode
7Live, San Francisco Bay Area, August 5, 2011

Letters and Politics – Unemployment Data, Economics News for the Week & the Debt Crisis
KPFA, Berkeley Public Radio, August 5, 2011

Minimum Wage Boost Wouldn't Hurt Job Growth: Study
The Huffington Post, April 25, 2011

What Will an 'All Cuts' Budget Look Like?
San Francisco Chronicle, April 10, 2011

Breaking the Deadlock: How Raising the Minimum Wage Can Support the Economy without Adding to the National Debt
Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, March 7, 2011

Protests in Wisconsin, Elsewhere Stir Debate on Public vs. Private Pay, Benefits
PBS NewsHour, March 1, 2011

Wisconsin Labor Battle Pivotal for Unions, Workers
San Francisco Chronicle, February 27, 2011

Wisconsin, Labor, and the Future of America
The Huffington Post, February 26, 2011

Bay Area Union Members Find Inspiration in Wisconsin
ABC Channel 7, KGO-TV San Francisco, Feb 23, 2011

Unions at a crossroads... and in the crosshairs: is collective bargaining on its way out?
KPCV, Southern California Public Radio, Feb 23, 2011

Battleground: Wisconsin
On Point with Tom Ashbrook, NPR, Feb 22, 2011

Wisconsin's Labor Battle
KQED, Forum, February 21, 2011

 

2010

Minimum Wage Increases Promote Jobs: Study
The Huffington Post, November 1, 2010

Setting the record straight on AB32 and jobs
San Francisco Chronicle, October 6, 2010

Viewpoints: Stop blaming public employees for the state's rickety finances
Sacramento Bee, September 4, 2010

Labor Center launches monthly black jobs report
UC Berkeley NewsCenter Press Release, July 1, 2010

Needed - a jobs program sponsored by BP
Op-Ed by Sylvia Allegretto (CWED), June 9, 2010

Former IRLE Director Clair Brown Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Press Release, April 2010

Harley Shaiken is Named chair of the Toyota NUMMI Blue Ribbon Commission, and Releases a New White Paper
Press Release, March 10, 2010

 

2009

UC Berkeley Research Center to Help CPUC Plan for a Green Workforce
Press Release, December 7, 2009

RECENT OP-EDS BY IRLE FACULTY AND STAFF:

Problem of jobs, wages isn't easily solved
San Francisco Chronicle, December 4, 2009, op-ed by Clair Brown and Greg Linden

Time for a new New Deal for California PDF
San Francisco Chronicle, November 22, 2009, op-ed by Richard Walker and Gray Brechin
Original Article

Whither healthcare reform? Policy experts at Berkeley offer insights and predictions on the debate
UC Berkeley NewsCenter, September 21, 2009, op-ed by Stephen Shortell, Melissa Rodgers, Ken Jacobs, and William H. Dow

California needs labor research and education
San Jose Mercury News, September 6, 2009, op-ed by Ken Jacobs and Kent Wong

Health care reform: Shared risk, responsibility
San Francisco Chronicle, September 3, 2009, op-ed by Ken Jacobs and Jacob Hacker

Congress should pass law strengthening unions
San Jose Mercury News, August 26, 2009, op-ed by Netsy Firestein

Study finds S.F. health plan didn't hurt jobs
San Francisco Chronicle, August 21, 2009, by Heather Knight (article is about research by Ken Jacobs and Arindrajit Dube)

A Public Option That Works
New York Times, August 21, 2009, op-ed by William H. Dow, Arindrajit Dube, and Carrie Hoverman Colla

The Severe Crisis of Job Loss and the Accompanying Surge in Long Term Unemployment
National Employment Law Project (NELP), May 6, 2009, by Sylvia Allegretto and Andrew Stettner

New Social Compact : Speakers Tout San Francisco Experience As Progressive Blueprint for Labor Standards
Daily Labor Report, BNA, Inc. (subscription required), January 8, 2009
Article discusses a panel at the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA)'s 61st annual meetings: The New Social Compact in San Francisco. Speakers included Ken Jacobs of the Center on Labor Research and Education (at IRLE), Michael Theriault of San Francisco Building and Trades Council, Michael Casey of HERE Local 2, Steve Kava, chief of staff to Mayor Gavin Newsom, and Jim Wunderland, Director of the Bay Area Council.

