In This Issue:
- Register NOW! April 4 Forum on Research Integrity in Philadelphia
- David White, Mary McColl Elected to DPE Executive Committee
- Administration, Senate, DPE Focus on Intellectual Property
- DPE Provides Latest Info: Guest Worker Visas, U.S. Health Care
- DPE Responds to Call for More H-1B Visas
- National Endowment for the Arts Presents Three Arts Participation Reports
REGISTER NOW! APRIL 4 FORUM ON RESEARCH INTEGRITY IN PHILADELPHIA – Professionals for the Public Interest: Associations and Unions Defending Professional Integrity (PftPI), a coalition that DPE began organizing in 2007, cordially invites you to a PftPI Forum:
Exploring Best Practices in Research Integrity
Monday, April 4, 2011
9 am – 2:15 pm
Sheraton Philadelphia City Center Hotel
201 North 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Join the member organizations of Professionals for the Public Interest to explore the impact of multiple influences on research integrity in three fields: the hard sciences and engineering, public health, and education. Experts in each will outline challenges to research integrity and invite your input in breakout sessions. What best practices might enable stakeholders to create an environment that respects research integrity?
This PftPI Forum will use the Singapore Statement (www.singaporestatement.org) on research integrity from the Second World Conference on Research Integrity as a starting point. The outcomes will be available for research professionals to use in their own workplaces and may inform the deliberations of the Third World Conference on Research Integrity, tentatively scheduled for 2013.
The featured speakers include: Philip J. Langlais, Ph.D., Professor, Old Dominion University, and Co-Founder and Co-Director, National Advisory Panel on Research Integrity; Linda Rae Murray, MD, MPH, President, American Public Health Association, and Chief Medical Officer, Cook County Department of Public Health; and Kyle Snow, Ph.D., Senior Scholar and Director, Center for Applied Research, National Association for the Education of Young Children. Moderating the opening and closing sessions will be Doug Lederman, Editor, Inside Higher Ed, www.insidehighered.com.
Langlais participated in the 2007 and 2010 global conferences on research integrity that yielded the Singapore statement. Participants will use the statement as a starting point in the breakout sessions. Langlais will report their conclusions about the statement and the best practices they identify to the next global conference.
The PftPI Activities Subgroup, chaired by Vin O’Neill of IEEE-USA, has been working with Craig Smith and Chris Goff of the American Federation of Teachers Higher Education Department to develop the Forum. They consulted with Dr. Mark Frankel of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Dr. Susan Polan of the American Public Health Association, and Dr. Kyle Snow of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The Forum also drew immediate support from other PftPI organizations, including the American Library Association and the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers.
The Forum will be the first outside Washington, DC. PftPI Forums in 2010 focused on patient care (April 15), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and whistleblowers (May 11), and the use of science in public policy (October 27).
For more information about the April 4 Forum, contact DPE Executive Director David Cohen, 202-638-0320 extension 113, firstname.lastname@example.org, or DPE Researcher and Representative Jennifer Dorning, 202-638-0320 extension 114, email@example.com.
DAVID WHITE, MARY MCCOLL ELECTED TO DPE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE – In February, the DPE Executive Committee unanimously elected two new members to its ranks. Screen Actors Guild National Executive Director David White (left) became DPE First Vice President, while Actors’ Equity Association Executive Director Mary McColl (right) will serve as a DPE General Vice President. Photos: http://www.sag.org; www.actorsequity.org.
White served as SAG General Counsel from 2002 to 2006, returned to SAG as its interim National Executive Director in January 2009, and became its National Executive Director and Chief Negotiator in October 2009. Before White came to SAG, he was an attorney at O’Melveny & Myers LLP in labor and employment law. A graduate of Stanford Law School, White was also a Rhodes Scholar. For more about his background, click here.
McColl came to Equity from the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in Minneapolis, where she served as the Executive Director. Her prior posts included Director of Labor Relations for The Broadway League and the Vice President of Operations for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. She began her career at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, where her positions included Vice President and General Manager. For more about her background, click here.
ADMINISTRATION, SENATE, DPE FOCUS ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY – DPE continues to work with its affiliated unions and other organizations to underscore that protecting intellectual property (IP) means defending U.S. workers and jobs.
On February 3, DPE hosted a conference call with White House Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) Victoria A. Espinel and members of her staff. Representatives from eight unions – AEA, AFM, AFTRA, DGA, IATSE, IBEW, SAG, and USW – participated. Under discussion: recommendations that the IPEC might make to Congress for legislation strengthening IP rights and enforcement, from criminal penalties and investigative tools to domestic and global coordination.
On February 8, President Obama issued an Executive Order, Establishment of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Advisory Committees. To read the statement from the AFL-CIO and DPE commending the Executive Order and the IPEC Annual Report, which quotes AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka and DPE President Paul E. Almeida, click here. To see the comments from IPEC Espinel on the White House blog, go here.
