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September 8, 2006 CONTACT:




Governor Mitt Romney today named Gayl Mileszko as director of the Department of Labor (DOL), which oversees five agencies responsible for workers’ compensation, occupational safety and labor relations. Mileszko has served as department chief of staff and deputy director since 2005. She replaces Director John Ziemba, who is leaving state service after 16 years.


“Gayl Mileszko brings exemplary leadership skills and a wealth of experience working in both the private and public sectors,” said Romney. “I appreciate her continuing commitment to serve Massachusetts employers and employees in this important role.”


In recent years, DOL has implemented a number of reforms that have saved state employers millions of dollars. For example, through more efficient financial management and increased enforcement efforts, the cost of workers’ compensation assessments on businesses decreased by 11 percent in July of 2005 and by a further five percent in July of 2006. New case tracking systems and a renewed push to close older cases have increased the total number of resolutions by 34 percent from fiscal 2005 to fiscal 2006. Backlogged cases have seen more than a 20 percent drop.


“I am truly honored that Governor Romney has asked me to join his Cabinet, and thank him for the confidence he has expressed in me,” said Mileszko. “I look forward to continuing our efforts to protect Massachusetts workers and help employers reduce the costs of doing business here.”


Prior to joining the Department of Labor, Mileszko served in the Governor’s office as Director of External Relations and as Chief of Staff for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs. Previously, she was a senior vice president in the Fixed Income Division at the former Tucker Anthony Incorporated, and a vice president in the firm’s Public Finance Department. Mileszko served for six years as a staff assistant for U.S. Representative Silvio O. Conte and the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations. A native of Amherst, she earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale College. She lives in Boston.





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