I am probably one of the first members to take advantage of parental leave. I thought you and your readers should know that the UFT takes over $400 in dues for the duration of the 6 week parental leave. This is absurd and even worse than the retro situation.
The exact amount was just shared with ICEUFT on email. It is $421.98 in union dues.
Normal dues are around $60 per twice monthly pay period so if we multiply the $60 by three for six weeks, we would get around $180. Therefore, we are talking about more than doubling of dues when on Paid Parental Leave.
Gotta love this union. The fun never ends. Has anyone else had problems?
Update--Dealing with DOE-UFT bureaucracy. We all can relate.
1) The DOE never sends you an email or any communication for that matter after you apply for Parental Leave (aside for a submission received from SOLAS). Nothing indicating that they received your documentation and nothing about whether or not you've been approved/denied.
2) I found out after hounding the UFT that my parental leave was approved the day before I returned back to school. Which means that there would be no parental leave lumpsum in the beginning of my leave as originally promised. I got the actual parental leave check in the mail between 7 to 8 weeks after the birth of my child.
3) I applied weeks before the birth, uploaded all the documentation within 24 hours upon receipt (footprints, birth certificate), but it didn't matter. SOLAS will state that you are missing documentation even if you've submitted it multiple times. And again, you will not receive any communication or emails confirming that the docs that you uploaded were received.
4) When you are on parental leave your direct deposit gets disabled when you return back to service. My first paycheck back (today, Oct. 31st) was sent to 65 court. I have to go in person to pick up my checks unless I send a notarized letter telling the DOE that I authorize them to mail them to me. Payroll portal's direct deposit does not allow me to change my information online.
UPDATE 2: Someone from the UFT just reached out to me on this topic on Thursday morning.
The UFT response:
I believe there has been a mistake but can't confirm or fix it without the member's specific information. The UFT does not intend to charge more/extra dues to those on PPL. That is a fact. So, if she was overcharged as you describe, it's clearly a mistake.
We hope this gets cleared up and will keep our readers posted.
UPDATE 3: We are very happy to report that we heard from another parent that the UFT only took out $180 (the regular amount) for union dues from the Paid Parental Leave money. It looks like the UFT's word holds up and the $400 was a mistake. That member should get a refund.