IR # 97-26
Friday, May 9, 1997

Rick Rice
Troy Swauger
(415) 972-8835

Lloyd W. Aubry, Jr. To Leave Director's Post

SAN FRANCISCO--Lloyd W. Aubry, Jr., director of the Department of Industrial Relations today submitted the following letter of resignation to Governor Pete Wilson:

May 9, 1997

The Honorable Pete Wilson
State Capitol
P.O. Box 942848
Sacramento, CA 95814

Dear Governor Wilson:

On May 16, I will be leaving my position as Director of the Department of Industrial Relations. You bestowed a great honor on me six years ago by selecting me for this position and I thank you for the opportunity you provided me.

Under your leadership the Department has made significant progress on behalf of employers and employees. We have, I believe, justified the title of our last Biennial Report -- A Tradition of Innovation. In my message in that Report I quoted the mission of the Department as set forth in Labor Code §50.5, "to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners of California . . . and to advance their opportunities for profitable employment." In my view this requires maintaining necessary labor protections while at the same time modifying outdated rules that stifle job creation.

I believe you and the Department have been true to that mission. Over the last six years you have demonstrated courage and conviction by taking unpopular stands on behalf of both employers and employees. These accomplishments have improved the working lives of all Californians -- be they employers or employees.

Looking back at the last six years, you can take pride in a long list of achievements. The most significant of them include:

I am very proud of the Department's accomplishments under your leadership. You, too, should be proud that we and you did not drift through the last six years and simply maintain the status quo. You have done a great deal to improve the state of the workplace in California and I am sure your achievements in this area will be long remembered.

It has been an honor and a privilege to serve you as your Director. I will always look back on my tenure with fondness and appreciation. I wish Gayle and you the best in the future and thank you for all the personal kindness you have shown to Lee and me.

Very truly yours,

Lloyd W. Aubry, Jr. Director