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Center for Labor Research and Education


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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 7
    Nikki Bas, East Bay Alliance for A Sustainable Economy
    Jim Beno, International Association of Machinists Lodge 190
    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
    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
    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 Local 5
    Bill Lloyd, Service Employees International Union
    John Logan, San Francisco State University Labor Studies Department
    Dave Low, California School Employees Association
    Derecka Mehrens, Working Partnerships USA
    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
    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
    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

  • 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

    Associate Chair Don Vial Center – Institute or Research on Labor and Employment

    The Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, UC Berkeley is seeking candidates for appointment as Associate Director of the Don Vial Center for Employment in the Green Economy.

    The Associate Chair of the Don Vial Center will work with the Chair and stakeholders to develop a research and education agenda for the Center. The Associate Chair will direct research, education and outreach for the Center, supervise other researchers, and conduct research. Appointee will work with policy-makers, researchers, and labor, industry, environmental and low-income stakeholders.  Appointee will oversee, manage, and plan research and/or implementation projects addressing jobs and workforce issues related to climate policy in California and the nation.  Appointee will assist in proposal writing, represent the Center to the public and the media, and make public presentations to stakeholder organizations, unions, and policy makers on climate policy and workforce issues.  Appointee will contribute to written reports and articles based on Center research.

    Minimum Qualification required at time of application:

    Master’s degree or equivalent in public policy, economics, sociology, or a related field.

    Additional Required Qualifications:

    • 5 years of experience working on issues related to jobs and the environment
    • 7-10 years of post-graduate experience conducting policy research, program implementation, project management and/or management experience, demonstrating leadership in a social justice arena that addresses jobs and environment.
    • Demonstrated qualitative and/or quantitative skills and experience in data analysis.
    • Demonstrated writing skills geared toward policy research reports.
    • Experience making presentations.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • A background in industrial relations is especially valuable.
    • A background in workforce development is valuable.
    • Relationships with California stakeholders in labor and climate is valuable.
    • Issue expertise in both labor and energy/climate policy across a variety of sectors, such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, etc. is especially valuable.
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work well with university faculty,  staff  and  students,  policy  makers,  advocates  and  industry stakeholders as well as labor leaders and rank and file worker.

    To apply

    Position will be full time (100%) for one year, with the possibility of extension depending on performance and availability of funding. The salary range is $52,344 – $83,184. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Position includes benefits.

    To apply, please upload your most recently updated Curriculum Vitae (required), a cover letter (required), one writing sample (required), and contact information for three references (required) to 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:

    The position will be open until filled, with an anticipated start date of June, 2015.  To ensure full consideration, please apply by the first review date of May 14, 2015. Please address any inquiries to Hadidjah Rivera at

    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

  • 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


  • Donate

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

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    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