October 2015 (No. 80)

Editor: Terence K. Huwe
Contributors: Stefanie Kalmin, Janice Kimball, Jenifer MacGillvary, Elena Montoya

IRLE News and Events
Special Event: IRLE Co-Sponsors Former Congressman George Miller
IRLE Colloquium Series, 2014-15
Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy & Society, July 2015
IRLE Working Paper Series, 2014-15

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
Donald Vial Center on Employment in the Green Economy

Campus Events


IRLE News and Events

Special Event: IRLE Co-Sponsors Former Congressman George Miller

George MillerMonday, October 19, 2015 | 4:00pm - 5:30pm | Sutardja Dai Hall
Is the American Dream Still Alive? Congress, Labor and Income Inequality

Registration is required for this event »

Former Congressman George Miller is widely recognized as a national leader on labor issues. Miller was Chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor and a member of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions. Miller is responsible for reinstating the Davis-Bacon Act wage protections for Gulf Coast workers in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, in addition to sponsoring the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007 and authoring the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which helps women fight against pay discrimination.

This event is co-sponsored by the Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service, UC Berkeley Labor Center and the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment.

IRLE Colloquium Series

Events are held in the Large Conference Room at 2521 Channing Way. A light lunch will be served.
RSVP: margaret_olney@berkeley.edu

Michael Reich Slyvia Allegretto Wednesday, October 7, 2015 | 12:00pm-1:30pm
The Efects of Minimum Wages on Prices in San Jose
Michael Reich and Sylvia Allegretto


Nari RheeWednesday, October 14, 2015 | 12:00pm-1:30pm
Inputs in the Production of Early Childhood Human Capital: Evidence from Head Start
Nari Rhee


Betony Jones Carol Zabin Wednesday, October 28, 2015 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Labor Issues In California and National Climate Policy
Betony Jones and Carol Zabin


Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy & Society Publishes a Special Issue on the Fair Labor Standards Act

Industrial Relations

This special issue celebrates the 75th anniversary of the FLSA, and is co-edited by Michael Reich and Jesse Rothstein. The issue includes contributions from Thomas E. Perez, U.S. Secretary of Labor, and Alan B. Krueger, Princeton University.

Abstracts and links to the full text of articles may be found at:


Working Papers

IRLE Recent Working Papers

Working papers may be downloaded from:

The Great Recession and its Aftermath: What Role for Structural Changes?
Jesse Rothstein
Working Paper No. 115-15, August 2015

After Dodd-Frank: The Post-Enactment Politics of Financial Reform in the United States
J. Nicholas Ziegler and John T. Woolley
Working Paper No. 110-14, Revised August 2015

The High-Tech Economy, Work, and Democracy 2.0: A Research Agenda
Ruth Berins Collier
Working Paper No. 114-15, July 2015


IRLE Program News

The Labor Center

New Reports

Job Impacts of California’s Existing and Proposed Renewables Portfolio Standard
August 28, 2015 | Betony Jones, Peter Philips and Carol Zabin
This brief estimates the jobs created from California’s renewable energy investments from 2003 through 2014, and forecasts job creation from continued development of renewable energy in California between 2015 and 2030 to meet a 50% renewables portfolio standard (RPS).

Estimated Impact of a Proposed Minimum Wage Law for Sacramento
August 5, 2015 | Michael Reich, Annette Bernhardt, Ian Perry and Ken Jacobs
The Raise the Wage Sacramento Coalition has put forth a proposal to establish a $13.50 per hour minimum wage by 2019 in the city of Sacramento (see Table 1). The minimum wage would be raised to $11.50 on January 1, 2017; to $12.50 on January 1, 2018; and to $13.50 on January 1, 2019. In Section 1 of this report, we estimate the effects of the proposal on Sacramento workers and businesses, and place the proposal in context with other local minimum wage laws. In Section 2, we review the economic research literature on the effects of minimum wage increases on workers, employment, and business operations.

Data and Methods for Estimating the Impact of Proposed Local Minimum Wage Laws
August 5, 2015 | Ian Perry and Annette Bernhardt
In this technical report we document a methodology developed by the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education to estimate the number of workers impacted by proposed local minimum wage laws, as well as the expected increase in wages. This methodology is similar to that used by researchers to generate impact estimates for national and state minimum wage proposals, but differs in several respects because of significant data limitations for city- or county-based analyses.

