Gino DiCaro

Manufacturers Begin to Collect Signatures for Governor Schwarzenegger’s Work Comp Reform Initiative

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, April 1, 2004 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

April 1 Press Release -- Today, the California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) committed to collect signatures from its member companies to qualify the Governor’s workers’ compensation initiative for the November ballot.

Citing the seriousness of the issue, CMTA President Jack Stewart said, “CMTA will do everything it can to put the work comp initiative on the ballot in case negotiations fail in the capitol. The Legislature needs to know that employers, employees and their families and friends all want this badly broken system fixed now.”

Employers have seen unprecedented increases in their work comp insurance premiums even though employees receive benefits near the national average. The high costs have contributed to the loss of more than 350,000 manufacturing jobs over the last three years.

“The real threat of a ballot initiative is the only way to bring pressure on the Legislature to enact substantive reforms. Without the signatures, the chance of accomplishing real reforms will vanish.” concluded Stewart.

The association blanketed its members and grassroots database today and will continue to work with the Committee for Workers’ Compensation Reform and Accountability to gather signatures up until the April 16 deadline.
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