Mayor de Blasio has been a loyal friend to the United Federation of Teachers. His latest gesture of largesse was to give every member of the union six weeks of paid parental leave, at full pay — a benefit apparently secured outside of customary contract negotiations or the usual standards of “pattern bargaining.” De Blasio and other city leaders presented the new benefit as a gain for the whole city, though only UFT members will get it, and questions remain about its costs.
The Facts You Need to Know
Shut-out: The new paid-leave benefit will be funded by the city but administered directly by the UFT, meaning that non-union members will likely be excluded from receiving it. Read more.
Who Pays: Over the long term, city taxpayers will almost certainly foot the bill for the cost of the new benefit. Read more.
“City officials unwittingly sharpened this uncomfortable point: the benefit doesn’t further the public interest, but is rather a sop to people with power.”
The Past is Present
“The union blames poor schools on low teacher pay, which drives away qualified teachers. It’s a purely political myth.”
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