Information on IRLE Grants

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IRLE is committed to advancing the knowledge of the labor and employment issues. Grants provided and distributed by IRLE allow UCLA faculty and graduate students to organize conferences, complete books, and carry out new and fascinating research. Please see below for more details on the most recent faculty and student grant awards.

The UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Offers New

2014-15 Grant

CALL FOR FACULTY AND GRADUATE STUDENT PROPOSALS: RESEARCH PRODUCTS SPEAKING TO BROAD AUDIENCES

Proposals invited from all Southern California UC Campuses.  The application deadline is Friday, December 5, 2014.

IRLE STUDENT SMALL GRANTS

2014-15

Student Name
Department
Project Title
Fernando Chirino Sociology Race, Gender, and the Fight for 15
Daniel Schneider Sociology Gendering Profession: Experiences of Nursing in the U.S
Skye Allmang Social Welfare (Re)entering employment: How youth with juvenile or criminal justice histories overcome barriers to work
Michael Ishimoto Education Japanese American Farmers and Organized Labor
Hugo Sarmiento Urban Planning Street Vending: Understanding the Political Geography of Enforcement
Stephanie Tsai Urban Planning Diversity and Inclusion in the Public Utility Workforce
Renata Turrent Public Policy Center for Immigrant students at New Mexico State University
Andrea Silva Political Science Out of Bounds: Court rulings and State intentions in Sub-National Immigration Policy
Amrah Salomon Ethnic Studies Low Wage Worker Collaborative Community Research Proposal
Cassandra Engeman Sociology Unions and Family Values: Conditions for Workplace Leave Policy Adoption in US States, 1977-2012
Jesse Halvorsen History Driven to Poverty: Misclassification, and Wage Theft in Southern California’s Short Haul Trucking Industry

2012

Student Name
Department
Project Title
Luis Alvarez-Leon Geography The Information Grid: The Digital Foundations of the Cognitive-Cultural Economy
Molly Ball History Inequality in the city of São Paulo, Brazil (1889-1930)
Hsin-Chieh Chang Community Health Sciences Social Integration among Southeast Asian Women Migrants in Taiwan: Exploring the Linkages between Marriage, Work, Migration and Health
Bradley Cleveland Urban Planning Workers in the Informal Economy and Disaster Risk Reduction: Engaging waste pickers and street vendors in the project of urban resilience
Mindy Chen Social Welfare Toward an Effective Community-Labor Coalition: a Case Study of the CLEAN Carwash Campaign
Laura Enriquez Sociology Undocumented Employment: Theorizing Patterns of Incorporation for Current and Formerly Undocumented Mexican-Origin Young Adults
Nathan Low/Curt Brown Law Teacher Tenure
Tom Narins Geography The domestic employment impacts of Chinese trade and investment in Bolivia and Chile
Peter Norlander Anderson Human Resource policies and practices of the Information Technology services industry in India
Greg Pierce Urban Planning Potential Impact of Social Businesses on Local Employment in Bangladesh
Stephanie Santos Women’s Studies “Don’t monopolize the good”: Development Aggression and Subaltern Filipina Women

2010

Principal Investigator(s)

Department

Project Title

Anthony Alvarez
Sociology
Under- and Unemployed Financial Strategies
Kyle Arnone
Sociology
Union strategic research
Cheye-Ann Corona

Urban Planning/
Latin American Studies

Community Cultural Wealth, Mexican Laborers and the Barrio: A Look into El Monte, California, Since 1910
Andrea Dinneen Sociology
Creating Green Cities: The politics and work of implementing “sustainable development” at the regional, national and international level
Laura Enriquez
Sociology
The Intersection of Employment and Education: Incorporation Patterns of Undocumented Immigrant Young Adults in Los Angeles
Adam Fish
Anthropology
New Media Firms in Los Angeles: Labor, Management, and Blended Accounting
Alfred Flores

