EDUCATING, ADVOCATING, AND MOBILIZING FOR SAFE, HEALTHY, AND SECURE WORKPLACES FOR ALL WORKERS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

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Linda Delp is Director of the UCLA Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program (UCLA-LOSH) which is dedicated to improving workplace health and safety conditions through outreach, education, research, and policy initiatives. She has more than 20 years of experience in the field partnering with labor, community, environmental justice, and employer groups to engage workers and build OSH capacity. She was previously the Western Region Health and Safety Director for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), working with locals throughout the region to engage workers in effective health and safety programs.

Linda has an MPH and PhD in Community Health Sciences and is adjunct faculty in the UCLA School of Public Health. Her research and teaching is focused on the social determinants of worker health and health equity; the impact of precarious employment, especially among immigrant and women workers; and the importance of workers’ voice to improve working conditions. She participates on numerous academic, government, and community Advisory Committees, has served as Chair of the OSH section of the American Public Health Association, and is the recipient of the Alice Hamilton award from APHA.

Amardeep Gill is the Senior Community Organizer on LAANE’s Coalition for Clean & Safe Ports campaign. Before joining LAANE, Amardeep was a lead organizer for SEIU-USWW’s Airport Workers United Campaign at LAX. She was an integral part of a successful and innovative organizing and policy campaign that helped thousands of workers gain union representation, win family health insurance, and raise the living wage for all LAX workers. Amardeep received her undergraduate degrees in sociology and political science from the University of California, Irvine. 

Gene Hurd is the President of United Auto Workers, Local 509, representing auto, aerospace, and industrial manufacturing companies. Gene began his career as an auto worker, and saw firsthand the importance of strong health and safety training and protections for workers. He became a health and safety specialist and labor representative in 1990. Throughout his time at UAW Local 509, Gene has negotiated local and national collective bargaining agreements for aluminum sector plants. Gene has served on the SoCalCOSH Board and as a workplace safety trainer through UCLA-LOSH and WOSHTEP since 2003. 

Jessica E. Martinez was named co-executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health in 2016. She previously served as acting executive director and deputy director. A native of Los Angeles, CA, Ms. Martinez has over 14 years of social justice endeavors with a special emphasis on public health and worker rights throughout the United States, Venezuela, and Brazil. At National COSH, she contributes her many skills to organizational and leadership development, education and training, program planning and implementation, and network development.

 

She served as Program Coordinator for the UCLA Labor Occupational Safety and Health (LOSH) Program and Coordinator for the Southern California Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (SoCalCOSH) committing herself to the promotion and advocacy of safety and health within the labor movement with a special focus on immigrant and young worker populations. Ms. Martinez also has worked as a labor organizer for dynamic organizing campaigns in California and Illinois and has a research background in investigating effective outreach, prevention, and intervention methods for improving lifestyle quality correlated to public health for vulnerable and underserved populations. She has been awarded the Peace and Social Justice Award by the Southern California Institute for Popular Education (IDEPSCA) and the Lorin Kerr Activist Award by the OHS Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA). She holds a B.A. in International Development Studies from UCLA and a Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois, Chicago School of Public Health. APHA.

Chloe Osmer is the Director of Organizing at the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. She has assisted unions with strategic organizing campaigns in many industries, including communications, construction trades, service sector, and manufacturing, both in the U.S. and in Mexico. Prior to coming to the AFL-CIO, Chloe was the Acting Director for the CLEAN Carwash Campaign. Her work has included health and safety, policy issues and communications for the Campaign. Through her health and safety work on the Carwash Campaign, Chloe helped develop a model of collaboration with community groups, partnership with state and federal enforcement agencies, and leadership by workers, to improve conditions in the carwash industry.

Chloe earned her Master’s Degree in Public Policy from UCLA, where she focused on labor and completed her Applied Policy Project on an analysis of legislation affecting carwash workers.  Prior to working on the CLEAN Carwash Campaign, Chloe worked in communications for the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, producing communications for the Federation’s 2.1 million union members, and helping lead the Federation’s media work for over five years of political and legislative campaigns.

Celene Perez is the Organizing Director of the Inland Empire Labor Council. Bio Coming Soon...

Hector Saldivar is the Southern California Field Director at the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, covering Bakersfield to San Diego. He works with six labor councils to support and help grow capacity at each council to build more powerful local labor movements. Currently, he is helping to oversee an Immigrant Organizing Project in partnership with the national AFL-CIO, the California Labor Federation, the Los Angeles Federation of Labor, and the Orange County Labor Federation. The Immigrant Organizing Project’s goal is to outreach to immigrant workers to provide immigration services and to provide workplace rights education.

Hector is a UCLA graduate with a double major in Sociology and Chicano/a Studies. While at UCLA, he was an activist for the passage of the California and Federal Dream Act and interned at the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. After graduating, Hector joined the L.A. Labor Fed as a Mobilization Field Representative, working on campaigns ranging from Our Walmart to the Immigrant Organizing Campaign.

Nancy Zuniga considers herself a life-long learner, as well as a health advocate. She currently manages the Workers Health Program at the Institute of Popular Education of Southern California (IDEPSCA). Her scope of work involves occupational health, community organizing around health issues, and workers’ rights. Through popular education, Nancy has had the opportunity to transform her own lived experience as daughter of an immigrant household worker, into a shared human experience and struggle with other low-wage workers. She graduated from UCLA with a BS in Chemistry and completed her Masters in Public Health degree at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. However, she attributes her evolving growth and learning to the knowledge of Promotoras de Salud (community health workers), and long-time community leaders, comrades and mentors.