"Judge Upholds Ruling
That Hepatitis Is a Work-Related Injury"
Washington Post (12/21/00) P. A2
Philadelphia must increase
its funding for firefighters an paramedics who contract the hepatitis C virus (Hepatitis C Virus)
while working, a judge ruled Wednesday. The judge upheld an arbitrator's decision that
Philadelphia must provide $4.8 million over two years to these workers' health plans, an
increase from the $3 million annually the city had already committed. City officials
are expected to appeal the judge's ruling because of the cost. "We are concerned that the
award would be precedent-setting and dangerous to the overall
finances and the future finances of
the city of Philadelphia," said City Managing Director Joe Martz.
The union has also
announced that it may appeal, because Common Pleas Judge Allan L. Tereshko rejected a
provision mandating that the city pay for sick leave for Hepatitis C Virus-infected workers.