Category Archive: job creation

  1. Workers Gaining More Protections

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    Recent decisions stand to fundamentally change the relationship between workers and employers. Even as the U.S. economy expands, productivity gains and GDP growth have not translated to higher wages for most workers. And with our economy’s growing reliance on low-wage workers, it’s important that labor rules and regulations offer protections for this growing class of employees. As we’ve seen successful battles waged to increase state and local minimum wages, there have also been policies put in place to help address the gender pay gap and redefine rules that make it easier for employees to organize. Likewise, an ongoing legal fight has the potential to offer contract workers more protections. As businesses increasingly rely on a contingent workforce to increase flexibility, it’s up to organized labor, advocates, policymakers, and elected officials to identify the best mechanisms to enhance worker protections. Here’s a rundown of some of their latest accomplishments. (more…)

  2. Make in LA Welcomes its First Class of Startups

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    Innovation has a new home in Los Angeles! Make in LA is Los Angeles’ new (and only) tech-focused hardware accelerator: think anything from movement-tracking wristbands to medical devices or even robots. Do you have a great idea for an invention, but don’t know where to go for funding or guidance? Make in LA supports up and coming companies with capital ($75,000 per company in exchange for a 7.5% stake), access to workspace, top notch mentors, and a structured curriculum that will help ensure each company’s success. (more…)

  3. New PERE Report on Equity in San Diego

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    Steady growth in high-tech sectors, including biotech, cleantech, and medical technology, have been a boon to the San Diego region. Between 2000 and 2010, employment in these high-skilled fields increased over 20 percent in spite of the Recession. However, this prosperity fails to reach a majority of San Diego residents. According to PolicyLink’s National Equity Atlas, San Diego ranks #62 in income inequality among the largest 150 metro regions in the United States. Higher paid, higher skilled jobs are increasingly out of reach for a growing segment of the population, and lower skilled jobs in sectors like hospitality and tourism, offer stagnant wages and little opportunity for advancement. (more…)

  4. New Directions for Labor

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    The U.S. economy is on the rebound, but not everyone is sharing in the prosperity. As the nation continues to grapple with issues of income inequality, a shrinking middle class, and wage stagnation for low- and middle-income workers, we take a look at how labor unions are mobilizing to address the structural problems of the present economy. Our nation’s tried and true advocates for the middle class are rethinking their role in the American labor movement by embracing non-traditional methods to build power, expand their influence, and secure legislative and policy wins for low-wage workers – even though, paradoxically, these workers may not become union members. Faced with this evolving economic landscape, how is the U.S. labor movement transforming itself to stay relevant, empower workers, and maintain a self-sustaining organizational model? (more…)

  5. Manufacturing Universities Bill

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    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York has introduced a new bipartisan bill, the Manufacturing Universities Act of 2015, this spring. The bill aims to expand the nation’s pipeline of qualified manufacturing professionals and address the lingering concern about the skills gap in the manufacturing industry. (more…)

  6. Job Opportunities with LADOT and LA County Department of Public Health

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    The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) and Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) are partnering to hire new staff to assist in the development of a Vision Zero Policy and Implementation Program, which will prioritize the reduction of all traffic fatalities on LA City streets. Staff will assist in the development of a Transportation and Health Database that will help to inform project identification, prioritization, and evaluation. Follow the link for more information. (more…)

  7. Industrial Land is Too Valuable to Lose

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    The popularity of higher density urban areas has led to an uptick in real estate development in many of the nation’s metros. In the quest to provide housing, offices, and retail establishments to would-be urbanites, many cities are sacrificing lands that housed industrial activity. But local governments may be squandering an economic development opportunity by sacrificing job-producing land that can strengthen the local economy. In cities where real estate markets are thriving, the balancing act between preserving industrial lands while meeting housing, commercial office, and retail needs is a precarious one. But some regions are exploring policies that aim to address this challenge, and the early results are promising. (more…)

  8. Diversifying the Tech Workforce

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    It’s no secret that California is a leader in tech employment, with Silicon Valley playing host to the nation’s best-paid technology workers. It’s also no secret that the high tech industry as a whole has a diversity problem, with major companies reporting that around 70% of their workforce is made up of males, while nine in ten employees are either White or Asian. Those statistics don’t bode well for an industry that designs, markets, and manufactures products for an increasingly diverse pool of consumers. But while the tech industry has acknowledged the issue, what’s being done to address the problem? And how are policymakers and educational institutions engaging with the tech sector to change the face of this innovative workforce? (more…)

  9. Bringing Manufacturing Back, One Development at a Time

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    Last month, the San Francisco Planning Commission approved the construction the first new manufacturing facility to break ground in nearly twenty years. 100 Hooper is centrally located in San Francisco’s SoMa District, and will convert a storage and truck rental site into a 427,000 square foot campus, comprised of manufacturing facilities and office space. A stand-alone building will serve as the headquarters for SF Made, a non-profit dedicated to developing the local manufacturing sector. (more…)

  10. Is Reshoring Here to Stay?

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    Image from Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bisgovuk/7158078668/in/photostream/

    Image from Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bisgovuk/7158078668/in/photostream/

    As the manufacturing sector in the U.S. continues to grow, there has been much talk about companies’ efforts to repatriate jobs that were sent offshore. As global economic conditions continue to make producing abroad less competitive in some contexts, policymakers and politicians are trying to lay the groundwork to attract manufacturers looking to return to the states.. But while the number of companies that have chosen to move some (or all) of their operations back to the U.S. has grown, the cumulative effect on the economy thus far is negligible. So is reshoring a temporary anomaly brought on by an evolving global market, or is this a long-term trend? And what does this all mean for an expanding U.S. manufacturing sector? (more…)