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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

[Discussion Panel] Careers in Labor and Social Justice Movements

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 5:00-6:30pm
Location: 2440 Bancroft Way, 3rd Floor, Berkeley CA

This discussion panel and networking event is for students interested in careers working towards social and economic justice. This event will highlight the different kinds of jobs and pathways to working as community and labor organizers, researchers, and political advocates. Speaker backgrounds will include a variety of issues related to labor and social justice movements.

Register for the event on Eventbrite.

Co-sponsored by the UC Berkeley Labor Center and UC Berkeley Career Center


Wednesday, October 2, 2019

[Lunchtime Talk] The Relationship Between Union Membership and Net Fiscal Impact

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 12:00-1:30pm
Location: 2521 Channing Way, Berkeley CA

Jose Pacas discusses how labor relations interact with public economics, suggesting that union membership has a positive net fiscal impact.

What is the net fiscal impact of an individual’s union membership status? What is the effect on taxes they pay and cost of public benefits they receive? Using data from the Current Population Survey, this talk will present evidence on how labor relations interact with public economics, suggesting that union membership has a positive net fiscal impact through the worker-level channels studied.

About the Speaker

Jose Pacas began working at the MPC as a research assistant between 2012 and 2015. After a couple of years as an economist for the Poverty Statistics Branch at the US Census Bureau, he returned as full-time research staff in 2017. He focuses primarily on the IPUMS USA project while also helping on the IPUMS CPS project. His research has focused on using Census data to study labor markets, poverty, immigration and racial/ethnic disparities. Current research projects focus on the factors influencing poverty transitions and the net fiscal impact of labor unions. Prior work has varied from estimating the population of undocumented immigrants in the US to a historical profile of the biomedical labor force.

Lunch provided when you register for the event on Eventbrite


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

[Book Talk] Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present and Future of American Labor

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 5:00-6:30pm
Location: 810 Clay St., Oakland

Join us for a conversation with book author and longtime New York Times labor correspondent, Steven Greenhouse. His latest book, Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor, is an in-depth look at working men and women in America, the challenges they face, and how they can be re-empowered.

ABOUT BEATEN DOWN, WORKED UP

In an era when corporate profits have soared while wages have flatlined, millions of Americans are searching for ways to improve their lives, and they’re often turning to labor unions and worker action, whether #RedforEd teachers’ strikes or the Fight for $15. Wage stagnation, low-wage work, and blighted blue-collar communities have become an all-too-common part of modern-day America, and behind these trends is a little-discussed problem: the decades-long decline in worker power.

Steven Greenhouse sees this decline reflected in some of the most pressing problems facing our nation today, including income inequality, declining social mobility, the gender pay gap, and the concentration of political power in the hands of the wealthy. He rebuts the often-stated view that labor unions are outmoded–or even harmful–by recounting some of labor’s victories, and the efforts of several of today’s most innovative and successful worker groups. He shows us the modern labor landscape through the stories of dozens of American workers, from G.M. workers to Uber drivers, and we see how unions historically have empowered–and lifted–the most marginalized, including young women garment workers in New York in 1909, black sanitation workers in Memphis in 1968, and hotel housekeepers today. Greenhouse proposes concrete, feasible ways in which workers’ collective power can be–and is being–rekindled and reimagined in the twenty-first century.

This event is free and open to the public.

Register for the event on Eventbrite or by visiting the Facebook event page.

Co-Sponsored and hosted by the CA Labor Federation at ESC-IFPTE Local 20