Workers coalition files ethics complaint over new workers comp committee membership

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The Working Kansas Alliance (WKA) today filed a complaint with the Judicial Disciplinary Administrator over the membership of two attorneys, whose firms practice in workers compensation, on a new committee for the appointment and retention of judges and appeal board members in workers compensation. In a letter to Disciplinary Administrator Stanton Hazlett, Terry Forsyth, president of the Working Kansas Alliance, … Read More

Workers coalition files ethics complaint over new workers comp committee membership

KANSAS LEGISLATURE TO INJURED WORKERS: THAT’S YOUR PROBLEM

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A recent report by the AFL-CIO on workplace safety, Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect, showed a growing problem in Kansas. In 2011, 78 workers were killed on the job in Kansas, a rate of 5.9 deaths per 100,000 workers. Additionally, 41,400 workplace injuries and illnesses were reported in the state, a rate per worker higher than the … Read More

KANSAS LEGISLATURE TO INJURED WORKERS: THAT’S YOUR PROBLEM

Urgent Action Needed! Protect injured workers.

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As if the Kansas workers compensation law does not already work hardship on injured workers and their families, Kansas Secretary of Labor Lana Gordon, along with the Chair of the Senate Commerce Committee Julia Lynn, want to make things materially worse. Under the provisions of SB 187, the Kansas Chamber and those of a like mindset, will unilaterally pick the … Read More

Urgent Action Needed! Protect injured workers.

Lana Gordon’s court packing scheme: Another attempt to stack the deck against injured Kansas workers.

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As if the Kansas workers compensation law does not already work hardship on injured workers and their families, Kansas Secretary of Labor Lana Gordon, along with the Chair of the Senate Commerce Committee Julia Lynn, want to make things materially worse. Under the provisions of SB 187, the Kansas Chamber and those of a like mindset, will unilaterally pick the judges … Read More

Lana Gordon’s court packing scheme: Another attempt to stack the deck against injured Kansas workers.

Meet Lana Gordon: Brownback’s Newest Anti-Worker Warrior.

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Earlier this year the Kansas Senate confirmed former State Representative Lana Gordon as the new Kansas Secretary of Labor. Gordon was chosen by Brownback to replace the former Secretary, Karin Brownlee, who you may have read a lot about last year on our site. No one really knows the true reason for Brownback dismissing Brownlee from her post, but it … Read More

Meet Lana Gordon: Brownback’s Newest Anti-Worker Warrior.

Kansas to leave injured workers out in the cold with Senate Bill 73.

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Today the Kansas Senate will debate Senate Bill 73 on the floor. SB 73 proposes to shift worker’s compensation from the current system to a system that would favor the employer over injured workers all across Kansas. SB 73 seeks to require physicians to use the sixth edition of the American Medical Association Guides for Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, an … Read More

Kansas to leave injured workers out in the cold with Senate Bill 73.

Bye Bye Brownlee

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In a shocking turn of events yesterday, Brownback’s top crusader against workers’ rights mysteriously left the agency. Kansas Department of Labor Secretary Karin Brownlee is no longer in charge.  The announcement came buried in the third line of a press release about the appointment of two deputy secretaries, Olathe Mayor Mike Copeland and outgoing Republican Rep. Lana Gordon. The same release names Rep. … Read More

Bye Bye Brownlee

SB 416: Brownlee’s Anti-Labor Omnibus

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After weeks of waiting and at a time when the majority of the State has directed their focus on Brownback’s catastrophic tax plan and the infighting between republican legislators, Sen. Susan Wagle finally called a conference committee on SB 416 this morning. As a quick refresher: Senate Bill 416 started out as a completely noncontroversial bill but now is now a combination of … Read More

SB 416: Brownlee’s Anti-Labor Omnibus

Brownlee watch: Workers take cover.

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Last week, we met with a representative of the Senate leadership; Kansas Sec. of Labor Karin Brownlee; representatives for several business interests, such as the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, Kansas NFIB, Kansas SHRM; and representatives of multiple Unions. The purpose of our meeting was to, first, provide some understanding as to the need for Senate Bill 413 and, second, to see if … Read More

Brownlee watch: Workers take cover.