Chancellor Dirks Honored at IRLE Reception
On November 22, 2013, IRLE held a reception in honor of Chancellor Nicholas Dirks. The reception was prefaced by an informal meeting in the IRLE Library Commons that included the Chancellor, IRLE affiliated faculty and program chairs, members of the California legislature and the labor community. Congressman George Miller, Assembly member Nancy Skinner and Art Pulaski, Secretary-Treasurer of the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, were special guests.
“I was very happy to meet Chancellor Dirks so early in his term,” Pulaski said. “IRLE and the Berkeley campus have led the world in studying every aspect of working life, and it is clear that the Chancellor strongly endorses this kind of ‘real-world’ research.”
Jesse Rothstein, Professor of Public Policy and acting director of IRLE echoed Pulaski’s sentiment. “ It was a pleasure to meet the new Chancellor and to have a chance to explain to him the work that we do at IRLE. He was enthusiastic about research on labor and employment and about IRLE's links to the policy community.”
In particular, Dirks expressed a keen interest in IRLE’s research and policy briefs on low wage workers, which have gained national and international attention. Recent studies include groundbreaking analyses of the impact of “living wages” on the economy, the long term impact of “big box” retailers, and most recently, the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.
The reception that followed gave many students, staff and faculty members to chat informally with Chancellor Dirks.