Business groups in California have formed a consortium aimed at staving off ballot measures they claim would change the state's workers' compensation system to the benefit of plaintiffs' attorneys.

The group, Californians Against the Job Killer Initiative (CAJKI), is co-chaired by Allen Zaremberg, president and chief executive officer of the California Chamber of Commerce; Small Business Action Committee president Joel Fox; and Suzanne Guyan, director of employee benefits for Costco Wholesale Corp.

According to the consortium, the initiative–three versions of which have been filed with the office of the state attorney general–would undo important provisions of California's SB 899, which was enacted in 2004 to bring stability and consistency to the state's workers' comp system.

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