October 2005 (No. 9)
Editor: Terence K. Huwe
Contributors: Elizabeth del Rocío Camacho, Janice Kimball


IIR News & Events
IIR All Staff Breakfast: Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Faculty Research Focus: Margaret Weir’s MacArthur Research
New Minimum Wage Research and Reports on the IIR Web
Former IIR Director Jim Lincoln Named Associated Dean at Haas
Visiting Scholar Tsuyoshi Tsuru Invites IIR Affiliates to Economics 190
IIR Seminar Series: Fall 2005
Labor and Education Fund Grant Awards: Katie Quan and Arin Dube
Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society: New Issue Just Published
IIR Graduate Student Researchers, Fall 2005
Top 2004-2005 IIR Working Papers by Downloads

IIR Unit News
Labor Center News
CPER News
IIR Library
Labor Project for Working Families
Center for the Study of Child Care Employment News

Campus Events

Center for Latin American Studies
Center for Latino Policy Research
Economics Department: Colloquia and Seminars
Haas School of Business: OBIR and Sponsored Conferences
Sociology Department



IIR NEWS & EVENTS


IIR All Staff Breakfast: Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Mark your calendars for the first all-community event of the fall. Faculty, staff, students and student employees are all invited to the IIR All Staff Breakfast, from 9:30 to 11:30 on October 12. This event will be a chance to get to know new faces and socialize–without a meeting agenda. RSVP to Myra Armstrong, zulu2@calmail.berkeley.edu.




Margaret Weir’s “Building Successful Regions” Project: A Multi-Disciplinary Study of “Resilient” Regions

Margaret Weir has been leading a large-scale working group that is studying how metropolitan regions become resilient. “Building Successful Regions”, funded by the MacArthur Foundation, has created a cross-disciplinary network of scholars, who are exploring the following questions: What makes American metropolitan areas resilient in the face of major economic and demographic challenges? What political processes and institutions at the local, state, and federal levels help create policies that can address region-wide issues? Among the challenges they are examining are rapid economic growth, large scale immigration, deconcentration of urban poverty, and long-term economic decline. Each of these shifts produces benefits as well as strains. For example, rapid economic growth creates new pressures on traffic, the environment, housing and infrastructure; prolonged economic decline typically accompanied by lower tax revenues, job losses, and a decline in the number of skilled workers. How can regions respond to shocks in ways that open new opportunities for growth and inclusion?

The 18-month initial phase of the work, which began in spring 2005, is surveying the academic and policy literature to assess what we already know about regional resilience. The network is meeting bi-monthly as it sets in agenda, inviting additional scholars and practitioners to share their perspectives with the group. This initial work will set the stage for proposing a second phase of primary empirical research.

The research team members come from a range of fields -- including economics, planning, sociology, and political science. Participating institutions include UC Santa Cruz, Harvard University, Cornell University, the Brookings Institution, State University of New York at Buffalo, and Cleveland State University.




New Minimum Wage Research and Reports on the IIR Web

The IIR Web has a newly updated resource for minimum research, with an important new IIR policy brief available for downloading. The policy brief is titled, “Minimum Wages and the California Economy.” The URL for this resource page is:

http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/research/minimumwage.html



Former IIR Director Jim Lincoln Named Associate Dean as the Haas School

Former IIR Director James R. Lincoln has been named Deputy Associate Dean for Academic Affairs this Fall. Starting in January 2006 he will be Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Faculty Chair at Haas for a 1.5 year term.

Jim has also had a busy research and lecture schedule recently. Last year he gave talks at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Yonsei University in South Korea, and Beijing University. I also gave a paper at a conference on corporate governance in Shanghai in July.

From mid-May through Mid-July of this summer, Jim was a visiting professor at Doshisha University. While there he conducted at Toyota and Toyota electronics supplier Denso. This was part of his general research program on business networks in Japan and how they are changing. Jim has followed Toyota's relationship with Denso over time, and has studied how the relationship was strained by: (a) Toyota's effort to produce its own electronics; and (b) Denso's success in selling to Toyota's competition. The interviews specifically concerned the collaboration between Denso and Toyota in developing and producing the Prius Hybrid automobile. Denso had been excluded from the 1st generation Prius but had a big role in the 2nd generation Prius. The 2nd generation Prius is a much better car than the first generation model, in part because Denso is better at automotive electronics than Toyota.




