Chaz reported earlier on United University Professions (SUNY professors) being the first public sector union in New York State to get paid family leave in contract negotiations. The Chief Leader has an extensive article on the agreement reached in late May. It is a six year contract with 2% annual raises.
New progressive friend of working man and woman Governor Andrew Cuomo was involved in this deal. 2% a year is no great monetary settlement but an extensive paid family leave benefit is significant.
From the Chief Leader article:
UUP members will receive 10 weeks of paid leave at 55-percent of their average weekly salary when the plan's next increase takes place in 2019. The benefit will increase to 67 percent of an employee’s average weekly salary for 12 weeks by 2021.
The cost to members for this benefit according to Fred Kowal, the UUP President, quoted in the Chief Leader:
The union, whose membership is 53 percent female, did not have to make any concessions to obtain the benefit, according to Mr. Kowal. He praised Mr. Cuomo for the state’s willingness to work with the union on the issue.
What about the ramifications for NYC municipal employees?
This is what the Chief Leader said:
Paid family leave will more than likely be in the city fairly soon after the precedent was set by a state union.