Labor and Employment Law

Ca. Labor & Emp't Rev. November 2019, Volume 33, No. 6

Message From the Chair

By Erich Shiners

Erich Shiners is a Board Member at the California Public Employment Relations Board, where he participates in deciding appeals, formulating regulations, and overseeing agency operations. Before his appointment to the Board, he represented public agency and nonprofit employers in labor and employment matters. He can be reached at e_shiners@u.pacific.edu.

Hello! Thank you for making the effort to flip to the back of the Law Review. Whether you’ve already digested the fabulous content in this month’s issue, or are looking for something a little lighter to read before you dive in, I’m glad you stopped by. As my predecessor, Ramit Mizrahi, encouraged us to do in her farewell Message, I take this opportunity to reflect on where things are and where I’d like them to be. My conclusion: things are great but they can be even better!

Before sharing my thoughts on the Section, I will attempt to answer the question posed by the musical group, Talking Heads: "Well, how did I get here?" I was born in West Germany on the first of my father’s three tours of duty there with the U.S. Army. When he left the service, we returned to Orange County, where my father was born and raised, and where my parents had met in high school. After I completed high school, I earned my Associate of Science degree in Broadcasting and got married, roughly around the same time. Soon after, we moved to Sacramento and started our family.

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