Visiting Scholar Tsuyoshi Tsuru Invites IIR Affiliates to Economics 190

Tsuru-San teaches Economics 190 every Wednesday afternoon at the IIR Director's room. He I will invite HR practitioners from Japan as well as IIR colleagues to participate in this lecture series. Tsuru-San welcomes interested IIR researchers and staff to attend:

http://emlab.berkeley.edu/users/webfac/tsuru/e190_f05/index.shtml

9/28 Wed 3:40-5 pm Case Presentation by Maki Sato, HR dept staff of Advantest Corporation (Japanese high-end manufacturer of test systems of semiconductor)
"Business Strategy and Personnel/ HR systems of Advantest"

10/5 Wed 2-3:30 pm Guest lecture: "Recent changes in the U.S. personnel/HR system ," by Prof. Clair Brown, UC Berkeley

10/19 Wed 2-3:30 pm Guest lecture: "Recent changes in the U.S. employee participation and representation ," by Prof. David Levine, UC Berkeley

10/26 Wed 3:40-5 pm Case Presentation by Yoshihiko Masuda, President & CEO of Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc.

11/16 Wed 2-3:30 pm Guest lecture: "Recent trends in Japanese firm organization : Keiretsu networks," by Prof. James Lincoln, UC Berkeley




IIR Seminar Series: Fall 2005

Some final details are still forthcoming, but the IIR Seminar Series will be posted on the IIR Web soon. The following information gives a preview of who is speaking, and what their topics will be.

SEPTEMBER 26, 2005
IMPLICATIONS OF THE NEW MODEL OF EMPLOYER ASCENDANCY
Daniel Mitchell
Ho-su Wu Professor, Andersen Graduate School of Management, U.C.L.A.

Daniel J.B. Mitchell, chaired the Department of Policy Studies (now the Department of Public Policy) during 1996-97. Prof. Mitchell was formerly director of the U.C.L.A. Institute of Industrial Relations (1979-90) and continues to serve on the Institute's advisory committee. During Phase II of the federal wage/price controls program of the early 1970s, Prof. Mitchell was chief economist of the Pay Board, the agency that administered wage controls. He was twice associated with the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., including a stint as a senior fellow in the economic studies program (1978-79), and participated in several Brookings-sponsored research projects.

Prof. Mitchell is the author of Pensions, Politics, and the Elderly: Historic Social Movements and Their Lessons for Our Aging Society (M.E. Sharpe, 2000). The book uses California's colorful experience with "pensionite" movements of the state's seniors during the period from the 1920s through the 1940s to draw implications for the upcoming retirement of the baby boom".

OCTOBER 10, 2005
“PHYSICAL” SPACE, “DIGITAL” SPACE: A NEW VISION FOR THE INSTITUTE OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS LIBRARY
Terence K. Huwe
Director of Library and Information Resources, IIR

IIR Librarian Terry Huwe discusses current plans to reconfigure the IIR Library in the context of systemwide goals and priorities that are underway within the University of California Libraries. These include the University’s commitment to the Open Access movement; responding to the crisis in scholarly communications; print and digital collection strategies that extend the UC Libraries reach; and the growing importance of dim and dark archives. From this context, he will describe the Library’s plans for an Electronic Commons and other community-enhancing features, which will improve access to digital resources while retaining the core print collections. He concludes with some forecasts about the roles libraries may play within research universities, and how the IIR Library can advance the Institutes overall objectives as a print-plus-digital library.

