CMTA to work closely with WCAN

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Nov. 10, 2005 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

In an effort to maintain the recent workers’ compensation reforms that have led to sizeable premium reductions, CMTA will be working closely with allies who hold these same goals.

As many of you know, the 2005 legislative session was relatively quiet with regards to workers’ compensation.  However, looking forward to 2006, CMTA is concerned that the political dynamic in California and the activities of reform opponents will lead to an effort to roll back the reforms achieved in 2004 through SB 899 (Charles Poochigian, R-Fresno).  While there is strong indication that the Permanent Disability Rating Schedule will be one target of those who wish to roll back reforms, it is not clear what other issues will be targeted.

Despite the difficulty of defining the battles to come, CMTA wants to facilitate political action among our members by positioning them in the most effective way for the coming legislative session.  In addition to CMTA’s lobbying efforts, public relations and grass roots mobilization by our members are important tools in resisting the rolling back of recent reforms.  One of the groups that CMTA will be working closely with over the next year is the Workers’ Compensation Action Network (WCAN).  WCAN is a coalition of employers groups that is working hard to ensure that hard won reforms stay in place.  

CMTA urges our members to visit the WCAN website and join the grass roots coalition.  One of the lessons learned through past political battles is that the business community needs to stay engaged in order to preserve hard won reforms. 
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