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WW CA Farmworkers Getting 8 Hour Day & Attacks On Workers Comp By DIR and Governor Brown
WorkWeek radio looks at the California legislature vote for an 8 hour day for agricultural workers and overtime with Al Rojas, a founder of the United Farmworkers of America. WorkWeek then examines the increasing attacks on California's injured workers through deregulation and control by the insurance industry of Workers Compensation
WW8-30-16 CA Farmworkers Getting 8 Hour Day Attack On Workers Comp By DIR and Governor Brown
WorkWeek hears about the California legislature vote for an 8 hours day and overtime for agricultural workers from Al Rojas a founder of the United Farm Workers Of America. He also discusses the role of the proposed Comprehensive Immigration Reform that would allow indentured workers to be brought into the fields.
Next WorkWeek looks at the growing crisis for injured workers in the California workers compensation system.So called reforms supported by politicians, the insurance industry and the leadership of the AFL-CIO have allowed the outsourcing by a company called Maximus. It was paid $40 million in an no bid contract to make determinations of whether workers were entitled to medical care. These were also done by anonymous doctors who do not have to be licensed in California. Tens of thousands of injured workers have been denied critically necessary medical treatment which has destroyed workers and benefited the insurance industry. It has also led to increasing use of opiates and addictions by injured workers who are not getting treatment.
Participants included Alice Robinson who is a member of OPEIU Local 29, Barb Clark and injured nurse practitioner, Dr. Robert Weinmann, a workers comp doctor and former AFSCME Local 206 Union Of American Physicians and Dentists president and Dr. Larry Rose the former Medical Director of Cal OSHA
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Al Rojas, who was a founder of the United Farmworkers of America and is now with the Labor Council For Latin American Advancement in Sacramento discusses what an 8 hour day would mean and also the importation of "guest workers" under the Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill that is supported by the Democrats and the unions.
The deregulation of Workers Compensation by SB 899 and SB 863 has seriously harmed California injured workers. Thousands of injured workers are losing their health, lives and homes because of the insurance control of the Workers Comp under DIR Director Christine Baker and Governor Brown
Governor Brown and DIR Director Christine Baker gave a no-bid contract of $40 million to make determinations whether injured workers would get healthcare. They have denied the vast majority of MIR claims by injured workers.
Injured nurse Barbara Clark who was injured at the Adventist Healthcare System is still fighting for healthcare after 20 years. Companies like Adventist are cost shifting these injured workers to Social Security Disability with the tax payer picking up the cost.
Christine Baker Governor Brown's Director of Industrial Relations has been supporting insurance control of Workers Compensation that is refusing to take care of injured workers and denying thousands of claims under the UR IMR obstacle course that was set up under SB 863, This was also supported by Angie Wei, the legislative Director of the California AFL-CIO and Art Pulaski, the executive director of the California Labor Federation