March 2011 (No. 48)

Editor: Terence K. Huwe
Contributors: Marcy Whitebook, Stefanie Kalmin, Janice Kimball, Jenifer MacGillvary, Netsy Firestein, Dick Walker


Especially Recommended
March 7, 2011 –12:30-2pm
Job Creation in the Green Economy: Carol Zabin and Karen Chapple, Vial Center
(Job Creation and Local Communities Series)

March 14 –12:30-2pm
Union Democracy: Why have it? What is it? Plus a little bit of empirical data. George Strauss, Professor Emeritus, Haas School of Business

March 28, 2011 –12:30-2pm
Immigration: Economics, Attitudes and Policies. David Card, Department of Economics
(Job Creation and Local Communities Series)

March 28 2011 –4pm-5pm
Architecture, Product Development Organizations, and HRM of Engineers: Comparing Japanese, Korean, and Chinese Firms. Tsuyoshi Tsuru, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University
(Job Creation and Local Communities Series)

IRLE News and Events
Spring 2011 Colloquium Series: March 2011
Recent Working Papers

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
The Labor Project for Working Families

Campus News and Events
UC Berkeley Events




IRLE Spring 2011 Colloquium Series: March 2011

All events are held at:
IRLE Large Conference Room
2521 Channing Way
RSVP: Myra Armstrong,

Monday, March 7, 2011 –12:30-2pm
Job Creation in the Green Economy
Carol Zabin and Karen Chapple, Vial Center

Monday, March 14 –12:30-2pm
Union Democracy: Why have it? What is it? Plus a little bit of empirical data
George Strauss, Professor Emeritus, Haas School of Business

Monday, March 28, 2011 –12:30-2pm
Immigration: Economics, Attitudes and Policies
David Card, Deptment of Economics

Monday, March 28 2011 –4pm-5pm
Architecture, Product Development Organizations, and HRM of Engineers: Comparing Japanese, Korean, and Chinese Firms
Tsuyoshi Tsuru, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University

Monday, March 28 2011 –4pm-5pm
Architecture, Product Development Organizations, and HRM of Engineers: Comparing Japanese, Korean, and Chinese Firms
Tsuyoshi Tsuru, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University


Recent Faculty Working Papers

The following papers may be downloaded from:

Minimum Wage Effects Across State Borders: Estimates Using Contiguous Counties
Working Paper No. 157-07
November 30, 2010
Arindrajit Dube, T. William Lester, and Michael Reich
(Published in The Review of Economics and Statistics, November 2010 92(4), 945-964

Is it Labor’s Turn to Globalize? Twenty-first Century Opportunities and Strategic Responses
Working Paper No. 224-10
October 2010
Peter Evans

Managing Knowledge Workers in Global Value Chains
Working Paper No. 223-10
October 2010
Clair Brown and Greg Linden

Do Frictions Matter in the Labor Market? Accessions, Separations and Minimum Wage Effects
Working Paper No. 222-10
October 2010
Arindrajit Dube, T. William Lester and Michael Reich

The Living New Deal: The Unsung Benefits of the New Deal for the United States and California
Working Paper No. 220-10
August 1, 2010
Richard A. Walker and Gray Brechin


The Labor Center

The California Lead Organizers Institute For Labor and Community Organizers will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 28-30, 2011 inOakland, CA. The 2011 program is being offered to monolingual and bilingual Spanish-speaking lead organizers.  Special topics affecting the daily lives of Spanish-speaking union members and community-based activists will be an integral part of CLOI 2011. Online applications will be posted soon, and the deadline for submission is April 1. Check our website:

The Labor Summer Internship Program will again be held this summer. This is an innovative PAID internship program for graduate and undergraduate students, providing University of California students with the opportunity to learn from and work with organizations fighting for justice for California's working people. Students spend eight weeks with labor unions or community-based organizations, learning how to apply their skills in real world settings in campaigns that are making a difference for working people. The online applications for students and for CBO and union host sites are available at Please note that the deadline for applications, for both students and hosts, is March 15.

