April 2011 (No. 49)

Editor: Terence K. Huwe
Contributors: Marcy Whitebook, Stefanie Kalmin, Janice Kimball, Jenifer MacGillvary, Netsy Firestein, Dick Walker


Especially Recommended

Colloquium Series:

Monday, April 4, 2011 –12:30-2pm
Spatial Dynamics of Job Creation -Ted Egan, Chief Economist, City of San Francisco

Monday, April 11, 2011 –12:30-2pm
Infrastructure, Job Creation, and Local Hire -Panelists TBA

Monday, April 18, 2011 –12:30-2pm
Community Benefits, Accountable Development, and Job Creation -Cecilia Estolano, Green For All

Monday, April 25, 2011 –12:30-2pm
The Union Vision for Job Creation -Panelists TBA

Thursday, April 28, 2011 –4-5:30pm SPECIAL TIME
Outlier Nation? Measures of Social Well-Being: The Case of the United States in Comparative Perspective
Jerome Karabel, UCB Department of Sociology

See below for details and links for each event

IRLE News and Events
The Vial Center: New Report Attracts Interest and Endorsements
Spring 2011 Colloquium Series: April 2011
Recent Working Papers

IRLE Program News
The Labor Center
California Public Employee Relations
Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Center for Wage and Employment Dynamics
Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library
The Labor Project for Working Families

Campus News and Events
UC Berkeley Events




The Vial Center: New Report Attracts Interest and Endorsements

On March 17, 2011, The Donald Vial Center on Employment in the Green Economy released the California Workforce, Education, and Training Needs Assessment for Energy Efficiency, Distributed Generation and Demand Response. The report was endorsed by California Public Utility Commission president Mike Peevey, Labor and Workforce Development Agency Secretary Martin Morgentstern, and Senator Loni Hancock (D-Oakland) in a press conference at the State Capitol. The study was mandated in the California Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic plan to provide recommendations to the CPUC and other agencies on the workforce strategies needed to achieve the state's ambitious energy efficiency goals.

Report results:

    •By 2020, energy efficiency policies will result in about $11.2 billion of public and private investment, resulting in 211,000 jobs.
    •Two-thirds of the jobs are directly related to energy efficiency work are in the traditional construction trades, and one-sixth are in professional jobs such as architects and engineers; only a tiny number of the jobs are in new specialized "green jobs."

    •Poor quality installation of energy efficient equipment some sectors is undermining the achievement of energy efficiency goals and is directly linked to low-wage labor markets which do not reward workers or businesses for investments in training.
    •California has over 1,000 training and education programs training in the key forecasted occupations, but the lack of widespread industry-recognized certifications lead to confusion and lack of coordination in the workforce development system.

    Report recommendations:

    •Continue and expand the state's energy efficiency policies in order to meet the state's ambitious energy efficiency goals and create good jobs.
    •"Green" existing training programs for traditional occupations by incorporating energy efficiency skills and knowledge into curricula, rather than promoting stand-alone, narrowly focused green training programs.
    •Use our public and ratepayer investment to promote high quality work and good careers for Californians by:

      •Setting high quality skills certification standards for workers; and
      •Enforcing building codes and requiring other strong quality standards for contractors.

» Full Report PDF

» UC Berkeley News Center Press Release

» Green Jobs Summit


IRLE Spring 2011 Colloquium Series: April 2011

All events are located at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing Way, Berkeley
TO ATTEND AN EVENT, PLEASE R.S.V.P. Myra Armstrong, zulu2@berkeley.edu

Friday, April 1, 2011 –12:00-1pm SPECIAL TIME
How Can California Spur Job Creation?
David Neumark, Public Policy Institute of California, UC Irvine

Monday, April 4, 2011 –12:30-2pm
Spatial Dynamics of Job Creation
Ted Egan, Chief Economist, City of San Francisco

Monday, April 11, 2011 –12:30-2pm
Infrastructure, Job Creation, and Local Hire
Panelists TBA

Monday, April 18, 2011 –12:30-2pm
Community Benefits, Accountable Development, and Job Creation
Cecilia Estolano, Green For All

