January-February 2015 (No. 76)

Editor: Terence K. Huwe
Contributors:Marcy Whitebook, Stefanie Kalmin, Janice Kimball, Jenifer MacGillvary, and Myra Armstrong.

In This Issue:

Especially Recommended
Monday, February 9, 2015 | 11am - 12pm
Rethinking the Sources of Inequality of Income and Wealth
Joe Stiglitz

Monday, February 9, 2015 | 12am - 1pm
Raising Wages— Why Our Nation's Future Depends on Rebuilding Workers' Bargaining Power
Damon Silvers

Monday, February 23, 2015 | 12am - 1pm
For love or money? Gender differences in how one approaches getting a job
Ming Leung

IRLE News and Events
IRLE Co-Sponsors Conference on Reducing Inequality
IRLE Colloquium Series
Recent Working Papers

IRLE Programs
The Labor Center
California Public Employee Relations
Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics
Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library
Donald Vial Center for Employment in the Green Economy

Campus News and Events
Center for Latin American Studies
Center for Japanese Studies
Economics Department
Department of Demography
Institute for the Study of Societal Issues
Sociology Department


IRLE News and Events

Joe Stiglitz

IRLE Co-Sponsors Conference on Reducing Inequality

IRLE joins the Institute for Urban and Regional Development in hosting the following event:

"Reducing Inequality in a Sustainable World"
March 5, 2015, 7:30 am-6:30 pm
David Brower Center 2150 Allston Way, in Downtown Berkeley

For further information, please visit the conference web site:

IRLE Colloquium Series

PLEASE NOTE: Special Location for February 9 presentations: The Alumni House.
The Alumni House is located on the south side of campus; east of Haas Pavilion, north of Zellerbach Hall and southwest of Dwinelle Hall. There will be no lunch served but you are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch. Co-Sponsor: Center for Labor Research and Education

To attend an event, please RSVP: Myra Armstrong, zulu2@berkeley.edu

Joe StiglitzMonday, February 9, 2014 | 11am - 12pm
Rethinking the Sources of Inequality of Income and Wealth
Joe Stiglitz,Professor,Columbia University

Location: Alumni House

Damon SilversMonday, February 9, 2014 | 12pm - 1pm
Raising Wages— Why Our Nation's Future Depends on Rebuilding Workers' Bargaining Power
Damon Silvers, Director of Policy and Special Counsel for the AFL-CIO

Location: Alumni House

Ming LeungMonday, February 23, 2014 | 12pm - 1pm
For love or money? Gender differences in how one approaches getting a job
Ming Leung, Assitant Professor, Haas

Location: IRLE Conference Room


Recent Working papers

Working papers may be downloaded from:

The Effect of Extended Unemployment Insurance Benefits: Evidence from the 2012-2013 Phase-Out PDF
Henry S. Farber, Jesse Rothstein, and Robert G. Valletta
IRLE Working Paper No. 100-15
January 2015

Evaluating Public Programs with Close Substitutes: The Case of Head Start PDF
Patrick Kline and Christopher Walters
IRLE Working Paper No. 123-14
December 2014


IRLE Programs

The Labor Center

New Reports

Which Californians will Lack Health Insurance under the Affordable Care Act?
By Laurel Lucia, Miranda Dietz, Ken Jacobs, Xiao Chen and Gerald F. Kominski
January, 2015
While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is expected to reduce California’s uninsurance rate by at least half, we project that between 2.7 and 3.4 million Californians will remain uninsured by 2019. Projections from the California Simulation of Insurance Markets (CalSIM) model indicate that up to half of Californians remaining uninsured will be undocumented immigrants who are not eligible under the ACA. Most others lacking insurance will be eligible for Medi-Cal or subsidized insurance through Covered California but remain unenrolled due to difficulties with the enrollment process, inability to afford coverage, concerns about negative immigration-related consequences for themselves or their family members, or other barriers. Almost three-fourths of the remaining uninsured will be Latino, almost one-third will reside in Los Angeles County, and about 70% will be exempt from paying a tax penalty for lacking coverage.

Jobs and Investments to Achieve Zero Net Energy in MUSH Sector Buildings in the SoCalREN Territory
By Megan Emiko Scott, Betony Jones and Carol Zabin
December, 2014
This brief estimates the investment needed, and the jobs this investment would generate, to achieve zero net energy (ZNE) in all Municipal, University, School, and Hospital (MUSH) sector buildings in the Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN) territory.

