Hurricane Sandy was nearly a month ago but her effects are still being felt. People are still recovering from the largest storm to hit East Coast in decades. Even now stories are still surfacing about different people are helping the victims of the hurricane.
However not all the stories from New York are good. After many natural disasters, theft is problem. Today, I am not talking about someones radio or tv. Today, I am talking about the theft of peoples sick days.
In a recent article union members from UNITE HERE Local 100 are fighting to get back paid sick days after Hurricane Sandy.
“(Bill) DeBlasio said the workers, who are employed by corporate dining services like Sodexo and Aramark, didn’t find out about having involuntary days off taken away until they got their most recent pay stubs.”
Some of these cafeteria’s are still closed due to hurricane damage.
“I feel like these companies think they can do whatever they want,” said Oscar Conca, 55, who has served food to Merrill Lynch workers for Sodexho for 17 years. “People with years, decades of service are being told to go to unemployment.”
How would you feel if you opened your bi-weekly pay check and found that your sick leave bank was empty? Taking advantage of workers who are already struggling to recover after a deadly storm rips apart their homes is absolutely wrong. All I can say is thank goodness these people are members of UNITE HERE, because without UNITE HERE who would be filing their complaints?