February 2008 (26)

Editor: Terence K. Huwe
Contributors: Dan Bellm, Elizabeth del Rocio Camacho, Stefanie Kalmin, Janice Kimball, Jenifer MacGillvary, Vibhuti Mehra, Dick Walker


Especially Recommended:

Lori Kletzer, Professor of Economics, UC Santa Cruz:
"Measuring Tradable Services and Task Content of Offshorable Service Jobs," February 4


Labor Center Event: "Labor and California Climate Change Legislation: Can Cooling the Climate Also Create Jobs?" February 8

IRLE News & Events
Spring 2008 Colloquium Series
UC Labor and Education Research Fund: Berkeley Awardees
Other Grant News
IRLE Co-Sponsors IRRA-NLRB Conference on February 8
The Living New Deal Project Goes Live
Visiting Scholar and Postdoctoral Appointment Program
eScholarship Reports High Traffic on IRLE Paper Series


IRLE Program News

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


Campus News & Events


IRLE NEWS & EVENTS



IRLE Colloquium Series

Spring Series Preliminary Calendar

IRLE is in the process of finalizing the calendar for the series as we go to press, and the full series will soon be listed on the web at http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/events.

Monday February, 4, 2008
Lori Kletzer, Professor Economics, University of California, Santa Cruz and Peterson Institute for International Economics
‘Measuring Tradable Services and the Task Content of Offshorable Services Jobs’

Monday, February 11, 2008 –12pm –1pm
Suresh Naidu, PhD Student, Department of Economics, UC Berkeley.
"Economic Development and Labor Market Frictions; Theory and Evidence from the Post-Bellum U.S. South."

Imperfect labor markets may be an important source of misallocation in developing countries. Extending Burdett-Mortensen (1998), I develop a model of sectoral reallocation of labor with search frictions, showing that decreased competition between employers reduces labor employed in the productive sector. I use the introduction of labor market legislation aimed at reducing labor market competition during the era of Jim Crow to test the effect of limiting labor market competition on the employment, migration, occupational choice, and urbanization of African Americans born in the U.S. South. Using difference-in-difference-in-differences and a panel of state-level labor legislation from Roback (1986) and individual census microdata, I find that legislation that changes the reservation position of workers (anti-vagrancy laws) increase labor force participation, but have a much smaller effect on the sectoral choices of African-American men than legislation that reduces the extent of on-the-job search (contract enforcement, enticement, and emigrant agent laws).

Monday, February 25, 2008–12 pm - 1pm
Raymundo Campos, PhD Candidate, Economics, UC Berkeley
"Estimating the Relative Productivity and Relative Wages of Natives and Immigrants"

Monday, April 7, 2008
Ethan Kaplan, Assistant Professor, University of Stockholm and Visiting Assistant Professor, IRLE
Title: TBA

Monday, April 28, 2008
Kim Voss, Professor Sociology, UC Berkeley.
Title: TBA

All Presentations are held from 12 noon –1pm
Location: IRLE Large Conference Room
2521 Channing Way, near Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley
Light Refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP: Myra Armstrong, zulu2@berkeley.edu

 

UC Labor and Employment Research Fund (LERF) Announces 2007-2008 Grant Awards

LERF funded nine projects that were proposed by UC Berkeley faculty and academic staff. They are listed below. IRLE congratulates the awardees!

William Dow
"Employer-Level Effects of an Employer Health Spending Mandate: Post-Implementation"

Terry Huwe
"Digitization of the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, Proceedings and Papers, Phase II"

David Levine
"Experimental Evidence on the Effect of Cal-OSHA Inspections"

Alexandre Mas
"The Impact of Unions on Firm Economic Performance"

Enrico Moretti
"The Effect of Manufacturing Clusters on Jobs, Worker Productivity and Wages"

Steven Pitts
"Exploring the Impact of the Green Economy on California’s Workforce"

Kim Voss
"Worker Identities in a New Era of Immigration"

Carol Zabin
"Organizing in the Home- and Community-Based Care Industries"

 

Other Grant News

IRLE is pleased to announce two other grants, listed below by Principal Investigators.

