The Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) is committed to conducting participatory research, critical education, and public service to build on our strong record of engagement with the diverse communities of Los Angeles. Our research approach emphasizes:

  • Community focus
  • Global insights
  • Collaborative practice

IRLE faculty and staff conduct rigorous, social science research that is applied, policy-driven, and participatory, to improve worker rights and elevate labor standards, create jobs that are good for communities, and strengthen immigrant and civil rights, especially for students and youth.

IRLE Working Paper Series

IRLE Working Papers are hosted on E-Scholarship. To submit a working paper, please contact IRLE Director Abel Valenzuela.

The State of California Labor

From 2001 to 2004, The State of California Labor was published annually by the statewide Institute for Labor and Employment to document key developments affecting the California workforce. It continues to serve as a resource for labor scholars, policy makers, union organizers, and others interested in critical issues facing the nation’s bellwether state in the labor and employment domain. The contents of back issues are available here.

Global Partner Publications

IRLE maintains relationships with research partners around the world. These publications represent the strength and diversity of our collaborations.

E – Journal of International and Comparative Labour Studies
ADAPT International

ADAPT Bulletin
ADAPT International