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Prayer Vigil for Grocery Worker Who Died After Being Denied Sick Leave

Date: 
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 12:00pm
Location: 
City Hall Steps, 260 Broadway, Manhattan
Contact: 

Andres Kwon, 917-745-6563 or akwon@populardemocracy.org

CLERGY TO HOLD CITY HALL PRAYER VIGIL FOR BROOKLYN GROCERY WORKER WHO DIED; UNABLE TO GET CANCER TREATMENT FOR LACK OF PAID SICK DAYS

WIFE OF DECEASED JOINS, CLERGY, WORKERS AND COMMUNITY SUPPORTERS IN CALLING ON COUNCIL TO PASS PAID SICK LEAVE BILL

WHO: Anastacia Gonzalez, widow of the late Felix Trinidad, about two dozen clergy leaders, workers and activists from New York Communities for Change, Working Families Party, Make the Road New York, the Center for Popular Democracy and the NYC Campaign for Paid Sick Days.

WHAT: Prayer vigil in memory of Felix Trinidad and in support of his family and other low-wage workers who struggle without paid sick days.

WHERE: City Hall Steps, 260 Broadway, Manhattan

WHEN: Wednesday Aug. 22 at NOON

WHY: Felix Trinidad, 34, worked in severe pain for nearly a year at Golden Farm supermarket in Kensington. Without paid sick days, he could not afford to take a day off to seek medical care, since his wife and two children counted on his paycheck to survive. When he could no longer take the pain, he went to a hospital emergency room and was diagnosed with advanced stomach cancer. Even during chemotherapy, he was unable to miss work to rest and recover, as ordered by his doctors. He died July 12.
Felix was a leader in the local campaign for better working conditions, fair pay, and paid sick days at Golden Farm. A recent report from the Center for Disease Control found that Felix is not alone; workers without paid sick days are less likely to receive cancer screenings and other timely medical care.
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