Chartbook comparing California union membership and coverage from 2001-2002 and 2021-2022. Findings show that at least half of all of California’s 2.5 million union members are women and that the majority of all union workers are people of color. By contrast, 20 years ago the typical union member in California was a white man.
Research and Policy Associate
Savannah is a research and policy associate with the low-wage work program. She recently completed her Ph.D. in sociology from UC Davis. Savannah has significant experience in labor policy research. Her policy research has focused on work and inequality, particularly in areas confronting low-wage workers and their families including irregular work scheduling, shift cuts, gig work, and health and safety. She has co-published various policy briefs on precarious working conditions, including policy briefs for the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research and the Scholars Strategy Network.
Union membership today is different than a generation ago. It’s not your grandfather’s union anymore.
Proposed health care minimum wage increase: State costs would be offset by reduced reliance on the public safety net by health workers and their families
In this brief we estimate the new costs to the state resulting from SB 525 as well as the savings it would generate through reductions in safety net program enrollment of affected workers and their family members.
This report examines the state of work in the East Bay prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. We find that even before the pandemic, when the economy was strong by conventional economic metrics and had recovered from the Great Recession, many East Bay workers were earning low wages, housing cost-burdened, and struggling to make ends meet, with workers of color in particular making wages too low to support themselves and their families.
State workers struggle to make ends meet throughout California; Women, Black, and Latino workers are disproportionately affected
The California state government has close to a quarter of a million employees, almost half of whom are women and almost two-thirds of whom are workers of color. But across occupations and throughout the state, many state workers earn well below what is needed to attain a decent standard of living in California.
Savannah Hunter and Kate O’Hara speak with host Cat Brooks on the Labor Center report “The state of working East Bay, 2015-2019.”