This past Friday, Donna Duperron, President & CEO, Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce; Elise Swanson, President & CEO, San Pedro Chamber of Commerce and Heidi Butzine, President & CEO, Lomita Chamber of Commerce met with Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, Fourth District to discuss Public Health Councils.
Public health councils aim to tighten adherence to county health orders within the workplace by strengthening employee voices. Employee-led public health councils would be set up to monitor business compliance with public health orders.
The program, designed by County personnel and supported by organized labor, would add another obstacle for businesses already struggling to remain open and keep employees working during the COVID-19 recession.
Duperron, Swanson and Butzine discussed with Supervisor Hahn four areas of concerns and/or recommendations to the proposed Public Health Councils. These recommendations are to prioritize industries of greatest concern where outbreaks are supported by data; the program should only be applied to businesses with over 75 employees; further explanation of what “third party organizations” are; the need of a sunset clause, will labor union funded or bargaining groups be removed as “third party organizations” and the need for a robust public service campaign.