FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 3, 2006

CONTACT:
Christine Baker
510-622-3959


Angie Wei Elected 2006 Chair of the
California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation

OAKLAND -- The California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC) is pleased to announce the unanimous election of Angie Wei as Chair of the Commission for 2006. Wei, appointed by the Senate Rules Committee to represent labor, is Legislative Director of the California Labor Foundation, the state AFL-CIO federation. Previously, Ms. Wei was a Program Associate for PolicyLine of Oakland, California, and advocated for the California Immigrant Welfare Collaborative, a coalition of four immigrant rights organizations that came together to respond to cuts in public benefits for immigrants as a result of the 1996 federal welfare reform law.

Ms. Wei holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Asian American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master's of Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

CHSWC, created by the workers' compensation reform legislation of 1993, is charged with overseeing the health and safety and workers' compensation systems in California and recommending administrative or legislative modifications to improve their operation. CHSWC was established to conduct a continuing examination of the workers' compensation system and of the state's activities to prevent industrial injuries and occupational diseases and to examine those programs in other states.

Information about CHSWC may be accessed on the Internet at CHSWC's home page at www.dir.ca.gov/chswc. Information may also be obtained by writing to CHSWC at 1515 Clay Street, Suite 901, Oakland, California, 94612, by calling (510) 622-3959, by faxing a request to (510) 622-3265, or by email at chswc@dir.ca.gov.

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