The Strategic Campaigns Workshop has been postponed. It will now be held in July 2011, specific dates TBA.


California Public Employee Relations

CPER eNews for March 2011

CPER Journal

CPER No. 201 (March 2011) is currently in progress. It includes the article, “The Mediator’s Role as Gatekeeper Under EERA and HEERA,” by Paul Roose, program chief of the California State Mediation and Conciliation Service, and Jerry Fecher, a CSMCS mediator. The piece explores the mediator’s unique role in deciding whether or not to release a case to the more adversarial formal phase of factfinding. The second main article, “Garcetti Four Years Later: Can Public Employee Whistleblowers Be Protected?” was written by Patricia Winslow, associate executive director and acting chief counsel, California Teachers Association. Winslow opines that the Garcetti decision has meant the rejection of meaningful protections for any public employee who registers legitimate complaints about how the public’s business is conducted, or whose job duties require him or her to deliver bad news to the boss. “It is usually through public employees that we as a society can operate as effective overseers of the government,” she writes, “and the evisceration of their rights under the Garcetti decision harms us all.”

CPER Pocket Guide Series

In our Pocket Guide Series, we just released an updated edition of the Pocket Guide to the Educational Employment Relations Act, and Pocket Guide to Layoff Rules Affecting Certificated Employees. Due out this summer is a new title, Pocket Guide to Workers’ Compensation, written by IRLE’s Juliann Sum.

Dinner Honoring Carol Vendrillo

There’s still time to get a ticket to the dinner honoring CPER Director Carol Vendrillo, and supporting the CPER Program, on Saturday, March 19, 2011.We will be honoring Carol with toasts and thanks as she retires, and celebrating her lengthy career serving the public sector. Whether you know her from her early years at the National Treasury Employees Union, her years at the Public Employment Relations Board,her years at her roles as arbitrator, speaker, board member...OR as the life of the public sector matter which side of the table you’re on, we hope you’ll join us at the dinner table, at Hs Lordship’s at the Berkeley Marina. Details are on the CPER website at, or call Managing Editor Stefanie Kalmin, (510) 643-7069.

Center for the Study of Child Care Employment

CSCCE announces the upcoming release of two reports. “Learning Together: A Study of Six B.A. Completion Cohort Programs in Early Care and Education: Year 3” will be available in February, 2011. This study focuses on four counties’ efforts to expand bachelor’s degree opportunities in early care and education for working adults.
Also available in February, 2011: “Workforce Information: A Critical Component of Coordinated State Early Care and Education Data Systems”.This brief describes the early care and education workforce data landscape and details the challenges to aligning these data systems and current efforts to address these challenges.

CSCCE is also pleased to announce that executive director Marcy Whitebook has been appointed to the Committee on Early Childhood Care and Education Workforce: A workshop of the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine. The committee will hold a workshop February 28 and March 1, 2011 to describe the early care and education workforce and identify supports provided for early childhood teachers and caregivers.

For more information, visit our website at


Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics

CWED has co-published the following papes with the Economic Policy Institute:

Waiting for Change: The $2.13 Federal Subminimum Wage
Allegretto, Sylvia A., and Filion, Kai


Does ‘Right-to-Work’ Create Jobs? Answers from Oklahoma
Lafe, Gordon, Allegretto,Sylvia



Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library

Web Recruitment Update

The recruitment process for a new Web administrator is underway, and we hope to fill this position as soon as possible. In the mean time, we are very fortunate that Elizabeth del Rocio Camacho is working as a limited term employee, and is handling all Web work.

IRLE Librarian Joins Campus Catalog Council

Terry Huwe has joined the University Library’s Catalog Council, which oversees standard and operations for all campus cataloging, and also provides important guidance for the oversight of the OskiCat public access catalog. Membership was recently expanded to include representatives from the Affiliated Libraries, which is very welcome, as IRLE’s library circulation has increased significantly since the launch of OskiCat

Access to the Library Via Intercom

The Library Web provides detailed directions on how to use the building’s new intercom. The entry for the Library is listed under “L” in alphabetical order. Program units and the Library are listed together with individuals in a single list.