OCTOBER 17, 2005
TOPIC TO BE ANNOUNCED
Manuel Pastor
Director of the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community, at the University of
California, Santa



OCTOBER 24, 2005
TOPIC TO BE ANNOUNCED
Rucker Johnson

OCTOBER 31, 2005
THE DISSIPATION OF MINIMUM WAGE GAINS FOR WORKERS THROUGH LABOR SUBSTITUTION
David Fairris
Professor of Economics and Associate Dean of Student Academic Affairs, College of
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, U.C. Riverside

NOVEMBER 7,2005
OFFSHORING INTERFACES & INCENTIVES: The Case of Automotive Product
Development
Sue Helper
Professor of Economics, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio

NOVEMBER 14, 2005
OFFSHORING: OUTLOOK AND IMPLICATIONS
Ashok Bardhan & Cynthia Kroll
Senior Researcher, Haas School of Business; Senior Regional Economist, Haas School
of Business

NOVEMBER 14, 2005
PROMISING FUTURES?: WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT & MODES OF REGIONAL GOVERNANCE
Karen Chapple
Visiting Assistant Professor, City & Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania

DECEMBER 5, 2005
TOPIC TO BE ANNOUNCED
Alexandre Mas




Labor and Education Fund Awards: Katie Quan and Arin Dube

The following two sponsored projects were not listed in the September eNews issue, which covered recent UC Labor and Education Fund grant awards.

Katie Quan
“Documenting the Effects of the Phase-out of the Multi-Fiber Agreement”
Summary:
This award is to fund part of a larger project that CLRE is conducting to document the impacts of the end of the Multi-Fiber Agreement, a system of global textile quotas lifted on January 1, 2005. They will be documenting these effects by carrying out surveys among 600 garment workers in Los Angeles, China and El Salvador over a 2 year period. The intent is to provide stakeholders such as workers, unions, businesses and government with information necessary to understand the economic and social consequences of the MFA termination and to generate policy solutions.

Arin Dube

“The Dynamics of Job-Quality Transformation: Health Benefits in the Unionized Grocery Sector of California”
Summary:
This study will analyze how the restructuring of health benefits and compensation among unionized grocery workers in California in 2004 and 2005 affected employee turnover, workforce demographics, and health care coverage and utilization in the industry. The changes that Dube will be studying are critical to understanding the evolution of labor relations in the state. Health care coverage and costs have been a central issue in labor relations conflict in the state and the country as a whole over the past five years. This case study will provide a unique window into understanding how large-scale changes in the structure of compensation affect the workforce and health insurance outcomes for modest wage earners.




Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society: New Issue Just Published

Volume 44, Issue 3 (October 2005) has just been published. Titles, authors and abstracts follow below. IIR’s top-ranked journal is accessible electronically via the University Library’s Web site, which provides access to the Blackwell Synergy database.

Not Yet Dead at the Fed: Unions, Worker Bargaining, and Economy-wide Wage Determination
Volume 44 Issue 4 Page 565 - October 2005
DANIEL J. B. MITCHELL and CHRISTOPHER L. ERICKSON
Transcripts of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) of the Federal Reserve and related documents provide new insights into how macro-policy makers characterized the labor market. Over the period of the 1980s and the 1990s, the Federal Reserve seemingly overemphasized the significance of union settlements, characterizing them in wage-push terms out of proportion to declining union density. Fed policy makers expressed surprise that the nonaccelerating inflation rate of unemployment (NAIRU) dropped during this period and offered various ad hoc explanations to explain the drop. The underlying common element of these explanations is that they were based on a rhetorical bargaining framework, explicit or implicit, that workers bargain as active agents for wages. Along with ongoing direct discussion of union settlements, this tendency suggests a view of worker bargaining power that seems at variance with union decline and the reality of an increasingly nonunion labor market. While worker bargaining models can be reconciled in a formal sense with various theories of nonunion wage determination, the ability of such models to realistically explain the macro outcomes that puzzled and challenged policy makers can be questioned.


Trade Union Decline and Union Wage Effects in Australia
Volume 44 Issue 4 Page 607 - October 2005
C. JEFFREY WADDOUPS
Union density in Australia fell precipitously in the 1990s. This study investigates how union wage effects may have changed as a result. The findings from 1993 data suggest that union/nonunion wage differentials were very small, especially among workers in high-density industries. By 2001 the overall union wage effect had increased significantly; however, the union/nonunion wage differential was no longer correlated with union density at the industry level.


