Teamsters General President, Jimmy Hoffa, commended Congress on Wednesday for approving the James Zadroga 9/11 bill to monitor and treat workers who got sick after their work at Ground Zero.
Numerous firefighters, police officers and construction workers developed respiratory illnesses and other symptoms from being exposed to toxic dust at the World Trade Center. The bill is named after a New York Police Department officer, James Zadroga, who died of a respiratory illness similar to those affecting many Ground Zero workers.
“This is the very least that the American people can do to honor the sacrifice and courage that these heroes made after the 9/11 attacks,” Hoffa said. “Teamsters are among those suffering heart and lung problems because of their tireless work at Ground Zero. Some have lost wages, and some have lost their health benefits. I am so pleased that Congress is doing the right thing for these brave patriots.”
The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act will pay for tens of thousands of people who were exposed to the dust-filled air around Ground Zero.
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters was founded in 1903 and represents 1.4 million hard-working men and women right across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
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