March 2006 (No. 13)
Editor: Terence K. Huwe
Contributors: Elizabeth del Rocío Camacho, Janice Kimball


IIR News & Events
IIR Colloquium Series:   March Presenters


IIR Unit News
Labor Center News
California Public Employee Relations News
Center for the Study of Child Care Employment News
Institute of Industrial Relations Library
Labor Project for Working Families


Campus Events
Center for Latino Policy Research
Economics Department
Haas School of Business
Institute for the Study of Social Change
Sociology Department Colloquium Series


IIR NEWS & EVENTS


IIR Colloquium Series:   March Presenters

The seminars are held in the Directors Room, Light Lunch Provided
RSVP Myra Armstrong, 643-3012, zulu2@berkeley.edu

Monday, March 6, 2006
CLAIR BROWN
Professor of Economics,UC Berkeley
“Offshoring in the Semiconductor Industry”

Monday, March 13, 2006
NEIL FLIGSTEIN
Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley
“Globalization: Changes in the Organization of Companies Since 1980”

Monday, March 20, 2006
PAUL PIERSON
Title To Be Announced



IIR Unit News



Labor Center News

Labor Summer Deadline Extended, The Labor Center’s annual internship program for UC students, will take place beginning on June 19 for eight weeks. The deadline for unions and community groups to apply to be a host site has been extended to March 6, 2006.  Student applications are due March 3. More details are available at http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/laborsummer/

Mark Your Calendar Now!
On Thursday, April 27, 2006, the Labor Center will host “Evening with the All-Stars - Celebrating the Spirit and Strength of Working People.” This gala event will honor activist stars from the ranks of the labor movement who have made outstanding contributions to improving the lives of working people. Please contact event coordinator Lisa Wong at 415-355-9988 for information on sponsorship or tickets.

New Grants
  • General Service Foundation: Arindrajit Dube and Ken Jacobs’s research on “Labor Market Impact of Wal-Mart Growth.”
  • American Rights at Work: Arindrajit Dube and Ken Jacobs’s research on “Transformations in Retail Work.”
  • Rosenberg Foundation: Labor Summer Internships
  • California Wellness Foundation: California Lead Organizers Institute (second year of 2-year grant)
  • California Program on Access to Care: Dube and Ken Jacobs’s research on “Health Benefits in the Unionized Grocery Sector.”



California Public Employee Relations News

CPER is working on Issue No. 177 (April 2006). So far, main articles include a piece by Stewart Weinberg (Weinberg, Roger and Rosenfeld), an historical retrospective on the Winton Act and the origins of the Educational Employment Relations Act. Attorney Peter Brown (Liebert Cassidy Whitmore) is covering the controversy over "donning and doffing," a Fair Labor Standards Act issue concerning whether employees are to be paid for time spent putting on and taking off specialized protective gear.

In March, CPER will publish its seventh edition of the Pocket Guide to the Educational Employment Relations Act. This edition is the 20th anniversary publication since CPER wrote its first edition in 1986. The EERA Guide is designed for day-to-day use by labor and management in California public schools and community colleges. It provides a description of the basic rights and obligations conferred by the statue, as well as a guide to the decisions of the Public Employment Relations Board and the courts. It can be ordered on the CPER page of the IIR website.

Associate Editor Katherine Thomson attended the Annual Conference of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Bar Assn. of San Francisco, on Feb. 24-25.




Center for the Study of Child Care Employment

Marcy Whitebook Presents at CSU-Sponsored Meeting

California State University Chancellor Charles Reed is hosting an invitational meeting on Building and Supporting the Early Childhood Workforce:  Issues, Challenges and Opportunities.  The meeting is scheduled for Friday March 3 in Sacramento, and will feature a presentation by Dr. Marcy Whitebook, entitled Time to Revamp:  Early Childhood Teacher Preparation Programs in California’s Institutions of Higher Education as well as an invited presentation on the Preschool for All Initiative. This initiative, if it is passed in June, will present a significant challenge to California’s institutions of higher education in its call to upgrade the preparation of early childhood professionals.

Chancellor Reed is inviting CSU faculty and administration to meet with representatives from the California Community Colleges, the University of California, and other state education leaders to discuss the status of the preparation of early childhood professionals. Chancellor Reed will be joined by Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell, University of California President Robert Dynes, California Community Colleges Executive Vice Chancellor Steven Bruckman and others for the day. The overall purpose of the meeting is to take stock of efforts in this key area of educator preparation, and to begin developing a framework for change that is focused on meeting California’s need for well prepared early childhood educators.

For more information, contact Mary Vixie Sandy at msandy@calstate.edu.




Institute of Industrial Relations Library News

Renovation News

Renovation plans are ongoing and work will commence during Spring 2006.  When plans are finalized, full information will appear on the Library Web stie, at http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/library/commons.