Unions and the Duration of Workers' Compensation Claims
Volume 44 Issue 4 Page 625 - October 2005
MICHELE CAMPOLIETI
This paper examines the effect of union status on workers' compensation claim duration in Canada. I find that unionized workers have shorter claims than nonunionized workers and that relatively little of this difference can be attributed to differences in worker or job characteristics. I interpret this as being consistent with a strong union effect that reduces union member's claim duration. Plausible explanations for this finding and directions for future research are also discussed.


Changing Administrative Practices in American Unions: A Research Note

Volume 44 Issue 4 Page 654 - October 2005
PAUL F. CLARK and LOIS S. GRAY
This note presents findings from the first longitudinal study of the administrative practices of American unions. Our surveys, conducted in 1990 and 2000, gathered information on the hiring, human resource, and financial/strategic planning practices of U.S.-based national and international unions. The results indicate that American unions are changing their criteria for hiring staff and moving toward more formal human resource policies and systematic financial and strategic planning practices.


Opening the Black Box: The Internal Labor Markets of Company X
Volume 44 Issue 4 Page 659 - October 2005
MING-JEN LIN
This paper sets out to analyze an internal data set on a Taiwanese auto dealer employing three distinct types of workers. The effects of jobs and levels are positive on both the salary and bonus equations, albeit smaller under a fixed effects than under OLS; however, when factoring in individual fixed effects, the reductions in the bonus equations are greater than those in the salary equations. With changing economic conditions, any consequent variations are greater in bonuses than in salaries, with the most extreme variations being felt by higher ranking employees than lower-level workers. Promotion premiums between levels are smaller than the average differences in pay, and although wage variations do exist within and between levels, the greater effect is on bonuses rather than salaries. The variations in both salaries and bonuses, defined by the coeffficient variations, are also greater in those years when demand is high, as opposed to years of low demand. Entry and exit behavior is observed at all levels, although it is more likely to occur among the lower levels of the hierarchy. Finally, we present strong evidence in support of the cohort effect. Overall, our findings confirm the prevalence of internal labor market (ILM) theories.


International Framework Agreements: A New Model for Securing Workers Rights?
Volume 44 Issue 4 Page 707 - October 2005
LONE RIISGAARD
A rapidly growing number of international unions are signing international framework agreements with multinational enterprises (MNEs), securing their commitment to respect fundamental workers' rights. This article explores the agreement between the global banana giant Chiquita and the Latin-American Coordination of Banana Workers Unions (COLSIBA) signed in 2001. The study shows how the banana unions employed innovative tactics of regional coordination and of alliances with nongovernmental organizations in the major consumer markets. Fieldwork on the implementation of the agreement further reveals an overall poor use of the agreement potential but also how the agreement was used as leverage for local organizing activities. This article argues that such international agreements show a promising way to defend and advance workers rights within MNEs, creating space for union organizing, collective bargaining, and social dialogue.


Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society
Recent Publications
Internet Resources

Volume 44 Issue 4 Page 740 - October 2005
Selected by the Institute of Industrial Relations Library University of California, Berkeley
TERENCE K. HUWE, JANICE KIMBALL




IIR Graduate Student Researchers, Fall 2005

The following students are working as Graduate Student Researchers, and being supported by IIR during Fall 2005. Their faculty sponsors or supervisors are also listed. Welcome to all!

Samuel Handlin (Ruth Collier, Political Science)
Sasha Hauswald (Arin Dube, IIR)
Naomi Hsu (Irene Bloemraad, Sociology)
Sara Levine (Veronica Carrizales, The Labor Center)
Benjamin Lum (Veronica Carrizales, The Labor Center)
Jason Meggs (Arin Dube, IIR)
Beth Pohlman (Carol Zabin, The Labor Center)
Jodi Short (Neil Fligstein, Sociology)
Jessica Sondheimer (Carol Vendrillo, CPER)
Manuel Vallee (Neil Fligstein, Sociology)
Gina Vickery (Michael Reich, Economics)
Zongshi Chen (Katie Quan, The Labor Center)
Cynthia Czerwin (Raahi Reddy, The Labor Center)
Lingyun Nie (David I. Levine, Haas School of Business)
Ryan Rideau (Steven Pitts, The Labor Center)
Jane Rongerud, (Margaret Weir, Sociology)
Teresa Sharpe (Micahel Reich, Economics)
Margaret Salazar (Katie Quan, The Labor Center)
Claudia Sitgraves (Rucker Johnson, Goldman School of Public Policy)
Lanwei Yang (Lloyd Ulman, Economics)




IIR Working Papers: The Top 20 from 2004-2005 by Number of Downloads

The IIR Working Paper Series received a total of 23.383 downloads from the eScholarship Repository (http://repositories.cdlib.org/iir). Here are the top 20 papers within the series by number of downloads, for the 2004-2005 academic year.