Carol Zabin and Steven Pitts

Funding Source: Evelyn & Walter Haas Jr.

Project Title: Job Quality Research and Education Initiative

Renewal Grant to support three strands of work to improve job quality in the Bay Area and California:

  1. C.L. Dellums African American Union Leadership School during its third year;
  2. Technical assistance work with the Urban Habitats Quality Jobs Working Group to support implementation of their quality jobs tool in economic development work in the East Bay
  3. Continued research assistance to pilot the Consumer Directed Services Network (CDSN) a professional employers organization for direct support workers in developmental disability services

Marcy Whitebook

Funding Sources: Counties of Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Santa Clara and Alameda

Project Title: Multi-County Longitudinal Study of Higher Education Efforts in ECE

The student cohort model for BA programs in Early Childcare Employment-in which small groups of students with similar interest and characteristics pursue a degree together, and receive target support services-has emerged in Alameda, Santa Clara, San Francisco and Santa Barbara Counties, with programs at Cal State University-East Bay, Mills College, SF State Univ., San Jose State Univ., Antioch Univ., Chapman Univ., La Verne University and UC Berkeley. The CSCCE is launching a 6 year longitudinal study of each student cohort and a five year longitudinal study of institutional change in these five Bay Area ECE higher education programs.

 


IRLE Co-Sponsors IRRA-NLRB Conference on February 8, 2008

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Regions 20 and 23, The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Industrial Research Association (IRRA) and the Labor and Employment Law Section, The Bar Association of San Francisco are holding the following event:

2008 Conference on Labor and Employment Law
Friday February 8, 2008
Hyatt Regency Hotel
5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco

For further information contact:
Kathleen Schneider, IRRA, (415) 356-5157 or
Olivia Garcia, NLRB, (415) 356-5151

Additional Co-Sponsors:
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Labor and Employment Law Section, Sacramento County Bar Association
California Metal Trades Association
San Francisco Labor Council
San Francisco Building Trades and Construction Trades Council
IEDA

Program

8:00 a.m. Registration and Coffee
8:30 a.m. Welcome and Introduction of Speaker:
Alan B. Reichard, Regional Director, NLRB Region 32
9:05 a.m. NLRB General Counsel's Remedial Initiatives in Initial Organizing and First Contract Negotiation Cases
Ellen Farrell, Deputy Associate General Counsel, Division of Advice, NLRB
9:50 a.m. Panel Discussion on Recent Developments in Board Law
Moderator: Olivia Garcia, Regional Attorney, NLRB Region 20
Panelists: John Skonberg, Esq., Littler Mendelson
Antonio Ruiz, Esq., Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld
Jane Lawhon, Esq., California Nurses Association
Jerrold C. Schaefer, Esq., Hanson, Bridgett, Marcus, Vlahaos & Rudy, LLP
10:50 a.m. Break
11:05 a.m. Panel Discussion On the Employee Free Choice Act and Labor Reform
Moderator: Jerilou Cossack, Arbitrator
Panelists: William B. Gould IV, Professor Emeritus, Stanford Law School
Peter Hurtgen, General Counsel, Stop & Shop Supermarket Companies
1:00 p.m. Lunch
Introduction: Mary M. Cracraft, Associate Chief Administrative Law Judge, San Francisco
Speaker: Joseph P. Norelli, Regional Director, NLRB Region 20
Permanent Replacements: Time for a New Look?
1:45 p.m. Negotiations and Arbitration in the Public Sector: The San Francisco Interest Arbitration Experience
Moderator: David Weinberg, Commissioner, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Panelists: Josie Mooney, Service Employees International Union
Christopher D. Burdick, Esq., Arbitrator
Phil Ginsburg, Chief of Staff, Mayor Gavin Newsom

 

The Living New Deal Project Goes Live

IRLE is pleased to announce the public re-launch of the Living New Deal Project. Originally conceived as an all-volunteer effort that was led by UC Berkeley scholar Gray Brechin, the Project is now co-hosted by IRLE’s California Studies Center and the IRLE Library. Professor Richard A. Walker, Chair of the California Studies Center is coordinating outreach for the project with Gray Brechin, and the California Historical Society.

