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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

    Jobs and Climate Policy Specialist

    The Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE), UC Berkeley is seeking candidates for appointment to the Academic Specialist series to support research and policy projects at the Don Vial Center for Employment in the Green Economy in the Center for Labor Research and Education. Appointments within the Specialist series are academic appointments at UC Berkeley, implying a path toward independent and original research.

    The Don Vial Center works in partnership with labor, environmental justice, and environmental organizations, as well as public agencies and policy-makers, to conduct research and analysis identifying the challenges and opportunities for working people associated with the transition to a low-carbon economy.

    The appointee will conduct research under the 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 economic impact studies. Job duties include: Conduct qualitative and quantitative analysis; provide technical assistance to relevant stakeholders; and assist with and/or write research and policy briefs. Appointees to the Associate Specialist and full Specialist ranks will oversee projects of increasing scope and complexity and will participate in efforts to secure grants.

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

    Additional Qualifications required by the start date:
    • At least two years of post-degree work experience conducting policy research or demonstration of equivalent skills
    • Demonstrated understanding of California and/or national policy issues related to labor and climate policies
    • Demonstrated experience with qualitative and/or quantitative analysis
    • Demonstrated writing skills geared toward policy research reports and other communications
    • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills
    • Meticulous, detail oriented, and sensitive to nuanced information
    • Ability to interact with a diverse population and to handle multiple tasks

    Preferred Qualifications:
    • Master’s or equivalent degree in public policy, economics, geography, or a related field
    • Positive relationships with staff of labor organizations and environmental justice organizations, and experience engaging stakeholders on labor, climate, equity, and energy issues
    • Experience in the field of industrial relations
    • Demonstrated skills communicating complex information effectively to a variety of audiences
    • Experience developing policy proposals
    • At the Associate Specialist and full Specialist ranks, a record of publication in the field is preferred, including papers and/or policy briefs, etc.

    Salary range is commensurate with experience. This position 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 Resume or Curriculum Vitae; a cover letter detailing how you meet the qualifications; a writing sample, preferably on a related topic; and contact information for three references to https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF00999.

    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 June or July 2016. Please address any inquiries to Megan Collins at meganjcollins@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.

    LEARN MORE
    More information about the Don Vial Center and this recruitment: http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/topic/don-vial-center-on-the-green-economy/

    Job Location:
    Berkeley, CA

    Requirements:
    Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated resume or C.V.
    Cover Letter – A cover letter detailing how you meet the qualifications
    Writing Sample – A writing sample, preferably on a related topic
    References – 3 references required (contact information only)

    Apply Now:
    https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF00999

  • 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