Hard Work Is Not Enough: Gender and Racial Inequality in an Urban Workspace

Colloquium | April 12 | 12-1 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Warren Room, 295

 Katrinell Davis, Associate Professor of Sociology, Florida State University

 Catherine Fisk, Barbara Nachtrieb Armstrong Professor of Law, UC Berkeley

 Center for Research on Social Change, Department of Sociology, Institute of Research on Labor & Employment, Division of Center for the Study of Law and Society Equity and Inclusion

In this talk, professor Davis will discuss African American women’s experiences as bus operators in a San Francisco Bay Area transit firm from 1974-1989, during the height of affirmative action hiring. Through a series of interviews with these transit operators alongside correspondence between management and union leaders, grievance and arbitration data, as well as litigation against the firm, she traces the gradual demise of job security within this SF Bay Area transit company that once led the nation in offering its transit operators good wages and benefits. The findings suggest that transit operating became increasingly stressful throughout the period of study due to declining work conditions and the arbitrary implementation of institutional strategies designed to discipline and eliminate workers deemed undesirable.

Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall

Sponsored by Center for Research on Social Change, UC Berkeley

Co-sponsored by Institute for Research on Labor & Employment, Department of Sociology, Center for the Study of Law and Society, Division of Equity and Inclusion, UC Berkeley

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