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Worker-Friendly California Enhances Employee Protections
Bloomberg Law | October 11, 2019
Quotes Ken Jacobs

FAQ: The differences between a pension and a 401(k)
Marketplace | October 9, 2019
Quotes Nari Rhee

Tackling Poverty in America Means Grasping Reality
Marguerite Casey Foundation | October 4, 2019
Quotes Jesse Rothstein on the federal administration anti-poverty efforts

Why was a pregnant, sick mother of 3 mistakenly kicked off Medi-Cal?
The Orange County Register | October 4, 2019
Quotes Laurel Lucia

California’s contract worker law could add health coverage for some but put others at risk
Los Angeles Times | October 4, 2019
Cites Labor Center study and quotes Ken Jacobs

Income experiment offers Stockton residents a glimpse at California Dream
Daily Democrat | October 3, 2019
Quotes Jesse Rothstein

The Path to Climate Justice Runs Through the UAW Strike
The Nation | September 23, 2019
Article by Labor Center senior policy fellow Jane McAlevey

California Enacts Law to Classify Some Gig Workers as Employees
Wall Street Journal | September 18, 2019
Quotes Ken Jacobs, Labor Center

Striking GM Workers Deserve Our Support
The Nation | September 16, 2019
Article by Labor Center senior policy fellow Jane McAlevey

California governor expected to sign new legislation for independent workers
CBS Evening News | September 14, 2019
Features Ken Jacobs on California bill AB5

Poverty rates improve-but, really, is this the best we can do?
UC Berkeley Blog | September 10, 2019
Article by CWED’s Sylvia Allegretto

Trucking companies-like Uber and Lyft-say their drivers aren’t employees, worsening inequality and pollution
Fast Company | September 9, 2019
Features Labor Center study and quotes Carol Zabin

For Teachers, the Money Keeps Getting Worse
The Atlantic | September 6, 2019
Article by CWED’s Sylvia Allegretto

Trump’s new rule to punish immigrants just shows how bad American jobs are
Washington Post | September 5, 2019
Cites Labor Center study

Uber and Lyft Face An Existing Threat In California – And They ‘re Losing
The Verge | Sept 2, 2019
Quotes Michael Reich, CWED

Study Says Truck Driver Misclassification Hurts Climate Goals
SFGate | Sept 2, 2019
Cites Labor Center study and quotes Carol Zabin

Lyft, Uber to spend $60 million on propaganda to keep workers maximally exploited
Salon | Sept 1, 2019
Quotes Ken Jacobs, Labor Center

Uber and Lyft are floating a $21 minimum wage. Critics say it’s closer to $15.
Washington Post | August 30, 2019
Quotes Michael Reich, CWED

Op-Ed: Two factors keep ‘new gen’ students from attending college. Here’s how to address them
Los Angeles Times | August 18, 2019
References California Policy Lab study

The $15 minimum wage bill has all but died in the Senate
Vox | August 16, 2019
Revisits CWED research and quotes Anna Godøy

Trump crackdown on legal immigrants could damage California economy, experts say
Los Angeles Times | August 12, 2019
Quotes Laurel Lucia, Labor Center

Child care providers push California to boost pay for early education teachers
EdSource | August 9, 2019
Cites CSCCE report on low pay for the state’s early education workforce

Uber and Lyft Hate This Bill
The Nation | August 2, 2019
Quotes Ken Jacobs, Labor Center

Novato eyes fast-track minimum wage hike
Marin Independent Journal | July 31, 2019
Features Ian Eve Perry’s study on the impact of a proposed minimum wage law for the North Bay

Half of California workers have no retirement savings, says UC Berkeley report
The Mercury News | July 31, 2019
Cites report by Nari Rhee, Labor Center

Report: California Parents Can’t Afford to Pay More for Child Care – Workers Can’t Make a Living
KQED | July 23, 2019
Based on CSCCE’s new report

How city regulations are making Uber and Lyft better
New York Post | July 23, 2019
Op-ed by Michael Reich, CWED

With early childhood education on CA’s agenda, preschool teachers ask why ‘cashiers at McDonalds’ get better pay  Cal Matters | July 19, 2019
Cites CSCCE research on early childhood educator pay

Petaluma raises base wage to $15 per hour
Argus Courier | July 19, 2019
Labor Center research that informed the policy decision cited

