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TWU Leave Benefits Snafu

Posted 2/19/21

 To the Editor: City Transit Workers have felt the impact of COVID-19 like no other employees. Accounting for the highest death count an infection rate well into the thousands, the burden placed on then throughout this pandemic is unfathomable to most.

As Congress began to pass legislation requiring that employers provide generous leave policies to their employees, a light glimmered but quickly dimmed the moment the Metropolitan Transportation Authority deemed transit workers as "emergency responders" to exclude us from qualifying for the Family and Medical Leave Act and child-care leave provisions of the CARES Act.

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