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Worker Advocate Nominated to Lead California Job Safety Agency

Aug. 16, 2019, 4:29 PM

The head of a labor-side advocacy group was nominated by Gov. Gavin Newsom to be the top administrator for California’s state-run worker safety agency.

The choice of Doug Parker, who has been serving since 2016 as executive director of Worksafe Inc. in Oakland, was announced Aug. 15 by the governor’s office. Before joining Worksafe, Parker was a deputy assistant secretary of labor at the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration in Washington from 2014 to 2015.

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, with an annual budget of about $88 million, is the largest of the 28 state agencies ...

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