New Grant

California HealthCare Foundation, "Increasing the Affordability of Health Insurance in San Francisco: Population Estimates” (Ken Jacobs, PI)


Tracking the 5 Major Employment Indicators in California
January 22, 2015 | Fox&Hounds Daily

‘Top Chef Judge Tom Colicchio Speaks Out About Accusations of Worker Abuse
January 22, 2015 | TakePart

The First ACA Tax Filing Season Could Have Problems
January 22, 2015 | Bloomberg BNA

Redefining full-time: How to give employers reason to cut more workers’ hours
January 20, 2015 | Bangor Daily News

A new effort to help black workers find higher-paying jobs
January 20, 2015 | Los Angeles Times

Black unemployment rate headed for single digits
January 18, 2015 | New Pittsburgh Courier

Five Questions with Saru Jayaraman of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United
January 17, 2015 | The Daily Meal

Calif. has novel view of health care for undocumented immigrants
January 17, 2015 | USA Today

Black Unemployment Rate Headed for Single Digits By Freddie Allen
January 12, 2015 | Dallas Weekly

U.S. Laundry Workers Center Staff Workers alleging wage theft say picketing the surest path to justice
January 6, 2015 | Al Jazeera America

New Initiatives Set to Increase Health Coverage for Undocumented Immigrants in California
January 5, 2015 | California Health Report

Minimum wage a global bone of contention
December 31, 2014 | Deutsche Welle

Two years later, fast food workers’ fight for $15 and a union still going strong
December 31, 2014 | Richmond Confidential

Higher Minimum Wages on New Year’s Day for Workers in 20 States
December 30, 2014 | Bloomberg

The False Dichotomy of Wages vs. Profits
December 22, 2014 | strategy+business blog

I make 300 cups of coffee every day. I get $9 an hour plus tips
December 17, 2014 | San Diego Reader

Is It Bad Enough Yet?
December 13, 2014 | New York Times

Mark Bittman, Claus Meyer and other food luminaries to teach at Berkeley Food Institute
December 12, 2014 | San Francisco Chronicle Inside Scoop SF blog

Calif. legislature will consider health coverage for undocumented
December 12, 2014 | People’s World

2014 Newsmakers: Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Minimum Wage Proposal
December 11, 2014 | California Apparel News

Food luminaries to light up spring semester
December 11, 2014 | UC Berkeley NewsCenter

Expanded Medicaid remains year-round option for many
December 7, 2014 | Detroit Free Press

DACA Medi-Cal — A Lifeline for Young Samoan With Bone Disease
December 5, 2014 | New America Media

Governor Brown considers expanding Medi-Cal for Deferred Action Recipients
December 5, 2014 | 89.3 KPCC Southern California Public Radio, AirTalk

Fast Food Workers, Joined By Other Low Wage Workers, Strike in Record 190 Cities
December 4, 2014 | In These Times

Latest minimum wage strikes expand beyond restaurant industry
December 4, 2014 | Nation’s Restaurant News

Fast-Food Workers Strike in Oakland, Again
December 4, 2014 | East Bay Express

Immigration: Three Families, Three Stories
December 3, 2014 | Huffington Post

Expand Medi-Cal coverage to undocumented Californians
December 3, 2014 | San Francisco Chronicle

Should Toronto have a higher minimum wage than the rest of Ontario?
December 2, 2014 | Toronto Star

Fast-Food Workers in 150 Cities Will Strike This Week for a $15 Hourly Wage
December 2, 2014 | Mic

New move to boost minimum wage
December 1, 2014 | Central Valley Business Times

Walmart workers launch Black Friday protest
November 28, 2014 | Al Jazeera America

Does Immigration Reform Benefit Blacks?
November 26, 2014 | Los Angeles Sentinel

Immigration overhaul could boost Latino enrollment in Obamacare
November 22, 2014 | Los Angeles Times

SF taxi drivers promise a repeat of airport protest
November 19, 2014 | San Francisco Chronicle

A Minimum Wage Increase Means Nothing if Your Boss is a Scofflaw
November 19, 2014 | San Francisco Public Press

California Public Employee Relations

CPER Pocket GuidesJust published…a new title for the education community, Pocket Guide to Dismissal Procedures Affecting Permanent, Certificated Employees, by Dale Brodsky.  A.B. 215 took effect on January 1, 2015. The new law, which governs dismissals and suspensions of permanent certificated employees, achieves the most significant overhaul of the dismissal statutes since 1983. CPER’s Pocket Guide focuses on changes initiated by A.B. 215, and briefly describes the full reach of the dismissal process, including the unchanged portions.

