CHSWC Commission Member


Shelley Kessler

Shelley Kessler
Appointed by: The Speaker of the Assembly
Term Expires: December 31, 2021

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.


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