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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
    Bill Camp, Sacramento Central Labor Council
    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
    Tho Thi Do, UNITE HERE Local 2
    Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, Green For All
    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
    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
    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
    Ray Trujillo, State Building & Construction Trades Council of California
    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

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  • Jobs

    Assistant/Associate/Full Specialist – Low Wage Workers and Retirement Security

    The Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, UC Berkeley is seeking candidates for appointment to the Specialist series to support two research projects at the Center for Labor Research and Education.

    Low-Wage Workers and Industries:

    Two to three positions are available. Appointees will oversee, manage, and plan research projects on low-wage workers and industries by drawing on government datasets, academic research and industry trade data to carry out complex data analysis, conduct quantitative and qualitative applied research and write up research results. Research and summarize academic literature, policy reports, proposed regulations and legislative analyses. Assist in proposal writing. Represent the CLRE to the public and the media, making presentations to stakeholder organizations, unions, and policy makers on minimum wage and other public policies in California. Contribute to written reports and peer-reviewed articles based on CLRE 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:
    • Two years of post-graduate work experience conducting policy research
    • Demonstrated quantitative skills and experience in data analysis, including analyzing large government datasets such as the Current Population Survey with Stata or SPSS
    • Demonstrated writing skills geared toward policy research reports
    • Experience making presentations
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work well with university faculty, staff and students as well as labor leaders and rank and file workers

    Preferred Qualifications:
    • A background in industrial relations will be especially valuable
    • Experience in labor market analysis and workers’ rights
    • Experience conducting qualitative research, such as industry analysis and interviews/focus groups
    • Ability to take initiative and mange projects with minimal supervision

     

    Retirement Security:

    One position is available. The appointee will independently coordinate research on retirement security in California, including public policies aimed at addressing retirement security and other policy-related labor and employment issues. Conduct qualitative and quantitative analysis on the state of retirement security in California. Coordinate with academic researchers on other UC campuses. Provide technical assistance with relevant research and policy briefs from research, to policy makers and stakeholders. The appointee will work with academics and stakeholders to develop the research agenda, commission papers, carry out direct research and organize convenings.

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

    Additional Required Qualifications:
    • Five years of post-graduate work experience conducting policy research
    • Demonstrated understanding of state policy options to improve retirement security and the relevant state and federal laws
    • Experience with qualitative and quantitative analysis such as industry analysis and interviews/focus groups, of issues related to retirement security and other labor and employment issues
    • Demonstrated quantitative skills and experience in data analysis, including analyzing large government datasets such as the Current Population Survey with Stata or SPSS
    • Experience managing projects and/or programs
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work well with university faculty, staff and students as well as labor leaders and rank and file workers

    Preferred Qualifications:
    • PhD or equivalent in public policy, economics, or a related field
    • Demonstrated writing skills geared toward policy research reports
    • Experience making presentations

     

    To apply

    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 $103,584 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/JPF00500. 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 positions will be open until filled, with an anticipated start date of November, 2014. To ensure full consideration, please apply by the first review date of October 23, 2014. Please address any inquiries to Hadidjah Rivera at hadidjah@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, 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