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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

    Associate and Full Specialist – UC Berkeley Labor Center – Institute for Research on Labor and Employment

    The UC Berkeley Labor Center, at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE), UC Berkeley, has openings for two full-time policy analysts. Founded in 1964, the UC Berkeley Labor Center works on the most pressing economic challenges affecting working families in California and communities across the country. The Labor Center provides timely, policy-relevant research on labor and employment issues for policymakers and stakeholders, and conducts training for a new and diverse generation of worker leaders and students.

    The policy analysts will conduct policy-relevant research on labor and employment issues as well as provide technical assistance to stakeholders on public policies in California and across the country. One position will be a senior position (Full Specialist) focusing generally on low-wage work and a diverse set of policies that affect working families and communities of color. The Associate Specialist will work with public datasets to carry out quantitative analyses on selected issues related to low-wage work.

    These positions offer an exciting opportunity to be part of a high-impact, high-visibility organization and to work with a nationally-recognized team of researchers, policy analysts, and academics.

    Responsibilities include:

    • Conducting quantitative research, including statistical analyses drawing on government datasets, academic research and industry trade data;
    • Contributing to multiple teams within the Labor Center, conducting academic and policy-related research relevant to working families, including mixed-methods projects that incorporate qualitative fieldwork;
    • Providing technical assistance to stakeholders, policy makers, media and internal staff on issues related to low-wage work, labor standards, and other labor and employment topics;
    • Providing data support, statistical expertise, and instruction supervision to internal staff working on quantitative analysis;
    • Coordinating research with academic researchers on other UC Campuses;
    • Contributing to research reports and policy briefs, and drafting op-eds and public testimony;
    • Contributing to funding proposals for research projects.


    Additional responsibilities for the Full Specialist:

    • Serving as lead author on research and policy reports
    • Overseeing large research projects
    • Supervising graduate student research assistants and junior staff
    • Helping to secure research grants and serving as a PI on grants

    Qualifications required at time of application:

    Master’s degree or equivalent in statistics, economics, sociology, industrial relations or a related field, plus 5 years relevant experience in research and/or policy analysis.

    Additional qualifications (required by start date):

    • Strong quantitative skills and experience in using large government datasets such as the Current Population Survey, the American Community Survey, the Survey of Income and Program Participation and the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey;
    • Experience conducting labor market analyses of wages and other job quality outcomes, the role of race, gender and immigration status, and firm and industry dynamics;
    • A strong grounding in labor standards policies in the US;
    • Strong writing skills, geared toward policy research reports;
    • Experience working with academic researchers and stakeholders such as unions, worker centers, faith-based organizations, accountable development advocates, and others;
    • Ability to work independently and creatively;
    • Ability to program in STATA, SAS and/or Python.

    Preferred qualifications for Full Specialist:

    • Ten years relevant experience in research and policy analysis;
    • Master’s degree or higher in statistics, economics, sociology, industrial relations or a related field;
    • A substantial record of publishing, including serving as lead author on research and policy reports.

    Positions will be full-time; salary will be commensurate with experience. Expected start date is January 2017.

    To apply, please upload your most recently updated Curriculum Vitae (required), a cover letter (required), one writing sample (required) and contact information for 3 references (required) to: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01189. 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) prior to submitting their letters.

    This position will remain open until filled. Please address any inquiries to Kathleen Parsons at kparsons@berkeley.edu.

    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