History

Colonial Subjects and Agents of Empire: U.S. Military Laborers in Guam, 1945-1980
Clare Fox
Urban Planning
Green Jobs in the Food System
Caroline Luce
History
History of the Jewish Bakers Union of Los Angeles
Lee Mackey
Urban Planning
Responses to Changing Work in Transnational Development and Conservation Regions in Bolivia
Parissa Majdi Clark
Political Science
Drivers of Puerto Rican migration
Sarah Morando
Sociology
Law in Action: How Immigration Attorneys Manage Legal Uncertainty
Lisa Mueller
Politcal Science
Variation in developing world labor unrest
Anthony Ocampo
Sociology
Postcolonial Legacies and the Employment Trajectory of Second-generation Filipino Americans
Caitlin Patler
Sociology
A Comparative Study of the Impacts of Immigration Status on Mobility and Claims-Making among Immigrants in Low-Wage Jobs in Los Angeles and Madrid
Ellen Sharp
Anthropology
The Impact of Migration on Gendered Divisions of Labor at Work and at Home
Elena Shih
Sociology
Globalizing Morality and Justice: Local Orientations Towards Women’s Work in Faith-Based and Rights-Based Organizations in the Transnational Anti-Trafficking Movement
Juli Thomas
Sociology
The Effects of Parental Job Displacement on Children’s Academic Achievement
Julia Tomassetti
Sociology
Research and Strategic Decision-Making in Labor Organizations
Anita Yuan
Sociology
Improving Access to Skilled Jobs: An Assessment of the Los Angeles Community and Faith-Based Construction Initiative

2009

Principal Investigator(s)

Department

Project Title

Kyle Arnone
Sociology
Bridging the Blue/Green Divide: The Campaign to Organize Port Truck Drivers on California’s Waterfront
Kevin Barry, Chloe Osmer, Marcy Koukhab
Public Policy
Analysis of AB 1688: The Car Wash Worker Law
Abigail Cooke
Geography
Impacts of trade wage inequality across US States: Analysis using matched employer-employee data
Kjerstin Elmen-Gruys Sociology
Too Fat for Management? Gendered Size Discrimination on the Shop Floor
Jennifer Goldstein
Geography
Direct Trade” practices in the international coffee industry — a way out of North-South inequality?
Shanna Gong
Sociology
Movement, Market or State: Urban Agricultural Movements in the US and China
Zevi Gutfreund

History

The Language Politics of Americanization: The Rise and Resistance of Educational Inequality in Los Angeles
Anna Kim
Urban Planning
Investigating the Informal/Formal Divide: Blended Labor Market Participation in an Ethnic Enclave
PuongThao Le
Applied Mathematics
Effectiveness and Implications of Family Leave Policies on Parents of Newborns and Parents of Children with Special Health Care Needs
Rennie Lee
Sociology
Worker Relations in a Chinese Restaurant
Caroline Luce
History
Food and Labor Union Iconography: Bagels and American Jewish identity in the 20th century
Hasan Mahmud
Sociology
Economic Participation and Mobility Among Bangladeshi Immigrants in Los Angeles
Sarah Morando
Sociology
The Second Generation at Work: the Early Employment Careers of Children of Immigrants
Lisa Mueller
Political Science
Hidden Class Struggles: The Politics of Labor and Ethnicity in Contemporary Africa
Selena Ortiz
Health Sciences
The Economic Consequences of Lost Wages among Mexican American Families with An Autistic Child
Caitlin Patler
Sociology
Young and Undocumented: The Effects of Illegal Immigration Status On Mobility and Claims-Making in Los Angeles’ Low-Wage Labor Markets
Adam Richards
Health Sciences
Defining the occupational health and chronic disease priorities of day laborers in Los Angeles: a mixed methods study conducted in partnership with the Institute of Popular Education of Southern California
Elena Shih
Sociology
Humanitarian Work: The Moral Economy of Women’s Work in the Global Anti-Trafficking Movement”
Julia Tomassetti
Sociology
The Union Avoidance Industry in Los Angeles
Ming-Hong Tsai
Anderson School of Management
Group Composition, Decision Rules, and Employees’ Cooperation
Yuki Yanai
Political Science
Redistributive Consequences of Economic Inequality: An Examination of Individuals’ Attitudes

IRLE FACULTY SMALL GRANTS

2014-15

Principal Investigator(s)

