Worksafe is proud to stand with non-unionized, vulnerable workers in their fight to improve workplace conditions. As a steering committee member of the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative, we have worked with allies to push policies, advance owner and worker leadership development, and prioritize research that advances the health and safety of the approximately 100,000 low-income immigrant men and women in California’s nail salon industry.
Last week, Worksafe was thrilled to join other Collaborative members to accept the 2017 Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA). GEELA, which is administered by the Environmental Protection Agency in partnership with state and local agencies, is California’s highest environmental honor. It recognizes individuals, organizations, and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made notable, voluntary contributions to conserve California’s resources, build public-private partnerships, and strengthen the state’s economy.
The GEELA was co-presented to the Collaborative by California State Senator Nancy Skinner (SD-9 Oakland, Richmond). Senator Skinner commended our efforts to establish creative and innovative programs, including our work to certify nearly 200 salons in our Healthy Nail Salon Recognition Program.