Photo Gallery: The Asian American/Pacific Islander Worker Protection Summit in San Francisco, CA
(May 10, 2011)
- Ken Nishiyama Atha welcomed the participants, sharing his own experiences growing up in Hawaii with Japanese and Filipino American family members.
- OFCCP Director and DOL representative to the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Pat Shiu touched on many important points about the department’s efforts to protect workers, from health and safety to fair pay and freedom from job discrimination. She also talked about the administration’s efforts to improve job opportunities for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
- Director Shiu is personally familiar with many of the organizations helping Asian American and Pacific Islanders in California. She spent 26 years litigating cases on employment discrimination with the Employment Law Center in San Francisco before joining the Obama administration.
- The morning panel provided an overview to the audience on worker protections from federal and state agencies, as well as an opportunity to discuss those protections. Left to right: Linda Li, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Rick, Ullerich, Cal/OSHA consultation services; David Moon, safety and health manager, OSHA San Francisco; Blake Wu, investigator, Whistleblower unit, OSHA San Francisco; Richard Longo, regional director of enforcement, DOL’s Wage and Hour Division; Ellen Widess, chief, Cal/OSHA.
- The afternoon panel featured presentations and discussion with representatives of community organizations playing a role in worker protection. Left to right: Cindy Liou, Human Trafficking Coordinator/Staff Attorney, Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach; Young Shin, executive director, Asian Immigrant Women Advocates; Helen Chen, Labor Occupational Health Program at University of California – Berkeley; Josie Camacho, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Alameda Labor Council; Gail Bateson, executive director, WorkSafe.
- OSHA regional office staffer Prisca Chinn and EEOC’s Linda Li helped one of the event’s attendees gather information on workers’ rights from the multiple agencies and organizations making information available to the public during the event. OSHA’s regional office utilized a number of its multi-lingual staff to assist attendees with limited English skills.
- OSHA’s regional AAPI outreach coordinator Peter Wilsey and Wage and Hour Division’s Celeste Hale (seated) talk to a representative from a local agency during one of several networking opportunities. Wilsey speaks Thai and coordinated the event.
- OSHA Regional Administrator Ken Atha (second from left) and California’s new Labor Commissioner Julie Su (far left) talk with Josie Camacho and her colleague from the Alameda Labor Council as Jim Wulff, OSHA’s regional assistant regional administrator, listens in.