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I-1082: Measure places burden on workers

Letter by Christi Johnson, Tumwater on Aug. 31, 2010 at 1:11 pm with 2 Comments »
August 31, 2010 1:31 pm

I’m voting no on Initiative 1082.

This would provide less protection for workers in the state of Washington. Currently, when a worker is injured and files a Labor & Industries claim, the claim is handled independently of whether or not the employer has worker’s comp insurance. If it doesn’t, the state deals with the employer separately, allowing the worker’s legitimate claim to go through.

Under I-1082, this independent handling would stop. Instead, when a worker is injured, files a claim and the employer has no worker’s comp insurance, it will be up to the employee to hire an attorney and sue the employer for coverage. I just don’t see how this will benefit the small guy, so I’m voting no on I-1082!

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  1. It would still be mandatory to have insurance it just wouldn’t be through a monopoly like the state has.

  2. This initiative sounds a lot like the feather brained idea of investing Social Security funds into the stock market, (similar to a mutual fund), that was going around back when the Dow Jones Industrial Average was flying high.
    There is good reason one hears little of that plan anymore.

    Similar short sighted corporate greed schemes got us into the current worldwide depression, they certainly won’t get us out.

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