 

2008

Chasing Bay Area artifacts of the New Deal
San Francisco Chronicle, September 1, 2008 (article discusses California's Living New Deal Project, the website for which is maintained by the IRLE Library)

The second-class workers behind China's urban construction boom
UC Berkeley News, August 14, 2008 (article references research by UC Berkeley graduate student Julia Chuang, whose advisor is IRLE Faculty Michael Burawoy)

Excavating The Buried Civilization of Roosevelt’s New Deal
New Geography, August 13, 2008 (article written by Gray Brechin about California's Living New Deal Project, the website for which is maintained by the IRLE Library)

Economists' new research shows positive effects of minimum-wage increases
UC Berkeley News, July 23, 2008 (article written by Labor Center staff member Andrea Buffa about research by IRLE Director Michael Reich and researchers Sylvia Allegretto and Arindrajit Dube)

Minimum Wage Hike And A Tight Economy
National Public Radio, July 20, 2008 (radio program features IRLE Economist Sylvia Allegretto)

Professor explores social behavior and business misdeeds
UC Berkeley News, July 16, 2008 (article references IRLE Faculty Jo-Ellen Ponzer)

A world on the move
UC Berkeley News, March 19, 2008 (article is about Interdisciplinary Immigration Workshop professor Irene Bloemraad)

New life for the New Deal
UC Berkeley Berkeleyan, January 16, 2008 (article cites the IRLE Library's work on the Living New Deal Project website)

 

2007

"Big Box Living Wage Ordinance" would benefit low-wage Wal-Mart workers, minimally impact shoppers, says new study
UC Berkeley News, December 5, 2007 (article written about a new Labor Center report)

What's modern planning theory got to do with my day hike?
UC Berkeley News, September 19, 2007 (article written about a IRLE Faculty Richard Walker's latest book)

Book recounts environmentalists' fight in the Bay Area.
San Francisco Chronicle, July 19, 2007 (article written by IRLE Faculty Richard Walker)

Another employee's butchered benefits.
Los Angeles Times, June 27, 2007(article references IRLE Faculty Ken Jacobs)

Grocery dispute is about health care.
San Diego Union Tribune, June 26, 2007 (article written by IRLE Faculty Ken Jacobs)

Troubled automaker to pay bonuses in Canada, U.S. despite record loss.
Ottawa Citizen, March 9, 2007 Friday, Final Edition, BUSINESS; Pg. E4 (article references IRLE Faculty Harley Shaiken)

Fewer employers paying the entire tab for health care; But cost-cutting efforts lead to confrontations with union workers.
Business Insurance, March 5, 2007, BENEFITS MANAGEMENT; Pg. 11 (article references IRLE Faculty Ken Jacobs)

Last grocery strike's effects still felt; Fallout nags workers, consumers, companies.
The San Diego Union-Tribune, March 4, 2007 Sunday, NEWS; Pg. A-1 (article references IRLE Faculty Harley Shaiken)

India tells U.S. firms: Take this job, please.
Los Angeles Times, March 3, 2007 Saturday, Home Edition, Business; Part C; Pg. 1

Labor law reform back on track
San Francisco Chronicle, March 1, 2007

Chrysler, UAW set details for buyout; date is pending.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri), February 28, 2007 Wednesday, BUSINESS; Pg. C1 (article references IRLE Faculty Harley Shaiken)

Going through the checkout line; As the first contract since grocery strike is negotiated, workers blame increased turnover on the hiring system that helped end dispute.
The San Diego Union-Tribune, February 25, 2007 Sunday, BUSINESS; Pg. H-1 (article references IRLE Faculty Harley Shaiken)

Going through the checkout line; As the first contract since grocery strike is negotiated, workers blame increased turnover on the hiring system that helped end dispute.
The San Diego Union-Tribune, February 25, 2007 Sunday, BUSINESS; Pg. H-1 (article references IRLE)

State of the unions; The Employee Free Choice Act would give organizing power back to workers.
Los Angeles Times, February 17, 2007 Saturday, Editorial Pages Desk; Part A; Pg. 23 (article references IRLE Faculty Harley Shaiken)

Preventive health plan may prevent cost increases; Safeway program includes hot line, lifestyle advice.
San Francisco Chronicle, February 11, 2007 Sunday, BUSINESS; Pg. F1 (article references IRLE Faculty Ken Jacobs)

Wal-Mart and a Union Unite, at Least on Health Policy.
The New York Times, February 7, 2007 Wednesday, Section C; Column 1; Business/Financial Desk; Pg. 2 (article references IRLE Faculty Harley Shaiken)

