David R. Anders, PFFPNC Presidet
Contact every legislator with the attached messages:
The attached flyer was sent to me by our attorney Travis Payne, and as a prompt, I have included one additional documents from the North Carolina Department of Commerce called North Carolina Accolades. If we are to be successful with holding off workers’ comp changes, we must keep putting the information before our legislators or they will soon begin to believe that we are satisfied with the bill that is designed to gut our benefits.
If you were at the last W/C hearing before the House Tort Committee, you were beginning to feel sorry for the business community in North Carolina. One speaker after another told Committee members, (or at least implied) that one of the reasons businesses are not coming to our state is due to inflated workers’ comp rates. The information in the attachments of this e-mail will show beyond a shadow of a doubt that their stories are nothing but fabrications and have no resemblance of the truth in them. North Carolina was rated as:
No. 1 Best Business Climate, nine of the last 10 years, Site Selection magazine, November 2010
No. 1 Lowest State & Local Tax Burden on Business, Council on State Taxation and Ernst & Young, April 2010
No. 2 Best State for Business by CEOs, Chief Executive magazine, May/June 2010
No. 3 Best State for Business, Forbes magazine, October 2010
In short, the Chamber of Commerce and Insurance Companies want workers and taxpayers to absorbed much of the cost for on-the-job injuries. How can we stop them? By calling every NC House member in your county and all contiguous counties and ask them to vote against HB 709. To find the legislators in the counties where your members live, click on the link below:
Please call your legislators and have your member locals to call as well. Yes, I know you have called them already but let me tell you a true story. Several legislators who we asked if they had been getting phone calls said they “did a few weeks back but not many lately.” It was clear they were feeling that the public no longer cared. This can only mean one thing – they are more confortable voting for the bill.
Please ask everyone you have contact with to call their legislators. If possible, make this e-mail go viral in your part of the state. Thanks!