The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Struggling to survive 2 years after the anthrax attacks

Sep 22, 2003

Of 11 postal workers who were infected with inhalation anthrax two years ago, six survived. Five of those workers are still unable to return to work. They continue to suffer weakness and fatigue, memory problems, cold sweats, low-grade fever, shortness of breath, joint pain, and headaches.

These workers have been struggling to survive on their workers compensation payments ever since October of 2001. They continue to have high medical bills for their treatments. One victim's health insurance payment will go up to $548 a month – a quarter of his worker's compensation payment.

Has this government – which talks so much about protecting us from terrorism – offered higher compensation? No! Has it provided medical care? No! All it does is issue orange and yellow alerts to scare us.