California Machinists Picked to Represent Workers on Call with Governor

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has tapped two Fighting Machinists to assist in guiding the policy surrounding reopening the economy and what that would look like for workers as the state moves to provide guidelines for the next phase of easing the statewide stay-at-home order issued on March 19.

As part of the governor’s “Economic Recovery and Reinvention Listening Tour: Manufacturing,” Brothers Will Morris and Jesse Wallace of District 190 appeared on a teleconference with the governor to give input and considerations for worker safety and management accountability as the state moves to get non-essential manufacturing back to work.

“I am proud and honored to have Brothers Will and Jesse speak on behalf of workers in the state of California,” commented IAM Western Territory General Vice President Gary R. Allen.  “Worker safety is of the utmost importance during this global pandemic and I am pleased that our Brothers are calling on Gov. Newsom to make worker safety and personal protective equipment a top priority for getting the state back to work.”

“Will and Jesse did an outstanding job representing our union and all workers in the state of California,” said District 190 Directing Business Representative Jim Beno. “I look forward to working with them and others in holding elected officials accountable to workers as the state moves to reopen the economy.”

Brother Will Morris can be heard at 5:50 and 39:13 and Brother Jesse Wallace can be heard at 13:39 and 36:03 of the recorded video conference.