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AFFILIATE NEWS

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WCPC Affiliate Margaret O'Mara received a University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award for Innovation with Technology. 




WCPC Affiliate Jake Rosenfeld  spoke to KUOW about the decline of unions, the rise of inequality, and his new book, "What Unions No Longer Do." Listen to the interview here.




Robert Plotnick, Professor of Public Affairs, was interviewed by the Hearald about the State of the Union. Read the interview here




2011 Social Policy Research Fellowship Recipient Jorge Martinez was awarded a Graduate Fellowship for Ethnic Minorities by the American Society of Criminology.



WCPC Director Jennie Romich was interviewed by KUOW about the release of the 2012 poverty data. Listen to the interview here.



Marieka Klawitter, Professor of Public Affairs, was interviewed by Oregon Public Radio about the Census Bureau's release of national data on income, poverty, and health insurance coverage in 2012. Listen to the interview here.



Mark Long, Associate Professor of Public Affairs, has published an article on affirmative action in Texas entitled, "Jockeying for Position: High School Student Mobility and Texas' Top-Ten Percent Rule." 


NEW RESEARCH

How are Immigrants and Refugees Faring with Public Housing Redevelopment?


Recent affordable housing policy efforts have focused on replacing the most distressed public housing units with new mixed-income developments. Among other goals, these projects aim to reduce the social isolation of public housing residents by creating opportunities for interaction with less economically-disadvantaged individuals. Researchers are investigating how public housing residents are faring as a result of these efforts, as well as how various sub-populations are experiencing this shift in policy. WCPC Affiliate Lynne Manzo and her colleague Rachel Garshick Kleit conducted focus groups with immigrants and refugees in public housing in the Seattle metropolitan area to find out how these changes have affected them. Learn what they found HERE.
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NEW RESEARCH

Who Would be Affected by an Increase in Seattle's Minimum Wage?

Marieka Klawitter, Mark Long, and Robert Plotnick, WCPC Affiliates from the Evans Schools of Public Affairs, were commissioned by the City of Seattle's Income Inequality Advisory Committee to study the effects of implementing a citywide minimum wage increase. They presented their report, "Who Would be Affected by an Increase in Seattle's Minimum Wage?" at Seattle University's Income Inequality Symposium.

The team analyzed characteristics of workers and businesses that would be affected by the increased minimum wage, and performed simulations on the effects it would have on the rate of families in poverty and the effects on food stamp receipt. According to their report, an increase in the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour simulated a reduction in poverty from 13.6% to 9.4% if employment and hours did not change. Read the full report here.
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NEW RESEARCH

What Unions No Longer Do


Union membership has fallen in the last three decades, with a particularly steep decline in the private sector. As of 2009, only 7 percent of private sector workers belonged to a union, down from roughly 25 percent in the early 1970s. In What Unions No Longer Do, WCPC Affiliate Jake Rosenfeld argues that the loss of union strength also means the loss of an important equalizing force in the American economic and political arenas. Read the full FLASH here.