September 2008 (30)

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

Especially Recommended:

IRLE Fall Reception

IRLE News & Events
Fall 2008 Colloquium Series

IRLE Program News

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


Especially Recommended:

IRLE Fall Reception

You are invited to attend IRLE's annual fall reception. Special announcements pertaining to IRLE programs will be made at the event.

DATE: Thursday–September 18, 2008
TIME: 3:30PM –6:00PM
IRLE Large Conference Room
PLEASE RSVP. Myra Armstrong,


IRLE Fall 2008 Colloquium Series

IRLE has lined up a distinguished roster of presenters for fall 2008.

All presentations will be held at:

IRLE Large Conference Room
2521 Channing Way (near Telegraph)
Berkeley, CA

Light Refreshments Served
Please RSVP to:
Myra Armstrong


Monday, September 22, 2008 ~ 12pm –1pm
"California Climate Policy and Labor Markets: an Economy-wide Assessment"
David Roland-Holst, Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley

Monday, September 29, 2008 ~ 12 pm - 1pm
"Measuring the Task Content of Offshorable Services Jobs, Tradable Services and Job Loss"
Lori Kletzer, Professor of Economics, UC Santa Cruz

Monday, October 13, 2008 ~ 12pm –1pm
"Lessons for the United States from Low-Wage Work in Europe"
John Schmitt, Economist, Center for Economic and Policy Research, Washington, D.C.

Monday, October 20, 2008 ~ 12pm –1pm
"Wal-Mart and beyond: How national institutions shape retail jobs around the world"
Chris Tilly, Professor of Urban Planning and Director, IRLE, UCLA

Monday, October 27, 2008 ~ 12 pm - 1pm
"The Disposable Model of Labor Force Utilization in Italy"
Bruno Contini, Professor of Econometrics and Director, Center for Employments Studies, University of Torino, Italy

Monday, November 17, 2008 ~ 12pm –1pm
"Do Immigrants Hurt Civic and Political Engagement? The Conditional Effects of Immigrant Diversity on Trust, Membership and Participation across 19 Countries, 1981 - 2000"
Irene Bloemraad, Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley

Monday, December 8, 2008 ~ 12 pm - 1pm
"Structure at Work: Organizational Identities and the Division of Labor in U.S. Wineries"
Heather Haveman, Professor of Sociology & Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley


The Labor Center

The Labor Center Welcomes New Researchers and Staff

John Logan

The Labor Center is pleased to welcome John Logan as our Director of Research. John has spent most of the last eight years at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has written extensively on employer opposition to unionization in the United States, Canada and the UK, and his research has been published in British Journal of Industrial Relations, Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations, and New Labor Forum, among other journals and publications. John is currently completing a manuscript for a book entitled "Union Free": Employer Opposition, Public Policy and the Decline of Private-Sector Unionism in the United States. He received his Ph.D. in U.S. History and Labor History at University of California-Davis in 2000, and also conducted post-doctoral research at UCLA.

Theresa Short

Theresa Short fills the newly-created position of Executive Assistant to the Chair. She brings a diverse amount of experience to her work at the Labor Center. Her background includes management positions in the retail industry, working for the State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF) as a worker’s compensation claims adjuster, and serving recently a regional human resource administrator for a large company in the mortgage industry. She received a degree in Liberal Studies and Sociology from Contra Costa College.

Clementina Jara

Clementina Jara provides assistance for several of the Labor Center’s leadership schools and workshops, including California Union Leadership School, Strategic Campaigns workshop, and the Latino Leadership School. Clementina attended the University of California-Berkeley, where she majored in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis on mental health issues in communities of color. During her time as a student at UCB she worked for two years at the Labor Center as a work-study student. Clementina has a particular interest in immigration issues, and has served as a volunteer and board member for the hometown association Federación de clubes Jalisciences-Club San Martin de Bolaños, an organization that promotes community development in Mexico and the U.S.

Recent Publications

California's Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: A Background Paper for Labor Unions
August 2008, by Labor Center staff Andrea Buffa, Carol Zabin, Cheryl Brown, and Dave Graham-Squire, with the assistance of Tim Rainey, Peter Cooper, and Martha Bader of the California Labor Federation’s Workforce and Economic Development Program
This background paper analyzes AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, a landmark law which aims to dramatically reduce California’s greenhouse gas emissions. The paper focuses on AB 32’s potential impact on California jobs and workers, and highlights ways that California labor unions can influence the implementation process to promote both lower emissions and good jobs.

Labor Day 2008: Recession or Not, A Downturn for Working Families.
A briefing on jobs, wages and healthcare

August 2008, by Sylvia Allegretto, Arindrajit Dube, Dave Graham-Squire and Ken Jacobs
The Labor Center's annual briefing on California and national wage, employment and union trends.

The Public Health Impacts of AB 2716
May 2008, by Korey Capozza
This study analyzes the potential public health impact of AB 2716, a bill that would extend paid sick days to all workers in California. It finds that AB 2716 will likely have a positive impact on public health, potentially reducing the transmission of illnesses such as seasonal influenza and norovirus.