Department

Project Title

Sameer Ashar
Law
Assessing the Impact of Wage Theft in Orange County
Caitlin Patler
Criminology, Law and Society
Released but not Free: The Impacts of Immigration Detention and Reentry on Employment, Housing, and Family Relationships
Jacqueline Leavitt
Urban Planning
Organizing a Greener LA: Leveraging SB 535 for LA’s Environmental Justice Communities
John Rogers Education Representations of Unions in American and Canadian Social Studies Standards
Janna Shadduck-Hernandez
UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education
Trabajadoras y Proveedoras: Bridging Low-­‐Wage Workers and Family Child Care Providers for
Affordable, Quality Child Care
Abel Valenzuela
Chicana/o Studies & Urban Planning
Outcomes and Retention Issues among Undocumented Students at UCLA
Noah Zatz

Law

The Invisible Fist: State Coercion in Los Angeles’ Low-Wage Labor Market
Karthick Ramakrishnan
Political Science
Immigration Federalism in the Context of Presidential Action
Ellen Reese
Sociology
Warehouses & Our Future: Working Class Struggles in the Inland Valley
Ellen Reese
Sociology
Labor Studies
Dennis Childs
Literature
Mass Deportation and Mass Incarceration Research Project
Isaac Martin
Sociology
How the Public Pays for Property Tax Limitation
Eileen Boris
Feminist Studies
Enforcement Strategies for Empowerment: Models for the California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights
Nelson Lichtenstein
Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy
Low Wage Worker Survey in Santa Barbara and Isla Valley

2010

Principal Investigator(s)

Department

Project Title

Gilda Haas
Urban Planning
Blocks & Lots: a Land Use Planning Training Tool for Labor and Community
Ruben Hernandez-Leon
Sociology
Keep Moving: The Mobility Responses of Mexican Immigrant Workers to the US Economic Crisis
Toby Higbie
History
Southern California History of Organizing Project (SoCalHOP): Course Development Grant in Support of Student Research on Los Angeles Labor and Working Class History
Ching Kwan Lee Sociology The Labor Question of Chinese Capitalism in Africa
Ivan Light
Sociology
Effect of State Minimum Wage Laws on Mexican Immigrant Settlement, 1980-2000
Susanne Lohmann
Political Science
The Work of the University (Course Development)
Vinit Mukhija / Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris

Urban Planning

The Informal City: The Rise of Unregulated Work and Living in America
William Roy
Sociology
The Use of Research by Unions in Strategic Decision Making: the Case of SEIU’s LA Security Unionization Campaign
Margaret Shih
Anderson
Stigma of Unemployment
Katherine Stone
Law
Conference on Employment Regulation After the Standard Employment Contract: Innovations in Regulatory Design
Carlos Alberto Torres
Education
Teachers as (Displaced) Laborers in California
Abel Valenzuela
Center for the Study of Urban Poverty
Street Vending Convening and Conference
Roger Waldinger
Sociology
Socio-economic Mobility Among the New Second Generation
Lisa Mueller
Political Science
Hidden Class Struggles: The Politics of Labor and Ethnicity in Contemporary Africa
Goetz Wolff
Urban Planning
A New Urban Planning Course: “Labor and Economic Development”
Noah Zatz
Law
Re-entry and Racial Justice: Challenges and Opportunities for Disparate Impact Theory

2009

Principal Investigator

Department

Project Title

Cesar Ayala
Sociology

Organizing public sector workers in Puerto Rico

Gary Blasi
Law School

California employment discrimination law at age 50

Evelyn Blumenberg

Urban Planning

Immigrant carpooling and employment clustering

Karen Brodkin, Horacio Roque Ramirez
Anthropology

Gay LA labor activism

Scott Cummings
Law School

The law and the challenge to LA low-wage work

Chris Erickson, Kent Wong
Anderson

Conference: “California state budget”

Miriam Golden
Political Science

Update of dataset

Ruben Hernandez-Leon

Sociology

Conference: “Mexican immigrants as workers”

Raùl Hinojosa-Ojeda
César E. Chávez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies
Immigration-related retaliation and Employee Free Choice: Immigrant worker survey

