Rally to Protect TN Workers Injured on the Job
This afternoon, Tennesseans rallied at the state capitol (see pictures below) to urge Governor Bill Haslam to stop his push through the legislature for changes that will gut workers’ comp in TN as we know it. The changes will hurt working men and women injured on the job by reducing insurance payouts drastically. And if a worker gets less when they are recovering from an injury, that means they will have less to take care of their families.
More information about the issue and how to contact the Governor and your legislators can be found at www.protecttnworkers.org.
The proposed changes to workers’ comp will not only cut insurance payouts to workers when they are injured on the job, but also will create a new bureaucracy completely controlled by the Governor and remove workers’ comp cases from impartial court system. Worst of all, it will allow employers to “throwaway” Injured employees.
And frankly, it is just another giveaway to large corporations like Big Insurance.
From Jerry Winters, AFL-CIO of Tennessee:
“This legislative majority is no friend to working people. The blatant attacks on worker’s compensation, living wages, unemployment insurance, and retirement benefits are aimed right at the very people who keep Tennessee’s economy moving. It is time for workers to stand up and say enough is enough!”
As they consider Governor Haslam’s changes to workers’ compensation, the legislative majority have a choice to make: they can either do the bidding of the Governor and side with special interests like big insurance companies or they can fight to protect the hardworking Tennesseans who elected them.
From Mary Mancini, Executive Director of Tennessee Citizen Action:
“So far we have packed several legislative hearing rooms on Capitol Hill to make sure lawmakers know Governor Haslam’s proposed changes to workers’ comp will hurt hardworking Tennesseans and their families. Since they are not paying attention, now it’s time to deliver the message directly to Governor Haslam.”
More from the House Democratic Caucus, who were represented at the rally by Rep. Mike Turner, Rep. Craig Fitzhugh, Rep. Gloria Johnson, and Rep. John Tidwell:
“Working people in this state are getting rolled over like a freight train by the wealthy special interests who want to use the Republican super-majority to pick the pockets of workers in our state,” said House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner. “…This is perhaps the worst piece of legislation that I have seen since I’ve been up here in terms of what it does to hurt working families in Tennessee. I hope the governor will listen to the voices of Tennesseans who came out today to oppose this so-called ‘reform’ package and work to find a way to address the real problems in the state’s workers’ compensation system that does not endanger the livelihood of injured workers.”
The Governor’s legislation, HB194 sponsored by Leader McCormick (R-Chattanooga), is scheduled to be heard in the Finance, Ways & Means Subcommittee, tomorrow, Wednesday, March 27th at 3:00 PM CT.