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California’s Janitors, Security Guards Face ‘Inferior Working Conditions’

…“Janitors and security officers tend to work alone at night in empty buildings and are isolated from almost everyone except their immediate supervisor,” said Helen Chen, co-author of the study and coordinator of public programs at the UC Berkeley Labor Occupational Health Program. “This isolation is a major risk factor for sexual harassment, particularly when the harasser is their supervisor, which is a common...

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California Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment hearing

LOHP’s Alejandra Domenzain gave testimony before the California Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment hearing on Latino worker health and safety. Highlights from her testimony include: the necessity for Cal/OSHA presence and for Cal/OSHA inspectors who are linguistically and cuturally competent; utilizing partnerships with intermediaries such as the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (CRLA) and United Farm Workers (UFW); the importance of outreach and the need for public information campaigns; the lack...

UC workers’ union members commemorate 2 UC employees at vigil

Marking International Workers’ Memorial Day on Tuesday, 20 students, campus employees and UC workers’ union members held a vigil outside California Hall to commemorate two UC employees who died in workplace accidents over the last six years. Five participants spoke in memory of late UCLA laboratory worker Sheri Sangji and International House custodian Damon Frick, and also voiced their solidarity with workers worldwide and...

A Focus on the Underground Economy: Resources for Workers and Employers

Helen Chen and Suzanne Teran of LOHP are working with the state’s Labor Enforcement Task Force (LETF) to implement an outreach and education project targeting workers and employers in the underground economy.  LETF, which is under the direction of the California Department of Industrial Relations, is a coalition of California state government agencies that work together and with local agencies to combat workplace violations...

Gov. Brown names Berkeley lawyer and worker safety expert to head Cal/OSHA

Gov. Brown appointed former LOHP specialist, Juliann Sum, as the new chief of the state’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health. Sum has been acting chief of Cal/OSHA since September 2013 and previously spent a year as a special advisor to DIR Director Christine Baker. Between 1994 and 2012, she held several positions at the University of California at Berkeley, including the posts of...

Recycling Workers Fight Back

…The first project of the Campaign for Sustainable Recycling will be a series of free health and safety workshops for 150 recycling workers over the next seven months, conducted by UC Berkeley’s Labor Occupational Health Program and supported by a grant from CalOSHA. Eventually the coalition wants to see strong safety rules, including “worker committees with a real voice in safety” at every workplace....