Blog postings by CEPR staff and updates on the latest briefings and activities at the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

Mark Weisbrot traveled to Capitol Hill this afternoon to participate in the Georgetown Public Policy Institute's 12th annual public policy conference, Breaking Through the Noise of Democracy: Uniting Policy and Politics to Strike the Right Chord for Social Good. Mark spoke on a panel entitled, "How Can Uniting Local and Global Interests Advance Pro-poor Growth?" to a standing-room-only audience. Other panelists included Vijaya Ramachandran (assistant professor for public policy, Georgetown University), Robert Holzmann (Director for Social Protection, World Bank), Anwar Ibrahim (former Finance Minister of Malaysia), and Andrew S. Natsios (immediate past Director, USAID). Add a comment

In a small ceremony involving beer and brownies, CEPR's union and management this afternoon signed the much-anticipated 2006-2007 union contract. CEPR employees have been proud members of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, Local #70, AFL-CIO, since 2003. (Co-director Dean Baker was himself a founding member of Local 70 in the late 1990s.)

 

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Mark Weisbrot presented on the economic reforms of the last 25 years in Latin America, and the diminished influence of the IMF, at the 6th Polycentric World Social Forum – Americas and the 2nd Americas Social Forum that took place from January 25-29. Over one hundred people attended this workshop. Add a comment
More union news: CEPR released a briefing paper that details some of the effects of the shrinking auto manufacturing industry: "The Decline in African-American Representation in Unions and Auto Manufacturing, 1979-2004." The brief finds that layoffs in the auto industry will disproportionately hurt African Americans. You can find the accompanying press release here. Add a comment
CEPR produced a Union Byte, an analysis of the annual "Union Members" report, which is released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The report details union membership over the course of the previous year. John Schmitt and Ben Zipperer, co-authors of the Byte, point out some amazing news: For the first time ever, manufacturing workers are no more likely to be represented by a union than the average U.S. worker. This observation challenges the conventional perception that manufacturing workers are more likely to be members of a union than any other employment sector. Add a comment

CEPR economist Dean Baker participated in a health care briefing organized by representative John Conyers in an event called "The New Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program: Problems & Solutions." Dean spoke on a panel with other experts on the new Medicare program, including Roger Hickey (Campaign for America's Future), Dr. Elena Rios (National Hispanic Medical Association), Gwynn Gillenwater (American Association for People with Disabilities), Edward King (National Senior Citizens Law Center), and Carolyn Rachel (DC Department of Health). Dean presented findings from his paper, The Savings from an Efficient Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, to a standing-room only audience in the Rayburn House Office Building.

To learn more about the new Medicare program, you can read the paper or check out Dean's op-ed, published in the Sacramento Bee on November 25, 2005: Bush Drug Plan an Expensive, Complicated Turkey.

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Dean Baker and Heather Boushey travel north to Boston to participate in the annual meeting of the Allied Social Science Associations from January 6-8. You can check out the conference here: Program Announcement

Heather will be presenting three different papers, and Dean will be a respondent at two panels.

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International policy analyst Dan Beeton just got back from Hong Kong, where he followed the WTO talks that compromised the development round (or Doha round). The text that emerged from Hong Kong seems to be the bare minimum needed to keep negotiations from total collapse, although provisions on services and tariff cuts, among other issues, could prove damaging to developing countries if implemented. To find out more about CEPR's analysis of the talks, check out our press release: Costs of WTO 'Development Round' Could Outweigh Benefits for Developing Countries.
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Heather Boushey spoke at the Capitol building at a book briefing on the changing face of workforce development, and the implications for working moms. Add a comment

Its a busy day for CEPR!  This morning, we participated in a press conference on the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2005, a bill introduced to the House by Steny Hoyer and to the Senate by Senator Kennedy.  Heather Boushey spoke about the impact that the higher minimum wage could have for millions of low wage families.

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In addition, tonight is CEPR's holiday party: all friends of CEPR are welcome to attend the event located at Public Citizen's office at 1600 20th St., NW, from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Add a comment
International Policy Analyst Dan Beeton is in Hong Kong for the Doha Development round of the WTO meetings. The meetings are being closely monitored by many international groups, and over 10,000 people are expected to travel to the city for the talks. Add a comment

The Benefits of Unionization

A series of reports on the advantages of unionization for workers.

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Diversity and Change: Asian American and Pacific Islander Workers
July 2011, Hye Jin Rho, John Schmitt, Nicole Woo, Lucia Lin and Kent Wong

Unions and Upward Mobility for Asian American and Pacific Islander Workers
January 2011, John Schmitt, Hye Jin Rho and Nicole Woo

Asian Pacific American Women Workers and Unions
August 2010
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Unions and Upward Mobility for Immigrant Workers
March 2010
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The Unions of the States
February 2010

The Changing Face of Labor, 1983-2008
November 2009 (with Kris Warner)
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Unions and Upward Mobility for Asian Pacific American Workers
November 2009 (with Hye Jin Rho and Nicole Woo)
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Unions and Upward Mobility for Service-Sector Workers
April 2009
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Unions and Upward Mobility for Women Workers
December 2008
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Unions and Upward Mobility for Young Workers
October 2008
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Unions and Upward Mobility for Latino Workers
September 2008
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The Union Wage Advantage for Low-Wage Workers
May 2008
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Unions and Upward Mobility for African-American Workers
March 2008
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Unions and Upward Mobility for Low-Wage Workers
August 2007 (with Margy Waller, Shawn Fremstad, and Ben Zipperer)
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The Benefits of Unions in Arkansas pdf_small


The Benefits of Unions in Colorado pdf_small


The Benefits of Unions in Louisiana pdf_small


The Benefits of Unions in North Dakota pdf_small


The Benefits of Unions in Ohio pdf_small


The Benefits of Unions in Pennsylvania pdf_small


Dropping the Ax: Illegal Firings During Union Election Campaigns, 1951-2007
March 2009 (with Ben Zipperer)
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Heather Boushey testified today before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on work/family policies. She discussed the need for policies that help workers address their family demands, such as child care or paid time off, but we need Congressional action to make employers adapt. Read her testimony at: Perspectives on Work/Family Balance Add a comment