This brief summarizes the Great Recession’s impact on public employment and the public sector job losses driven by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Our analysis points to the importance of focusing on the public sector as policymakers respond to the COVID-19 crisis.
California Workers' Rights: A Manual of Job Rights, Protections and Remedies
In this report, we present data for the state of California on the union advantage in wages and employer-sponsored health and retirement benefits for women, workers of color, and immigrants.
RELEASE: Unions raise wages and increase benefits for women, workers of color, and immigrants in California
A new study from UC Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education (Labor Center) shows that workers in California have higher wages and greater access to benefits when covered by a union contract, and those workers who earn the least in non-union workplaces—women, people of color, and immigrants—gain the most.
This paper examines the context that gave rise to demand for a national minimum wage during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, presents historical trends in the real (inflation-adjusted) value of the minimum wage and the impact on black workers, and discusses some of the contemporary issues surrounding minimum-wage policies.
This Data Brief presents a picture of Blacks in unions that goes beyond the data in the BLS report. Part II examines overall Black unionization disaggregated by gender. Part III presents data on Black unionization disaggregated by gender and region. Part IV examines Black unionization with a focus on the largest 10 metropolitan areas.
Black workers face particularly severe challenges in building adequate financial wealth–whether through employer sponsored pensions, home equity, or other financial assets–to have enough retirement income in addition to Social Security to guarantee economic independence in old age.
The U.S. added 1.6 million jobs this year, but unemployment rates for Black workers remain higher than they were during the Great Recession.
This report finds that throughout 2011, Black worker unemployment remained in the 15 to 16 percent range, while unemployment for the rest of the workforce dropped below 9 percent.
Few commentators have examined the racial implications of this reduction in government employment. This is an important question to address because often policy prescriptions that, on the surface, are race-neutral can have decidedly racial impacts.
Recently, there have been seemingly contradictory announcements concerning the economy. This brief provides some explanation and context in light of economy recovery amidst continued job losses and stubbornly high unemployment.
This research brief documents aspects of racial inequality before the Great Recession—in other words during the best of recent times.
Job Quality and Black Workers: An Examination of the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York
This study that finds that more than half of U.S. Black workers earn low wages and lack advancement options. The study also explores how new global economic realities are having an impact on future employment prospects for Black workers.
RELEASE: Job Quality and Black Workers: An Examination of the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York
More than half of U.S. black workers earn low wages and lack advancement options, says UC Berkeley Labor Center study.
a policy brief that analyzes African Americans’ economic progress over the last 40 years and uses Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of economic justice as the basis for policy recommendations to dramatically reduce poverty.
Two noted African American economists will mark the 40th Anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by releasing a policy brief, Beyond the Mountaintop: King’s Prescription for Poverty, challenging the nation to take up King’s vision of economic justice through an action plan of policies, practices and organizing.
This report documents the disproportionate number of Blacks holding low-wage, dead-end jobs, and assesses responses to this crisis from activist organizations nationwide.