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Release Number: 2021-CH-10
December 20, 2021

Mitch Steiger Elected 2022 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 2022. The election was held at the December 9, 2021 public CHSWC meeting held online due to ongoing Covid-19 pandemic precautions.

Mitch Steiger was appointed to the Commission in June 2019 and is a legislative advocate for the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. His 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 previously participated in stakeholder discussions that produced reform, such as Senate Bill 863 of 2012.

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 on the CHSWC website. 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 email to chswc@dir.ca.gov. Please note that postal service may be subject to delays. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, CHSWC public meetings will be held online until further notice.