Monday, April 25, 2011 –12:30-2pm
The Union Vision for Job Creation
Panelists TBA

Thursday, April 28, 2011 –4-5:30pm SPECIAL TIME
Outlier Nation? Measures of Social Well-Being: The Case of the United States in Comparative Perspective
Jerome Karabel, UCB Department of Sociology

Thursday, May 5, 2011 –12:00-1pm SPECIAL TIME
How Racial Divisions on the Shop-floor Influence Social Capital Activation for Job-Finding
Sandra Smith, Department of Sociology


Recent Faculty Working Papers

IRLE working papers may be found at:

Cui, Victor, Ding, Waverly W., Yanadori, Yoshio: Compensation Structure and the Creation of Exploratory Knowledge in Technology Firms, 2011

Kennedy, Jessica A., Anderson, Cameron, More, Don A.: Social Reactions to Overconfidence: Do the Costs of Overconfidence Outweigh the Benefits?, 2011

Kray, Laura: Gender Bias in Negotiators’ Ethical Decision Making, 2011

Kray, Laura J., Haselhuhn, Michael P.: Male Pragmatism in Ethical Decision Making, 2011


The Labor Center

New grant
The California Endowment has awarded the Labor Center a renewal grant of $331,778 for one year for the California Health Policy Research Program.  This project is a collaborative effort of four University of California Research Centers and other academic researchers to provide research and technical assistance to consumer stakeholders and policy makers to inform state and national health reform law implementation discussions.  Ken Jacobs is the Principal Investigator.

Upcoming workshops and trainings

California Lead Organizers Institute
April 28-30, 2011, Oakland, CA
The California Lead Organizers Institute for Labor and Community Organizers(CLOI) brings together lead organizers and aspiring lead organizers from unions and community-based organizations to collectively enhance campaign skills and develop a deeper understanding of the critical issues affecting working people in California. The 2011 program is being offered to monolingual and bilingual Spanish-speaking lead organizers.  Special topics affecting the daily lives of Spanish-speaking union members and community-based activists will be an integral part of CLOI 2011. For more information check our website: http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu.

Strategic Campaigns Workshop
July 11-15, 2011, Richmond, CA
Deadline to apply: June 3, 2011
The Strategic Campaigns Workshop is a five-day intensive for organizers, researchers, field reps and business agents, member leaders, communications specialists and political coordinators in unions and community-based organizations that are embarking on, or in the midst of, strategic campaigns. Visit our website for more information: http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/

Strategic Research Training
June 28-29, 2011, location TBA
This two-day introductory workshop is intended for beginning union researchers. The training provides participants with an introduction to the concepts and methodologies of union campaign research. Participants will become familiar with library and field research tools that are used in organizing and collective bargaining campaigns. They will see how research can support organizing campaigns, and they will use public records to research actual employers in the context of a strategic campaign. A two-day follow-up training, Strategic Research II, will be held in October 2011, specific dates TBA.

The Labor Summer Internship Program will again be held this summer. This is an innovative PAID internship program for graduate and undergraduate students, providing University of California students with the opportunity to learn from and work with organizations fighting for justice for California's working people. Students spend eight weeks with labor unions or community-based organizations, learning how to apply their skills in real world settings in campaigns that are making a difference for working people. We are still looking for more union host sites! Check our website at http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/laborsummer/union.shtml.

The 2011 Western Regional Summer Institute for Union Women will be held June 16-20 at the University of Hawaii! For more information contact Adrienne Valdez at avaldez@hawaii.edu.

Save the Date!
An Evening with the All-Stars: Celebrating the Spirit and Strength of Working People
The Labor Center’s gala fundraising event will be held September 22, 2011, at the Oakland Museum. Our special guest speaker is Richard Trumka, President, AFL-CIO. Mark your calendar now to join us in September!

