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Ken Jacobs, chair, UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education

Ken Jacobs

Ken Jacobs is the chair of the UC Berkeley Labor Center, where he has been a labor specialist since 2002. His areas of specialization include health care coverage, low-wage work, the retail industry and public policy. Recent papers have examined declining job-based health coverage in California and the U.S., the public cost of low-wage jobs, and transformations in the retail industry.

Jacobs provided consultation to the city and county of San Francisco on the development of the San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance, and was a member of the Mayor's Universal Health Care Council. Before joining the Labor Center, Ken was with the Bay Area Organizing Committee (BAOC), an affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation, where he worked on improving wages and expanding health care coverage for low-wage workers.

Posts by Ken Jacobs

9-23-13Health & Medicine: What's on your mind?Sub par reporting on the ACA
6-28-12Health & Medicine: What's on your mind?A good day for America
5-23-11Business & Economics: What's on your mind?Balancing economic development and social welfare in South Africa: The Walmart/Massmart merger
5-27-10Politics & Law: What's on your mind?There are economic consequences to budget cuts
3-17-10Politics & Law: What's on your mind?When it comes to jobs, not all budget solutions are equal
3-3-10Last gasp for health care reform?The end game on health reform
2-26-10Health & Medicine: What's on your mind?Do Health Savings Accounts Lower Costs?
2-26-10Accessible and affordable health care?TNR’s Jonathan Cohn makes an important point on reconciliation
2-24-10Massachusetts vote and health care reformHealth care reform would increase access and affordability in California
1-20-10Massachusetts vote and health care reformPass the bill
12-18-09Accessible and affordable health care?A step forward
11-16-09Jobs and House health care billHealth Reform and Jobs