UCLA Labor Center

UCLA and UC Berkeley to Release Study on LA Fast-Food Industry and COVID-19 

MEDIA ADVISORY for March 2, 2021

Contact: Veena Hampapur, veenash@ucla.edu, (213) 370-9601


On Tuesday, March 2, at 9 a.m. Pacific, the UCLA and UC Berkeley Labor Centers will hold a virtual press briefing to discuss their new report, The Los Angeles Fast-Food Industry and COVID-19, which finds that working conditions in the Los Angeles fast-food industry lead to an increased risk of COVID-19 transmission in communities of color as well as high public costs.

Fast-food is an integral part of the food sector in Los Angeles, comprising nearly 150,000 restaurant workers, the vast majority of whom are women and workers of color. 

WHAT: Press briefing to discuss new report on LA fast-food industry and COVID-19

WHEN: Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 9-9:30 a.m. Pacific

WHERE: Virtual Press Briefing – Register here

WHO: UCLA Labor Center, UC Berkeley Labor Center, UCLA Labor Occupational Health and Safety Program, and UC Berkeley Labor Occupational Health Program 


  1. Presentation of key findings by report authors:
    Saba Waheed, Research Director, UCLA Labor Center
    Ken Jacobs, Chair, UC Berkeley Labor Center
  2. Worker testimony 
  3. County comments:
    Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
    Supervisor Hilda Solis (District 1) – pre-recorded 
  4. Gilda Valdez, Chief of Staff, SEIU 721
  5. Q&A with call participants

Emcee: Tia Koonse, Legal and Policy Research Manager, UCLA Labor Center