Tell NYS to pass the Unsung Heroes Act NOW

Tell NYS to pass the Unsung Heroes Act NOW

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Suffolk AME started this petition to Governor Andrew Cuomo and

Senate Bill 8117: The Unsung Heroes Act 

Are AME members covered under this bill?

Yes. Any and all AME members who are deemed essential employees and have been working through the COVID-19 crisis will be covered by The Unsung Heroes Act of 2020 if it passes.

What does The Unsung Heroes Act provide?

Paid Leave: Any essential employee who contracts COVID-19 while performing essential job duties shall be compensated at his or her regular rate of pay for any missed work hours as a result of contracting COVID-19. Such leave shall be provided without any loss to an employee’s accruals.

Coverage of Medical Expenses: Under this bill, any essential employee who contracts COVID-19 by natural and proximate exposure (not caused by negligence) while performing essential job duties, and is required to seek medical treatment, will be reimbursed for such expenses. 50% of such costs shall be paid by Suffolk County and the other 50% shall be covered by the State.

Job Security and Job Protection: Under this legislation, public employers like Suffolk County would be prohibited from taking any adverse personnel action against any public employee as a result of an employee utilizing—or requesting to utilize—sick leave or any other available leave due to COVID-19.

This includes any disciplinary action including but not limited to discharge, suspension, demotion, penalization, or discrimination against an employee utilizing leave time as per above.

Workers Compensation Coverage: Any health issues or disabilities sustained by an AME member as a result of contracting COVID 19 while providing essential services or suffered as a result of participating in essential operations during this COVID-19 crisis shall be eligible for Workers Compensation collection at up to eighty percent of their income.

Death Benefit: Should an AME member succumb to COVID-19 or any other injury or illness sustained while performing essential services during this crisis, his or her family will be entitled to death benefits as per our contract with the County of Suffolk.

This bill was introduced by NYS Senator Monica R. Martinez with the support of Suffolk AME Leadership. If you support this critically important piece of legislation, be sure to sign and share this petition with your friends and families. Tell NYS that essential workers deserve protection, it cannot wait. 

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