In March, CPER will publish a new edition of Pocket Guide to Public Sector Arbitration, a thorough, affordable, and convenient guide for anyone involved in arbitration or factfinding. The guide provides practical information on the process and highlights significant legal issues.

In late spring, CPER will publish a new edition of Pocket Guide to Public Sector Mediation in California. Mediation continues to be a successful method for resolving labor disputes for public sector employees in California. The guide discusses the various aspects of the mediation process as it applies to public agencies and employees throughout the state. Because the process differs among public employees depending on the governing statute, this guide outlines those differences and explains how the process typically works.

CPER sends an announcement when each new title or edition is published. To be put on the list, please send your email address to kalmin@berkeley.edu.
Recently published:
Pocket Guide to the Basics of Labor Relations (4th edition, 2014)
Pocket Guide to the Fair Labor Standards Act (3rd edition, 2014)  
Pocket Guide to the Firefighters’ Procedural Bill of Rights Act (3rd edition, 2014)

All Pocket Guides are described and can be ordered at http://cper.berkeley.edu.

Center for the Study of Child Care Employment

New Publication
Yes They Can: Supporting Bachelor Degree Attainment for Early Childhood Practitioners

This article, published in Early Childhood Research and Practice, examines the challenges experienced and supports received of early care and education  practitioners who return to school to earn their bachelor’s degree. Students assessed the cohort structure of their B.A. program, financial assistance, the schedule and location of classes, as well as academic and technological challenges and supports over time. The study concludes with suggestions for those who design and implement programs on how to best allocate resources to support degree attainment for early care and education practitioners.


UC Berkeley News Center - Childcare worker’s pay remains stagnant, study shows

Mercury News - Margaret Lavin: Early Education Teachers Undervalued Then and Now

EdSource - Early ed: Fast-growing field, slow-growing pay

TalkPoverty - How Low Child Care Wages Put All Children at Risk

Read more media coverage at tiny.cc/WWSUW

California State Advisory Council on Early Learning and Care
Director Marcy Whitebook attended the California State Advisory Council Early Learning and Care meeting in Sacramento on January 13, 2015. She presented on the Worthy Work, STILL Unlivable Wages report.

The CAYL Institute
Director Marcy Whitebook and Specialist Lea J.E. Austin hosted a webinar for the CAYL Institute on Supporting Nontraditional Students to Achieve Education Success on January 14-15, 2015.

Francis Family Foundation
Director Marcy Whitebook and Specialist Lea J.E. Austin hosted a webinar for the Francis Family Foundation on Early Childhood Workforce: Challenges and Opportunities on January 22, 2015.

Staff Changes
CSCCE hired two student assistants, 3rd Year Sarah Del Monte and 4th Year Felippa Amanta. They will be helping the center with research and administrative support. Fun fact: both of them like dogs!

Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics

For a full report on CWD’s activity, see their Web site at http:/www.irle.berkeley.edu/cwed

Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library

Data Storage Array Update

The hardware that will form the basis for IRLE’s vastly increased data storage capacity has been received from Dell, Inc. In the coming weeks Terry Huwe and Robert Hiramoto will begin setting up the hardware and establishing baseline practices to ensure easy access and retrievable to data sets. We will be talking with the IRLE Data Working Group to gather input throughout that process. In light of the fact that Dell was late in shipping hardware, we are not yet prepared to announce a launch date for the new storage array. But we hope that we can do so soon!

IRLE Web Site Administration, December 2014

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Library Web Page hits: 27,775 

Library Data Acquisition Services: Update

Library Operations Manager Janice Kimball has gained a new role in reference and collection building: data retrieval specialist. Janice has been helping researchers compile data on restaurants, first from Santa Clara County, and more recently from the City and County of San Francisco, Alameda County, and the City of Berkeley. Data that describe restaurants in detail are gathered by city and county food inspection departments, and vary greatly among jurisdictions. A substantial amount of data on restaurants has been gathered to date, and Janice has built working relationships with officials at various counties. It is anticipated the Janice will continue to lead a library-based service to acquire public data, which is widely dispersed, to assist IRLE researchers.

