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Information Bulletin

August 15, 2014

Eduardo Enz
(510) 622-3959

Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation
Announces Swearing In of Commissioner Shelley Kessler

OAKLAND —The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC) is pleased to announce that Department of Industrial Relations Director Christine Baker has sworn in Shelley Kessler, appointed by former Speaker of the Assembly John A. Pérez, to the Commission on August 15, 2014. Ms. Kessler stated that “it is an honor to be a CHSWC Commissioner. I see my role as advocating on behalf of working people who may have been injured on the job or who have health and safety issues on the job, as well as finding ways of assisting people to navigate the workers' compensation system.”

Ms. Kessler is the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the San Mateo County Central Labor Council which represents 110 affiliated local unions and over 70,000 working member families. She has been at the Labor Council for 29 years, first as the political director and currently as the head of the organization. She has been a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers for 32 years, as well as a Vice-President of the California State Labor Federation. She joined the boards of the Santa Clara Center for Occupational Safety and Health, Worksafe, and later the advisory board of the Labor Occupational Health Program at the University of California, Berkeley. Ms. Kessler represents workers.

CHSWC, created by the workers' compensation reform legislation of 1993, is charged with examining 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 is available at 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 to

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