2018 Agents Fire and Auto Commission Cuts Petition
Sponsored by: The United Farmers Agents Association
For: Farmers Group Inc.
***If you would prefer to print out the petition page to sign and send to the UFAA National Office please visit the UFAA Website, www.ufaa.com, and click on the link at the bottom of the page or go to https://ufaa.com/pdfs/2018CommissionCutsPetition.pdf******
Agent Signatures will not be disclosed to Farmers; if necessary, an independent third party may be used to certify the results of the petition.
Your name and agent number will be used by UFAA for internal verification of active agent status only, Year appointed information will be used for providing a cumulative "years of service" for all petition signers.
• The Agency force is the lifeblood of Farmers Insurance and this slashing of the revenue of Agents will adversely impact Farmers in the long term as Agents are forced to reduce staff and marketing efforts due to the cut.
• The 28.5% reduction in the fire renewal rate and 10% reduction in the auto commission rate is an unjust change which not only negatively affects Agency revenue, it also signifies a large & immediate cut to each and every Agents’ Contract Value and Underwriting Contract Value bonus.
• The operating costs for a Farmers Agency have increased drastically due increased staff needs caused by work shifting from the service centers to Agents, Agents bearing more of the cost for marketing & branding, as well as due to normal cost increases.
• Cuts made to executive compensation and employee numbers & benefits do not benefit anyone except Zurich unless FGI reduces the management fee it charges the Exchanges.
• The commission reduction will adversely impact the market value of all Farmers Agencies making it more difficult for retiring Agents to sell their Agency.
• The bonus program introduced to supposedly offset the loss of income will only do so for a small fraction of the Agency force essentially causing all Agents to subsidize bonuses for those few as well as further lining FGI & Zurich’s corporate pockets.