LA County Passes Historic Protections for Workers Speaking Out

After months of your tireless efforts showing your support for workers protecting public health and the hard work from many organizations involved, we are proud to announce that the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed a motion on Tuesday, November 10, to approve the establishment of Public Health Councils to be initially implemented in four critical sectors: food manufacturing, garment manufacturing, restaurants, and warehousing.

The Board of Supervisors went on to ensure the protection of workers in, and beyond, those industries by voting unanimously on November 24 to pass one of the strongest anti-retaliation ordinances in the country. Made effective immediately, workers across LA County (excluding Pasadena and Long Beach which have their own public health departments) who speak up about public health order violations at their workplace are protected from retaliation, a necessity to the success of the public health councils program.

We thank the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for their support: Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Mark Ridley-Thomas for introducing and campaigning for public health councils, as well as Supervisors Hilda Solis, Janice Hahn, and Kathryn Barger for also supporting workers protecting the lives of Angelenos through this unprecedented crisis.