The US can raise the minimum wage to $15 without hurting jobs
CNN | July 11, 2019
Op-ed by Anna Godøy and Michael Reich

How California’s Housing Crisis Could Hit Seniors Hard
New York Times | July 9, 2019
Features Nari Rhee of the Labor Center on California’s retirement crisis

It’s not just paychecks: The surprising society-wide benefits of raising the minimum wage
Washington Post | July 8, 2019
Features Anna Godøy and Michael Reich’s study in analysis of minimum wage research

Who still earns the minimum wage in a tight labor market?
Marketplace NPR | July 2, 2019
Sylvia Allegretto of CWED discusses minimum wage

There’s More Evidence That Raising the Minimum Wage Won’t Cost Jobs
New York Magazine | July 2, 2019
Cites Anna Godøy and Michael Reich’s study on minimum wage

Teachers are 3 times more likely to need a second job to make ends meet
USA Today | July 2, 2019
Features Sylvia Allegretto on teacher pay penalty study

Workers in California are one step closer to retirement security
MarketWatch | July 1, 2019
Features Nari Rhee of the Labor Center on retirement security study

Worried about retiring? California will help you save money
Los Angeles Times | July 1, 2019
Features Nari Rhee of the Labor Center on retirement security study

The brutal psychological toll of erratic work schedules
Washington Post | June 27, 2019
Op-ed from the Shift Project’s Danny Schneider and Kristen Harknett

Inland Empire’s booming warehouse industry brings jobs – not healthcare coverage
Center for Health Journalism | June 18, 2019
Cites Labor Center research on uninsured and low-wage Californians

Idaho minimum wage falling farther behind, prompting ballot measure
Idaho Press | June 15, 2019
Features Michael Reich on CWED’s minimum wage research

Changes to federal poverty guidelines could cause millions to lose eligibility
KTVU | June 15, 2019
Features Labor Center researcher Ian Eve Perry

Forum on the Road: Why More Seniors Are Working
KQED Forum | June 11, 2019
Nari Rhee of the Labor Center discusses retirement security

Uber, Lyft drivers continue despite gripes because options are few
San Francisco Chronicle | June 10, 2019
Cites Michael Reich, CWED

Plan to prop up Obamacare emerges as key budget debate for California Democrats
The Sacramento Bee | June 7, 2019
Cites Labor Center study on uninsured Californians

Op-Ed: Why Newsom’s budget proposal won’t do enough for young kids
San Francisco Chronicle | May 29, 2019
Marcy Whitebook and Lea Austin’s tough words for the Gov’s policy

How to End the Child-Care Crisis
New York Times | May 24, 2019
Quotes CSCCE’s 2018 Early Childhood Workforce Index

‘No rich people working for Post Mates’: Couriers protest pay change
San Francisco Chronicle | May 21, 2019
Cites Michael Reich, CWED

$15 minimum wage is a win for the working poor.
Courant | May 18, 2019
Features CWED study on the effects of a $15 minimum wage in California

Prison time has little or no bearing on long-term public safety
Berkeley News | May 16, 2019
Features research from David Harding, IRLE Faculty Affiliate

State AG Becerra sues Trump administration for 50th time
San Francisco Chronicle | May 13, 2019
Quotes a letter from the Labor Center

Uber & Lyft drivers go on strike 
CBS News | May 8, 2019
Features Michael Reich, CWED

Aiding low-wage workers is a matter of life and death – literally 
The Hill | May 7, 2019
Features Michael Reich and Anna Godoey on new NBER working paper

Raising The Minimum Wage Could Prevent Suicides
Huffington Post | May 2, 2019
Quotes Anna Godoy on new NBER working paper

Raising the Minimum Wage Could Reduce Suicide Rates 
Paste | May 1, 2019
More coverage of the NBER working paper

Wage gap between teachers and other college graduates exacerbates teacher shortages
Ed Source | May 1, 2019
Quotes Sylvia Allegretto, CWED

Want to decrease suicide? Raise the minimum wage, researchers suggest
CBS News | April 30, 2019
Quotes Anna Godoy on new NBER working paper

Researchers say there’s a simple way to reduce suicides: Increase the minimum wage
Washington Post | April 30, 2019
More coverage of the NBER working paper