New Report
Maximizing Health Care Enrollment through Seamless Coverage for Families in Transition: Current Trends and Policy Implications
March 2011, By Ken Jacobs, Laurel Lucia, Ann O’Leary and Ann Marie Marciarille
This policy brief reviews the literature on the prevalence of uninsurance caused by work or life transitions, including loss of or change in a job, a reduction in work hours, divorce or legal separation, loss of dependent status, a disability or the death of a family member.  The brief also provides initial recommendations for state and federal policymakers on how best to ensure seamless health coverage under the Affordable Care Act for individuals and families who lose health insurance because of a work or life transition. Available at: http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/healthcare/seamless_coverage11.pdf. PDF

In the News
Steven Pitts was interviewed on NPR’s "Tell Me More" program on March 10, 2011 in a segment entitled "Union Rights Affect Black Workers More than Others." AUDIO

Check out Ken Jacobs’s piece in the Huffington Post on February 18, 2011, "Living Wage Laws: Good for Workers and Good for the Economy."


California Public Employee Relations

CPER is currently updating CPER’s content and design, and have sent out a readership survey. Anyone who would like to take the survey can do so on the CPER website, http://cper.berkeley.edu.  All input is appreciated.

CPER No. 201 (March 2011) is online and in the mail. It includes the article, "The Mediator’s Role as Gatekeeper Under EERA and HEERA," by Paul Roose, program chief of the California State Mediation and Conciliation Service, and Jerry Fecher, a CSMCS mediator. The piece explores the mediator’s unique role in deciding whether or not to release a case to the more adversarial formal phase of factfinding. The second main article, "Garcetti Four Years Later: Can Public Employee Whistleblowers Be Protected?" was written by Patricia Winslow, associate executive director and acting chief counsel, California Teachers Association. Winslow opines that the Garcetti decision has meant the rejection of meaningful protections for any public employee who registers legitimate complaints about how the public’s business is conducted, or whose job duties require him or her to deliver bad news to the boss. "It is usually through public employees that we as a society can operate as effective overseers of the government," she writes, "and the evisceration of their rights under the Garcetti decision harms us all."

CPER Pocket Guide Series

CPER will publish a new pocket guide this summer: Pocket Guide to Workers’ Compensation, written by IRLE’s Juliann Sum. We will also have a new edition of Pocket Guide to Due Process in Public Employment, updated by Leonard Carder attorney Margot Rosenberg.

Dinner Honoring Carol Vendrillo

Many thanks to our supporters. In spite of the weather, many of you turned out to honor Carol and have a good time!

Center for the Study of Child Care Employment

The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCS) released a new policy report, Workforce Information: A Critical Component of Coordinated State Early Care and Education Data Systems.  In this report, we examine the early care and education workforce data landscape across the states, focusing on the three main workforce data systems operating across the states, ECE workforce registries, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood®, and NACCRRAWare/T-TAM. This report also examines the challenges and efforts to align these systems. The report is available at http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/cscce/2011/workforce-information-a-critical-component-of-coordinated-state-early-care-and-education-data-systems/.

CSCCE Director, Dr. Marcy Whitebook , was interviewed by BAM!Radio on the question of whether teachers of young children should hold a bachelor’s degree. Listen to the interview in which Dr. Whitebook challenges this question, pressing for a more nuanced conversation about the contextual factors, such as compensation, job retention and supportive work environments, that influence how well teachers of young children are able to apply what they know in order to create quality learning environments.


Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics

CWED has co-published the following paper with the Economic Policy Institute:

The State of Working America’s Wealth, 2011: Through volatility and turmoil, the gap widens PDF

by Sylvia A. Allegretto, March 2011


Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library

Elizabeth del Rocío Camacho Rejoins the Library Staff

The entire IRLE community welcomed the news that Elizabeth del Rocío Camacho has rejoined the IRLE community–after a length stretch as a limited term employee. Elizabeth del Rocío is evaluating the status of all Web projects underway, and is conferring with project leaders and center chairs on future strategies.

The IRLE Library is on Facebook and Twitter
Janice Kimball has launched a Facebook presence for the Library and is also twittering on IRLE’s scholarly output. Become a fan on Facebook (our full title is UC Berkeley Institute for Research on Labor & Employment Library). Follow us on Twitter at IRLELibrary.

