February 2014, by Claire D. Brindis, Max W. Hadler, Ken Jacobs, Laurel Lucia, Nadereh Pourat, Marissa Raymond-Flesch, Rachel Siemons and Efrain Talamantes for the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education, the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, and the UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies
This report describes the demographics and health care coverage of the estimated 300,000 young California immigrants who are eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). While these teens and young adults are excluded from federal Affordable Care Act health insurance options, the authors find that up to 125,000 may be eligible for Medi-Cal under state policy, based on an analysis of California Health Interview Survey data. In this report, we also present an overview of the health programs available, discuss the impact the DACA program has had on coverage, and present potential policy solutions that would expand coverage for these Californians.
Edited by Michael Reich, Ken Jacobs, and Miranda Dietz
Just released by UC Press, When Mandates Work analyzes and evaluates the impact of local labor standards policies on pay, employment, and benefits.
"At a time when powerful special interests have pushed to roll back workers' rights in statehouses across the country, this book provides another vision for how to build a strong economy—by establishing standards for fair and decent treatment of all workers and enforcing them. It turns out that the high road pays off with greater prosperity and opportunity for all." – Congressman George Miller
The California Workers' Rights: 2013 Update covers significant changes to the laws governing wage theft, Workers' Compensation, family leave, disability rights, and more, as well as major cases governing important rights like meal and rest breaks. The 2013 Update also includes new sections on the Affordable Care Act, immigration, and social media.
California Speaker of the Assembly John A. Perez recognizes the UC Berkeley Labor Center in his speech at the inaugural ceremony of Chancellor Dirks
Speaker Perez gave powerful testimony at UC Berkeley’s ceremonial inauguration of Chancellor Dirks on the value of working people and the commitment of California’s public university to provide accessible, affordable, high-quality education.
This report estimates the public costs of low-wage jobs in the fast-food industry. Due to the combination of low wages, meager benefits, and often part-time hours, many of the families of fast-food workers must rely on taxpayer funded safety net programs to make ends meet. For this analysis we focus on jobs held by core, front-line fast-food workers, defined as non-managerial workers who work at least 10 hours per week for 27 or more weeks a year. The median wage for this workforce is $8.69 an hour. Only 13 percent of the jobs provide health benefits. We found that 52 percent of the families of core front-line fast-food workers are enrolled in one or more public safety-net programs at a cost of nearly $7 billion a year.
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