**Media Advisory for April 17** - Healthcare Workers at Jacobi Medical Center Rally against NYC H + H new policy of taking away sick pay from frontline warriors of COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 16, 2020
Contact: Carl Ginsburg | carl.ginsburg@nysna.org | 917.405.1060

New York, NY— Nurses at Jacobi Medical Center will rally tomorrow against new unfair paid sick leave policy that mandates healthcare workers who are sick present a doctor’s note to receive a paid sick day.

Nurses have been on the frontlines fighting this pandemic with limited access to PPE. Many nurses have gotten sick and some have died. The city, state, and federal government failed to test and properly quarantine healthcare workers, and now nurses are being told to violate social distancing and increase the burden on our healthcare system by obtaining a doctor's note for when nurses stay home.

A system-wide email was sent Friday evening by New York City H+H that radically changes the sick leave policy for H+H employees and will worsen our staffing crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nurses are saying enough is enough.

WHAT: Healthcare Workers Rally at Jacobi Medical Center
WHEN: TOMORROW, Friday, April 17 at 1:00 PM
WHERE: Jacobi Medical Center, 1400 Pelham Parkway South, Bronx, NY 10461

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