UC Berkeley Labor Center Blog

The Labor Center has launched a new blog, Raising the Bar. Please subscribe to our blog feed!

A 50% Renewables Portfolio Standard will be good for jobs
September 10, 2015 | Carol Zabin

Creating Opportunities for Good Jobs in Distributed Solar
August 27, 2015 | Betony Jones

Are Solar Energy Jobs Good Jobs?
July 2, 2015 | Betony Jones and Carol Zabin

As Wages Go Up, State Health Care Spending will Decrease
July 1, 2015 | Laurel Lucia

Are California Employers Cutting Hours to Avoid Providing Health Benefits?
June 18, 2015 | Miranda Dietz

Are California Employers Dropping Spousal Coverage or Limiting Eligibility for Health Insurance?
June 17, 2015 | Miranda Dietz

Are California Employers Dropping Health Insurance for Part-Time Workers?
June 16, 2015 | Miranda Dietz

Yes, Higher Wages Benefit Workers
June 8, 2015 | Laurel Lucia

Covered California should Expand Strategies to Enroll Californians in Health Insurance when they Undergo Life and Work Transitions
May 13, 2015 | Mary June Flores

Upcoming Trainings

Latin@ Leadership Institute/El Instituto de Liderazgo Latin@
September 22-25, 2015
The Institute is a three-day intensive training program with a focus on labor and community partnerships. Leading community and labor organizers will facilitate trainings that provide first-hand experience on such issues as immigrants’ rights, civic participation, health and safety, and environmental justice. The workshops will be bilingual and in Spanish (and possibly in indigenous languages or translation).

Strategic Campaigns Workshop
October 19-23, 2015
The Strategic Campaigns Workshop is a five-day intensive training for members and staff of unions, worker associations, worker centers, and community organizations that are embarking on, or in the midst of, strategic campaigns. The workshop will be led by Justin McBride of the AFL-CIO and Karen Orlando from the Labor Center. The week-long session will also include other well-known labor and worker center organizers and facilitators.

New Labor Center tools

INTERACTIVE MAP: Public Assistance Expenditures for Working Families by State
Select any state in this interactive map to see how much federal and state money is going to working families for public assistance programs in that state. For more information see the report The High Public Cost of Low Wages.

Inventory of Local Minimum Wage Ordinances (Cities and Counties)
Keep track of the growing number of local minimum wage laws, their wage levels, and other ordinance details in this easy-to-use spreadsheet. This tool will be updated regularly as new laws are passed.

Low-Wage Work in California: 2014 Chartbook
We document California’s low-wage jobs problem in our this chartbook, which defines and measures the rate of low-wage work in the state, gives a profile of low-wage workers and their jobs, details the industries and occupations with the biggest number of low-wage workers, and provides maps with county breakdowns.

New Grants

  • Y & H Soda Foundation, Low-Wage Work and Labor Standards in East Bay Cities
  • Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock, National Black Worker Center Project
  • William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Job and Workforce Issues in the Clean Power Plan
  • The California Endowment (via sub-award from UCLA), CHIS 2013-2014 Research Studies
  • Covered California (via sub-award from UCLA), Micro-Simulation Model and Technical Assistance


Green Jobs

Guest Essay: We all should get on board Clean Power Plan
September 13, 2015 | Glens Falls Post-Star

Renewable energy requirement creates jobs, Berkeley study says
August 28, 2015 | Los Angeles Times

Rooftop solar battle brewing in Sacramento
July 10, 2015 | Desert Sun

Minimum Wage

Berkeley to vote on highest minimum wage proposal in the country
September 15, 2015 | San Francisco Business Times

Orange County Register Echoes Right-Wing Media Myths To Attack $15 Minimum Wage In California
September 9, 2015 | Media Matters for America

Sacramento’s minimum-wage exemption for tipped workers draws fire
September 3, 2015 | Sacramento Business Journal

The fearmongers wage war vs. $15
August 29, 2015 | New York Daily News

‘Fight for 15’ Movement Gaining Momentum
August 18, 2015 | KCET

What a $15 Minimum Wage Would Mean for Your City
August 12, 2015 | New York Times

Talk gets serious about a new minimum wage for Sacramento
August 6, 2015 | Sacramento Business Journal

This San Francisco Cafe Is Just Fine With The $15 Minimum Wage
July 27, 2015 | Huffington Post