Senator Patrick Leahy, Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, scheduled a hearing on “Targeting Websites Dedicated to Stealing American Intellectual Property” for February 16. It followed up on his proposed legislation from the last Congress, “Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act” (COICA, S. 3804).
On behalf of its affiliated arts, entertainment, and media unions, DPE asked the AFL-CIO to weigh in. On February 15, AFL-CIO Director of Government Affairs William Samuel wrote Chairman Leahy commending him for holding the hearing, for focusing on “digital theft that robs U.S. jobs while threatening the health and safety of U.S. citizens, and for pushing to shut down rogue websites. The Committee staff asked DPE to circulate the letter to all members of the Committee and for permission to include the letter in the Committee’s press packet.
DPE Executive Director David Cohen attended the February 16 Senate Judiciary hearing. Chairman Leahy noted that strengthening IP rights and enforcement offered a rare topic where “truly bipartisan and bicameral” action seemed possible: “After all, if the Chamber of Commerce and organized labor can come together in support of legislation to address this problem, then so can Democrats and Republicans in both the House and Senate.”
Chairman Leahy focused especially on the message that DPE President Paul E. Almeida delivered in his June 23, 2010 testimony before the Committee: “Copyright piracy and the sale of counterfeit goods are reported to cost the American economy billions of dollars annually and hundreds of thousands of lost jobs.”
To read Chairman Leahy’s statement, go here. For links to statements by other Senators on the Committee, the written testimony of the witnesses, and a webcast of the hearing, click here.
DPE PROVIDES LATEST INFO: GUEST WORKER VISAS, U.S. HEALTH CARE – DPE has updated two of its Fact Sheets:
• Guest Worker Visas: The H-1B and L-1
• The U.S. Health Care System in International Perspective
To view both DPE Fact Sheets, visit our website, or email Marcie Lawrence, firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information, contact DPE Researcher and Representative Jennifer Dorning by phone at (202) 638-0320, extension 114, or email, email@example.com.
DPE RESPONDS TO CALL FOR MORE H-1B VISAS – DPE responded to a January 29, 2011 op-ed in the Washington Post, “Win the future? You’ll need immigrants,” by Edward Schumacher-Matos. Schumacher-Matos argues that “[t]he only way the nation can meet Obama’s call to ‘win the future’ is to bring in more high-skilled immigrants.” The op-ed fails to recognize that the current visa system is not limited to the best and the brightest.
Every year H-1B visas are granted to over 100,000 foreign workers to fill entry-level jobs in the U.S. The H-1B is a non-immigrant visa issued to a temporary foreign worker who will be employed in a specialty occupation or field. We are not going to “win the future” with entry-level foreign workers.
According to a 2011 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, “H-1B Visa Program: Reforms are Needed to Minimize the Risks and Costs of Current Program,” there were 241,682 H-1B visas approved between June 1, 2009 and July 30, 2010. Fifty-four percent, 130,528, of those visas went to non-immigrants for “entry level” positions. Entry-level positions require a “basic understanding of duties and perform routine tasks requiring limited judgment”; hardly the best and the brightest.
America is not going to win the future with hundreds of thousands of entry-level H-1B workers who are being paid less than U.S. workers for comparable work. Our temporary worker visa programs, specifically the H-1B, need to be improved, not expanded.
DPE’s full response, “Entry-level workers will not help us win the future,” can be found here. For further information, contact DPE Researcher and Representative Jennifer Dorning by phone at (202) 638-0320, extension 114, or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS THREE ARTS PARTICIPATION REPORTS – On February 24, 2011, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Office of Research & Analysis held a webinar to present three new reports:
• Arts Education in America: What the Declines Mean for Arts Participation, by Nick Rabkin and E.C. Hedberg, National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.
• Age and Arts Participation: A Case against Demographic Destiny, by Mark J. Stern, University of Pennsylvania. Available at: http://arts.gov/sites/default/files/2008-SPPA-Age.pdf
• Beyond Attendance: A Multi-Modal Understanding of Arts Participation, by Jennifer L. Novak-Leonard and Alan S. Brown, WolfBrown. Available at: http://arts.gov/sites/default/files/2008-SPPA-BeyondAttendance.pdf
The authors of the reports participated in the webinar, providing their summary findings, including that: 1) “Long-term declines in child arts education have serious implications for the future of arts participation in America; 2) Age is a poor predictor of arts participation habits; and 3) A more comprehensive picture of arts engagement—not one focused exclusively on live arts attendance rates—yields a narrative that is different from prior NEA reports about U.S. adult participation in the arts.”
Listen to the webinar and view the authors’ PowerPoint presentations here. For further information, contact DPE Researcher and Representative Jennifer Dorning by phone at (202) 638-0320, extension 114, or email, email@example.com.