Recent Authors, Please Note: if your latest papers were added in the few months just past, they do not have a twelve month history of downloads yet, even though traffic may be steady.

Prospective IIR Faculty Authors:
To submit a paper, contact Terry Huwe.


Top 20 Papers by Download, 2004-2005

George Strauss
The Future of Human Resources Management: 1099

Jonathan S. Leonard and David I. Levine
Diversity, Discrimination, and Performance: 722

Christina L. Ahmadjian and James R. Lincoln
Keiretsu, Governance, and Learning: Case Studies in Change from the Japanese Automotice Industry: 715

Charlan Nemeth and Jack Goncalo
Influence and Persuasion in Small Groups: 688

Barry Eichengreen
Unemployment in Interwar Britain: 572

Ximing Wu, Jeffrey M. Perloff, and Amos Golan
Effects of Government Policies on Income Distribution and Welfare: 564

James R. Lincoln and Christina Ahmadjian
Shukko (Employee Transfers) and Tacit Knowledge Exchange in Japanese Supply Networks: The Electronic Industry Case: 556

Jeffrey A. Alexander, Joan R. Bloom, and Beverly A. Nuchols
Nursing Turnover and Hospital Efficiency: An Organizational Level Analysis

Clair Brown, Michael Reich, and David Stern

Becoming a High-Performance Work Organization: The Role of Security, Employee Involvement, and Training: 532

George Strauss
HRM in the USA: 488

Lloyd Ulman and Knut Gerlach
An Essay on Collective Bargaining and Unemployment in Germany: 468

James R. Lincoln and Didier Guillot
Durkheim and Organizational Culture: 468

Joan R. Bloom, Jeffrey A. Alexander, and Beverly A. Nuchols
Staffing Patterns and Hospital Efficiency: 407

Charlan Jeanne Nemeth, Marie Personnaz, Bernard Personnaz, and Jack A. Goncalo
The Liberating Role of Conflict in Group Creativity: A Cross Cultural Study: 404

Kathy Baylis and Jeffrey M. Perloff
Price Dispersion on the Internet: Good Firms and Bad Firms: 279

Barry Eichengreen and Tim Hatton
Interwar Unemployment in International Perspective: 276

Michael Kevane and David I. Levine
The Changing Status of Daughters in Indonesia: 252

Barry Eichengreen
Unemployment and Underemployment in Historical Perspective: Introduction: 333

Amos Golan, Larry S. Karp, and Jeffrey M. Perloff
Estimating a Mixed Strategy: United and American Airlines: 314

Trond Petersen and Thea Togstad
Getting the Offer: Sex Discrimination in Hiring: 313



IIR Unit News




Labor Center News

New Labor Center Reports

On Wednesday, August 31 the Labor Center held its annual Labor Day Press Briefing, at which it released two new reports on jobs and wages in California:

Are We Recovering Yet? Jobs and Wages in California over the 2000-2005 Period
by Arindrajit Dube
In the face of job growth in California and the country, this analysis nevertheless finds a slack labor market and wages taking a turn for the worse. The soft labor market gives employers little incentive to raise wages to attract and retain workers, so it's no surprise that workers in California and the United States have experienced a dip in inflation-adjusted wages in the past year, making this the second year in a row that Californians have seen their real earnings drop.

Black Workers in the Bay Area: 1970-2000
by Steven C. Pitts and Steve Wertheim
The crisis of jobs in the Black community is most often thought of as a crisis of unemployment, but Pitts and Wertheim find that for African Americans in the Bay Area it is also a crisis of low-wage employment. Significant percentages of Bay Area Blacks work at jobs that do not provide wages and benefits to properly raise a family—and things have only gotten worse since 1970.
This report was produced with funding from the Akonadi Foundation


New Study on Child Health Care

The Labor Center (and collaborators) have published "KIDS AT RISK -- Declining Employer-Based Health Coverage in California and the United States: A Crisis for Working Families.”

