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Union Seeks to Oust Agents From Crop Insurance Roles

PIA National's grassroots campaign and press statements have generated news coverage of the effort by a federal employees union to oust agents from their roles...
June 1, 2011

PIA National's grassroots campaign and press statements have generated news coverage of the effort by a federal employees union to oust agents from their roles in delivering crop insurance. A long article was published by A.M. Best's BestWire which featured comments by PIA National Director of Federal Affairs Mike Becker. "In general, people don't go to a government office for efficiency, much less customer service," he said, regarding the government employees union's effort to displace the crop agents. The National Underwriter also ran an article.

Employees of the USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) are actively lobbying the USDA to be the sole agency to handle the processing of crop insurance claims and collecting acreage reports. With continued pressure to cut funding for farm programs, the FSA's employees union has apparently decided it can protect its members' jobs from future cuts by attacking crop insurance agents and taking over agents' functions.

Read more about the FSA: Union Seeks to Oust Agents From Crop Insurance Roles (BestWire 5/25/11)

See how union is attacking crop agents: Agents Seek To Protect Crop-Insurance Servicing Role (National Underwriter 5/24)

Read PIA's statement on FSA: Federal Employees Union Attacks Crop Insurance Agents (PIA press release 5/20/11)

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