April 2015 (No. 78)

Editor: Terence K. Huwe
Contributors: Stefanie Kalmin, Janice Kimball, Jenifer MacGillvary, Myra Armstrong, Ferheen Abbasi and Megan Emiko Scott

In This Issue:

Especially Recommended
Monday, April 6, 2015 | 12 pm - 1 pm
Sixty-five Years of National Minimum Wage: Assessing the French Experience
Jerome Gautie, Visiting Scholar, Professor of Economics at University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France

Monday, April 13, 2015 | 12 pm - 1 pm
How an Interdisciplinary View of Healthy Workplaces is Greater than the Sum of the Parts
Cristina Banks, Senior Lecturer, Haas School of Business, Management of Organizations Group (MORS)
Monday, April 20, 2015 | 12 pm - 1 pm
(Title to be announced)
Seth Holmes, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley

IRLE News and Events
IRLE Colloquium Series
IRLE Publishes Important Wage Study for the City of Los Angeles
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
Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (BCLT)
Canadian Studies Program (CAN)
Center for Chinese Studies
Center for Latin American Studies
Economics Department
Geography Department
Goldman School of Public Policy
Institute for the Study of Societal Issues


IRLE News and Events

IRLE Colloquium Series

All events are held in the Large Conference Room at 2521 Channing Way, unless otherwise noted.
A light lunch is served.

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

Jerome GautieMonday, April 6, 2015 | 12 pm - 1 pm
Sixty-five Years of National Minimum Wage: Assessing the French Experience
Jerome Gautie, Visiting Scholar, Professor of Economics at University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France


Cristina BanksMonday, April 13, 2015 | 12 pm - 1 pm
How an Interdisciplinary View of Healthy Workplaces is Greater than the Sum of the Parts
Cristina Banks, Senior Lecturer, Haas School of Business, Management of Organizations Group (MORS)


Seth HolmesMonday, April 20, 2015 | 12 pm - 1 pm
(Title to be announced)
Seth Holmes, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley



IRLE Publishes Important Wage Study for the City of Los Angeles

ReportIRLE researchers have published the following report:

The Proposed Minimum Wage Law for Los Angeles: Economic Impacts and Policy Options PDF

by Michael Reich, Ken Jacobs, Annette Bernhardt and Ian Perry
With the assistance of Miranda Dietz and Laurel Lucia

A Report to the Los Angeles City Council


Recent Working papers

Working papers may be downloaded from:

Do Politicians Use Policy to Make Politics? The Case of Public Sector Labor Laws PDF
Sarah F. Anzia and Terry M. Moe
Working Paper No. 109-15
February 2015

Bottle Revolution: Constructing Consumer and Producer Identities in the Craft Beer Industry PDF
Jo-Ellen Pozner, Michaela DeSoucey, and Katarina Sikavica
Working Paper No. 108-15
March 2015

Paying Attention to Misconduct: Differential Reactions to Misconduct After Sarbanes-Oxley PDF
Jo-Ellen Pozner, Aharon Cohen Mohliver, and Celia Moore
Working Paper No. 107-15
February 2015

Making the Most of Diversity: How Collectivism Mutes the Disruptive Effects of Demographic Heterogeneity on Group Performance PDF
Jennifer A. Chatman, Eliot L. Sherman, and Bernadette M. Doerr 
Working Paper No. 106-15
January 2015

Socio-Economic Variation in the Effect of Economic Conditions on Marriage and Non-marital Fertility: Evidence from the Great Recession PDF
Daniel Schneider and Orestes P. Hastings
Working Paper No. 105-15
March 2015

Effects of the Great Recession on the U.S. Agricultural Labor Market PDF
Maoyong Fan, Anita Alves Pena, and Jeffrey M. Perloff
Working Paper No. 104-15
March 2015

For love or money? Gender differences in how one approaches getting a job PDF
Weiyi Ng and Ming D. Leung
Working Paper No. 103-15
February 2015

Migrant Farmworker Injury: Slow Death and Statistical Events
Seth M. Holmes
Working Paper No. 102-15
February 2015


IRLE Programs

The Labor Center

New Reports

The Continuing Retirement Savings Crisis
Nari Rhee and Ilana Boivie
March 1, 2015
With the Baby Boom generation beginning to retire, more emphasis has recently focused on Americans’ financial security in retirement. Most recent studies show that many Americans are ill-prepared for retirement, and that they are highly anxious about their ability to retire. The financial crisis of 2007-2008 was a huge setback for households. Since then, the combined value of 401(k) accounts and IRAs increased to a record high of $11.3 trillion at the end of 2013. Does this translate to improved retirement security for average American households? Unfortunately, the answer is no: the typical American household was further behind in retirement readiness in 2013 than in 2010 and 2007.

