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Release Number: 2020-CH-03
March 9, 2020

Mitch Steiger Elected 2020 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 Commissioner Mitch Steiger as the Chair of the Commission for 2020. The election was held at the January 31, 2020 public CHSWC meeting in Oakland.

Mr. Steiger was appointed to the Commission in June 2019 and is a legislative advocate for the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. The California Labor Federation, representing over 2.1 million workers statewide, fights to defend and improve the wages, benefits and working conditions of all Californians. Mitch’s role is to advocate on behalf of workers in a variety of issue areas, including occupational health and safety as well as workers’ compensation, and he participated in the stakeholder discussions that produced SB 863.

Mr. Steiger has been with the California Labor Federation since 2010, and prior to that served as researcher/organizer for United Food & Commercial Workers Local 21 and legislative advocate for the Washington State Building & Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO. He is a member of the Pacific Media Workers Guild, Local 39521, CWA.

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 online. Information may also be obtained by writing to the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation, 1515 Clay Street, 17th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612; by calling (510) 622-3959; by faxing a request to (510) 286-0499; or by emailing chswc@dir.ca.gov.