Governor Brown appoints two labor nominees to workers’ comp committee

SALEM — Kevin Billman of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555, and Diana Winther, staff attorney for IBEW Local 48, have been nominated to the Workers’ Compensation Management-Labor Advisory Committee (MLAC) by Gov. Kate Brown.

Brown submitted a list of state board and commission appointments to the Oregon Senate last month. The Senate will consider the nominations Feb. 9.

If confirmed, Billman will replace John Mohlis, executive secretary of the Oregon State Building Trades Council. Mohlis is retiring later this year.

Winther will fill the seat once  held by Elana Pirtle-Guiney of the Oregon AFL-CIO. Pirtle-Guiney stepped down last year to accept a job as labor and workforce policy adviser for then-governor John Kitzhaber. She now works for Gov. Brown.

The eight-member MLAC advises the governor and Legislature on workers’ compensation-related issues.

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