Suicide Rates Are Going Up. Raising the Minimum Wage Might Help Bring Them Down.
New York | April 29, 2019
More coverage of the NBER working paper

Higher Minimum Wage Could Cut Suicide Rates Says New Study
Forbes | April 29, 2019
More coverage of the NBER working paper

Increasing minimum wage, tax credits could stop over 1,200 suicides a year, paper finds
Berkeley News  | April 29, 2019
Quotes Anna Godoy on new NBER working paper

Uber Just Admitted That Its Pay Policy Will Make Drivers Even More Unhappy. Here’s How that Could Affect Your Future Rides
Money | April 15, 2019
Quotes Michael Reich, CWED

New California Bills Aim To Make Health Care Cheaper And More Accessible
Capital Public Radio | April 9, 2019
Cites data provided by the Labor Center

Sen. Kamala Harris says federal government must step in to close the ‘teacher pay gap’
Ed Source | March 22, 2019
Features Sylvia Allegretto and her research

Could California reclassify janitors, truck drivers, construction workers as employees?
San Francisco Chronicle | March 22, 2019
Features Sarah Thomason, Labor Center

Ma Joad’s Heirs–And the Battle Today Over Independent Contractors
Forbes | March 19, 2019
Mentions Annette Bernhardt’s research on gig workers

NC’s teacher pay ranking: Why it’s a hollow victory
The Charlotte Observer | March 14, 2019
Cites Sylvia Allegretto, CWED

Low pay, large classes, funding cuts: behind new wave of US teachers’ strikes
The Guardian | February 27, 2019
Cites Sylvia Allegretto, CWED

New Legislation Aims to Clarify Who Is an Employee
The American Prospect | February 22, 2019
Quotes Ken Jacobs, Labor Center

Elizabeth Warren To Unveil Sweeping Plan For Universal Child Care
Huffington Post | February 18, 2019
Warren’s proposal cites CSCCE research on ECE poverty wages

Green New Deal: Some Democrats on the fence
Roll Call | February. 15, 2019
Carol Zabin on the Green New Deal

Poor scheduling costs hourly workers sleep and happiness
Fast Company | February 15, 2019
Features new research from Shift Project

City Council Approves Path to $15 Minimum Wage in 2020
Pasadena Now | February 12, 2019
Council considered report by Michael Reich, CWED

Low Wage, Not Low Skill: Why Devaluing Our Workers Matters
Forbes  | February 7, 2019
Draws on work of IRLE director Jesse Rothstein

This Is How Horribly U.S. Teachers Are Actually Paid 
HBO-Vice News | January 30, 2019
Features Sylvia Allegretto, CWED

A ‘Let Them Eat Cake’ Shutdown? Democrats Make the Most of an Administration’s Missteps
New York Times | January 24, 2019
Quotes Ken Jacobs, Labor Center

‘It was like a public execution’: American retail workers face mass layoffs
The Guardian | January 24, 2019
Research and commentary by Danny Schneider, the Shift Project

Gavin Newsom is already moving California toward single-payer
Los Angeles Times editorial | January 9, 2019
Labor Center study on uninsured Californians has informed new Governor’s policy

Teachers fare better with existing pensions than 401(k)s, study shows
Berkeley News | January 8, 2019
Cites Nari Rhee’s new Labor Center study

Los Angeles teachers may go on strike Thursday
Washington Post | January 6, 2019
Quotes Sylvia Allegretto and her teacher pay gap study


America’s 1.8 million truck drivers don’t need to worry about autonomous tech threatening their jobs anytime soon, experts say Business Insider | December 21, 2018
Latest coverage of Labor Center’s Driverless report

San Francisco auto break-ins: UC study finds police foot patrols helped decrease larceny crimes
San Francisco Chronicle | December 5, 2018
Features California Policy Lab study

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

Dueling 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 | April 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  | April 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 | March 28, 2018
Nari Rhee with the Labor Center on wage policies and retirement.

Policymakers Seek Healthier, More Prosperous California
Capital and Main | March 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 | March 13, 2018
Highlights research by IRLE’s Shift Project on unpredictable scheduling.

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

The post-America economy
Marketplace | February 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 | February 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 | February 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 | January 9, 2018
Marcy Whitebrook with CSCCE on early childhood educators


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wanted: qualified people who will work for yesterday’s wages
Marketplace | August 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 | April 14, 2017

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

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

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