November 1, 2004 (No. 2)

Editor: Terence K. Huwe
Contributors: Elizabeth del Rocío Camacho, Janice Kimball

IIR NEWS AND EVENTS

IIR Faculty Seminars
IIR Holiday Reception
Arin Dube Publishes Study on the Evolution of Jobs
Haas Economist Alex Mas Explores Effects of Worker Treatment on Product Quality
Economics 251
CPER: New Pocket Guides, New Journal Issue
Professional Presentations by CPER Editors
Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) Policy Brief Released
The IIR Library Participates in 2.4 Million dollar California Digital Library Research Project
IIR Librarian Lectures in London about California Library Services
California Labor History Map Now for Sale
Librarians Association of the University of California hosted at Berkeley
Library Collection News
Yujing Cheng joins the Labor Center staff
Labor Center Advisory Board Meeting: November 9, 2004

CAMPUS NEWS & EVENTS
Slavery Expert to Deliver Jefferson Memorial
Lecture Agriculture and Resource Economics
Lecture Bancroft Library Lecture
Center for Health Research Lecture
Center for Latin American Studies News and Events
Haas School of Business, Claussen Center Event
Human Rights Center’s Summer Human Rights Fellowship Conference

BEYOND THE CAMPUS
Commonwealth Club Lecture Series
World Affairs Council Lecture Series

Quick Links to Campus News
The Campus News Center:
http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/
The Campus Calendar:
http://www.berkeley.edu/calendar/




IIR NEWS AND EVENTS

 

IIR Faculty Seminars

Monday, November 8, 2004, 12 to 1 pm
Arindrajit Dube, Ken Jacobs and Carol Zabin, CLRE and IIR, UCB
“The Hidden Public Costs of Low-Wage Jobs in California”

This study examines the extent to which publicly-funded safety net programs are becoming an ongoing wage supplement for low-wage workers, rather than emergency assistance for those who find themselves unable to work. The data set combines administrative data on enrollments and costs of the ten largest statewide programs with detailed demographic and
employment characteristics of program participants in the Current Population Survey. Of $21.2 billion of public assistance provided to low-income Calfiornia families in 2002, 48 percent-- or $10.1 billion-- went to families in which at least one member worked at least forty-five weeks per year. A simulated increase in the state minimum wage to $8 would reduce taxpayer costs by $2.7 billion.
http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/events/fall04/seminars/index.html

Monday, November 22, 2004, 12 to 1 pm
Professor David Lee, Economics Department, UCB
“Economic Impacts of Unionization on Private Sector Employers, 1984-2001”

Using multiple establishment-level data sets that represent establishments that faced organizing drives in the U.S. during 1984-1999, this paper uses a regression discontinuity design to estimate the impact of unionization on business survival, employment, output, productivity, and wages. Essentially, outcomes for employers where unions barely won the election (e.g. by one vote) are compared to those where the unions barely lost. The analysis finds small impacts on all outcomes that we examine; estimates for wages are close to zero. The evidence suggests that at least in recent decades the legal mandate that requires the employer to bargain with a certified union has had little economic impact on employers, because unions have been somewhat unsuccessful at securing significant wage gains.

This paper is scheduled to appear in the Quarterly Journal of Economics.
Professor Lee is also the author of “Inequality in the United States during the 1980s: Rising Dispersion or Falling Minimum Wage?” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 1999.
http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/events/fall04/seminars/index.html


 

IIR Holiday Reception

Wednesday, December 15, 2004 between 3-5pm for IIR’s annual Holiday Reception.
http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/events/fall04/holiday/index.html


 

Arin Dube Publishes New Study on the Evolution of Jobs

IIR Researcher Arin Dube has published a new paper titled, ”Are Jobs Getting Worse? The Evolving Distribution of Wages and Job Composition Over the 2001 to 2004 Period.”