The report was written by Arindrajit Dube and Ken Jacobs of the Labor Center, and Sarah Muller, Bob Brownstein, and Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins of Working Partnerships USA. Over the past five years employer-based health care coverage for dependent children has significantly decreased; without immediate action, this trend will continue to the point that, by 2010, fewer than half of California's children will be insured through a parent's employer. For families in the lower half of the income spectrum, only slightly more than one-quarter of children will be covered in this way. As a result, there will be a significant shift of health care costs from employers to working families and the public sector, and new state funding will be required to cover the cost of increased enrollment into public health programs. This report was produced with funding from the California Endowment.


Upcoming Labor Center Training

Building Effective Media Campaigns: Workshops for Unionists. Designed for union communications directors, leaders, and organizers who carry out media work; sign up for one or both days. “Developing a Communications Strategy” will be on October 13 and “Delivering Your Message to the Media” will be on October 20. Both sessions are from 9:00 to 5:00 and will be held at the IIR building. Fees are $200 for one session and $300 for both. For more information and to register, visit http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/media/index.shtml




California Public Employee Relations News

CPER is going to press with CPER No. 174 (October 2005). The lead story ties in with CPER’s new Pocket Guide to Due Process in Public Employment, due out in early November. Keeping up with technology, there's also a main article on legal rights for "bloggers." Other articles include a report covers the wide-reaching decision Yanowitz v. L’Oreal, which gives expanded protections under the Fair Employment and Housing Act to employees who refuse to follow discriminatory directives. The case involves a cosmetics company employee who refused to obey her male supervisor’s order to fire a female employee, because he did not find her sufficiently attractive. Yanowitz's boss directed her to replace the associate with someone “hot.”

Other stories cover how a felony conviction can bring forfeiture of retirement funds, how state engineers are finally on the road to parity, PERB's preliminary injunction again the U.C. nurses strike...and more.


CPER Director Joins PERB Working Group

CPER Director Carol Vendrillo recently participated in the newly reactivated advisory committee for the Public Employment Relations Board. A group of about 10 met in Sacramento to offer advice to the Board on a variety of procedural and substantive issues. The group plans to meet every three months.

Carol also will be participating in a presentation at the 23rd annual meeting of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California. She and two other labor arbitrators will be discussing issues that arise in public sector arbitration disputes.




Institute of Industrial Relations Library News

Collection Planning News


Planning is continuing for the relocation of the Library’s collection into renovated space on the basement level of 2521 Channing Way. The resulting reconfiguration will enable the Library to provide improved facilities on the first floor. This move—and its implications for IIR—will be covered on October 10, as the topic of the next Faculty Seminar.


IIR FACULTY SEMINAR: “Physical” Space, “Digital” Space: A New Vision for the Institute of Industrial Relations Library

IIR Librarian Terry Huwe discusses current plans to reconfigure the IIR Library in the context of systemwide goals and priorities that are underway within the University of California Libraries. These include the University’s commitment to the “Open Access” movement; responding to the “crisis” in scholarly communications; print and digital collection strategies that extend the UC Libraries’ reach; and the growing importance of “dim” and “dark” archives. From this context, he will describe the Library’s plans for an “Electronic Commons” and other community-enhancing features, which will improve access to digital resources—while retaining the core print collections. He concludes with some forecasts about the roles libraries may play within research universities, and how the IIR Library can advance the Institute’s overall objectives as a “print-plus-digital” library.


IIR Library Blogging in the Spotlight

Terry presented a national Webcast on Weblogs in June 2005 for the Association of College and Research Libraries, and he has been asked to repeat the Webcast on October 18, 2005. The description follows:

“Librarians have embraced blogging as early adopters, and creativity is the order of the day. Blogging is designed to be easy to learn, and anyone who can use a Web browser can become a blogger in short order. But the question remains: What lasting services should academic librarians be crafting on a Weblog platform? How does Blogging connect with the real-world issues of research libraries?