John Laslett

History

Two chapters of history of LA workers

Jacqueline Leavitt
Urban Planning

Conference: “Green jobs”

Kelly Lytle-Hernandez
History

Los Angeles jail

Ruth Milkman
Sociology

Convening on the California Paid Family Leave program

Daniel J.B.Mitchell

Anderson

SEIU Building Security Campaign

John Rogers
Educ/IDEA/PLI

Survey of unionized parents in Ed & Labor Collaborative

Abel Valenzuela
César E. Chávez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies

Car-Wash Industry Worker Study

Roger Waldinger
Sociology

Labor market performance of 1st-3rd generation Mexican-origin workers

Summary of Research Projects

Prof. Cesar Ayala – Organizing public sector workers in Puerto Rico
Law # 45 of the 1998 in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico allowed for publicly recognized labor unions to be certified as exclusive representatives of public sector employees and to engage in collective bargaining. The central question of this research is whether the changes forced upon labor organizations by this law has produced any benefits for Puerto Rican workers. This stage of the grant is meant to explore the issues outlined in the last year’s research with a specific focus on the teachers’ union in Puerto Rico and the battle for representation between local unions and US internationals (SEIU, in this case).

Prof. Gary Blasi – California employment discrimination law at age 50: Enforcing the Fair Employment and Housing act in 21st Century Labor Markets
This research project evaluates the enforcement of California employment discrimination law by the Dept. of Fair Employment and Housing through administrative action and by private litigants through the courts. Using a comprehensive administrative dataset of 230,000 complaints, structured interviews and surveys of participants in the enforcement process, we also identify current strengths and weaknesses and propose possible reforms during the 50th anniversary year of the state’s first antidiscrimination law.

Prof. Evelyn Blumenberg – Immigrant carpooling and employment clustering
Immigrants commute to work by carpool at rates almost twice that of native-born workers. This research examines one reason for this finding – the relationship between ethnic residential neighborhoods and the geographic clustering of employment destinations. The findings of this research will enhance understanding of both the employment and travel patterns of immigrants.

Prof. Karen Brodkin & Horacio Roque Ramirez – Gay LA labor activism
This qualitative interview-based study of LGBTIQ unionists and activist workers analyzes the development of specifically LGBTIQ working-class perspectives and issues for social justice and their organizational contribution to the labor movement in Los Angeles. The results of this research offer labor unions analysis of LGTIQ activists contributions to the labor movement, unintended barriers to their participation, and new issues and workplace changes that contribute to social justice and direct organizing agendas.

Prof. Scott Cummings – The law and the challenge to LA low-wage work
Although labor law has been implicated in the decline of American unionism, there is growing evidence that labor activists are deploying innovative legal strategies outside of federal labor law to promote workers’ rights. This two-part study charts the evolution of law and organizing in the Los Angeles low-wage worker movement and to evaluate the efficacy of law as a tool of labor reform.

Prof. Chris Erickson & Kent Wong – CA state budget conference
This grant will provide support for research on the California state budget and specifically the current requirement that the budget be passed by a two-thirds majority. The grant will also be used to organize a major conference in early 2009 on the California state budget. The research will be used to advise members of the California state legislature, policy makers, labor and management representatives, and faculty and students about the legislative origins of the two-thirds majority requirement possible alternatives.

Prof. Miriam Golden – Update of dataset
This project provides supplementary funding for an update and expansion of the Golden-Wallerstein-Lange dataset project on unions, employers, collective bargaining on industrial relations in 20 Organization for Economic Co-operative Development (OECD) nations over fifty years. The measures in the process of update include trade union and employer association authority, measures of bargaining coverage and density.

Prof. Ruben Hernandez-Leon – Conference: “Mexican immigrants as workers”
This grant will provide support for funding a workshop/conference entitled “Mexican Immigrants as Workers: A Binational Conference on Mexico-U.S. Migration” – a two-day event which combines a series of panels following the classic workshop or seminar format and a set of panels bringing together scholars and community organizers, labor leaders and immigrant rights advocates to discuss the immigration and labor agenda.