Donald Vial Center on Employment in the Green Economy

Upcoming Events

Carol Zabin will moderate the closing panel “What’s Next for California?” at the Reducing Inequality in a Sustainable World Conference on March 5, 2015. The conference is sponsored by the UC Berkeley Institute of Urban and Regional Development and the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. The day begins with a keynote address by Sivan Kartha of the Stockholm Environment Institute, followed by three panels that address sustainability and inequality from the perspective of cities and regions, measurement, and global growth.

Space is limited so please register in advance: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reducing-inequality-in-a-sustainable-world-tickets-15213991458


Jobs and Investments to Achieve Zero Net Energy in MUSH Sector Buildings in the SoCalREN Territory
by Megan Emiko Scott, Betony Jones and Carol Zabin
December 2014

This brief estimates the investment needed, and the jobs this investment would generate, to achieve zero net energy in all Municipal, University, School, and Hospital (MUSH) sector buildings in the Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN) territory. SoCalREN is a ratepayer-funded program regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission and serving public agencies and their constituents in the Southern California Edison and Southern California Gas Company service territories. This report was carried out at the request of the SoCalREN and its workforce development partner, Emerald Cities Collaborative, whose mission is to both reduce the region's energy consumption and create quality jobs and job opportunities for residents in the region.

The report is available here:


Campus News and Events

Center for Latin American Studies

March 11, 2015
370 Dwinelle Hall - 4pm
'Mexico's Second Land Reform: Economic, Social, and Political Implications'
Alain de Janvry, UC Berkeley

March 31, 2015
CLAS Conference Room
2334 Bowditch Street - 4pm
'The Bangladesh Accord: Lessons for Central American Garment Workers'
Garrett Brown, coordinator of the Maquiladora Health & Safety Support Network

February 26, 2015
Cine Latino
Room 2060, Valley Life Sciences Building - 7pm
'Gold Fever', Directed by J.T. Haines, Tommy Haines, and Andrew Sherburne (U.S., 2013)

Center for Japanese Studies

March 31, 2015
180 Doe Library - 4pm
'The Sun Rises Again? Regaining the Industrial Competitiveness of Japan in a Science Based Economic Era: Japan's Competitive Strength Going Forward', Kazuyuki Motohashi, The University of Tokyo

Economics Department

Economics 217: Risk Seminar
597 Evans Hall

February 10, 2015
"Asset-Liability Modeling in Prefunded and Hybrid Pension Plans"
Bob Anderson, University of California, Berkeley

Econ 222/PHDBA 279I-1 Economics of Innovation
330 Blum Hall

February 18, 2015
'Knowledge Fit and Productivity Gains from Employee Mobility'
Karin Hoisl, LMU

Economics 225, Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis
C325 Cheit Hall

February 12, 2015
"Work-Life Balance in Politics"
Johanna Rickne, Columbia University

Economics 251, Labor Economics Seminar
648 Evans Hall

February 12, 2015
"Labor Market Fluidity and Economic Performance"
Steven Davis, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Department of Demography

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

February 18, 205
'Aging and Individual Productivity: Evidence from Emergency Physicians'
David Silver, Economics, UC Berkeley

February 25, 2015
'Poverty, the Social Safety Net and Living Arrangements During the Great Recession
Hilary Hoynes, Economics and Public Policy, UC Berkeley

Institute for the Study of Societal Issues (ISSI)

ISSI Colloquia Speaker Series:
Anna Head Alumnae Hall, 2537 Haste Street
4:pm - 5:30pm

February 24, 2015
'Shadow Transnationalism: Cross-Border Networks and Planning Challenges of Transnational Unauthorized Immigrant Communities', Gerardo Sandoval, Assistant Professor of Planning, Public Policy & Management, University of Oregon; Associate Director, Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies

March 10, 2015
'Weapons of the (Not So) Weak: Immigrant Mass Mobilization in the U.S. South'
Chris Zepeda-Millán, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

March 14-15, 2015
'Practical Qualitative Data Analysis in ATLAS.ti'
This workshop will provide both a conceptual background and practical experience in computer assisted qualitative data analysis (CAQDA) using ATLAS.ti. The workshop begins by examining the core elements common to all CAQDA, regardless of methodological orientation, discipline/profession, or platform

Sociology Department

Departmental Colloquium Series
2pm-3:30pm unless otherwise noted
Blumer Room
402 Barrows Hall

February 9th, 2015
'Cashing In on Distress: The Expansion of Fringe Financial Institutions during the Great Recession'
Jacob Faber, NYU