No Reporters Allowed By CA DIR Director Baker At "private event" On Cal-Osha & Workers Comp
At a California meeting for "Celebrating 100 Years" of Workers' Compensation & Health & Safety at the Oakland State Building on December 15, 2014, reporters were prevented from attending the state sponsored meeting. Department of Industrial Relations DIR Director Christine Baker who was appointed by Governor Brown is under attack by health and safety advocates such as Garrett Brown and by injured workers and their attorneys for siding with insurance companies and employers. There are also only 172 OSHA inspectors for 18.5 million workers in California. No reporters were allowed to attend the "private" meeting at the state building and the Highway Patrol was called by Baker to evict a reporter from KPFA who was in the foyer but the California Highway Patrol officer said the reporter had a right to be in the foyer. The Cal-Osha Report was also prevented from sending a reporter to the meeting. The meeting was funded in part by the insurance industry through the State Compensation Insurance Fund and International Workers' Compensation Foundation.
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