Ohio AFL-CIO, Catholic Conference help beat back move to deny workers’ comp to immigrants

This year some Ohio legislators proposed excluding undocumented workers from workers’ compensation protections. Not so fast, said the Ohio AFL-CIO and the Buckeye state’s Catholic bishops. Both joined the chorus community groups, immigrant organizations, safety advocates and others fighting this unfortunate and counterproductive proposal. (Since workers’ compensation insurance premiums are based on a company’s claims history, forbidding undocumented workers from filing claims would create an incentive to hire more of them!) Congratulations to the Ohio labor movement and Church for this important act of witness.

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