Helping Workers Get The Treatment And Benefits They Need

Oct 2010

The News Tribune of Tacoma Reccomends Prop. 1082

Citizen initiatives are generally an imperfect way to set state policy, but also sometimes a necessary backstop to inaction by the Legislature.

Such is the case with Initiative 1082, which would set a July 2012 deadline for introducing private competition to the state’s 99-year-old system for assisting injured workers.

No one disputes that workers’ compensation needs reform, yet lawmakers seem in no hurry to make needed changes. Voters will have to take the lead.

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Seattle Times Favors Prop. 1082 Privitization

The Seattle Times Newspaper has decided to endorse proposition 1082 which would allow private insurance companies to sell workers’ compensation insurance in Washington State. The Times points to two rather weak arguments in support of its opinion.
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Judge Rules Against BIAW But No Damages For Plaintiffs

OLYMPIA - A judge ruled Thursday that the Building Industry Association of Washington violated its trust duties when it kept more than $400,000 in interest earnings from an industrial insurance trust it managed for members since 1994.

BIAW hailed the ruling as a victory, although Judge Carol Murphy found at least three other violations of trust rules in her decision, which she read aloud in Thurston County Superior Court.
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Republican Think Tank Says Privatization Will Reduce Costs

The Washington Policy Center (WPC), a Republican think tank describing itself as an independent, non-partisan, think tank promoting free market solutions, has published a study on proposition 1082 which seeks to allow private workers’ compensation insurance into Washington State.

The WPC says that introducing competition into an industry that has been run by the state for almost 100 years would serve both the business community and injured workers. Competition would help promote safer workplaces, thereby protecting employees, getting them back to work in a timely fashion and helping protect employers’ bottom lines.
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