Raising Floor for Minimum Wage Pushes Economy Into the Unknown
July 26, 2015 | New York Times

Higher Wages, Great! But How to Enforce?
July 25, 2015 | New York Times

In Bangor, a minimum wage hike comes down to helping individuals
July 22, 2015 | Bangor Daily News

Los Angeles’ Garment Industry Frets Over Pay Hike
July 15, 2015 | Wall Street Journal

The List of the Fight for $15’s Victories—Tangible and Intangible—Is Getting Longer
June 15, 2015 | In These Times

Los Angeles Boosts Minimum Wage
June 10, 2015 | Wall Street Journal

Will L.A. put money behind wage theft crackdown?
June 8, 2015 | Los Angeles Times

‘Fight For $15’ workers create recipe for change at convention
June 6, 2015 | Al Jazeera America

Why Martin O’Malley’s minimum wage hike disappointed activists
June 2, 2015 | Al Jazeera America

Everything You Need To Know About L.A.’s Record-Setting Wage Increase
June 1, 2015 | Refinery29

Public Cost of Low-Wage Work

Behind the Business Attire, Many Bank Workers Earn Poverty Wages
August 27, 2015 | In These Times

Are Bank Tellers the Fast Food Workers of Wall Street?
August 11, 2015 | The Nation

6 welfare myths we all need to stop believing
July 27, 2015 | Mashable

Don’t blame your expensive lunch on minimum wage increases
July 14, 2015 | The Guardian

60 percent of Americans live with a minimum wage higher than the federal one
June 18, 2015 | Washington Post The Fix blog

Wal-Mart hides $76 billion in overseas tax havens while taxpayers help feed low-wage workers: study
June 17, 2015 | Raw Story

A flawed ‘Texas ‘miracle’
June 10, 2015 | Washington Post

The forces driving the United States apart
May 27, 2015 | Washington Post

Health Care

Ask Emily: As ‘Cadillac tax’ nears, employees may see benefits reduced
August 17, 2015 | Sacramento Bee

California may let undocumented immigrants buy Obamacare
July 17, 2015 | Politico

Advocates Push To Expand California Welfare Program
July 8, 2015 | KPBS radio news

Calif. Advocates Hail Coverage Of Children In State Illegally, Seek Inclusion Of Adults
July 7, 2015 | Kaiser Health News

Ask Emily: Insured? Watch out for out-of-pocket costs
June 29, 2015 | Sacramento Bee

Jeb Bush: Obama caused ‘massive’ tax increase on middle class
June 23, 2015 | PolitiFact

Expanding Health Coverage Makes Fiscal Sense
June 20, 2015 | New America Media

For those in California illegally, health services vary greatly by county
June 11, 2015 | Los Angeles Times

California’s Health for All Bill Heads to Senate Floor
May 29, 2015 | New America Media

Food Labor

Bittman talks to Saru Jayaraman about restaurant workers’ rights
August 4, 2015 | Berkeley News

‘Wage Justice Is on the Menu’
July 28, 2015 | New York Times

Goodbye Tipping, Hello Living Wage: The Changing Face of Progressive Restaurants
July 22, 2015 | KQED Bay Area Bites blog

If Chipotle Won’t Pay Fast Food Workers A Living Wage, Who Will?
July 14, 2015 | Co.Exist

Retirement Security

States to Help Workers Save for Retirement
September 7, 2015 | Wall Street Journal


Can Millennials Save Unions?
September 7, 2015 | The Atlantic

Should the government top off low-wage paychecks?
September 4, 2015 | CNN Money

Obama’s new overtime rules: How they’d work and who they’d affect
June 30, 2015 | Los Angeles Times

Obama aims to expand overtime pay to more salaried workers
June 30, 2015 | Los Angeles Times

Airport workers steadily gaining back lost ground on wages
June 18, 2015 | Washington Post Wonkblog

Los Angeles is ground zero for wage theft
June 18, 2015 | Al Jazeera America

West Coast Truckers Poised to Strike, Say They’re Owed Nearly $1 Billion in Stolen Wages
June 12, 2015 | In These Times

California Public Employee Relations

Pocket Guides

Pocket Guide to the Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act (2nd edition)
By Kerianne Steele

The far-reaching Public Employees' Pension Reform Act radically transformed the legal landscape regarding public employee pensions. The second edition of CPER’s PEPRA guide covers the latest developments since the Act took effect in 2013. New legislation helps to clarify and reconcile vague and conflicting provisions in the law, better aligns existing law with the provisions of the Act, and in some respects substantially amends PEPRA's terms. In addition to summarizing these changes, the new edition covers recent court decisions and new guidance memoranda from some of the public retirement systems. The guide also includes the statutory language of the Act, pertinent Government Code and Education Code sections, a glossary of terms, and an index.

