Posted on April 23, 2014
Please sign the Asbestos Cancer Victims’ Rights Campaign (ACVRC) Petition to send a message to Congress: asbestos companies need to face the consequences of their actions.
On April 28th, workers everywhere will observe Workers Memorial Day to honor those who have “suffered or died on the job” and to continue the fight for safety in the workplace. Sadly, work environments are a prominent source of asbestos exposure, which left many workers in the construction and manufacturing industries at serious risk.
In honor of Workers Memorial Day the Asbestos Cancer Victims’ Rights Campaign (ACVRC) would like to draw attention to a deceptive and harmful piece of legislation. The Furthering Asbestos Claims Transparency (FACT) Act would make it more difficult for those hurt by asbestos companies, including the many workers who were exposed to deadly asbestos fibers on the job, to receive compensation for their pain and suffering. The law would require victims to disclose private information–like the last four digits of their social security number–to the public without placing a similar burden on the companies that hurt them, ultimately delaying, deterring and potentially preventing justice. The ACVRC is working hard to stop this bill in its tracks, but to do so, they need your help.
The bill’s backers insist that the legislation is necessary to stop fraud and double compensation for true victims. They don’t want people to know that safeguards are already in place to make sure every claim is legitimate, or that zero evidence of widespread fraud exists. In fact, the trust system the asbestos companies successfully lobbied to put in place already ensures that victims receive only a fraction of what they deserve. Now, after decades of lies and reckless disregard for public health, the asbestos companies want to pay victims even less.
Last November, the bill passed the House of Representatives despite bipartisan opposition. Now, it’s threatening to make its way through the Senate, and the ACVRC needs your help more than ever to fight back.
Join ADAO, and sign the ACVRC petition to ensure Congress knows that the American people won’t stand for the government aiding and abetting asbestos companies trying to dodge responsibility for their actions. Raise your voice and help asbestos victims get the justice they deserve.