Modern Work and Workers' Voices

Tuesday, May 7, 2024, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Pacific

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM: Introduction to Modern Work and Workers' Voices with Edward Yelin, PhD, UC San Francisco

9:15 AM - 9:20 AM: Opening Remarks with Acting Secretary of Labor Julie A. Su

9:20 AM - 9:50 AM: Keynote Presentation with Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, California Labor Federation

The California Labor Federation is made up of more than 1,300 unions, representing 2.3 million union members in manufacturing, retail, construction, hospitality, public sector, health care, entertainment and other industries. Join Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher to learn what the California Labor Federation is doing to support gig workers and advocate for improved worker rights.  

9:50 AM - 10:20 AM: Modern Work in California: Results from the California Work and Health Survey with Edward Yelin, PhD, and Laura Trupin, MPH, UC San Francisco

Join Dr. Ed Yelin and Laura Trupin, MPH, to discuss how the diversity in who works is tied to the diversity in how they work. Review data from the California Work & Health Survey to explore trends in alternative, contingent, and app-based employment.

10:20 AM - 10:30 AM: Joint Q&A with Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher; Edward Yelin, PhD; and Laura Trupin, MPH; moderated by Victor Rubin, MCP, PhD

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM: Break

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM: Work and Workers in Higher Education with Alfredo Carlos, PhD, CSU Dominguez Hills

Join Dr. Alfredo Carlos as he provides an overview of the challenges facing workers of all kinds in the higher education sector. He will discuss issues for faculty, grad and undergraduate student researchers, as well as other workers in higher education, from janitors to administrative staff.

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM: Working in Higher Education Panel Discussion with Alfredo Carlos, PhD; Jim Philliou, CSU Employees Union, SEIU Local 2579; Catherine Hutchinson, MS, CSU Employees Union; and Rafael Jaime, PhD Candidate, UC Los Angeles; moderated by Monique Hosein, DrPH, MPH, Labor Occupational Health Program

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM: Lunch

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM: Current and Ongoing Challenges Facing the Health Workforce with Bianca Frogner, PhD, University of Washington

In this presentation, Dr. Frogner will identify major challenges health care workers are facing in their place of work, explain how these challenges are contributing to shortage concerns, and discuss policy efforts to address recruitment and retention of workers.

1:30 PM - 1:45 PM: Break

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM: Working in Healthcare Panel Discussion with Bianca Frogner, PhD; Marnie Dobson, PhD, Center for Social Epidemiology; Jessica King, MSW, PhD, PHI; Jane Thomason, CIH, National Nurses United; and Constanza Nider, Palomar, CHEU; moderated by Laura Stock, MPH, Labor Occupational Health Program

2:45 PM - 2:55 PM: Day 1 Summary & Wrap Up with Edward Yelin, PhD


Wednesday, May 8, 2024, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Pacific

9:00 AM - 9:05 AM: Revisiting Key Themes from Day 1 with Victor Rubin, MCP, PhD

9:05 AM - 9:35 AM: Low Pay and More: Challenges Facing Today's Low-Wage Workers with Alix Gould-Werth, PhD, United States Department of Labor

This presentation with Dr. Alix Gould-Worth will explore challenges faced by low-wage workers, including the broader structure of low-wage work, and encourage practitioners not to locate the problem with the workers as individuals. She will focus on targeted interventions at the systems level, and on key players in those systems.

9:35 AM - 10:35 AM: Working in Low Wage Sectors Panel Discussion with Alix Gould-Werth, PhD; Nicole Moore, Rideshare Drivers United; Nancy Zuniga, MPH, Instituto de Educación Popular del Sur de California (IDEPSCA); and Deysi Gomez, California Fast Food Workers Union; moderated by Suzanne Teran, MPH, Labor Occupational Health Program

10:35 AM - 10:50 AM: Break

10:50 AM - 11:20 AM: Stress at Work: How Communication both Harms and Heals Workers with Justin P. Boren, PhD, Santa Clara University

There are a number of factors that contribute to worker stress including working hours, working conditions, low pay, working capacity, family and personal responsibilities, organizational support, and coworker relationships (to name a few). In this session, we will explore the way communication functions to bolster and/or hinder worker health, and how communication works as an important variable in understanding stress and health in the modern workplace.

11:20 AM - 11:50 AM: Building an Inclusive Culture of Health: The Semel Healthy Campus Initiative Center at UCLA with Wendy Slusser, MD, MS, FAAP; and Theodore F. Robles, PhD, UC Los Angeles

The Semel Healthy Campus Center at UCLA reflects a campus-wide, twelve-year effort to prioritize, catalyze, and inspire a greater dedication to health and well-being throughout UCLA and our broader community through renowned research, teaching, and service. In this presentation, Dr. Wendy Slusser and Dr. Theodore Robles will discuss their work at the Semel Healthy Campus Center and their efforts in building an inclusive culture of health where everyone has the opportunity to flourish and thrive.

11:50 AM - 12:05 PM: Joint Q&A with Wendy Slusser, MD, MS, FAAP and Justin P. Boren, PhD; moderated by Cristina Banks, PhD

12:05 PM - 12:45 PM: Lunch

12:45 PM - 12:50 PM: Keynote Introduction with Daniel Schneider, PhD, Harvard

12:50 PM - 1:30 PM: Keynote Presentation: Just Work: Choices and Options at this Critical Moment with David Weil, BS, MPP, PhD, Brandeis University

Working people have endured more than 40 years of eroding wages, working conditions, voice, and basic protections, weakening worker leverage in the labor market. The past two years have shown signs that these conditions might be changing. Dr. Weil will highlight the promising signs of improvement in work that could, if nurtured, move towards more just working conditions. 

1:30 PM - 1:40 PM: Break

1:40 PM - 2:55 PM: Policy Panel Discussion with Assemblymember Liz Ortega 20th District; Elmer Lizardi, California Labor Federation; and Robert Harrison, MD, MPH, California Department of Public Health; moderated by Laura Stock, MPH, LOHP and Victor Rubin, MCP, PhD

2:55 PM - 3:00 PM: Day 2 Summary & Wrap Up with Cristina Banks, PhD