NY Times 9/27/18: Doing Right By 9/11 Workers

Efforts to give paid sick leave to government workers who have had 9/11-related illnesses are incomplete.

By The Editorial Board

The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher. It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section.

Thousands of state and local government employees in New York who were exposed to the toxic dust from the attacks on the World Trade Center are not getting the paid sick leave owed them.CreditCreditÁngel Franco/The New York Times

Government officials can face difficult decisions. Here’s one that isn’t: choosing to give unlimited paid sick leave to public workers made ill by their service after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Yet thousands of state and local government employees in New York who were exposed to the toxic dust from the attacks are not getting that benefit, even after the state passed a law last year meant to guarantee it to many of them.

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