Fight for paid parental leave for UFT members

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We did it! We launched our campaign for paid parental leave in November 2017 because we believed UFT members deserved better and we were not making headway in behind-the-scenes negotiations. More than 7,000 of our members joined our fight.

For more than 50 years, New York City public school educators who had children were forced to choose between caring for their newborns and earning a paycheck. Your participation in this union cause made the difference. Now, for the first time ever, all UFT-represented employees — including fathers and foster, adoptive and surrogate parents — will be entitled to paid parental leave.

Our agreement with the Department of Education and the city provides six weeks of time off at full salary for maternity, paternity, adoption and foster care leave. When combined with current sick leave provisions, the new policy allows birth mothers to take up to 12 to 14 weeks of paid leave.

The agreement will take effect on Sept. 4, 2018, and will not require us to give back expected pay increases or vacation time or other contract concessions we made clear we would not accept. It will, instead, be funded by a 73-day extension of the existing UFT contracts with the DOE and the city, which had been scheduled to expire on Nov. 30 of this year.

Read more information about the new policy »

This victory shows the power we wield as union members when we work together for a common cause — something that will be more important than ever in the months and years to come.

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