Fall 2007 Colloquia

Wednesday, August 1, 2007 – 12pm Special Seminar

"Prospects for Labor Law Reform: Lessons from the 1990s"

Professor John Logan, London School of Economics

Professor Logan is a leading expert on U.S. and British Industrial Relations. His Ph.D. is from UCLA and he has published numerous scholarly articles.

Professor Logan is a candidate for the position of Research Director at CLRE. For this reason, we especially encourage IRLE-affiliated faculty and staff to attend.


Monday, September 17, 2007- 12pm

Lincoln Cushing

"American Labor Graphics - a progress report on Art/Works"

Lincoln Cushing, author of several books on late 20th-century political posters. He formerly worked as archivist and librarian for the IRLE and the Bancroft Library.

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Art/Works - American Labor Graphics, by Lincoln Cushing and Timothy W. Drescher, is the first book to focus on the role of poster art in the building of the American labor movement. Culled from repositories from all over the U.S., this Cornell University Press title brings together a wide range of subjects and images that deepen our understanding of the relationship between art, labor, and organizing.

URL: http://www.docspopuli.org/ArtWorks.html

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Monday, October 8, 2007 – 12pm

Arin Dube

"Minimum Wage Effects Across State Borders"

Arin Dube, William Lester, Michael Reich, IRLE, UC Berkeley


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Monday, October 15, 2007 – 12pm

Lucas Ronconi

"Enforcement and Compliance with Labor Regulations"

Lucas Ronconi, Postdoctoral Researcher, CLRE, UC Berkeley


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Saturday, October 27, 2007 – 8:30am–6:00pm

Lloyd Ulman

SPECIAL EVENT "New Labor Market Institutions and the Public Policy Response: A Symposium to Honor Lloyd Ulman"


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Tuesday, October 30, 2007 – 4:10pm

Jefferson Memorial Lecture, Barrows Hall, Lipman Room

Richard Freeman, Director, Labor Studies Program, National Bureau of Economic Research


Monday, November 5, 2007 – 12pm

Nari Rhee

"Searching for Working Class Politics: Labor, Community and Urban Power in Silicon Valley"

Nari Rhee, Postdoctoral Researcher, CLRE,UC Berkeley

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Recent scholarship on labor-community coalitions emphasizes their importance for the revitalization of the labor movement. Importantly, by pursuing progressive local policies to support both union and non-union workers, boost social programs, and promote equitable development, unions can be said to embrace a broad class interest rather than a narrow group interest. In addition, the concentration of these efforts at the urban scale highlights the growing importance of cities as a key arena in the struggle for economic justice. However, the urban context creates a distinct set of challenges in the formation of a working class politics across the historically divided realms of labor and community. In this presentation, I will draw on my dissertation research on union politics, community organizing, and urban governance in the Santa Clara Valley since the 1930s to explore this problem in relation to the widely recognized coalition building work of the South Bay Labor Council. I argue that if large-scale forces such as neoliberalism, economic restructuring, and devolution have forced unions and community organizations to search for common ground in the pursuit of local redistribution, this process has been shaped by urban political economy—especially growth politics—in contradictory ways.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007 – 12pm

Richard M. Scheffler

"Forecasting the Global Shortages of Physicians: An Economic and Needs-based Approach"

Richard M. Scheffler, Distinguished Professor of Health Economics and Public Policy, School of Public Health and the Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley

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Richard M. Scheffler is Distinguished Professor of Health Economics and Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley and holds the Chair in Healthcare Markets & Consumer Welfare endowed by the Office of the Attorney General for the State of California. He is director of The Nicholas C. Petris Center on Health Care Markets and Consumer Welfare. Professor Scheffler is a recipient of the American Public Health Association’s Carl Taube Award, which honors distinguished contributions to the field of mental health services research. He was a Rockefeller and a Fulbright Scholar, and served as President of the International Health Economists Association 4th Congress. He has been a Scholar in Residence at the Institute of Medicine and the World Bank. He also served as an advisor to the World Health Organization in the area of human resources. He has published more than 150 papers and edited and written six books. In the Spring of 2008, his most recent book, Is There a Doctor in the House? Market Signals and the Physician Supply Cycle, will be published by Stanford University Press.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2007 – 12pm

"Paid Sick Days in California – A Campaign to Expand Minimum Labor Standards to All Workers in California"

Netsy Firestein, Director, Labor Project for Working Families, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, UC Berkeley

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A labor–community coalition is exploring legislation in California in 2008 to mandate that employers provide a minimum number of paid sick days for employees’ own illness or to care for a family member. San Francisco passed a similar initiative in 2006. The Labor Project for Working Families led the successful coalition that passed paid family leave in 2002. Come hear about the issue, the related research and the emerging campaign for paid sick days.

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TO ATTEND AN EVENT, PLEASE R.S.V.P. Myra Armstrong, zulu2@berkeley.edu