Shaiken

Harley Shaiken

Professor of Education and Geography, and Director, Center for Latin American Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Areas of Expertise:
  • Economic Growth & Innovation
  • Jobs & Workers
  • International Development
  • Unions & the Labor Movement
  • Science & Technology
  • Policy in Other Countries

About Harley

Shaiken specializes in issues of work, technology, and global production. He explores issues at the intersection of globalization and the organization of work and their consequences for labor. In particular, he has examined issues of economic and political integration in the Americas, with a focus on the United States and Mexico. He is an adviser on trade and labor issues to public and private organizations and leading members of the U.S. Congress, and a member of the advisory boards of the Center for American Progress and the Latin American Program of the Open Society Institute.

Podcast

Publications

Work Transformed: Automation and Labor in the Computer Age (Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1985).
Combines insider views of industrial life as it is lived – by workers, engineers, and managers – with analyses of the problems and opportunities created by computer technology.
Mexico in the Global Economy: High Technology and Work Organization in Export Industries (Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, 1989).
Explores the impact of computerization and other burgeoning technological advances on Mexico’s export economy and labor structures.
"Advanced Manufacturing and Mexico: A New International Division of Labor?" Latin American Research Review 29, no. 2 (1994): 39-71.
Looks at ways in which Mexico’s high-tech sector could exercise significant influence on wages and working conditions in the United States.
Technology and Work Organization in Latin American Motor Vehicle Industries (Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, 1995).
Discusses changes in technology and manufacturing practice, and those shifts’ effects on labor and the economy in South America.
"The New Global Economy: Trade and Production under NAFTA" Journal Fur Entwicklungspolitik 3, no. 4 (2001): 241-254.
Examines three dimensions of Mexico-U.S. trade: first, the overall nature of the trading relationship, focusing on “revolving door” exports; second, the emergence of Mexico as a high quality, high productivity exporter; and third, the institutional factors shaping the disconnect between Mexico’s increasing productivity and low real wages.
"Work, Development, and Globalization," Center for Latin American Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 2004.
Aims to provide fresh perspectives on the tension between the promise of export-led growth and the pressures of globalization, and concludes that depressed wages can make firms competitive in the short run but do not lay the basis for positive development.
"Crossing Borders: Trade Policy and Transnational Labor Education" (with Owen Herrnstad and Catha Worthman). Labour, Capital and Society 35, no. 2 (2004): 342-268.
Reports on an innovative transnational educational effort by Berkeley’s Center for Latin American Studies and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers that sent representatives to worksites to inform union members and leaders throughout North America on the realities of the global economy and the importance of the union’s role on trade policy.
"The High Road to a Competitive Economy: A Labor Law Strategy," Center for American Progress, May 31, 2004.
Argues that the pervasive decline in union density is a matter of importance to citizens because unions play a vital economic role, and a strong labor movement is a cornerstone of a democratic society.

