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Wednesday, June 06, 2018
Paid Family Leave Starts Next Year For The United University Professionals, The First Publi Sector Union To Negotiate It In Their Contract.
The first paid family leave contract was negotiated by the United University Professional (UUP), which included a 2% annual raise for the six years of the contract. The paid family leave negotiated by the union is more generous than the State's paid family leave for businesses.
The State required paid family leave consists of up to eight weeks and the employee gets 50% of his or her average weekly wage which is capped at $652.96, whichever is less. The $652.96 value is 50% of the State's average weekly wage. The State plan is fully funded by payroll deductions equal to 0.126% of an employee's weekly wage. The maximum annual contribution is capped at $85.56 for this year.
The UUP negotiated family leave contract is more generous. UUP members will receive 55% of their weekly wages up to ten weeks of paid leave, starting in July of 2019. This will increase to 67% of the employee's average weekly wage and 12 weeks of paid family leave by July of 2021. The paid family benefit and salary increases, along with minor improvements for adjunct professors who, for pension purposes, work at the universality will now count as a full day instead of the hours worked,. the contract was negotiated without the union giving any concessions or deductions..
Hopefully, our union can learn from the UUP contract and at least negotiate a similar family leave contract and a 2% annual raise without any "givebacks". This should be the minimum our union should accept from the City.