The Workers’ Comp bill we have all been expecting (and dreading) has arrived – HB 709. You can read the bill here: http://ncleg.net/Sessions/2011/Bills/House/PDF/H709v0.pdf.
Attached is our Legislative Alert about HB 709. Please take a moment to read the alert and contact your State Representative.
After you personally take action on HB 709, distribute this legislative alert widely. We will need all hands on deck to fight this bill, including our brothers and sisters who are federal employees. We need to generate as many calls as possible against HB 709.
In addition to getting this legislative alert out to your rank-and-file membership, please share it with every union staff person you work with and every shop steward, officer, trustee, and board member at your union – and encourage them to make a call to their State Rep.
The Workers’ Comp bill / HB 709 is an attack on workers’ rights. HB 709 is an effort to shift a cost rightly born by the employers of injured workers onto taxpayers. HB 709 is an affront to widely held notions of patient-doctor confidentiality. HB 709 is an effort to rig the system against injured workers and their families in order to protect corporate profits and insurance companies. HB 709 is payback to corporate executives and the N.C. Chamber of Commerce for their substantial investments in the 2010 election.
We need to share this alert within our social networks, including friends, family, and anyone else who would be outraged at the effort of corporate executives to undermine North Carolina’s stable and critically important Workers’ Compensation system.
Thanks for your support,
CC: James, MaryBe, Mike