The UC Berkeley NewsCenter and The Berkeleyan published a full-length feature about the Project, which may be read at:

http://www.berkeley.edu/news/berkeleyan/2008/01/16_newdeal.shtml

URL for the Project itself: http://livingnewdeal.berkeley.edu

 

Visiting Scholar and Postdoctoral Appointment Program

Many of the scholars listed below are continuing their stay from fall 2007. Additional scholars for spring 2008 and beyond will be listed in future issues of eNews.

Arie Arnon
Arie Arnon is Professor of Research, School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), University of London; on sabbatical from Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Arie Arnon is the Spring 2008 Diller Visiting Israeli Professor, UC Berkeley and will teach under-graduate and graduate classes through the Economics department. He is at IRLE from September 2006- 2008. Prof. Arnon's research interest is Palestinian economy and history of economy.

Theresa Beltramo
Theresa Beltramo is a Visiting Student Researcher from the School of Advanced Studies, Venice International University and Department of Economics, Ca Foscari University. Ms. Beltramo is working with Professor David Levine, Eugene E. and Catherine M. Trefethen Chair in Business Administration, Haas School of Business, on research on labor markets in poor nations. Theresa is here from August, 2007 through September, 2008.

Sophia Dini
Sophia Dini is a Visiting Scholar from the Department of Economics, University of Geneva, Switzerland. Her current research focuses on discrimination, occupational segregation and gender wage gap. Sophia is at IRLE from January to December, 2008 and is mentored by David Levine, Professor, Eugene E. and Catherine M. Trefethen Chair in Business Administration

Tomoko Furugori
Tomoko Furugori is a Professor of Economics, Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan. She will be at IRLE March, 2007 –March, 2008. Her current interest is in the economic conditions, labor market analysis, and social welfare problems for non-standard workers and/or poorly-paid workers. Tomoko is mentored by Arin Dube, Research Economist, Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics, IRLE.

Ethan Kaplan
Ethan Kaplan, Assistant Professor at Stockholm University, has returned to UC Berkeley and will be Visiting Assistant Professor at IRLE. He has already published numerous scholarly articles, and has also served as a referee for the American Economic Review, Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, and many other publications. His research interests include political economy, labor economics and Institutional Economics.

Dariusz Jemielniak
Dariusz Jemielniak is a Professor at Leon Kozminski Academy of Entrepreneurship and Management, Warsaw, Poland. He will be a Visiting Scholar at IRLE from February, 2008 through August, 2008. His mentor is Neil Fligstein, Professor, Sociology and his research study is on workplace relations in high-tech environment.

Fidelma Murphy
Fidelma Murphy is a Visiting Research Scholar from the National University of Ireland, Galway and is a participant in the University of California Exchange Programme Her research is on ‘the changing employment relation in the U.S. automobile industry, especially as it has been affected by developments in Mexico’. Fidelma will be here from May, 2008 through August, 2008.

Per Ola Oberg
Per Ola Oberg is a Professor of political science at Uppsala University, Sweden. He is a Visiting Scholar at IRLE from January, 2008 –May, 2008 and is working with Chris Ansell, Political Science department, UC Berkeley.

Brian O’Boyle
Brian O'Boyle is a Visiting Research Scholar from the National University of Ireland Galway and is a participant in the University of California Exchange Programme. His research is in the area of philosophy of science and social structures of accumulation theory. Brian is here from January, 2008 through May, 2008 and is mentored by Michael Reich.

