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NBC News

40 years later, labor leaders remember NYC Chinatown’s garment worker strike

Forty years later, Katie Quan still vividly remembers the pivotal garment workers strike in New York City’s Chinatown. Quan, who was 29 at the time, was one of the key organizers of the strike, in which more than 20,000 workers — most of them Chinese-born women — marched to Columbus Park on June 24, 1982, refusing to work and demanding higher wages and benefits.

CalMatters

Anti-worker or pro-worker? Why labor unions are fighting over a housing bill

Here’s something the unions all agree on: The labor workforce needs to grow to meet construction demands, and is struggling to do so. Pay and health coverage among the mostly non-union workforce is often so poor that nearly half of construction workers rely on the state’s five largest public safety net programs, according to a recent UC Berkeley Labor Center study.

Jewish Boston

Granting Dignity to Our Workers

What do drivers have to lose in being considered independent contractors? Only minimum wage, overtime, workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, the protection of anti-harassment and discrimination laws, the right to form a union and collectively bargain and retirement benefits, to name a few.

CalMatters

This proposal could solve health insurance problem for part-time community college faculty

If the state pours more money into part-time faculty health plans, “unions and the districts may negotiate to improve the benefits currently offered,” said Laurel Lucia. Colleges that already offer health plans to part-time faculty “might reduce the premium amount that the worker is required to pay or they might reduce the amount that people have to pay out of pocket to access care.”

Capital & Main

LADWP Training Program Provides Power — and Good Jobs — to the People

hese are people who ordinarily wouldn’t be considered for, or themselves consider, a job at LADWP. A 2016 report from the University of California, Berkeley, found that more than two-thirds of people accepted into UPCT are from zip codes with very high unemployment rates, and where more than half of the population lives below the poverty level.

USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism

Two women’s stories suggest why California’s expansion of Medicaid to undocumented older adults is a big deal

Gov. Newsom’s proposed budget has proposed providing the final missing piece and the largest group remaining: all low-income adults ages 26 to 49, regardless of immigration status. That move would represent the state’s biggest coverage expansion since the Affordable Care Act’s implementation, and comprises about 670,000 people, Lucia said.

LA Progressive

California’s Nursing Home Crisis Worsens

According to data compiled by the UC Berkeley Labor Center, 80% of the estimated 145,000 skilled nursing facility workers in California (as of 2019) are women, and 72% are people of color. More than half, about 80,000, earn less than $20 an hour.

UC Berkeley Labor Center

RELEASE: California Agencies Fund Research to Improve Stability of State’s Agricultural Trucking Workforce

California agencies overseeing agriculture, business, labor and transportation are commissioning a study to examine the unique aspects of agricultural trucking in the state and provide policy recommendations to address longstanding driver recruitment and retention issues that have worsened since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

UC Berkeley Labor Center

RELEASE: The Public Cost of Low-Wage Jobs in California’s Construction Industry

The study, by Ken Jacobs and Kuochih Huang of the UC Berkeley Labor Center, finds that almost half of the families of construction workers in California are enrolled in a safety net program at an annual cost of over $3 billion in public funds. By comparison, just over a third of all California workers have a family member enrolled in one or more safety net programs.

Job Opening: Summer 2022 GSR, Low-Wage Work Team

The UC Berkeley Labor Center is searching for a graduate student researcher to support our research projects on low-wage work and labor market inequalities by race, ethnicity, gender, and immigration status. This position has the potential to work on a wide variety of projects, including data analysis, literature reviews, and both quantitative and qualitative research.

Job Opening: Summer 2022 GSR, Worker Power In the Workforce Program

We are hiring a GSR for our Worker Power In the Workforce Program for Summer 2022. The GSR will support and participate in research, materials development, and organizing events to help Bay Area worker, community, and workforce organizations advance understanding of opportunities and barriers to integrate worker power building into existing public and community based workforce development programs.

The Labor Center mourns the passing of Marty Morgenstern

Our chair from 1987 to 1994, Marty Morgenstern was an extraordinary and unparalleled champion of labor. His life is a testament to his belief in the value of public service, and his conviction that government can and should be a force for the common good.

UC Berkeley Labor Center

Labor Center Research on the Rideshare Industry

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.

Jun 20

Labor Summer Internship

The UC Berkeley Labor Center offers PAID internships to graduate and undergraduate students, who learn how to organize and do research to support social and economic justice for workers in California. The program has two tracks: “Learn Organizing Skills” and “Applied Research and Policy.”