The Spokesman-Review just endorsed I-1082. This is the initiative that would have government L and I go private. In other words, the government could bail out insurance companies with our tax dollars on the back of the injured worker.
Look for Local 29 and WSCFF endorsements in the newsletter which will be out tomorrow.
From Beth Thew:
Please take a moment and read this editorial. We know this initiative was written by the insurance companies for the insurance companies. The article talks about rate hikes. It doesn’t mention that when times were good that L&I had a 6 month rate holiday, that’s not paying workers comp taxes for 6 months. I don’t know any insurance companies that do that for their subscribers. It doesn’t mention that businesses in Washington State pay some of the lowest rates in the nation or that injured workers have some of the best coverage.
Please take a moment and write a response to the Spokesman editorial. You can do it right on line.
Spokane Regional Labor Council, AFL-CIO