The Labor Center sat down with Seema Patel to ask more about the work she is passionate about, what she’s been working on during her residence, and what “movement lawyering” really means.
Unions & Worker Organizations
September 10, 2023
Seema Patel reflects on building power for workers ‘on the margins’
August 29, 2023
California Union Membership and Coverage: 2023 Chartbook
August 29, 2023
Snapshot of California Union Membership: ‘It’s not your grandfather’s union anymore’
September 16, 2023
Tech Fears Are Showing Up on Picket Lines
September 4, 2023
Workers ‘can still win really big.’ How labor can demand more
Research & Publications
A study by the UC Berkeley Labor Center finds that union members are more likely to be women and people of color than 20 years ago.
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.
Union membership today is different than a generation ago. It’s not your grandfather’s union anymore.
Young workers on college campuses around the country are supporting unionization at levels not seen in decades. Labor organizers speculate several factors are leading to this historic cascade of strikes and drives for union recognition.
The Union Effect in California
May 31, 2018
The Union Effect in California #1: Wages, Benefits, and Use of Public Safety Net Programs
June 7, 2018
The Union Effect in California #2: Gains for Women, Workers of Color, and Immigrants
June 20, 2018
The Union Effect in California #3: A Voice for Workers in Public Policy
Tools & Resources
“When looking at these strikes that have been happening recently, it becomes very clear where their loyalties lie and their priorities lie,” Ken Jacobs told me about the modern GOP. “Some Republican commentators have argued that Republicans should find a way to be more a party of the working class, but when you dig down into their proposals, they are still anti-union or anti-working people.”
“If technologies are not developed with the user in mind, they often fail,” said Lisa Kresge, a research and policy associate at the University of California Berkeley Labor Center, who has written about union responses to technology.
“The support of young people is even greater than the rest of the population. We are seeing a significant increase in workers interest in unions and engagement in organizing in their workplace,” Jacobs said.
The smaller the union, the more likely workers will vote to dissolve it, says labor economist Enrique Lopezlira, director of the Low-Wage Work program at the University of California at Berkeley Labor Center.