Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, we implored the Workers’ Compensation Board to do the right thing and make sure that the workers carrying us through this pandemic had the health care, wage replacement and even death benefits they need if they contract the virus on the job. Sadly, they have failed to act.
That is why we now must ask the legislature to take action to force their hand. S. 8266 (Ramos)/A.10401 (Simotas) would create a presumption in the law that those who must work outside their home during the pandemic and who contracted the disease did so during their job. Thirteen other states have already taken similar actions, but New York has fallen behind.
Essential workers have sacrificed to keep the rest of us healthy, safe and fed. The least we can do as a state is ensure that should they get sick as a result of that work that the benefits that have been put in place to protect them can actually be accessed.
Thank you for always being there to assist union members and all workers. They need your help now more than ever.
President New York State AFL- CIO