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California Workers' Rights: A Manual of Job Rights, Protections and Remedies

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UC Berkeley Labor Center

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.

Sylvia Allegrettoand Steven C. Pitts

To Work With Dignity: The Unfinished March Toward a Decent Minimum Wage

Economic Policy Institute report. 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.

Steven C. Pitts

Blacks in Unions: 2012

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.

UC Berkeley Labor Center

RELEASE: Beyond the Mountaintop: King’s Prescription for 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.