The paper was posted on October 14, 2004, and includes an Executive Summary

The full report is available on the IIR Web at
http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/research/jobquality.pdf


 

Haas Economist Explores Effects of Worker Treatment on Product Quality
(Originally released by the Haas News Center)

Employees who are disgruntled over wages can harm firms financially and may even pose a threat to public safety if their irritation translates into poor workmanship and defective products, says Haas School Assistant Professor Alexandre Mas. Mas, who bases his work on several years of research into labor unrest and worker performance, joined the Haas Economic Analysis and Policy group this fall.

The case of Bridgestone/Firestone, which refused to negotiate flexibly with its workers’ union in several plants between 1994 and 1996, was particularly dramatic, Mas discovered. By analyzing consumer complaints, claims for compensation for property damage or personal injuries, and engineering test data, Mas and co-author Alan Krueger determined that the
quality of the tires produced in one of the plants involved in the labor dispute was significantly lower than that of tires produced in plants unaffected by the strife. Mas teased out similar dynamics in cases of arbitration between police unions and city governments in New Jersey.
"When arbitrators voted against union contracts in favor of those proposed by the city, arrest rates declined by 10 percent, meaning that police were not working as hard," he says. "Such conditions can have a significant impact on crime."

Finally, Mas studied the effect of ongoing contract disputes between the United Auto Workers union and Caterpillar, the world's largest manufacturer of construction machinery, between 1991 and 1998. To quantify how worker discontent arising from the situation may have affected
performance, he examined resale prices of Caterpillar equipment during this period and found that equipment produced in the US during the labor dispute sold at auction for 4 percent less than equipment produced prior to 1991 and after 1998 -- even though similar non-American models did not experience this change in prices.

Mas earned his Ph.D. and MA in economics from Princeton University, and his BA in economics and mathematics from Macalester College.


 

Economics 251
Thursday, November 4, 2-4 p.m., 608-7 Evans
Damon Clark, UC Berkeley
"Choice, Competition and School Performance: Evidence from the UK"


 

Calfornia Public Employee Relations NEWS (CPER)
New Pocket Guide Published
CPER issued a new title this summer, the twelfth in series:
“Pocket Guide to K-12 Certificated Employee Classification and Dismissal”

The author is former CPER associate editor Dale Brodsky. The complete list of pocket guides in is on the CPER website.

 

New Editions

CPER also just published the 12th edition of the “Pocket Guide to theMeyer-Milias-Brown Act.” The act governs labor-management relationships in California local government.

In November, CPER will go to press with our third edition of the “Pocket Guide to Public Sector Arbitration: California,” and the staff is currently in the final editing stage of the second edition of the “Pocket Guide to Workplace Rights of Public Employees.”

 

CPER Journal

Subscribers to CPER now can access the journal online in edition to receiving a copy in the mail. We are negotiating to put our yearly indexes online.

The most recent issue, No. 168 (October 2004), includes the following main articles:

DOL Regulations Update: Several Changes Affect Public Employment, by attorney Brian Walter, a partner with the law firm of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore

‘Don’t Mess With PERB’: Public Testimony Resoundingly Reject Plans to Alter PERB, by CPER Editor Carol Vendrillo

U.C. Faculty Seek Buffer From Federal Encroachments on Free Speech and Academic Freedom, by CPER Associate Editor Katherine Thomson


 

Presentations by CPER Staff

In October, Carol Vendrillo did a presentation for the Labor Arbitration Institute, in San Francisco

In November, Katherine Thomson will represent CPER at CALPELRA (California Public Employers Labor Relations Association) Annual Training Conference, in Monterey.

Carol Vendrillo is presenting an update on public sector labor and employment law, at the State Bar of California Labor and Employment Law Section’s annual program, in Anaheim.


 

Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE)

The latest policy brief from the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment -- part of a series on workforce development for Preschool For All in California -- is now available at
http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/cscce/pdf/credentialing.pdf

“Teacher Credentialing in Early Care and Education: Prospects for Universal Preschool in California, and Lessons from Other States,” examines the history and current status of preschool teacher certification in California; explores the landscape of Pre-K certification in other states; and identifies options and issues as California moves forward in planning for Preschool for All. Research included a survey of teacher requirements and certification in all states that have a publicly funded preschool program. Of the 15 states whose programs currently serve 10 percent or more of their four-year-old child populations, all but California, Colorado and Georgia have set the BA degree plus certification as their standard for preschool head teachers.


