Photo Gallery: Dialogue on Workplace Flexibility Event: Challenges and Solutions for Hourly Workers in Pasadena, Calif.
(February 17, 2010)
- A few of the more than 400 men and women who attended the conference line up for registration. The conference provided terrific networking opportunities that participants took advantage of in addition to enjoying the panels and presentations.
- The crowd gathers to register for the half-day conference at the Pasadena Convention Center
- Secretary Solis was a hit with the crowd at the conference, which drew representatives from community organizations, employers and workers, researchers and universities, and advocacy and labor organizations from throughout the West.
- Conference attendees took advantage of the opportunity to gather various resource materials from national experts and from organizations attending the conference.
- The crowd eagerly awaits the opening remarks.
- Secretary Solis joins conference attendees in the pledge of allegiance.
- Women’s Bureau Director Sara Manzano-Díaz welcomes the crowd.
- Attendees listened intently to the message that there are flexible options that work for both hourly employees and their employers, benefitting both through improved morale and employee retention.
- Secretary Solis sets the tone for the afternoon during her keynote address.
- Elizabeth Espinosa, reporter/anchor with television station KTLA, moderated a panel that discussed concerns for hourly workers needing flexibility as well as some promising solutions. Panelists (left to right) Marianne Giordano, president, OPEIU Local 30; Barbara Grimm, senior vice-president, Office of Labor Management Partnership, Kaiser-Permanente; Rosalind Hudnell, chief diversity officer and global director of education and external relations, Intel Corp.; Jennifer Piallat, owner, Zazie Restaurant (San Francisco); Joan Williams, distinguished professor of law, founder, Center for Worklife Law, University of California (Hastings – San Francisco).
- Marianne Giordano, president, Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 30, discussed the opportunities for management and labor partnerships to provide flexibility options to employees.
- The conference featured four breakout sessions where participants discussed the options available from varied perspectives. Participant Matt Poladiam, a human resources manager from Brea, Calif., shared insights from the H.R. perspective during a breakout session titled ‘How to Approach Flexibility: Nuts and Bolts of Implementation.’ Other breakout topics included: ‘The Business Case: Profitability, Competiveness and the Bottom Line;’ ‘The Worker’s Perspective;’ ‘Preparing for Change: The Role of Workplace Culture’.
- Women’s Bureau’s regional team in San Francisco, the host office for the event, with Secretary Solis. (L to R Jenny Erwin, Women’s Bureau regional adminstrator, Kelly Jenkins-Pultz, Secretary Solis, Cindy Sung)