UNFAIR CITY POLICY?

May 19, 2018 at 4:45 am

Paid family leave for teachers and all city workers. The policy, hurting the very back bone of our most needed public servants. Meet some of the people struggling with the policy and find out why the city stands by it.

Aired on May 18, 2018. 

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>>> I'M NIGH EEM DOUGLAS FOR
METROFOCUS.
THERE COULD BE A SHOWDOWN
BREWING BETWEEN THE UNITED
FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, THE
MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL.
NOW THE UFC'S DEMANDS FOR PAID
FAMILY TIME OFF CONTINUES TO
GROW.
NOW THE UFC MEMBERS ALONG WITH
CITY WORKERS DON'T HAVE A POLICY
IN PLACE FOR PAID FAMILY TIME
OFF.
NOW, A PETITION STARTED ON
CHANGE.ORG BY A NEW YORK CITY
TEACHER CONTINUES TO GAIN
SUPPORT WITH THOUSANDS OF
SIGNATURES.
SUPPORTERS INCLUDING MEMBERS OF
CITY COUNCIL HELD A RALLY TO
DRUM UP AWARENESS ABOUT THE
ISSUE SAYING THE MAYOR SHOULD
KEEP HIS CAMPAIGN PROMISE TO
GIVE THE CITY WORKERS PAID
FAMILY LEAVE.
>> WE SHOW UP EVERY DAY AND TAKE
CARE OF OTHER PEOPLE'S CHILDREN
WHICH WE DO WITH LOTS OF LOVE
AND CARE.
WE WOULD JUST LIKE THE SAME
OPPORTUNITY TO DO THIS FOR OUR
OWN ZBLIERN NEW YORK CITY
TEACHERS SAY THE TIME HAS COME
FOR THEM TO HAVE PAID FAMILY
TIME OFF.
AND THEY RALLY ON THE STEPS OF
CITY HALL AND TEACHERS SHARED
THE STORIES OF FRIST BECAUSE
THERE IS NO PLAN IN PLACE FOR
TEACHERS TRYING TO START A
FAMILY.
>> I UNEXPECTED HAD MY SON AT 25
WEEKS GESTATION, HE WAS TWO
POUNDS, 13 INCHES.
I HAD TO MAKE A VERY HEART
WRENCHING AND CRITICAL DECISION
TO GO BACK TO THE CLASSROOM,
JUST THREE WEEKS AFTER I HAD MY
SON.
I HAD TO DO THIS BECAUSE I HAD
TO SAVE MY TIME FOR WHEN MY
CRITICALLY SICK SON WOULD BE
HOME.
>> SAVING OR, QUOTE BANKING TIME
IS WHAT TEACHERS SAY THEY ARE
FORCED TO DO, WHICH MEANS THEY
HAVE TO STOCK UP SICK TIME FOR
YEARS IN MANY CASES AND
SOMETIMES BANKING TIME IS NOT
ENOUGH.
>> I'VE BEEN OFF PAYROLL THE
LAST EIGHT WEEKS TO BE HOME TO
TAKE CARE OF ZOE.
SHE WAS DIAGNOSEWOOD A MILK
PROTEIN INTOLERANCE AND HAD TO
BE PUT ON VERY SPECIAL FORMULA.
I NEEDED MORE TIME WITH HER.
I NEEDED TO BE HOME WITH HER.
YOU KNOW, BEFORE I DELIVERED I
HORDED EVERY SINGLE SICK DAY
THAT I COULD.
I WORKED RIGHT UP UNTIL THE DAY
BEFORE MY C-SECTION JUST SO I
COULD HAVE AS MANY DAYS AS I
COULD TO SPEND WITH ZOE ON
PAYROLL.
BUT, YOU KNOW WHAT, IT WASN'T
ENOUGH.
AND MY FAMILY AND I WE MADE THE
DIFFICULT FINANCIAL DECISION FOR
ME TO GO OFF PAYROLL SO THAT I
CAN BE AT OEM TO TAKE CARE OF
ZOE.
>> THIS THIS TEACHER FROM STATEN
ISLAND MANAGED TO GET BY USING
SAVINGS SHE PUT ASIDE AND FROM
HELP FROM HER FAMILY.
SHE IS ONE OF THOUSANDS OF CITY
WORKERS HAVING TO MAKE THE
DECISION BETWEEN RUSHING BACK TO
WORK AFTER HAVING A CHILD.
>> THERE ARE EDUCATORS THAT WERE
REQUIRED AND FORCED TO ACCRUE
WHAT'S CALLED SICK DAYS IN THEIR
SICK DAYS BANK JUST TO RAISE
THEIR FAMILY.
LET'S BE CLEAR.
RAISING A FAMILY IN NEW YORK
CITY IS NOT A SICKNESS.