 

IIR Library Participates in 2.4 Million dollar California Digital Library Event

OAKLAND, Calif. The Library of Congress announced today (Thursday) that it has awarded a $2.4 million grant to the University of California’s California Digital Library to develop Web archiving tools that will be used by libraries to capture, curate and preserve collections of Web-based government and political information.

The IIR Library will lead efforts to preserve collections of labor information that are born digital on the Web and are at risk of disappearing before they are archived by any institution.

http://www.cdlib.org/news/press_releases/award_announcement_final_20040930.doc


 

IIR Librarian Lectures in London about California Library Services

Terry Huwe made a presentation at Internet Librarian International in London, on digital library development at the University of California. The presentation was titled “Digital Library Strategies in the Late-Adopting Institution."


 

California Labor History Map Now for Sale

The California Labor History Map is now for sale. Terry Huwe represented The IIR Library and University of California in the development of this document by serving on the Advisory Board (with Kent Wong, from the UCLA Labor Center). A copy of the California History Labor Map is now obtainable from the California Department of Education. The cost is $5, plus a $1 handling fee.

To order a copy, call (800) 995-4099. San Francisco State also hosts the related website at:
http://calpedia.sfsu.edu/calabor/.


 

Librarians Association of the University of California hosted at Berkeley

The Librarians Association of the University of California Fall Assembly will be held on November, 4, 2004 at the International House. Terry Huwe is 2004-2005 President of the Association, which has a formal charge to advise the University on matters of library policy. This event will include presentations by members of the Academic Senate, and all are
welcome. For more information, take a look at
http://library.berkeley.edu/LAUC/fallassembly04/ and http://www.ucop.edu/lauc


 

Library Collection News

In response to the University’s coordinated response to print collection management, the IIR Library staff will begin reviewing the overall collection and evaluating its unique strengths. Terry will publish news on this initiative on the Library’s Web and to the institutors list. Materials that will be withdrawn from the Library will be announced in advance, giving faculty and students a chance to comment on the process.


 

New Staff at the Labor Center

Yujing Cheng will be the new Administrative Assistant II for the Labor Center. Mr. Cheng will be
filling the open position that was previously held by Kamal Sidhu.

Yujing's primary focus will be to help us complete work on our new data base program and provide general office support to CLRE. He has previous campus experiences having worked


 

The Labor Center Advisory Board will be meeting on November, 9, 2004 at IIR.





CAMPUS NEWS AND EVENTS

 

Slavery Expert to Deliver Jefferson Memorial Lecture

On Wednesday, Nov. 3, David Brion Davis Pulitzer prixe winner and one of the world’s foremost historians of slavery will present the annual Jefferson Memorial Lecture, titled “Exodus, Black Colonization, and Promised Lands.”

The full story is online at
http://www.berkeley.edu/news/berkeleyan/2004/10/27_davis.shtml


 

Agriculture and Resource Economics

Roger von Haefen will present a lectures at ARE on December 3, 2004.
For further information check the Web at http://are.berkeley.edu

There is another lecture with speaker to be announced, which will be held on November 19, 2004


 

Bancroft Library Lecture Series

Roundtable: Guardians of the Golden Gate: John Birge Sawyer, Angel Island, and the Great Immigrant Smuggling Scandal

The diaries of John Birge Sawyer, immigration inspector on Angel Island, are the focal point for an exploration of Chinese immigration to California.

Robert E. Barde, Deputy Director, Institute of Business and Economic Research, Haas Business School
Thursday, November 18
Lewis-Latimer Room, Faculty Club
12:00 noon
Contact for more information: 643-2275, or dkessler@library.berkeley.edu


 

Center for Health Research

Health Services and Policy Research Seminar Series:
'The U.S. Medicare Program: Changes and Challenges'

Speaker: Murray Ross, PhD (Director, Health Policy Analysis and Research;
Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy, Oakland)

Tuesday, November 23, 2004, 714-C University Hall
For Further Information: 643-7211, CHR_UCB@berkeley.edu


 

Center for Latin American Studies News and Events

Suzana Sawyer
“Suing ChevronTexaco: Citizenship, Contamination and Capitalism in the
Ecuadorian Amazon”

Suzana Sawyer is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at UC Davis. Her current research focuses on conflict over oil operations in Ecuador. Her new research examines the lawsuit against Texaco, focusing specifically on what it tells us about shifting regimes of citizenship, sovereignty and law.


