If you get injured on the job, the Workers' Compensation Law covers you. For the full details, click here.
Welfare Fund Disability
If you become disabled and cannot work because of an injury or illness that is not job-related or not covered by no-fault auto insurance, you are eligible to receive short-term disability benefits. Check your Welfare Fund Benefits Description handbook for details.
Further information can be found on the Member Benefits and Services page.
Family and Medical Leave Act
This law requires certain employers to grant up to 12 weeks of leave to qualified workers for family or medical reasons. To find out if you qualify, click here.
For additional information:
Contact the nearest office of the Wage and Hour Division, listed in most telephone directories under U.S. Government, Department of Labor.
For more about your rights on the job, go to www.teamster.org.
Hercules Cornish went to work for the Housing Authority as a caretaker J in 1952 and retired 24 years later as a stores worker. He died the year following this interview, which was conducted in June 1999.
Originally I was from Harlem, but when I came out of the service in 1945 my wife had moved to the Bronx, so I moved there, too. I went to work for the New York City Housing Authority in 1952.