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AASP-MA Organizing May 18 Rally at State House to Protest Low Labor Rates

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In response to a Massachusetts State House hearing on labor rate reimbursal for collision repairs, several hundred Massachusetts auto body shop owners, family members, employees, vo-tech students and supporters are expected to converge on the State House.

In addition to community demonstration of support, a motorcade of flatbed trucks topped with damaged cars will circle the area.

 

The Collision Course event is set for 10:30 a.m. May 18, rain or shine. The event is led by the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Massachusetts (AASP-MA).

 

Scheduled speakers include State Rep. James K. Hawkins, D-2nd Bristol; Evangelos "Lucky" Papageorg, executive director, AASP-MA; Kevin Gallerani, president of AASP-MA and owner of Cape Auto Collision Center, Plymouth, MA; Jack Lamborghini, co-owner of Total Care Accident Repair in Raynham, MA; Guy Glodis, former state senator, D-2nd Worcester, who led the Financial Services Committee as a legislator; and Dennise Caratazzola, concerned consumer from Bridgewater.

 

The group is protesting the unsustainably low reimbursement rates artificially set by insurance companies.

 

In a statement, State Sen. Michael O. Moore, D-2nd Worcester noted, "The current labor rate for the auto body industry in unfair and unsustainable. I will continue to advocate for a legislative change that increases the labor rate to make the industry viable and consumers safe."

 

Brian Bernard, co-owner of Total Care Accident Repair in Raynham, an independent collision center owner, said the current $40-per-hour reimbursement rate is the lowest in the nation and falls far short of covering the body shop owners' labor, equipment, training and repair costs. As a result...


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