Labor Project for Working Families

On February 17, Labor Project staff participated in the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2nd National Women's Bureau conference on workplace flexibility, focusing in particular on dilemmas facing hourly workers. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis delivered the keynote address at the event that also featured First Lady Michelle Obama, who spoke to the attendees via video. More than 400 participants from business, labor, government and the community attended the conference held in Pasadena, CA. The event highlighted successful labor-management agreements where individual unions and coalitions of unions have negotiated workplace flexibility policies into their contracts. The Labor Project compiled union negotiated family friendly contract language for hourly workers and shared it with event participants.

On February 25, the Labor Project on Working Families, in partnership with Georgetown University’s Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, brought together the leaders from the AFL-CIO, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Association of Flight Attendants (AFA)-CWA, and the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) to discuss labor’s new ideas and proven strategies for building an economy that works for working families. The event was held in Washington DC and featured a group of dynamic new labor leaders including ATU International President Larry Hanley, SEIU President Mary Kay Henry, AFA International President Veda Shook, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, and AFT President Randi Weingarten.  The discussion was moderated by Heather Boushey, Senior Economist at the Center for American Progress.



Center for Latin American Studies
Bay Area Latin America Forum

April 4, 2011
Location: TBA
“Lula’s Hegemony and Brazilian Labor Relations: Call Centers and Their Unions”
Ruy Braga, Department of Sociology at the Universidade de São Paulo


Center for Race and Gender
370 Dwinelle Hall

March 1, 2011
The Racial Politics of Care and Intimacy: Domestic Workers Transforming the Political Landscape
Prof. Evelyn Nakano Glenn, UC Berkeley


Economics Department

Economics 211, Economic History Seminar
597 Evans Hall

March 14th
608-7 Evans Hall
The Effects of Marginal Tax Rates: Evidence from the Interwar Period"
Joint with Seminar 231, Public Finance.
Christina Romer and David Romer, Department of Economics

Econ 222/PHDBA 279I-1 Seminar on Innovation
Room C-335 Haas School,
12:15-2 PM

March 2, 2011
Regional Disadvantage? Non-compete Agreements and Brain Drain
Lee Fleming, Harvard Business School

Economics 231, Public Finance Seminar
608-7 Evans Hall

March 7, 2011
"Incorporating Employee Heterogeneity into Default Rules for Retirement Plan Selection"
Gopi Goda, SIEPR Stanford

Economics 237, Macro Economics Workshop
608-7 Evans Hall

March 1, 2011
"Consumer Spending and the Economic Stimulus Payments of 2008"
Jonathan Parker, Northwestern

Economics 271, Planning and Development Seminar
608-7 Evans Hall

March 7, 2011
"International Income Inequality: Measuring PPP Bias by Estimating Engel Curves for Food"
Ingvild Almas, Assistant Professor, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration

Center for Labor Economics, Labor Lunch Series
608-7 Evans Hall

March 18, 2011
"Do Labor Market Frictions Matter: Accessions, Separations and Minimum Wage Effects"
Michael Reich, Center for Labor Economics


Graduate School of Journalism

March 1, 2011
Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society
Sutardja Dia Hall, Banatao Auditorium

Can Mainstream Journalism Survive? Making the Online Times Pay
Gerald Marzorati, Assistant Managing Editor of the New York Times, for New Products and Strategies in conversation with Mark Danner, Chancellor's Professor of Journalism and Politics, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and Michael Pollan, John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Science and Environmental Journalism.


Institute of Personality & Social Research
March 2, 2011
5101 Tolman Hall

Work-family life balance: Is there such a thing?: Research and policy perspectives from the US and Japan
Susan D. Holloway, Professor, Graduate School of Education; Neil Gilbert, Chernin Professor of Social Welfare, School of Social Welfare