New York City will provide six weeks of parental leave at full salary for hundreds of thousands of city public school employees, including tens of thousands of teachers.
The agreement was announced Wednesday by Mayor Bill de Blasio, union and school officials.
“Paid parental leave makes so much sense, it always made sense, but it makes even more sense in the 21st Century when people are working so hard with such long hours and struggle to make ends meet,” de Blasio said at the announcement. “It’s a fundamental manner of fairness to make sure people have this opportunity.”
The contract covers about 120,000 workers. They include 79,000 teachers, plus United Federation of Teachers-represented school nurses, therapists, guidance counselors, secretaries and others.
The benefit will take effect Sept. 4, the city said. That is right in time for the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year; the first day of school is scheduled for Sept. 5.
Birth parents and non-birth parents will get the paid leave for the birth of a child. It also will apply to the adoption or fostering of a child under the age of 6.
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