Still to come in 2015...
NEW TITLE. Pocket Guide to Workplace Investigations
NEW EDITION. Pocket Guide to Disability Discrimination in the California Workplace (3rd edition)
NEW EDITION. Pocket Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Acts (5th edition)
NEW EDITION. Pocket Guide to the Educational Employment Relations Act (9th edition)

Coming in early 2016
NEW EDITION. Pocket Guide to Workplace Rights of Public Employees (4th edition)
NEW EDITION. Pocket Guide to the Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act (2nd edition)
NEW EDITION. Pocket Guide to Factfinding (2nd edition)

All Pocket Guide are described and can be ordered at http://cper.berkeley.edu.

Center for the Study of Child Care


Bloomberg Business - "Surging Childcare Costs Are Hurting More and More Americans"
The Nation - "How Childcare Actually Causes Poverty in America"
Santa Cruz Sentinel - "Santa Cruz Toddler Care Center trying to pay teachers at least $15 an hour"
Fortune - "Child care workers join fast-food workers' fight for $15 an hour"
CBS News - "The new financial squeeze for millennials"
NIEER Preschool Matters - "Early Childhood Education and leadership in schools"


The CSCCE has recently been awarded grants from the following foundations:

  • Foundation for Child Development and the Alliance for Early Success, State of the Early Childhood Workforce
  • W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone, Effective Teacher Preparation Project
  • Alliance for Early Success, The Early Childhood Higher Education Inventory: Data to Action
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Early Learning Workforce Research and Policy Analysis

Selected Presentations/Meetings

Migration Policy Institute - Ready to Meet the Needs of All Children? A Closer Look at Diversity in the Early Childhood Workforce [Webinar] by Marcy Whitebook

NAEYC Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development - New Orleans, June 2015

  • “Worthy work, STILL unlivable wages” - Lea Austin and Marcy Whitebook
  • Research Plenary - “Rights, raises, and respect for early childhood teachers: Looking back and moving forward” - Marcy Whitebook
  • “Quality Improvement and Assurance in Higher Education” - Marcy Whitebook and Lea Austin
  • Closing Plenary - “The Early Childhood Profession We All Want: Perspective of Three Leaders” - Lea Austin

QRIS National Meeting: Higher Ground - Taking Quality to Scale - National Harbor, MD, July 2015

  • “Assessing What Teachers Need to Help Children Succeed” - Marcy Whitebook and Lea Austin
  • Closing Plenary - “Reconceptualizing Leadership in Early Care and Education” - Lea Austin

New Staff

CSCCE welcomed Elena Montoya, our new Research Coordinator. Elena previously served as a Policy Associate at Children Now, where coordinated The California Report Card project, and served as the California state coordinator for the Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT project..

Follow us on Twitter @CSCCEUCB and on Facebook: facebook.com/cscceucb

Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library

Library Commons and Annex Revitalization Update

Work is progressing on the revitalization of 2521 Channing Way’s most attractive public rooms: the Library Commons and Library Annex. An architect has been assigned to the project, and Barbara Campbell, Terry Huwe and Megan Collins have had three site visits to review a variety of design strategies. New stacks will be installed in October 2015 in preparation for the collection’s relocation.

Three Day Presentation Held in the Library Commons

The Library Commons was the site for a standing-room only class that featured Sendhil Mullainathany, Professor of Economics at Harvard University. The course title was "Applications of Machine Learning to Economics and the Social Sciences." It was co-hosted by the Center for Labor Economics, D-Lab, and the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. This course introduced machine learning tools to empirically knowledgeable economists and other social scientists. It explored frequent questions related to this material, such as: 1) What value do these tools have without causal inference? 2) How are they different from non-parametric methods? and 3) Are they useful in social science applications? Mullainathany covered both the conceptual underpinnings of machine learning and the mechanics of applying it. He also laid out a framework that integrates these new tools into existing econometric knowledge.

