Injured Worker Advocates(IWA) testify before city council for rights and benefits

On March 1st, DC Jobs with Justice Executive Director Nikki Daruwala and members of the Injured Worker Advocates (IWA), along with Employment Justice Center testified before the Council of the District of Columbia’s Oversight Hearing on the Office of Risk management Committee on Government Operations. In her testimony, Nikki Daruwala stated that “over 2,000 injured DC government workers go through the Public Sector Workers Compensation Program each year. Disability benefits are intended to give injured government employees financial security when hurt on the job and help them pay their medical care, rent and other basic fundamental human necessities. Unfortunately, due to a decade of poor administration and noncompliance, formally middle-class injured workers have been driven into poverty as a result of their on-the-job injuries.” The coalition made recommendations to the Council and asked them to pass legislation that would reform flaws in the Disability Compensation Program.rnrnWould you like to support the IWA? Please sign this petition http://afl.salsalabs.com/o/4023/c/188/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=3758 and help the IWA tell the District Government that they deserve their rights and benefits. rn

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