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UC Berkeley Labor Center

Labor Center research and Proposition 22

Prop 22 carves out an exception from state labor law for app-based transportation and delivery gig companies, including Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, and Instacart, allowing the companies to continue to classify their workers as independent contractors rather than employees. Labor Center chair Ken Jacobs and economics professor Michael Reich have produced several papers that examine the implications of Prop 22 compared to employee status for drivers, consumers, taxpayers, and the companies.

Work at the Labor Center

Current job openings:
–Director of Low-Wage Work Program
–Coordinator of Student Field Programs
–Communications Director

Carol Zabin

Progress on the Path Towards High-Road Jobs and Climate Action

Jobs v. environment is a false choice. And with the pandemic-induced economic downturn and the fires hurting Californians around the state, it’s clearer than ever that we must make meaningful progress on both fronts simultaneously, crafting an economic recovery that advances equity, climate resilience, and job quality.

Carol Zabin

Putting California on the High Road: A Jobs and Climate Action Plan for 2030

California’s ambitious path towards a carbon-neutral economy is complex, involves and affects different industries and occupations in multiple ways, and holds both promise and challenges for the state’s working families. The analysis and recommendations here present actions that show a high road to climate policy is both valuable and feasible.