Teresa Caldeira
“Democratizing the Neoliberal City”

Teresa Caldeira is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the UC Irvine. She is the author of City of Walls: Crime, Segregation, and Citizenship in São Paulo (2001).
Monday, November 8, 5:00 pm
Room 112, Wurster Hall


Rigoberta Menchú

“The Legacy of War in Guatemala: Continuous Human Rights Abuses”

Rigoberta Menchú received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992 for her work on indigenous people’s rights.
Friday, November 19, 5:00 pm
Room 155, Dwinelle Hall


 

Haas School of Business

Clausen Center Hosts Events Exploring “Microcredit”

For Further Information, check the Haas News Center at http://haas.berkeley.edu.


 

Human Rights Center’s Summer Human Rights Fellowship Conference

This is an opportunity for members of the campus community to learn about the Human Rights Center's annual summer human rights fellowships for students and to learn about the diverse human rights research and advocacy work of current summer fellows. This event is free and open to the public.

Heyns Room, The Faculty Club, November 4, 2004
Contact: 642-0965, hrc@globetrotter.berkeley.edu





BEYOND THE CAMPUS

 

Commonwealth Club Lecture Series

H.E. Vaclav Klaus
Czech Republic & the European Union: Marriage of Convenience November 8, 2004, Monday

Program starts 6:pm, check in starting at 5:15pm. Fairmont Hotel, Gold Room, 950 Mason St. (at California) San Francisco. $15.00 for members, $30.00 for Non-members
Co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Northern California.

U.S. Health Care in Crisis
Donald Barlett, Investigative Journalist, Co-author, Critical Condition
James Steele, Investigative Journalist, Co-author, Critical Condition
Additional Panelists TBA November 16, 2004 Tuesday

5:30pm Reception, 6:pm Program, 7:pm Reception, Club Office, 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco. Free for Members and Non-members
Co-sponsored by California Health Care Foundation & Books Inc.


 

World Affairs Council Lecture Series

Thursday, Oct-28-2004
Opening the Door to Japan: Exploring the Automotive/IT Market

Masaaki Kanda, Governor of Aichi Prefecture Yoshihiro Yasui, President of Brother Industries, Ltd Clifford Somerville, Vice President of Dura Automotive Systems Max Rogers, Global Director of Sales and Marketing, Delphi Corporation

Seating is limited reserve a place for yourself and a guest at http://www.jetrosf.org as soon as possible.

Check In: 1:30 PM, Seminar: 2:00 PM, Networking Reception: 4:00 PM.
Free Program
Location: The Ritz Carlton, San Francisco, 600 Stockton Street (3 blocks north of Union Square)

 

Thursday, November 4, 2004
Winning the Oil Endgame: Innovation for Profits, Jobs, and Security Amory B. Lovins, Chief Executive Officer, Rocky Mountain Institute

Check In: 11:30 AM, Program 12:00 PM,
Members: Free, Nonmembers: $12, Students with ID: $5
Location: At the Council, 312 Sutter Street, 2nd floor Conference Room, San Francisco

Monday, November15, 2004
Agriculture and Foreign Trade Agreements in the Americas

Anuradha Mittal, Executive Director, Oakland Institute; former Co-Director, Institute for Food and Development Policy Tim Josling, Professor Emeritus, Food Research Institute, Stanford University; Judith Redmond, President, Community Alliance with Family Farmers, Davis,
California

Check In: 5:30 PM, Program 6:00 PM,
Members: Free, Nonmembers: $12, Students with ID: $5
Location: At the Council, 312 Sutter Street, 5th floor, San Francisco