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100 YEARS OF WORKERS COMPENSATION IN THE U.S.
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This year marks the 100 year anniversary of the passing of workers compensation laws in the United States.
In 1911 nine states enacted the basic workers compensation laws that exist today.
Due to their success all other states eventually followed.

The first workers compensation laws were signed on May 3, 1911 in Wisconsin; and a short time later in California, New Jersey, Washington, Kansas, New Hampshire, Ohio, Illinois, and Massachusetts.
this was before the great growth of unions and additional workers benefits like vacation, health insurance, overtime pay, sick leave, etc.

hopefully the republican "way back machine" can be stopped before we end up all the way back to 1910.

for more information:
http://www.workerscomp100.org

relatively short history of work comp:
http://eh.net/encyclopedia/article/fishb...mpensation

don't miss the collections of old photographs of working conditions in America in 1910:
http://www.workerscomp100.org/photo.html

Reminder :
........Each state has their own comp system; POST YOUR STATE to get accurate information. Use the search feature to find information from similar questions.
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1171, thanks for the good reading material.. I knew we were the first to have wc laws but didnt know that's when it was... I think we were first because of our hard work habbits, or maybe were more accident prone.......lol.
 
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#3
Must be why they can screw us so well, they have had 100 years to figure it out!
 
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Bronco:
Early Workers' comp laws owe a great deal to progressive Republicans, especially in Wisconsin. By and large they were moderates out of the Jeffersonian tradition and looked to New York Republican progressives (a la Teddy Roosevelt) for leadership (although they were a bit more liberal).
Remember at that time, the Wisconsin governor was the great Robert M. La Follette.
In the beginning and in Wisconsin, workers compensation was a conservative reform backed by republicans and progressive politicians.
Socialism especially as put forth by communism was the leading revolutionary movement at that time. stabilizing society and reducing class conflict was a primary goal of the republican progressives and workers compensation was one of the major expressions of that goal.

shortly after it was enacted, WAUSAU was founded and issued the first workers comp policy in the United States.

Democrats in the state generally opposed it as unnecessary. how times have changed....

for more background you might enjoy
http://content.wisconsinhistory.org/cdm4...SHOW=46304

Manley:
just because you can think of something better now doesn't mean it wasn't a good idea then.
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........Each state has their own comp system; POST YOUR STATE to get accurate information. Use the search feature to find information from similar questions.
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(04-04-2011, 06:19 PM)1171 Wrote: Democrats in the state generally opposed it as unnecessary. how times have changed....
Of course, Democrats also opposed efforts to abolish slavery, and Republicans were crucial in the passing Lyndon Johnson's Civil Rights Act of 1964. Many Democrats opposed that bill, and the Republicans were needed to overcome that opposition.

You shouldn't be so harsh on us Republicans.... Big Grin
 
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I'm the harshest on the one's (democrats or republicans) whose primary goal is to stifle opposing views so their legislation only represents one side of the issue.

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(04-05-2011, 11:37 AM)1171 Wrote: I'm the harshest on the one's (democrats or republicans) whose primary goal is to stifle opposing views so their legislation only represents one side of the issue.

I understand. I just don't recall you wailing on Nancy Pelosi, who undoubtedly ruled with an iron fist. Rolleyes
 
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I do believe we must be honest and we just cant afford all the nice little benefits that have been standard for so long...everyone needs to give a little so no one person has to give it all...I believe if you have worked your fanny off to earn a large bank account then it is yours not mine to spend as you please yes those who can should be more generous but it should be voluntary not mandatory....
I believe all the states have to do belt tighting....I guess they could keep all their fancy benifits if they gave up their medicade,WIC and foodstamp programs
........I love cats, I just cant eat a whole one by myself......







 
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#9
Well said jayne, and all of us seem to have good view points on either side.. And thats what is important and what keeps things leveled out.. But when one takes the right away from another its injust and time for a cival war.lol.

I have held a steady job since I was 16, and even after I married my wife I worked 2 steady jobs and worked in between to get the things I wanted... Now I have no income, and had to step down and apply for assistance, medical which costs us $240 and the low amount of food share... Its not enough to feed us but it helps, and then I see my neighbor and 3 kids and neither parents work. They have 3 cars, a home that is paid for and the only thing I see going in to thier home is alcohol and chips and soda.. And they get the max, 600+ in free food, free health care and energy assistance.

Just like in wc injuries, thier are some who need it and some just abuse it... Wi is cutting / tightening thier belts on food share, medical assistance, medi-care --caid. And I agree with limiting those who qualify, like my neighbor who has made a life out of the money the workers have paid.... But reality most of these cuts should come from the top, not just the bottom....
 
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