February 2005 (No.4)

Editor: Terence K. Huwe
Contributors: Elizabeth del Rocío Camacho, Janice Kimball

IIR NEWS AND EVENTS

Faculty News: New Affiliates, Awards, Working Papers, Seminar News
Long Term IIR Colleague Robert Flanagan Kicks Off Spring Seminar Series
Full IIR Spring Seminar Series Announced
New Employees at IIR
CPER: New Issue and Activities
Center for Labor Research & Education: Labor Summer and More
Center for the Study of Child Care Employment: Data Collection Underway
Institute of Industrial Relations Library: Web News, Collection Updates and Activities
Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy & Society: Special Issue on Living Wages
2004 State of California Labor Released


CAMPUS NEWS & EVENTS

Agricultural and Resource Economics: David I. Levine Presents
Center for Latin American Studies Events: Events
Center for South Asia Studies: Lecture
Center for Southeast Asian Studies: Conference
Economics Department: Econ 251, Spring 2005 Overview
Energy Resources Group: Colloquia
Haas School of Business:
OBIR Seminars, Research Seminar in Economic Analysis and Policy
Sociology Department: Colloquia

(EDITOR’S NOTE:Many departments and centers on campus are still working on their spring calendars; stay tuned for more detailed information next month.)


IIR NEWS AND EVENTS


 

Faculty News


Rucker Johnson: New IIR Affiliate and Faculty Member at the Goldman School
Rucker Johnson joined the Goldman School faculty this academic year. He received a PhD in economics from the University of Michigan in 2002, where his training focused on areas of applied microeconomics. He was honored to be the recipient of three national dissertation awards: APPAM dissertation award, Upjohn Institute Dissertation Award, and the National Economics Association Dissertation Award. Professor Johnson has been a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy at the University of Michigan for the past two years. His research emphasizes issues poverty and inequality in the fields of labor, urban and health economics. IIR Welcomes Rucker to its inter-disciplinary community of scholars.

Eric Verhoogenis the 2004 Co-Winner of the Upjohn Institute Dissertation Award
We have reported in these (digital) pages previously that IIR Affiliated Professor Alex Mas was a co-winner of the Upjohn Dissertation Award. However, we failed to accentuate that IIR's long-term friend Eric Verhoogen was the co-winner of the Upjohn award with Alex! Eric had an office at IIR for many years, and is now on the faculty at Columbia.


Recent Faculty Working Papers
The following working papers have been added to the eScholarship Repository in recent weeks (URLs shown):

"Durkheim and Organizational Culture" (June 1, 2004)
James R. Lincoln and Didier Guillot
Institute of Industrial Relations. Institute of Industrial Relations Working Paper Series. Paper iirwps-108-04.
http://repositories.cdlib.org/iir/iirwps/iirwps-108-04

"Dyad and Network: Models of Manufacturer-Supplier Collaboration in the Japanese TV Manufacturing Industry" (June 1, 2003)
James R. Lincoln and Didier Guillot
Institute of Industrial Relations. Institute of Industrial Relations Working Paper Series. Paper iirwps-109-04.
http://repositories.cdlib.org/iir/iirwps/iirwps-109-04

The analysis of manufacturer-supplier relationships in Japan has contributed significantly to the advancement of interorganizational theory. It has yielded broad evidence that long-term collaborative partnerships enable firms to exploit the incentive benefits of market-based exchange while reaping the learning and coordination benefits of internalization within a corporate hierarchy. In this paper, we go beyond the issues of trust and cooperation that have occupied much prior theory and research on supplier relations in considering another dimension along which collaborative agreements may be arrayed. We build on transaction and network theories respectively to propose two types of long-term collaborative ties: dyadic or bilateral governance and network embeddedness. A comparative analysis of collaborative relationships in product and process development between two Japanese TV manufacturing companies and their suppliers provides empirical evidence for the distinctive effect of network ties over dyadic relationships for collaborative knowledge-sharing.

