MASS. AUTO REPAIR SHOPS, INSURERS IN BATTLE OVER RATES
By Matt Murphy
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JULY 14, 2015....Auto body repair shop owners pleaded with lawmakers on Tuesday to intervene and force insurance companies to pay higher hourly rates, a move the insurance industry ridiculed as a "step backward" from the state's deregulation of the auto insurance industry.
With auto body repairers paid roughly $11 an hour less than the national average in Massachusetts, shop owners said their livelihoods are being threatened by insurance carriers who get to dictate the rates regardless of the cost of training employees and keeping up with new technology.
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