This report, an update of a previous NIRS report published in 2013, examines the readiness of working-age households, based primarily on an analysis of the 2013 Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF) from the U.S. Federal Reserve. The study analyzes workplace retirement plan coverage, retirement account ownership, and household retirement savings as a percentage of income, and estimates the share of working families that meet financial industry recommended benchmarks for retirement savings.

The Proposed Minimum Wage Law for Los Angeles: Economic Impacts and Policy Options

By Michael Reich, Ken Jacobs, Annette Bernhardt and Ian Perry
March 20, 2015
The Los Angeles City Council is considering a citywide minimum wage increase to $13.25 by 2017 and $15.25 by 2019, followed by annual increases indexed to inflation. In this prospective study, we assess the economic impact of the proposal on workers, businesses and the city’s economy, and analyze a range of policy design options.

Our findings are based on a mid-range scenario for future wage and inflation growth in Los Angeles. If actual economic growth turns out to be stronger or weaker than in this scenario, our assessment would change accordingly.

Health Insurance and Demographics of California Immigrants Eligible for Deferred Action
By Laurel Lucia, Xiao Chen, Ken Jacobs and Nadereh Pourat
March 26, 2015
Between 360,000 and 500,000 immigrants living in California would become eligible for Medi-Cal if they receive temporary protection from deportation and permission to work as a result of recent executive actions by President Barack Obama. Up to 57 percent of immigrants in California who are eligible under the executive actions are low income and lack private health insurance, according to a study by UC Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.


Upcoming Events and Trainings

Ai-Jen Poo: The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America
Hosted by Mitch Jeserich & Angela Glover Blackwell
Sunday, April 26, 7:30 PM

Sponsored by KPFA Radio 94.1FM, with co-sponsors UC Berkeley Labor Center, Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, California Domestic Workers Coalition, Caring Across Generations, Hand in Hand, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, National Domestic Workers Alliance, and PolicyLink.

MacArthur Genius Award winner Ai-Jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Co-Director of the Caring Across Generations campaign, one of Newsweek's 150 Fearless Women, one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World, and a 2013 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader offers fresh answers in her powerful new book, The Age of Dignity.

We have more seniors in America today than at any time in history, and every day more than ten-thousand people turn 65!  By 2018, demand for home health care will increase by more than 90%. As a student volunteer working with immigrant women on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Ai-Jen Poo saw every day just how little we value the largely female, often undocumented caregiving population. As a daughter and granddaughter, she saw exactly how crucial they had been in her own family. Interweaving her own personal stories with those of seniors and their lifelines, The Age of Dignity provides many surprisingly positive solutions to some of our most serious problems. She outlines a roadmap to our becoming a more caring nation, while addressing our fraying social net and the limited opportunities for women and immigrants in the workforce.

Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 Ninth Street #290, Oakland
$12 advance tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1364365 : 800-838-3006 or Pegasus Books (3 sites), Moe's, Walden Pond Bookstore, Diesel a Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway's Books  SF:
Modern Times, $15 door, KPFA benefit   www.kpfa.org/events 

Strategic Research Workshop

Wednesday & Thursday, June 24-25, 2015

This two-day introductory workshop is intended for union staff members responsible for carrying out research for organizing and collective bargaining campaigns. It provides participants with a general overview, case studies, and hands-on exercises to practice research strategies and methods. Instructors are practitioners.

