I read articles in the NY Teacher on paid parental leave. However, when I looked at the UFT's 2016 testimony to the City Council it is on paid family leave. The new state law covers paid family leave. Paid family leave looks like a more comprehensive benefit than paid parental leave. It would be available to all of us to take care of family members, not just infants.
Paid family leave would obviously cost more for the city and they would want more givebacks from us. The state is now mandating paid family leave in the private sector that is paid for by payroll contributions by all employees at a company. The maximum cost per year per employee is only $85.56. That is not a huge burden.
If the UFT wants to win the widest support possible, they should push for paid family leave. While the city can afford to give us this benefit at no cost to employees, I am under no illusions that any city union can get it.
We are too weak.
Below is copied from the state website on what family leave covers in addition to taking care of a baby.