Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Mississippi workers protest pro-management bias in the state Workers' Compensation Commission

Mississippi workers today began a three-day protest on the Gulf Coast against the state Workers' Compensation Commission and its reported bias in favor of employers and against workers.

A source close the labor action told this blog today that members of the Gulf Coast building trades associations, frustrated by what they see as workers' inability to get a fair hearing before the commission, formed a picket line this morning near the Beau Rivage casino in Biloxi, Miss. The source also said that casino officials have threatened the picketers with arrests if they didn't move.

The protesters plan to continue their picket until Friday at 12 noon.

This blog has been at the forefront in reporting on the Mississippi Workers' Compensation Commission and its rulings. According to a study by Jackson, Miss., attorney Roger Doolittle, members of the commission voted to reject administrative law judge decisions favoring workers between 75 and 91 percent of the time.

Stay tuned to Labor South. More will be coming on this story.

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