Research and Publications

The Washington State Labor Education and Research Center conducts high-quality, timely research on labor, employment issues and economic challenges relevant to working families in Washington State.

The Labor Center’s research agenda includes low-wage work, employment standards and work issues affecting workers of color, immigrants and women workers.

The Labor Center collaborates with other Labor Centers across the country, and with researchers at the University of Washington and other institutions. The Labor Center’s research is distributed to stakeholders, media and policy-makers across Washington State.

 

Essential, Precarious, and At Risk: Washington Workers in High Hazard/Low-Reward Jobs

Essential and At Risk Labor

Mike Mulcahy
Working Title Research

David West
Washington State Labor Education and Research Center

Marissa Baker
Assistant Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, UW

September 1, 2020

Essential, Precarious, and At Risk: Washington Workers in High Hazard/Low-Reward Jobs is the first comprehensive analysis of Washington workers by both economic status and potential SARS-CoV-2 workplace hazards. This research project developed a new research model to study both the economic status and COVID hazards facing essential workers. The study results demonstrate that the COVID risk problem is larger than just the “essential” workforce. The study identified 55 occupations with over 900,000 workers that are both hazardous and economically precarious – occupations that combine low wages or inadequate benefits with high SARS-CoV-2 hazard scores.

 View Essential, Precarious, and At Risk: Washington Workers in High Hazard/Low-Reward Jobs

 


The Union Effect

 

The Union Effect

Lee Fiorio
University of Washington

David West
Washington State Labor Education and Research Center

August 29, 2019

The Union Effect provides the first study of the economic impact of unions on Washington workers. The report’s findings are consistent with other national and state-level research, demonstrating that Washington unions produce higher wages, better health and pension benefits, reduced racial and gender inequalities, and less use of public assistance programs.

View the Union Effect: Raising Standards for Workers Across Washington