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Veto Bill Stripping Safety Consultants of Workers’ Comp Lawsuit Immunity, ASSE Tells Illinois Governor

Posted in on Tue, Jun 3, 2014

A letter from ASSE President Kathy Seabrook on behalf of ASSE’s Illinois members urged Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to veto legislation (SB 3287) that would strip from independent safety consultants current immunity from lawsuits under the state’s workers’ compensation law.  ASSE and its Illinois members also opposed the legislation before votes in the Illinois Senate and Assembly.  The bill went to the Governor’s desk for signature on June 3.

ASSE also urged its Illinois members to contact Governor Quinn with the following June 3 message and contact information for Governor Quinn –

To ASSE Illinois Leaders:

(SPREAD THE WORD NOW:  Share this message with your chapters, any other Illinois ASSE member, or other safety and health professional and encourage them to join you in this effort.)

SB 3287, the legislation that strips independent safety consultants of the immunity they now have under the Illinois Workers’ Comp Law has been sent to the Governor’s desk TODAY.

Even if you are not an independent consultant, you may want to be one day.  Help out your future self and your consultant colleagues and make sure that every safety and health professional, every company you work with, and anyone else knows about this bill sends some kind of communication to Governor Quinn to urge him to veto this unfair bill that will make your liability insurance, workers’ comp rates and doing business in Illinois even more expensive.

ASSE has overnighted the attached letter from ASSE President Kathy Seabrook today, and ASSE and I will post info about the effort on the web site and in social media.

But, even more important than ASSE speaking up is that the Governor hear from individual Illinois citizens and voters, especially in an election year.  At this stage of the game, it’s most important that you send a short, to-the-point personal message.  I’ve included a sample one below but encourage you to put your respectful feelings in your own words.  Canned messaging is easily dismissed.  A fact sheet on the effort is also attached.

About 50 organizations and businesses are working impressively hard in Springfield to fight this effort to make independent safety consultants sitting ducks for more lawsuits, led by Jay Shattuck on behalf of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.  They are fighting for you.  Please help them in that fight.

Contact information for the Governor:

Tweet:  @GovernorQuinn

Email: http://www2.illinois.gov/gov/Pages/ContacttheGovernor.aspx

SpringfieldOffice of the Governor
207 State House
Springfield, IL 62706
Phone: 217-782-0244
TTY: 888-261-3336
ChicagoOffice of the Governor
James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph, 16-100
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-814-2121

 

Dear Governor Quinn:

I am an occupational safety and health professional who lives and works in Illinois.  I strongly urge you to veto SB 3287.  If this legislation becomes law, my liability insurance premiums will rise and make it much more difficult for many small and medium employers in the state to hire me to help them protect their workers.  As a result, workplaces in the state will be less safe, more workers will die on the job, and injuries and illnesses will increase.  SB 3287 will only make it more expensive for to do business in the state, especially for me and my safety consultant colleagues who are all small business people trying hard to do our jobs preventing deaths, injuries and illness on the job.  Please don’t make our work impossible.  Veto SB 3287.

Sincerely,

Your name

Your town

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