Working hand-in-hand; 3 auto plants show good things happen when union, management work together.
USA TODAY, February 6, 2007 Tuesday, MONEY; Pg. 1B (article references IRLE Faculty Harley Shaiken)

Revisiting a Minimum-Wage Axiom.
The New York Times, February 4, 2007 Sunday, Section 3; Column 1; Money and Business/Financial Desk; ECONOMIC VIEW; Pg. 4 (article references IRLE Faculty David Card)

Lawmakers vow to aid African Americans.
Los Angeles Times, February 1, 2007 Thursday, Metro Desk; Part B; Pg. 1 (article references IRLE Faculty Steven Raphael)

Healthcare is central to grocery contract talks; A study says the current pact left many workers without adequate insurance options. Union members are hoping for a better deal.
Los Angeles Times, January 31, 2007 Wednesday, Business Desk; Part C; Pg. 1 (article references IRLE Faculty Ken Jacobs and Researcher Arindrajit Dube)

Report: Blacks, Hispanics trail in income, housing, education.
The Associated Press State & Local Wire, January 30, 2007 Tuesday 10:14 PM GMT, STATE AND REGIONAL (article references IRLE Faculty Steven Raphael)

Unions Split on Immigrant Workers.
The Washington Post, January 27, 2007, Saturday, Final Edition, Financial; D01 (article references IRLE Faculty Harley Shaiken)

Wal-Mart Reaches Deal Over Back Pay.
The Washington Post, January 26, 2007, Friday, Final Edition, Financial; D01 (article references IRLE Faculty Harley Shaiken)

Globalized economy a double-edged sword for Americans; As economic pie gets larger, sectors like manufacturing don't share in the goodies.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 18, 2007 Thursday, BUSINESS; Pg. 1C (article references IRLE Faculty Robert Reich)

Yes, Pay Really Does Matter.
USNEWS.com, January 12, 2007 Friday, MONEY; Best in Business; Hot B-School Research (article references IRLE Faculty Alexandre Mas)

 

2006

Just Capitalism; Not all attacks on business are crazy. Here is the sane version.
The Washington Post, December 22, 2006 Friday, Final Edition, Editorial; A32 (article references IRLE Faculty David Card)

State minimum wage increase to drive up prices: California raises wage for first time in five years.
The Record (Stockton, California), December 17, 2006 Sunday, BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL NEWS (article references IRLE Director Michael Reich)

Check this out A study of supermarket staff helps explain the effect of having hard-working colleagues.
Financial Times, December 16, 2006 Saturday, FT WEEKEND MAGAZINE - The Undercover Economist; Pg. 12 (article references IRLE Faculty Alexandre Mas)

Robert Reich: The Economics of People.
Baseline.com, December 5, 2006 Tuesday 4:52 PM EST, TOP NEWS STORIES (article references IRLE Faculty Robert Reich)

Interview with David Card
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis - The Region, December 2006

Offshoring: risk to U.S. innovation?
Electronic Engineering Times, November 27, 2006, NEWS; Pg. 1 (article references IRLE's Center for Work, Technology and Society Director Clair Brown)

Robert Reich: Democratic Victory Won't Change Economic Policies Affecting IT Workforce.
EWeek.com, November 10, 2006 Friday 3:27 PM EST, NEWS (article references IRLE Faculty Robert Reich)

Bush touts economic successes
San Francisco Chronicle, October 25, 2006 (article references IRLE Researcher Arindrajit Dube)

Study: Diversity Not Linked to High Turnover.
Workforce Management, October 23, 2006, OUT FRONT; Pg. 12 (article references IRLE Faculty David Levine)

ELECTION 2006; Job creation or political persuasion?; Economists say office-holders rarely influence labor market, but that hasn't stopped campaign rhetoric.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin), October 15, 2006 Sunday, Business; Pg. 1 (article references IRLE Faculty Robert Reich)

Exodus of car workers set to burden Midwest.
Financial Times (London, England), October 12, 2006 Thursday, London Edition 1, THE AMERICAS; Pg. 8 (article references IRLE Faculty Harley Shaiken)

Diversity a weak link to turnover: study.
The Globe and Mail, October 6, 2006 Friday, GLOBE CAREERS; In Brief; Pg. C2 (article references IRLE Faculty David Levine)

San Francisco Minimum Wage Fails to Dent Economy
National Public Radio (NPR), News & Notes 9:00 AM EST, Wednesday October 4, 2006 (references IRLE Director Michael Reich)

U.S. Ruling Could Eliminate Union Eligibility for Millions.
Los Angeles Times, October 4, 2006 Wednesday, Business Desk; Part A; Pg. 1 (article references IRLE Faculty Harley Shaiken)

