Friday, 17 September 2021 08:23

Industry Groups, MA Legislature Clash Over Auto Body Shop Labor Rates Bill

Written by Kim Jarrett, The Center Square


...“government price-fixing on the auto insurance market.”


Legislators need to look at total claims costs for labor, Stark said. For example, New York has one of the highest costs at $1,572 per claim, about $400 higher than the cost in Massachusetts. But the take-home wages of a skilled worker were $971 per week in New York, compared to $995 in Massachusetts, Stark said.


“We can’t believe falsely that an increase in the labor rate is going to result in an increase in wages,” Stark told the committee.


The legislature is establishing a committee to study the issue, according to Chairman James F. Murphy, but he asked industry executives to come to legislators with solutions.


“You have the knowledge and expertise to tell us how to fix things,” Murphy said.


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