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UFT response to IBO analysis on the costs of paid parental leave

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An agreement between the New York City and the United Federation of Teachers in June provides six weeks of time off at full salary for maternity, paternity, adoption and foster care leave; when combined with current sick leave provisions, new mothers could have a total of 12 to 14 weeks of paid leave starting this school year.

For the first time, fathers and adoptive and foster parents represented by the UFT are eligible for paid time off when they bring a new child into their home.

We disagree with elements of the IBO analysis.

The IBO calculated the cost of the program based on an average salary of $69,500, a figure historical data has shown to be too low. We know from prior use that the average salary of covered employees who had children was over $80,000.

By its own, granted incomplete calculations, the IBO projects the cost of the program at $45.6 million a year, and the value of the delayed contract at $45.5 million — a wash.

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