Lucas Ronconi
Lucas Ronconi is a Postdoctoral Scholar with the Center for Labor Research and Education at IRLE. His focus is on ‘policy-related research concerning healthcare reform in California and elsewhere. In addition, he participates on research in other areas related to the California workforce. Lucas is here from June, 2007 –May, 2008.

Oyvind Wiborg
Oyvind Wiborg is a Research Fellow at the education department, University of Oslo, Sweden.Oyvind is a Visiting Scholar at IRLE from July, 2007 through June, 2008. He will work with his mentor, Trond Petersen, Chair, Sociology, on "Challenges of the Nordic Welfare States: Social class background, ethnicity and marginalization.

 

eScholarship Reports High Download Levels for IRLE Paper Series

The eScholarship Repository has provided the following usage reports for each of the series that are hosted in the repository. The report give the past 12 months, and total traffic since each series' creation. These usage statistics are counted separately and in addition to any downloads from the IRLE's Web site.

A "full-text download" refers specifically to the number of times the entire paper or article was downloaded from the site. To find out what makes bepress's methodology for counting downloads exceptional, go to http://www.bepress.com/download_counts.html.

Institute for Research on Labor and Employment: Working Paper Series
35,514 full-text downloads between January 24, 2007 and Janary 25,2008
128,706 full-text downloads since series' inception date (February 2002)

Center for Culture, Organizations and Politics: Working Paper Series
2,721 full-text downloads between January 24, 2007 and Janary 25,2008
11,763 full-text downloads since series' inception date (April 2002)

Center for the Study of Childcare Employment: Selected Publications
504 full-text downloads between January 24, 2007 and Janary 25,2008
2,305 full-text downloads since series' inception date (April 2003)

Center for Work, Technology and Society: Working Papers
307 full-text downloads between January 24, 2007 and Janary 25,2008
1,106 full-text downloads since series' inception date (September 2004)

The Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library: Collective Bargaining Agreements
3,914 full-text downloads between January 24, 2007 and Janary 25,2008
10,579 full-text downloads since series' inception date (March 2003)

IRLE also has a paper in the "Top Ten Downloads" list, as Jenifer MacGilvary reported to our mailing list:

"Firm Entry and Wages: Impact of Wal-Mart Growth on Earnings Throughout the Retail Sector." Authors: Arindrajit Dube, T. William Lester, and Barry Eidlin, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment.



IRLE PROGRAM NEWS



The Labor Center

Recent Events

Labor Center and IRLE Host Author Les Leopold for a Book Event and Lecture

On Tuesday, January 15, The Labor Center sponsored a book event for The Man Who Hated Work and Loved Labor: The Life and Times of Tony Mazzocchi, by Les Leopold.

In this book, Les Leopold recounts the life of the late Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers Union leader. Mazzocchi's struggle to address the unconscionable toxic exposure of tens of thousands of workers led to the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and included work alongside nuclear whistleblower Karen Silkwood. Mazzocchi was a pioneer whose labor activism ranged from efforts to integrate environmental concerns into labor organizing in the 1950s when the term "environment" was nowhere on the political radar; to participation in the formation of the Labor Party in 1996 to give organized workers a bigger voice in the political process.

Les Leopold Author is a member of the United Steelworkers. He co-founded and currently directors The Labor Institute and the Public Health Institute in New York. He is also active in the Blue-Green Alliance.

The event was sponsored by the UC Berkeley Labor Center and the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment.

The Victory of the Charleston 5:
How African-American Trade Unionists Fought and Won Against the Global Shipping Industry

This event was held on Thursday, January 31st, 6:30 PM

The event focused on the new book, On the Global Waterfront, which tells the story of how longshoremen in South Carolina confronted attempts to wipe out the state’s most powerful black organization. When a Danish shipping company began to shift their transportation to a nonunion firm in 1999, Local 1422 in Charleston, South Carolina, mobilized to protect their hard-won rights. What followed culminated in a protest in which 660 riot police arrayed against fifty dockworkers, a group that grew to 150 before the night was over. Four black and one white longshoreman–subsequently known as the Charleston 5–were held for twenty months under house arrest on trumped-up felony charges of inciting a riot. Their ultimate victory laid the foundation for successful rebuffs in ports around the world.

