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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

    Assistant/Associate/Full Specialist – Jobs and Climate Policy
    Specialist – Construction Industry Researcher
    Senior Labor Educator

    Assistant/Associate/Full Specialist – Jobs and Climate Policy

    Recruitment Period
    Open May 8, 2015 through Jul 8, 2015
    Next review date: July 8th, 2015
    Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee

    Description

    The Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, UC Berkeley is seeking candidates for appointment to the Specialist series to support research and policy projects at the Don Vial Center for Employment in the Green Economy and the Center for Labor Research and Education.
    One position is available. The appointee will conduct research under supervision of the Chair and Associate Chair of the Don Vial Center on climate policy, the energy industry, and job issues, including policy analysis and job impact studies. Job duties include: Conduct qualitative and quantitative analysis; provide technical assistance to relevant stakeholders, assist with research and policy briefs. The appointee may assist with workforce development policy analysis and implementation.

    Basic/Minimum Qualification required at time of application:
    • Master’s degree or equivalent in public policy, economics or a related field.

    Additional Required Qualifications by the start date:
    • Two years of post-graduate work experience conducting policy research
    • Demonstrated understanding of state policy issues related to labor and to climate
    • Experience with qualitative and quantitative analysis such as industry analysis and interviews/focus groups related to labor and employment issues
    • Demonstrated quantitative skills and experience in data analysis
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
    • Demonstrated writing skills geared toward policy research reports
    • Experience making presentations

    Preferred Qualifications:
    • Experience making presentations.
    • Demonstrated quantitative skills and experience in data analysis.

    All positions will be full time (100%) for one year, with the possibility of extension depending on performance and availability of funding. Salary range is $42,144 to $85,000 plus benefits, commensurate with experience.

    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 to https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF00684. 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 position will be open until filled, with an anticipated start date of August 2015. To ensure full consideration, please apply by the first review date of July 8, 2015. Please address any inquiries to Barbara Campbell at barbcampbell@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.

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    More information about this recruitment: http://www.irle.berkeley.edu

    Specialist – Construction Industry Researcher

    Recruitment Period
    Open Jun 8, 2015 through Jul 31, 2015
    Next review date: July 7th, 2015
    Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee

    Description

    The Center for Labor Research at UC Berkeley is seeking a candidate for a research position focusing on labor issues in the construction industry. This is an academic position in UC Berkeley’s “Specialist” job title series.

    The Center for Labor Research and Education (Labor Center) is a public service and outreach program of the UC Berkeley’s 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.

    Duties and responsibilities:

    • Plan, oversee, and carry out research projects useful to construction industry stakeholders, including contractors, unions, community groups and policy makers. This may include studies of the economic impacts of prevailing wages, project labor agreements, and other contractor and labor standards; the impact of apprenticeship programs on construction workers and firms; research on the underground economy; and other policy-relevant topics in construction labor.

    • Write reports and peer-reviewed articles based on quantitative analysis of government datasets and industry trade data, and on qualitative analysis of the construction industry.

    • Organize collaborative and/or coordinated research with other labor economists on construction labor in the U.S.

    • Monitor proposed regulations and legislation affecting the construction labor market, and develop research projects that are responsive to current policy proposals.

    • Represent CLRE to the public and the media, making verbal and written presentations to stakeholder and community organizations, management, unions and policy makers on construction labor issues in California and nationally.

    • Write or assist in writing grant proposals and apply for contract research opportunities.

    Minimum Qualification required at time of application:
    Master’s degree or equivalent in public policy, economics, sociology, or a related field

    Additional Required Qualifications:
    • Two years of post-graduate work experience conducting policy research
    • Demonstrated quantitative skills and experience in data analysis, such as analyzing government household and employer datasets
    • Experience conducting qualitative research, such as industry analysis and interviews/focus groups
    • Demonstrated writing skills for a public policy audience
    • Experience making presentations and working with the media
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work well with university faculty, staff and students as well as labor and business leaders and other industry stakeholders
    • Ability to take initiative and mange projects with minimal supervision

    Preferred Qualifications:
    • PhD or equivalent in public policy, economics, sociology, or related field
    • Background in industrial relations and/or labor market analysis
    • Experience working on issues of social justice and workers’ rights
    • Experience working collaboratively with a diverse set of stakeholders including policymakers, industry practitioners and others
    • Knowledge of the construction labor market, including apprenticeship and labor standards

    Position will be full time (100%) for two years, with the possibility of extension depending on performance and availability of funding. Salary will be commensurate with experience, benefits are included.

    To apply:
    Upload your most recently updated Curriculum Vitae, a cover letter, one writing sample, and contact information for three references to https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF00709.

