De Blasio agrees to provide unlimited sick leave to city employees suffering from 9/11 illness

Mayor de Blasio has finally agreed to provide unlimited sick time to all city employees who helped in the rescue and recovery efforts after the September 11, 2018 terrorist attacks who are now sick.

Police officers, firefighters, correction officers and sanitation workers who are sick from their time at the site have  unlimited sick days, approximately 4,000 other city workers, including traffic police, the Transport Workers Union, and emergency medical personnel, do not.

De Blasio tweeted, “Proud to announce we’ve found a solution to guarantee the brave city workers who served as heroes on 9/11 and during its aftermath will get the unlimited sick leave they deserve.”

The sick leave could have been granted by City Hall at any time, but de Blasio insisted on going through lengthy arbitration with unions. Governor Cuomo passed an unlimited sick leave bill for state workers, but de Blasio apparently wrote a legislative memo that prevented a similar bill for the city from passing, reported Thomas Tracy and Jillian Jorgensen for the New York Daily News.

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