California has successfully implemented many important but straightforward EE measures such as screw-in compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). However, in order to achieve the very ambitious energy conservation targets set forth in the Strategic Plan and other policies, increasingly complex energy conservation measures and programs are needed.
Future of Work & Workers
About Jessie HF
Jessie HF Hammerling, Ph.D. (she/her), is a lead researcher for the Technology and Work program at the Labor Center. She studies changes in the organization of production in key industries and the consequences of these changes for workers and their communities. Her recent work focuses on new technologies and domestic outsourcing in the US. In previous years, Jessie worked with the Labor Center’s Green Economy Program. Prior to joining the Labor Center, she worked at the Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS) in Madison, Wisconsin. Jessie holds a Ph.D. in geography from UC Davis and a master’s degree in international public affairs from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
October 26, 2012, Comments on California Energy Commission’s First Triennial Investment Plan for the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) Program
Although not all of the suggestions from our comments submitted on October 2nd were integrated into the EPIC Final Staff Report, we were pleased
to see that some of our recommendations were taken into account in the revisions. We have a few minor suggestions for additions or revisions to the Report.
October 2, 2012, Comments on California Energy Commission’s First Triennial Investment Plan for the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) Program
We applaud the effort that went into the draft plan and appreciate EPIC’s attention to ours and others’ comments on workforce. We appreciate the CEC’s attention to this area and their acknowledgement of the importance of workforce planning In driving commercial scale deployment of energy efficiency and clean energy investments. We present comments that we believe could strengthen EPIC’s efforts in the area of workforce education and training, which detail oral comments we made at the Sept 27 workshop.
August 17, 2012, Comments on California Energy Commission’s First Triennial Investment Plan for the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) Program
The Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) is designed to address innovation, emerging technologies and the growth of markets for clean energy. We believe that workforce issues are a critical component of this and we would like to encourage a strong emphasis on labor market analysis and workforce planning and innovation in the EPIC program.
We appreciate the chance to voice some additional thoughts on the Guidelines and underscore some issues that we would like to see highlighted in the guidelines.
Jessie Hammerling spoke about the increasing use by Google’s data centers of temps, vendors, and contractors, instead of workers directly employed by Google, as a way to appear more productive to investors.
Automation doesn’t always eliminate human roles entirely, but “this looks like a fairly extreme case of technology scaling back the human’s role in a particular work process,” says Jessie Hammerling at the Center for Labor Research and Education at the University of California, Berkeley, who studies the impact of new technologies on work.
And Hammerling, who studies the future of work at UC Berkeley, said those who have do their jobs in person –– at restaurants, hospitals, grocery stores –– usually make less than people who can work from home, and the pandemic has only brought more attention to this inequality in the labor market.
Jessie Hammerling, lead researcher for the Technology and Work Program at the UC Berkeley Labor Center, said it is wise to be cautious with assumptions about automation.
“If your employer is going to stop you coming in the door because you have a temperature, it would also be really good if (the) employer was offering paid sick leave,” Jessie HF Hammerling said. “So that workers don’t have an incentive to try to sneak into work when they might potentially be infected.”
As businesses start to reopen, some are turning to technology to figure out how to make workplaces safer. Michelle Quinn reports on the tradeoffs.