"Wage Moderation and Rising Unemployment" (January 25, 2005)
Lloyd Ulman, Knut Gerlach, and Paola Giuliano
Institute of Industrial Relations. Institute of Industrial Relations Working Paper Series. Paper iirwps-110-05.
http://repositories.cdlib.org/iir/iirwps/iirwps-110-05

Why, at the onset of a downturn in economic activity and an upswing in unemployment (in the early 2000's), did the leading trade unions in Germany decide to demand-and in some cases strike for- larger wage increases and denounce a government-led policy of wage moderation, rather than strengthen their adherence to such a policy? Two (related) explanations of this apparently nonrational behavior were offered by German unionists at an informal conference on union policy-making in Germany, Japan, and the U.S. In the first place, it was claimed that at the grass roots union members might be expected to accept wage restraint only if they are convinced that they would be punished for failure to do so (e.g. to accept subcontract wages in marginal enterprises) or if acceptance would be virtually certain to ensure reward in the form of increased job security and employment (e.g. by the adoption of more expansionist fiscal or monetary policies). And second, some of the union participants at the conference claimed that the failure of real wages to grow as rapidly as productivity tends to engender feelings of unfair on inequitable treatment among unionists, which, if allowed to persist, could override the requirements of rational self-interest in pursuing wage policies aimed solely at maximizing the net wealth of the membership.


 

First IIR Faculty Seminar Held on January 31, 2005


Professor Robert Flanagan, Konosuke Matsushita Professor of International Labor Economics and Policy Analysis, Stanford University, presented a lecture titled, "Has Management Strangled Unions?" this past Monday. The talk drew on his extensive experience with labor management issues. For further information, take a look at http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/events/spring05/seminars/index.html on the IIR Web.


 

Full IIR Spring Seminar Series Announced


The Following slate of distinguished speakers will follow Professor Flanagan's January 31 presentation this Spring in the Seminar Series:

February 14, 2005 (Mon) 4pm - 6pm (note change of time)
Union Structure: The Democracy vs. Efficiency Dilemma and the SEIU's New Unity Proposal
George Strauss, Professor Emeritus, U.C. Berkeley ; Katie Quan, Chair, CLRE

February 28, 2005 (Mon) 12noon - 1pm
Preparing & Retaining the Workforce For Quality Early Care & Education
Marcy Whitebook,Director ,Center for the Study of Child Care Employment

March 3, 2005 (Thur) 5pm-6pm (note day & time change)
Co-sponsored with Center for Labor Research & Education Title To Be Announced
Robert Ross, Professor of Sociology,Clark University, Author of "Slaves To Fashion: Poverty and Abuse in the New Sweatshops."

March 14, 2005 (Mon) 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Title To Be Announced
Trond Petersen, Professor, Haas School of Business, U.C. Berkeley

March 22, 2005 (Tue) Time TBA
Co-sponsored with the Center for Labor Research & Education
Title To Be Announced
Anita Chan, Australian National University

April 4, 2005 (Mon) 12noon - 1pm
Challenges Facing the U.S. Defined Benefit Pension System
Mark M. Glickman, U.S. Government Accountability Office, San Francisco; Charles Jeszeck, GAO, Washington,D.C.

April 18, 2005 (Mon) 12noon - 1pm
Economic Aspects of aPermanent Political Agreement Between Isreal and Palestine
Arie Arnon, Professor of Economics,Ben Gurion University, Israel



 

New Employees at IIR


Mrs. Annette Barnes will be joining us as the Institute's new Human Resources and Pre-Award Coordinator. Her first day is Wednesday, February 2nd. She will be in room 203 temporarily until the second week in February. Her permanent office will be room 206. Annette has worked on the campus for more than 20 years and comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience in all areas of HR/Payroll/Benefits.

Richard Spieglman has joined the Center for the Study of Child Care Employement as a Research Specialist. He brings a wide range of experience to CSCCE.