Reserve Reading of "Last Resort"

Once again the Library has compiled a list of reserve titles that students seek at the IRLE Library. This service has been ongoing for the past four years, and is driven by the scarcity of reserve reading at other campus venues.


Donald Vial Center on Employment in the Green Economy

New Staff

Abigail Martin (Ph.D. candidate, UC Berkeley and Suraj Peri (M.S. Carnegie Mellon University) recently joined the Don Vial Center team. Abigail will carry out research on common and divergent interests of labor, environmental justice and environmental constituencies related to climate and energy policies. Suraj will assist with quantitative analysis of energy and job impacts of national and California climate policies. Peter Phillips, Professor of Economics at University of Utah is a Visiting Scholar and is collaborating with us on job impact studies and other construction research, and has brought with him two “apprentices”, Dave Blatter and Emma Waitzman.

New Grants

Hewlett Foundation, “Jobs and Workforce Issues in the Clean Power Plan”

New Publications

Job Impacts of California’s Existing and Proposed Renewables Portfolio Standard
By Betony Jones, Peter Philips and Carol Zabin
August 2015
This brief estimates the jobs created from California’s renewable energy investments from 2003 through 2014, and forecasts job creation from continued development of renewable energy in California between 2015 and 2030 to meet a 50% renewables portfolio standard (RPS).

Blog Posts

Are Solar Energy Jobs Good Jobs?
By Betony Jones and Carol Zabin
July 2, 2015

Creating Opportunities for Good Jobs in Distributed Solar
By Betony Jones
August 27, 2015

A 50% Renewables Portfolio Standard will be good for jobs
By Carol Zabin
September 10, 2015


Campus Events

Center for Latin American Studies

Bay Area Latin American Forum
October 8th | 4:00 pm | CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street
“Opportunities to Improve Working Conditions on Both Sides of the Border”, Maria Echaveste, a Senior Scholar at UC Berkeley Center’s for Latin American Studies

Center for Korean Studies

September 15th | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
“Cultural Diversity and Global Talent in Korea”, Gi-wook Shin, Stanford University; Rennie Moon, Yonsei University

Center for Research on Social Change (CRSC)

September 24th | 12:00–1:30pm | Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way
“Moments of Refusal: Thinking through Antiblackness and Black Futurity in Research on Urban Communities and Schooling”, Michael Dumas, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Education and African American Studies, UC Berkeley

Economics Department

Seminar 211, Economic History

October 5th | 2-4 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall
“Wealth Inequality in the United States since 1913: Evidence from Capitalized Income Tax Data”, Gabriel Zucman, University of California, Berkeley

September 21st
"Disability Benefits, Consumption Insurance, and Family Labor Supply", Magne Mogstad, University of Chicago

September 28th
"Adjust Me if I Can't. The Effect of Firm Incentives on Labor Supply Responses to Taxes", Alisa Tazhitdinova, UC Berkeley

Seminar 251, Labor
2-3:30 p.m
648 Evans Hall

September 17th
“International Knowledge Flows: Evidence from the Collapse of International Science in the Wake of WWI”, Fabian Waldinger, Warwick University

September 24th
"Inequality in Networked Labor Markets", Carl Nadler, UC Berkeley

October 5th
"The Persistent Power of Behavioral Change: Long-Run Impacts of Temporary Savings Subsidies for the Poor", Simone Schaner, Dartmouth College

Goldman School of Public Policy

September 24th | 3:30pm–5:00pm | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium
“Beyond the Beautiful Forevers: What Works for Tackling Poverty?”, Katherine Boo, Author

October 2nd | 11:30am–12:30pm | Alumni House
“Suspect Race: Causes and Consequences of Biased Policing”, Jack Glaser Goldman School of Public Policy

Policy Research Seminar

12pm-1:pm | 105 GSPP

September 21st
“The Impact of No Child Left Behind on Non-cognitive Development”, Sean Tanner, UC Berkeley, Goldman School of Public Policy

Institute of Personality and Social Research (IPSR)

September 16th | 12-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall
“Why We Work: Intrinsic Motivation, Motivational Competition, and the Creation of Human Nature”, Barry Schwartz, Swarthmore College

Social Science Matrix

September 16th | 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM | 820 Barrows Hall
“Rich Schools, Poor Students: Tapping Large University Endowments to Improve Student Outcomes”, Dr. Jorge Klor de Alva is President of Nexus Research and Policy Center http://matrix.berkeley.edu/event/rich-schools-poor-students