In the News

"Labor Clout Takes A Hit In Supreme Court Ruling On Dues," Harley Shaiken, Interview with Don Gonyea, NPR, June 30, 2018.
Harley Shaiken quoted on NAFTA in Daniel Dale, "NAFTA Talks Focus on Low Wages for Mexican Autoworkers" The Star, May 11, 2018.
Harley Shaiken quoted on health care and unions in Jaclyn Diaz, "Kaiser Permanente Labor Partnership Fractures after 20 Years" Bloomberg News, March 28, 2018.
Harley Shaiken quoted in Phoebe Wall, "UAW Membership up 10,000 Last Year despite Corruption Investigation" The Virginian Pilot, March 29, 2018.
Harley Shaiken quoted in Jaclyn Diaz, "Auto, Service Worker Unions See Growth; Others Not so Much" Bloomberg News, April 5, 2018.
Harley Shaiken quoted in Robert Snell, "Feds Charge Ex-UAW Official in Widening Scandal" Detroit News, March 21, 2018.
Harley Shaiken quoted in Steve Hanley, "Are the United Auto Workers and Tesla Locked in a Fight to the Finish?" CleanTechnica, March 21, 2018.
Harley Shaiken quoted in Brooks Jarosz, "San Francisco Payment System Issues Causes 4,000 Contractor Invoices to Go Unpaid" KTVU, February 12, 2018.
Harley Shaiken quoted in Jordyn Holman and Jeff Green, "Martin Luther King Day is Now More Popular than Presidents Day" Bloomberg, January 15, 2018.
Harley Shaiken's research on Teri Webster. Harley Shaiken, "Union Offices across Nation are Plagued by Embezzlement, Detroit Free Press Report Says," TheBlaze, January 7, 2018.
"UAW’s Loss at Nissan Auto Plant Masks Genuine Progress for Organized Labor," Harley Shaiken, The Conversation, August 22, 2017.
Harley Shaiken's research on unions and Tesla discussed in Joseph Szczesny. Harley Shaiken, "Organizing Tesla Takes UAW into Uncharted Territory," Wards Auto, March 31, 2017.
"Q&A with Labor and Trade Expert Harley Shaiken," Harley Shaiken, Interview with Aleah Jennings-Newhouse, The Daily Californian, January 31, 2017.
Harley Shaiken quoted on labor union support for Trump in Larry P. Vellequette, "Labor Union Anger Fueled Trump in Midwest" Automotive News, November 9, 2016.
Guest to discuss unions in the age of the "share economy" on PBS Newshour, Harley Shaiken, September 5, 2016.
Interview on the FARC-Colombia peace negotiationsHarley Shaiken, Center for Latin American Studies, UC Berkeley, August 26, 2016.
Harley Shaiken quoted on union contracts in David Welch and Keith Naughton, "GM Reaches Tentative Deal with UAW Workers, Avoiding Strike" Bloomberg, October 25, 2015.
Harley Shaiken quoted on the unionized autoindustry in Brent Snavely, "Steelworkers Face Contract Cuts amid Autoworker Gains" Detroit Free Press, October 20, 2015.
Interview on labor relations in the auto industryHarley Shaiken, Automobile Magazine, October 2, 2015.
Harley Shaiken quoted on union contracts with car companies in Tracy Samilton, "Will Next UAW-Detroit Three Contract Bring Big Changes to Health Insurance?" Michigan Public Radio, September 7, 2015.
"Why Pelosi and House Democrats Turned on Their President over Free Trade," Harley Shaiken, The Conversation, June 12, 2015.
Harley Shaiken quoted on the seriousness of the environmental and labor standards set forth by the new trade deal in Greg Robb, "Asian Trade Pact Won’t be the Nafta Rewrite Obama Claims, Experts Say" Market Watch, April 28, 2015.
Harley Shaiken quoted on the benefits of effectively organized labor unions in Alana Semuels, "Can Labor Survive Nevada's Republican Party?" The Atlantic, February 23, 2015.
Harley Shaiken quoted on Governor Rauner's assault on unions in Mary Wisniewski, "Illinois Governor Makes Union Dues Voluntary for Some State Workers" Global Post, February 9, 2015.
Guest to discuss wage increases for auto workers on Bloomberg's In the Loop, Harley Shaiken, February 6, 2015.
Harley Shaiken quoted on the ongoing labor slowdown at West Coast ports in Pete Carey, "Port Labor Negotiations Stymied by a Key Issue" San Jose Mercury News, February 13, 2015.
Harley Shaiken quoted on the West Coast ports and labor union dispute in Brian Mahoney, "President Obama Faces Port Politics" Politico, February 17, 2015.
Regular contributionsHarley Shaiken to The Berkeley Blog.
Guest to discuss the bankruptcy and future of General Motors on Democracy Now!, Harley Shaiken, June 2, 2009.
Guest to discuss the labor protests in Wisconsin on PBS Newshour, Harley Shaiken, March 1, 2011.
Harley Shaiken quoted on temporary workers in Michael Grabell, "The Expendables: How the Temps Who Power Corporate Giants are Getting Crushed" The Nation, July 1, 2013.
Guest to discuss President Obama’s American Jobs Act on Bloomberg TV, Harley Shaiken, September 9, 2013.
Guest to discuss American factory jobs on KCRW’s Press Play with Madeleine Brand, Harley Shaiken, January 31, 2014.
Harley Shaiken quoted on the impact of a labor disruption at Los Angeles ports in Lynn Doan, "Empty Holiday Shelves Hinge on 120 Los Angeles Truckers" Bloomberg News, August 4, 2014.
Harley Shaiken quoted on on the California governor’s trip to Mexico to meet with various community officials in Kent Paterson, "The Mission to Mexico: California Governor Jerry Brown’s Diplomatic Coup" Newspaper Tree, August 19, 2014.