January-February 2010 (40)

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

Especially Recommended:
IRLE Colloquium Series, February 8
Hal Wilensky (Political Science) "Social Policy in 19 Rich Democracies: Why Pensions Converge, But U.S. Health Care Remains Unique"

The Vial Center Commences Work on the California Needs Assessment of Workforce Issues for Energy Efficiency, Demand-Side Management, Renewable Energy and the Green Economy

The Labor Center Releases Extensive Reports on the Health Care Reform Process


IRLE News & Events
IRLE Colloquium Series Announced

IRLE Program News
Donald Vial Center on Employment in the Green Economy
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


Spring 2010 IRLE Colloquium Series Announced

Monday, February 8
Hal Wilensky, UC Berkeley, Department of Political Science
"Social Policy in 19 Rich Democracies: Why Pensions Converge, But U.S. Health Care Remains Unique"
READ THE PAPER: http://www.bepress.com/forum/vol7/iss2/art7

Monday, February 22
Charlan Nemeth, UC Berkeley, Department of Psychology
Title TBA

Monday, March 1
Clair Brown, UC Berkeley, Department of Economics
"Workers' Fear about Job Security and Trade Impact: Are they rational or do they reflect labor market experience and conditions?"

Monday, March 15
Kim Voss, UC Berkeley, Department of Sociology
Title TBA

Thursday, March 18
Tsuyoshi Tsuru, Hitotsubashi University
"Price Discrimination and Social Network: Evidence from North American Automobile Transaction Data."

Monday, March 29
Joan Bloom, UC Berkeley, School of Public Health
Title TBA

Monday, April 5
Guy Standing, University of Bath
"Work after Globalisation: Building Occupational Citizenship"

Monday, April 12
Ruth Collier, UC Berkeley, Department of Political Science
Title TBA

Monday, April 19
Bary Staw, UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business
Title TBA

Monday, April 26
David Levine, UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business
"An Experimental Evaluation of Cal-OSHA Inspections: Preliminary Evidence"

Monday, May 3
Ilan Tojerow, University of Brussels
"Wage Structure Effects of International Trade: Evidence from a Small Open Economy"

 

IRLE PROGRAMS


The Donald Vial Center on Employment in the Green Economy

The Donald Vial Center on Employment in the Green Economy opened the New Year on a high note as work begins on the $1.1 million Needs Assessment for Workforce Education and Training in California's Green Economy, undertaken on behalf of the California Public Utilities Commission. The team held its public kickoff meeting on December 2nd at the CPUC office in San Francisco. This month, research teams have been assembled and work has begun on the quantitative assessment of how many green jobs will be generated by the State's wide ranging environmental policies and investments in energy efficiency and clean technology. In addition to hiring key staff and solidifying partnerships with outside researchers, IRLE team members have also begun planning for interviews and outreach to key stakeholders and industry experts in the green economy. The Vial Center staff will provide bi-weekly progress reports to the CPUC.

Vial Center Associate Chair to Present at the Urban Affairs Association

Associate Chair T. William Lester will be presenting a paper at the Urban Affairs Association conference in Honolulu, HI on March 13th, 2010. The paper, based on the qualitative portion of his dissertation research, is entitled "Urban Politics and the Evolution of Living Wage Campaigns: Evidence from Chicago and San Francisco".

 


The Labor Center

Health Care Policy Research and Analysis from the Labor Center

Financial Protection of Employer-based Insurance in California, 2009
January 2010, By Jon Gabel, Roland McDevitt, Ken Jacobs, and Laurel Tan http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/healthcare/financial_protection10.pdf

How would the Senate health bill affect U.S. workers employed at or near part-time?
January 2010, by Dave Graham-Squire
http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/healthcare/distribution_of_hours10.pdf

National Health Reform Requirements and California Employers
December 2009, by Jon Gabel, Ken Jacobs, Laurel Tan, Roland McDevitt, Jeremy Pickreign, and Shova KC
http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/healthpolicy/reform_requirements09.pdf

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
http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/healthpolicy/affordability_analysis09.pdf

Californians' Access to Coverage under the Health Reform Proposals
December 2009, by Ken Jacobs and Dave Graham-Squire
http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/healthpolicy/access_to_coverage09.pdf

