Workers and their Advocates Blast Failures of Workers Comp System
and Corporate Domination of Overhaul Process
Syracuse, NY -In late August, New York’s Workers Compensation Board began a process to repair its century-old system. It called this effort the Business Process Re-engineering (BPR) project, with the stated goal to “improve the experience of injured workers and employers” in New York’s workers’ compensation system.
So far, worker participation in the process has been minimal, with agendas tightly controlled by Deloitte, a multinational corporation hired as a consultant. While keeping its own profile and financial interests low, the company has worked through the Workers’ Compensation Board to convene meetings of insurance carriers, doctors, lawyers, and other stakeholders.
Workers and worker advocate organizations have been offered very little in the way of meaningful participation in this fast-track process. It appears that many of the decisions have already been made and are part of a public relations campaign on the Board’s own website.
The purpose of this press conference is to object to the way this process has been managed and to bring the voices of more working people into the process. At this press conference and at the meeting session that follows, workers and their advocates will “Give ‘Em Earful” about the changes that workers need that prevent workplace illness, injury and fatality, protect their rights, and improve their benefits.
It will also offer insight about how to improve the workplace safety and health of some of our state’s most vulnerable and exploited workers, many of whom do not even know what rights they have if they are seriously injured at the workplace.
WHO: Workers’ Center of Central New York, CNY Area Labor Federation, Injured Workers
WHEN: Monday, December 2, 2012
9:30 a.m. in Law Library of the Workers’ Compensation Board
WHERE: 936 James Street
Syracuse, NY (Syracuse District Office of the Workers Compensation Board)
HOW: Press conference
Followed by Business Process Re-engineering Workers In-Person Session at 10 a.m.
This event is sponsored by the Workers’ Center of Central New York.
In-Person Sessions are scheduled in all Workers Compensation Board District Offices throughout New York State, both on December 2and January 6.