Event Details

In 1972, Studs Terkel published Working. The book was about good and bad jobs, written in a time when it was possible to extract meaning, economic sustenance, and even satisfaction with many, if not all jobs. Now, as current economic and political forces drive down wages and erode worker protections, we find sustenance is often impossible and meaning has been stripped from modern work.

The Third Annual Conference of the California Labor Lab focuses on the state of working today and the recovery of workers’ voice. With continued low unemployment, worker expectations and an increased sense of empowerment may again produce some leverage in the labor market. Some signposts of that leverage include increases in local minimum wages, successful efforts by labor unions to increase wages and improve working conditions in previously unorganized industries, and white collar workers’ resistance to demands to forgo remote work.

This conference is organized around thematic modules that explore the experience of working in the contemporary economy, with a focus on California, the nation’s largest state and, if it were a nation, said to have the fifth largest economy in the world. 


  • Julie A. Su, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, JD, California Labor Federation
  • David Weil, PhD, Brandeis University
  • Alfredo Carlos, PhD, California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • Marnie Dobson, PhD, Healthy Work Campaign Director
  • Suzanne Teran, MPH​, Labor Occupational Health Program
  • Wendelin Slusser, MD, MS, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Theodore F. Robles, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Liz Ortega​, California State Assembly
  • Constanza Nider, CHEU
  • Deysi Gomez, California Fast Food Workers Union
  • Bianca Frogner, PhD, University of Washington
  • Alix Gould-Werth, PhD, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Catherine Hutchinson, MS, CSU Employees Union
  • Nancy Zuniga, MPH, Instituto de Educación Popular del Sur de California (IDEPSCA)
  • Rafael Jaime, PhD Candidate, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Jessica King, MSW, PhD, PHI
  • Nicole Moore, Rideshare Drivers United
  • Jane Thomason​, CIH, National Nurses United/California Nurses Association 
  • Justin P. Boren, PhD, Santa Clara University
  • Jim Philliou, Cal State University Employees Union, SEIU Local 2579
  • Elmer Lizardi, California Labor Federation
  • Robert Harrison, MD, MPH, California Department of Public Health
  • Daniel Schneider, PhD, Harvard University
  • Monique Hosein, DrPH, Labor Occupational Health Program
  • Laura Stock, MPH, Labor Occupational Health Program
  • Victor Rubin, PhD, California Labor Laboratory
  • Laura Trupin, MPH, California Labor Laboratory
  • Ed Yelin, PhD, California Labor Laboratory


This conference is intended for labor market analysts, labor activists, and anyone concerned with the impacts of changes in the nature of employment on the well-being of the working age population; for health professionals spanning the fields of occupational and environmental health and safety, and health professionals who want to understand how employment translates into health outcomes; and for policymakers wishing to construct a firewall of laws and regulation to protect worker health.

General Registration: Free 

Please select this category if you plan to attend the conference, but do not require a certificate of completion for continuing education credit (CEUs).
Free registration is made possible by the California Labor Laboratory, a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Center of Excellence for Total Worker Health® (Grant: U19OH012293).

Registration for Continuing Education CEUs: $49.00

Please select this category if you would like to be provided with a Certificate of Completion following the activity. Please see 'Accreditation' for more information regarding CEUs.


This event is made possible through the joint providership of the California Labor Lab and the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health UC Berkeley.


If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) to fully participate in this event, please contact Michelle Meyer at [email protected] or (510) 642-8365 with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7-10 days in advance of the event.

Click here to download the flyer. To learn more about the speakers, conference agenda, learning objectives, and accreditation, please visit the registration page