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Tell NYS: Protect workers who are sick and dying because of their jobs!

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Working men and women performing essential jobs outside their homes are risking their lives and the well-being of their families in order to keep their fellow New Yorkers healthy, safe and fed during the pandemic. It is unquestionable that as a direct result of their jobs, they are at a far greater risk of exposure to and the contraction of COVID-19 than those with the luxury of social distancing.

Tell NYS Workers Compensation Board: Protect workers who are sick and dying because of their jobs!

The NYS Workers Compensation Board has a very simple decision to make; it can ensure these workers receive the comp benefits to which they are entitled by acknowledging that for all of these workers, COVID-19 is an occupational disease, or it can further burden them by allowing insurance carriers to shirk their responsibilities, denying them health care, wage replacement, and death benefits.  
Workers are becoming ill and, in far too many cases, dying. The workers' compensation coverage that their employers have paid for and they have been promised should not be in question. To allow coverage to be denied now, calls into question the very foundation of workers' compensation.

Tell the Board to treat these workers and their sacrifice with the dignity and respect they deserve; Tell them to do the right thing and acknowledge that COVID-19 is an occupational disease.