Meanwhile—We’re “Open” and People Know It

When the renovation was planned, the Library made a commitment to serve all patrons that need access to reference and our collections.  However, the demand the service has been higher than anticipated, with daily telephone contact for reference, and continued circulation. One noteworthy difference is that callers are now very focused about what they want, as they need to plan their visit. Patrons reflect a full range of faculty, students, members of the Labor Movement, attorneys and other professionals. Journalists also call for research assistance. During February, an editor at O, Oprah Winfrey’s Hearst-published magazine, called for assistance with employer turnover research. Institutors should feel free to let colleagues on and off campus that we handling reference and circulation.




Labor Project for Working Families News

For a full listing of news and events at LPWF, see the program Web site at
http://www.laborproject.org



CAMPUS EVENTS



Center for Latino Policy Research
Spring 2006 Seminars

Wednesday March 22, 2006
 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
CLPR Conference Room
2547 Channing Way (entrance is on Bowditch)

“Responding to Itinerant Workers: Day Labor Work Centers in the U.S. “
Abel Valenzuela, UC Los Angeles
Discussant: Renee Saucedo, La Raza Centro Legal, San Francisco, CA




Economics Department

Economics 221, Industrial Organizational Seminar
608-7 Evans Hall
Tuesdays, 4-6:pm

Week of March 6th
Joint with Haas EAP seminar.
Note nonstandard place and time:
Wednesday 3/8, 2pm, C250 Haas.
Kathryn Shaw, Stanford GSB. 
"Reaching for the Stars: Who Pays for Talent in Innovative Industries?" with Frederik Andersson (Cornell), Matthew Freedman (Maryland), John Haltiwanger (Maryland), and Julia Lane (NSF).

Economics 251, Labor Economics Seminar
608-7 Evans Hall
Thursdays,  2-4

March 9, 2006
Joseph Altonji, Yale University

March 16, 2006
(Joint Seminar with Economtrics)
Difference in Differences with a Small Number of Policy Changes
Christopher Taber, Northwestern University

March 23, 2006
Inequality, Metropolitan Growth, and Neighborhood Segregation by Income
Tara Watson, Williams College

Economics 261, Comparative Economics Seminar
119 Moses Hall
Mondays, 12-2:pm

March 20, 2006
New Urban Politics in Large Chinese Cities
You-Tien Hsin, UC Berkeley

Economics 281, International Trade and Finance Seminar
597 Evans Hall (before spring break)
201 Giannini Hall (after spring break)
Mondays, 12-2:pm

March 13, 2006
International Reserves: Precautionary versus Mercantilist Views, Theory and Evidence
Joshua Aizenman, UC Santa Cruz

March 20, 2006
Openness, Volatility, and the Risk of Content of Exports
Julian di Giovanni, IMF




Haas School of Business

Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations Spring 2006 Colloquium
Haas room C-330, Wednesdays 4 - 5:30 pm
Professor Barry Staw

March 1, 2006
Robert MacCoun, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC-Berkeley

March 8, 2006
Sheldon Zedeck, Dept. of Psychology, UC-Berkeley

March 15, 2006
Jack Glaser, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC-Berkeley

March 22, 2006
Stephen R. Barley, Stanford University




Institute for the Study of Social Change

Thursday and Friday, March 16-17, 2006
Boalt School of Law
Citizenship Without Borders: Belonging and Exclusion in Immigrant America
http://issc.berkeley.edu/Spring%202005%20Conference.htm





Sociology Department Colloquium Series

Thursday, March 2
Blumer Room, 402 Barrows Hall
4:00-5:30 pm

Jeff Manza
Northwestern University

Textbook Sociology: What? Why? Implications?

Abstract: Despite of the spate of recent discussions about "public sociology," the largest single audience for sociological theories and findings remains, by far, the undergraduate consumers of introductory sociology textbooks. For most people, the one and only time they will systematically confront sociological ideas is through an introductory sociology course, the vast majority of which use textbooks. Textbook sociology is, in short, a vital part of the public face of sociology. Yet in spite of its pervasiveness, textbook sociology has received virtually no systematic attention; we remain largely unaware of the sources and content of the work we produce for our largest audience. In this paper, I document a key puzzle: textbook sociology produces a distinct content, but not the one necessarily intended by its authors or demanded by the consensus of the discipline. I develop an answer to the question of how and why textbook sociology takes the form that it does by considering several sociological theories of intellectual production. I draw upon in-depth interviews with most of the authors and editors of recent books, supplemented by a content analysis of the universe of textbooks on the market, to build a model of path dependence that accounts for the patterning and reproduction of the peculiar content of contemporary textbook sociology.

March 9, 2006
Philip Gorski
Yale University

"Bourdieusian Theory and Historical Analysis: Maps, Mechanisms, Methods
Co-sponsored by Thomas Brady and the History Department"

March 16, 2006
Loic Wacquant
UC Berkeley

"Racial Division and the Rise of the Penal State"

March 23, 2006
Larry Bobo
Stanford University

Title: TBA