Class Action Lawsuit Filed

The Farmers Agent’s Class Action Lawsuit has been filed in California. The lawsuit was filed against The Exchanges (Farmers Insurance Exchange, Truck Insurance Exchange, and Fire Insurance Exchange) on behalf of two current Farmers Agents and those similarly situated and its outcome could have an impact on Farmers Agents across the country. UFAA urges all Farmers Agents to review the lawsuit posted at the top of this page

This lawsuit was filed by Crueger Dickinson LLC, the law firm that filed and prevailed at the trial level with both the Jury and the Judge on the American Family Class Action lawsuit contending American Family had misclassified its Agents as Independent Contractors when they were in actually being treated as employees. 

UFAA’s Still Fighting 

Just as terminations slowed when the AGM DRA lawsuit was originally filed, after the appeal was filed we have seen FGI rescind some terminations on Smart Office Compliance. UFAA has had several conversations with Agents and FGI that admit the terminations have slowed down or stopped because the Appeal has been filed. There is no way to confirm this but remember, we are still in the ring fighting for you and your agency!

UFAA exists for the benefit of the Agency Force. Win-Win situations for agents, Farmers and insureds can only come from continual support from everyone. Even if you are not a member, have never been a member, don’t want to be a member or are just not the “joining” type why not make a one-time donation to help UFAA help the Agency Force?

Please take a moment to donate to the UFAA AGM DRA Fund or UFAA’s Legal Fund. While the AGM DRA Fund is used specifically for the AGM DRA Lawsuit that was filed in December of 2012 the Legal Fund is used to obtain legal opinions, pay for transcripts from legal actions, help individual agents with cases affecting all agents and to have UFAA’s General Counsel send letters like the “Petition Retaliation Letter”, “the Freedom of Association Letter” and the “Smart Office Initiative Letter”. These letters along with other communications sent on behalf of the Agency Force can be found on the UFAA website.

UFAA wishes to thank all agents for any support they have given to the only organization created to support Farmers Agents. We are an association of “Agents Helping Agents®”.

Contributions can be made by check or credit card by simply completing the form found here and faxing or emailing to UFAA National Office (no@ufaa.com) or via our secure online store by clicking here.

Isn’t It Time To Join? 

Too many times UFAA receives calls from agents needing UFAA’s assistance, but they never took the time to become members. Don’t let this happen to you. We want you to have access to our personal and professional experience and knowledge, and assistance from our legal and computer experts, but you have to be a member first. We hate to turn people away when assistance is available just by taking a few minutes to become a member.

UFAA is offering new joining agents $100 off their first year of Membership.

Additionally, if you are a Limited Member converting to a Full Membership you receive credit for the monies you have paid toward your Limited Membership in the calendar year that you join. This means that if you decided to convert your 2017 Limited Membership you would only be paying $140 for your first year’s dues (if you have been a Limited Member for all of 2017). That is actually less than you would pay for your 2018 Limited Membership. You will also no longer have to pay the Limited Membership Fee ($13 a month) with your E&O Premium.

Becoming a member is easy. A paper application can be found on page 23 of the 2017 Fall Voice or under the Membership dropdown at the top of this pageYou can join via our secure store on the UFAA website.

If you are converting from a Limited Membership please fill out a paper application.

OpenOffice 

UFAA periodically receives calls from agents that are having difficulty opening files sent to them because they do not have Microsoft Office. For those agents that don’t use Microsoft Office, there is an application out there so that you can still communicate with those that do. A great replacement that basically does all that Microsoft Office does is OpenOffice.

OpenOffice.org (OOo), commonly known as OpenOffice, is an open-sourced version of the earlier StarOffice, which Sun Microsystems acquired in 1999, for internal use.

OpenOffice included a word processor (Writer), a spreadsheet (Calc), a presentation application (Impress), a drawing application (Draw), a formula editor (Math), and a database management application (Base).[9] Its default file format was the OpenDocument Format (ODF), an ISO/IEC standard, which originated with OpenOffice.org. It could also read a wide variety of other file formats, with particular attention to those from Microsoft Office. Free download link is here: http://www.openoffice.org/

Remember we may not have that agent down the street in our system, so if you know of an agent that is not getting our emails or The Voice magazine, please have them sign up for the email/mailing list by shooting the National Office an email with their contact information, no@ufaa.com.