IRLE Reports


Wage Theft and Wage Policy


Wage Theft and Workplace Violations in Los Angeles: The Failure of Employment and Labor Law for Low-wage Workers

Ruth Milkman, Ana Luz González, and Victor Narro, with Annette Bernhardt, Nik Theodore, Douglas Heckathorn, Mirabai Auer, James DeFilippis, Jason Perelshteyn, Diana Polson, and Michael Spiller

Broken Laws, Unprotected Workers: Violations of Employment and Labor Laws in America's Cities

Annette Bernhardt, Ruth Milkman, Nik Theodore, Douglas Heckathorn, Mirabai Auer, James DeFilippis, Ana Luz González, Victor Narro, Jason Perelshteyn, Diana Polson, Michael Spiller

Confronting the Gloves-off Economy: America's Broken Labor Standards and How to Fix Them

Annette Bernhardt, Heather Boushey, Laura Dresser and Chris Tilly, with assistance from Scott Martelle

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Examining the Evidence: The Impact of the Los Angeles Living Wage Ordinance on Workers and Businesses

Carolina Briones, David Fairris, David Runsten and Jessica Goodheart

Leaves That Pay: Employer and Worker Experiences with Paid Family Leave in California

Eileen Appelbaum and Ruth Milkman


State of the Unions


State of the Unions Figure 2012

The State of the Unions in 2014: A profile of Union Membership in Greater Los Angeles, San Francisco, California, and the Nation

Patrick Adler & Chris Tilly | UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment


Worker Profiles


The Development of Sectoral Worker Center Networks
Hector R. Cordero-Guzman, Pamela A. Izvanariu, and Victor Narro

Published by the American Academy of Political and Social Science


Diversity and Change: Asian American Pacific Islander Workers

Hye Jin Rho, John Schmitt, Nicole Woo, Lucia Lin and Kent Wong

Published by the Center for Economic and Policy Research

Informal Worker Organizing as a Strategy for Improving Subcontracted Work

Informal Worker Organizing as a Strategy for Improving Subcontracted Work in the Textile and Apparel Industries of Brazil, South Africa, India and China

Chris Tilly, Rina Agarwala, Sarah Mosoetsa, Pun Ngai, Carlos Salas, and Hina Sheikh

Research funded and published by the Bureau of International Labor Affairs


Revitalizing the Golden State: What Legalization Over Deportation Could Mean to California and Los Angeles County

Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda, Marshall Fitz

Released by the Center for American Progress and the Immigration Policy Center. Research sponsored by IRLE mini-grant.


Today We March, Tomorrow We Vote: Latino Migrant Civic Engagement in Los Angeles
Gaspar Rivera Salgado, Veronica Wilson
Published by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars


Green Jobs and Construction


Green Buildings, Good Jobs, Safe Jobs: Social Justice Pathways to a Sustainable Los Angeles

UCLA Community Scholars Report 2009


For more reports on Green Jobs and Construction, please visit the California Construction Academy


Community Scholars



Since 1991, Community Scholars have worked with graduate students on solution-oriented research related to the theme of building grassroots economic development policy in Los Angeles.


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Other Reports



Economic and Production Impacts of the 2009 California Film and Television Tax Credit

Lauren Appelbaum, Chris Tilly, & Juliet Huang