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Teamsters Cheer NY HERO Act Signing

Teamsters Joint Council 16 President Thomas Gesualdi had the following statement on Governor Cuomo’s signing of the NY HERO Act into law last night. The law creates the first permanent standard in the nation protecting workers from exposure to COVID-19 or future pandemics on the job.

“Teamsters and other essential workers stayed on the job through the height of the pandemic, often without the protections they needed to be safe, to get our state through the crisis. As COVID continues to circulate and more New Yorkers return to work, the NY HERO Act will ensure that workers have the enforceable standards they need to do their jobs safely and go home to their families. This groundbreaking law creates a model for other states to emulate and readies us for the next pandemic. We commend all the essential workers and organizations who raised their voices for this legislation and thank Governor Cuomo, Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins, Speaker Heastie, and bill sponsors Senate Deputy Majority Leader Gianaris and Assemblymember Reyes for making it law.”