It is the creative energy of the private sector that generates real jobs and wealth providing 85% of jobs in Oklahoma. Cathy will partner witht he Department of Commerce to promote job creation and reduce overreaching government regulations that destroy real job growth.
A healthy workforce is a productive workforce. Cathy will collaborate witht he Worker's Compensation Commission per Title 85a to identify those businesses that would benefit from the underutilized "Safety Pays" consultation program which enables employers to reduce worker's comp rates by reducing workplace injuries.
Mental illness is the leading cause of work performance loss, the 2nd leading cause of absenteeism and accounts for 30% of disability claims. 1 in 4 Oklahomans suffer with a mental health and substance abuse issue and costs employers $600 million dollars in additional medical costs each year.
Conservative Republican Cathy Costello, widow of former Labor Commissioner Mark Costello, announces her candidacy today for Oklahoma Labor Commissioner in 2018. Costello is a successful business owner and nationally-renowned mental health advocate.
"Mark and I had a consistent formula that allowed us to succeed in business - Hard work, solid values and diligent planning," Cathy Costello says. "That is exactly what I will bring to the job as Oklahoma's next Labor Commissioner. I do not want anyone's vote because of the tragedy of my past. I am asking for everyone's vote because of my vision for the future." Cathy Costello is a lifelong Republican, resident of Edmond, and the co-founder of several international businesses.
Costello plans to implement reforms to improve workplace safety, promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education to cultivate Oklahoma's future workforce, and reduce the loss of wealth and productivity due to untreated mental illness.
"Mental illness is the leading cause of lost workplace productivity and accounts for 30% of disability costs," says Costello. "One in four Oklahomans suffers from mental illness which takes a tremendous toll on Oklahomans both personally and financially. The Labor Commissioner has a statutory obligation to promote the health and welfare of every worker in Oklahoma. Under my administration, mental health will be taken as seriously as physical health. It's a win-win for employers and employees alike."