Participants will learn to do:

  • Corporate Profiles
  • Sectoral Analysis
  • Labor Policy Research
  • Public Records Research

Cost: $400 (includes, meals, instruction and curriculum materials)
Location: Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
2521 Channing Way
Berkeley CA 94720

For more information, contact:
Clementina Jara
Program Coordinator
(510) 643-7048



3 in 5 want to retire somewhere else
March 23, 2015 | Bankrate

U.S. Retirement Crisis Is Real: NIRS
March 20, 2015 | ThinkAdvisor

Chain Restaurants Are Locked in a Last-Ditch Legal Battle Over Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage
March 19, 2015 | Vice News

Los Angeles International Airport workers sue airplane food company for wage theft
March 18, 2015 | Daily Breeze

Oakland Minimum Wage Hike Leaves Students Uncertain
March 11, 2015 | Golden Gate Xpress

Could a $15 minimum wage make sense for Oregon?
March 9, 2015 | Christian Science Monitor

Is right-to-work the kiss of death for labor unions?
March 9, 2015 | PBS NewsHour

As Oakland’s minimum wage rises, a mixed reaction from workers and businesses
March 6, 2015 | Oakland North

Good News for New York’s Tipped Workers: Your Minimum Wage is Going Up
February 26, 2015 | In These Times

For Many Middle-Class Taxpayers On Obamacare, It’s Payback Time
February 26, 2015 | Kaiser Health News

Obama Immigration Move Won’t Solve Health Issues
February 26, 2015 | Huffington Post


New Grants

Ken Jacobs, The California Endowment, "California Health Policy Research Program, 2015-2016"

Ken Jacobs, Ken Jacobs, working with Nari Rhee, Manager of the Labor Center's Retirement Security Program, California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Investment Board (via sub-award through Overture Financial LLC), "Market Analysis and Benefit Design Consultant Services for California Secure Choice"

California Public Employee Relations

CPER Pocket Guides

Just published this month…the fourth edition of Pocket Guide to Public Sector Arbitration: California, a readable yet comprehensive guide to everything you need to know about public sector arbitration. This edition is expanded, updated and more "user friendly" for both advocates and arbitrators.

Updated with the latest court decisions and statutes, the guide explains the procedures and principles that apply to both grievance arbitration and interest arbitration, including the standards that guide arbitrators in deciding cases. It also examines the courts' treatment of final and binding arbitration. 

The fourth edition looks at arbitrators, themselves — their backgrounds, how they gain admission to rosters of arbitration agencies, constraints on their authority, and how parties make a selection. There is an expanded discussion of the history and legal development of arbitration, from its private sector origins in the 1940s through its California public sector acceptance since the 1960s. Included for convenient reference are the text of the California Arbitration Act, a list of the many court cases that are addressed in the text and in footnotes, and a bibliography of leading reference books.

Just published in March…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.
Useful for both the beginning practitioner and the seasoned professional, the guide covers the types of mediation, levels of involvement, and the importance of confidentiality. Included are the relevant statutory language of each act, important cases, selected references, and a glossary of terms.

Watch for announcements later this year about new editions of guides covering the Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act (PEPRA), disability discrimination, and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

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 Dismissal Procedures Affecting Permanent, Certificated Employees (1st edition, 2015)
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


The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) has been awarded a three-year grant from the Foundation for Child Development for the State of the Early Childhood Workforce project.

The biennial State of the Early Childhood Workforce report will provide state-by-state early childhood job indicators linked with quality improvement and better outcomes for children. Its purpose is to sustain a focus on the ECE workforce in public discourse and to assist advocates in framing measurable policy goals. A national advisory council will help to identify indicators to serve as key policy levers for improving ECE jobs. Examples of indicators include Bureau of Labor and Census wage rankings of child care and preschool jobs compared to other occupations, changes in earnings over time; and a comparison of public pre-K to K-12 teacher and other compensation-related policy. The population of focus is the nearly two-million members of the ECE workforce, primarily women, many of color, who earn low wages. Our intent is to generate actionable policy to reverse the entrenched inequity and irrationality in the current ECE system that shortchanges children, families and their teachers.

Job Opportunities

The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, University of California, Berkeley is seeking applications from qualified individuals for the position of Research Coordinator. The position will manage all aspects of the early care and education research projects conducted at the Center, such as monitoring sponsored research applications and reporting requirements, coordinating Human Subjects protocol applications, coordinating data collection, and tracking research project budgets. The position will also perform complex research tasks, in conjunction with academic supervisors, making significant, original contributions to research methods. This includes co-authorship of published findings.

