Grant to Fund Research on Wage Theft, Health Care

CCREC to support ongoing research by UCR scholars on worker issues in Southern California warehouses


UCR researchers will examine issues of wage theft and health care access among warehouse workers.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The Center for Sustainable Suburban Development at UC Riverside has been awarded a $13,700 grant by the Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California (CCREC) to examine wage theft and health care access among warehouse workers in Southern California.

The project will train warehouse workers to recruit respondents and administer a survey in English and Spanish to at least 300 workers. Investigators, collaborators and student researchers will conduct detailed follow-up interviews and collect legal testimonies on incidences of wage theft and lack of health care access in the logistics industry.

“This project seeks to identify and examine the human cost of global trade by extending the investigators’ partnership with Warehouse Workers United and other organizations to mitigate the negative impacts of the logistics industry on individuals working in Inland Southern California,” said Juliann Emmons Allison, UCR associate professor of political science, associate director of CSSD and principal investigator for the project. Ellen Reese, UCR associate professor of sociology, is a co-principal investigator for the project.

A white paper based on the survey and follow-up interviews will detail findings, with the potential to support activism, policy change and additional scholarship. Progress and results will be publicly available on a project website that already houses investigators’ extant work on this and other issues related to the logistics industry.

The one-year project will begin Sept. 1 and ends Aug. 31, 2014.

The CCREC is a Multi-Campus Research Program of the University of California, based in Santa Cruz. Its mission is to foster a more equitable California by addressing the interconnected crises in the economy, education, employment, environment, health, housing, and nutrition. It links university researchers, community-based organizations, and policymakers in collaborative projects to achieve creative solutions to the problems in our communities, and prepares a new generation of engaged scholars by coordinating and focusing University of California systemwide efforts to support collaborative research that makes a difference in our communities.

The Center for Sustainable Suburban Development, established at UCR in 2003, provides research and analysis with a policy focus on the wide range of issues confronted by suburbs, which have become the dominant form of urban growth around the world.

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