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Nov 12, 2010

WASHINGTON: I-1082 rejected at the ballot box

Workers’ Comp 

On November 2, Washington voters rejected Initiative 1082, which would have allowed employers to obtain workers’ compensation insurance from private insurance carriers instead of purchasing exclusively through the state. Vigilant supported the passage of Initiative 1082 because we believed competition was best for employers and employees alike, and that the eventual outcome would be better service and pricing from carriers. Now that I-1082 is off the table, we expect the Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) to announce a significant rate increase for 2011. No dates have yet been scheduled for the rate hearings, but we plan to testify on behalf of our members about the negative impact of any increase. In the meantime, if you have questions, contact Nancy Dicus (800-733-8621 or

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