Posted by Del on October 12, 1999 at 11:46:06:
In Reply to: Re: There is more to it than this posted by Terapin on September 30, 1999 at 20:55:56:
The reason why Tom brings up the fact that 2450 was never approved by the full MLAC Committee is that our Governor has stated repeatedly that he would veto bills that didn't meet this standard. Kitzhaber showed himself once again to be a liar. Kitz said this in a speech.
"Other states recognize Oregon as a leader in developing a successful, responsible workers' compensation system," Governor Kitzhaber said. "Regulatory reform and a strong occupational safety and health program have helped cut our insurance costs while reducing the number of workers hurt or even killed on the job. At the same time we've been able to increase maximum benefits for workers who are injured.
Governor Kitzhaber added, "This kind of success doesn't come from playing politics or trying to evade responsibility. It comes from putting differences aside and working together for the common good. Oregon employers, workers, insurers, and state government have done this to create a workers' compensation system we can all rely on."
Since he claims the "system" is a godsend to workers does it not seem STRANGE that he would give two unions in the whole state a separate dispute system that will actually treat those workers fairly???
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