For more information, visit tiny.cc/csccejobs.

Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics

For a full listing on CWED activities and publications, please see the CWED website at http:/www.irle.berkeley.edu/cwed

Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library

IRLE Data Array in Testing Stage

The new 24 terabyte data storage array will be powered up and tested for hardware integrity in mid – April.  Concurrently, the IRLE Data Working Group will meet and plan for the launch of the storage array, which will follow the testing phase later this spring. It is anticipated that the data storage array may be ready to accept files in late spring or summer 2015.

IRLE Web Traffic Statistics, March 2015

The Library oversees Web content administration and provides monthly highlights. Traffic remains high.

Total Visits         Pages                  Total Hits
164,639              372,356                645,241


Donald Vial Center for Jobs in the Green Economy

Please visit the Vial Center Web site for a summary of recent activity: http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/vial



Campus News and Events

Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (BCLT)
Berkeley Technology Law Journal (BTLJ)
Berkeley Institute for Data Science

April 17, 2015
8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m
Booth Auditorium
UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)

The 19th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium: Open Data: Addressing Privacy, Security, and Civil Rights Challenges

Canadian Studies Program (CAN)

Canadian Studies Colloquium
223 Moses Hall

April 1, 2015
“Reconsidering Rosie: Rugged Work in the Canadian and U.S. Wests since World War II”, Laurie Mercier, Washington State University Vancouver

Center for Chinese Studies
Institute of East Asian Studies

April 2, 2015
180 Doe Library
“China Worker Wellness Project: Building a Healthy Workforce and Productive Economy”, Linda Neuhauser, Public Health, UC Berkeley

Center for Latin American Studies

Bay Area Latin America Forum
April 14, 2014
12:00 – 1:15 pm
554 Barrows Hall

“Public Health and Equity in Latin America”, Stefano Bertozzi, School of Public Health at UC Berkeley

Economics Department

Economics 211, Economic History Seminar
597 Evans Hall

April 20, 2015
“Cultural Assimilation in the Age of Mass Migration”, Leah Platt Boustan, UCLA

May 12, 2015
The Division of Labor and Economies of Scale in Late Nineteenth Century American Manufacturing: New Evidence”, Robert Margo, Boston University

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

April 22, 2015
“Are the 'Best and Brightest' Going into Finance? Career Choice and Skill Development of MIT Students”, Pian Shu (Harvard Business School)

Economics 231, Public Finance Seminar
648 Evans Hall

April 5, 2015
"Children and the Gender Wage Gap: Evidence from the Breadwinner Notch", Camille Landais, London School of Economics

April 13, 2015
"Market Externalities of Large Unemployment Insurance Extension Programs",Josef Zweimüller, University of Zurich

Economics 251, Labor Economics Seminar
648 Evans Hall

April 13, 2015
“Market Externalities of Large Unemployment Insurance Extension Programs”, Josef Zweimuller, University of Zurich
Joint with the PF seminar
* Please note change in time/location due to joint event.

Development and Planning, Development Lunch Series
648 Evans Hall

April 7, 2015
"Performance Pay and Information: Reducing Child Undernutrition in India", Prakarsh Singh

Geography Department

April 15, 2015
”Framing Detroit: Austerity,"Adjustment," and the Financialization of Urban Governance” Jamie Peck, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia.

April 29, 2015
“Racism and Nationalism in the Air: Mexican Air Pollution, Neoliberal Trade, and the Reproduction of U.S. Superiority”, Dr. Laura Pulido, Professor, Department of American Studies & Ethnicity, University of Southern California

Goldman School of Public Policy
Students of Color in Public Policy (SCiPP)

April 14 – 17, 2015

Goldman School of Public Policy 5th Annual Race and Policy Symposium: Implicit Bias and Its Consequences: What's Race Got to Do With It?

Please click on link to see schedule and RSVP

Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

ISSI Colloquia Speaker Series
Wildavsky Conference Room
2538 Channing Way

April 14, 2015
“The Triumph of the Corporate Rich and Why They Succeeded”, William Domhoff, Professor of Sociology, University of California Santa Cruz