Featured speakers:

Ken Riley
Longshoreman and International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1422 President

Suzan Erem
Author of the new book On the Global Waterfront: The Fight to Free the Charleston 5.

The event was sponsored by the UC Berkeley Labor Center, Department of African American Studies and several other campus programs.


Upcoming Events


Labor and California Climate Change Legislation:
Can Cooling the Climate Also Create Jobs?

Friday, February 8th, 12 Noon –1:30 PM
UC Berkeley Labor Center, 2521 Channing Way (near Telegraph), Berkeley

California has some of the strongest anti-global warming legislation in the country. AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act, will reduce California’s greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020. How might this legislation impact California’s economy and workers? Which industries might be most significantly impacted? And what can the labor movement do to ensure that this legislation creates high-quality jobs in California rather than sending jobs to states with less stringent environmental regulations? Come learn how you can have a positive effect on the implementation of AB 32.

Featured Speakers:

  • Peter Cooper, California Labor Federation Workforce and Economic Development Program Senior Manager
  • Carla Din, Apollo Alliance Western Regional Field Director
  • Jay Hansen, State Building and Construction Trades Council Legislative
  • Andrew Hoerner, Redefining Progress Sustainable Economics Program Director

Sponsored by the Apollo Alliance, Redefining Progress, UC Berkeley Labor Center and others.
Information: 510-642-6371; andreabuffa@berkeley.edu; http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu

New Staff at the Labor Center: Angelique Agloro

Angelique is the Labor Center’s new program assistant. She provides assistance to Lead Instructors of the Labor Center’s Leadership Schools. As an undergraduate at UC Davis, Angelique served as the educational chair of MEChA, worked in recruiting people of color into institutions of higher education, founded La Familia de UCD and the Student Labor Coalition as an intern with AFSCME Local 3299, and participated in the UC Berkeley Labor Center’s Labor Summer program. After receiving her degree in Chicana/o Studies and Communications, Angelique went on to work at her internship site SEIU Local 817 (now part of SEIU 521) as a field representative and union organizer. She later worked as an organizer with the janitors of the South Bay at SEIU Local 1877.

Upcoming Deadlines:

California Lead Organizers Institute
Deadline for applications is January 25, 2008.
Five-day residential training with two weekend follow-up sessions, designed for lead organizers and aspiring lead organizers from unions and community-based organizations. March 3 through 7, 2008, at Pema Osel Ling Retreat Center in Watsonville, CA. Contact Caitlin Healy, 510-643-7048 or chealy@berkeley.edu, or visit our website.

Media Skills Workshop
Deadline for applications is February 20, 2008
This is a two-day workshop for union communications directors, leaders, and organizers who carry out media work. It will feature lessons in creating a communications strategy, developing and practicing effective media messages and learning the nuts and bolts of public relations.

Thursday & Friday, February 28-29, 2008, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, at the IRLE building.
Contact Andrea Buffa, (510) 642-6371 or andreabuffa@berkeley.edu, or visit our website.

California Union Leadership School for Union Officers and Senior Staff

Deadline for applications February 22, 2008

Now in its 5th year, UC Berkeley’s California Union Leadership School provides union officers and staff with an opportunity to develop the leadership, management, and organizing skills needed to be truly effective leaders. The year-long program is comprised of a week-long intensive retreat in the Spring and two follow-up sessions later in the year. Participants come from a variety of union experiences, including public, private, and building and construction trades sectors. Co-Sponsored by the California Labor Federation

March 30-April 4, 2008 at Asilomar on the Monterey Peninsula, with 2 follow-up sessions in the Summer and Fall of 2008. For more information contact: Cheryl Brown, (510) 642-1851 cherylbrown@berkeley.edu, or visit our website.

