Christine Baker

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Christine Baker
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California Director of Industrial Relations
Incumbent
In office
March 29, 2011 - Present
Years in position 3
PartyNon-partisan
PredecessorJohn Duncan
Leadership
Deputy Director of Industrial Relations
Compensation
Base salary$175,000
Elections and appointments
AppointedDecember 2011
Appointed byGov. Jerry Brown (D)
Term limitsN/A
Education
Master'sUniversity of California, Berkeley
Websites
Office website
Christine Baker is the California Director of Industrial Relations. Baker is formally the department's chief deputy director, but has exercised the powers of the director since March 29, 2011, following the resignation of her predecessor, John Duncan.[1] First serving as acting director, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) appointed her to officially take over the position in December of 2011 and she was confirmed by the Senate in May 2012.[1][2]

Before her appointment, Baker had long been involved with labor issues. Starting in 1984, she led of the Division of Labor Statistics and Research, and soon became deputy director for the Division of Workers’ Compensation. She was later head of the California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation, a division of the Department of Industrial Relations, which she now runs.

The Department of Industrial Relations is a subset of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency. As head of the department, Baker is responsible for carrying out its mission to "improve working conditions for California's wage earners, and to advance opportunities for profitable employment in California."[3]

Baker's position is an executive office in the California state government. As director, she is not subject to period reappointment and serves at the governor's pleasure.

Biography

Baker was chief of the Division of Labor Statistics and Research in the during the 1980's and became deputy director for the Division of Workers’ Compensation in 1990. She served executive officer of the California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation from when it began in 1994 until April 2011.[4]

Baker holds a Master's degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

Education

  • Master’s degree and Ph.D. candidacy, School of Education, University of California, Berkeley

Political career

Director of Industrial Relations (2011-present)

Baker has served as the director of the department of Industrial Relations since she took over as interim on March 29, 2011. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) appointed her to the post in December 2011 and she was confirmed by the Senate in May 2012.[5][1][4]

The director oversees the Department of Industrial Relations, which enforces the state's Labor Code and workers' compensation laws, operates apprenticeship programs, establishes workplace health and safety regulations and mediates disputes between employers and labor unions. He or she also oversees the investigation of workplace discrimination and public works complaints. Besides its regulatory roles, the Department of Industrial Relations provides a number of educational resources for California job-hunters and publishes various statistics and research on the state's labor market.

Appointments

2011

Baker was officially appointed as California Director of Industrial Relations by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) in December 2011. She was confirmed by the Senate in May 2012.[4]

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Duncan
California Director of Industrial Relations
2011-present
Succeeded by
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