The OskiCat Catalog On Your Smartphone
The Library has released a mobile application for OskiCat, and is reviewing its performance. Check it out on your iPhone or other smartphone at: http://mobile.lib.berkeley.edu/

UC e-Links Tests New Article Recommender Service
The University of California Libraries are launching a 2-month trial of bX Recommender, an academic library recommender service that points users to relevant scholarly articles on the topics they are researching via the UC-eLinks window.  bX generates its recommendations based on actual use of link resolver services using data contributed by academic institutions from all over the world.

The service makes connections between articles as searchers discover and access them, so it is continually being refined and improved as more people use it and contribute their data to the The trial will take place between the dates of April 11- June 10.  When users’ UC-eLinks results are returned, they will see a message that says, "Users interested in this article also expressed an interest in the following;"   Up to 10 articles will be available for viewing, with the first 3 showing in the window.

IRLE Librarian Presents at Computers in Libraries (CIL) Conference in Washington, DC

Terry Huwe made a presentation at the CIL conference in Washington that focused on the current state of surveying faculty members about library services. The presentation focused on the trend-setting Ithaka S + R faculty survey, and also identified top-ranked university library surveyors.

Access to the Library Via Intercom

Reminder for all Library users: You must use IRLE’s intercom to gain entry to The Library. Our Web sites provides detailed directions on how to use it. The Library is listed under "L" in alphabetical order. Program units and the Library are listed together with individuals in a single list.


Labor Project for Working Families

In March 2011, the Labor Project testified in support of legislation to expand family leave rights in California.  The legislation would guarantee family leave to caregivers of seriously ill extended family members and ensure the continuation of health insurance coverage for women on pregnancy leave.

Trainings & Presentations
On March 25, Carol Joyner, National Policy Director of the Labor Project, spoke on a panel on "Unions and Work Family Policy" at a conference organized by the United Association of Labor Education (UALE) in New Orleans. Carol highlighted the Labor Project’s national work on deepening relationships with unions focusing on advocacy for family-friendly policies. Other work family panelists included: Stephanie Bornstein, Associate Director of Work Life Law –A Center of UC Hastings College of the Law, Minnesota-based labor educator and activist Anne Nolan, and Jennifer Sherer, Director of the University of Iowa Labor Center. The UALE conference was entitled Unfinished Business:   Workers’ Rights for the Next Generation. Panels and workshops focused on the impact of the recession, inequalities and the broader political climate’s effect on bargaining and representation. 

In the News
Standing up for a Family Friendly Economy
Huffington Post –March 8, 2011
A blog post by Labor Project’s National Policy Director Carol Joyner on the important role of unions in building a family-friendly economy.



Center for Latin America Studies
Bay Area Latin America Forum
April 4, 2011
Monday, 12:00 - 1:15 pm
575 McCone Hall

"Lula’s Hegemony and Brazilian Labor Relations: Call Centers and Their Unions",
Ruy Braga, Department of Sociology at the Universidade de São Paulo

U.S.-Mexico Futures Forum
April 13, 2011
Wednesday 4:00 pm
554 Barrows Hall

"The Dragon in the Room: China and the Future of Latin American Industrialization",
Kevin P. Gallagher, Boston University

April 14, 2001
Thursday, 5:30 pm, doors open at 5:pm
155 Dwinelle Hall
"Women's Rights: A Global Challenge",
Michelle Bachelet, United Nations' first Under-Secretary-General for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, President of Chile from 2006-10


Center for Southeast Asian Studies
April 13, 2011
12:30-2 p.m
Institute of East Asian Studies (2223 Fulton, 6th Floor), Conference Room
"Meanwhile, Back At Home: Preliminary Findings on the Impact of the ‘Export Labor’ Policy on Vietnamese Migrant Workers and their Families",
Angie Ngoc Tran, Professor of Political Economy, CSU Monterey Bay


Demography Department
Brown Bag Seminar
2232 Piedmont Avenue,

April 20, 2011
Relative Cohort Size and Unemployment in the United States,
Carsten Ochsen, Max Planck Institute, Germany


Graduate School of Journalism
April 12, 2011
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Sutardja Dia Hall Banatao Auditorium, CITRIS
RSVP required, Free event
The Price of Sex, Mimi Chakarova, director and producer
A private screening for students, faculty and local community members