 


California Public Employee Relations

The February 2008 issue of CPER (No. 188) went to press on January 28, 2008.

We are pleased to publish an article coauthored by economist Sylvia Allegretto, who is affiliated with the IRLE’s Center for Work and Employment Dynamics. The article, "Down and Out: Economists Assess the Teacher Pay Disadvantage," is an abbreviated version of her new book, The Teaching Penalty, written with Sean Corcoran and Lawrence Mishel. A second main article, "Internet Use and Getting ‘Dooced’: Regulating Employees’ Online Speech," discusses the First Amendment and employer restrictions on computer use. As for the definition of "getting ‘dooced,’" you’ll have to read the article by attorneys Marion McWilliams and Alison Neufeld. Also in the front of this issue, CPER Editor Carol Vendrillo interviews Karen Neuwald, who currently chairs the Public Employment Relations Board. Neuwald is the seventh chairperson, but the first with an all-female board.

In the Recent Developments section, we cover the slow start of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s self-proclaimed "Year of Education"; agreement and impass at CSU and U.C., respectively; suggestions for improving diversity at CSU; and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ certification of a huge class action...estimated to include more than 1.5 million...in the Wal-Mart sex discrimination case.

Upcoming Events

CPER is involved in several projects in the next few months, starting with the San Francisco Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section, which will present its annual Yosemite conference on February 22 and 23. One of the panels will focus on family and medical leave. Another, moderated by CPER Associate Editor Katherine Thomson, will examine religious bias claims and morals-based speech in the workplace.

In March, the Center for Collaborative Solutions will hold its 19th Annual Labor-Management Conference in Anaheim. CPER Editor Carol Vendrillo will lead two panels. One will provide a labor relations update, with participation by attorneys Bruce Barsook and Chris Platten; along with Micki Callahan, the director of San Francisco’s Department of Human Resources; and Gerry Fong, negotiations and organizational development specialist for the California Teachers Association. The second panel, an introduction to collective bargaining, will include attorney Charles Sakai; Monica Mora, executive director of the West Orange County United Teachers; Keith Pace, field director for California School Employees Association; and Micki Callahan from San Francisco.

The following week, on March 14, the Industrial Relations Association of Northern California will host its annual program in Sacramento. Carol Vendrillo will once again be their keynote luncheon speaker, so the public sector will be well represented.

And, last but not least, CPER and the Labor and Employment Section of the State Bar are cosponsoring the 14th Annual Public Sector Conference in Sacramento. This year, we will provide attendees with an update on recent developments in the public sector, and break-out sessions focused on accommodating the disabled public employee, PERB remedies, wage and hour law in the public sector, religion and speech protections in the workplace, and arbitration principles. Carol Vendrillo will be moderating a panel that will highlight hot topics in collective bargaining.

 


Center for the Study of Child Care Employment

This month, CSCCE is releasing its latest research report, Partnering for Preschool: A Study of Center Directors in New Jersey's Mixed-Delivery Abbott Program. Since 1999, New Jersey’s court-ordered Abbott Preschool Program has provided publicly funded early education services in a combination of private child care centers, Head Start centers, and public schools, and it has sought to place preschool teachers on an equal footing with K-12 teachers in terms of pay and qualifications. CSCCE interviewed 98 private child care and Head Start directors in 2007 to collect their firsthand accounts of implementing this ambitious educational reform, and their suggestions for improving it. The full report, an Executive Summary, and Research Highlights, will be available online February 15 at http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/cscce/.

 


Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library

California Labor Federation Proceedings: Digitization Complete

With the exception of the California AFL-CIO News publication, the proceedings and papers of the Federation have been converted to digital format. The next step for this new online collection is to assign metadata tags to each file, converting the files to "digital objects" which carry descriptive information along with the document itself. Once this work has been proofed, work can begin on the final, publicly available digital library. IRLE’s own publications will follow in the "digital" footsteps of the Federation.

