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WW CA Farmworkers Getting 8 Hour Day & Attacks On Workers Comp By DIR and Governor Brown
by KPFA Pacifica WorkWeek Radio
Wednesday Aug 31st, 2016 8:28 PM
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
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WW8-30-16 CA Farmworkers Getting 8 Hour Day Attack On Workers Comp By DIR and Governor Brown
https://soundcloud.com/workweek-radio/ww8-30-16-farmworkers-8-hour
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
Additional media:
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Injured-Workers-Face-Stacked-Deck-During-Workers-Comp-Appeals-Process-Critics-Say--391202731.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/the-flawed-system-that-allows-companies-to-make-millions-off-the-injured/2015/12/27/cce16434-9212-11e5-a2d6-f57908580b1f_story.html?tid=sm_fb
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/investigations/Workers-Comp-Drags-Out-Medical-Care-Injured-Workers-and-their-Doctors-Say-390979441.html
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/MAXIMUS,_Inc.
http://www.calaborfed.org/index.php/site/page/sb_863_landmark_workers_comp_reform_to_support_injured_workers
http://www.calaborfed.org/index.php/page/sb_863_real_workers_comp_reform_to_reduce_costs_and_help_injured_workers
https://www.workcompcentral.com/columns/show/id/14caa0e496fa5f167278810758d7b4d4fb27e506
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§Al Rojas, One of the Founders of The United Farmworkers of America
by KPFA Pacifica WorkWeek Radio Wednesday Aug 31st, 2016 8:28 PM
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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.
§Injured Workers Are Being Stalled On Medical Treatment Under SB 863
by KPFA Pacifica WorkWeek Radio Wednesday Aug 31st, 2016 8:28 PM
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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
§Maximus Killing Thousands In The UK
by KPFA Pacifica WorkWeek Radio Wednesday Aug 31st, 2016 8:28 PM
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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
by KPFA Pacifica WorkWeek Radio Wednesday Aug 31st, 2016 8:28 PM
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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 Fronts For Insurance Industry Under Governor Brown
by KPFA Pacifica WorkWeek Radio Wednesday Aug 31st, 2016 8:28 PM
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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
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Federal oversight of Cal/OSHA – What is it good for?Garrett Brown, MPH, CIHWednesday Aug 31st, 2016 8:34 PM