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Sunshine Was Never Enough shows how labor in all its guises_blue and white collar, industrial, agricultural, and high tech_shaped the neighborhoods, economic policies, racial attitudes, and class perceptions of the City of Angels.

This report considers 172 theatrical film releases in 2011 and 1,061 broadcast, cable and digital platform television shows from the 2011-12 season in order to document the degree to which women and minorities are present in front of and behind the camera.

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Rethinking Workplace Regulation: Beyond the Standard Contract of Employment

Katherine V.W. Stone (IRLE Faculty Advisory Committee) and Harry Arthurs

February 14, 2013

Economic Justice, Global Research, Publications, Book/Edited Volume

In Rethinking Workplace Regulation, nineteen leading scholars from ten countries and half a dozen disciplines present a sweeping tour of the latest policy experiments across the world that attempt to balance worker security and the new flexible employment paradigm.

Are Bad Jobs Inevitable? Trends, Determininants and Responses to Job Quality in the Twenty-First Century

Chris Warhurst, Francoise Carre, Patricia Findlay and Chris Tilly

February 21, 2012

Economic Justice, Publications, Book/Edited Volume

Bringing together an internationally renowned group of academics, the book defines and measures bad jobs, explains variation and change in job quality, and identifies workplace practices and broader non-workplace strategies for making bad jobs better.

Beyond Green Jobs: Building Lasting Opportunities in Energy Efficiency

Daniel Villao, Uyen Le, Stefanie Ritoper

January 1, 2012

Publications, The Future of Work, Book/Edited Volume

Beyond Green Jobs is a new book that describes how comprehensive, deep green energy efficiency can bring the best benefits to the environment and create good, long-term careers.

Just Neighbors? Research on African American and Latino Relations in the United States

Edward Telles, Mark Sawyer and Gaspar Rivera-Salgado

September 21, 2011

Black Employment, Immigration, Publications, Book/Edited Volume

Just Neighbors? challenges the traditional black/white paradigm of American race relations by examining African Americans and Latinos as they relate to each other in the labor market, the public sphere, neighborhoods, and schools.

Unions and Education Justice: The Case of SEIU Local 1877 Janitors and the “Parent University”

Veronica Terriquez, John Rogers, Gary Blasi, Janna Shadduck Hernandez, Lauren D. Appelbaum,

October 1, 2009

Education, Publications, Policy Brief

Stories from five union organizers from Vietnam and five Vietnamese American union organizers capture their hope, determination, and perseverance against the formidable obstacles they face in organizing workers to improve their jobs and their lives.

This collection of personal stories, campaign analysis, and an abbreviated timeline tells one of America’s greatest stories of women of color standing together to demand fair wages, benefits, and the right to be "invisible no more."

Miguel Contreras: Legacy of a Labor Leader

Kent Wong and Michael Viola

January 1, 2009

Economic Justice, Immigration, Publications, Working Class History, Book/Edited Volume

This book explores Miguel’s roots with the United Farm Workers union, revitalizing the Los Angeles labor movement, the struggle for immigrant rights, building labor’s political power, and Miguel’s lasting legacy.