Victoria L. Bradshaw--who as state labor commissioner cracked down on workplace abuses, including the alleged slave-labor garment factory in El Monte--has an employment problem of her own these days: She's out of work.
In a case of bad timing, Bradshaw last week announced that she was resigning from her labor post to become executive director of Pro-Wilson 1996, an organization intended to drum up support among women, business owners and community leaders for Gov. Pete Wilson's presidential campaign.
But on Friday, when Wilson pulled the plug on his presidential candidacy, Bradshaw found herself out of both jobs.
However, that situation shouldn't last long. Bradshaw, 46, a retail industry executive and consultant before becoming labor commissioner four years ago, is expected to be named by Wilson to another top state post shortly. Sacramento insiders say a good possibility is the now-vacant directorship of the Employment Development Department, a job that would put her in charge of a vastly larger budget and staff than in her old role.
While declining to comment directly on the EDD job, Bradshaw said she expects to stay with the Wilson Administration "in some capacity."