November 15, 1999



The Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) held the third in a series of public meetings in regard to AB 60. The IWC accepted testimony on issues pertaining to AB 60, with particular emphasis on its impact immediately upon its effective date of January 1, 2000. The hearing was held on November 15, 1999, at the Hiram Johnson State Office Building, Auditorium Room B100, 455 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, commencing at 10:00 am. A transcript of the hearing has been prepared and is available for review.

Chairperson Chuck Center opened the public hearing at 10:04 am. Commissioners Barry Broad, Leslee Coleman, Bill Dombrowski and John McCarthy were present. The IWC’s staff, including Executive Officer Andrew R. Baron, Principal Analyst Michael Moreno, and Analyst Lisa Chin, as well as the IWC’s legal counsel, Deputy Attorney General Marguerite C. Stricklin, were also present.

Chairperson Center explained that the purpose of the hearing was to gather information with respect to the above issues. He then explained that the hearing would be recorded.

Chairperson Center moved to direct "the executive director to send a letter to the Department of Industrial Relations, the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, pursuant to section 1198.4 of the Labor Code, to inform the IWC of any changes in enforcement policy implementing any regulations that fall in the purview of the IWC." Commissioner Broad seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

The following individuals presented testimony:

1. Ken Sulzer, Association of Energy Service Companies, Independent Oil Producers             Agency, California Independent Petroleum Association
2. Fred Holmes, Western Drilling
3. Paul Hancock, Poole California Energy Services
4. Tim Long, California Retailers Association
5. Dave Fond, Longs Drug Stores
6. Duane Black, Pharmacist, employed by Longs Drug Stores
7. Alan Pope, Longs Drug Stores
8. Bill Webster, Pharmacist, employed by Vons Pharmacy
9. Vincent Payne, Pharmacist, employed by Pavilions/Safeway/Vons
10. John Perez, United Food and Commercial Workers
11. Bob Roberts, California Ski Industry Associations
12. Marla Herrera, Respiratory Therapist, employed by John Muir Medical Center
13. Sal Nicolosi, employee of Dow Chemical
14. Steve Friday, Dow Chemical
15. Vicki Zahn, Nurse, employed by Queen of the Valley Hospital
16. Connie Delgado Alvarez, California Healthcare Association
17. Judith Levin, Family Support Services of the Bay Area
18. Julianne Broyles, California Chamber of Commerce
19. John Dunlap, California Restaurant Association
20. Greg Wellington, Papa Murphy’s Pizza
21. Jim Nichol, Harmon Management

Chairperson Center recessed the public hearing from 1:00 p.m. to 1:43 p.m. After the recess, the following persons also presented testimony:

22. Marcy Saunders, State Labor Commissioner
23. Maureen Wright, Respite Inn
24. Lisa Tomlinson, Pac Pizza
25. Marcie Berman, California Employment Lawyers Association
26. Gail Skinner, Nurse, employed by California Pacific Medical Center
27. Mary Chris Vallario, Nurse, employed by California Pacific Medical Center
28. Jonathan Mayes, Safeway
29. Ron Bingaman, Pharmacist, employed by Safeway
30. Marc Koonin, Steinhart & Falconer, LLP
31. Brad Cinto, Pharmacist, employed by Walgreens
32. Francis Cheng, Pharmacist, employed by Longs Drug Stores
33. Jim Merrill, United Defense
34. Susan Kraft, Safe, Inc.
35. Tom Rankin, California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO
36. Fred Mills
37. Jim Ewert, California Newspaper Publishers

After the IWC determined no one present wished to give further testimony, it was agreed by common consent to adjourn the public hearing at 3:16 p.m. Commissioner Dombrowski moved to adjourn, with Commissioner Broad seconding the motion. It passed unanimously.

Respectfully Submitted,

Andrew R. Baron
Executive Officer


Chuck Center                         

Date:  February 25, 2000