Across the country, cities and counties have become laboratories of policy innovation on labor standards. Before 2012, only five localities had minimum wage laws; currently, 56 counties and cities do. To help inform policymakers and other stakeholders, the UC Berkeley Labor Center is maintaining an up-to-date inventory of these laws, with details on wage levels, scheduled increases, and other law details, as well as links to the ordinances.
August 8, 2023
East Bay Wages Too Low for More Than Half of Workers to Support a Family
April 11, 2023
Proposed health care minimum wage increase: What it would mean for workers, patients, and industry
March 15, 2023
State workers struggle to make ends meet throughout California; Women, Black, and Latino workers are disproportionately affected
March 14, 2023
All Eyes on California as Fast-Food Worker Rights Land on the 2024 Ballot
March 1, 2023
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Research & Publications
A predicted boom in warehouse automation did not materialize, according to this new report.
The pandemic’s myriad effects on the U.S. economy will be the subject of research and attention for many years to come. In this report, we delve into some of the pandemic’s impacts by focusing on one question: How did the COVID-19 pandemic affect technology adoption in U.S. warehouses?
In a groundbreaking move, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 800 into law on September 30, an initiative that equips high school students with the knowledge to safeguard their workplace rights and defend against potential abuses.
This report is the first in-depth look at the labor market for agricultural truck drivers in California and the first study of this workforce anywhere in the U.S. in almost 30 years. It found that better efforts in recruiting and training drivers would ease turnover and improve job satisfaction, particularly for agricultural trucking, which is critical to California’s economy but can often be seasonal or require specialized equipment.
Resources on COVID-19
- May 18, 2022 California’s Labor Market in the Time of COVID-19
- March 7, 2022 COVID-19: Local Labor Standard Policies in California
- July 1, 2020 COVID-19: Resources on Federal and State Policy and Assistance
- October 21, 2020 Public Sector Impacts of the Great Recession and COVID-19
According to a cost analysis from the UC Berkeley Labor Center — once the hourly wage reaches $25 in 2025 — the legislation will result in over $10,000 per year in increased wages for approximately 450,000 low-wage health care workers in California.
Most affected workers will be women and people of color, who more frequently work in lower-wage health care positions, according to the UC Berkeley Labor Center.
Sen. María Elena Durazo, the Los Angeles Democrat who wrote the original health care wage increase, pointed to a different cost estimate for the law provided by the UC Berkeley Labor Center. It projected the new law could save the state money by ensuring workers earn enough to avoid using public assistance.
Sen. María Elena Durazo, the Los Angeles Democrat who wrote the bill, points to data from the UC Berkeley Labor Center that anticipates how the new law could save money by helping workers avoid using public assistance. Better pay also means some relief with staffing issues, healthcare workers argue, which would benefit patients too.
A first-of-its-kind report published last month by the University of California, Berkeley, Labor Center, titled “Ensuring the Supply of Agricultural Truck Drivers,” used California’s tomato harvest to illustrate why finding sufficient drivers can be so hard.