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IRLE eNews, Summer 2010: The Year in Review

The Labor Center's Year in Review Report - Academic Year, Fall 2009-Spring 2010


  • Solidarity Workshop on improving relations between Latino and Black workers
  • Online Media Training
  • Strategic Priorities for the U.S. labor movement and strategic research, for delegation of Guangzhou (China) Federation of Trade Unions
  • Strategic
  • California Lead Organizers Institute –to be held February 15-19, 2010. Funded in part by the California Wellness Foundation
  • C.L. Dellums African American Leadership School
  • Labor Summer
  • City and County
  • Strategic Campaigns

Selected Publications

Health Care

"Summary of Health Care Reform Legislation Provisions Affecting Children, Non-Elderly Adults and Employers," (Updated 4/20/10)

"Calculator: How Much Would a Family Spend Under the President's Health Reform Proposal?" (Updated 3/25/10)

"Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Summary of Provisions Affecting Employer-Sponsored Insurance," April 2010

"Eligibility for Medi-Cal and the Health Insurance Exchange in California under Federal Health Reform," April 2010, by Ken Jacobs, Laurel Tan and Dave Graham-Squire

"The President's Health Reform Proposal: Impact on California Small Businesses, their Employees and the Self-Employed," March 2010, by Laurel Tan, Ken Jacobs, Dave Graham-Squire

"Who Benefits from the Proposed Amendment to the Senate Excise Tax on Employer Health Premiums?" February 2010, by Ken Jacobs, William H. Dow, Dave Graham-Squire and Laurel Tan

"Summary of Health Care Reform Legislation Provisions Affecting Children, Non-Elderly Adults and Employers," (Updated 4/20/10)

"Financial Protection of Employer-based Insurance in California, 2009," January 2010, by Jon Gabel, Roland McDevitt, Ken Jacobs, and Laurel Tan

"How would the Senate health bill affect U.S. workers employed at or near part-time?" January 2010, by Dave Graham-Squire

"Summary of Healthcare Reform Bill Provisions Affecting Individuals and Employers," (Updated January 2010)

"National Health Reform Requirements and California Employers," December 2009, by Jon Gabel, Ken Jacobs, Laurel Tan, Roland McDevitt, Jeremy Pickreign, and Shova KC

"How Would Health Care Reforms Change the Spending of California Families Without an Employer Plan?" December 2009, by Ken Jacobs, Laurel Tan, Roland McDevitt, Jon Gabel and Ryan Lore

"Californians' Access to Coverage under the Health Reform Proposals," December 2009, by Ken Jacobs and Dave Graham-Squire

"Addressing California's Health Coverage Gaps: The Impact of National Health Care Reform," November 2009, by Annette Gardner, Melissa Rodgers, and Ken Jacobs

Green Jobs/Climate Change

"The Impact of Climate Change Policies on Carbon-Intensive Manufacturing Industries in Oregon," November 2009, by Carol Zabin, Andrea Buffa, and Lynn Scholl

California Budget

"Budget Solutions and Jobs," March 2010, by Ken Jacobs, T. William Lester and Laurel Tan

"The High Cost of Furloughs," October 2009, by Ken Jacobs

Workers/Labor Law Reform/Right to Organize/International Labor Issues

"Lowering the Bar or Setting the Standard? Deutsche Telekom's U.S. Labor Practices," December 2009, by John Logan

Human Services/Other

"Memories of the 1982 ILGWU Strike in New York Chinatown," Amerasia Journal, 2009, by Katie Quan


Fall 2009

  • Bringing National Health Reform to California, November 6, 2009. Keynote speakers and moderators included Neera Tanden, Senior Advisor to Secretary Sebelius and the White House Office of Health Reform, Herb Schultz, Senior Advisor to Governor Schwarzenegger, Stephen Shortell, Dean of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, Jacob Hacker, Professor, Yale University and Berkeley CHEFS co-founder, and Claire Brindis, Professor and Director of the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF.
  • Delegation to a conference in Guangzhou, China with Chinese and German unionists and academics on the effect of the global recession on
  • Nelson Lichtenstein book event, How Wal-Mart Created a Brave New World of Business.
  • Amy Dean book event, The New New Deal: How Regional Activism Will Reshape the American Labor Movement
  • Business Ethics Network Conference and Awards ceremony
  • Digital Quilt Project, a discussion in Guangzhou to bridge garment worker relations in the US and China
  • Chair Ken Jacobs participated in events and meetings related to health care reform, including:
    • Silicon Valley Leadership Group briefing
    • Press conference with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, then-President of the AFL-CIO, John Sweeney and Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the California Labor Federation, Art Pulaski
    • Health Care for America Now, San Francisco
    • California Health Professional Student Alliance Conference
    • Engineers and Scientists IFPTE Local 20, Kaiser

Spring 2010

  • United Association of Labor Educators workshops on green jobs
  • Book event, Breaking Ground: The History of Operating Engineers Local Union No. 3.

Grants and Contracts

  • California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)–comprehensive analysis of the workforce development needs of the California green economy through 2020.
  • California Energy Commission (CEC)–proposal to create a National Center for the Clean Energy Workforce
  • General Service Foundation–Policy research on reform and enforcement of U.S. labor laws
  • Akonadi Foundation–Program support for Black Worker program.
  • Center for American Progress–Employment impacts of living wage conditions on economic development subsidies.
  • SEIU International–Analysis of impacts of Governor's proposed budget on jobs in California.
  • SEIU International–Analysis of hidden costs due to low-wages for school cafeteria workers and potential costs savings from labor standards.
  • ILWU–Subsidies, wages and benefits at the Port of Stockton

New CLRE staffers

  • Alexis Mazon, Black/Latino Workers project
  • Laurel Tan, health care program
  • Janet Dawson, external relations
  • Jessie Halpern-Finnerty, Zach Church, Sergio Montero, Tory Griffith, and Susie Suafai, green jobs projects

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