Prof. Raùl Hinojosa-Ojeda – Immigration-related retaliation and Employee Free Choice: Immigrant worker survey and research report
Previous national research has yielded evidence that pro-legalization and pro-unionization policy approaches can generate a win-win impact on both immigrant wages and overall economic growth. The grant will produce a detailed report using the UCLA North American Integration and Development (NAID) Center IMPLAN Data Model to analyze the impact on Los Angeles and California of depressing wage and output impacts of anti-immigrant and anti-union organizing policy approaches. The result of the research will help establish the potential benefits of both Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) and comprehensive immigration reform.

Prof. John Laslett – Paradise Neither Lost Nor Gained: A History of Los Angeles Workers 1894-2004
Based on both primary and secondary sources, this manuscript will be the first comprehensive history of its kind since the 1960s.  It will provide a narrative history of the Los Angeles working class covering ecology, labor force, cultural and political developments, ethnic and racial groups and unions and relations with employers.  These funds will support the completion of the two final chapters on comparing the fortunes of workers across cities to “Los Angeles exceptionalism” and examining whether this history of Los Angeles serves to tell a tale of “paradise lost” or “paradise gained.”

Prof. Jacqueline Leavitt – Conference: “Green jobs”
Green jobs, green buildings and green economy are increasingly pervasive in the media, in public dialogue and in academic discourse as solutions to the impending environmental and economic crises that affect millions of working people. What are the implications for workers, labor and community? How can social, economic and environmental justice principles apply to local policies? The grant funding will support a conference to disseminate research findings at the culmination of the research project that examine the above mentioned issues. Conference participants will include labor and community leaders, public officials, workforce development experts, and UCLA faculty and students.

Prof. Kelly Lytle-Hernandez – Los Angeles jail
The grant will provide support for research on the role of vagrancy laws and convict labor in managing the poor, the underemployed, and the unemployed as the city embraced industrialization and urbanism at the turn of the twentieth century. The grant funds will be used to transfer data from digitized jail registers into a database and to search for the names listed on the jail registers on additional data sets, including census records, voter registration rolls, and city directories.

Prof. Ruth Milkman – Convening on California Paid Family Leave program
The grant will support a convening of national and state experts on work-family issues to discuss a research agenda for evaluating California’s Paid Family Leave program, the nation’s first. The convening will take place in anticipation of the program’s fifth anniversary (July 1, 2009) – a time when national interest in the issue is growing.

Prof. Dan Mitchell – SEIU Building Security Campaign
The recent organizing campaign for building guards, or security officers, faced an uphill battle in the same way that the odds were stacked against the SEIU successfully organizing the ‘Justice for Janitors’ in the mid ’80s.  However, although faced with a more complicated legal status than janitors due to the Taft-Hartley Act, the SEIU was again successful. These funds will support the interviewing and gathering of data to develop an understanding of how this success was accomplished.

Prof. John Rogers – Survey of unionized parents in Ed & Labor Collaborative
The grant will support a membership survey of union locals in the Education and Labor Collaborative which includes not only unions representing teachers and classified staff, but also several service sector unions that represent large numbers of parents or grandparents of children attending poorly resourced schools. This study builds upon a four-year collaboration of UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access (IDEA), the UCLA Labor Center, and several union locals, most prominently SEIU Local 1877.

Prof. Abel Valenzuela – Car-Wash Industry Worker Study
The grant will support an original data collection project to better understand the labor market processes and characteristics of the car wash industry and workforce in the greater Los Angeles area. The project will result in a technical report that will be released under the auspices of IRLE, a short policy, fact brief and Op-Ed, and an article that will be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal.

Prof. Roger Waldinger – Labor market performance of 1st-3rd generation Mexican-origin workers
This project will evaluate recent revisions of assimilation theory by comparing the labor market performance of Mexican immigrants and their descendents to those of native white and African Americans. Using unique data from 1995, 1997, 2001, and newly released 2005 CPS Contingent Worker Series, evidence of assimilation across employment sector distribution, fringe benefits, and earnings of four Mexican foreign born cohorts, second generation, and third generation Mexican Americans, will be assessed.