The State Worker

Jerry Brown appoints SEIU lawyer to counsel post

Felix De La Torre, left, listens to a judge during a state furlough hearing in 2009.
Felix De La Torre, left, listens to a judge during a state furlough hearing in 2009. The Sacramento Bee

Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed labor attorney Felix De La Torre to serve as general counsel to the quasi-judicial agency that administers California’s collective bargaining laws. The job pays $144,144 per year.

The appointment to the Public Employee Relations Board moves De La Torre, 50, into the public sector after seven years as an attorney and chief counsel for SEIU Local 1000, which represents 95,000 state workers.

His résumé includes work in both the public and the private sectors: two years as an aide to Former Assemblyman Rusty Areias, state policy analyst for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, a director at the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation and a partner with Sacramento-based employment law firm Weinberg, Roger and Rosenfeld.

De La Torre, a Democrat, earned his law degree from the University of California, Davis, School of Law. His new post does not require Senate confirmation.

Brown also appointed Auburn resident Mark Gregersen, a Democrat, to the five-member board. His appointment to the $134,591-per-year post is subject to Senate confirmation.

Call Jon Ortiz, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 321-1043.

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