    Senior Labor Educator

    Recruitment Period
    Open Jun 5, 2015 through Jul 31, 2015
    Next review date: July 6th, 2015
    Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee

    Description

    The Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, UC Berkeley is seeking candidates for appointment as Senior Labor Educator at the Center for Labor Research and Education.

    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.

    Currently, the Center for Labor Research and Education has a dynamic set of labor education initiatives designed to enhance the skills of leaders and rank-and-file members of unions and other worker organizations. We seek to fill a new position in order to expand our current offerings and build new educational programs. Our strong preference is that the candidate addresses four key areas of the Center’s needs:

    • The candidate would be a senior level member of the Center assisting in overall guidance of the Center.
    • The candidate would be able to develop and implement a portfolio of projects focused on Latino workers.
    • The candidate would be able to make significant contributions to the Center’s Leadership Development team.
    • The candidate would have major responsibility for outreach to unions and should have deep expertise and knowledge of unions.

    Candidates with interests and strengths in other areas are welcome to apply.

    The Labor Center is undergoing a period of exceptional growth with respect to its external projects. It will be one of the duties of the successful candidate to join the Management Team as it reviews the vision of the Labor Center and ensures the internal structures and norms align with the expansion of its external work in order to successfully implement this vision. As a member of the Management Team, three other duties are key:

    • The successful candidate will identify and secure funding for the Labor Center. This funding might support the overall programs of the Labor Center, specific programs offered by the Leadership Development Team and/or particular projects developed by the candidate.
    • It is expected the successful candidate will supervise members of the Leadership Development Team and provide overall direction to the Team.
    • An important element of the work of the Labor Center is its relationships with stakeholders at the state and national level. The successful candidate will have the capacity to extend and strengthen these relationships.

    As a continuation of this expansion, the Labor Center wishes to expand its educational and training offers that respond to the State’s new needs due to the growth in the Latino share of the California workforce. While the exact nature of these programs will be designed in consultation with Labor Center stakeholders, we envision they will include programs offered in regions of the State where the shift in labor force demographics is most pronounced; programs targeting institutions that are most impacted by the increasing Latinization of the workforce; and programs whose audience includes those workers involved in the changing workforce.

    It is expected that one key program will be the continuation of the Latino Leadership Institute that is a partnership with labor unions, community-based organizations, and other non-profits that are engaged in worker issues in the Central Valley. Duties for this program involve coordinating the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the Institute:

    • Planning: organizing a coordinating committee comprised of the relevant stakeholders for the Institute; ensuring the committee develops consensus on a clear set of goals and objectives for the Institute.
    • Implementation: coordinating the outreach to the target audience as determined by the coordinating committee; identifying trainers who can develop and implement the curricula for the Institute; overseeing the various logistical tasks including identifying a site and getting curricula material to the Institute.
    • Evaluation: developing and implementing an evaluation process that would include obtaining feedback from the coordinating committee, trainers, and Institute attendees.

    The appointee will be expected to develop a series of complementary projects/classes designed to raise the critical thinking skill level of the members of unions and other worker organizations. The successful candidate will exhibit the ability to build strong relationships among selected unions and other worker organizations; conceptualize, design and implement innovative curricula; supervise student and staff assistants; and work with university faculty, staff, and students when appropriate. When there is a possibility for extra-mural funding s/he will also be responsible for preparing proposals to extra-mural funders, meeting with funders, overseeing grant budgets, and preparing reports to funders. Finally, the appointee will represent the Center in the academic field of labor education at the appropriate conferences and professional associations.

    Basic/Minimum Qualifications required at time of application:

    • Master’s degree or equivalent in a discipline relevant to labor education. Additional Required Qualifications:
    • At least five years working as senior staff, elected official or other capacity in the labor movement or other worker organizations.
    • Established relationships with labor unions and/or other work organizations, preferably in California and nationally.
    • At least three years of experience in worker education.
    • Ability to take initiative and mange projects with minimal supervision.
    • Demonstrated ability to lead a team to effectively implement projects and events.
    • Ability to work and communicate effectively with University faculty, staff, and students, as well as with community stakeholders, particularly leaders and rank and file members of unions and other worker organizations.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Preferred Qualifications:
    • Bilingualism (Spanish-English).
    • Experience working with immigrant communities.
    • 10 years working as senior staff, elected official or other capacity in the labor movement or other worker organizations.

    This is a two-year full-time position, with the possibility of renewal based on performance. Salary will be commensurate with experience, and benefits are included. The position will be open until filled, with an anticipated start date of August 1, 2015. To ensure full consideration, please apply by the first review date, July 6, 2015. Please address any inquiries to Barbara Campbell at barbcampbell@berkeley.edu.

    To apply, please upload your most recently updated Curriculum Vitae, a cover letter, one writing sample, and contact information for three references to https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF00612.


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    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
    Email: slawton@berkeley.edu