Addressing California's Health Coverage Gaps: The Impact of National Health Care Reform
November 2009, by Annette Gardner, Melissa Rodgers, and Ken Jacobs
http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/healthcare/gap_groups09.pdf

Summary of Healthcare Reform Bill Provisions Affecting Individuals and Employers (Updated 1/12/10)
http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/healthpolicy/health_reform_summary09.pdf

Calculator: How Much Will a Family Spend Under the Health Reform Proposals?
http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/healthpolicy/index.shtml#calculator

Would the House health care bill be a job-killer or would it spur the economy?
Ken Jacobs discusses this on the Berkeley Blog
http://blogs.berkeley.edu/category/economics/20091117/?full=1#571

The National Health Care Debate: What is being proposed and what does it mean for union members?
http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/healthpolicy/health_reform_and_unions.pdf

Upcoming trainings

The Labor Center has set its 2010 schedule of leadership schools and workshops. For more information, please visit our website: http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu

California Lead Organizers Institute For Labor and Community Organizers
Monday-Friday, February 15 to 19, 2010
Location: St. Francis Retreat Center in San Juan Bautista, CA
Followed by regular check-ins and a regional check-in May 2010 and a final meeting September 2010

The 5th Annual C. L. Dellums African American Union Leadership School
"Developing Leaders...Building Power...Changing the Community"
8 Saturdays, starting February 20 and ending May 22, 2010.
Location: Labor Center
Application deadline is January 29, 2010.
The C. L. Dellums African American Union Leadership School welcomes participation regardless of race, ethnicity, color, sex, or national origin.

Implementing Strategic Plans
Thursday and Friday, April 8 - 9, 2010
Location: Labor Center
Guest Instructor: Paul Krissel

Strategic Campaigns Workshop
Monday-Friday, May 3-7, 2010
Location: Labor Center
Please note: This workshop will be held again November 29 through December 3, 2010.

Strategic Research Training
Wednesday and Thursday, June 16-17, 2010
Please note: This workshop will be held again in November 2010, specific dates TBA.

Media Skills Workshop
July 2010 (more information TBA)

Latino Leadership School
Five-day school will be held in September 2010 (specific dates and place TBA)
The Latino Leadership School welcomes participation regardless of race, ethnicity, color, sex, or national origin.

Online Media Training
October 2010 (more information TBA)

Strategic Research Training
Two-day workshop will be held in November 2010 (more information tba)

Strategic Campaigns Workshop
November 29 through December 3, 2010 Location: Labor Center

New Grants

Akonadi Foundation. Program support–Black Worker Program. PI Steven Pitts. The Labor Center is in the process of building a Center for Black Worker Research and Training whose goal is to improve the quality of jobs held by Black workers through the utilization of research, leadership development, technical assistance, and strategic communications strategies. Akonadi funds will be used to build additional research capacity and produce several reports, including one on Black workers in the East Bay.

General Service Foundation. "Policy Research on Reform and Enforcement of U.S. Labor Laws." PI John Logan. This project will support policy-related research on two specific aspects of labor law reform and enforcement in a time when labor law reform is on the agenda of the U.S. Congress and a new focus on enforcement of existing laws is on the radar of the Department of Labor. The two issues to be addressed are: 1) anti-union expenditures and Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act's (LMRDA) employer and consultant reporting requirements; and 2) lessons from the UK and Canada in enforcement of strengthened labor laws.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, February 9, 2010, 5:00 p.m., IRLE Director's Room BOOK EVENT: Breaking Ground: The History of Operating Engineers Local No. 3.

Lead author Charles Costello heads a panel of Local 3 members who donated photos or were interviewed as part of the union's history project. They'll talk about the book, the projects they worked on, and Local 3's history.

Co-sponsored with the California Federation of Labor, the Alameda Labor Council, and the Alameda Building Trades Council.

 


California Public Employee Relations

The next issue of CPER Journal, No. 198 (February 2010), features "Mission Impossible: Requesting Injunctive Relief From PERB." Attorney Sarah Sanford-Smith looks at the Public Employment Relations Board's record to surmise which injunctive relief requests have been granted. Also in this issue, flu season isn't over yet, and announcements by public health officials and extensive media coverage have generated concern regarding the H1N1 virus. Steve Berliner and Camille Townsend provide answers to some frequently asked questions regarding the legal implications of addressing H1N1 in the workplace. In a third main article, San Jose city attorney Nancy Clark discusses the effect of the Public Records Act on disclosure of an employee's name, work address and email. She addresses the question: Can an agency refuse to provide a copy of its employee directory?

