A tip from a reader:
Tom Fetzer has been hired by (and is currently lobbying for) a consortium of businesses that wants North Carolina employers to be able to opt out of traditional workers compensation plans in favor of back-breaking "options" that pad their bottom lines. The consortium is called ARAWC, and Wal-Mart is the ringleader.
The Association for Responsible Alternatives to Workers’ Compensation (ARAWC) was founded in 2013 with the goal of advocating before state legislatures to allow employers to have an Option of offering alternative benefit plans to traditional workers’ compensation insurance. Joining ARAWC allows you to collaborate with like-minded employers that want to save money and improve how employees are treated when they are hurt on the job. It will put you in the driver’s seat of shaping positive public policy on an issue that affects every employer and employee.
As of today, Mr. Fetzer has not registered as a lobbyist for ARAWC. But that's okay. He's a Republican working for Big Business, including many friends of Pat McCrory. If there was ever a blank check to do whatever you want in politics, Fetzer most assuredly has one.