“Find answers to these questions and learn more about the strategic value of blogging by participating in "Blogging in the Academic Research Library."

The IIR Library’s Blogs may be found on the Library home page at http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/library


New Acquisitions List Online

The Library’s latest acquisitions can be found at http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/library/acquisitions




Labor Project for Working Families News

Labor Project Puts the Spotlight on Preschool, Childcare and Parent Involvement

The Labor Project for Working Families and the California Federation of Teachers’ Early Childhood Education Project have been working together to build labor’s support for the education and care of young children and flexibility working parents need to be engaged in their children’s lives. This summer, LPWF and CFT visited delegates’ meetings at Bay Area CLCs to speak about the benefits of preschool and alert union members to efforts underway locally and at the state level to achieve the goal of universal preschool, including a measure which would fund preschool for all four-year-olds, expected to be on the June 2006 ballot.

A majority of Labor Councils, the California Federation of Teachers, Teamsters Joint Council 7, the Contra Costa Building and Construction Trades Council, and UNITE/HERE Local 2, as well as others, have passed the Resolution for Working Parents which calls for affordable childcare programs, funding for a preschool for all system that meets the needs of working parents as well as children including quality full day care and professional salaries for the emerging preschool workforce and flexible hours so parents can be involved in their children’s development and schooling.




Center for the Study of Child Care Employment

Richard Speiglman, who has served as Research Specialist on our California Statewide Early Care and Education Workforce Study, completed his contract at the end of September. Data Specialist Yuna Lee has returned to school at USC in Los Angeles, and is continuing to work part-time with us from there. Our thanks to Richard and Yuna for all their great work.

Construction on a new permanent wall, which will improve the CSCCE offices and IIR foyer area, began Monday, Sept. 26th and is expected to continue for at least two weeks. CSCCE staff will be working around the construction but will continue to be available via telephone and email.



CAMPUS EVENTS




Center for Latin American Studies

Monday, October 10, 2005
2:pm, 2334 Bowditch Street
CLAS Conference Room

Financial Instability in Argentina: Microeconomic Evidence From the Baring Crisis
Juan Flores, Professor of Economics and Economic History at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid

In this talk, Prof. Flores will analyze Argentina’s historical experience with financial crises. In particular, he will examine the impact of the 1890 crisis, using new microeconomic evidence drawn from bank archives. Implications will also be drawn for the country’s subsequent experience with financial instability.




Center for Latino Policy Research

Friday, October 7, 2005
2547 Channing Way, Shorb House

Policing International Migration and "Post-national" Citizenship at the Mexico-U.S. Boundary Region
Patrisia Macias Rojas (Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Sociology, University of California at Berkley




Economics Department: Selected Seminars

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

October 6, 2005
The Effects of Congressional District Size and Representative Tenure on the Allocation of Federal Funds
Justin Falk, UC Berkeley

October 13, 2005
Kalena Cortes, University of California Berkeley

October 20, 2005
Sally Kwak, University of California Berkeley

October 27, 2005
Tanguy Brachet, University of California Berkeley

Economics 211, Economic History Seminar
597 Evans Hall, Mondays, 2:10-4:pm

October 24, 2005
Euro Jobs and Euro Productivity Since the 1960’s: Which Institutions Really Matter?
Peter Lindert, UC Davis




Haas School of Business

OBIR 259
Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations Seminar
135 Cheit Hall, 4-5:30pm

Oct 5, Chris Ansell, Political Science Dept, UC-Berkeley
Oct 12, Beth Bechky, Graduate School of Management, UC Davis
Oct 19, Anand Swaminathan, Graduate School of Management, UC Davis
Oct 26, Jennifer Berdahl, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto




Sociology Department

Sociology Colloquium Series
Blumer Room
402 Barrows Hall
Thursdays, 4:00 - 5:30 pm

September 29, 2005
Do Babies Matter? The Effects of Family Formation on the Lifelong Careers of Academic Men and Women
Mary-Ann Mason, UC Berkeley

October 6, 2005
Can Family-Friendly Policies Lessen The Family Gap in Wages and Careers? Lessons from the Family-Friendly Corner of the World
Trond Petersen, UC Berkeley