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The Center for Labor Research and Education (Labor Center) is a public service and outreach program of the UC Berkeley Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. Founded in 1964, the Labor Center conducts research and education on issues related to labor and employment. The Labor Center’s curricula and leadership trainings serve to educate a diverse new generation of labor leaders. The Labor Center carries out research on topics such as job quality and workforce development issues, and we work with unions, government, and employers to develop innovative policy perspectives and programs. We also provide an important source of research and information on unions and the changing workforce for students, scholars, policymakers and the public.


  • Advisory Board

    Rome Aloise, International Brotherhood of Teamsters Joint Council
    James Araby, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Region 8 – Western States Council
    Nikki Bas, East Bay Alliance for A Sustainable Economy
    Jim Beno, International Association of Machinists Lodge 190
    Doug Bloch, International Brotherhood of Teamsters Joint Council 7
    Cheryl Brown, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 57
    Clair Brown, University of California, Berkeley, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
    Karen Chapple, University of California, Berkeley, Department of City and Regional Planning
    Sherri Chiesa, UNITE HERE Western Regional Office
    Andreas Cluver, Building & Construction Trades Council of Alameda County
    Tom Dalzell, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245
    Rose Ann DeMoro, California Nurses Association
    Greg Feere, Building & Construction Trades Council of Contra Costa County
    Netsy Firestein, Labor Project for Working Families
    Fred Glass, American Federation of Teachers/CFT Local 771
    Margaret Hanlon-Gradie, Contra Costa Central Labor Council
    Karin Hart, Laney College Labor Studies
    Eric Heins, California Teachers Association
    Aram Hodess, United Association of Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Local 159
    Malo Hutson, University of California, Berkeley, Department of City and Regional Planning
    Shelley Kessler, San Mateo County Central Labor Council
    Mark Kyle, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 3
    Mark Leach, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 617
    James Lincoln, University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business
    Ron Lind, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Retired
    Bill Lloyd, Service Employees International Union
    John Logan, San Francisco State University Labor Studies Department
    Derecka Mehrens, Working Partnerships USA
    Kate O’Hara, East Bay Alliance For A Sustainable Economy
    Peter Olney, International Longshore & Warehouse Union
    Lou Paulson, California Professional Firefighters
    Tim Paulson, San Francisco Labor Council
    Art Pulaski, California Labor Federation
    Tom Rankin, California Alliance for Retired Americans
    Michael Reich, University of California, Berkeley, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
    Robert Reich, University of California, Berkley, Goldman School of Public Policy
    David Rosenfeld, Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld
    Jesse Rothstein, University of California, Berkeley, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
    Libby Sayre, Communications Workers of America District 9
    Harley Shaiken, University of California, Berkeley, Center for Latin American Studies
    Bill Shields, City College of San Francisco Labor & Community Studies
    Laura Stock, University of California, Berkeley, Labor Occupational Health Program
    Victor Uno, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 595
    Ben Valdepeña, California School Employees Association
    Kim Voss, University of California, Berkeley, Department of Sociology
    Richard Walker, University of California, Berkeley, Department of Geography
    Yvonne Walker, Service Employees International Union Local 1000 – Sacramento
    Margaret Weir, University of California, Berkeley, Department of Sociology
    Yvonne Williams, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192
    Jon Youngdahl, Service Employees International Union – California State Council

  • People

    View a full list of current staff.

  • Funding

    The Labor Center’s funding sources include the State of California, foundations, other government entities, businesses, unions, and community organizations.

    The Labor Center provides technical services for a variety of stakeholders, including business, labor, government, and community organizations.

  • Jobs

    The Labor Center has two job openings:

    Research and Policy Specialist – Labor Center – IRLE

    The Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, UC Berkeley, is accepting applications for two Research and Policy Specialists to support research and policy projects on low-wage work and related topics at the Institute’s Center for Labor Research and Education.

    RECRUITMENT PERIOD
    Open date: July 19th, 2016
    Next review date: August 3rd, 2016; apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
    Final date: August 31st, 2016; applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

    About the Labor Center

    The Center for Labor Research and Education (Labor Center) is a public service and outreach program of the UC Berkeley Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. Founded in 1964, the Labor Center conducts research and education on issues related to labor and employment and works with stakeholders to develop innovative policy solutions and programs. Our research covers a wide range of issues affecting working families in California and across the country, with a focus on low-income communities, immigrant communities and communities of color (http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu). Our curricula and leadership training serve to educate a diverse new generation of labor leaders.

    The Research and Policy Specialists will conduct research projects on low-wage work and related topics, working closely with a team of policy experts, sociologists and economists.

    Responsibilities include:

    • Conducting rigorous quantitative data analysis and policy analysis
    • Collaborating on the design, documentation, testing, and implementation of research studies
    • Drafting and editing research and policy reports
    • Researching and summarizing academic and applied research, as well as proposed regulations and legislative analyses
    • Assisting in proposal writing
    • Representing the Labor Center to the public and the media, and making presentations to stakeholder organizations and policymakers

    Minimum Qualifications required at time of application:

    • Bachelor’s degree in public policy, economics, sociology, or related discipline

    Additional Qualifications required by start date:

    • Three years relevant research and/or policy analysis experience
    • Demonstrated quantitative skills and experience in data/statistical analysis, including analyzing large government datasets such as the Current Population Survey and the American Community Survey
    • Demonstrated writing skills geared toward policy research reports
    • Demonstrated Stata programming skills
    • Ability to take initiative and work independently
    • Skills to communicate complex information in a clear and concise manner both verbally and in writing
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Master’s degree in public policy, economics, sociology, or related discipline
    • Coursework and/or applied research experience in industrial relations; labor markets and inequality; race, gender and immigration
    • Demonstrated understanding of federal, state and local policy options to strengthen labor standards in the S.
    • Experience working with labor, community and government stakeholders

    Salary is commensurate with experience. The positions will be full time (100%) for one year, with the possibility of extension depending on performance and availability of funding.

    To apply, please upload your most recently updated Curriculum Vitae; a cover letter detailing how you meet the qualifications; two writing samples on a topic relevant to the position; and contact information for three references to https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01080.

    Letters of reference are not required at this time. We will seek your permission before contacting your references. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality: http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html.

    The positions will be open until filled, with an anticipated start date of September 2016. Please address any inquiries to Kathleen Parsons at kparsons@berkeley.edu.

    UC Berkeley has an excellent benefits package as well as a number of policies and programs in place to support employees as they balance work and family.

    The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

  • Contact

    UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education
    Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
    2521 Channing Way # 5555
    Berkeley, CA 94720
    Phone: (510) 642-0323
    Fax: (510) 642-6432
    Email: laborcenter@berkeley.edu

  • Donate

    Your tax-deductible donation will support the Labor Center’s research and education activities in support of California workers.

    Make a Gift Online »

    You may also send a check payable to “Friends of the Labor Center” to:

    University of California, Berkeley
    Gift Processing File #31932
    P.O. Box 774
    Berkeley, CA 94701-0774

    If you would like to target your gift to the work of a particular researcher or to some other specific aspect of our work, or for more information, please contact our Development Coordinator:

    Sarah Lawton
    Development Coordinator
    (510) 643-7077
    Email: slawton@berkeley.edu