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Re: Unvaccinated MTA Workers Who Succumb to COVID Will Not Receive $500,000 Death Benefit

Posted by heypaul on Mon Sep 13 19:24:42 2021, in response to Re: Unvaccinated MTA Workers Who Succumb to COVID Will Not Receive $500,000 Death Benefit, posted by Chicagomotorman on Mon Sep 13 17:45:36 2021.

The $500,000 death benefit was payable to the families of transit workers who died after a COVID infection. It did not require proof that the worker got infected as a direct result of their job. In the beginning of the COVID epidemic here, transit workers were exposed to the general public and were not provided with much protection by the MTA. This special benefit was a sign that the MTA recognized the risk that workers were taking by remaining on the job. Now we have several vaccines that reduce the risk of hospitalization and death to a very low value. A worker who is fully vaccinated and gets COVID and dies should continue to get this benefit. A worker who chooses not to get vaccinated and gets sick and dies could be said to have contributed to his demise. It's not mean spirited of the MTA to disqualify that worker's family from receiving the special $500,000 benefit.

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