FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 12, 2012

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Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Appoints New Members to 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 that Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has appointed Doug Bloch, Christine Bouma and Martin Brady to the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation. Four of the eight Commission members are appointed by the Governor, two representing organized labor and two representing employers.

Doug Bloch, 42, of Oakland, has been appointed to the Commission. Bloch has been political director at Teamsters Joint Council 7 since 2010. He was the Port of Oakland campaign director for Change to Win from 2006 to 2010 and a senior research analyst at Service Employees International Union Local 1877 from 2004 to 2006. Bloch was statewide political director at the California Association of Community Organization for Reform Now (ACORN) from 2003 to 2004 and ran several ACORN regional offices, including Seattle and Oakland, from 1999 to 2003. He was an organizer at the Non-Governmental Organization Coordinating Committee for Northeast Thailand from 1999 to 2003. Mr. Bloch represents organized labor.

Christine Bouma, 45, of Sacramento, has been appointed to the Commission. Bouma has been president of Capitol Connection since 2000. She was a mathematics and computer science teacher at the Hesperia Unified School District from 1989 to 1999 and an instructor at Victor Valley Community College from 1991 to 1998. Ms. Bouma represents organized labor.

Martin Brady, 51, of Sacramento, has been appointed to the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation. Brady is executive director at Schools Insurance Authority, where he has worked since 1988. He is a member of the California Joint Powers Authority, California Coalition on Workers Compensation, Public Agency Risk Managers Association, Public School Risk Institute, Association of Governmental Risk Pools and the Public Risk Management Association. Mr. Brady represents employers.

CHSWC is charged with examining the health and safety and workers’ compensation systems in California and recommending administrative or legislative modifications to improve their operation. The Commission was established to conduct a continuing examination of the workers’ compensation system and of the state’s activities to prevent industrial injuries and occupational illnesses and to examine those programs in other states.

Information about CHSWC is available at www.dir.ca.gov/chswc. Information may also be obtained by writing to CHSWC at 1515 Clay Street, 17th floor, 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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