FDNY Firefighters and others will join Michigan Firefighters at a rally in Lansing today as they push for cancer coverage that lawmakers promised them more than a year ago – but never delivered. Included in today’s travels to Michigan is retired FDNY Firefighter Ray Pfeifer, who himself continues to battle cancer.
In 2014, the Michigan legislature created a worker’s comp fund for Firefighters who get job-related cancer. Governor Snyder signed it in January 2015, noting there was still no funding designated for the fund, and instructing lawmakers to find money for it.
But more than a year later, there’s still no money. So Firefighters are getting cancer, thinking they’re covered, only to find out they’re not.
Mark Docherty, President of the Michigan Professional Firefighters Union, IAFF, says 8 of his Firefighters have developed cancer since the legislature created the fund in December 2014.
“They’ve not been taken care of by a law that was supposed to have taken care of them,” he says, adding that many of the firefighters are attending the rally in support of those firefighters, one of whom died recently. “And it’s also with the intention to call on the legislature to actually fund this.”
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