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County to Host Public Forum on Vulnerable Workers

County Commissions to Learn of Working Conditions for Low-Wage Workers

The Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women and the Human Relations Commission will be soliciting expert and community testimony regarding issues and concerns of vulnerable workers
in Santa Clara County. The testimony will be used for a report to be presented to the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors, addressing key issues that impact vulnerable workers.

Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women
Santa Clara County Human Relations Commission
Experts on Labor issues
Workers in Santa Clara County

Thursday, May 10, 2012, 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

School of Arts & Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza (Pavilion)
1700 Alum Rock Ave., San José

The role of the commissions is to review policies and issues impacting residents of Santa Clara County, and advise the Board of Supervisors on relevant findings.

Vulnerable workers are defined as low-wage earners and underemployed. They work in dangerous and unsafe environments at high risk for injury and have few worker protections.  The commissions will hear expert testimony from federal, state, and local organizations that work with these populations, as well as testimony from vulnerable workers themselves. Childcare and translation at no cost to participants, and the opportunity to speak anonymously, will be available to the community.

DISCLAIMER: To protect participants’ confidentiality, no media interviews will be allowed during the forum. Media representatives are encouraged to promote the forum and to interview coordinators and individuals who previously agreed to be interviewed prior to the event and have signed a release form.

Media will have access to interviews in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. For more information, contact Carla Collins, Office of Women’s Policy (408) 299-5152 or e-mail    
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119; Carla Collins Office of Women’s Policy (408) 299-5152; Anne Grabowski (408) 406-0707

Posted: May 4, 2012