From the New York state WCB website:
Notice who is not covered? On the surface, you would think that the WTS could get off scott-free. BUT, everyone at Bethel has a JOB to do. While on the premises of Bethel, they are either binding books, boxing and shipping pubs out, cooking, etc. None of these jobs qualifies as "non-manual capacity." Sure they engage in teaching, but on their own time. They are "manually" working otherwise.
It's obvious that WTS legal saw the writing on the wall and this is the reason for the layoffs. I imagine that Gilead instructors, and other "teachers" wouldn't qualify for WC coverage. Since Patterson is primarily a "teaching" facility, I suppose most of them are safe from the pinkslips.