Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation

February 13, 2019

Eduardo Enz
(510) 622-3959

CHSWC Commissioner Shelley Kessler Reappointed by Speaker of the Assembly

OAKLAND — The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC) today announced the reappointment of Shelley Kessler to the Commission.

A total of eight (8) Commissioners are appointed by the Governor and the Legislature. Labor Code 75 establishes that two of the employer members and two of the labor members of the Commission shall be appointed by the Governor for a sub-total of four (4) members. The Senate Committee on Rules and the Speaker of the Assembly shall each appoint one employer and one labor representative for a sub-total of four (4) members.

Shelley Kessler is a former 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 worked at the Labor Council for 31 years, first as the political director and subsequently as the head of the organization until her retirement. During that time, she was also a Vice-President of the California State Labor Federation. She is a 37-year member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

Her experience in working on the floor at General Motors, Fremont, CA and Westinghouse Electric, Sunnyvale, CA, compelled her to become involved in worker health and safety issues. She joined the boards of the Santa Clara Center for Occupational Safety and Health, Worksafe, and later the advisory boards of both Cal/OSHA and the Labor Occupational Health Program at UC Berkeley in order to pursue her concerns for worker protections. Ms. Kessler holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Sonoma State University.

Information about CHSWC is available at Information may also be obtained by writing to CHSWC at 1515 Clay Street, 17th floor, Oakland, CA 94612; by calling (510) 622-3959; by faxing a request to 510-286-0499; or by sending an email to