Associated General Contractors: Preserving Workers' Compensation Benefits

Overview

Maneuvering under the cloak of trying to create a rainy day fund for Oregon, a coalition of interests set their sights on raiding the reserve account of the State Accident Insurance Fund (SAIF)

Challenge

Representing the Associated General Contractors in Oregon, CFM set to work to defend SAIF and protect its reserves, which accrue from premium dollars paid into the workers' compensation fund by employers such as AGC.

Approach

The battle turned out to be one of the major conflicts in the 2001 legislative session, with CFM leading the effort to bottle up anti-SAIF legislation in committee. Proponents didn't give up and mounted efforts to try to attach amendments to bills in other committees.

Result

CFM was involved in stopping each effort that put millions of dollars in premiums at risk. The SAIF funds were safe.