De Blasio Fails To Give Public School Teachers Maternity Leave
The New York City Department of Education (DOE) does not offer paid parental leave for union workers, nor does the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) union provide their members with any parental leave benefits, Kings County Politics has learned.
City Council Candidate for the 43rd district Nancy Tong first made public the issue last week in calling for paid maternity leave for New York City schoolteachers.
“Public school teachers are our everyday heroes,” said Tong. “Paid maternity leave for unionized city teachers is essential for women and our communities. As a mother who recognizes the critical role a teacher plays in providing a quality education to our children, I will speak out as Councilwoman to demand an end to the current discriminatory practices and the implementation of a fair policy of paid leave which protects teachers’ rights to care for and bond with their own children.” . . .