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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

    Director of Student Programming – Center for Labor Research and Education – Institute for Research on Labor and Employment

    RECRUITMENT PERIOD
    Open date: March 3, 2017
    Next review date: March 17, 2017
    Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
    Final date: April 14, 2017
    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.

    DESCRIPTION
    Job Opening: Director of Student Programming, UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education (Labor Center)

    The Center for Labor Research and Education (Labor Center) in the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE), UC Berkeley, is seeking candidates for appointment as Director of Student Programming for the Labor Center.

    The Labor Center works in partnership with labor, community organizations, public agencies and policy-makers to conduct analysis on the challenges and opportunities for working people in California, and to provide educational opportunities to both UC students and labor and community partners on labor and social justice issues.

    The appointee will be the senior lead for student programming, under the supervision of the Center’s leadership team and working with the Center’s junior staff. He/she will help shape the academic content of the Labor Center by building new relationships with faculty and students on campus, developing new collaborative research initiatives with community partners, and institutionalizing our student programming through on-going teaching and service learning for students. Student programming requires activities such as developing and supporting student internship opportunities with partners in unions and community organizations; working with faculty to expand the labor focus of their curricula; and other activities to link UC Berkeley’s and other Northern UC’s student community with labor and community partners.

    The primary appointment at the Labor Center will be in the Academic Coordinator I title. Appointments within this series are academic appointments at UC Berkeley, implying independent program development in the service of the Labor Center. The appointee to will oversee projects of increasing scope and complexity and will participate in efforts to secure grants.

    The position also requires developing and establishing labor studies courses in the Goldman School of Public Policy, ultimately teaching three courses per academic year at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels. For the teaching responsibilities, the appointee will hold a concurrent Lecturer appointment at GSPP.

    Minimum Qualification required at time of application:

    • Ph.D. or equivalent degree in relevant field such as public policy, economics, geography, sociology, labor studies, etc.
    • Experience in teaching at UC Berkeley or similar institution.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Demonstrated understanding of California and/or national issues related to labor, inequality, and social justice.
    • Demonstrated experience in teaching classes that include a service learning component and/or in running internship programs.
    • Demonstrated relationships with labor and community partners and/or policy makers in California and experience engaging these stakeholders.
    • Ability to develop and oversee research projects with students and stakeholders.
    • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills.
    • Ability to interact with a diverse population and engage UC Berkeley’s diverse student body.
    • Experience soliciting and managing grants or extramural funds.

    Salary range for the Academic Coordinator I appointment is $59,028 to $94,236, commensurate with experience. The salary for the concurrent Lecturer appointments will be determined by the Goldman School of Public Policy and the AFT contract. Benefits are included. This full-time position is anticipated to comprise 50% effort in the Academic Coordinator I title and 50% effort in the Lecturer title. The position is fully funded for two years, with the possibility of extension depending on performance and availability of funding. To apply, please go to: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01276

    Applicants should submit their most recently updated Curriculum Vitae; a cover letter detailing how they meet the qualifications; a writing sample, preferably on a related topic; and contact information for three references. A Teaching Statement as well teaching evaluations from past courses are optional.

    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 late Spring or Summer of 2017. 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.

    JOB LOCATION
    Berkeley, CA

    REQUIREMENTS

    DOCUMENTS
    Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.

    Cover Letter – detailing how they meet the qualifications

    A writing sample – preferably on a related topic

    Statement of Teaching (Optional)

    Teaching Evaluations (Optional)

    REFERENCES
    3 references required (contact information only)

    HOW TO APPLY

    1. Create an ApplicantID
    2. Provide required information and documents
    3. If any, provide required reference information

    To apply, please go to: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01276

  • 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.

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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