WHAT'S SICK IS THAT WE DON'T
HAVE EXISTING POLICY TO SUPPORT
FAMILIES.
>> CITY COUNCILMEMBER MARK
SCHRAGER IS A FORMER HISTORY
TEACHER AND HAS BEEN LEADING THE
CARTRIDGE TO HAVE PAID PARENTAL
LEAVE STANDARD FOR TEACHERS AND
ALL CITY WORKERS.
>> THE POLICY BASICALLY PUNISHES
PEOPLE TO RAISE FAMILIES.
AND THERE IS NO POLICY
WHATSOEVER IF YOU DOPT A CHILD.
THERE IS NO POLICY IF YOU FOSTER
A CHILD.
THERE IS NO POLICY FOR NEW DADS.
AND THEN YOU LOOK AROUND AND YOU
SEE THAT WAL-MART, NOT A FRIEND
OF LABOR, HAS AS BETTER PAID
PARENTAL LEAVE POLICY THAN THE
CITY OF NEW YORK?
THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE.
>> WAL-MART IS ONE OF MANY ON A
GROWING LIST OF COMPANIES
OFFERING PARENTAL LEAVE FOR
EMPLOYEES.
ACCORDING TO A REPORT BY "THE
NEW YORK TIMES," IBM OFFERED
SALARIED WORKERS PAID PARENTAL
LEAVE FOR BIRTH MOTHERS AND 12
WEEKS FOR OTHER PARENTS.
STARBUCKS OFFERS 18 WEEKS TO
BIRTH MOTHERS AND 12 TO OTHER
PARENTS.
AS THE COUNCILMEMBER MECHANICSED
WAL-MART HAS 16 WEEKS OFF FOR
BIRTH MOTHERS AND SIX WEEKS OFF
FOR OTHER PARENTS.
BACK IN 2016 THE MAYOR SIGNED AN
OR MANDATING PARENTAL LEAVE FOR
CITY EMPLOYEES BUT ONLY COVERING
20,000 MANAGERIAL EMPLOYEES AND
NOT THE WORKERS MAKING UP THE
MAJORITY OF CITY PAYROLL.
BUT EVEN THAT MOVE HAS DETRACT
SFWLEER THEY SAID WE'RE GIVING
YOU PAID PARENTAL LEAVE AND THEN
SAID WE'RE TAKING AWAY VACATION
DAYS AND RAISE.
THE CITY LITERALLY IS MAKING
MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.
THAT'S WHAT IT COST THE PEOPLE
ON PAID PARENTAL LEAVE VERSUS
WHAT THEY RECOUPED IN THE CITY
TOOK WAY.
THE UNITED FRAGS OF TEACHER MY
KNOWLEDGE MAR GRAPH SAYS HE IS
WORKING TO PUT THE BRAKES ONNING
THIS SIGNED BY THE CITY LIKE
WHAT WAS IN 201637 HE SAYS WITH
OTHER MEMBERS OF THE CITY
COUNCIL SHOULD HAVE HAVE AN
ACROSS THE BOARD STANDARD.
BUT DURING A THREE-HOUR SESSION
IN FRONT OF THE EDUCATION
COMMITTEE BOB LEND, COMMISSIONER
FOR LABOR RELATIONS IT'S
SOMETHING TO BE WORKED OUT
THROUGH CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS
WITH EACH UNION.
>> THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE
PARTICULAR BENEFIT, THAT MUST BE
LEFT TO THE PARTIES TO COME UP
WITH A PROCESS THAT WORKS FOR
THEM.
AND I HAVE TO SAY THE FACT THAT
WE HAVE 144 BURGERENING UNITS IS
EVIDENCE OF VERY, VERY DIFFERENT
COMMUNITIES OF INTEREST AMONG
DIFFERENT EMPLOYEES.
AND THE NATURE OF A BENEFIT
COULD LOOK VERY DIFFERENT FROM
ONE GROUP TO ANOTHER.
FROM ONE AGENCY TO ANOTHER.
>> ALL OF THIS IS HAPPENING WITH
A MAGNIFIED FOCUS ON TEACHERS
AND THEIR TREATMENT AS STRIKES
ARE POPPING UP ALL ACROSS THE
COUNTRY WITH TEACHERS DEMANDING
BETTER PAY AND WORKING
CONDITIONS.
NOW AS FOR THE UFC AND THE
NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE CITY,
THINGS WILL CERTAINLY HEAT UP AS
THE YEARS GOES ON AND CERTAINLY
BE A BUSY TIME FOR THE CITY'S
LABOR DEPARTMENT.
THAT'S BECAUSE MOST OF THE
CITY'S CONTRACTS WITH UNIONS
EXPIRES AT THE END OF THE YEAR.

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