I am having a very difficult time understanding why the city and the UFT can't just implement at the very least the exact same Paid Family Leave policy that is called for in state law for the private sector. This seems like it should be an easy negotiation. Paid Family Leave is for more than just parents of newborns.
Workers in NYS in the private sector are entitled to six weeks paid leave to take care of a newborn and in addition they can take the Paid Family Leave to care for a sick family member and for military families. That will expand to twelve weeks in the coming years. The cost is a maximum of $85.56 per year for employees in 2018. That comes to $1.56 a week.
This is from the State website, "Most private employers with one or more employees are required to obtain Paid Family Leave insurance." That means businesses big and small must provide the benefits.
Unions are included. They are compelled to provide this Paid Family Leave for their employees since unions are private entities.
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