CPER has an advisory board meeting this month and has organized a "Friends of CPER" campaign to galvanize subscribers and supporters and raise funds for the future.

We are working on a new edition of Pocket Guide to Workplace Rights and, this spring, we will publish a new title – the 16th in the series – Pocket Guide to Just Cause, written by Katherine Thomson and Bonnie Bogue.

In February, CPER will have materials at the California Federation of Teachers Leadership Conference.

 


Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE)

For a full listing for CSCCE events, check the CSCCE Web at http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/cscce

 


Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library

California AFL-CIO News: Online Update

Using funding from the UC Labor and Employment Research Fund, the Library has continued to digitize the publications and proceedings of the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. In February 2010, California AFL-CIO News will appear online. The years covered are 1945 through 1993, and this load includes over 2,000 distinct files (known as "digital objects). During spring 2010, 1994-2001 will be added, along with Proceedings (2000-forward) and legislative score cards. This repository will continue to grow as the Federation contributes "born digital" files of its Proceedings and publications, which are now created using desktop publishing software.

The Web at Risk: New Interface

The California Digital Library has unveiled a fully revised site for its Web Archiving Service (WAS). The IRLE Library is a partner in this project, and is building a real-time collection of the Web sites of the AFL-CIO and Change to Win. This archive may be found at http://webarchives.cdlib.org/. Other archives that may be of interest to the IRLE community include the 2003 California Recall Election and the Labor Unions and Organizations (US) Archive (which heavily emphasizes the New York region).

 


Labor Project for Working Families

Ford Foundation Grant to Support Labor Project's CA Work and Family Coalition Work

The Family Values @ Work consortium, which includes the California Work and Family Coalition led by the Labor Project for Working Families, has received a $2 million grant from the Ford Foundation to conduct studies and develop public education efforts about paid sick days and affordable, accessible family leave. Ford's grant will allow the consortium to expand to 14 states, and to strengthen coordination among grassroots organizations. It will also result in a series of best practices to share with business leaders and others concerned about these issues. The Labor Project for Working Families will receive $150,000 from the grant to coordinate the efforts of the California Work and Family Coalition in advancing family friendly workplace policies in California.

The grant to Family Values @ Work is part of the Ford Foundation's five-year, $80 million effort to ensure Americans get the support they need to stabilize family incomes, cope with unemployment, and keep the jobs they have.


CAMPUS EVENTS


Demography Department

Brown Bag Seminars
232 Piedmont Avenue
Wednesdays
12:pm-1:pm

February 3, 2010
Population Aging and the Generational Economy
Andrew Mason, University of Hawaii

The "Pfizer Moments in Leadership" Speaker Series
February 9, 2010
5:30-7:30
Pauley Ballroom East, MLK Student Union
"Progressive Leadership in Health Policy"
Robert Reich, Professor of Public Policy
Sponsored by the Student Board for the UC Berkeley SPH Center for Health Leadership

Economics Department

Economics 225, Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis
C325 Cheit Hall
Thursdays
4-6pm

February 18, 2010
Shaming the Corporation: Political and Institutional Foundations of Corporate Social Responsibility
Timothy Bartley, University of Indiana

Center for Labor Economics, Labor Lunch Series
639 Evans Hall
12-1pm
Wednesdays

February 17, 2010
"Household Bargaining over Parental Leave to Labor Market Participation"
Juliane Parys, Bonn University

March 3, 2010
"Network of Labor Mobility"
Carlo Gianelle, University of Siena

Institute for the Study of Social Change

Wednesday, February 3
12:00-1:30 pm
554 Barrows Hall, Barbara T. Christian Conference Room

Citizenship á la Carte: Emigration and the Sovereign State
David Fitzgerald, Associate Professor, Sociology, and Associate Director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, University of California, San Diego and
Michael Peter Smith, Distinguished Professor of Community Studies and Development, University of California Davis