 

California Public Employee Relations


New Issue of CPER
The soon to be released February 2005 issue of CPER (No. 170) includes the following main articles:
  • "Choosing Between Administrative Remedies: A Procedural 'No Brainer," by C. Christine Maloney, an attorney with the San Francisco law firm of Renne Sloan Holtzman & Sakai

  • "The Uphill Battles of Whistleblowers in California's Local Public Entities," by Walnut Creek solo law practitioner Nancy J. Balles.

  • "Education: A Civil Right," by Gregory J. Dannis, a partner in Milller, Brown & Dannis

  • "Pension Reform: Who Will It Help?" by Katherine Thomson and Carol Vendrillo
Of special interest are two articles in Katherine Thomson's Recent Developments:Higher Education section, "Fighting for Scraps at U.C." and "Governor Strikes at Labor Research Again," with quotes from our own Michael Reich!


CPER Professional Activities
On January 28, Carol Vendrillo and Katherine Thomson participated in the 2nd Annual Labor Arbitration Advocacy Conference put on by the National Academy of Arbitrators and The Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution, University of California, Hastings College of the Law.


 

Center for Labor Research and Education



Labor Center Hosts California Lead Organizers Institute
This is a new five-day training with two follow-up sessions, specifically designed for lead organizers. The first California Lead Organizers Institute will focus on healthcare advocacy and campaigns. Monday-Friday, Feb 7-11. At the Ben Lomond Center near Santa Cruz. For information, contact Raahi Reddy at 510-642-1851 or reddyr@berkeley.edu.
http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/leadershipschool/cloi.shtml


Labor Summer Internship Program, June 20-August 12, 2005
The UC Berkeley Labor Center offers an exciting opportunity for UC students to become summer interns with cutting-edge unions and community-based organizations in Northern California. The Labor Summer Internship Program is an innovative PAID internship program for graduate and undergraduate students, putting University of California students into action fighting for justice for California's working people. Applications for students, and unions/CBOs that seek interns, are available now at
http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/laborsummer


Financial Skills Workshop Offered to Trade Unionists
The Labor Center held the 2005 session of its Financial Skills Workshop on January 20 and 21. The workshop brought together 25 trade unionists from unions ranging from city workers in San Francisco, to sheet metal workers in Sacramento, to university employees in Davis. The first day of training provided an introduction to basic financial statements and financial tracking tools. On the second day, participants focused on how to develop strategic budgets related to programmatic goals. The response from the participants was that they all learned something about the nitty gritty of union finances, but more significantly they learned of the importance of developing strategic budgets.


Semi-Annual Issue of "On the Move" is On the Web
The issue includes articles on the Labor Center's current research and education projects, along with recaps of recent events and news about future events, programs and projects. The Labor Center's semi-annual newsletter is on our website at:
http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/newsletter/fall04.pdf



 

Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE)


In January, data collection got underway on the California Statewide Early Care and Education (ECE) Workforce Study, a collaboration between CSCCE and the California Child Care Resource and Referral Network, funded by First 5 California. Data from this yearlong study will give us a much better understanding than ever before of the diversity, educational background, wages and tenure of the home-based and center-based ECE workforce, as well as regional variations across the state.

CSCCE has also received renewed funding from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. As momentum continues to build for the creation of a voluntary Preschool For All system for California's three- and four-year-old children, this support allows us to continue our research and policy work related to preschool workforce development. As a culmination of last year's Packard Foundation grant, two new policy briefs by Dan Bellm and Marcy Whitebook appeared on the CSCCE web page in January:
  • "Compensation and Comparable Worth: What Lies Ahead for California's Preschool Teachers?"

  • "State Registries of the Early Care and Education Workforce: A Review of Current Models and Options for California."

