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paid parental leave

News stories | September 6, 2018 >>

UFT members planning to have children were excited about the new paid parental leave policy and reassured about what it would mean for their families.

Q & A on the issues | September 6, 2018 >>

Thanks to the hard work of thousands of UFT members during a lengthy public campaign, the UFT is the first public-sector union in New York City to secure paid parental leave for the workers it represents. This new benefit is on top of the maternity leave benefits that birth mothers already had. This Q&A provides important nuts-and-bolts information for UFT-represented workers interested in taking a paid parental leave.

Press releases | August 16, 2018 >>

The UFT issued a statement in response to an IBO analysis of the costs of paid parental leave.

News stories | July 5, 2018 >>

In May 2017, Emily James, a mother of two and a teacher at Brooklyn Preparatory HS, decided to publish a petition on Change.org calling on the UFT and the DOE to implement a paid parental leave policy. In just a few months, James’ petition garnered more than 80,000 signatures and thrust the UFT’s efforts to negotiate a parental leave policy into the spotlight.

News stories | July 5, 2018 >>

After months of intense negotiations and a public campaign by UFT members, the union and the Department of Education have reached an agreement that will provide paid parental leave for UFT members.

Union resolutions | June 20, 2018 >>

The United Federation of Teachers fully supports the terms of its newly won paid parental leave benefit.

Press releases | June 20, 2018 >>

Mayor de Blasio and United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew today announced an agreement to provide paid parental leave for thousands of UFT-represented New York City employees.

News stories | June 7, 2018 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew on April 30 slammed the city’s reluctance to extend paid parental leave to UFT members as “clear gender bias.”

News stories | May 3, 2018 >>

City Council Education Committee Chair Mark Treyger called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to negotiate a fair paid parental leave policy for New York City public school educators at a press conference on the steps of City Hall on April 24.

Testimony | April 30, 2018 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew and three New York City public school educators — Carolyn Dugan, Eric Rubin-Perez and Jessica Jean-Marie — testified before the New York City Council Committee on Education and Committee on Civil Service and Labor regarding paid parental leave for city workers.

News stories | April 5, 2018 >>

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day on March 8 was “Press for Progress,” and UFT members did just that by wearing purple — the color traditionally associated with International Women’s Day — in support of the UFT’s campaign for paid parental leave. 


News | February 1, 2018 >>

To put pressure on Mayor Bill de Blasio to grant paid parental leave, please send him an email asking him to deal fairly with educators and grant UFT members the paid parental leave they deserve.

News stories | January 4, 2018 >>

When the UFT launched its fight for paid parental leave in November, more than 6,000 members joined the campaign. In December, chapter leaders and engaged members organized “baby showers” in their schools to educate fellow members about parental leave issues and share stories about how the DOE’s lack of paid parental leave has affected them.

News stories | December 7, 2017 >>

Thousands of UFT members have signed up to be part of the campaign urging the city to provide paid parental leave. Many of them shared stories of being forced to return to work just days or weeks after giving birth because of financial considerations that would not allow them to take a longer, unpaid leave.

President's perspective | December 7, 2017 >>

UFT members spend their days nurturing and supporting other people’s children, yet the Department of Education’s current parental leave policy forces them to choose between their newborns and earning a paycheck that is critical to the wellbeing of their families.

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