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Management-Labor Advisory Committee

MLAC is the "gatekeeper" to changes in workers' compensation law. With very few exceptions, if they don't sign on to legislation, it fails. The governor appoints MLAC members. These ten representatives (five labor, five business) advise the WCD director, the Oregon Legislature, and governor on all matters relating to workers' compensation. In addition, the Director of the Department of Consumer & Business Services is an ex-officio member.

Receive Notifications of MLAC Meetings

Meetings are held regularly and usually weekly when the legislature is in session. Meetings are listed at They're usually held at:

Labor and Industries Building
350 Winter St. NE, Room 260
Salem, Oregon

If you wish to attend and also testify, bring 25 copies for the committee and staff.


The MLAC meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting by calling the Department of Consumer and Business Services at (503) 947-7866.

MLAC Members

Labor (all members are AFL-CIO affiliated. No other labor federation has representation on MLAC)
Bob Shiprack, Oregon Building Trades Council  (co-chair)
Tracy Brill, lieutenant firefighter for the Port of Portland
Lon Holston, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
John Kirkpatrick, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT District Council #5)
Mike O'Rourke, Plumbing & Steamfitters UA 290

Sheri Sundstrom, Hoffman Construction Company of Oregon  (co-chair)
Ellen Cutler, Harry and David Operations Corp.

Linda Jefferson, CPDM, City of Portland-Risk Management
Gregory Miller, Gunderson LLC
Lisa Trussell: Associated Oregon Industries

8 AOI is a nonprofit business advocacy organization representing over 20,000 companies in Oregon. Its long-time representative on MLAC once had a web page on workers' compensation. View it here.

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