 

Institute of Industrial Relations Library



Meet Neil Appel, Web Administration Consultant
I am pleased to announce that the IIR Library has retained Neil Appel to fill in for Elizabeth while she's on leave. Neil has substantial experience as a Webmaster and instructor, at San Francisco State's Extended Education program. He will handle all things Web in Elizabeth's absence.
Please Note: Neil will be available to us for 17 hours per week during February and March. Please do your best to plan ahead so Neil can respond as easily as possible. Neil's email is trippingneil@hotmail.com


Library Collections Update
Thank you to the many faculty and colleagues who have responded to our collections initiative. As we move forward the Library will keep you posted. For now, all those who wish to see the "keep" list should take a look at http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/library/collections/retention.html to see what will be retained. We will be sure to cover those crucial areas where digital access is lacking.


Library Professional Activities
Librarian Terry Huwe gave lectures at the Stanford Linear Accelerator, UCSF and UC Irvine during January. At Stanford, Terry lectured on Web information management strategies. At San Francisco and Irvine, Terry discussed University-wide library planning as a guest of the University Libraries at each campus.

Also, Terry was invited to be one of five keynote speakers at AUSWeb '05, in Queensland, Australia, in July 2005 (http://ausweb.scu.edu.au/). This conference is the longest-running global forum outside of Europe that is devoted to Web trends, and is linked to the W3 Consortium.


 

Special Issue of Industrial Relations:
A Journal of Economy & Society
Topic: Research on Living Wages


Michael Reich and David Fairris edited a Volume 44, Issue No. 1 as a special issue on the topic of living wages. The table of contents follows below:
  1. The Impacts of Living Wage Policies: Introduction to the Special Issue
    David Fairris, Michael Reich

  2. Fighting for Other Folks' Wages: The Logic and Illogic of Living Wage Campaigns
    Richard Freeman

  3. The Role of Community Involvement in Implementing Living Wage Ordinances
    Stephanie Luce

  4. The economic impact of the boston living wage ordinance
    Mark D.Brenner

  5. The Impact of Living Wages on Employers: A Control Group Analysis of the Los Angeles Ordinance
    David Fairris

  6. Living Wage Policies at the San Francisco Airport: Impacts on Workers and Businesses
    Michael Reich, Peter Hall, Ken Jacobs

  7. Living Wages and Retention of Homecare Workers in San Francisco
    Candace Howes

  8. When do living wages bite?
    Scott Adams, David Neumark

  9. The ILO October Inquiry: Statistics on Occupational Wages and Hours of Work and on Retail Food Prices
    M.T.Dupré

  10. Internet Resources
    Selected by the Institute of Industrial Relations Library
    Terence K.Huwe, Janice Kimball

  11. Recent Publications
    Selected by the Institute of Industrial Relations Library
    Terence K.Huwe, Janice Kimball

 

The Annual Volume "State of California Labor" for 2004 is Now Available


The new edition is available at:
http://www.iir.ucla.edu/scl/scl2004.html

Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements: Ruth Milkman

Part I: Economic Inequality and Public Policy
  • The Hidden Public Costs of Low-Wage Jobs in California
    Carol Zabin, Arindrajit Dube, and Ken Jacobs

  • Paid Family Leave in California: New Research Findings
    Ruth Milkman and Eileen Appelbaum
Part II: Unionization, Wages, and Job Quality
  • Upgrading California's Home Care Workforce: The Impact of Political Action and Unionization
    Candace Howes

  • Immigration, Union Density, and Brown-Collar Wage Penalties
    Lisa Catanzarite
Part III: Unions and Collective Bargaining Trends in California

Recent Developments in California Labor Relations Author: Daniel J. B. Mitchell



 


CAMPUS NEWS AND EVENTS


 

Agriculture and Resource Economics Departmental Seminar


Friday, March 3, 2005
201 Giannini Hall,
12:00-1:30

Industrialization and Infant Mortality
David Levine, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley


 

Center for Latin American Studies


Monday, January 31, 2005
Noon-1:15pm
CLAS Confernce Room
2334 Bowditch St.