Although this work will take time, the documents may already be viewed online at the following address: http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/flipomatic/apexview/irle

The Living New Deal Project: A Collaborative "Web 2.0" Effort

Although the Berkeleyan and UC Berkeley NewsCenter covered the Project in some detail, a few more aspects of this collaborative venture bear mentioning. First, the Web site will be built by volunteers, who are coordinated by staff at the California Historical Society and IRLE’s California Studies Center. That means that the site is "user-driven" and interactive–key elements in the Web 2.0 sphere of design. Second, all of the programming for the new site was performed by Elizabeth del Rocio Camacho and Heather Lynch–a significant achievement for them!

The site can be viewed at http://livingnewdeal.berkeley.edu.


Labor Project’s Online Database of Work & Family Contract Provisions

The Labor Project for Working Families has received a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to build an online database of work and family collective bargaining clauses. This unique online database will provide in a searchable format union contract provisions on various work and family issues including family leave, childcare, elder care, flexible work options, parent-teacher conferences, adoption, bereavement, etc.

The Labor Project for Working Families will partner with Microsearch Corporation (a technology consulting firm that specializes in web-based information access solutions for unions) to create a secure password protected online database that will enable storage, research and retrieval of model and negotiated contract language on work family issues from union collective bargaining agreements. The online database will not only feature contract language from various unions but also include resources on bargaining for work family issues such as fact sheets, information on essential elements of good/effective contract clauses, overlay of state policies that might impact a union’s bargaining, etc. The database will be a valuable resource for unions that want to learn more about bargaining for work and family issues.

The online database will be structured to give union negotiators the ability to choose from multiple levels of collective bargaining agreements as they move through different negotiation cycles. For example, a union negotiator who is negotiating on "childcare" for the first time will be able to search for all language indexed with a "beginner" tag. The search will pull up model or sample language suited to an initial negotiation process. Similarly, other union negotiators will be able to search language relevant to an intermediate or advanced negotiation process.

To be officially launched in 2009, the online database will also allow unions to submit model and negotiated contract provisions on work and family issues. For more information about this project or to submit contract language, please contact Vibhuti Mehra at the Labor Project for Working Families: Email: vibhuti@working-families.org; Phone: (510) 643-6813.



CAMPUS EVENTS



Center for Chinese Studies

Center for Chinese Studies Colloquium
IEAS Conference Room, 2223 Fulton Street, 6th Floor
4:00 PM
February 15, 2008
"Inequality in China: Findings from the China Household Income Project"
Terry Sicular, Professor, Economics, University of Western Ontario

 


Economics Department

The Labor Economics Seminar (Econ 251) has its own Web page which lists all events:
http://emlab.berkeley.edu/users/webfac/moretti/e251_sp08/e251.shtml

Full listing of Economic seminars and classes for Spring 2008
http://emlab.berkeley.edu/econ/courses.shtml

 

Institute for the Study of Social change

New Metropolis Initiative Speaker Series

February 21, 2008
Goldman School of Public Policy
2607 Hearst Avenue, Room 250
12pm-1:30pm
"One Nation Divisible: What America Was and What it is Becoming"
Michael Katz, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania
Robert Reich, Professor of Public Policy, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley
Co-sponsored by the Goldman School of Public Policy

February 28, 2008
CLPR Conference Room
2547 Channing Way (at Bowditch)
3:30-5:00pm
"Higher Education in a Global Society"
Walter Allen, Allan Murray Cartter Professor of Higher Education, UCLA
Rachel F. Moran, ISSC Director
Co-sponsored by the Center for Latino Policy Research

 

Sociology Department

Departmental Colloquium Spring 2008 Series

The series is held on Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:30 in the Blumer Room, 402 Barrows Hall.

The following speakers have been announced:

February 7
Caitlin Zaloom
New York University
Social and Cultural Analysis

February 14
David Grusky
Stanford University
Sociology

February 21
Roberto Fernandez
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sloan School

February 28
Giovanni Arrighi
Johns Hopkins University