Upcoming Events

Union Workers Resource Call Centers: Building Labor’s Capacity to Organize or Creating Consumer Model Unions?
Thursday, Sept. 11th, 4 PM
Newman Hall, 2700 Dwight Way (at College Avenue), Berkeley

Book Event with David Bacon
Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants
Thursday, Oct. 2nd, 6 PM
Location TBA

Raw Encounters: Labor Relations in Africa's Chinese Enclaves
A talk with Ching Kwan Lee
Thursday, October 9th, 12 Noon
Newman Hall, 2700 Dwight Way (at College Avenue), Berkeley


California Public Employee Relations

CPER’s October 2008 issue (No. 192) has two important articles. First is a piece on the influence of stereotypes on employment decisions. The article provides readers with an overview of both the science and legal issues relating to stereotyping, highlighting examples of where the law and science are arguably at odds. With this understanding, practitioners can better frame discovery and legal theories, and identify circumstances where expert testimony may be necessary to counteract common misconceptions about decision-making and the influence of stereotypes. The article is by Jocelyn Larkin, director of litigation and training at the Impact Fund, whose mission is to enhance the ability of lawyers to bring public interest impact litigation in the areas of civil rights, poverty, and environmental justice.

CPER’s second main article concerns a recent decision of considerable importance by the U.S. Supreme Court in Engquist v. Oregon Department of Agriculture. The court considered whether the United States Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause requires that every employment decision of state and federal agencies have a "rational basis." The vehicle for this rational basis review was the "class-of-one" theory of equal protection – which the court rejected. The authors laud the decision, which they posit would have substantially increased public sector employment litigation.

In October, CPER will publish the Pocket Guide to Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights Act, by J. Scott Tiedemann. It is the 15th title in the CPER Pocket Guide Series. For a complete list, go to


Center for the Study of Child Care Employment

In August, CSCCE released the year-one report of Learning Together, our five-year study of six BA completion cohort programs in early care and education. Such programs, which have targeted small groups of adults working in early care and education to pursue a course of study together and receive a variety of support services, have emerged in several California counties. CSCCE launched this longitudinal study to demonstrate the outcomes of these efforts, and to inform further policy and program development. This Year I report compiles findings from interviews with over 90 percent of the 124 student cohort members, as well as 13 administrators and faculty members from three of the six institutions of higher education.


Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library

A Fond Farewell to Elizabeth del Rocio

Elizabeth del Rocio Camacho leaves IRLE this month, but she will be remembered with great friendship and appreciation for her many years of outstanding work at our Webmaster. During her tenure, several IRLE program Web sites were the recipients of national and international awards and acclaim. The IRLE Library site has won three awards, and The Labor Center, The Labor Project for Working Families, and Center for the Study of Child Care Employment have also been recognized several times. The IRLE and Labor Center Web sites are the two most heavily visited sites on the Socrates server, and for many years, our Web presence has served as an example to other campus Organized Research Units. Yet even though Elizabeth’s work has never been anything short of outstanding, she will be equally missed for her warmth and collaborative spirit. IRLE wishes Elizabeth the very best in her future plans!

California’s Living New Deal Project in the News

Although kudos belong to the California Studies Center as well, it is noteworthy to mention recent press about the project under Library News, as we work closely with CSC, and the CLNDP’s Web site. is the heart of the project. On Labor Day, the San Francisco Chronicle published a front page feature on the project, with extensive interviews of Dick Walker, Gray Brechin, and staff at the California Historical Society. The story also indentifies the IRLE Library as the overseer of the Web site.

News Story:


The California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO: Proceedings and Papers is Now Live!

The California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO: Proceedings and Papers digital library is now available for use. This project was funded by the University of California Labor and Employment Research Fund (LERF). The collection has attracted heavy traffic, and not just for scholarly purposes. Staff at the California Labor Federation have told project developers that the collection has been extremely useful for planning for present-day activities of the Federation, such as convention preparation. During 2009, the remaining issues of California AFL-CIO News will be added to the collection.

See the collection at:

Labor Project for Working Families

On August 7th, the Labor Project for Working Families and the VOICE Coalition hosted a forum on child care for parents, advocates and providers. The forum provided an opportunity to discuss how Alameda County should address the crisis in child care that exists at the local, state and national level. Participating in the panel discussion were Mark Friedman of First 5 Alameda County, Gianinna Perez of Children Now and Terry Waller of Assembly Member Loni Hancock’s Office. The VOICE Coalition is a coalition of labor unions and child care advocates

The Labor Project provided leadership to the California Work and Family Coalition and continued to fight for paid sick days legislation (AB 2716). To support AB 2716, the coalition worked with its partners to highlight a health impact assessment and a public opinion poll supporting the importance of paid sick days. On July 30th, a health impact assessment was released by Human Impact Partners and researchers at the San Francisco Department of Public Health showing significant positive public health impacts of the bill. A press conference was held at the State Capitol on August 5th to release the findings of a poll by the Field Research Corporation showing striking public support for a paid sick days law. Primarily due to fiscal considerations in California’s current budget crisis, AB 2716 was held by the Senate Appropriations Committee on August 7th. AB 2716 will not make it to the Senate floor for a vote this year. However, AB 2716 progressed farther in the legislative process than paid sick days legislation in any other state. The coalition is committed to reintroducing paid sick days legislation next year.


Note: Many campus departments are in the process of posting their own events as we go to press. The Economics and Demography Departments’ listings are the most up to date and are the only listings we include in this issue.

Economics Department

Economics 221, Industrial Organization Seminar and Economics 222 Seminar on Innovation
C320 Cheit Hall

September 24, 2008
Ctor Stango, UC Davis
The Productivity Benefits of IT Outsourcing

Economics 295, Survey of Research in Economics
608-7 Evans Hall

September 15, 2008
Ronald Lee, UC Berkeley

Demography Department

Wednesday Brown Bag Seminar
2232 Piedmont Ave

September 24, 2008
Laura Hill, Public Policy Institute of California
Immigrant Pathways to Legal Permanent Residence, Now and Under a Merit-Based System.