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New York enacts Healthy Terminals Act

New York enacts Healthy Terminals Act
Gov. Cuomo signed the long-stalled Healthy terminals Act on Thursday, a measure proponents and union leaders say will provide as many as 25,000 cabin and terminal cleaners, baggage handlers, security officers, wheelchair attendants and subcontracted workers at New York airports with access to affordable, quality health insurance.

ALBANY — A new law enacted on New Year’s Eve gives airport workers in the Empire State access to much-needed health care benefits during the coronavirus crisis.Alessandra Biaggi (D-Bronx), the bill’s sponsor, said the law is dedicated to the memory of Leland Jordan, a baggage handler at JFK Airport, who was one of the first airport workers in the state to die from COVID-19.“Long before COVID, mostly Black, brown, and immigrant airport workers have served this state on the frontlines without access to the healthcare they need to keep themselves and their families safe.Most Read PHOTOS “Essential, front line airport workers will breathe a deep sigh of relief knowing that real healthcare is an option soon,” Bragg said.

Airport workers have risked their lives for the public during this unstoppable pandemic, and nothing is more important than protecting them.Cuomo signed the long-stalled Healthy terminals Act on Thursday, a measure proponents and union leaders say will provide as many as 25,000 cabin and terminal cleaners, baggage handlers, security officers, wheelchair attendants and subcontracted workers at New York airports with access to affordable, quality health insurance.

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