New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio has agreed to provide unlimited sick leave to city employees who have 9/11-related illnesses.

The policy will affect workers who took part in rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero, reports WABC.

The mayor and 9/11 survivor advocates, as well as city unions, have been trying to hash out the agreement that could put all civilian employees on the same footing with law enforcement officers, firefighters, and sanitation workers when it comes to fighting cancers and illnesses caused by the toxins swirling around Ground Zero, reports the New York Daily News.

The mayor’s announcement came just hours after union members, first responders, and local leaders held a rally on the steps of City Hall Tuesday, reports WABC.

The new leave policy applies to two EMS unions and DC 37, the city’s largest municipal public employee union.


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