Can Mexico's Social Programs Reduce Poverty?
Alain de Janvry (Professor, Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley)


Monday, March 28, 2005
Noon-1:15pm
CLAS Confernce Room
2334 Bowditch St

The Transformation of Transnational Migration in Ecuador
David Kyle (Associate Professor of Sociology, UC Davis)

 

Center for South Asia Studies


February 22, 2005
5 pm
Graduate School of Journalism Library
North Gate Hall

The Feel-Good Factory: Mass Media vs. Mass Reality
P. Sainath


 

Center for Southeast Asia Studies


February 4-5, 2005
9-5pm
150 University Hall

Center for Southeast Asia Studies 22 Annual Conference
"Producing People and "Nature" as Commodities in Southeast Asia"

Conference schedule: http://ias.berkeley.edu/cseas/Events/Conference.htm

 

Economics Department


ECONOMICS 251 Labor Seminar
Spring 2005
Seminar Location: 608-7 Evans Hall
Schedule: Thursday, 2:00-4:00 PM

Jan 20: Identification of Search Models using Record Statistics
Gadi Barlevy, Federal Rserve Board in Chicago

Jan 27: Can Principals Identify Effective Teachers? A Comparison of Objective and Subjective Supervision Ratings
Lars Lefgren, Brigham Young University

Feb 3: Segregated Schooling and the Black-White Test Score GapScore Gap
David Card, UC Berkeley

Feb 10: Maurizio Mazzacco, University of Wisconsin, Madison


 

The Energy and Resources Group (ERG)


Wednesday, February 2, 2005
4-6pm
20 Barrows Hall
Energy and Resources Group Spring 2005 Colloquium Series (ER295)

Governance of Global Production: Assessing the Non-Governmental Systems for Regulating Labor and the Environment
Dara O'Rourke (Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, UC Berkeley)


 

Haas School of Business



OBIR Spring 2005 Seminar



Spring 2005, Cheit 330, Wednesdays 4 - 5:30 pm
PHDBA 259S, OBIR Colloquium
Professor John Freeman

Jan 19 - TBD

Jan 26
"From arm's length to bear hug: Theoretical clarification & test of the value-conversion assumption"
Stoyan Sgourev, Job candidate, M.I.T

Feb 2 - WILL MEET THURSDAY INSTEAD (Feb 3)

Feb 3, Thursday, at 4 pm in Wells Fargo Room
"Networks & Knowledge Transfer: The transfer problem revisited"
Ray Reagans, Job candidate, Columbia University

Feb 9 - Anna Grandori Buconi, Milano, Italy

Feb 16 - Huggy Rao Northwestern University

Feb 23 - Mike Hannan Stanford University

February 2, 2005 (Wed) 2-3:30pm
Haas Research Seminar in Economic Analysis and Policy
Haas School of Business, Room C110

Workers, Warriors and Criminals: Social Conflict in General Equilibrium
Pedro Dal Bó, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley


 

OBIR Seminars, Research Seminar in Economic Analysis and Policy



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Sociology Department


Spring 2005 Colloquia Announced


Sociology has a very exciting slate of guest presenters this Spring. Here are the next several presenters, including Marshall Ganz later this week.

February 3
"Why David Sometimes Wins: Strategic Capacity in the Unionization of California Agriculture (1959-1967)"
Marshall Ganz, Harvard University (Kennedy School)

February 10
"Religious Re-enactments and Political Action at the Border: A Regional Culture of Faith-based Activism in Formation?"
Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, University of Southern California Co-sponsored by the Immigration Workshop and the Beatrice M. Bain Research Group

February 17
"Varieties of White Racial Identity"
Monica McDermott, Stanford University

February 24
"Law, Markets, and Globalization: Bankruptcy Law and the Architecture of Neo-Liberalism"
Bruce Carruthers, Northwestern University Co-sponsored by the Law and Society Program

March 3
Title TBA
Sara MacLanahan, Princeton University Co-sponsored by the Demography Department