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Labor Day briefing

25 August 2008

ATTENTION: Labor, economics and employment writers and editors

Contact: Andrea Buffa, Center for Labor Research and Education
(510) 642-6371 andreabuffa@berkeley.edu

A Labor Day telephone report and briefing by experts from the University of California, Berkeley's Center for Labor Research and Education and Center for Wage and Employment Dynamics about:

  • California and national employment trends, and an explanation of which workers and sectors of the economy are being hit hardest by the current economic downturn
  • Wage and earnings trends in California and nationwide
  • Changes in health care coverage rates for workers in California and the United States
  • Information on trends in union strength over the last year
  • Testimonials from workers directly impacted by increasing inflation and unemployment and decreasing wage growth

10 a.m. PDT, Wednesday, Aug. 27

Telephone press conference. Call in at (888) 285-4585. The access code is 768259.

Contact Andrea Buffa at (510) 642-6371 or andreabuffa@berkeley.edu to receive the Labor Day report prior to the teleconference. The report is embargoed until Sunday, Aug. 31, when it will be released and posted at: http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu.