Two dozen city workers have finally been granted unlimited sick leave as they fight the illnesses linked to their time at Ground Zero — as critics hammer Mayor de Blasio for doling out the much-needed help on a chaotic, piecemeal basis, the Daily News has learned.
The added sick leave coverage comes six months after de Blasio approved the special sick leave for DC37, one of the city’s largest unions — vowing the agreement would form the basis for additional pacts with unions whose workers suffer with a 9/11 illness.
Those now being helped include FDNY and NYPD civilian workers who don’t normally get unlimited sick leave, as well as EMTs and paramedics, City Hall officials said. City employees currently getting the benefit work at the Department of Correction, Administration of Children’s Services and Department of Transportation.
All have been diagnosed with an illness related to 9/11 and can prove they spent time at Ground Zero after the terror attacks.