Photo Gallery: Labor Rights Week, Los Angeles, Calif.
(August 28, 2011)
- Labor Rights Week in Los Angeles began with a series of events starting with a full-day program on Sunday, Aug. 28, at the University of California-Los Angeles Downtown Labor Center.
- Consul General of Mexico in Los Angeles David Figueroa Ortega (left) talks to Ken Atha (right), regional administrator of the U.S. Department of Laborís Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at the Labor Rights Week kick-off event at UCLA-Los Angeles Downtown Labor Center. This year, the departmentís partnership for labor rights advocacy with Mexican consular authorities in the U.S. expanded to a record number, with events held in all the 50 cities where Mexico has consular representation.
- All workers have rights, regardless of where you come from or the language you speak; said Ken Atha, OSHAís regional administrator, speaking to a group of more than 150 union leaders, representatives of nongovernmental organizations and community members gathered at the Labor Center: Thatís really what this week is about. Workplaces in America today are far safer than they were 40 year ago when OSHA was created. The numbers of workers killed on the job are down from 38 workers a day to 12. But even this is not acceptable and that is why together we can meet the challenges we are facing.
- Wage and Hour Divisionís Assistant District Director in Los Angeles Francisco Ocampo (left) conducts an interview with Mauricio OíCampo, editor of the weekly newspaper La Prensa Hispana L.A., at the UCLA Downtown Labor Center.
- Outreach coordinator for OSHAís Western Region Jose Benavides provides an interview to Univisionís KMEX 34 in Los Angeles at the Downtown Labor Center during Sundayís kick-off event.
- The Wage and Hour Divisionís Francisco Ocampo speaks to a correspondent with the Associated Pressí World Spanish Desk at the Labor Rights Week inaugural event in Los Angeles at the Consulate General of Mexico on Monday. They discussed a recent DOL news release announcing $144, 721 in back wages recovered for 66 workers employed by a Los Angeles-based Japanese restaurant group.
- Acting regional administrator for the Wage and Hour Divisionís Western Region Patricia Davidson (left), joined by Kimchi Bui, district director for the WHD in Los Angeles, speaks to Maria Elena Durazo, executive secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO (right).
- A number of television crews were among the Los Angeles-based media outlets covering Labor Rights Weekís inaugural event at the Consulate General of Mexico on Monday.
- OSHAís regional administrator Ken Atha speaks to a reporter from Univision national television channel after the official inaugural ceremony for Labor Rights Week in Los Angeles.
- Univisionís Los Angeles flagship station KMEX 34 hosted a labor rights Ďtelethoní from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. on labor rights. Wage and Hour Division staff staffed the phone lines during the call-in opportunity with help from staff from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Cal-OSHA. More than 200 calls came into the lines during the live early morning program.
- The Consulate of Mexico in San Bernardino also hosted a number of events for Labor Rights Week including a Tuesday evening presentation for workers held in Perris, Calif., about 40 minutes south of San Bernardino and 90 miles from the US-Mexico border in San Diego. Speakers included staff from the Wage and Hour Divisionís West Covina District Office and from Cal-OSHA.