Citywide Minimum-Wage Rules: Living Wages or Killing Jobs?
Wall Street Journal, September 26, 2006 (article references IRLE Director Michael Reich)

State's wages pose a riddle; Economists wonder why productivity gain hasn't translated into higher pay.
Sacramento Bee September 11, 2006 Monday, METRO FINAL EDITION, BUSINESS; Pg. D1 (article references IRLE Researcher Arindrajit Dube)

The Populist Myths on Income Inequality.
The New York Times, September 7, 2006 Thursday, Section A; Column 1; Editorial Desk; Pg. 29 (article references IRLE Faculty David Card)

Health insurance is key to labor negotiations. Many experts argue that the problem cannot be resolved at the bargaining table
San Francisco Chronicle, September 3, 2006 (article references IRLE Faculty Ken Jacobs)

O Canada, Do We Stand On Guard For Thee?
Maclean's, August 14, 2006 / August 21, 2006, NATIONAL; Pg. 18 (article references IRLE Faculty Irene Bloemraad)

Program abuses may be costing Americans' jobs.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri), August 20, 2006 Sunday, NEWS; Pg. A1 (article references IRLE Faculty Robert Reich)

HOURGLASS ECONOMY; Wealth gap widening; Wages are not keeping up with the overall growth in household wealth, which is dividing the middle class and defining economic and political issues.
The Houston Chronicle, August 14, 2006 Monday, BUSINESS; Pg. 1 (article references IRLE Faculty Robert Reich)

What dual Citizens bring to the table
CBC New Viewpoint, August 3, 2006 (article references IRLE Faculty Irene Bloemraad)

The Immigration Equation.
The New York Times, July 9, 2006 Sunday, Section 6; Column 1; Magazine; Pg. 36 (article references IRLE Faculty David Card)

$5.15 doesn't cut it; Congress blatantly displays hypocrisy as it increases own salary, votes down needed minimum-wage raise.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 5, 2006 Wednesday, Main Edition, EDITORIAL; Pg. 10A (article references IRLE)

San Francisco Mayor boosts health plan as debate widens Issue is who will pay $200 million cost, how they will do it
San Francisco Chronicle, June 22, 2006 (article references IRLE Faculty Ken Jacobs)

Governor, legislators act on minimum wage / Small firms' woes, 'indexing' are main points of discussion
San Francisco Chronicle, May 30, 2006 (article references IRLE Director Michael Reich)

IMMIGRATION: Like waves on the shore, people flood into state From time to time, California has rejected immigrants
San Francisco Chronicle, May 3, 2006 (article references IRLE Faculty Members Irene Bloemraad and Richard Walker)

Labor's complex situation
San Francisco Chronicle, April 27, 2006 (article references IRLE Faculty David Card)

Plight Deepens For Black Men, Studies Warn.
The New York Times, March 20, 2006 Monday, Section A; Column 5; National Desk; Pg. 1 (article references IRLE Faculty Steven Raphael)

Americans, don't insult unskilled immigrants
China Post, March 17, 2006 (article references IRLE Faculty David Card)

Job anxiety? Breathe into a bag.
Electronic Engineering Times, March 13, 2006, OPINION; Pg. 4 (article references IRLE's Center for Work, Technology and Society Director Clair Brown)

Minimum wage hike would give marginal boost in costly California
San Diego Tribune, February 12, 2006 (article references IRLE Director Michael Reich)

Pay debate rages Governor planning 2-stage rise in minimum wage
San Francisco Chronicle, January 7, 2006 (article references IRLE Faculty Ken Jacobs)

Minimum wage law praised in new study / But restaurants say they raised prices, earned lower profits.
San Francisco Chronicle, January 4, 2006 (article references IRLE Director Michael Reich)

 

2005

Progressive Wal-Mart. Really.
The Washington Post, November 28, 2005 Monday, Final Edition, Editorial; A21 (article mentions IRLE Researcher Arindrajit Dube)

Is Doing Business in the Big Easy too Hard Now?
USA Today, October 24, 2005 (article references IRLE Faculty Richard Walker)

Health care study sees more uninsured Rising costs may put benefits out of reach for many by 2010.
Sacramento Bee, June 3, 2005, Friday, Pg. D1 (article references IRLE Researcher Arindrajit Dube)

Immigration Reform and Red Herrings
The Washington Post, May 16, 2005 (article references IRLE Faculty David Card)