On Dec. 22, 2015, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new policy guaranteeing six weeks of paid parental leave (covering maternity, paternity, adoption and foster care leave) to non-union city employees beginning in January 2016. When combined with existing paid time off, some employees will be eligible for up to 12 weeks total. The policy does not apply to the city's 300,000 union employees, but the mayor's office says it is "ready to immediately enter talks with its municipal unions about extending the policy to their covered employees."
In response, UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued the following statement:
We have been trying for years to interest various city administrations in expanding parental leave, and finally have a willing partner on an issue that is very important to us. We look forward to negotiating with the administration for an appropriate way to extend and expand parental benefits for our members.